A member of the 124th Infantry Regiment watches the perimeter while his unit sets up mortars in lanes training during the XCTC training at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Fla., July 15, 2014. Photo by Major David Ross
Infantry training intensifies with first day of OPFOR roleplayers
July 15, 2014

Florida Army National Guard Infantry Soldiers completed the first major day of training of the eXportable Combat Trainin ...

Contractors from XCTC watch as Pfc. Calin Stewart of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, sites his M-249 light machine gun using electronic sensors and equipment at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Fla., July 12, 2014. More than 4,500 Infantry Soldiers from the Florida Army National Guard were at Camp Blanding in late July for the XCTC training. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Florida Army Guard Infantry training revs up at Camp Blanding with XCTC
July 12, 2014

The year’s largest training event for the Florida Army National Guard is taking place in North-Central Florida, as Sol ...

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Substance abuse program and training available for Florida Soldiers
July 11, 2014

National Guard Soldiers seeking help for alcohol or substance abuse have an option to get assistance without ruining the ...

Florida Air National Guard cleanup at the Pinehurst and San Sebastian Cemeteries in St. Augustine, Fla., May 24, 2014. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Guardsmen ‘Restore Respect’ to veterans during cemetery project
July 9, 2014

Time and neglect may have ravaged one of Florida’s oldest African-American cemeteries, but a group of National Guard A ...

Retiring Maj. Gen. James D. Tyre, who served concurrently as the commander of the Florida Army National Guard and Assistant Adjutant General of Florida for Army, stands at attention during a retirement and military ceremony at the historic St. Francis Barracks, June 27, 2014. Tyre, a native of Live Oak, Fla., served in the Florida National Guard for more than 45 years. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Commander of the Florida Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Tyre retires after 45-year military career
June 27, 2014

Maj. Gen. James “Don” Tyre, who served concurrently as the commander of the Florida Army National Guard and Assistan ...

Sgt. Miguel Ventura, a canine sergeant for Central Florida Reception Center in Orange County, talks with a potential Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) employee at the Florida National Guard specialty hiring event in Orlando, June 26, 2014. Ventura is also a member of the 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Specialty hiring event puts Soldiers on track for career in corrections
June 26, 2014

On June 26 Florida National Guard Soldiers participated in a first-of-its kind specialty hiring event at the Richard L. ...

Florida Army National Guard Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, surface after a 500-meter underwater swim at the U.S. Army Special Forces Underwater Operations School in Key West, Fla., June 24, 2014. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
‘The water can change everything’: Combat dive training challenges National Guard Special Forces in Key West
June 24, 2014

Even for a skilled and combat-tested Soldier, water can be the great equalizer that doesn’t care how many qualificatio ...

Sgt. Jacob Thomas of the Florida Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 153rd Cavalry Squadron embodied the Army Core Values of Loyalty and Selfless Service recently when he gave a new car he won to a fellow National Guard Soldier who is fighting leukemia. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Living the Army Values: Florida medic gives car to fellow Soldier fighting leukemia
June 4, 2014

For the Florida National Guard’s Sgt. Jacob Thomas, the Army Core Values of Loyalty and Selfless Service may run a lit ...

Adjutant General of Florida Maj. Gen. Emmett Titshaw Jr. (left) presents the Lowry Award to Capt. Jason Robinson, during the 2014 National Guard Officer and Enlisted Association conference in Daytona Beach, Fla., May 31, 2014. Photo by Debra Cox
Florida’s Adjutant General calls Guard to look ‘beyond the horizon’ during annual professional development conference
June 2, 2014

Florida’s Adjutant General is urging the men and women of the Florida National Guard to set their sights “beyond” ...

Lt. Col. Joseph DeFee (right) passes his new unit's guidon to 1st Sgt. Curtis Whitfield during the 44th Civil Support Team change of command at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Fla., May 22, 2014. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
DeFee assumes command of Florida’s 44th Civil Support Team
May 29, 2014

One of Florida National Guard’s disaster response units welcomed a new commander recently, as Lt. Col. Joseph DeFee to ...