Latest News from the Virginia National Guard
  • WINCHESTER, Va. — Rep. Barbara Comstock visits 5th grade students from Indian Hollow Elementary School taking part in activities at the Winchester STARBASE Academy Jan. 30, 2015, at the Virginia National Guard’s Cherry-Beasley Readiness Center in Winchester, Va. Hands-on activities for the day included completing an electrical circuit and programing robots. Science and Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation and Space Exploration, or STARBASE, is a Department of Defense educational program, sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs where students participate in challenging activities in science, technology, engineering and math. Students are immersed in a unique classroom experience for five days where all activities are student-centered, hands-on, encourage higher order thinking and incorporate STEM applications […]

    Rep. Comstock visits Winchester STARBASE Academy

    WINCHESTER, Va. — Rep. Barbara Comstock visits 5th grade students from Indian Hollow Elementary School taking part in activities at the Winchester STARBASE Academy Jan. 30, 2015, at the Virginia National Guard’s Cherry-Beasley Readiness Center in Winchester, Va. Hands-on activities for the day included completing an electrical circuit and programing robots. Science and Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation and Space Exploration, or STARBASE, is a Department of Defense educational program, sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs where students participate in challenging activities in science, technology, engineering and math. Students are immersed in a unique classroom experience for five days where all activities are student-centered, hands-on, encourage higher order thinking and incorporate STEM applications […]

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  • CHESTERFIELD, Va. — Soldiers from the Chesterfield-based Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment departed Jan. 26, 2015, for the border between the United States and Mexico aboard a UH-72 Lakota helicopter to provide aerial detection and monitoring support to U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection. The three-Soldier crew flew from the Chesterfield County Airport, and additional Virginia Guard Soldiers will rotate through the mission until the end of April in support of law enforcement interdiction operations against illicit trafficking in people, drugs, weapons and money, as well as the violence associated with those illicit activities. Their Lakota helicopter is configured with the Mission Equipment Package that includes a camera system with advanced optics […]

    Virginia National Guard aviators depart for border mission

    CHESTERFIELD, Va. — Soldiers from the Chesterfield-based Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment departed Jan. 26, 2015, for the border between the United States and Mexico aboard a UH-72 Lakota helicopter to provide aerial detection and monitoring support to U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection. The three-Soldier crew flew from the Chesterfield County Airport, and additional Virginia Guard Soldiers will rotate through the mission until the end of April in support of law enforcement interdiction operations against illicit trafficking in people, drugs, weapons and money, as well as the violence associated with those illicit activities. Their Lakota helicopter is configured with the Mission Equipment Package that includes a camera system with advanced optics […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Approximately 30 Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force came together Jan. 21, 2015, outside of the General Assembly Building in Richmond, Va., to display some of their domestic response capabilities and equipment. The event aimed to educate Virginia senators and delegates on the unique capabilities and support the Guard can provide the commonwealth during a disaster. “Only one quarter of the General Assembly have served in the uniform of our country and can call themselves veterans,” said Delegate Richard Anderson, co-chair of the Virginia General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus. “It’s important that all Guardsmen convey to elected officials a sense that their Guard is ready, willing and able to deploy and prevail […]

    Virginia Guard displays equipment, capabilities to General Assembly

    RICHMOND, Va. – Approximately 30 Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force came together Jan. 21, 2015, outside of the General Assembly Building in Richmond, Va., to display some of their domestic response capabilities and equipment. The event aimed to educate Virginia senators and delegates on the unique capabilities and support the Guard can provide the commonwealth during a disaster. “Only one quarter of the General Assembly have served in the uniform of our country and can call themselves veterans,” said Delegate Richard Anderson, co-chair of the Virginia General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus. “It’s important that all Guardsmen convey to elected officials a sense that their Guard is ready, willing and able to deploy and prevail […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va – The Fort Pickett-based Virginia Army National Guard Directorate of Logistics, or G-4, continued executing a contract over $200,000 dollars, over 20 different locations Jan. 10, 2015, designed to provide Soldiers with a form fitted, professional dress uniform. The U.S. Army began replacing the green service uniform with the blue Army Service Uniform in Aug. 2008. The “bridging” strategy was to slowly transition to the new uniform over the course of six years. According to Army regulations, the wear out date of the green uniform was July 2014. “A properly fitted uniform is as much a part of a Soldiers appearance as keeping physically fit,” said Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Carl A. Holcomb, Command Sergeant Major, Virginia Army […]

    Va. Guard G-4’s tailor-made solution helps Soldiers

    FORT PICKETT, Va – The Fort Pickett-based Virginia Army National Guard Directorate of Logistics, or G-4, continued executing a contract over $200,000 dollars, over 20 different locations Jan. 10, 2015, designed to provide Soldiers with a form fitted, professional dress uniform. The U.S. Army began replacing the green service uniform with the blue Army Service Uniform in Aug. 2008. The “bridging” strategy was to slowly transition to the new uniform over the course of six years. According to Army regulations, the wear out date of the green uniform was July 2014. “A properly fitted uniform is as much a part of a Soldiers appearance as keeping physically fit,” said Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Carl A. Holcomb, Command Sergeant Major, Virginia Army […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – At Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, 20 active duty, U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. National Guard infantrymen gained the skills and knowledge necessary to take on roles as senior noncommissioned officers during the Infantryman Advanced Leader Course held Jan. 11-28, 2015. The 18-day course is required to be eligible for promotion to sergeant first class and focuses on both the administrative and tactical skills required for advanced noncommissioned officer leadership positions. “The course hones in on leadership for NCOs and builds on the fundamentals which they already know,” explained Staff Sgt. Jason Beach, the senior instructor for the course. “We want to make sure these guys leave here learning something new to take back […]

    Infantrymen train on advanced leader skills

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – At Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, 20 active duty, U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. National Guard infantrymen gained the skills and knowledge necessary to take on roles as senior noncommissioned officers during the Infantryman Advanced Leader Course held Jan. 11-28, 2015. The 18-day course is required to be eligible for promotion to sergeant first class and focuses on both the administrative and tactical skills required for advanced noncommissioned officer leadership positions. “The course hones in on leadership for NCOs and builds on the fundamentals which they already know,” explained Staff Sgt. Jason Beach, the senior instructor for the course. “We want to make sure these guys leave here learning something new to take back […]

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  • FORT A. P. Hill, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Charlottesville-based Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion and the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team joined Soldiers from the 75th and 78th Training Division, U.S. Army Reserve, First Army Division-East, 1st Medical Training Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and Sailors from the Expeditionary Medical Facility, U.S. Navy Reserve to participate in Warrior Exercise “Arctic Lightning” Jan. 24, 2015, at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. The 78th Training Division’s WAREX “Arctic Lightning” is specifically designed to gauge a USAR unit’s readiness to mobilize and deploy. Approximately 4,000 Soldiers from military police, transportation, engineer and medical units participated in the exercise at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Aberdeen Proving […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers demonstrate medical skills during Warrior Exercise

    FORT A. P. Hill, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Charlottesville-based Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion and the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team joined Soldiers from the 75th and 78th Training Division, U.S. Army Reserve, First Army Division-East, 1st Medical Training Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and Sailors from the Expeditionary Medical Facility, U.S. Navy Reserve to participate in Warrior Exercise “Arctic Lightning” Jan. 24, 2015, at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. The 78th Training Division’s WAREX “Arctic Lightning” is specifically designed to gauge a USAR unit’s readiness to mobilize and deploy. Approximately 4,000 Soldiers from military police, transportation, engineer and medical units participated in the exercise at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Aberdeen Proving […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va – Command Sgt. Major Terry Gibbs will become the next command sergeant major of Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center beginning March 1, 2015, according to an announcement made Jan. 12, 2015, by Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Assistant Adjutant General – Army. “Command Sgt. Maj. Gibbs will make a great addition to the leadership team at Fort Pickett,” said Mercer. “He has decades of experience leading and taking care of Soldiers in field and garrison environments, as well as while deployed. His experience, advice and wise counsel will be invaluable as the [Maneuver Training Center] team continues its great work to maintain readiness for our federal and state missions in the challenging and resource constrained environment we […]

    Gibbs selected as new Fort Pickett command sergeant major

    FORT PICKETT, Va – Command Sgt. Major Terry Gibbs will become the next command sergeant major of Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center beginning March 1, 2015, according to an announcement made Jan. 12, 2015, by Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Assistant Adjutant General – Army. “Command Sgt. Maj. Gibbs will make a great addition to the leadership team at Fort Pickett,” said Mercer. “He has decades of experience leading and taking care of Soldiers in field and garrison environments, as well as while deployed. His experience, advice and wise counsel will be invaluable as the [Maneuver Training Center] team continues its great work to maintain readiness for our federal and state missions in the challenging and resource constrained environment we […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Brig. 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 discuses the Va. Guard’s legislative initiatives for the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly Jan. 16, 2015, in Richmond Va. 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 plays a key role in shaping the legislative conversation about military and veterans issues in the Virginia General Assembly, and this was a great avenue to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the Virginia […]

    AG briefs JLC on legislative initiatives for General Assembly

    RICHMOND, Va. — Brig. 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 discuses the Va. Guard’s legislative initiatives for the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly Jan. 16, 2015, in Richmond Va. 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 plays a key role in shaping the legislative conversation about military and veterans issues in the Virginia General Assembly, and this was a great avenue to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the Virginia […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Department of Military had another busy year in 2014 and continued to balance the demands of both its federal and state missions. All over the world and here in the United Sates, the Virginia Army National Guard, Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force demonstrated that its forces were prepared and ready to rapidly respond when needed. “I could not be more proud of the fantastic service of our men and women of the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “The challenge we face now is to maintain our high level of readiness in the face of fiscal constraints. I am confident we […]

    Va. Guard, VDF demonstrated readiness throughout 2014

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Department of Military had another busy year in 2014 and continued to balance the demands of both its federal and state missions. All over the world and here in the United Sates, the Virginia Army National Guard, Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force demonstrated that its forces were prepared and ready to rapidly respond when needed. “I could not be more proud of the fantastic service of our men and women of the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “The challenge we face now is to maintain our high level of readiness in the face of fiscal constraints. I am confident we […]

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  • NORFOLK, Va. — In front of family, friends, fellow veterans and current Virginia National Guard Soldiers, a World War II veteran who landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, with the Virginia National Guard’s 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, was recognized as a Knight in the French Legion of Honor Jan. 11, 2015, in Norfolk, Va. Former Army Lt. Cary Jarvis, a Norfolk native and current resident of Virginia Beach, received the French Légion d’honneur, or Legion of Honor, the highest decoration bestowed in France, from retired French Consulate Nicole Yancey. Col. Denys Colomb, the French National Liaison Representative to Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, […]

    Va. Guard D-Day veteran honored as a Knight in the French Legion of Honor

    NORFOLK, Va. — In front of family, friends, fellow veterans and current Virginia National Guard Soldiers, a World War II veteran who landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, with the Virginia National Guard’s 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, was recognized as a Knight in the French Legion of Honor Jan. 11, 2015, in Norfolk, Va. Former Army Lt. Cary Jarvis, a Norfolk native and current resident of Virginia Beach, received the French Légion d’honneur, or Legion of Honor, the highest decoration bestowed in France, from retired French Consulate Nicole Yancey. Col. Denys Colomb, the French National Liaison Representative to Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, […]

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  • LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — The 192nd Intelligence Squadron celebrated a change of command ceremony January 10, 2015, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Va. Lt. Col. David R. Lands assumed command of the Intelligence Squadron from Lt. Col. Bryan E. Salmon who recently assumed a new role as the Air National Guard Advisor to the 480th Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Wing. “Lt. Col. Lands’ knowledge, professionalism, and work ethic are beyond reproach,” said Salmon. “As the commander, my goals were to enable the senior non-commissioned officer leadership and officers to lead, focus on mission operations of the squadron, and develop a culture and spirit of being a warfighter.” “By doing these things I hoped to position the squadron so […]

    192nd Intel Squadron recognizes new commander

    LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — The 192nd Intelligence Squadron celebrated a change of command ceremony January 10, 2015, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Va. Lt. Col. David R. Lands assumed command of the Intelligence Squadron from Lt. Col. Bryan E. Salmon who recently assumed a new role as the Air National Guard Advisor to the 480th Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Wing. “Lt. Col. Lands’ knowledge, professionalism, and work ethic are beyond reproach,” said Salmon. “As the commander, my goals were to enable the senior non-commissioned officer leadership and officers to lead, focus on mission operations of the squadron, and develop a culture and spirit of being a warfighter.” “By doing these things I hoped to position the squadron so […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — More than 600 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force as well as U. S. Army Reserve Soldiers conducted a variety of hands on and virtual training and administrative activities Jan. 10 -11, 2015, at the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. Training and administrative activities including physical fitness, weapons qualification, periodic health assessments, records review, annual briefings, field artillery crew drills and section certification, setting up and operating a tactical communications package, simulated call for artillery fire and employment of the mobile arresting aircraft system. Also, construction continued on the first phase of a new multipurpose training facility. “We love coming to Camp […]

    Camp Pendleton hosts busy training weekend

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — More than 600 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force as well as U. S. Army Reserve Soldiers conducted a variety of hands on and virtual training and administrative activities Jan. 10 -11, 2015, at the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. Training and administrative activities including physical fitness, weapons qualification, periodic health assessments, records review, annual briefings, field artillery crew drills and section certification, setting up and operating a tactical communications package, simulated call for artillery fire and employment of the mobile arresting aircraft system. Also, construction continued on the first phase of a new multipurpose training facility. “We love coming to Camp […]

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