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Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 8:54 am | Updated: 3:20 pm, Sun Jul 29, 2018.

The Florida Defense Task Force meets with local community leaders

Preserve, protect, and enhance. These are the goals of the Florida Defense Support Task Force, a group that visited Homestead to meet with local officials and other key community members to discuss pressing topics affecting our local military serving at Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB).

The Task Force is a legislatively-mandated council dedicated to maintaining Florida as the most military friendly state in the nation.

The Task Force is charged with:

· Working with Florida’s Base Commanders to prevent encroachment from impacting mission capabilities for military forces based in Florida.

· Maintaining and expanding the missions of Florida military

installations.

· Improving transportation access to Florida’s military installations.

· Assisting installations in meeting DOD renewable energy goals.

· Strengthening state support for military families and veterans with a focus on education, health care, employment, and family programs.

   During the Task Force’s visit, Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter hosted a Community Partnership Luncheon at City Hall for the members of the Task Force and members of the South Dade Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee. The groups exchanged an open dialog along with informal discussion on topics that affect our military community members and their families, including education, job retention, base realignment/closure and quality of life. 

Six members of the task force attended along with community

representation from Homestead Hospital, the Chamber of Commerce and their Military Affairs Committee (MAC), SocSouth, and local elected officials and their staff.

As the Task Force assessed the readiness of HARB and it’s surrounding communities for quality living opportunities, the issues to reach the forefront were quality of education and employment opportunities for military spouses. Pastor Brock Shiffer representing the MAC, contributed that he had been working with the local schools and school board for six years. Shiffer noted that South Dade has more “A” rated schools than ever before, along with several “B” and high rated “C” schools.

The South Dade Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee also hosted a reception at Capri Restaurant Wednesday evening to welcome Task Force members, military leaders, elected officials and community leaders to Homestead.

To learn more, visit www.enterpriseflorida.com/fdstf.

 

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2 comments:

  • Clay Hamre posted at 5:05 am on Tue, Aug 14, 2018.

    Clay Hamre Posts: 3

    Florida task force is serving the nation greatly. It is nice opportunity for this force that it meet with the college writing papers leaders. Now they are able to discuss their issues with each other it will help them to resolve their issues.

     
  • Clay Hamre posted at 5:04 am on Thu, Aug 9, 2018.

    Clay Hamre Posts: 3

    Florida task force is serving the nation greatly. It is nice opportunity for this force that it meet with the college writing papers leaders. Now they are able to discuss their issues with each other it will help them to resolve their issues.