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Keith Hoskins, the former commanding officer at Naval Air Station Pensacola, has been selected as Gulf Power’s new western district general manager, company officials said Thursday.

He replaces Gary Sammons, who will retire at the end of the year after nearly 40 years of service to the company.

As the district general manager, Hoskins will be responsible for the customer service and sales operations for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. He will serve as a representative of Gulf Power on community boards and with government officials. Hoskins also will coordinate cooperative efforts between district operations and various corporate teams to meet customers’ expectations and service needs.

Hoskins joined Gulf Power as its Major Accounts and Military Affairs manager earlier this year, choosing to stay in the area after relinquishing his three-year command of NAS Pensacola. In 2015, President Obama awarded Hoskins with the prestigious Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award, one of the highest honors recognizing the outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations.

Over the course of his 27-year career in the U.S. Navy, Hoskins served as a Blue Angels flight demonstration pilot from 1999-2001, as commanding officer of Strike Force Squadron 15, and as the national director of NROTC at Navy Service Training Command.

Hoskins graduated from Missouri Western State University in 1988 with an Electrical Engineering Technology degree, and earned a master’s degree in National Resource Strategy and Policy from the Industrial College of Armed Forces in 2012.

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