Holiday Message 2016

Florida Guardsmen and DMA employees –

As we celebrate this season and prepare to ring in the New Year, Sophia and I wish you and your families our very best, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outstanding job you did throughout 2016.

We have had a very busy year. More than 1,400 Florida National Guard Soldiers and Airmen supported deployments around the globe, and we activated approximately 4,700 Guardsmen in response to the first hurricanes to hit Florida in over a decade. In addition, you represented our organization at more than a 100 local community events around the state. I’m very proud of what we have accomplished.

While this holiday season is a time for rejoicing, remember that it can be especially challenging for some. I need you to keep an eye on one another, and to get help if you or a friend need it.

Many will be visiting family and friends over the holidays. If you’re travelling, be aware of fatigue, potentially treacherous driving conditions, and inattentive drivers. Take the appropriate precautions to ensure you arrive and return safely. Each of us is an important member of this team, and I need all of you back here to kick off 2017.

Please enjoy the holidays with your loved ones, and I look forward to working with you in 2017! ALWAYS READY, ALWAYS THERE!

Michael A. Calhoun

Major General, USA

The Adjutant General of Florida