Construction machinery breaks down what's left of Hangar 5 on Tyndall Air Force Base
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A year ago, Hurricane Michael steamrolled through the Florida panhandle, damaging nearly everything in its path - including three military bases along its route--Tyndall Air Force, the Navy’s naval support facility, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Blaise Gainey reports on efforts to fix what the storm broke.

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Hurricane Irma forced hundreds of thousands of Floridians from their homes, including residents at military bases. Key West and Jacksonville saw some of the worst effects of the storm, and are also home to major military installations. But now the bases are returning to normal.

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Some of Florida’s military supporters are lining up behind the state’s land acquisition program. Unlikely allies are joining forces to defend Florida Forever.

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The largest statewide organization for LGBTQ equality in Florida issued a response to President Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender service members.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi is touting her new initiative launched last month to help Florida’s military service members and veterans—the target of scams.

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Some Florida lawmakers aren’t too happy about President-Elect Donald Trump’s tweet criticizing what he calls the “out of control” costs for the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons program.

A Florida Panhandle lawmaker is the new vice chair on the Senate panel looking at military issues.

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce hosted a summit Wednesday on the future of the state’s military forces. Florida’s business and military leaders are teaming up to help the state prepare for the next 15 years.

Potential Air Force Expansion In Florida

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Representative Gwen Graham wants to expand U.S. Air Force presence in Florida.

The Florida National Guard is asking the state legislature for $2 million to help make sure facilities are secure.

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Building on a recent Executive Order from Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Agriculture is taking steps to protect members of the military and veterans. The state’s concealed weapons permit applications process for people in those categories will now be sped up.

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Four Northwest Florida school districts received more than $6 million total in the recently signed state budget. It’s for areas serving military-related students.

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Governor Rick Scott’s recent approval of three public records exemptions is drawing both criticism and praise from critics and proponents alike.

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A bill filed to make sure tragedies like Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting don’t happen in Florida passed the state House Monday. But, the measure that could allow teachers to carry guns on school campus drew a lot of fire from Democrats.

It’s been more than a year since the Sandy Hook mass shooting that left 26 people dead—mostly kids. And, Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) says according to a national report, close to 50-percent of the incidents—similar to Sandy Hook—are known to last less than 15 minutes.

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A divided Florida House committee has given its approval to a measure which could put more guns in schools. It’s similar to proposals that have been considered – and, in most cases, rejected, in other states. But the military veteran who proposed it hopes a change he’s made to the formula will help it pass.

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Taxes on hurricane supplies and defense contractors interested in locating in Florida would be scuttled under bills that received a first hearing Thursday.

The state has inaugurated several sales tax “holidays” in recent years and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) wants to add another on hurricane preparedness supplies.

On Thursday, fellow House member John Tobia (R-Melbourne Beach) asked how much an average generator costs and how Gaetz chose to tax only those generators which cost more than $700.

411 Teen: Military Women

Jan 30, 2013

Join host Dr. Liz Holifield for "411 Teen", a locally produced program created with teen input for a teenage audience.  Guests provide insights into topics that concern adolescents specifically.   This week Dr. Liz discusses the role of women in the armed services.

Military Diversity Expert: Diversity Wins Elections

Jan 28, 2013
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On Monday, a national expert on diversity in the U.S. armed forces told a local club in Tallahassee that diversity is critical to accomplishing missions, whether they’re military operations or winning elections. Presidential appointee, Col. Ron Joe spoke to the Democratic Club of North Florida.

Troops Return Home

Jan 9, 2013
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After a nine month deployment in Afghanistan, the Florida Army National Guard’s 869th Engineering Company is home.  About 200 friends and family packed in to the Alexander O. Shefler Jr. Armory in Quincy to greet the returning service members.  First Lieutenant Marc James Mcateer , said he missed some very important members of his family.

“Family- I really looked forward to seeing my baby brothers, they just brighten my world,” Mcateer said.

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Military veterans, especially those making the transition from active duty to civilian life, now have a new place to go for help in Leon Co. After a grand opening on Wednesday, the Veterans Resource Center brings services that used to be spread out over several offices together under one roof, in a more intimate and approachable setting.