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Courtesy photo From left: Florida National Guardsman Sgt. Darius Williams of Avon Park and Gov. Rick Scott who presented Williams with the Governor’s Medal of Merit at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

AVON PARK — Florida National Guardsman Sgt. Darius Williams of Avon Park, currently deployed in Kuwait, received a first-hand congratulations from Gov. Rick Scott.

Williams was one of four Florida Army Reserve National Guard soldiers who were presented recently with the Governor’s Medal of Merit by Scott during his visit to Camp Buehring.

The press release from the Governor’s Office states, Williams has led ammunition training while deployed at Camp Buehring and was essential to the success of the 3rd Platoon achieving Ammunition Certification.

He is a dedicated serviceman who is always looking for ways to help his fellow soldiers. Williams lives in Avon Park with his girlfriend and son.

Williams informed Highlands News-Sun, “Receiving that medal from the governor was a complete surprise. I didn’t know anything about it. “It’s always amazing and a blessing to see someone in the higher ranking come and visit and show that they care.”

Williams is a technician full time in the National Guard.

Scott said, “It’s an honor to be in Kuwait to award these brave Florida National Guard soldiers with the Medal of Merit in recognition of their service to our country.

“I believe we must take every opportunity we can to thank these service men and women for dedicating their lives to serving our state and country. It has been a distinct honor to spend time with the distinguished men and women of Bravo Battery 3-116 this week.”

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Gov. Rick Scott presented Florida National Guardsman Sgt. Darius Williams of Avon Park with the Governor’s Medal of Merit at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

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