Florida National Guard training at Camp Blanding

  • The Bulldog platoon of the Florida Youth Challenge Academy at the Florida National Guard training facility Camp Blanding. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Members of the Bulldog platoon work on formation at the Florida Youth Challenge Academy for high school students at the Florida National Guard training facility Camp Blanding. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ema Grahovac, 16, of Palm Beach Gardens, is a member of the Cougars platoon in the Florida Youth Challenge Academy. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Chyann Thompson stores all her belongings in her footlocker while at the Florida Youth Challenge Academy, for high school students, at the Florida National Guard training facility Camp Blanding. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Squad leader Christopher Perez, left, 17, of Apollo Beach, and Lane Parmenter, 17, of Mandarin, Fla., both members of the 4th platoon the Scorpions, work on the memorial garden at the Florida Youth Challenge Academy at Camp Blanding. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Bulldog platoon of the Florida Youth Challenge Academy at the Florida National Guard training facility Camp Blanding. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Chyann Thompson, 16, of Saint Augustine, tidies up her belongings at Florida Youth Challenge Academy at Florida National Guard training facility Camp Blanding. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Plaques line the Memorial Garden with the names and photos of Florida Youth Challenge Academy graduates who have died. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Brandon Petitti, right, 16, of Panama City Beach, and Jesse Deibert, center, 17, of Port St. Lucie, both members of the Bulldogs platoon, drop for pushups at the Florida Youth Challenge Academy. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Guardsmen demonstrate training on a simulator at the Florida National Guard training facility Camp Blanding where weekend warriors hone their skills. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sgt. Sean O'Donnell, center, 23, U.S. Army National Guard, barks out command to his platoon during a warrior leadership course at the Florida National Guard training facility Camp Blanding, where weekend warriors hone their skills. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Thomas Janowski, center, 19, U.S. sits in a leadership program at the Florida National Guard training facility Camp Blanding. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Major General Emmett J. Titshaw Jr., the adjutant general of Florida at the Florida National Guard training facility Camp Blanding. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Combined support maintenance shop worker Army Specialist Jeffery Smithson, works on an LMTV steering link. He, along with 85 others, must rotate into duty at Florida National Guard training facility Camp Blanding. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Squad leader Sgt.Jose Palacios, left, Thomas Manning, center, and James Colee, right, demonstrate a training exercise in an MRAP or Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, for a video, at the Florida National Guard training facility Camp Blanding. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Specialist James Colee, U.S. Army, demonstrates weapon skills training at Florida National Guard training facility Camp Blanding, where weekend warriors hone their skills. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF