Brig. Gen. James Eifert (left) congratulates an Airman who graduated from the Battlefield Weather Initial Qualification Training (BWIQT) Course during a ceremony at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Sept. 27, 2014. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Sixteen Airmen graduate from final Army-focused ‘Battlefield Weather’ course in Florida
September 30, 2014

By Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa Florida National Guard Public Affairs STARKE, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2014) – A multi-service c ...

A Soldier from the Florida Army National Guard's 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) provides security as part of field exercise practicing dropzone establishment during the Pathfinder Course at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Fla., Sept. 24, 2014. In the background, Pathfinder instructors and other students discuss the procedures for setting up a Ground Marked Release System (GMRS) dropzone. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Florida and Wisconsin Guard Soldiers complete Pathfinder course at Camp Blanding
September 26, 2014

By Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa Florida National Guard Public Affairs All photos of Sept. 24 training on Flickr photostre ...

Pvt. Alecia Calloway is one of the newest members of the Florida Army National Guard. On Aug. 27 Calloway - a widow of an Army Soldier -  took the Oath of Enlistment at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Jacksonville, joining the Florida Army National Guard’s 2153rd Finance Detachment. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Widow of fallen Soldier joins Florida Army National Guard
September 10, 2014

Nearly eight years ago Alecia Calloway was given a neatly folded American Flag at a military funeral.

Florida Army National Guard chaplains swearing in to the Chaplain Corps, in St. Augustine, Fla., Aug. 22, 2014. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Florida Army Guard welcomes two new chaplains
August 28, 2014

The Florida Army National Guard welcomed two of its newest chaplains recently, helping ensure a strong chaplain corps fo ...

A Florida Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter lands during the XCTC training event at Camp Blanding in July. Courtesy photo
Florida aviators train during summer XCTC event
August 27, 2014

The 1-111th General Support Aviation Brigade (GSAB) joined forces with the Tennessee National Guard and Air Force units ...

World War II veteran and Camp Blanding Museum volunteer Frank Towers. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
97-year-old museum volunteer recounts WWII service and recent trip to France
August 27, 2014

Frank Towers’ first and last trips to France – 70 years apart – could have cost him his life. Towers’ a 97-year- ...

The Florida Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Freedom Award nominees sign the ESGR’s Statement of Support, pledging their continued support to service members of Florida. The top employers in the State of Florida were honored during a ceremony hosted by the ESGR Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 at the Renaissance Hotel in Orlando, Fla. Photo by Staff Sgt. Valeria M. Pete
Patriotic employers recognized by ESGR
August 19, 2014

Behind many Guardsmen and Reservists are dedicated and patriotic employers. The top supporters were recognized for their ...

Adjutant General of Florida Maj. Gen. Emmett Titshaw Jr. (left) and Leslie Branyon pin two-star rank on Maj. Gen. Robert Branyon during a promotion ceremony at the St. Francis Barracks, Aug. 15, 2014. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Florida Air Guard’s Branyon promoted to major general during headquarters’ ceremony
August 17, 2014

An Air Force general officer with more than 30 years of military service received his second star on Aug. 15, as former ...

Graduates of the Florida Army National Guard Officer Candidate School (OCS) Class 53 take the Oath of Office during a graduation ceremony at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Fla., Aug. 16, 2014. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Florida’s newest leaders graduate from Officer Candidate program
August 17, 2014

Fourteen Soldiers pinned the gold bars of second lieutenant on their uniforms during a formal military ceremony at Camp ...

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Florida Army National Guard officers to graduate Saturday during Camp Blanding ceremony
August 13, 2014

STARKE, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2014) – Fourteen officer candidates of the Florida Army National Guard will graduate as the sta ...