Florida State Guard fetches praise from Ron DeSantis

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The organization has a visible presence in hurricane recovery.

Gov. Ron DeSantis recently highlighted the efforts of a volunteer disaster-response force respawned by his administration.

In a statement, DeSantis praised the Florida State Guard’s actions in the wake of Hurricane Idalia, a Category 4 storm that swept through Florida’s Big Bend two weeks ago. It marked the debut mission for the organization, which had its first graduating class over the summer.

“Our Florida State Guard soldiers have already proven how important they are to the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. “They stood tall to protect those in need immediately following Hurricane Idalia.”

DeSantis activated the volunteer-based disaster team in January 2022 after several decades of dormancy. The Republican Governor said he reestablished the Guard “to ensure our state is prepared for an emergency.”

In a storm-prone state like Florida, such emergencies will, of course, include hurricanes like Idalia. Following the storm, the Guard helped with damage assessments and debris cleanup. It also distributed hot meals and established a distribution center in Live Oak allowing Floridians to pick up food, water, ice and tarps.

The Guard is a state-sponsored organization working with both public and private actors. After Idalia, Guard members were alongside agencies in their response efforts, including the Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Guard members also unloaded goods donated by Publix and Walmart in affected areas.

DeSantis, a Navy veteran, cited some national military concerns when he first re-activated the Guard almost two years ago.

“The U.S. military has been kicking out great service members over the Biden administration’s unacceptable COVID vaccine mandate, and they are even targeting members of the National Guard,” he had said when unveiling the state’s new disaster-response force.

Staff Reports


  • Michael K

    September 11, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    They really are his Brown Shirts.


    • M. Mouse

      September 11, 2023 at 4:08 pm

      Yup! Our little governor now gets to be a little general too!


      • My Take

        September 11, 2023 at 4:39 pm

        A 1930s-era Caribbean runt generalissimo, the end of his belted sword dragging on the palace floor.


    • My Take

      September 11, 2023 at 4:15 pm

      Roehm DeSAntis’s would-be stormtroopers.
      But I’m confident the members are finer in intent than his.


  • Bill

    September 11, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    Unloading those bottles of water at Publix. Friend of mine from Steinhatchee said about the presence of law enforcement and state personnel on site right after Idalia, “sh*t, give everyone of these boys a chain saw and a shovel and we will be done with cleanup right quick.”


  • Trevor Morris

    September 12, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    Gov. DiSaster’s clown show rolls on. How is he going to use the Florida Guard to disenfranchise Floridians who disagree with him? Maybe it is simply intimidation, but I imagine I can’t comprehend the evil that this evil sub-human intends to unleash on Floridians in every way he can.


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