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Rick Scott: Hurlburt Remains the Best Place for Air Force Special Operations Command

At the end of last week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., weighed in on the Secretary of the Air Force’s announcement that Hurlburt Air Force Base in Okaloosa County, Florida, will continue as a Special Operations Command and be home to a majority of the special operations units in the United States.

“Senator Scott has been fighting for information from the Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall on the potential decision to move members of the Air Force Special Operations Command away from Hurlburt Field in Florida’s Panhandle. According to today’s announcement from the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, about 600 of the nearly 9,000 service members at Hurlburt will be relocated to Davis-Monthan Air Base in Arizona over the next five years to help establish the 492nd Special Operations Wing (SOW),” Scott’s office noted on Friday.

“I’ve been fighting all week against the potential move of the Air Force Special Operations Command and asking for transparency from the Biden administration. I just got off the phone with the Secretary of the Air Force and was informed that the Air Force Special Operations Command will continue its strong presence at Hurlburt Field,” Scott said.

“The Special Operations Command has been at Hurlburt since 1990—more than 30 years. It’s clearly the best place in the nation to train the most lethal military force possible, and for our military members and their families to live. The quality of life for our service members and families in Florida, especially in Okaloosa County and the Florida Panhandle, is unmatched. These communities are known for going above and beyond to support and welcome our military community, provide opportunities for their family members and ensure their children have access to the best education possible. Our service members want to be stationed in Florida, and I’ll fight like hell to make sure they don’t lose that opportunity at the whim of a political decision by the Biden administration and that Florida’s military presence continues to grow,” Scott added.


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