It was on this day, 450 years ago, that Menendez gathered the civilians of St. Augustine’s first settlement together and prepared them to defend their new community. The Florida National Guard recognizes that “First Muster” as the beginning of what is now the best National Guard in the country.
Spectators, family members and leaders from various commands all across the Florida Army National Guard filed into the Camp Blanding Joint Training Center Regional Training Institute’s gymnasium Saturday, for the graduation ceremony of Officer Candidate School Class 54.
The Florida Army National Guard’s 164th Air Defense Artillery Brigade welcomed a new brigade commander during a large ceremony at the Camp Blanding Joint Training Center Parade Field, Friday, Aug. 7. Family, friends and dignitaries were present as Col. Matthew Hearon, outgoing commander of the 164th ADA Brigade, passed the organizational colors to incoming commander Col. Grant Slayden.
A blast that echoed throughout Camp Blanding Joint Training Center (CBJTC) was heard multiple times throughout the day as the 3rd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery (FA) Regiment fired a total of 60 M28 practice rockets, Tuesday, August 4.