Florida lawmakers have consistently lobbied the Navy to base an aircraft carrier at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville.
The month-long deployment has seen the Guard troops working alongside allies from the Arctic Circle to the Adriatic Sea.
In what was expected to be a routine sentencing Friday, the defendant wanted to change his plea to not guilty.
An investigation determined that all of the complaints against Col. Timothy Hudson were baseless.
The new policy may create incentives for birth mothers in uniform to designate themselves as secondary caregivers.