Rick Scott

03/02/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/02/2024 20:14

Sen. Rick Scott Receives Briefing at Eglin AFB, Highlights Support for Florida’s Military

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Today, Senator Rick Scott received a briefing from leaders at Eglin Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and highlighted support for Florida's military installations, service members and their families. As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, Senator Scott will work with his colleagues in the coming months to craft the 2025 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which sets policy and funding levels for the U.S. military.

Following the briefing, Senator Scott held a media availability with Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Okaloosa County Commission Chairman Paul Mixon and Commissioner Carolyn Ketchel, as well as Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce Chairman-elect Gordon King. Senator Scott released the below statement following the briefing and media availability.

Senator Rick Scott said, "As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Ranking Member of our Personnel Subcommittee, I'm fighting for Florida's military every day, especially here in Northwest Florida. Florida serves the mission of America's armed forces with critical military assets. I was proud to meet with the leadership at Eglin Air Force Base this morning to discuss that and how they are leading the charge on so many fronts that are critical to our national defense. In last year's NDAA, I fought for and secured big wins for Florida's military members and their families including a much-deserved 5.2% pay raise, support for our F-35 program and more resources, like child care, for military families. Child care is a big issue at Eglin and we'll keep fighting to make sure our military families have the support they need. As a Navy veteran myself, I know firsthand that our men and women in uniform make sacrifices every day to defend our freedom. The men and women here in Northwest Florida that are serving our nation truly represent the best of what it means to be an American and as we work to craft and pass the 2025 NDAA, I'll be fighting to make sure they have every resource and support needed to protect our freedoms and take care of their families."