Military

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.

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March 21, 2020 Press Release

 

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) issued the following statement today in response to the Air Force’s announcement that a servicemember from the 24th Special Operations Wing out of Hurlburt Field, Florida, had passed away during a training exercise in Panama City:

 

February 25, 2020 In The News
Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett recently announced two basing decisions that could bring additional personnel and aircraft to Duke Field and Hurlburt Field.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Additional personnel and aircraft could be coming to Duke Field and Hurlburt Field as the result of two basing decisions signed recently by Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett.

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.