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Military Recognition: U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Brianna Beckwith From Bradenton, Florida

BRADENTON Fla. – U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Brianna Beckwith, from Bradenton, Florida, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Julian Emata, from San Francisco, perform maintenance on an E/A-18G Growler, attached to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, aboard the Nimitz-class…

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Military Recognition: Electronics Technician 3rd Class Carson Black, from Tampa Florida

TAMPA, Fla. – Electronics Technician 3rd Class Carson Black, from Tampa, Florida, talks into a sound-powered phone aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) Feb. 25, 2021. Monterey is operating in the Atlantic Ocean in support of naval operations to maintain maritime stability…

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To Vaccinate Veterans, Health Care Workers Must Cross Mountains, Plains and Tundra

By Patricia Kime A Learjet 31 took off before daybreak from Helena Regional Airport in Montana, carrying six Veterans Affairs medical providers and 250 doses of historic cargo cradled in a plug-in cooler designed to minimize breakage. Even in a state where 80-mph speed limits are…

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Lt. Cmdr. David Small, from Bradenton, FL

Military Recognition: U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. David Small, from Bradenton, Florida

BRADENTON, Fla. – Lt. Cmdr. David Small, from Bradenton, FL, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), test fits a gas mask Feb. 15, 2021. Vella Gulf is pier side at Norfolk Naval Station conducting routine maintenance. With more than 90…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces the 2021 Florida Military-Friendly Guide

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the publication of the 2021 Florida Military-Friendly Guide. The Guide updates the programs, policies, and benefits Florida provides for our servicemembers, their families, and military veterans. “The Florida Military-Friendly Guide reflects Florida’s consistent commitment to our military installations, servicemembers, their…

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(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Theodore C. Lee)

Military Recognition: Tampa’s Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Joshua Vasquez

TAMPA, Fla. – Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Joshua Vasquez, from Tampa, Fla., assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), conducts routine maintenance on a fire hose. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is…

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St. Pete Defense Contractor a Finalist as U.S. Army Looks to Acquire a New Infantry Weapon

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. – Not sure if the Pentagon expects to use them under the Biden administration, but the U.S. Army is looking to beef up its small-arms arsenal. In order to keep pace with the Chinese and the Russians, the Army is finalizing its…

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Florida Military Recognition: 50th Regional Support Group Prepares to Deploy to Poland

by Sgt. 1st Class Shane Klestinski Soldiers of the 50th Regional Support Group (RSG), based in Homestead, Florida, had a deployment departure ceremony at the Homestead armory on Jan. 7, 2021. Friends, family, and senior Florida Guard leaders also attended the ceremony for roughly 100 Soldiers…

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