Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is a baller, shot caller, and the GOP is fortunate to have him.
DeSantis has proposed restoring a World War II-era civilian volunteer force to protect Florida.
“DeSantis called for bringing back the Florida State Guard, a civilian volunteer force whose role will be to assist the National Guard,” reported Breitbart News.
A press release from DeSantis’ office read:
The establishment of the Florida State Guard will further support those emergency response efforts in the event of a hurricane, natural disasters and other state emergencies. The $3.5 million to establish the Florida State Guard will enable civilians to be trained in the best emergency response techniques. By establishing the Florida State Guard, Florida will become the 23rd state with a state guard recognized by the federal government.
“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,” DeSantis said.
“In late 1940, over one year before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed the State Guard Act, authorizing states to set up replacement forces for National Guards with members going into overseas service, according to Stars and Stripes,” reported Breitbart News.
“With war on the horizon, Congress passed the act to allow states to maintain forces other than the National Guard, which had been federalized. Funded and trained by the states, the guards served under the command of governors. The state Legislature authorized the Florida Defense Force in 1941. It was rebranded as the Florida State Guard, and deactivated in 1947, two years after the war’s conclusion,” the State Guard Act states.
DeSantis tweeted about his commitment to the safety of the military and his state:
I am proposing more than $100 million for our National Guard, active-duty military and veterans, and to re-establish the Florida State Guard to assist our National Guard in state-specific emergencies.
I am committed to supporting our military and keeping our state safe.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) December 2, 2021
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