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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Red Dragon, has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service for duty in support of ongoing overseas contingency operations in the Central Command area of operations, according to an announcement made Feb. 4, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 450 Soldiers will begin serving on federal active duty May 13, 2016, and the mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months. They will replace the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, currently conducting […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers assigned to Lynchburg-based infantry battalion to mobilize for overseas duty

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Red Dragon, has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service for duty in support of ongoing overseas contingency operations in the Central Command area of operations, according to an announcement made Feb. 4, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 450 Soldiers will begin serving on federal active duty May 13, 2016, and the mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months. They will replace the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, currently conducting […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard returned to routine operations Jan. 27, 2016, after having more than 400 Soldiers on state active duty supporting Virginia State Police and local first responders as they assisted citizens after a historic snowfall blanketed the commonwealth. “Across the board, everyone performed magnificently,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Working so closely with the Virginia State Police and local government emergency response officials under the guidance of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management has proven to be very effective. We also have a great team of Soldiers, Airmen and Virginia Defense Force members providing the necessary mission command, administrative and logistical support to make sure we have the right […]

    Va. Guard provides mobility assistance during winter storm

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard returned to routine operations Jan. 27, 2016, after having more than 400 Soldiers on state active duty supporting Virginia State Police and local first responders as they assisted citizens after a historic snowfall blanketed the commonwealth. “Across the board, everyone performed magnificently,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Working so closely with the Virginia State Police and local government emergency response officials under the guidance of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management has proven to be very effective. We also have a great team of Soldiers, Airmen and Virginia Defense Force members providing the necessary mission command, administrative and logistical support to make sure we have the right […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to serve as a combat reserve to help fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide domestic response capability to answer the call of the Governor to assist citizens of the commonwealth during times of need. All through 2015, the Virginia National Guard and its all-volunteer reserve, the Virginia Defense Force, demonstrated at home and across the globe that its forces are ready to respond when needed. More than 450 Soldiers assigned to Task Force Normandy, a unit comprised of the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment and Suffolk-based Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, officially began their security […]

    Va. Guard balances state, federal missions in 2015

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to serve as a combat reserve to help fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide domestic response capability to answer the call of the Governor to assist citizens of the commonwealth during times of need. All through 2015, the Virginia National Guard and its all-volunteer reserve, the Virginia Defense Force, demonstrated at home and across the globe that its forces are ready to respond when needed. More than 450 Soldiers assigned to Task Force Normandy, a unit comprised of the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment and Suffolk-based Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, officially began their security […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Red Dragon, has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service for duty in support of ongoing overseas contingency operations in the Central Command area of operations, according to an announcement made Feb. 4, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 450 Soldiers will begin serving on federal active duty May 13, 2016, and the mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months. They will replace the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, currently conducting […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers assigned to Lynchburg-based infantry battalion to mobilize for overseas duty

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Red Dragon, has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service for duty in support of ongoing overseas contingency operations in the Central Command area of operations, according to an announcement made Feb. 4, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 450 Soldiers will begin serving on federal active duty May 13, 2016, and the mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months. They will replace the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, currently conducting […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard will close its readiness center in Chatham, Virginia, according to an announcement made Feb. 4, 2016, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. The unit and approximately 40 Soldiers currently stationed there will relocate to the readiness center in nearby Danville beginning in March 2016. Williams and senior Guard leaders met with local officials to explain the decision and answer questions about the planned closure. “It is with a heavy heart that we made the decision to close our facility in Chatham,” Williams said. “The community has been incredibly supportive of our Soldiers for decades, and many of our men and women in uniform spent a large part of […]

    Virginia National Guard to close readiness center in Chatham

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard will close its readiness center in Chatham, Virginia, according to an announcement made Feb. 4, 2016, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. The unit and approximately 40 Soldiers currently stationed there will relocate to the readiness center in nearby Danville beginning in March 2016. Williams and senior Guard leaders met with local officials to explain the decision and answer questions about the planned closure. “It is with a heavy heart that we made the decision to close our facility in Chatham,” Williams said. “The community has been incredibly supportive of our Soldiers for decades, and many of our men and women in uniform spent a large part of […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Senior leaders of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team visited Virginia National Guard Soldiers serving on federal active duty with the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in late January 2016 in Qatar. The battalion, also known as Task Force Normandy, began their mission of conducting security operations in November 2015. During the visit, Col. William J. Coffin, commander of the 116th IBCT, Lt. Col. Samuel T. Donnelly, brigade operations officer, and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas H. Yancey, 116th IBCT command sergeant major, spent three days on the ground and met with leaders from Task Force Normandy’s higher headquarters, toured duty locations, met with Soldiers and also took part in awards […]

    116th IBCT senior leaders visit Task Force Normandy

    SANDSTON, Va. — Senior leaders of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team visited Virginia National Guard Soldiers serving on federal active duty with the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in late January 2016 in Qatar. The battalion, also known as Task Force Normandy, began their mission of conducting security operations in November 2015. During the visit, Col. William J. Coffin, commander of the 116th IBCT, Lt. Col. Samuel T. Donnelly, brigade operations officer, and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas H. Yancey, 116th IBCT command sergeant major, spent three days on the ground and met with leaders from Task Force Normandy’s higher headquarters, toured duty locations, met with Soldiers and also took part in awards […]

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  • JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Members of the 192nd Fighter Wing participated in the inaugural trilateral anti-access/area denial exercise with the United Kingdom and French service members hosted Dec. 2-18, 2015, at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. More than 500 service members, consisting of approximately 225 personnel from the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, 175 from the Royal Air Force and 150 from the French Air Force, gained a comprehensive understanding of integrated logistics, support requirements, capabilities and tactics associated with a joint operation of coalition front-line fighters during the 17-day exercise. Airmen from the USAF, Virginia Air National Guard, RAF and the FrAF focused on tactical procedures in high threat environments through a variety of simulated […]

    Virginia Guard Airmen participate in exercise with French and British forces

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Members of the 192nd Fighter Wing participated in the inaugural trilateral anti-access/area denial exercise with the United Kingdom and French service members hosted Dec. 2-18, 2015, at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. More than 500 service members, consisting of approximately 225 personnel from the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, 175 from the Royal Air Force and 150 from the French Air Force, gained a comprehensive understanding of integrated logistics, support requirements, capabilities and tactics associated with a joint operation of coalition front-line fighters during the 17-day exercise. Airmen from the USAF, Virginia Air National Guard, RAF and the FrAF focused on tactical procedures in high threat environments through a variety of simulated […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard returned to routine operations Jan. 27, 2016, after having more than 400 Soldiers on state active duty supporting Virginia State Police and local first responders as they assisted citizens after a historic snowfall blanketed the commonwealth. “Across the board, everyone performed magnificently,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Working so closely with the Virginia State Police and local government emergency response officials under the guidance of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management has proven to be very effective. We also have a great team of Soldiers, Airmen and Virginia Defense Force members providing the necessary mission command, administrative and logistical support to make sure we have the right […]

    Va. Guard provides mobility assistance during winter storm

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard returned to routine operations Jan. 27, 2016, after having more than 400 Soldiers on state active duty supporting Virginia State Police and local first responders as they assisted citizens after a historic snowfall blanketed the commonwealth. “Across the board, everyone performed magnificently,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Working so closely with the Virginia State Police and local government emergency response officials under the guidance of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management has proven to be very effective. We also have a great team of Soldiers, Airmen and Virginia Defense Force members providing the necessary mission command, administrative and logistical support to make sure we have the right […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – With temperatures hovering in the low 20s, Soldiers of Fort Pickett’s Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site, or MATES, bundled up and put two tracked vehicles back on display at Fort Pickett, Virginia, Jan. 19, 2016. The vehicles, an M42 Duster and an M84 Mortar Carrier, have long been on display at Fort Pickett, and had accumulated a thick coat of pinesap, bird droppings and graffiti over the years. Over a months-long process, MATES personnel cleaned, sandblasted and repainted the hulking vehicles in an effort to restore them to their original glory. “When customers and the public come in and they see a tank on display it needs to be looking dress right dress,” said Chief Warrant […]

    MATES personnel refurbish Fort Pickett tracked vehicles

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – With temperatures hovering in the low 20s, Soldiers of Fort Pickett’s Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site, or MATES, bundled up and put two tracked vehicles back on display at Fort Pickett, Virginia, Jan. 19, 2016. The vehicles, an M42 Duster and an M84 Mortar Carrier, have long been on display at Fort Pickett, and had accumulated a thick coat of pinesap, bird droppings and graffiti over the years. Over a months-long process, MATES personnel cleaned, sandblasted and repainted the hulking vehicles in an effort to restore them to their original glory. “When customers and the public come in and they see a tank on display it needs to be looking dress right dress,” said Chief Warrant […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Retired U. S. Navy Adm. John C. Harvey, Virginia’s Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, shared his thoughts on leadership with members of Virginia National Guard and local military Jan. 21, 2016, at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. The event was first in a series of professional development opportunities that are part of newly-developed Distinguished Speaker Program sponsored by the Virginia National Guard. “Secretary Harvey is a tremendous friend of the Virginia National Guard,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, when he introduced Harvey. At the start of his remarks, Harvey said he felt honored to be there among members of the military, and cited his own multi-decade career in the U.S. Navy. Immediately prior to […]

    Va. Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs shares leadership lessons with Va. Guard

    RICHMOND, Va. – Retired U. S. Navy Adm. John C. Harvey, Virginia’s Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, shared his thoughts on leadership with members of Virginia National Guard and local military Jan. 21, 2016, at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. The event was first in a series of professional development opportunities that are part of newly-developed Distinguished Speaker Program sponsored by the Virginia National Guard. “Secretary Harvey is a tremendous friend of the Virginia National Guard,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, when he introduced Harvey. At the start of his remarks, Harvey said he felt honored to be there among members of the military, and cited his own multi-decade career in the U.S. Navy. Immediately prior to […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers on state active duty across the commonwealth have been using Humvees and medium tactical trucks to provide mobility support to help Virginia State Police and local first responders reach citizens requiring assistance after a historic snow fall blanketed the commonwealth. Since they began operations Jan. 22, 2016, Guard Soldiers have escorted or transported 49 law enforcement, emergency medical and fire rescue personnel to emergency locations as well as transported 26 essential medical and support personnel to their place of work. They also provided mobility support to citizens and law enforcement personnel for non-emergency situations, transported essential medical supplies, towed fire trucks stuck in the snow and conducted health and welfare checks. View photos […]

    Va. National Guard continues mobility assistance after historic snowstorm

    STAUNTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers on state active duty across the commonwealth have been using Humvees and medium tactical trucks to provide mobility support to help Virginia State Police and local first responders reach citizens requiring assistance after a historic snow fall blanketed the commonwealth. Since they began operations Jan. 22, 2016, Guard Soldiers have escorted or transported 49 law enforcement, emergency medical and fire rescue personnel to emergency locations as well as transported 26 essential medical and support personnel to their place of work. They also provided mobility support to citizens and law enforcement personnel for non-emergency situations, transported essential medical supplies, towed fire trucks stuck in the snow and conducted health and welfare checks. View photos […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and members of the Virginia General Assembly commended the Virginia National Guard for the organization’s service to commonwealth and country at a legislative reception hosted Jan. 21, 2016, by the Virginia National Guard Association and Virginia Guard Enlisted Association at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. Earlier in the day, Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force displayed some of the Guard’s capabilities for domestic operations outside the General Assembly building. “Thank you all for your tremendous service,” McAuliffe said. “I love our Guard, and we are going to do everything we possibly […]

    Va. National Guard personnel display equipment to General Assembly, Governor commends the Guard

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and members of the Virginia General Assembly commended the Virginia National Guard for the organization’s service to commonwealth and country at a legislative reception hosted Jan. 21, 2016, by the Virginia National Guard Association and Virginia Guard Enlisted Association at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. Earlier in the day, Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force displayed some of the Guard’s capabilities for domestic operations outside the General Assembly building. “Thank you all for your tremendous service,” McAuliffe said. “I love our Guard, and we are going to do everything we possibly […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers across the state are assisting Virginia State Police troopers and local emergency organizations get through heavy snow to respond to vehicle crashes, evacuate citizens in need of medical assistance and have also helped get needed equipment to a house fire. As of the morning of Jan. 23, 2016, the Guard has approximately 400 personnel staged and ready along the I-81 corridor between Lexington and Winchester, along the Route 29 corridor from Warrenton to Danville, as well as in the areas near Northern Virginia, Richmond, Fredericksburg and Gate City. View photos from Va. Guard response operations: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157663687099352 “I am extremely proud of how well our personnel are working as part of the commonwealth’s multi-agency […]

    Va. Guard provides mobility assistance to State Police, local EMS

    STAUNTON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers across the state are assisting Virginia State Police troopers and local emergency organizations get through heavy snow to respond to vehicle crashes, evacuate citizens in need of medical assistance and have also helped get needed equipment to a house fire. As of the morning of Jan. 23, 2016, the Guard has approximately 400 personnel staged and ready along the I-81 corridor between Lexington and Winchester, along the Route 29 corridor from Warrenton to Danville, as well as in the areas near Northern Virginia, Richmond, Fredericksburg and Gate City. View photos from Va. Guard response operations: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157663687099352 “I am extremely proud of how well our personnel are working as part of the commonwealth’s multi-agency […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 300 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible assistance with the state’s severe winter weather response operations. The Virginia Guard plans to stage personnel at readiness centers along the I-81 corridor between Lexington and Winchester, along the Route 29 corridor from Warrenton to Danville, as well as in the areas near Richmond, Fredericksburg and Gate City in order to be ready to respond if needed. The alert process to notify personnel to report for duty has begun, and they are scheduled to be in place by early evening Thursday, Jan. 20, 2016. Potential missions for the Virginia Guard […]

    Virginia Guard personnel preparing for possible winter weather response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 300 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible assistance with the state’s severe winter weather response operations. The Virginia Guard plans to stage personnel at readiness centers along the I-81 corridor between Lexington and Winchester, along the Route 29 corridor from Warrenton to Danville, as well as in the areas near Richmond, Fredericksburg and Gate City in order to be ready to respond if needed. The alert process to notify personnel to report for duty has begun, and they are scheduled to be in place by early evening Thursday, Jan. 20, 2016. Potential missions for the Virginia Guard […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, updated members of the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations on the Virginia National Guard and discussed the Va. Guard’s legislative initiatives for the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly Jan. 16, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. The JLC provides a vehicle for veterans service organizations like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to collaborate with the Department of Veterans Services on meeting the needs of Virginia’s veterans. “The JLC is the one group that brings together the wide array of military organizations in Virginia from a veteran’s perspective,” Williams said. “They are educating members of the General Assembly about veterans and military issues, […]

    AG updates JLC, shares legislative priorities

    RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, updated members of the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations on the Virginia National Guard and discussed the Va. Guard’s legislative initiatives for the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly Jan. 16, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. The JLC provides a vehicle for veterans service organizations like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to collaborate with the Department of Veterans Services on meeting the needs of Virginia’s veterans. “The JLC is the one group that brings together the wide array of military organizations in Virginia from a veteran’s perspective,” Williams said. “They are educating members of the General Assembly about veterans and military issues, […]

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