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    Florida Guard’s 83rd Troop Command helps facilitate National Guard

    Florida Guard’s 83rd Troop Command helps facilitate National Guard

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Christopher Vann | A Soldier with the 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, rappels from a rooftop as...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Christopher Vann 

    107th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – From Soldiers rappelling from the rooftops, to Airmen demonstrating the capabilities of their mobile operations center, this year’s National Guard Day was not short on excitement.

    Held at the Florida Capitol building rotunda, the Florida National Guard’s 83rd Troop Command brought along their respective units and equipment to showcase to the public and its elected officials their vast capabilities. The Florida National Guard sponsored the visit to Tallahassee as part of an annual program to educate the public and government personnel on its various roles and missions.

    Army Col. Paul B. Chauncey III, commander of the 83rd Troop Command, said this event also provided a great opportunity for dialogue between the community and the uniformed persons working within the state.

    “I’d just like to say that we appreciate everything the elected officials do for us in the state of Florida,” said Chauncey. "To the community, I’d like to say thanks for the support that we have received."

    Over 130 Soldiers and Airmen from various units throughout the state braved the chilly start to the annual celebration. The day’s events included the Florida National Guard’s 13th Army Band from Miami, who performed an assortment of military and well-known musical selections during the lunch hour while Guardsmen and the public were served hot dogs and beverages.

    The FLNG displayed an assortment of military equipment used during emergency and combat operations, along with community service programs. They also invited guests to gain knowledge of how they worked together in order to protect and serve the citizens of Florida at home and abroad.

    Soldiers and Airmen from various units such as the 221st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, the 111th Aviation Regiment and the 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group set up static displays, which included armored vehicles, construction equipment, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, and Special Forces weaponry.

    The 83rd Troop Command handled the logistics for this mission by identifying the personnel and equipment needed for the event as well as securing transportation and lodging for the troops.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida legislation used the day to meet with FLNG personnel and veterans to thank them for their service and dedication. As a token of his appreciation, Scott honored Guardsmen with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award.

    “I’d like to thank every member of the Florida National Guard,” said Scott. “We are very proud of the work that you do.”



    Date Taken: 01.10.2016
    Date Posted: 01.14.2016 10:45
    Story ID: 186280
    Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US 

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