Governor-Elect Rick Scott Taps Major General Emmett R. Titshaw to Lead Florida’s National Guard

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Governor-elect Rick Scott said Floridians and the state’s National Guard can count on Major General Emmett R. (“Buddy”) Titshaw’s proven and steady leadership in a time of crisis as he announced the seamless transition of keeping General Titshaw as the state’s Adjutant General and Director of Florida’s Department of Military Affairs.

Gov.-elect Scott noted that General Titshaw’s 40-year military service in the state’s national guard, his leadership during the devastating 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, and his extraordinary service in senior national-level positions make him the right person to lead the Florida Guard’s soldiers and airmen.

“We must honor the service and sacrifices of Florida’s citizen-soldiers and airmen by providing them with the right leader at the right time,” said Gov.-elect Scott. “Buddy is certainly the right person to lead the Florida National Guard and I am especially gratified by his leadership.”

Scott said Titshaw, who assumed his duties as Adjutant General in June of 2010, would be responsible for the training, readiness and command of nearly 12,000 men and women of the Florida National Guard providing safety and security to Florida’s citizens during a disaster.

Scott also highlighted that Titshaw would be able to work seamlessly with Scott’s recent selection to head the state’s Department of Emergency Management, Bryan Koon.

“Floridians can rest assured that when disaster strikes, General Titshaw is on the job and our National Guard will be ready to get to work,” said Scott.

About Major General Titshaw:

General Titshaw brings more than 40 years of experience with Florida’s National Guard to his role as the state’s Adjutant General. A graduate of Auburn University, General Titshaw enlisted in the Florida Air National Guard in May 1970 and was a distinguished graduate of undergraduate pilot training in 1972. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College. General Titshaw has served in a wide range of command and staff positions, including Fighter Squadron Commander, Air Operations Officer, 125th Fighter Wing Commander, Chief of Staff for the Florida Air National Guard, and Assistant Adjutant General-Air. During the 2005 Hurricane Season, General Titshaw served as Commander, Joint Task Force-Florida. He possesses remarkable leadership skills and a superb ability to motivate others. His experience as the Florida Guards Joint Task Force Commander during Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma have well prepared him to lead natural disaster response actions in support of Florida citizens. General Titshaw has commanded at every level of the Florida Air Guard. In addition to his military duties, General Titshaw served more than 26 years as a commercial airline pilot. General Titshaw’s military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Florida Cross.

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