Florida National Guard and Dept. of Military Affairs Leaders Thank Gov. Scott and Legislature for 2015-2016 Budget Allocations

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Florida National Guard and Department of Military Affairs Leaders
Thank Gov. Scott and Legislature for 2015-2016 Budget Allocations

ST. AUGUSTINE – The 2015-2016 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget is significant in that it allows the Department of Military Affairs to continue improvements on armories throughout the state, provide funds for Guardsmen pursuing a higher civilian education and maintain community based programs for youth and adults. This year’s budget affirms how important the military is to Governor Scott and Florida’s Legislature.

“We thank the Governor and the Legislature for their continued funding for the Florida National Guard’s Armories and Programs. Our Armories and Readiness Centers are among the best in the Nation thanks to their continued support. Additionally, sustainment funds for programs like About Face, Forward March and our Youth Challenge Academy will significantly benefit children, families, and the communities where they live. We are also appreciative of the many programs that help our Guardsmen like the Education Dollars for Duty Program, which continues to develop our Soldiers and Airmen for both their civilian and military positions.” – Maj. Gen. Michael A. Calhoun, the Adjutant General of Florida

“The Department of Military Affairs is very pleased with the approved 2016 budget and will work diligently to ensure its proper utilization and execution. This budget will help us sustain the nation’s best National Guard facilities and ensure our Soldiers, Airmen and Civilians continue to serve in a safe and productive environment.” – Col. Valeria Gonzalez-Kerr, Florida National Guard State Quartermaster

“Let me say that it is truly exciting to know that our elected leaders continue to understand the very importance of our future leaders here at the Florida Youth ChalleNGe Academy. Their continued financial support of this exceptional program has successfully changed the lives of countless “at risk” young men and women throughout our state.” – Sgt. Maj. (Ret) James Ransom, Florida Youth Challenge Director

CONTACT: 1st Lt. Justin Phillips, (904) 823-0170


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