Virginia Guard artillery Soldiers represent the modern military at “Military Through the Ages” event

Maj. Gen. Frank E. Batts, commander of the 29th Infantry Division, presents a ribbon to one of the reenactor units at the final parade at the Military Through the Ages event held March 18 at the Jamestown Settlement near Williamsburg. Batts served as the reviewing official for the parade. (Photo by Spec. JoAnna E. Greene, 29th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Hampton-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Brigade Combat Team represented the modern military at the Military Through the Ages event March 17 and 18 at the Jamestown Settlement, and Maj. Gen. Frank E. Batts, commander of the 29th Infantry Division, presided as the reviewing official for the parade of 32 reenactor units March 18. The artillery Soldiers set up a static display and answered questions from the public as well as demonstrated the firing capabilities of the M119A2 howitzer.

Batts addressed the participants and visitors, explaining that the Virginia National Guard traces it’s roots back to Jamestown in 1607, when the settlement depended on its militia composed of all able bodied men ages 16-60.  While today’s National Guard is voluntary and includes women, Batts said, “it is built on the same premise that citizens can become Soldiers or Airmen to support the community in times of need.”

Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard's Hampton-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Brigade Combat Team demonstrate the firing capabilities of the M119A2 howitzer at the Military Through the Ages event March 17 at the Jamestown Settlement. Hundreds of re-enactors depicting armed forces from the first century to modern times converged on Jamestown for the annual event, with the Virginia National Guard Soldiers representing the modern military.

Hundreds of reenactors depicting armed forces from the first century to modern times converged on Jamestown for the annual event, with the Virginia National Guard Soldiers representing the modern military. The Soldiers provided a howitzer for a static display, answered questions from the attendees about their equipment and the Virginia Guard in general and fired the howitzer to mark the official end of the event’s first day along with an artillery piece used during the time period that Jamestown was founded.

Reenactors educated visitors on uniforms, weapons, and tactics in an interactive display of military history.

The Soldiers from Battery B concluded the chronological progression in Sunday’s parade.  Staff Sgt. Scott Mayhew, a section leader in Battery B, educated visitors on the operations of modern artillery, as well as the consistent, dedicated training today’s Guardsmen undergo.

View photos from the parade on the 29th Infantry Division Flickr site:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29thinfantrydivision/sets/72157629616069901/

View photos of the artillery capabilities shoot on the Virginia Guard Flickr site:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/sets/72157629247994736/