Florida's Army National Guard Commander retires

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SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla. (WTXL) - The highest ranking officer of the Florida Army National Guard has retired.

Maj. Gen. James "Don" Tyre, who served both as the Commander of the Florida Army National Guard and Assistant Adjutant General of Florida for Army, was recognized during a retirement and military ceremony at the historic St. Francis Barracks.

Adjutant General of Florida Maj. Gen. Emmett Titshaw presented Tyre with the Florida Cross and the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal during the ceremony, and lauded him for his years of service to the Army National Guard.

Tyre was a task force commander and a joint task force commander for over 15 named storms in Florida, as well as relief operations, Operation Deep Water Horizon and several wildfire operations.