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  • FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Virginia National Guard Historical Collection and archeological collection both moved into a new building with some help from members of the Virginia Defense Force March 28-31, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The historical collection includes documents, clothing, equipment and other artifacts which cover the history of the Virginia National Guard. The archeological collection includes broken debitage, manufactured stone tools and ceramic pottery found on Fort Pickett. The new building will provide better protection for the items as well as the opportunity to display parts of the collection for the public. “The collection is going to be in pretty good shape now that we have this new facility,” said Dr. Maria Christina Mairena, curator for the […]

    Historical, archaeological archives move into new digs at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Virginia National Guard Historical Collection and archeological collection both moved into a new building with some help from members of the Virginia Defense Force March 28-31, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The historical collection includes documents, clothing, equipment and other artifacts which cover the history of the Virginia National Guard. The archeological collection includes broken debitage, manufactured stone tools and ceramic pottery found on Fort Pickett. The new building will provide better protection for the items as well as the opportunity to display parts of the collection for the public. “The collection is going to be in pretty good shape now that we have this new facility,” said Dr. Maria Christina Mairena, curator for the […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – More than 180 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, as well as members of the Virginia Defense Force, conducted a simulation exercise April 16, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, to test the unit’s capabilities to assist in the emergency response for a simulated structure collapse and chemical spill. The CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”) performs tasks associated with consequence management, urban search and rescue, mass causality decontamination, medical triage and stabilization and human remains recovery. “We met all of the training goals and then some as we head towards more advanced types of training that we need to give to our CERFP team,” said Lt. […]

    Va. National Guard special response force conducts exercise

    SANDSTON, Va. – More than 180 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, as well as members of the Virginia Defense Force, conducted a simulation exercise April 16, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, to test the unit’s capabilities to assist in the emergency response for a simulated structure collapse and chemical spill. The CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”) performs tasks associated with consequence management, urban search and rescue, mass causality decontamination, medical triage and stabilization and human remains recovery. “We met all of the training goals and then some as we head towards more advanced types of training that we need to give to our CERFP team,” said Lt. […]

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Latest News from the Virginia National Guard
  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program conducted Level 1 Funeral Honors training April 26-30 2016, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Eight Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from throughout the state participated in the 40-hour certification course which prepares Soldiers to conduct professional military funeral honors in accordance with service tradition. “We are the final honor for our veterans,” said Sgt. Sam Conolly, area coordinator for the Tidewater region and one of the trainers for the course. “It’s a great duty, probably the most honorable thing I’ve ever done in my life. I don’t think anything can trump it.” Begun in January 2007, the Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program is composed of five teams […]

    Virginia Guard Soldiers train for Military Funeral Honors duty

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program conducted Level 1 Funeral Honors training April 26-30 2016, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Eight Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from throughout the state participated in the 40-hour certification course which prepares Soldiers to conduct professional military funeral honors in accordance with service tradition. “We are the final honor for our veterans,” said Sgt. Sam Conolly, area coordinator for the Tidewater region and one of the trainers for the course. “It’s a great duty, probably the most honorable thing I’ve ever done in my life. I don’t think anything can trump it.” Begun in January 2007, the Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program is composed of five teams […]

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  • WINCHESTER, Va. — Nearly 100 members of the Virginia Defense Force assisted local law enforcement keep traffic moving during the 89th Apple Blossom Festival April 29-30, 2016, in Winchester, Virginia. VDF troops from each of the four regiments came together to form Task Force Shenandoah and volunteered their time by operating traffic control points and providing mission command support at the event. “I want to personally thank you for volunteering,” said the Honorable Terry H. Whittle, clerk of the Winchester Circuit Court, before he swore in the group of the Virginia Defense Force troops as special deputies April 28. “This is a big event for the city, and without your participation and willingness to serve this festival doesn’t go on. […]

    Virginia Defense Force supports law enforcement for Winchester festival

    WINCHESTER, Va. — Nearly 100 members of the Virginia Defense Force assisted local law enforcement keep traffic moving during the 89th Apple Blossom Festival April 29-30, 2016, in Winchester, Virginia. VDF troops from each of the four regiments came together to form Task Force Shenandoah and volunteered their time by operating traffic control points and providing mission command support at the event. “I want to personally thank you for volunteering,” said the Honorable Terry H. Whittle, clerk of the Winchester Circuit Court, before he swore in the group of the Virginia Defense Force troops as special deputies April 28. “This is a big event for the city, and without your participation and willingness to serve this festival doesn’t go on. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — High performing Virginia Army and Air National Guard units were recognized at the Virginia National Guard Officer and Enlisted Association Conferences April 30, 2016, in Hampton and Newport News, Virginia.The Christiansburg-based Company C, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team received the Eisenhower Trophy as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard, and the Martinsville-based 1173rd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group was presented the Adjutant General’s Cup. The Gate City-based Headquarters Detachment, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group received the state-level National Guard Pershing Trophy and Certificate of Victory for marksmanship. Multiple units were recognized for earning the Superior Unit Award and Excellence in Training Award.The […]

    High-performing Va. Army and Air Guard units recognized

    SANDSTON, Va. — High performing Virginia Army and Air National Guard units were recognized at the Virginia National Guard Officer and Enlisted Association Conferences April 30, 2016, in Hampton and Newport News, Virginia.The Christiansburg-based Company C, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team received the Eisenhower Trophy as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard, and the Martinsville-based 1173rd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group was presented the Adjutant General’s Cup. The Gate City-based Headquarters Detachment, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group received the state-level National Guard Pershing Trophy and Certificate of Victory for marksmanship. Multiple units were recognized for earning the Superior Unit Award and Excellence in Training Award.The […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard combat engineers put years of military training and experience to work when they helped a volunteer search and rescue crew evacuate an injured hiker off Old Rag Mountain April 24, 2016, in the Shenandoah National Park near Madison County, Virginia. Staff Sgt. Mark Culbertson, Staff Sgt. Andrew McElwain, Sgt. Daniel Robinson and former Sgt. Matthew Sullivan were hiking back down Old Rag when they came up a volunteer search and rescue crew on their way to assist a young hiker who had broken her leg and required evacuation, Culbertson explained. After a discussion about the situation, the Soldiers offered their assistance and moved to the location of the injured hiker. “When we got there […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers help evacuate injured hiker

    SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard combat engineers put years of military training and experience to work when they helped a volunteer search and rescue crew evacuate an injured hiker off Old Rag Mountain April 24, 2016, in the Shenandoah National Park near Madison County, Virginia. Staff Sgt. Mark Culbertson, Staff Sgt. Andrew McElwain, Sgt. Daniel Robinson and former Sgt. Matthew Sullivan were hiking back down Old Rag when they came up a volunteer search and rescue crew on their way to assist a young hiker who had broken her leg and required evacuation, Culbertson explained. After a discussion about the situation, the Soldiers offered their assistance and moved to the location of the injured hiker. “When we got there […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Officer candidates, graduates and cadre of the Virginia Army National Guard Officer Candidate School celebrated its 58th birthday with a ceremony April 19, 2016, at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Downtown Campus in Richmond, Virginia. Officer candidates in Class 58, who are scheduled to graduate in August 2016, organized the ceremony, which included the family of Capt. Harry Q. Rose, a graduate of Class VIII who was killed in Vietnam in 1969 and remains the only Virginia OCS graduate to have been killed in action. “Class 58 has started another great tradition to add to the OCS history books,” said Maj. Sheryl Lloyd, commander of the Virginia Army National Guard Officer Candidate School, which is located at […]

    Candidates, cadre, graduates celebrate OCS 58th birthday

    RICHMOND, Va. — Officer candidates, graduates and cadre of the Virginia Army National Guard Officer Candidate School celebrated its 58th birthday with a ceremony April 19, 2016, at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Downtown Campus in Richmond, Virginia. Officer candidates in Class 58, who are scheduled to graduate in August 2016, organized the ceremony, which included the family of Capt. Harry Q. Rose, a graduate of Class VIII who was killed in Vietnam in 1969 and remains the only Virginia OCS graduate to have been killed in action. “Class 58 has started another great tradition to add to the OCS history books,” said Maj. Sheryl Lloyd, commander of the Virginia Army National Guard Officer Candidate School, which is located at […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Youth Program has opened up registration for it’s Annual National Guard Youth Camp, and the deadline for registration is June 24, 2016. This six-day camp has a broad range of educational, team-oriented and resilience-building activities. This year the camp will bring out programs that educate through robotics, physics, chemistry and visual art. It will also bring in community resources and military assistance to provide examples of service and demonstrate the tradition of the greater Guard Family. WHAT: 11th Annual National Guard Youth Camp WHERE: Camp Pendleton, Virginia Beach, VA WHEN: 24-29 July 2016 WHO: All Virginia National Guard Dependents, Age 8-12 COST: $150 Download app: www.jointservicessupport.org/Download/25I852 Applications must be submitted by mail or […]

    Virginia National Guard Youth Camp registration open

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Youth Program has opened up registration for it’s Annual National Guard Youth Camp, and the deadline for registration is June 24, 2016. This six-day camp has a broad range of educational, team-oriented and resilience-building activities. This year the camp will bring out programs that educate through robotics, physics, chemistry and visual art. It will also bring in community resources and military assistance to provide examples of service and demonstrate the tradition of the greater Guard Family. WHAT: 11th Annual National Guard Youth Camp WHERE: Camp Pendleton, Virginia Beach, VA WHEN: 24-29 July 2016 WHO: All Virginia National Guard Dependents, Age 8-12 COST: $150 Download app: www.jointservicessupport.org/Download/25I852 Applications must be submitted by mail or […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Virginia National Guard Historical Collection and archeological collection both moved into a new building with some help from members of the Virginia Defense Force March 28-31, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The historical collection includes documents, clothing, equipment and other artifacts which cover the history of the Virginia National Guard. The archeological collection includes broken debitage, manufactured stone tools and ceramic pottery found on Fort Pickett. The new building will provide better protection for the items as well as the opportunity to display parts of the collection for the public. “The collection is going to be in pretty good shape now that we have this new facility,” said Dr. Maria Christina Mairena, curator for the […]

    Historical, archaeological archives move into new digs at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Virginia National Guard Historical Collection and archeological collection both moved into a new building with some help from members of the Virginia Defense Force March 28-31, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The historical collection includes documents, clothing, equipment and other artifacts which cover the history of the Virginia National Guard. The archeological collection includes broken debitage, manufactured stone tools and ceramic pottery found on Fort Pickett. The new building will provide better protection for the items as well as the opportunity to display parts of the collection for the public. “The collection is going to be in pretty good shape now that we have this new facility,” said Dr. Maria Christina Mairena, curator for the […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Army, announced April 20, 2016, the following officers have been selected for battalion command in the Virginia Army National Guard: - Lt. Col. Richard Snowdall will succeed Lt. Col. Lesley Kipling as the commander of the Fairfax-based Data Processing Unit. - Maj. Christopher Dunn will succeed Lt. Col. Colin Noyes as the commander of the Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command. - Lt. Col. Stephan Ruppel-Lee will succeed Lt. Col. Rusty McGuire as the commander of the Portsmouth-based 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. - Lt. Col. Samuel Donnelly […]

    Va. Army Guard 2016 battalion command selections announced

    SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Army, announced April 20, 2016, the following officers have been selected for battalion command in the Virginia Army National Guard: - Lt. Col. Richard Snowdall will succeed Lt. Col. Lesley Kipling as the commander of the Fairfax-based Data Processing Unit. - Maj. Christopher Dunn will succeed Lt. Col. Colin Noyes as the commander of the Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command. - Lt. Col. Stephan Ruppel-Lee will succeed Lt. Col. Rusty McGuire as the commander of the Portsmouth-based 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. - Lt. Col. Samuel Donnelly […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Col. James A. Zollar will succeed Col. Thomas L. Morgan, III, as the commander of the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute according to an announcement made by April 20, 2016, Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Williams also announced that Col. Bryan J. Coleman has been selected to serve as the Virginia Army National Guard training and operations officer, and Lt. Col. Garland H. Goodrich will serve as the director of personnel for Joint Force Headquarters – Virginia. “These officers have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities expected of only our most senior officers,” Williams said in the announcement. “I am assigning these officers to colonel positions within the Virignia Army National Guard […]

    Zollar to command 183rd RTI, other senior officer moves announced

    SANDSTON, Va. — Col. James A. Zollar will succeed Col. Thomas L. Morgan, III, as the commander of the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute according to an announcement made by April 20, 2016, Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Williams also announced that Col. Bryan J. Coleman has been selected to serve as the Virginia Army National Guard training and operations officer, and Lt. Col. Garland H. Goodrich will serve as the director of personnel for Joint Force Headquarters – Virginia. “These officers have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities expected of only our most senior officers,” Williams said in the announcement. “I am assigning these officers to colonel positions within the Virignia Army National Guard […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – More than 180 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, as well as members of the Virginia Defense Force, conducted a simulation exercise April 16, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, to test the unit’s capabilities to assist in the emergency response for a simulated structure collapse and chemical spill. The CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”) performs tasks associated with consequence management, urban search and rescue, mass causality decontamination, medical triage and stabilization and human remains recovery. “We met all of the training goals and then some as we head towards more advanced types of training that we need to give to our CERFP team,” said Lt. […]

    Va. National Guard special response force conducts exercise

    SANDSTON, Va. – More than 180 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, as well as members of the Virginia Defense Force, conducted a simulation exercise April 16, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, to test the unit’s capabilities to assist in the emergency response for a simulated structure collapse and chemical spill. The CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”) performs tasks associated with consequence management, urban search and rescue, mass causality decontamination, medical triage and stabilization and human remains recovery. “We met all of the training goals and then some as we head towards more advanced types of training that we need to give to our CERFP team,” said Lt. […]

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  • LYNCHBURG, Va. — Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Blackstone-based 34th Civil Support Team joined members of the Virginia State Police, Lynchburg Fire Department and the Virginia Department of Health in sharing their knowledge and experience in the areas of hazardous material identification and collection with Liberty University students April 9, 2016, in Lynchburg, Virignia. The training was conducted in a non-emergency, simulated bioterrorism attack environment, and the CST personnel did not wear their normal protective equipment to facilitate easier communication with the students. “This is an opportunity for our Soldiers and Airmen to practice their trade, cooperate with local first responders and showcase our abilities in order to build even stronger partnerships,” explained Maj. Michael Booker, commander of […]

    34th CST shares experience, knowledge with Liberty students

    LYNCHBURG, Va. — Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Blackstone-based 34th Civil Support Team joined members of the Virginia State Police, Lynchburg Fire Department and the Virginia Department of Health in sharing their knowledge and experience in the areas of hazardous material identification and collection with Liberty University students April 9, 2016, in Lynchburg, Virignia. The training was conducted in a non-emergency, simulated bioterrorism attack environment, and the CST personnel did not wear their normal protective equipment to facilitate easier communication with the students. “This is an opportunity for our Soldiers and Airmen to practice their trade, cooperate with local first responders and showcase our abilities in order to build even stronger partnerships,” explained Maj. Michael Booker, commander of […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Rep. Dave Brat visited the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center March 31, 2016. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Lt. Col. Preston Scott, Fort Pickett garrison commander, provided an overview of the installation and its capabilities, then escorted Brat on a tour of the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site, the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute and the Fort Pickett virtual training facility. “It was a pleasure to learn about how these brave men serve,” Brat said on Facebook. During his visit Brat first toured MATES, where more than 120 personnel provide maintenance support on more than 500 combat vehicles and other equipment positioned at Fort Pickett including M1A1 […]

    Rep. Brat visits, tours Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Rep. Dave Brat visited the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center March 31, 2016. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Lt. Col. Preston Scott, Fort Pickett garrison commander, provided an overview of the installation and its capabilities, then escorted Brat on a tour of the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site, the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute and the Fort Pickett virtual training facility. “It was a pleasure to learn about how these brave men serve,” Brat said on Facebook. During his visit Brat first toured MATES, where more than 120 personnel provide maintenance support on more than 500 combat vehicles and other equipment positioned at Fort Pickett including M1A1 […]

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