Gov. Scott and First Lady Ann Scott Honor 410 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott today, joined by Florida National Guard Major General Emmett Titshaw, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Communications Director Steve Murray, and Diane King, Home Administrator of the St. Augustine State Veterans Nursing Home awarded 410 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation.

Governor Scott said, “The freedoms and opportunities that all Americans enjoy are because of the service of our veterans. I am privileged to award these medals to the brave Florida veterans from the Jacksonville area.”

First Lady Ann Scott said, “It is an honor to join Rick to thank and recognize our state’s veterans. Being in Jacksonville is particularly special for me because my brother retired here after 35 years of service. I could not be more proud of him and all of the other men and women who have bravely served our country.”

Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Steve Murray, Communications Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, said, “We often take for granted the stellar job our Florida Air National Guard provides in air defense for the southeastern United States. It is very appropriate that we honor the men and women of the 125th Fighter Wing so close to the Fourth of July weekend.”

The ceremony was held at the 125th Fighter Wing in Jacksonville. During the ceremony, Governor Scott highlighted the service of Florida veteran, Sheila McGlothlin, and presented the Florida Distinguished Service Medal to Gregory Stritch. The Florida Distinguished Service Medal recognizes National Guard members who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Sheila McGlothlin
Sheila McGlothlin has served with the Florida Air National Guard for 22 years. She has completed three deployments and plans on continuing her service with the 125th Fighter Wing for several more years. She served in Information Management for the first 11 years and later switched career fields to Vehicle Operations Supervisor.

Gregory Stritch
Gregory Stritch served as the director for the Florida National Guard STARBASE Program in Jacksonville, which encourages elementary school students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as they continue their education. During his six years as director, Gregory established new curriculum, secured more than $32,000 in grants, and inspired countless teachers and students. Gregory also dedicated his own time and resources to testify before Congress on behalf of STARBASE. Gregory’s compassion and determination effectively saved the STARBASE Program not only for Florida, but also nationwide.

Florida Veterans Medal
The “Governor’s Veterans Service Award” honors Floridians who have served in the U.S. Military. The front of the medal depicts the Great Seal of the State of Florida. The back of the medal displays the five seals representing the five branches of U.S. Military with an inscription that reads “Honoring Those Who Served.”

 

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