Latest News from the Virginia National Guard
  • The Virginia Army National Guard observes Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, 2014, as part of a national observance to draw attention to the prevention of substance abuse. In order to maintain combat readiness, it is imperative that Soldiers and their Families remain drug free. Every year, Soldiers and Families suffer the consequences of misusing drugs and alcohol. The Red Ribbon Campaign mobilizes communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. It is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions during Red Ribbon Week each year. The Department of Defense has officially participated in Red Ribbon Week since 1990, with the aim to prevent drug abuse amongst its service members and their Families. You can […]

    Red Ribbon Week

    The Virginia Army National Guard observes Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, 2014, as part of a national observance to draw attention to the prevention of substance abuse. In order to maintain combat readiness, it is imperative that Soldiers and their Families remain drug free. Every year, Soldiers and Families suffer the consequences of misusing drugs and alcohol. The Red Ribbon Campaign mobilizes communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. It is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions during Red Ribbon Week each year. The Department of Defense has officially participated in Red Ribbon Week since 1990, with the aim to prevent drug abuse amongst its service members and their Families. You can […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard will break ground on the first phase of a multi-purpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va., at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2014. The first phase of the facility will cost an estimated $1.8 million, occupy 1.5 acres and include two 70 feet by 120 feet steel framed tensioned fabric structures and two 180 feet square grids where military units can set up their tactical operations center equipment and conduct battalion, brigade and division-level command post exercises. The facility can also be used as a staging area for Virginia National Guard units preparing for National Guard civil support missions when on state active duty. In addition to use by […]

    Virginia National Guard to break ground on multi-purpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard will break ground on the first phase of a multi-purpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va., at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2014. The first phase of the facility will cost an estimated $1.8 million, occupy 1.5 acres and include two 70 feet by 120 feet steel framed tensioned fabric structures and two 180 feet square grids where military units can set up their tactical operations center equipment and conduct battalion, brigade and division-level command post exercises. The facility can also be used as a staging area for Virginia National Guard units preparing for National Guard civil support missions when on state active duty. In addition to use by […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris will serve as the new Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor beginning Dec. 1, 2014, according to an announcement made Oct. 22, 2014, by Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Command Sgt. Maj. Ferris will make a great addition to the senior leadership team of the Virginia National Guard,” Williams said. “He has decades of experience leading Soldiers in field and garrison environments, as well as in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. His experience, advice and counsel will be invaluable as the Virginia National Guard forges the way ahead to maintain readiness for both our federal and state missions in the challenging environment we now face.” Ferris currently […]

    Ferris selected as new Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor

    SANDSTON, Va. – Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris will serve as the new Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor beginning Dec. 1, 2014, according to an announcement made Oct. 22, 2014, by Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Command Sgt. Maj. Ferris will make a great addition to the senior leadership team of the Virginia National Guard,” Williams said. “He has decades of experience leading Soldiers in field and garrison environments, as well as in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. His experience, advice and counsel will be invaluable as the Virginia National Guard forges the way ahead to maintain readiness for both our federal and state missions in the challenging environment we now face.” Ferris currently […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Richmond-based Counterdrug Task Force provided Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran with a capabilities brief and demonstration Oct. 16, 2014, at the Counterdrug headquarters in Richmond, Va. Deputy Secretaries of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel and Tonya D. Vincent, along with Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and senior leaders from the Virginia National Guard also attended the briefing, which discussed and highlighted the support to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, or LEAs, as well as community coalitions, the CDTF provides in the fight against narcotic’s production and trafficking. The Virginia National Guard Counterdrug […]

    Counterdrug Task Force demonstrates skills to Virginia leaders

    RICHMOND, Va. – Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Richmond-based Counterdrug Task Force provided Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran with a capabilities brief and demonstration Oct. 16, 2014, at the Counterdrug headquarters in Richmond, Va. Deputy Secretaries of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel and Tonya D. Vincent, along with Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and senior leaders from the Virginia National Guard also attended the briefing, which discussed and highlighted the support to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, or LEAs, as well as community coalitions, the CDTF provides in the fight against narcotic’s production and trafficking. The Virginia National Guard Counterdrug […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, traveled to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Sept. 9-29, 2014, for a Decisive Action training rotation that included 14 days of field training and sharpened the unit’s warfighting abilities. The Decisive Action Training Environment, or DATE, is used at NTC to generate a training scenario that can be used throughout the Army and includes a hybrid threat that reflects the realities of today’s battlefields. Unit’s train in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environment that allows units to “fully exercise their Mission Essential Task List, or METL, that supports the Army’s core competencies.” The 229th recently shifted from a […]

    229th Chemical Company completes NTC rotation

    SANDSTON, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, traveled to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Sept. 9-29, 2014, for a Decisive Action training rotation that included 14 days of field training and sharpened the unit’s warfighting abilities. The Decisive Action Training Environment, or DATE, is used at NTC to generate a training scenario that can be used throughout the Army and includes a hybrid threat that reflects the realities of today’s battlefields. Unit’s train in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environment that allows units to “fully exercise their Mission Essential Task List, or METL, that supports the Army’s core competencies.” The 229th recently shifted from a […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Virginia National Guard conducted a ceremony to break ground on a new solar array that provides power and energy security to the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute on Fort Pickett, Va., Oct. 14, 2014. The ceremony marks the construction of the Virginia Guard’s first alternative energy project. The new $2.2 million, 488 kilowatt solar array will be a 10,000 square yard solar field consisting of nearly 2,000 individual solar panels and will provide the RTI with nearly 80 percent of its daytime energy needs. This field is estimated to produce 712,000 kilowatt hours per year and will be installed adjacent to the RTI campus. Additionally, the project has a guaranteed return of investment exceeding $2.6 […]

    Va. Guard breaks ground for new solar array

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Virginia National Guard conducted a ceremony to break ground on a new solar array that provides power and energy security to the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute on Fort Pickett, Va., Oct. 14, 2014. The ceremony marks the construction of the Virginia Guard’s first alternative energy project. The new $2.2 million, 488 kilowatt solar array will be a 10,000 square yard solar field consisting of nearly 2,000 individual solar panels and will provide the RTI with nearly 80 percent of its daytime energy needs. This field is estimated to produce 712,000 kilowatt hours per year and will be installed adjacent to the RTI campus. Additionally, the project has a guaranteed return of investment exceeding $2.6 […]

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  • CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – The 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, a Virginia Army National Guard unit from Virginia Beach, Va., took the reins from the 751st CSSB, a South Carolina Army National Guard unit from Columbia, S. C., in a transfer of authority ceremony Aug. 11, 2014, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. “We are excited to take over the mission,” said Lt. Col. Michael Waterman, commander of the 529th CSSB. “The 751st has been a great partner of ours and very good at getting us the information we need to hit the ground running.” The 529th CSSB will be operating with the task of planning and coordinating combat sustainment support for U.S. and coalition forces in Kuwait and the surrounding region. […]

    529th CSSB unfurls colors, begins mission in Kuwait

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – The 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, a Virginia Army National Guard unit from Virginia Beach, Va., took the reins from the 751st CSSB, a South Carolina Army National Guard unit from Columbia, S. C., in a transfer of authority ceremony Aug. 11, 2014, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. “We are excited to take over the mission,” said Lt. Col. Michael Waterman, commander of the 529th CSSB. “The 751st has been a great partner of ours and very good at getting us the information we need to hit the ground running.” The 529th CSSB will be operating with the task of planning and coordinating combat sustainment support for U.S. and coalition forces in Kuwait and the surrounding region. […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Delegate T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, presented House Joint Resolution No. 320 from the Virginia General Assembly commending the Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Oct. 11, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. The resolution recognized the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion being presented the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award at a ceremony Oct. 21, 2013, and recognized as the most combat-ready Army National Guard battalion in the nation. After making the presentation, Garrett talked with senior leaders from the battalion, then visited Soldiers conducting individual and crew served weapons qualifications during their drill weekend. Garrett thanked the Soldiers for their service and took the opportunity to learn more […]

    Delegate Garrett presents resolution commending Lynchburg-based Va. Guard infantry battalion

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Delegate T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, presented House Joint Resolution No. 320 from the Virginia General Assembly commending the Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Oct. 11, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. The resolution recognized the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion being presented the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award at a ceremony Oct. 21, 2013, and recognized as the most combat-ready Army National Guard battalion in the nation. After making the presentation, Garrett talked with senior leaders from the battalion, then visited Soldiers conducting individual and crew served weapons qualifications during their drill weekend. Garrett thanked the Soldiers for their service and took the opportunity to learn more […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – After three decades of service, Virginia Army National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James D. Moore, an Amelia, Va., resident, has been selected to serve as the top military chaplain for the Virginia National Guard. An Iraq veteran, and an advocate for troops and their families, Moore takes the reins from Chaplain (Col.) Todd W. Combee, who retired earlier this year. A native of Dundalk, Md., Moore started his military career on rocky terms. Having been a troubled teenager, Moore soon found himself in front of a adjudicator who gave him the option of military service. Moore enlisted as an Airman in the U.S. Air Force military police, now referred to as security forces, Aug. 4, 1976. He spent 12 […]

    Va. Guard welcomes new state chaplain

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – After three decades of service, Virginia Army National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James D. Moore, an Amelia, Va., resident, has been selected to serve as the top military chaplain for the Virginia National Guard. An Iraq veteran, and an advocate for troops and their families, Moore takes the reins from Chaplain (Col.) Todd W. Combee, who retired earlier this year. A native of Dundalk, Md., Moore started his military career on rocky terms. Having been a troubled teenager, Moore soon found himself in front of a adjudicator who gave him the option of military service. Moore enlisted as an Airman in the U.S. Air Force military police, now referred to as security forces, Aug. 4, 1976. He spent 12 […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — This weekend brings the observation of Columbus Day and a long holiday weekend for most of our personnel. Columbus Day commemorates the discovery of the New World as well as the spirit of exploration, and the holiday weekend is the first of the fall season. We must always keep safety as a primary consideration in everything we do, especially during long holiday weekends.Changes in temperatures and less daylight are just two of the seasonal changes that everyone should factor in as they make their plans. Please be sure to get plenty of rest before you get behind the wheel of a car for a long trip and have scheduled breaks along the route. Consider using the Travel […]

    Adjutant General’s Columbus Day Holiday Safety Message

    SANDSTON, Va. — This weekend brings the observation of Columbus Day and a long holiday weekend for most of our personnel. Columbus Day commemorates the discovery of the New World as well as the spirit of exploration, and the holiday weekend is the first of the fall season. We must always keep safety as a primary consideration in everything we do, especially during long holiday weekends.Changes in temperatures and less daylight are just two of the seasonal changes that everyone should factor in as they make their plans. Please be sure to get plenty of rest before you get behind the wheel of a car for a long trip and have scheduled breaks along the route. Consider using the Travel […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Members of the Virginia National Guard spent four weeks working hand-in-hand with members of the Danish Home Guard Sept. 13 to Oct. 8, 2014, as part of the Department of Defense Reserve Officers Foreign Exchange Program and from a growing relationship between the Virginia National Guard and the Danish Home Guard. The annual program provides Virginia National Guard officers the opportunity to take part in a four-week military exchange program with Denmark—two weeks there, two weeks here. The program was created to maintain tactical and mobilization proficiency between allies, who often work together while deployed, and improve cross-cultural understanding and relationships. Fifteen members of the Virginia National Guard travelled to Nymindegab Camp in Denmark, Sept. 13-28, where […]

    Va. Guard, Danish Home Guard visit training sites

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Members of the Virginia National Guard spent four weeks working hand-in-hand with members of the Danish Home Guard Sept. 13 to Oct. 8, 2014, as part of the Department of Defense Reserve Officers Foreign Exchange Program and from a growing relationship between the Virginia National Guard and the Danish Home Guard. The annual program provides Virginia National Guard officers the opportunity to take part in a four-week military exchange program with Denmark—two weeks there, two weeks here. The program was created to maintain tactical and mobilization proficiency between allies, who often work together while deployed, and improve cross-cultural understanding and relationships. Fifteen members of the Virginia National Guard travelled to Nymindegab Camp in Denmark, Sept. 13-28, where […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and their deputy commander, Lt. Col. David Jones, presided over memorial ceremonies during Battle Days, Oct. 4-5, 2014, at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Point Pleasant, W. Va. The memorial celebrations served as remembrance of the Battle of Point Pleasant that took place at the site Oct. 10, 1774. “Although time has changed our nation and the world around us, today’s citizen Soldiers have remained true to the identity of the Soldiers who fought at Point Pleasant,” said Jones. “Events such as this remember the patriotism, courage and sacrifice of the men who fought for the independence and freedom of this country.” The battle was fought by Soldiers of […]

    116th IBCT takes part in remembrance of the Battle of Point Pleasant

    STAUNTON, Va. — Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and their deputy commander, Lt. Col. David Jones, presided over memorial ceremonies during Battle Days, Oct. 4-5, 2014, at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Point Pleasant, W. Va. The memorial celebrations served as remembrance of the Battle of Point Pleasant that took place at the site Oct. 10, 1774. “Although time has changed our nation and the world around us, today’s citizen Soldiers have remained true to the identity of the Soldiers who fought at Point Pleasant,” said Jones. “Events such as this remember the patriotism, courage and sacrifice of the men who fought for the independence and freedom of this country.” The battle was fought by Soldiers of […]

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