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The Florida Legislature created the National Guard of Florida in 1909 to replace the Florida State Troops (Chapter 5930, Laws of Florida). From 1921 until 1973, the Guard was under administration of the state Military Department (Ch. 8502, Laws). In 1973, the Military Department became the Department of Military Affairs (Ch. 73-93, Laws). The Adjutant General has served as the military head of the Guard since its inception. The Department and the Adjutant General control the Florida units of the National Guard; supervise all the arms, troops, branches, and stores of the Guard; and transport and subsist any armed forces required by the state to maintain law and order. The National Guard maintains its headquarters in St. Augustine.
This series contains the administrative files of the Florida National Guard that provide an overview of the Guard's activities. The series contains records documenting a wide variety of topics, such as civil defense, Camp Blanding, legislation affecting the National Guard, the National Guard Association, budgets, the War Claims Commission, army administration, army aviation, Governors' inaugurations, natural disasters, inspections, marksmanship training, mobilization plans, armories and armory construction, and field training. Also included is correspondence to and from Adjutant General Mark Lance from 1957 to 1961.
The largest portion of the series are the "history" files for various organizations in the Florida National Guard. These files are prearranged by unit type: headquarters elements; brigades; divisions; support and administrative units; and armor, artillery, and infantry organizations. The files document the formation and organization of each unit, as well as any subsequent change in its status. These files also include orders relating to unit members and the unit's participation at Annual Training. Additionally, several general historical files trace the early history of the Florida National Guard. The final box in the series contains materials relating to the personal military staffs of Governors Sholtz, Cone, and Holland.
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