Governor Ron DeSantis Proposes Reinstating Florida State Guard
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On Thursday, December 2, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis proposed reestablishing a World War II era civilian Florida State Guard military force that he would control. He pitched the idea of creating the Florida State Guard, independent of federal control while speaking about his military budget proposal of more than $100 million. It would consist of 200 civilian volunteers “trained in the best emergency response techniques.” The Florida State Guard would aid Florida National Guard in events of natural disasters or other state emergencies, according to a press release. Florida would be the 23rd state with a state guard recognized by the federal government, joining states such as New York, Texas, and California.
DeSantis’ budget includes $3.5 million to reestablish the Florida State Guard.
The budget proposal also includes:
$87.5 million to expand the existing readiness center in Miramar and to establish three new armories in Homestead, Gainesville and Malabar
$8.9 million for existing armory maintenance
$2.2 million for a new headquarters for the National Guard Counter Drug Program
$5.1 million to support Florida National Guardsmen seeking higher-education degrees
$12.2 million in scholarships for children and spouses of deceased or disabled veterans
$3.6 million to improve base infrastructure
In the video published on Dec 2, 2021, “DeSantis announces military budget proposal to guard Florida’s future“, below:
In the video published on Dec 2, 2021, “Gov. DeSantis wants to reestablish Florida State Guard“, below:
In the video published on Dec 3, 2021, “DeSantis proposes a new civilian military force in Florida that he would“, below:
Governor DeSantis also said, “We also want to make sure that we have the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible. Some of that will require us to be able to have access and be able to use support in ways that are not encumbered by the federal government, that don’t require the federal government.”
Florida State Guard was originally created in 1941 as a replacement for the Florida National Guard when the Florida National Guard was deployed overseas. It was later disbanded in 1947.
Reinstating the Florida State Guard does appear to be a prudent measure, in light of potential future events that may result from climate change. However, in order to avoid political rumors, it might be a good idea to select some one with much disaster or FEMA experience to head Florida State Guard.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
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