Adjutant General’s Message

The Florida National Guard and Department of Military Affairs remains engaged as a community-based organization committed to serving the citizens of Florida.  This periodic newsletter highlights the accomplishments and activities of our organization as we prepare for and execute both state and federal missions. Please reach out to the Florida National Guard’s Public Affairs Office at (904) 823-0166 or ng.fl.flarng.list.pao@army.mil with any recommendations or questions about our newsletter.

 


 

FLNG Highlights

Florida Army National Guard (FLANG) soldier SPC Jacob Alekseyev, a member of the 1-265 Air Defense Artillery Regiment, plots a course using his compass during the land navigation portion of the Best Warrior 2024 at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Fla., Feb 29, 2024. Alekseyev competed alongside other FLANG soldiers in various events designed to test endurance, strength, and aptitude in various soldier functions. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Alexander Helman)
Florida Army National Guard Soldiers Compete in Best Warrior 2024
By Spc. Alexander Helman | Feb. 29, 2024
The Florida National Guard's Best Warrior competition is under way.

Soldiers with the Florida Army National Guard board an aircraft during Best Warrior 2024 at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Feb. 29, 2024. Land navigation and Army Warrior Tasks are two of the assessments Soldiers must participate in during the multi-day event. Guardsmen from different military occupations demonstrated their dedication to readiness as they were tested both mentally and physically while competing against peers. ( U.S. Army photo by Sgt. N.W. Huertas)
Soldiers demonstrate readiness skills during Best Warrior 2024
By Spc. Alexander Helman | Feb. 29, 2024
Soldiers from the Florida Army National Guard showcased their combat readiness and Soldier skills as they competed in the annually held event.

Florida Army National Guard Soldiers check-in and conduct an equipment showdown at the Regional Training Institute at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Wednesday, February 28, 2024, for the annual Best Warrior Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes, 107th MPAD)
Florida Army National Guard Soldiers check-in on Day 1 of Best Warrior Competition
By Sgt. Spencer Rhodes | Feb. 28, 2024
Florida Army National Guard Soldiers check-in and conduct an equipment showdown at the Regional Training Institute at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center for the annual Best Warrior Competition.

A Florida Army National Guard Soldier maneuvers an obstacle during Best Warrior 2024 at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Feb. 28, 2024. Best Warrior is a competition open to any FLANG member ready to put their skills to the test against other top candidates. Competitions such as Best Warrior give participants a platform to demonstrate their dedication to service as they are assessed both physically and mentally over the course of three days. ( U.S. Army photo by Sgt. N.W. Huertas)
FLANG Soldiers kick off Best Warrior 2024
By Sgt. Neysa Huertas Quinones | Feb. 28, 2024
A Florida Army National Guard Soldier maneuvers an obstacle during Best Warrior 2024 at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center.

Col. John S. Sergeant, the 53d Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s Brigade Commander, and Command Sgt. Major James L. Reid, the 53d Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s Command Sergeant’s Major, pass the Brigade colors during the Brigade’s change of command ceremony on Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Florida, 23 Feb. 2024. Col. Sergeant passes the Organizational Colors to the Command Sergeant Major for safekeeping during his period of command. (U.S. Army Florida National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Cassandra Vieira)
53d IBCT Change of Command 2024
By Maj. Pedro Perez | Feb. 23, 2024
Florida Army National Guard Soldiers, assigned to the 53d Infantry Brigade Combat Team, present arms during the Brigade’s change of command ceremony on Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Florida.

FLNG NEWS

Left to right: Army Col. Jeremey Davis, 50th Regional Support Group (RSG) commander; Spc. Nicanor Echeverria, combat medic assigned to Bravo Company, 260th Military Intelligence Battalion, Army Staff Sergeant Austin Jensen, S-2 noncommissioned officer in charge assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 50th RSG; Army Sgt. Michael Parkins, utilities equipment repairman assigned to the 631st Support Maintenance Company; and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Delano, 50th RSG command sergeant major, pose after announcing the winners of the 50th RSG’s Best Warrior Competition (BWC) during an awards ceremony at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center on Feb. 3, 2024. During the brigade-level contest, Echeverria earned the title of “Solider of the Year,” Jensen won “NCO of the Year,” and Parkins received the “Warrior Spirit” award. Echeverria and Jensen will go on to represent the 50th RSG at the state-level BWC. The 50th RSG is a Florida Army National Guard unit headquartered in Homestead, Florida. (U.S. Army Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Shane Klestinski.)
50th Regional Support Group’s best warriors compete
By Sgt. 1st Class Shane Klestinski | Feb. 4, 2024
Nine Florida Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to units within to the 50th Regional Support Group (RSG) reported to Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Florida, to compete at the brigade level of the Best Warrior Competition (BWC) on Feb. 1, 2024.

Airman 1st Class Sarah Wilford, 202nd RED HORSE Squadron structural maintenance apprentice, responds to a simulated hostile enemy during the FEBEX24 exercise at Camp Blanding, Florida, Feb. 2, 2024. This exercise allowed the reinforcement and implementation of their training in a safe environment, while performing under simulated challenges they may face while down range. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Brooke Keisler)
202nd RED HORSE hosts annual contingency exercise
By Senior Airman Brooke Keisler | Feb. 4, 2024
The Florida Air National Guard’s 202nd RED HORSE Squadron conducted the FEBEX24 exercise Feb. 2-3 to assess and enhance the readiness of its members. Airmen assigned to the Florida Air National Guard’s 125th Civil Engineer Squadron and 125th Medical Group also participated in the exercise.

A candidate receives instruction for land navigation during Special Forces Conditioning and Preparation (SFCP) at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Fla., Jan. 27, 2024. Florida Army National Guardsmen from 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group hosted the four-day event where participants honed necessary skills under the guidance of experienced special forces operators. SFCP focuses on the mentorship of those embarking on one of the military's most grueling challenges, special forces selection. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. N.W. Huertas)
3/20th holds Special Forces Conditioning and Preparation at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center
By Sgt. Spencer Rhodes | Feb. 1, 2024
Following December’s Special Forces Readiness Evaluation, candidates from all over the country traveled back January 25th-28th for the second phase: Special Forces Conditioning and Preparation. There are multiple areas of participation that candidates must participate in before being chosen for National Guard Special Forces

Army Col. Jeremey Davis (left) receives the colors for the 50th Regional Support Group (RSG) from Army Maj. Gen. Robert Carruthers (right), assistant adjutant general – Army and commander of the Florida Army National Guard, during a change of command ceremony in Homestead, Florida, on Jan. 21, 2024. Davis accepting the colors is symbolic of assuming his new position as RSG commander. (U.S. Army Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Shane Klestinski.)
50th Regional Support Group conducts change of command ceremony
By Sgt. 1st Class Shane Klestinski | Jan. 21, 2024
Army Brig. Gen. William Temple transferred his command of the 50th Regional Support Group to Army Col. Jeremey Davis during a change of command ceremony in Homestead, Florida, on Jan. 21, 2024.

Army Sgt. Iuliia Nichols (second from the left), a culinary specialist assigned to the Florida Army National Guard’s 927th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, has just received Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief Award for her contributions in training Ukrainian soldiers. Ukrainian army Maj. Gen. Oleksiy Taran (second from the right, foreground), head of the Main Department of Doctrine and Training of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, presented Nichols with this honor at an awards ceremony during the Joint Training Conference in Wiesbaden, Germany, December 2023. Nichols has used her linguistic skills speaking Russian, Ukrainian and English to serve as an interpreter to facilitate the training of Ukrainian forces, support senior officers, and perform as a diplomatic escort. Note: This image has been altered for operational security reasons. (Photo courtesy of 1st Lt. Maxim Kargin.)
Florida Guard Soldier helps train Ukrainian forces, receives award from senior official
By Sgt. 1st Class Shane Klestinski | Jan. 7, 2024
Army Sgt. Iuliia Nichols, a culinary specialist assigned to the Florida Army National Guard’s (FLARNG) 927th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), received Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief Award for her contributions in training Ukrainian soldiers from Ukrainian army Maj. Gen. Oleksiy Taran, head of the Main Department of Doctrine and Training of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in Wiesbaden, Germany, in December 2023.