New State Guard graduates more than double the size of Gov. DeSantis’ state-level force
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'I am pleased to see this important volunteer force continue to grow to serve the people of Florida.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Office is announcing the graduation of new Florida State Guard members.

The first 205 graduates of the February Initial Entry Training (IET)’s three-week program passed the test.

“The Florida State Guard serves an important role in emergency response for the state. I am pleased to see this important volunteer force continue to grow to serve the people of Florida,” DeSantis said.

The 205 new “Florida State Guard Soldiers” will join 120 extant members, and they represent a broad swath of the state, with people from 52 counties joining the fighting force.

“Our volunteers sacrificed time away from their families and professions to undertake the challenge and honor of becoming a soldier in the Florida State Guard and I am quite proud of this graduating class and their many accomplishments,” said Director Mark Thieme.

Thieme hailed “the strong collaboration and partnership with the Florida National Guard, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Clay County Emergency Management, the American Heart Association, and several other agencies.”

“We are thankful for their support and commitment to our shared mission — to protect and preserve the life and property of the people of Florida.”

Of course, the State Guard’s mission has already expanded beyond the people and property of Florida, as evidenced by DeSantis’ announcement last month to add his soldiers to other police and fighting forces from Florida headed for the Texas border with Mexico.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


23 comments

  • Michael K

    March 2, 2024 at 4:03 pm

    Brown shirts marching with flags. Where have we seen this before?

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      • Dean

        March 4, 2024 at 8:18 pm

        I was born in Texas and have seen the illegals crossing the border for years. I can tell you first hand that the border patrol doesn’t do their job like they should. I’ve seen national guard work harder at check points and for less pay. When the national guard works the check stations, they patrol like getting into the Marines and Navy bases. When the mostly hispanic border patrol patrol it’s like passing through a weigh station. Greyhound is part of letting illegals over I know for a fact. I was on a greyhound bus when bus driver stopped before inspection station on side of US 59 and let 10 hispanics off bus with just pack backs. Busses only stop at bus stations. Explain that? I stopped at border inspection station at same station when white border agent told me to go and shouted at me in a semi because I stopped and told him four hispanics with back backs walked across highway when I was coming down hill, about a few miles where greyhound usually drops them off. So why do we need to pay border patrol 80, 000 a year when they don’t only 40% or so of them work? National guard and state guards do it fora lot less. I live in Florida and I still support Texas and Florida. In Texas the state troopers, game wardens, Natianal guard and state guard only ones I’ve seen work.
        The deference from state guard and national guard is state guard can’t be told by an unfit president like Joe with dementia to be nationalized. They state guard also releases the national guard and can stay working a debater without taking leave time. Most state.guad members our first responder or where national guard just who want to keep serving in some way. Just like CAP and coast guard auxiliary.
        Folks who leave democrat states to hog up states like Texas and Florida needs to remind themselves why they moved from them states in the first place.
        Like Donald Trump said , he should’ve left New York years ago.

        • Dean

          March 4, 2024 at 8:25 pm

          I didn’t proof read until after I posted my comment, so no need to reply about debater when you know I ment disiater.

    • Tom Guzman

      March 2, 2024 at 11:32 pm

      Since brown is a popular color used by militaries across the world, and they all use flags, we’ve seen it hundreds of times. What a waste of a comment.

      • Don Delaney

        March 3, 2024 at 10:24 am

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        You naïve and foolish comment regarding the “Brown Shirts” reflects your ignorance of the Nazi Party political army under Hitler’s leadership .
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        Ignorance such as your is dangerous .

    • Larry P

      March 4, 2024 at 1:18 pm

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      • Deux et machina

        March 4, 2024 at 4:32 pm

        The FSG is just a joke with no punch line

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  • Bill Pollard

    March 2, 2024 at 6:31 pm

    Florida should not have a Gestapo. We have a Florida National Guard that is a legitimate military force.

    • MH/Duuuval

      March 2, 2024 at 9:28 pm

      They are tied down for the moment patrolling the perimeter and entry points to Florida prisons.

  • KathrynA

    March 2, 2024 at 8:27 pm

    So agree with Bill Pollard–this guard is sent to Texas not to help with fire or natural disaster, but for illegally guarding a federal border. Who are they accountable to? What is their purpose and why are we paying for this when we have the Florida National Guard. I suppose we will find out after the November election! Lord, have mercy!

    • Dewayne

      March 2, 2024 at 11:18 pm

      First of all have you not read ANY part of our constitution? It’s the commie government of the US to protect any and all states in the union. When a bunch of TRAITORS in DC refuse to protect us from an INVASION, it’s the states and citizens RESPONSIBILITY to protect itself. YOU PEOPLE, really need to WAKE THE F UP. Volunteer to ADOPT some more terrorists into your home as I’m sure you were first in line to willfully take them in. Give them your bed, your kids bed, your families food, medical supplies access to your bank accounts etc.. You sympathizers are sickening and exactly what’s wrong with our country. That’s why I say F A DEMOCRAT. YOU ARE THE PROBLEM.

  • Thomas Bresnahan

    March 3, 2024 at 7:02 am

    Gov DaSadAss in an attempt to make himself relevant after his failed attempt at the presidency is now forming is own little band of “Nazi wannabes”. The Florida Brown Shirts are the same weak minded individuals you see going to Starbucks with an AR15 hanging from their shoulder. Florida is counting down the days when DaSadAss will be gone for good.

  • RosZel

    March 3, 2024 at 7:31 am

    The fascist mentality is so obvious, RonnieD is a Don Quixote in the modern world. Invents problems to solve to show up as the hero. We have wasted sooo much money on his private wars, it’s sickening. Yet needy children are hungry and have no medical care. Insurance hikes are driving people away. We lack teachers, county workers, medical staff, police etc. because it’s unaffordable. Over 500,000 have left the state. He’s trying to create a wealth utopia with those that back him. But in 2.75 years he is dust, praying he does not bankrupt us before then.

  • Timothy Bassett

    March 3, 2024 at 11:27 am

    The Florida Guard need to increase in size.

  • Deus Ex Machina

    March 3, 2024 at 12:03 pm

    FSG is a squad of rejects that creates more problems than they could ever hope to solve.

  • DS

    March 4, 2024 at 6:18 pm

    I am grateful for the Florida State Guard. I also agree with Dewayne’s reply. I am proud of my Marine veteran son signing up WITH FSG. Democrats = Communists! Biden’s job is to protect our borders and sovereignty! He and the Democrat Communist party are making us into a third world country. So are any Democrat out there bring an illegal alien into your home? Your Grand Poopa has encouraged you to do so.

  • Deux Et Machina

    March 4, 2024 at 10:13 pm

    DS- your son is in the FSG? Did he just graduate in this last class or the one last summer?

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