Hoskins appointed to Florida Defense Support Task Force

Posted on August 2, 2019 by Staff reports

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis today appointed three new members to the Florida Defense Support Task Force, including Former NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer Captain Keith Hoskins (Ret.).

Hoskins, of Pensacola, is currently senior vice president of Navy Federal Credit Union. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 27 years of service in 2016. Prior to retiring, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Station in Pensacola in 2013, becoming both the first African American and the first former Blue Angel to hold the position.

Hoskins earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Missouri Western State University and his master’s degree in national resource strategy and policy from Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. Hoskins is appointed to a four-year term.

Other appointees included Major General James O. Eifert and Rear Admiral Stanley Bozin.

Florida Senator Doug Broxson serves as chairman of the Task Force, which works with Florida’s Base Commanders to prevent encroachment from impacting mission capabilities for military forces based in Florida.

The Task Force is also charged with maintaining and expanding the missions of Florida military installations, improving transportation access, and assisting installations in meeting Department of Defense renewable energy goals. Additionally, the Task Force works to strengthen state support for military families and veterans with a focus on education, health care, employment, and family programs.