Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday October 16th 2018


Winners & Losers 4/13/17

Friends of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
The non-profit organization, which is facilitated by Pen Air Federal Credit Union (Pen Air), presented a check to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) of Pensacola at the 17th Annual Friends of the NMCRS, Inc. Charity Golf Tournament. Since 2000, Pen Air has given more than $435,000 to further the mission of NMCRS at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The Pensacola society is ranked second in the nation, behind the Washington D. C. society, for receiving the most financial support from its community.

The local PBS station has been awarded the bronze Telly Award for production of the “Forts of Pensacola Bay: Advanced Redoubt” episode of “In Your Own Backyard.” The program is part of a three-part series and focuses on the Advanced Redoubt of Fort Barrancas, located at present-day Naval Air Station Pensacola. Founded in 1978, the Telly Award honors excellence in video and television production, recognizing distinction in creative work.

Eric Kleinert
The former director of human resources for the Indiana Department of Transportation has been hired to head HR for the Escambia County. Kleinert’s responsibilities with Escambia County will include supervising the Human Resources Department, mentoring and evaluating staff, advising the county administrator on the needs of the department and representing the department before the board of county commissioners.

“Flynn Stones”
National Security Agency chief H. R. McMaster is slowly moving out the staffers he inherited from his predecessor, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. The insiders have started referring to them as the “Flynn Stones.” Former Fox News analyst K.T. McFarland has been reportedly asked to step down as the deputy national security adviser. Other remaining “Flynn Stones” include chief of staff Keith Kellogg, Michael Anton, the National Security Council spokesman; and Victoria Coates, the senior director for strategic assessments.

Escambia County School District
Superintendent Malcolm Thomas may have a new headache. Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran has targeted low-performing public schools that he calls “failure factories” and is pushing for expanded school choice. Thomas had 13 elementary schools on the state’s list of 300 low performing schools at the end of 2015-16 school year, which is 40 percent of all his elementary schools. Yikes!  Achieve Escambia has a lot of achieving to do.

Dan Scavino, Jr.
A tweet by the White House social media director urging Trump supporters to challenge GOP lawmaker, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, may have violated federal law. Last week, Scavino went after Amash in a tweet from his personal account that lists his official job with photos from inside the White House. The Hatch Act prohibits the use of one’s office for political purposes. Hmmm.