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Florida National Guard to Get Replacements for Equipment in Iraq

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida National Guard is getting $86 million to replace equipment that's been left in Iraq and Afghanistan, but U.S. Senator Bill Nelson says much more is needed.

Nelson questions if the Florida Guard can respond effectively to hurricanes and other disasters because it has only 57 percent of its equipment.

Florida needs about $340 million to replace the equipment left overseas.

Congress has approved $1 billion to buy equipment for the National Guard around the country, but Nelson calls that just a drop in the bucket.

Florida Emergency Management Director Craig Fugate says Floridians should not be concerned about the National Guard's ability to respond to disasters.

Fugate says many of Florida's units were called up early in the war and are back now. He says the Florida National Guard actually has more equipment and guardsmen right now than in 2004 and 2005 when eight hurricanes hit the state.


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