Irresponsibly cutting defense spending is a national security risk that won’t solve our budget crisis. We must cut spending and balance our budget with long-term solutions—not on the backs of our service members and defense community. Matt will always stand up for our military community, and opposes any automatic cuts to defense spending that would jeopardize our national security and damage the Northwest Florida economy.

In 2018, Matt secured a $41.9 million authorization to fund military test ranges, including our local Gulf Test Range. This allocation will not only ensure that the U.S. has the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen, but also keeps great paying jobs in our community. Keeping the American people safe at home and abroad is the Federal government’s most important duty. Matt knows that a well-trained and fully-funded military is critical in ensuring our national security and fighting terrorism. We must project global strength and send our enemies a clear message that we will not tolerate any acts that threaten our safety and security.

More on Military

February 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today applauded Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett for signing two basing decisions directly impacting military installations in the First Congressional District of Florida, acknowledging that they are best equipped to accommodate a rapidly-developing military mission.


February 6, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today introduced legislation to allow centenarian military veterans to qualify for full pension benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs regardless of their net worth. The “Joseph Ainsworth Act” would change the Net Worth Limitation in Section 1522 of Title 38 by creating an age exemption for veterans older than 99 years old.


February 3, 2020 In The News

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., whose Northwest Florida district includes Eglin Air Force Base and a number of other military installations, addressed the Defense Leadership Forum’s 2020 Air Force Contracting Summit on Friday.

February 3, 2020 Page

The Veterans History Project was created by the United States Congress to preserve veterans’ first-hand accounts of their time in military service. The project was initiated in an effort to preserve veterans’ unique experiences and document their stories for future generations.


January 31, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) announced his 2020 service academy nominations for Florida’s First Congressional District in two separate events at Niceville High School and Pace High School earlier today. During the events, Rep. Gaetz nominated the following students to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.


January 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, January 31st, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) will announce his 2020 military service academy nominations for Florida’s First Congressional District during two separate events at Niceville High School and Pace High School.


Both events are open to the public and to the press. There will be a media availability immediately following both service academy nomination announcements.

January 16, 2020 In The News

A dozen Saudi military personnel training at Naval Air Station Pensacola were sent home after a federal investigation found they were in possession of "derogatory" material.

January 8, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, US Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) issued the following statement in response to President Trump's address to the nation on developments in Iran:

"President Trump’s decision to advance peace through mindful restraint with Iran represents his full commitment to an American First foreign policy. Our strength will not be weakened by Iran's provocations. I am thankful that President Trump will keep us out of another forever war," Congressman Gaetz said. 



December 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week. Congressman Gaetz secured numerous provisions for Florida’s First Congressional district in the NDAA, including $124 million in military construction and also an amendment posthumously promoting Lt. Colonel Dick Cole of the Doolittle Raiders to Colonel.