Jerry Kerce, Camp Blanding Joint Training Center Integrated Pest Management Coordinator inspects pesticide application panels for research in Malaria Control. Camp Blanding's Natural Resources Conservation (NRC) program won first place in the Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards in the Natural Resources Conservation - Large Installation category. Courtesy photo
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Camp Blanding efforts impact local species, garner international attention

One of the most important training sites in the region, Camp Blanding Joint Training Center (CBJTC) is also known for its incredibly successful Natural Resources Conservation (NRC) program–so successful, in fact, that it won first place in the Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards in the Natural Resources Conservation – Large Installation category

Command Sgt. Maj. Mallie Lovett (left), Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Lt. Col. Michael Powers, Col. Matthew Hearon, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Hosford stand for the presentation of the Florida State flag during a departure ceremony for 1st Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment, Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Daytona Beach International Airport, Fla. Almost 200 Soldiers with 1-265th are deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel for a base security mission. Photo by Staff Sgt. Valeria M. Pete
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1-265th ADA Soldiers honored in deployment ceremony

Hearts pounded and families tirelessly waved flags as the plane disappeared into the clouds from the Daytona Beach International Airport, Fla., Monday, March 16, after a deployment ceremony for Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment.

1st Lt. Lee Ashlock from the Florida Army National Guard's 221st EOD explains his unit's mission and capabilities to visitors during National Guard Day at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, March 10, 2015. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
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National Guard Day celebrated at Florida Capitol

Soldiers and Airmen gathered at the Capitol in Tallahassee on March 10, showing off the personnel and capabilities of the Florida National Guard to legislators and visitors.

Gov. Rick Scott and Mrs. Sophia Calhoun congratulate Florida National Guard's Maj. Gen. Michael Calhoun during a promotion ceremony at the St. Francis Barracks in St. Augustine, Fla., Feb. 6, 2015. Photo by Sgt. Christopher Vann
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Incoming Adjutant General of Florida Brig. Gen. Calhoun receives second star

The incoming Adjutant General of Florida became Florida’s newest two-star general on March 6, as he was promoted to the rank of major general during a ceremony at the Florida National Guard headquarters in downtown St. Augustine.

Master Sgt. Shawn Campbell (left) and Sgt. 1st Class John Wilkes of the Florida Army National Recruiting and Retention Battalion were honored for their expertise and commitment to “excellence” by being named among the top recruiters in the nation for 2014. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
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The ‘Desire to Succeed’

Master Sgt. Shawn P. Campbell and Sgt. 1st Class John T. Wilkes of the Florida Army National Recruiting and Retention Battalion were honored on a national platform for their expertise and commitment to “excellence” by being named among the top recruiters in the nation for 2014.