Gov. Scott Honors 308 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today, joined by Major General Emmett Titshaw and FDVA Executive Director Mike Prendergast, awarded 308 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation.
Governor Scott said, “It was an honor to present 308 veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award in Jacksonville. Because of the service and sacrifice of our veterans, the Governor’s Veterans Service Award serves as a testament of our thanks to the veterans and military members who have served and protected Florida families.”
Mike Prendergast, Executive Director for the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, said, “Jacksonville has a robust veteran population with more than 85,000 in Duval County. We are pleased to be here today to show our deep appreciation for the veterans and military members who have served our great nation and great state.”
The ceremony was held at Maxwell C. Snyder Armory Headquarters 146th ESB in Jacksonville. During the ceremony, Governor Scott highlighted the service of Florida veterans, Blaine Pickett and Brain Fancher.
Blaine Pickett is a National Guardsman who has served as a non-commissioned officer at Snyder armory for over 30 years. During his many years of service he has been deployed twice, in 2003 for Operation Enduring Freedom and in 2009 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pickett has been in the National Guard for over 40 years and he is currently providing communication support to units in Florida.
Brian Fancher is a 29-year veteran of the Army and Army National Guard. He has served in multiple deployments overseas, including Operation Just Cause in Panama and three deployments to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After 19 years in the Infantry, he switched military career paths and held positions with the Air Defense, Finance, Combat Engineer, and Signal of the Florida Army National Guard. Fancher is currently the Senior Operations Sergeant for the 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion.
Florida Veterans Medal
The “Governor’s Veterans Service Award” honors Floridians who have served in the U.S. Military. The front of the medal depicts the Great Seal of the State of Florida. The back of the medal displays the five seals representing the five branches of U.S. Military with an inscription that reads “Honoring Those Who Served.”
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