Lt. Col. Elizabeth Evans (center) receives her lieutenant colonel rank from her parents during a promotion ceremony at the St. Francis Barracks, Jan. 29, 2015. Evans, commander of the Florida Army National Guard’s 53rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, was recently named to the “Top 40 Under 40 Military Class of 2014” by Military Transition News. Photo by Debra Cox
53rd officer named as one of ‘Top 40 Under 40’ military personnel by Military Transition News
January 30, 2015

The commander of the Florida Army National Guard’s 53rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion was recently named to the “ ...

Adjutant General of Florida Maj. Gen. Emmett Titshaw Jr. prepares for his final ride in an F-15 Eagle at the 125th Fighter Wing in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 29, 2015. The 45-minute flight in the back seat of the Florida Air National Guard’s tactical jet ended more than four decades in the air for Titshaw, who has been flying military and commercial aircraft since the early ’70s. He will retire in March. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Adjutant General takes to skies for final time as state’s top Airman
January 29, 2015

When the twin engines powered down on tail number 86-0181 on Thursday afternoon, you could feel a deep and sinking hum p ...

A brick bearing the names of three Soldiers who helped create the Florida Air National Guard's 290th Joint Communications Support Squadron (JCSS) is placed during a dedication ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 13, 2015. Maj. Ralph Herman, Sgt. Maj. James Dixon, and Lt. Col. George Mattar were killed in plane crash on Jan. 13, 1982, when the Soldiers were leaving Washington International Airport on Air Florida Flight 90. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Airmen recognize ‘82 plane crash victims for contributions to Florida Air National Guard
January 15, 2015

Thirty-three years after a tragic airplane crash in Washington D.C. took the lives of 78 people, the Florida Air Nationa ...

Adjutant General of Florida Maj. Gen. Emmett Titshaw Jr. (left) joins outgoing commander of the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Col. Mike Canzoneri (center) and incoming commander Col. Ralph Ribas during the unit's change of command ceremony on Jan. 10, 2015, in Pinellas Park, Fla. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Ribas takes command of 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
January 10, 2015

Col. Ralph Ribas assumed command of the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) during a ceremony Jan. 10 at the C.W. B ...

Rupert Metzrogh, a German POW held at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center towards the end of World War II attended the 75th anniversary ceremony on Jan. 10, 2015, to pay homage to what he calls his "alma mater." Photo by Sgt. Lindsey Morgan.
Camp Blanding celebrates a rich 75-year history
January 10, 2015

Florida National Guard Airmen, Soldiers, veterans and community members celebrated the 75th anniversary of Camp Blanding ...

Soldiers from the Florida Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery Regiment, fire a 105-mm howitzer during the inauguration ceremony for Florida Governor Rick Scott at the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Jan. 6, 2015. Fifeteen Soldiers from the unit provided a 19-gun salute seconds after Gov. Scott took the oath of office to begin his second term. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
National Guard supports Florida governor’s inauguration events
January 7, 2015

The Florida National Guard truly made the most noise at the Old Capitol in downtown Tallahassee on Jan. 6, as Soldiers a ...

Soldiers from the Florida National Guard's 83rd Troop Command stand at parade rest during the Change of Command Ceremony in Tallahassee, Florida, Dec. 13, 2014. Photo by Sgt. Lindsey Morgan
83rd Troop Command welcomes new commander
December 18, 2014

The Florida National Guard’s 83rd Troop Command said farewell to Army Brig. Gen. Michael Calhoun and welcomed new comm ...

Staff Sgt. Paul Anderson with the Florida Army National Guard's 2-111th Aviation Regiment’s Airfield Operations Battalion stands in front of an Air Traffic Navigation Integration and Coordination System (ATNAVICS) at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Fla., Dec. 16, 2014. Anderson has been selected as the Army Aviation Association of America’s “Air Traffic Control Technician of the Year” for 2014. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Florida National Guard aviation Soldier named ‘Air Traffic Control Technician of the Year’
December 18, 2014

A Florida National Guard Soldier is being recognized by the Army Aviation community for his diligence in making sure hel ...

"Wreaths Across America" wreath placing in St. Augustine on Dec. 13, 2014. Photo by Michael Isam
Pausing to remember with ‘Wreaths Across America’
December 15, 2014

By Michael Isam ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., (Dec. 15, 2014) – Two things will always happen at any veteran commemoration: whe ...

Command Sgt. Maj. (ret.) Gary Lee Wingard practices at his home studio in St. Augustine, Fla., Dec. 9, 2014. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
After the uniform: retired CSM makes music following military career
December 12, 2014

It has been seven years since Gary Lee Wingard wore an Army uniform, and there’s a good chance you wouldn’t recogniz ...