GIBSONTON: Gov. Scott visits Kuwait, encounters local soldier

Published on: July 12, 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott shakes the hand of SPC Carter Wagner 3rd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery Regiment, Florida Army National Guard during a trip to Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Wagner is from Gibsonton, Fla., and enjoyed the “reminders of home” that Scott brought to share with the troops.

Gov. Rick Scott visits Florida troops in Kuwait on July 4

Florida Governor Rick Scott spent July 4 with Florida troops who are stationed in Kuwait. “I look forward to spending time with our troops and making sure they know that Floridians appreciate their service to our country,” Scott said.

The governor visited service members from the Florida National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves at Camp Arifjan and Camp Buehring. He took them “reminders of home,” which included Florida orange juice, cookies and coffee. 

“As a Navy veteran, and the son of a World War II veteran, I know how important it is to support our veterans, active duty military and their families, which is why I’ll never stop fighting to make sure Florida is the most military- and veteran-friendly state in the nation. I look forward to spending time with our troops and making sure they know that Floridians appreciate their service to our country,” Scott said.

During his visit to Camp Buehring, Scott awarded four Florida Army Reserve National Guard soldiers with the Governor’s Medal of Merit.

“It’s an honor to be in Kuwait to award these brave Florida National Guard soldiers with the Medal of Merit in recognition of their service to our country,” said Scott.

“I believe we must take every opportunity we can to thank these service men and women for dedicating their lives to serving our state and country. It has been a distinct honor to spend time with the distinguished men and women of Bravo Battery 3-116,” Scott said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a U.S. Navy veteran, said he wants the troops to know their service is appreciated and promises to fight to make Florida the most “veteran-friendly state in the nation.”
U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Doug Roles

Florida Gov. Rick Scott presented the Governor’s Medal of Merit to four soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery Regiment, Florida Army National Guard during a trip to Camp Buehring, Kuwait July 3. The soldiers were presented the awards for their exceptional support of the Task Force Spartan mission in the Middle East. The recipients are from left: Staff Sgt. Christopher Crites, 1st Lt. Jessica Garey, 1st. Sgt. Raul Rodriquez and Sgt. Darius Williams.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott shakes the hand of SPC Carter Wagner 3rd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery Regiment, Florida Army National Guard during a trip to Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Wagner is from Gibsonton, Fla., and enjoyed the “reminders of home” that Scott brought to share with the troops.

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