Military Installations

APA Florida Chapter, Emerald Coast Section


Thursday, November 12, 2015
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CST

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Military installations are an integral part of the Northwest Florida Region.  Planners will hear discussion about their unique challenges of balancing mission and community relations with such issues as encroachment, infrastructure, technology and transportation.


 The moderator for this panel discussion is Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare.  Speakers are Doug Huggan with Panama City Naval Air Station Coastal Syetems; LTC. Jason Moritz with the 7th Secial Forces; and Col. Thomas Palenske, vice commander of the 1st Special Operations Wind and Hurlburt Field.


Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare was elected in 2012 and represents Pensacola on the Florida/Alabama Transportation Planning Organization, the Northwest Florida Regional Transportation Planning Organization, and the Pensacola-Escambia Development Commission. Bare is active in the Florida League of Cities where he serves on the Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the Federal Action Strike Team. He has also completed all three phases of the Florida League of Cities’ Institute for Elected Municipal Officials. Bare earned both of his degrees at the University of West Florida. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Administration in 1992 and Master of Public Administration in 1994.I n 2003, Bare was deployed in the U.S. Army for Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He served both in Iraq as an economics and commerce officer and in Kuwait as the director of special projects for the Humanitarian Operations Center, a multi-national organization. Bare also spent a year as the district representative for Congressman Jeff Miller. Bare is a graduate of Leadership Pensacola, Leadership Santa Rosa, and the West Florida Leadership Academy.  He is a former president of the local chapter of the American Society for Training and Development.


Commander Douglas Huggan is  the commanding officer for naval support activity in Panama City. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Huggan’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, four navy and marine corps commendation medals, navy and marine corps achievement medals, and various other service and unit awards.


Lt. Col. Jason Moritz is currently the Installation Commandant of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and responsible for the operation and maintenance of over 20 facilities spread across 100 acres in Northwest Florida. Moritz joined the Army specializing in Chemical, Biological and Radiological defense in 1998 and has served in various duty positions in military installation located in Korea, Missouri and Florida.  He has deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge among other awards and decorations.


Moritz holds Bachelors of Science in Communications from The University of Southern Alabama and a Masters in International Relations from Webster’s University. 


 Colonel Thomas B. Palenske is the vice commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.  He is responsible to the 1st SOW commander for preparing Air Force special operations forces for missions worldwide in support of Army, Navy, Marine and allied special operations forces and USAF counterparts. The wing's mission includes infiltration, resupply, air refueling, and precision fire support, employing over 70 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft including the AC-130U, MC-130H/P, CV-22B, U-28A and PC-12. These capabilities support a variety of special operations missions including direct action, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, counterterrorism, personnel recovery, psychological operations and information operations.
















Charles Bare