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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The State Department’s Foreign Affairs Security Training Center will be located at Fort Pickett and Nottoway County’s Pickett Park according to news releases from Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senator Tim Kaine published April 17, 2014. Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today in response to the Obama administration’s decision to locate the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center at Fort Pickett in Nottoway County, VA: “I am pleased that the administration has finalized its decision to bring the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center, and the jobs that come with it, here to the Commonwealth of Virginia. This project will create hundreds of jobs in Nottoway County and bring millions in federal investment here to help grow Virginia’s […]

    Foreign Affairs Security Training Center to be located at Fort Pickett and Nottoway County’s Pickett Park

    RICHMOND, Va. — The State Department’s Foreign Affairs Security Training Center will be located at Fort Pickett and Nottoway County’s Pickett Park according to news releases from Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senator Tim Kaine published April 17, 2014. Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today in response to the Obama administration’s decision to locate the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center at Fort Pickett in Nottoway County, VA: “I am pleased that the administration has finalized its decision to bring the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center, and the jobs that come with it, here to the Commonwealth of Virginia. This project will create hundreds of jobs in Nottoway County and bring millions in federal investment here to help grow Virginia’s […]

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  • NAVAL STATION NORFOLK — Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company drove from Fort Pickett to Norfolk and back during their drill weekend April 12, 2014, to transport seven unserviceable target boats from Naval Station Norfolk to Fort Pickett. The boats, known as High-Speed Maneuvering Surface Targets, are remote controllable tow targets that were used for live fire, off-shore exercises. They were transported to Fort Pickett’s Range 13 where they will now serve as targets alongside several other shipments of excess Navy target boats which were given to the Virginia Guard. Thirty-seven Soldiers from the 1032nd Trans. Co. and the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, both of which fall under the Virginia Guard’s 1030th Transportation Battalion, […]

    1032nd Trans. Co. troops transport U.S. Navy target boats from Norfolk to Fort Pickett

    NAVAL STATION NORFOLK — Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company drove from Fort Pickett to Norfolk and back during their drill weekend April 12, 2014, to transport seven unserviceable target boats from Naval Station Norfolk to Fort Pickett. The boats, known as High-Speed Maneuvering Surface Targets, are remote controllable tow targets that were used for live fire, off-shore exercises. They were transported to Fort Pickett’s Range 13 where they will now serve as targets alongside several other shipments of excess Navy target boats which were given to the Virginia Guard. Thirty-seven Soldiers from the 1032nd Trans. Co. and the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, both of which fall under the Virginia Guard’s 1030th Transportation Battalion, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based Joint Force Headquarters came together with their families April 13, 2014, and pledged to help stop sexual violence and to speak up about sexual harassment and assault. The sexual harassment and assault response and prevention, or SHARP, event took place at the unit’s annual family day, held this year at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area near Fort Pickett, Va. Staff Sgt. Jo-Ann Lindquist-Rucker, a unit victim advocate for JFHQ-VA, designed and led the event. Her goal, along with recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, was to take education about sexual harassment and sexual assault out of the classroom and create a memorable training event for the Soldiers […]

    JFHQ takes pledge to speak up against sexual violence

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based Joint Force Headquarters came together with their families April 13, 2014, and pledged to help stop sexual violence and to speak up about sexual harassment and assault. The sexual harassment and assault response and prevention, or SHARP, event took place at the unit’s annual family day, held this year at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area near Fort Pickett, Va. Staff Sgt. Jo-Ann Lindquist-Rucker, a unit victim advocate for JFHQ-VA, designed and led the event. Her goal, along with recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, was to take education about sexual harassment and sexual assault out of the classroom and create a memorable training event for the Soldiers […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – More than 100 members of the Virginia Guard’s Sandston-based Joint Force Headquarters participated in a continuity of operations, or COOP, exercise at Fort Pickett, Va., April 10-13. The purpose of the exercise, said deputy plans officer Lt. Col. Douglas Gagnon, was to test the headquarters’ ability to relocate to an alternate location and still perform the critical capabilities of commanding and controlling subordinates units, conducting staff coordination, generating a common operational picture and interfacing with state and national headquarters. In the exercise, a fictitious chemical accident in the vicinity of Sandston triggered evacuation of the Virginia Guard’s Mullins Readiness Center, where the Department of Military Affairs and JFHQ normally operate, to barracks at Fort Pickett’s Army […]

    Va. Guard Joint, Air Staff conduct COOP exercise at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – More than 100 members of the Virginia Guard’s Sandston-based Joint Force Headquarters participated in a continuity of operations, or COOP, exercise at Fort Pickett, Va., April 10-13. The purpose of the exercise, said deputy plans officer Lt. Col. Douglas Gagnon, was to test the headquarters’ ability to relocate to an alternate location and still perform the critical capabilities of commanding and controlling subordinates units, conducting staff coordination, generating a common operational picture and interfacing with state and national headquarters. In the exercise, a fictitious chemical accident in the vicinity of Sandston triggered evacuation of the Virginia Guard’s Mullins Readiness Center, where the Department of Military Affairs and JFHQ normally operate, to barracks at Fort Pickett’s Army […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va – Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”) conducted a new member training event April 7-12, 2014, at Fort Pickett to instruct their newest Soldiers and Airmen on the basics of consequence management and incident response. The training, known as CERFP University, qualifies service members on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s robust Hazardous Materials Operations program and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Command System, as well as educates them on detection equipment and the correct wear of personal protective equipment. “This is a great opportunity to train our Soldiers and Airmen for one of the most relevant missions that […]

    Virginia CERFP conducts emergency response qualification course

    FORT PICKETT, Va – Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”) conducted a new member training event April 7-12, 2014, at Fort Pickett to instruct their newest Soldiers and Airmen on the basics of consequence management and incident response. The training, known as CERFP University, qualifies service members on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s robust Hazardous Materials Operations program and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Command System, as well as educates them on detection equipment and the correct wear of personal protective equipment. “This is a great opportunity to train our Soldiers and Airmen for one of the most relevant missions that […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 160 members of the Virginia Defense Force gathered at Fort Pickett March 29-30, 2014, for a division-directed unit training assembly. Among the activities on the schedule were initial entry training for new members of the VDF, state managed shelter logistics training, an instructor development course, a meeting of operations staffs, and a senior leaders meeting with Maj. Gen. John D. Taylor, the commander of the VDF. The VDF conducts division-directed training assemblies every six months, according to Col. Gary Butler, VDF director of operations.“Our focus right now is on training people to support the DSCA (Defense Support to Civil Authorities) playbook,” Butler said. Another division-directed assembly is scheduled for September at Fort Pickett. “The […]

    VDF tackles training objectives during March assembly at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 160 members of the Virginia Defense Force gathered at Fort Pickett March 29-30, 2014, for a division-directed unit training assembly. Among the activities on the schedule were initial entry training for new members of the VDF, state managed shelter logistics training, an instructor development course, a meeting of operations staffs, and a senior leaders meeting with Maj. Gen. John D. Taylor, the commander of the VDF. The VDF conducts division-directed training assemblies every six months, according to Col. Gary Butler, VDF director of operations.“Our focus right now is on training people to support the DSCA (Defense Support to Civil Authorities) playbook,” Butler said. Another division-directed assembly is scheduled for September at Fort Pickett. “The […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from around the state competed for the 2013 Virginia National Guard Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year titles March 29-30, 2014, at Fort Pickett. Spc. Taylore Horn of the 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command, was named the 2013 Virginia Army National Guard Soldier of the Year. Sgt. Jason Hill of Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, took home the title of 2013 Virginia Army National Guard NCO of the Year. “I am still excited to this day,” Horn said more than a week after the competition. “I feel like all my hard work is finally paying off and being noticed.” “It’s an honor […]

    276th Engineer Battalion Soldier named Soldier of the Year, 429th BSB troop claims NCO of the Year title

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from around the state competed for the 2013 Virginia National Guard Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year titles March 29-30, 2014, at Fort Pickett. Spc. Taylore Horn of the 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command, was named the 2013 Virginia Army National Guard Soldier of the Year. Sgt. Jason Hill of Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, took home the title of 2013 Virginia Army National Guard NCO of the Year. “I am still excited to this day,” Horn said more than a week after the competition. “I feel like all my hard work is finally paying off and being noticed.” “It’s an honor […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Units across the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assembled on Fort Pickett April 3-6, 2014, for continuous and rigorous training in preparation for the brigade’s Exportable Combat Training Center rotation in June. XCTC is an instrumented combat-readiness program that assesses the Soldier’s necessary skills prior to deployment. It will serve as a culminating training event during annual training June 14 – 29 as platoons are externally evaluated on many tasks necessary to build on for next year’s company validations. The rotation will run for 10 days with up to 10 live-fire lanes and approximately 40 situational training exercise lanes, said Maj. Kurt Kobernik, operations officer for the 116th IBCT. All of the lanes will build […]

    116th IBCT Soldiers prepare for external evaluations

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Units across the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assembled on Fort Pickett April 3-6, 2014, for continuous and rigorous training in preparation for the brigade’s Exportable Combat Training Center rotation in June. XCTC is an instrumented combat-readiness program that assesses the Soldier’s necessary skills prior to deployment. It will serve as a culminating training event during annual training June 14 – 29 as platoons are externally evaluated on many tasks necessary to build on for next year’s company validations. The rotation will run for 10 days with up to 10 live-fire lanes and approximately 40 situational training exercise lanes, said Maj. Kurt Kobernik, operations officer for the 116th IBCT. All of the lanes will build […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Delegate David I. Ramadan, representing the 87th district in Loudoun and Prince William counties, observes live fire artillery training conducted by Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Norfolk-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team April 5, 2014, at Fort Pickett. After visiting the firing battery and fire direction center, Ramadan toured the logistical support area operated by Company G, 429th Brigade Support Battalion and enjoyed a meal prepared by Company G food service personnel. Soldiers from the 116th IBCT were at Fort Pickett for the April drill weekend to prepare for the Exportable Combat Training Center rotation planned for annual training in June at Fort Pickett. The XCTC rotation […]

    Delegate Ramadan visits artillery training at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Delegate David I. Ramadan, representing the 87th district in Loudoun and Prince William counties, observes live fire artillery training conducted by Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Norfolk-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team April 5, 2014, at Fort Pickett. After visiting the firing battery and fire direction center, Ramadan toured the logistical support area operated by Company G, 429th Brigade Support Battalion and enjoyed a meal prepared by Company G food service personnel. Soldiers from the 116th IBCT were at Fort Pickett for the April drill weekend to prepare for the Exportable Combat Training Center rotation planned for annual training in June at Fort Pickett. The XCTC rotation […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 381 transferring the responsibility for overseeing and coordinating efforts to strengthen homeland security from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security to the Secretary of Public Safety April 2, 2014, at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center in Richmond. The legislation renames the secretariats as the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs and the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and enables Virginia to better prepare for, evaluate and respond to emergencies and disasters. The Governor’s office, Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Admiral John Harvey worked closely with a bipartisan coalition in the General Assembly to develop this legislation, which […]

    Governor signs SB381 transferring homeland security responsibilities to the Secretary of Public Safety

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 381 transferring the responsibility for overseeing and coordinating efforts to strengthen homeland security from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security to the Secretary of Public Safety April 2, 2014, at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center in Richmond. The legislation renames the secretariats as the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs and the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and enables Virginia to better prepare for, evaluate and respond to emergencies and disasters. The Governor’s office, Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Admiral John Harvey worked closely with a bipartisan coalition in the General Assembly to develop this legislation, which […]

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  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented the Eisenhower Trophy to the Gate City-based Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the Virginia National Guard Officer’s Association Conference held March 29, 2014, in Williamsburg. They also presented the Adjutant General’s Cup, Virginia Excellence in Training Awards, National Guard Bureau Superior Unit Awards and Pershing Trophy to recognize other top-performing company level units. The Eisenhower Trophy recognizes the most outstanding company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the training year and is presented to […]

    Virginia Army National Guard recognizes top units

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented the Eisenhower Trophy to the Gate City-based Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the Virginia National Guard Officer’s Association Conference held March 29, 2014, in Williamsburg. They also presented the Adjutant General’s Cup, Virginia Excellence in Training Awards, National Guard Bureau Superior Unit Awards and Pershing Trophy to recognize other top-performing company level units. The Eisenhower Trophy recognizes the most outstanding company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the training year and is presented to […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Department of Military Affairs received the 2013 SWaM Achievement Award March 26, 2014, in Sandston in recognition of its support of small, women- and minority-owned businesses. The award, part of the Governor’s 2013 Supplier Diversity Awards, recognizes state agencies that have improved SWaM performance or have the highest percentage of SWaM expenditures over the most recently completed fiscal year based on agency size and total discretionary expenditures. Ida McPherson, director of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, presented both a trophy and a plaque to Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Thanks to each and every one of you for your service to our commonwealth and helping […]

    DMA recognized for support of small, women and minority-owned businesses

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Department of Military Affairs received the 2013 SWaM Achievement Award March 26, 2014, in Sandston in recognition of its support of small, women- and minority-owned businesses. The award, part of the Governor’s 2013 Supplier Diversity Awards, recognizes state agencies that have improved SWaM performance or have the highest percentage of SWaM expenditures over the most recently completed fiscal year based on agency size and total discretionary expenditures. Ida McPherson, director of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, presented both a trophy and a plaque to Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Thanks to each and every one of you for your service to our commonwealth and helping […]

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