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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Several events of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads State Competition will be held at the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center, and members of the news media are invited to cover the Vehicle Extrication Competition featuring Emergency Medical Technician teams and Advanced Life Support teams Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Members of the news media should arrive at Camp Pendleton no later than 10:30 a.m. for the 11 a.m. competition. Please RSVP to Cotton Puryear at 804-539-1451 or cotton.puryear@us.army.mil by 9 a.m. on Sept. 26 if you plan to attend and to coordinate for access to Camp Pendleton. The competition is part of the 80th Anniversary VAVRS conference being held at various locations […]

    Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads State Competition events to be held at Camp Pendleton

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Several events of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads State Competition will be held at the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center, and members of the news media are invited to cover the Vehicle Extrication Competition featuring Emergency Medical Technician teams and Advanced Life Support teams Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Members of the news media should arrive at Camp Pendleton no later than 10:30 a.m. for the 11 a.m. competition. Please RSVP to Cotton Puryear at 804-539-1451 or cotton.puryear@us.army.mil by 9 a.m. on Sept. 26 if you plan to attend and to coordinate for access to Camp Pendleton. The competition is part of the 80th Anniversary VAVRS conference being held at various locations […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Twenty-two Virginia Army National Guard senior noncommissioned officers completed the Cadre Training Course Sep. 27, 2014, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The weeklong course held Sep. 22-27, 2014, provides battalion and company-level officers and senior noncommissioned officers with information and a basic understanding of policies and administrative guidance contained in the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command Regulations. Participants receive helpful tools, gain practical knowledge and learn the fundamentals of assuming responsibilities of a Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training or One Station Unit Training Company. “We’re teaching them from ‘A-to-Z’ how to interact with IET Soldiers,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dawn M. Hernandez, noncommissioned officer in charge. “All other courses teach […]

    Va. Guard instructors complete Cadre Training Course

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Twenty-two Virginia Army National Guard senior noncommissioned officers completed the Cadre Training Course Sep. 27, 2014, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The weeklong course held Sep. 22-27, 2014, provides battalion and company-level officers and senior noncommissioned officers with information and a basic understanding of policies and administrative guidance contained in the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command Regulations. Participants receive helpful tools, gain practical knowledge and learn the fundamentals of assuming responsibilities of a Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training or One Station Unit Training Company. “We’re teaching them from ‘A-to-Z’ how to interact with IET Soldiers,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dawn M. Hernandez, noncommissioned officer in charge. “All other courses teach […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Airmen and Army aviators conducted Sentinel Phoenix II, an Incident Awareness and Assessment exercise Sept. 7-12, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. Members of the Air Guard’s 192nd Intelligence Squadron and the Army Guard’s Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment worked jointly to provide live full-motion video during a simulated wildfire at the Great Dismal Swamp. The exercise was a test of the 192nd IS’ ability to capture the full motion video from the UH-72 Lakota’s sensor ball, analyze it and support first responders during a state emergency. The scenario was based on a 2011 fire which burned for more than three months. Rapid response was a critical theme of the […]

    192nd Intelligence Squadron trains to support state emergency operations

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Airmen and Army aviators conducted Sentinel Phoenix II, an Incident Awareness and Assessment exercise Sept. 7-12, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. Members of the Air Guard’s 192nd Intelligence Squadron and the Army Guard’s Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment worked jointly to provide live full-motion video during a simulated wildfire at the Great Dismal Swamp. The exercise was a test of the 192nd IS’ ability to capture the full motion video from the UH-72 Lakota’s sensor ball, analyze it and support first responders during a state emergency. The scenario was based on a 2011 fire which burned for more than three months. Rapid response was a critical theme of the […]

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  • OCEANA NAVAL AIR STATION, Va. – Virginia Air National Guard recruiters teamed up with the Air National Guard Mobile Experience and conducted informational outreach and spoke with several hundred potential Airmen at the Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show Sept. 19-21, 2014. “The Air National Guard Mobile Experience takes participants on a journey of life in the Air National Guard by letting them participate in simulated challenges. The tour consists of five touring vehicles designed to educate American’s on the dual role of the Air Guard. We test their physical strength, hone in on their surveillance skills with a reconnaissance mission, and let them customize their journey by playing tech challenges that mirror Air Guard careers,” said Amanda Martin, a […]

    Va. Air Guard Recruiters conduct recruiting, outreach activities at air show

    OCEANA NAVAL AIR STATION, Va. – Virginia Air National Guard recruiters teamed up with the Air National Guard Mobile Experience and conducted informational outreach and spoke with several hundred potential Airmen at the Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show Sept. 19-21, 2014. “The Air National Guard Mobile Experience takes participants on a journey of life in the Air National Guard by letting them participate in simulated challenges. The tour consists of five touring vehicles designed to educate American’s on the dual role of the Air Guard. We test their physical strength, hone in on their surveillance skills with a reconnaissance mission, and let them customize their journey by playing tech challenges that mirror Air Guard careers,” said Amanda Martin, a […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – More than 20 service members from three components are better prepared for the challenges of moving equipment for deployment or training after attending the Unit Movement Officer Course held Sept. 15 – 20, 2014, at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute and various training sites at Fort Pickett. The Defense Movement Coordinator’s section of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Directorate of Logistics conducted the course that follows a robust program of instruction approved by the Chief of Transportation from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Lee, Va. “The goal for the joint unit movement officer course was to expose and integrate our sister services to the intermodal requirements of the Virginia National Guard,” […]

    G-4 leads deployment logistics training for Soldiers, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – More than 20 service members from three components are better prepared for the challenges of moving equipment for deployment or training after attending the Unit Movement Officer Course held Sept. 15 – 20, 2014, at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute and various training sites at Fort Pickett. The Defense Movement Coordinator’s section of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Directorate of Logistics conducted the course that follows a robust program of instruction approved by the Chief of Transportation from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Lee, Va. “The goal for the joint unit movement officer course was to expose and integrate our sister services to the intermodal requirements of the Virginia National Guard,” […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted a memorial ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters in Sandston, Va., on Sept. 11, 2014, to commemorate those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, led the ceremony which included remarks from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the lowering of the U.S. and state flag to half-staff. “Today marks the thirteenth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our nation’s history,” said Williams. “Most of us carry the memories of what we were doing that day, and it plays a large part in what we’ve done to this day as public servants, Soldiers and Airmen.” Williams mentioned the changes […]

    Governor joins Va. Guard at 9/11 memorial service

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted a memorial ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters in Sandston, Va., on Sept. 11, 2014, to commemorate those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, led the ceremony which included remarks from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the lowering of the U.S. and state flag to half-staff. “Today marks the thirteenth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our nation’s history,” said Williams. “Most of us carry the memories of what we were doing that day, and it plays a large part in what we’ve done to this day as public servants, Soldiers and Airmen.” Williams mentioned the changes […]

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  • JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – The 192nd Fighter Wing held their annual Wingman Day at the base theater and Bayview Convention Center on Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, September 7, 2014. More than 900 Citizen-Airmen participated in the event that included presentations on relationships, resiliency, force protection and Sexual Assault Prevention. “The concept of a wingman is fundamental to the Air Force,” said Col. Robert J. Grey, 192nd Fighter Wing Commander. “Whether it is in aerial combat, or in our day-to-day lives, we need to look out for each other. The goal of our Wingman Day is to teach our Airmen not only skills for their own lives, but also how to see warning signs in others and what we […]

    192nd Fighter Wing Wingman Day aims to strengthen resiliency

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – The 192nd Fighter Wing held their annual Wingman Day at the base theater and Bayview Convention Center on Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, September 7, 2014. More than 900 Citizen-Airmen participated in the event that included presentations on relationships, resiliency, force protection and Sexual Assault Prevention. “The concept of a wingman is fundamental to the Air Force,” said Col. Robert J. Grey, 192nd Fighter Wing Commander. “Whether it is in aerial combat, or in our day-to-day lives, we need to look out for each other. The goal of our Wingman Day is to teach our Airmen not only skills for their own lives, but also how to see warning signs in others and what we […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Nearly 50 senior enlisted Soldiers from around the Virginia Army National Guard completed a two-day senior leader Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention course Aug. 28-29, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. The purpose of the senior leader NCO SHARP training was to inform senior leaders on current changes within the Department of Defense Instruction Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. Training focused on leaders’ role in a sexual assault case, current changes within the DoDI and victim care. The training also increased their knowledge of the importance of properly handling a sexual assault case and reinforced the point that the victim remains the number one priority. Command sergeants major, sergeants major and first sergeants from around the […]

    Va. Guard senior enlisted Soldiers attend SHARP training

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Nearly 50 senior enlisted Soldiers from around the Virginia Army National Guard completed a two-day senior leader Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention course Aug. 28-29, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. The purpose of the senior leader NCO SHARP training was to inform senior leaders on current changes within the Department of Defense Instruction Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. Training focused on leaders’ role in a sexual assault case, current changes within the DoDI and victim care. The training also increased their knowledge of the importance of properly handling a sexual assault case and reinforced the point that the victim remains the number one priority. Command sergeants major, sergeants major and first sergeants from around the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support Sept. 5, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. Joining the governor for the signing were members of the cabinet, state senators and delegates from the Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Army and Air National Guard senior leaders as well as senior leaders from reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Statement of Support Program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve and the intent of the program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in […]

    Governor signs statement of support for Guard, Reserve

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support Sept. 5, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. Joining the governor for the signing were members of the cabinet, state senators and delegates from the Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Army and Air National Guard senior leaders as well as senior leaders from reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Statement of Support Program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve and the intent of the program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in […]

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  • Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Fighter Wing Medical Group provided health care at the 52nd Medical Group Family Health Clinic July 6-21, 2014, in Spangdahlem, Germany. The medical group sent 17 Airmen of varying specialties including doctors, nurses, medical technicians, physical therapists, logistic technicians and administrative support to the clinic. The Airmen treated approximately 275 patients and ensured active-duty military members and their families received quality health care this summer. The medical team supported critical shortage areas in the clinic, ensuring continuity of care during the permanent change of station season for active-duty members. The request was a “short notice” tasking, said Col. Brian Preston, 192nd Medical Group commander. “The medical team executed the […]

    192nd Medical Group provides healthcare to Family Health Clinic in Germany

    Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Fighter Wing Medical Group provided health care at the 52nd Medical Group Family Health Clinic July 6-21, 2014, in Spangdahlem, Germany. The medical group sent 17 Airmen of varying specialties including doctors, nurses, medical technicians, physical therapists, logistic technicians and administrative support to the clinic. The Airmen treated approximately 275 patients and ensured active-duty military members and their families received quality health care this summer. The medical team supported critical shortage areas in the clinic, ensuring continuity of care during the permanent change of station season for active-duty members. The request was a “short notice” tasking, said Col. Brian Preston, 192nd Medical Group commander. “The medical team executed the […]

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  • DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Twenty-three Airmen and Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard conducted demonstrations and information exchanges with members of the Tajikistani military in late July and August in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in support of the enduring relationship between the Virginia National Guard and the Republic of Tajikistan as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. Soldiers covered a variety of topics including reacting to indirect fire; peacekeeping operations; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense operations; combatives; and information assurance techniques. A group of six Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and one Airman from the 192nd Medical Group, 192nd Fighter Wing participated in a seven-day information exchange focused on introducing the Tajikistani military to battery defense, […]

    Va. Guard travels to Tajikistan to share skills, experience

    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Twenty-three Airmen and Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard conducted demonstrations and information exchanges with members of the Tajikistani military in late July and August in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in support of the enduring relationship between the Virginia National Guard and the Republic of Tajikistan as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. Soldiers covered a variety of topics including reacting to indirect fire; peacekeeping operations; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense operations; combatives; and information assurance techniques. A group of six Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and one Airman from the 192nd Medical Group, 192nd Fighter Wing participated in a seven-day information exchange focused on introducing the Tajikistani military to battery defense, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. –Mobile training teams from the Fort Benning-based Warrior Training Center came to Fort Pickett in August to teach two badge-producing courses; the Air Assault Course, which graduated with 158 Soldiers from approximately 25 states, and the concurrently-conducted Pathfinder Course, starting with 47 Soldiers and graduating 34. The goal of the Air Assault Course is to teach Soldiers air assault operations, sling-load operations and rappelling, and aims to graduate Soldiers able to make maximum use of helicopter assets in training and in combat in order to support their unit operations. The three-phase, 10-day course requires Soldiers to prove themselves physically before the course even officially begins. Soldiers hoping to earn the coveted Air Assault Badge first had to […]

    Warrior Training Center brings Air Assault, Pathfinder to Virginia

    FORT PICKETT, Va. –Mobile training teams from the Fort Benning-based Warrior Training Center came to Fort Pickett in August to teach two badge-producing courses; the Air Assault Course, which graduated with 158 Soldiers from approximately 25 states, and the concurrently-conducted Pathfinder Course, starting with 47 Soldiers and graduating 34. The goal of the Air Assault Course is to teach Soldiers air assault operations, sling-load operations and rappelling, and aims to graduate Soldiers able to make maximum use of helicopter assets in training and in combat in order to support their unit operations. The three-phase, 10-day course requires Soldiers to prove themselves physically before the course even officially begins. Soldiers hoping to earn the coveted Air Assault Badge first had to […]

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