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    Congressman addresses the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Washington D.C.

    Congressman addresses the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Washington D.C.

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Leia Tascarini | Congressman Michael Waltz, Florida’s 6th District Representative, poses for a...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Leia Tascarini 

    107th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Michael Waltz, a decorated veteran and the first Green Beret to serve in the U.S. House of Representative and a current National Guard member, met with Soldiers of the Florida National Guard (FLNG) in Washington D.C., June 8, 2020.

    Waltz addressed Soldiers regarding the civil unrest that has been occurring in the country to date. He expressed his thanks and support of the Guard coming to Washington D.C. to assist law enforcement to protect citizens in the area. Waltz also commented on the Guard’s ability to adjust mission requirements from the COVID-19 response to the civil unrest mission with very short notice. He recognized Soldiers of the FLNG with challenge coins for their dedication and hard work during the mission.

    “I couldn’t be more proud of the Guard coming in and supporting law enforcement,” said Waltz. “The country has seen the Guard in action and have seen how versatile the Guard can be. That they have come from the community to support citizens and their right to free speech.”

    Guardsmen from the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) provided presence patrols at several monuments including the Washington Monument and World War II Monument. They were staged day and night as quick reaction force jump teams (QRF) as well as assisted with entry control points (ECP’s) on a 24-hour rotation.

    “I am a citizen and a Soldier at the same time, so this mission has been unique but empowering at the same time,” said Pfc. Talal Rawashdeh, 2-124 Infantry Battalion, 53rd IBCT. “Congressman Waltz’s visit encourages me to look to the future and I am grateful for his speech.”

    Soldiers from the FLNG will be returning home to continue supporting the COVID-19 response as well as prepare for the current hurricane season.



    Date Taken: 06.08.2020
    Date Posted: 06.08.2020 17:43
    Story ID: 371680
    Location: WASHINGTON, DC, US 

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