It is with profound regret and heavy hearts that we notify you of the passing of a great Florida Guardsman, leader, and former Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Robert F. Ensslin Jr. He died Saturday, March 15. Maj. Gen. Ensslin served as The Adjutant General of Florida from 1982-1992; his presence and leadership will be missed by each member of the Florida National Guard family, as his impact has had a lasting effect on this organization.
He will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. There is currently no scheduled date for the military burial.
Ensslin joined the Florida Army National Guard in February 1956, serving as a battery officer and battery commander of the 116th Field Artillery Battalion. Rising through the ranks, he commanded at several levels including the Florida Army National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade, which he led from 1980-1981. Maj. Gen. Ensslin followed Maj. Gen. Kennedy C. Bullard as Adjutant General of Florida in 1982. He was succeeded as Adjutant General of Florida in 1992 by Maj. Gen. Ronald O. Harrison.
He also served as president of the National Guard Association of the United States.
The Robert F. Ensslin Jr. Armory in St. Augustine was named after the former adjutant general under Florida Senate Bill 1634 in 1993.