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  • Each year on Memorial Day we take time to remember the men and women of our armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the ideals of freedom. Whether you plan to take part in a community ceremony or observe a personal moment of silence, it is important to honor our fallen comrades. What we observe as Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, and it was first observed on May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery with the decorating of graves of fallen Civil War soldiers and continued through the years. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day on the last Monday in May a national holiday. Many of those honored in 1868 served in their state militias, […]

    Adjutant General’s 2015 Memorial Day Message

    Each year on Memorial Day we take time to remember the men and women of our armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the ideals of freedom. Whether you plan to take part in a community ceremony or observe a personal moment of silence, it is important to honor our fallen comrades. What we observe as Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, and it was first observed on May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery with the decorating of graves of fallen Civil War soldiers and continued through the years. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day on the last Monday in May a national holiday. Many of those honored in 1868 served in their state militias, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard aviators held a stable hover for Special Forces Soldiers May 9, 2015, as they fast roped into Fort Pickett’s urban operations training site from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a night training raid. The exercise was part of a weeklong annual training period for the operators and a continuation of the ongoing partnership between the two units. The relationship started nearly a year and a half ago when teams from the West Virginia National Guard’s Company C, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) needed aviation support in order to complete some of their required training missions. The training they needed to complete required specialized equipment, like the bar used for […]

    Va. Guard aviators add training value, build partnership with Special Forces troops

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard aviators held a stable hover for Special Forces Soldiers May 9, 2015, as they fast roped into Fort Pickett’s urban operations training site from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a night training raid. The exercise was part of a weeklong annual training period for the operators and a continuation of the ongoing partnership between the two units. The relationship started nearly a year and a half ago when teams from the West Virginia National Guard’s Company C, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) needed aviation support in order to complete some of their required training missions. The training they needed to complete required specialized equipment, like the bar used for […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Col. Lapthe Flora took command of the Bowling Green-based 91st Troop Command from Col. Marti J. Bissell May 17, 2015, in a traditional change of command ceremony at the Virginia National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Va. Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, the Virginia National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General – Army, presided over the ceremony. The 91st Troop Command, headquartered at Bowling Green, Va., includes the Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, the Fairfax-based Data Processing Unit, the Norfolk-based Joint National Guard Augmentation Unit and the Fairfax-based Information Operations Support Center. “I have served for many years with both of these officers, and I am very comfortable in the knowledge […]

    Flora takes command of 91st Troop Command

    SANDSTON, Va. – Col. Lapthe Flora took command of the Bowling Green-based 91st Troop Command from Col. Marti J. Bissell May 17, 2015, in a traditional change of command ceremony at the Virginia National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Va. Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, the Virginia National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General – Army, presided over the ceremony. The 91st Troop Command, headquartered at Bowling Green, Va., includes the Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, the Fairfax-based Data Processing Unit, the Norfolk-based Joint National Guard Augmentation Unit and the Fairfax-based Information Operations Support Center. “I have served for many years with both of these officers, and I am very comfortable in the knowledge […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will honor the fallen May 25, 2015, at Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the Commonwealth. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, will lay a memorial wreath in honor of fallen Virginia National Guard personnel at the Commonwealth’s Memorial Ceremony May 25, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Virginia War Memorial. Brig. Gen. Walter Mercer, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Army, and Col. Thomas Morgan, the director of joint operations, will be among the guest speakers at the annual Memorial Day Tribute Ceremony at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery at 10 a.m. in Amelia. Members of the Clifton Forge-based 29th Division Band will provide ceremonial music, and Soldiers from […]

    Va. National Guard to join Memorial Day observations across the commonwealth

    SANDSTON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will honor the fallen May 25, 2015, at Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the Commonwealth. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, will lay a memorial wreath in honor of fallen Virginia National Guard personnel at the Commonwealth’s Memorial Ceremony May 25, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Virginia War Memorial. Brig. Gen. Walter Mercer, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Army, and Col. Thomas Morgan, the director of joint operations, will be among the guest speakers at the annual Memorial Day Tribute Ceremony at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery at 10 a.m. in Amelia. Members of the Clifton Forge-based 29th Division Band will provide ceremonial music, and Soldiers from […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A special Virginia National Guard response force that would assist first responders and civil authorities after a chemical, biological or nuclear incident was recommended for validation after being assessed as fully trained on 19 of 23 total major tasks, needing practice on four tasks and having no untrained tasks by an external evaluation held May 15, 2015, at the Virginia Beach Fire and EMS Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. The evaluation team from the West Virginia-based Joint Interagency Training and Education Center recommend validation, and the process will continue through National Guard Bureau to U. S. Army North. The final results for full validation are expected in about 45 days. Four days […]

    Special Va. Guard response force recommended for validation after external evaluation

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A special Virginia National Guard response force that would assist first responders and civil authorities after a chemical, biological or nuclear incident was recommended for validation after being assessed as fully trained on 19 of 23 total major tasks, needing practice on four tasks and having no untrained tasks by an external evaluation held May 15, 2015, at the Virginia Beach Fire and EMS Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. The evaluation team from the West Virginia-based Joint Interagency Training and Education Center recommend validation, and the process will continue through National Guard Bureau to U. S. Army North. The final results for full validation are expected in about 45 days. Four days […]

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  • JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Doctors are often known to give of their time and their energy selflessly, but four Air National Guard doctors went above and beyond as both civilian doctors and National Guard members as they volunteered on their days off, often over nights, weekends and even over the holidays at the Langley Transit Center. The LTC is a controlled-monitoring area that was established to house and medically monitor military and civilian personnel returning from missions in Ebola Virus Disease outbreak areas in West Africa. Returning personnel are required to undergo a 21-day screening period before being released to return to their home stations. The medical monitoring program was established in accordance with guidance from the Secretary of […]

    Virginia Air National Guard doctors support Ebola medical monitoring program

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Doctors are often known to give of their time and their energy selflessly, but four Air National Guard doctors went above and beyond as both civilian doctors and National Guard members as they volunteered on their days off, often over nights, weekends and even over the holidays at the Langley Transit Center. The LTC is a controlled-monitoring area that was established to house and medically monitor military and civilian personnel returning from missions in Ebola Virus Disease outbreak areas in West Africa. Returning personnel are required to undergo a 21-day screening period before being released to return to their home stations. The medical monitoring program was established in accordance with guidance from the Secretary of […]

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  • JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, Va. — Senior leaders from the Virginia National Guard, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and state government gather to celebrate the 408th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and the founding of the Jamestown colony with a cake cutting May 14, 2015, at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Va. The Virginia National Guard traces the heritage and traditions of citizen-soldier service to the founding of the Jamestown colony more than 400 years ago when Capt. John Smith organized a militia to defend the colony. Since the colony’s founding May 14, 1607, there has not been a day since without a military presence in Virginia to defend freedom at home and overseas. “I can’t think of a more appropriate place to recognize centuries of military […]

    Virginia National Guard celebrates 408th birthday with Jamestown Settlement

    JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, Va. — Senior leaders from the Virginia National Guard, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and state government gather to celebrate the 408th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and the founding of the Jamestown colony with a cake cutting May 14, 2015, at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Va. The Virginia National Guard traces the heritage and traditions of citizen-soldier service to the founding of the Jamestown colony more than 400 years ago when Capt. John Smith organized a militia to defend the colony. Since the colony’s founding May 14, 1607, there has not been a day since without a military presence in Virginia to defend freedom at home and overseas. “I can’t think of a more appropriate place to recognize centuries of military […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined other senior leaders in recognizing and thanking Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees during luncheons and awards ceremonies May 6, 2015, at Camp Pendleton and May 8, 2015, at Fort Pickett. The events took place during Virginia Public Service Week, when state employees are recognized around the commonwealth for their dedication and hard work. “These employees are always willing and able to support the mission of DMA,” said Michelle Claiborne, human resource manager for DMA. “This was an opportunity for us to thank them for their hard work.” Employees first attended briefings and mandatory training for state workers in the morning. Classes covered topics including […]

    DMA state employees recognized at Camp Pendleton, Fort Pickett

    SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined other senior leaders in recognizing and thanking Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees during luncheons and awards ceremonies May 6, 2015, at Camp Pendleton and May 8, 2015, at Fort Pickett. The events took place during Virginia Public Service Week, when state employees are recognized around the commonwealth for their dedication and hard work. “These employees are always willing and able to support the mission of DMA,” said Michelle Claiborne, human resource manager for DMA. “This was an opportunity for us to thank them for their hard work.” Employees first attended briefings and mandatory training for state workers in the morning. Classes covered topics including […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – For Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers looking to re-enlist in 2015, the Fort Pickett-based Recruiting and Retention Battalion has several new incentives to encourage Soldiers to continue their service. “The first step for a Soldier to reenlist is to talk with their company’s retention noncommissioned officer,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jay A. White, state retention noncommissioned officer. “This first step is crucial because it takes care of all the administrative verification of eligibility and makes sure that the Soldier is eligible for retention.” According to Education Incentive Operational Message 15-002, issued in early February, National Guard Soldiers meeting bonus eligibility requirements in accordance with Army Regulation 601-280 in any military occupational specialty within the Virginia Army […]

    New incentives encourage retention

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – For Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers looking to re-enlist in 2015, the Fort Pickett-based Recruiting and Retention Battalion has several new incentives to encourage Soldiers to continue their service. “The first step for a Soldier to reenlist is to talk with their company’s retention noncommissioned officer,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jay A. White, state retention noncommissioned officer. “This first step is crucial because it takes care of all the administrative verification of eligibility and makes sure that the Soldier is eligible for retention.” According to Education Incentive Operational Message 15-002, issued in early February, National Guard Soldiers meeting bonus eligibility requirements in accordance with Army Regulation 601-280 in any military occupational specialty within the Virginia Army […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard special response force capable of providing support to first responders and civil authorities after a chemical, biological or nuclear incident will undergo an external evaluation at the Virginia Beach Fire and EMS Training Center and members of the news media are invited to attend their final preparations May 14 at 10 a.m. FOR THE NEWS MEDIA: Please RSVP to Master Sgt. A. J. Coyne at (757) 541-2010 or ngva.pao@mail.mil by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, if you plan to attend. The address for the Virginia Beach Fire and EMS Training Center is 927 S Birdneck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. The Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive […]

    Va. Guard Advisory: Special Va. Guard response force to undergo external evaluation in Virginia Beach

    SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard special response force capable of providing support to first responders and civil authorities after a chemical, biological or nuclear incident will undergo an external evaluation at the Virginia Beach Fire and EMS Training Center and members of the news media are invited to attend their final preparations May 14 at 10 a.m. FOR THE NEWS MEDIA: Please RSVP to Master Sgt. A. J. Coyne at (757) 541-2010 or ngva.pao@mail.mil by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, if you plan to attend. The address for the Virginia Beach Fire and EMS Training Center is 927 S Birdneck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. The Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive […]

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  • JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Virginia military members from the 192nd Fighter Wing, 203rd Red Horse Squadron, and the Virginia Army National Guard, and their families volunteered April 18, 2015, to help clean and improve York River State Park in Williamsburg, Va. The families served in honor of the Month of the Military Child and Earth Day as they assisted park rangers by clearing waste and debris, and spreading fresh mulch on the playground and around selected trees. Afterward, the families celebrated the day with a cookout together. Tech. Sgt. Kristy Price, a 192nd FW budget analyst, spearheaded the event by teaming with the Virginia National Guard Youth Program. Her goal was to find an opportunity for Air Guard members […]

    Va. Army, Air Guard families help clean state park in Williamsburg

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Virginia military members from the 192nd Fighter Wing, 203rd Red Horse Squadron, and the Virginia Army National Guard, and their families volunteered April 18, 2015, to help clean and improve York River State Park in Williamsburg, Va. The families served in honor of the Month of the Military Child and Earth Day as they assisted park rangers by clearing waste and debris, and spreading fresh mulch on the playground and around selected trees. Afterward, the families celebrated the day with a cookout together. Tech. Sgt. Kristy Price, a 192nd FW budget analyst, spearheaded the event by teaming with the Virginia National Guard Youth Program. Her goal was to find an opportunity for Air Guard members […]

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  • WINCHESTER, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force operated traffic control points and provided mission command support May 1-2, 2015, at the 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Va. In addition to providing a valuable service to their community, it also provided the VDF with an opportunity to train on multiple communication systems and rehearse procedures they would use if they were called to state active duty to augment the Virginia National Guard. Nearly 90 members of the all-volunteer VDF from units across the state augmented local law enforcement to help ensure traffic flow for the races and parades on Friday and Saturday. “We love having the Virginia Defense Force out here, and we could not make this […]

    VDF keeps traffic moving at Apple Blossom Festival

    WINCHESTER, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force operated traffic control points and provided mission command support May 1-2, 2015, at the 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Va. In addition to providing a valuable service to their community, it also provided the VDF with an opportunity to train on multiple communication systems and rehearse procedures they would use if they were called to state active duty to augment the Virginia National Guard. Nearly 90 members of the all-volunteer VDF from units across the state augmented local law enforcement to help ensure traffic flow for the races and parades on Friday and Saturday. “We love having the Virginia Defense Force out here, and we could not make this […]

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