Governor Rick Scott today issued the below statement regarding the death of Marine Corps Capt. Jahmar F. Resilard following a warplane crash off the coast of Japan this week. Governor Scott will honor the memory and sacrifice of Capt. Resilard, who was originally from Miramar, by ordering the lowering of flags when appropriate. The details on the lowering of flags will be announced in the coming days.
Governor Scott said, “Ann and I are heartbroken to learn of the death of Floridian and U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Jahmar Resilard. As an F/A-18 fighter pilot in the Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 242 stationed on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi, Japan, Capt. Resilard defended the freedom and democracy of not only the United States but of families in nations across the globe. The loss of Capt. Resilard is a somber reminder of the danger our servicemen and women both home and abroad place themselves in every day to keep us safe. The entire State of Florida joins Capt. Resilard’s family in honoring his bravery and legacy of service. While we mourn this tragic loss, I encourage every Florida family to join us this holiday season in praying for peace for the families of Capt. Resilard and the many other courageous military members who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation and freedoms.”