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Col. Paul Chauncey - Commander, 83rd TC
Command Sgt. Maj. David Lanham - CSM, 83rd TC

Year in Review - 2015

The 83rd Troop Command (TC), known as the “Capital City Spartans,” is home to the most diverse, dynamic array of units in the Florida National Guard, and it continues to conduct the most difficult and dramatic of missions. The 83rd TC is comprised of units that fly and dive, units that dig, demolish and build, units that jump into the fight and analyze hazards, units that monitor the airfields, units that capture the moment, and units that execute the missions of the Governor in the capital city.

During the past year, the 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (SFG) has executed five Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) programs in the U.S. Southern Command’s area of operation. The 3-20th SFG executed Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) training operations with the 308th Pararescue Squadron and participated in Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training. The unit conducted unconventional warfare training, participated in Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat training, and was involved with such named missions and exercises as Enduring Freedom, Panther Strike, Vigilant Guard, Observant Compass, Gulf Coalition Council, and Archangel.

Our engineers have had a busy year making improvements for the FLNG. The 868th Engineer Company (EC) has made numerous road improvements at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center (CBJTC). The 869th EC constructed bat houses at the Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) site and replaced culverts throughout the installation, while the 269th Engineer Detachment drilled three water wells.

The 44th and 48th Civil Support Teams (CST) continue to safeguard our state’s citizens by working handin- hand with state and federal partners. This year, they conducted hundreds of civil support assist and stand-by missions alongside the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI. The Headquarters for 83rd TC continues to serve the state in the spotlight. This year, it supported the 2015 gubernatorial inauguration, as well as numerous community outreach events in Tallahassee.

Despite a high operational tempo of training and real-world missions, the 1st Battalion, 111th Aviation Regiment has executed 3,050 accident-free flight hours. It provided search and extraction operations during Swift Water Rescue training and conducted 47 external aviation support missions. The 1-111th also conducted Live Medical Evacuation iterations with Shands Hospital in Gainesville, and executed the only brigade-level air assault in the state utilizing Chinooks, reconnaissance and medevac aircraft training.

The 107th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment returned from its second deployment to Joint Task Force Guantanamo in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and hit the ground running. Unit members provided public affairs support for a joint training mission conducted by our 44th and 48th CSTs, participated in a multi-national exercise, Saber Junction 2015, in Hohenfels, Germany and provided photography and video support services for The Adjutant General of Florida change of command ceremony.

All of the 83rd Troop Command’s units possess unique and vital expertise that benefit the Florida National Guard and the State of Florida.