DeSantis opposes plan to move Florida’s surveillance unit to Space Force – Orlando Sentinel

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday objected to a U.S. Air Force proposal to transfer a Florida Air National Guard squadron to the U.S. Space Force.

DeSantis sent a letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, saying such proposals would need approval from governors.

“If passed, the proposal would ignore more than a century of precedent and undermine federal legal protections for state control of their National Guard,” DeSantis wrote.

The Air Force bill has raised questions since it was introduced on March 19.

The proposal also came as state lawmakers asked Congress to increase the authorized size of the Florida National Guard from 12,000 members, a maximum that has been in place for decades.

In addition to National Guard members providing hurricane relief and deploying overseas, about 1,000 Guard members were deployed by DeSantis this year to help Texas at its southern border. Also, about 300 guards have helped fill vacant positions in the state prison system.