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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has approximately 70 Soldiers staged and ready at facilities in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley for possible response operations due to heavy snow or potential flooding March 5, 2015. Almost 60 Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are staged in Winchester, Staunton, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg, and approximately 12 Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion staged in Gate City and linked up with local emergency response officials in Wise, Clintwood and Cedar Bluff. Forces were alerted late Wednesday afternoon. “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage forces in key locations in the Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley areas to assist local first responders […]

    Va. National Guard staged and ready in Winchester, Staunton, Gate City, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg for snow or flood duty

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has approximately 70 Soldiers staged and ready at facilities in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley for possible response operations due to heavy snow or potential flooding March 5, 2015. Almost 60 Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are staged in Winchester, Staunton, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg, and approximately 12 Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion staged in Gate City and linked up with local emergency response officials in Wise, Clintwood and Cedar Bluff. Forces were alerted late Wednesday afternoon. “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage forces in key locations in the Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley areas to assist local first responders […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – The Virginia National Guard has alerted approximately 70 Soldiers March 4, 2015, to stage and be ready for possible response operations due to heavy snow or flooding. Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will stage in Winchester, Staunton, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg, and Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion will stage in Gate City. All forces are scheduled to be ready for duty by 8 a.m. March 5. “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage forces in key locations in the Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley areas to assist local first responders if the expected snow reduces their abilities to travel and provide assistance to citizens,” explained Col. James Zollar, […]

    Va. National Guard alerted to stage in Winchester, Staunton, Gate City, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg for snow or flood duty

    SANDSTON, Va. – The Virginia National Guard has alerted approximately 70 Soldiers March 4, 2015, to stage and be ready for possible response operations due to heavy snow or flooding. Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will stage in Winchester, Staunton, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg, and Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion will stage in Gate City. All forces are scheduled to be ready for duty by 8 a.m. March 5. “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage forces in key locations in the Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley areas to assist local first responders if the expected snow reduces their abilities to travel and provide assistance to citizens,” explained Col. James Zollar, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Assistant Adjutant General – Army, announced March 4, 2015, the following officers have been selected for battalion command in the Virginia Army National Guard: - Lt. Col. Matthew Lutz will take command of the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. - Maj. James S. Williams will take command of the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion. - Lt. Col. Christopher Samulski will take command of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment. - Lt. Col. Thomas Hernandez will take command of the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment. - Maj. Paul Gravely will take command of the Fort Pickett-based 1st Battalion, […]

    New Va. Army Guard battalion command selections announced

    SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Assistant Adjutant General – Army, announced March 4, 2015, the following officers have been selected for battalion command in the Virginia Army National Guard: - Lt. Col. Matthew Lutz will take command of the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. - Maj. James S. Williams will take command of the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion. - Lt. Col. Christopher Samulski will take command of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment. - Lt. Col. Thomas Hernandez will take command of the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment. - Maj. Paul Gravely will take command of the Fort Pickett-based 1st Battalion, […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s 203rd RED HORSE Squadron conducted a ceremony March 3, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach to remember the 21 Airmen and Soldiers killed in the worst peacetime aviation disaster in the history of the National Guard. The 203rd lost 18 Airmen March 3, 2001, when the C-23 Sherpa they were flying in crashed in a cotton field near Unadilla, Ga. In addition to the Air Guard engineers, three aviators from the Florida Army National Guard’s Detachment 1, 171st Aviation Battalion, were killed in the crash. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the chief of staff of the Virginia Air National Guard, […]

    Va. Guard remembers Airmen, Soldiers on 14th anniversary of 203rd RHS crash

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s 203rd RED HORSE Squadron conducted a ceremony March 3, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach to remember the 21 Airmen and Soldiers killed in the worst peacetime aviation disaster in the history of the National Guard. The 203rd lost 18 Airmen March 3, 2001, when the C-23 Sherpa they were flying in crashed in a cotton field near Unadilla, Ga. In addition to the Air Guard engineers, three aviators from the Florida Army National Guard’s Detachment 1, 171st Aviation Battalion, were killed in the crash. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the chief of staff of the Virginia Air National Guard, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard transitioned to routine operations March 1, 2015, after mobilizing more than 125 Soldiers to assist with snow recovery operations starting Feb. 22 at locations across the commonwealth. For seven days, Soldiers assisted local law enforcement and emergency response organizations in the Southwest Virginia area with delivering food, water, medicine and other supplies, evacuating citizens for safety and medical assistance and removing snow berms limiting road access with engineer equipment. In Wise, Lee and Dickenson counties, approximately 40 Soldiers delivered more than 5,300 bottles of water, almost 1,800 meals and transported more than 25 people to safety. “This is the kind of coordination we try to achieve with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, […]

    Va. Guard returns to routine operations after assisting with snow response

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard transitioned to routine operations March 1, 2015, after mobilizing more than 125 Soldiers to assist with snow recovery operations starting Feb. 22 at locations across the commonwealth. For seven days, Soldiers assisted local law enforcement and emergency response organizations in the Southwest Virginia area with delivering food, water, medicine and other supplies, evacuating citizens for safety and medical assistance and removing snow berms limiting road access with engineer equipment. In Wise, Lee and Dickenson counties, approximately 40 Soldiers delivered more than 5,300 bottles of water, almost 1,800 meals and transported more than 25 people to safety. “This is the kind of coordination we try to achieve with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, […]

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  • WISE, Va. — Virginia National Guard assistance to local emergency response organizations continued Feb. 26 with the addition of 60 more personnel joining the 30 already on duty since Feb. 22, 2015. Soldiers in Southwest Virginia have been assisting local law enforcement and emergency medical personnel with delivery of food, water, medicine and other supplies as well as assisting with medical and safety evacuations, with several making the difference between life and death for the patients. “This is the kind of coordination we try to achieve with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia State Police, the Virginia National Guard, local emergency managers and local first responders all coming together to make sure we meet the needs of our […]

    Va. Guard assistance continues after more snow hits the commonwealth

    WISE, Va. — Virginia National Guard assistance to local emergency response organizations continued Feb. 26 with the addition of 60 more personnel joining the 30 already on duty since Feb. 22, 2015. Soldiers in Southwest Virginia have been assisting local law enforcement and emergency medical personnel with delivery of food, water, medicine and other supplies as well as assisting with medical and safety evacuations, with several making the difference between life and death for the patients. “This is the kind of coordination we try to achieve with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia State Police, the Virginia National Guard, local emergency managers and local first responders all coming together to make sure we meet the needs of our […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged another 50 Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Feb. 25, 2015, at readiness centers in Staunton, Sandston, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Danville in anticipation of another round of winter weather forecast to hit the commonwealth Wednesday night. These Soldiers join almost 35 Soldiers on duty in Wise and Lee counties, as well as Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on duty in Sandston, Richmond and Fort Pickett providing mission command and logistical support for the Guard’s operations. “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage additional forces in key locations in the Hampton Roads, Richmond and Danville areas to assist local first responders if the […]

    Va. Guard stages more Soldiers in Staunton, Sandston, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Danville

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged another 50 Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Feb. 25, 2015, at readiness centers in Staunton, Sandston, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Danville in anticipation of another round of winter weather forecast to hit the commonwealth Wednesday night. These Soldiers join almost 35 Soldiers on duty in Wise and Lee counties, as well as Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on duty in Sandston, Richmond and Fort Pickett providing mission command and logistical support for the Guard’s operations. “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage additional forces in key locations in the Hampton Roads, Richmond and Danville areas to assist local first responders if the […]

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  • BOWLING GREEN, Va. – The 189th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge Company) conducted a change of command ceremony Feb. 22, 2015, at the Bowling Green Readiness Center. Capt. Kresimir E. Waite took command of the unit from Capt. Marianne E. Heldmann Waite transferred from the Oregon National Guard in November 2013 to Virginia, and served on the 276th Engineer Battalion staff as the engineer plans officer before being selected for company command. Waite will face new challenges as he leads the unit while it undergoes transformation into a combat engineer company as part of the Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB) in fiscal year 2016. Capt. Marianne E. Heldmann commanded the 189th for over two years and now joins the 276th Engineer Battalion […]

    189th Engineer Company welcomes new commander

    BOWLING GREEN, Va. – The 189th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge Company) conducted a change of command ceremony Feb. 22, 2015, at the Bowling Green Readiness Center. Capt. Kresimir E. Waite took command of the unit from Capt. Marianne E. Heldmann Waite transferred from the Oregon National Guard in November 2013 to Virginia, and served on the 276th Engineer Battalion staff as the engineer plans officer before being selected for company command. Waite will face new challenges as he leads the unit while it undergoes transformation into a combat engineer company as part of the Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB) in fiscal year 2016. Capt. Marianne E. Heldmann commanded the 189th for over two years and now joins the 276th Engineer Battalion […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, braved below-freezing temperatures Feb. 20-21, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va., to conduct a collective training exercise designed to prepare the unit for an external evaluation to be held later this year. Approximately 230 Soldiers and Airmen participated in the exercise, working with evaluators to ensure their proficiency. “The collective training exercise is an annual requirement for CERFP training,” explained Maj. Colin Noyes, commander of Virginia’s CERFP. “We bring all the elements of the CERFP together in order to train and practice our skills.” The Virginia Guard’s CERFP includes six specialized elements, in addition to the […]

    CERFP trains in preparation of external evaluation

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, braved below-freezing temperatures Feb. 20-21, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va., to conduct a collective training exercise designed to prepare the unit for an external evaluation to be held later this year. Approximately 230 Soldiers and Airmen participated in the exercise, working with evaluators to ensure their proficiency. “The collective training exercise is an annual requirement for CERFP training,” explained Maj. Colin Noyes, commander of Virginia’s CERFP. “We bring all the elements of the CERFP together in order to train and practice our skills.” The Virginia Guard’s CERFP includes six specialized elements, in addition to the […]

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  • WISE, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assisted the Wise County Sheriff’s Office with five medical and safety evacuations since coming on state active duty Feb. 22, 2015, with three of those evacuations saving the patients’ lives. Soldiers from the 1033rd Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion also continue to assist with delivering food, water and medicine to locations throughout the county. “The Guard has really enhanced our abilities to get to people and places we couldn’t reach with the roads being in the shape they are in,” said Maj. Grant Kilgore, chief deputy for the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. “These are great guys, and everyone has worked really well together.” The Virginia National Guard has also begun the alert process […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers help save lives, deliver supplies in Wise County; additional forces to stage in Lee County

    WISE, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assisted the Wise County Sheriff’s Office with five medical and safety evacuations since coming on state active duty Feb. 22, 2015, with three of those evacuations saving the patients’ lives. Soldiers from the 1033rd Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion also continue to assist with delivering food, water and medicine to locations throughout the county. “The Guard has really enhanced our abilities to get to people and places we couldn’t reach with the roads being in the shape they are in,” said Maj. Grant Kilgore, chief deputy for the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. “These are great guys, and everyone has worked really well together.” The Virginia National Guard has also begun the alert process […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Food service leaders from across the Virginia Army National Guard completed the Directorate of Logistics’ food service workshop Feb. 27, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. The 40-hour course, held Feb. 23-27, highlights changes to regulatory requirements and operational best practices to food service professionals from each of the Virginia Army National Guard’s major subordinate commands. “We are rebuilding the food service program in Virginia,” said Lt. Col. Michael H. Swanson, director of logistics. “There are updated regulations, policies and funding mechanism changes that require the attendance of the food service community once a year for training. We’re also getting away from contractors cooking our meals as observed during the high-tempo years of the Global War on […]

    Virginia Guard G-4 hosts workshop for food service personnel

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Food service leaders from across the Virginia Army National Guard completed the Directorate of Logistics’ food service workshop Feb. 27, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. The 40-hour course, held Feb. 23-27, highlights changes to regulatory requirements and operational best practices to food service professionals from each of the Virginia Army National Guard’s major subordinate commands. “We are rebuilding the food service program in Virginia,” said Lt. Col. Michael H. Swanson, director of logistics. “There are updated regulations, policies and funding mechanism changes that require the attendance of the food service community once a year for training. We’re also getting away from contractors cooking our meals as observed during the high-tempo years of the Global War on […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has almost 20 Soldiers on state active duty in Wise and Highland counties Feb. 22, 2015, to assist local emergency response officials after another round of heavy snow hit the commonwealth. Ten Soldiers from the Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion are on duty supporting the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. Soldiers transported a citizen in need of medical attention who could not be reached by emergency services personnel and also delivered water to two different locations. Two Soldiers are also working in the county emergency operations center. Seven Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are on standby in the Town of Monterey in Highland County. Local emergency services […]

    Va. National Guard Soldiers on duty in Wise and Highland counties

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has almost 20 Soldiers on state active duty in Wise and Highland counties Feb. 22, 2015, to assist local emergency response officials after another round of heavy snow hit the commonwealth. Ten Soldiers from the Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion are on duty supporting the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. Soldiers transported a citizen in need of medical attention who could not be reached by emergency services personnel and also delivered water to two different locations. Two Soldiers are also working in the county emergency operations center. Seven Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are on standby in the Town of Monterey in Highland County. Local emergency services […]

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