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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
  • JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, Va. — Senior leaders from the Virginia National Guard gathered to celebrate the 409th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and the founding of the Jamestown colony with a cake cutting May 14, 2016, at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Virginia National Guard traces the heritage and traditions of Citizen-Soldier and Citizen-Airmen 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. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Col. Marshall L. […]

    Cake cutting marks 409th birthday for Va. Guard, Jamestown Settlement

    JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, Va. — Senior leaders from the Virginia National Guard gathered to celebrate the 409th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and the founding of the Jamestown colony with a cake cutting May 14, 2016, at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Virginia National Guard traces the heritage and traditions of Citizen-Soldier and Citizen-Airmen 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. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Col. Marshall L. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Virginia — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, and Walter L. Mercer, Director of Personnel and Administration for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, recognized and thanked Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees at luncheons and awards ceremonies May 10, 2016, at Fort Pickett and May 12, 2016, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. “This annual recognition program is a way for our directors and department heads to specifically recognize and thank those state employees within their organization who have gone the extra mile and exceeded expectations,” Mercer said. “This was an opportunity for us to thank our employees for their […]

    Dept. of Military Affairs recognizes, thanks state employees

    SANDSTON, Virginia — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, and Walter L. Mercer, Director of Personnel and Administration for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, recognized and thanked Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees at luncheons and awards ceremonies May 10, 2016, at Fort Pickett and May 12, 2016, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. “This annual recognition program is a way for our directors and department heads to specifically recognize and thank those state employees within their organization who have gone the extra mile and exceeded expectations,” Mercer said. “This was an opportunity for us to thank our employees for their […]

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  • ROANOKE, Va. — Senior leaders from state government and the Virginia National Guard, family, friends and fellow Soldiers bid farewell to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at multiple departure events May 14-16, 2016. Approximately 450 Soldiers from the battalion, also known as the Red Dragons, began serving on federal active duty May 13, and the mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months. They are scheduled to 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 security operations in Qatar. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland […]

    Family, friends, senior leaders bid farewell to the Red Dragons

    ROANOKE, Va. — Senior leaders from state government and the Virginia National Guard, family, friends and fellow Soldiers bid farewell to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at multiple departure events May 14-16, 2016. Approximately 450 Soldiers from the battalion, also known as the Red Dragons, began serving on federal active duty May 13, and the mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months. They are scheduled to 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 security operations in Qatar. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Departure ceremonies for the Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be held May 14 and 15 in Christiansburg, Bedford, Lexington and Lynchburg to honor the men and women of the battalion as they begin a federal active duty mobilization. Approximately 450 Soldiers from the battalion, also known as the Red Dragons, will begin serving on federal active duty May 13, 2016, and the mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months. They are scheduled to 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 security operations in Qatar. The battalion is headquartered […]

    Departure ceremonies scheduled for May 14, 15 in Bedford, Christiansburg, Lexington and Lynchburg for Va. Guard infantry battalion

    SANDSTON, Va. — Departure ceremonies for the Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be held May 14 and 15 in Christiansburg, Bedford, Lexington and Lynchburg to honor the men and women of the battalion as they begin a federal active duty mobilization. Approximately 450 Soldiers from the battalion, also known as the Red Dragons, will begin serving on federal active duty May 13, 2016, and the mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months. They are scheduled to 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 security operations in Qatar. The battalion is headquartered […]

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  • CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — Soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard’s 30th Military Engagement Team transferred authority to the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Military Engagement Team in a ceremony held May 8, 2016, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Maj. Gen. William B. Hickman, Deputy Commanding General of Operations for 3rd Army/U.S. Army Central, presided over the ceremony. “The impact you have is much more than 26 Soldiers,” Hickman told the assembled crowd. “I look forward to seeing what the 116th can do as you move forward.” During the ceremony, Col. Todd Hubbard, Commander of the 116th MET, and Col. Allen Boyette, Commander of the 30th MET, switched the positions of the Virginia and North Carolina state flags to signify the transfer […]

    Transfer of Authority Ceremony held for 116th MET

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — Soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard’s 30th Military Engagement Team transferred authority to the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Military Engagement Team in a ceremony held May 8, 2016, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Maj. Gen. William B. Hickman, Deputy Commanding General of Operations for 3rd Army/U.S. Army Central, presided over the ceremony. “The impact you have is much more than 26 Soldiers,” Hickman told the assembled crowd. “I look forward to seeing what the 116th can do as you move forward.” During the ceremony, Col. Todd Hubbard, Commander of the 116th MET, and Col. Allen Boyette, Commander of the 30th MET, switched the positions of the Virginia and North Carolina state flags to signify the transfer […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — A squad of Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fredericksburg-based 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th IBCT took first place in the Sapper Stakes competition conducted by the Fort Bragg, North Carolina-based 37th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division May 7, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The team navigated multiple stations including emplacement of a wire obstacle, leadership reaction course, obstacle course, rope bridge urban breach and M4 rifle qualification. A total of 18 teams took part in the competition, and the Virginia Guard engineers completed the course in seven hours and five minutes, 14 minutes ahead of the second place team. Soldiers from the 116th BSTB joined engineers from the 37th BEB for numerous training […]

    Va. Soldiers take first place at 37th BEB Sapper Stakes competition

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — A squad of Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fredericksburg-based 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th IBCT took first place in the Sapper Stakes competition conducted by the Fort Bragg, North Carolina-based 37th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division May 7, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The team navigated multiple stations including emplacement of a wire obstacle, leadership reaction course, obstacle course, rope bridge urban breach and M4 rifle qualification. A total of 18 teams took part in the competition, and the Virginia Guard engineers completed the course in seven hours and five minutes, 14 minutes ahead of the second place team. Soldiers from the 116th BSTB joined engineers from the 37th BEB for numerous training […]

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  • 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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