House Resolution No. 45 delivered to Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion

Delegate Terry G. Kilgore of Virginia’s First Legislative District personally delivers House Resolution No. 45 to the Virginia Guard’s Gate City- based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group during a “Reading of Resolution 45” ceremony Aug. 11 in Gate City, Va. House Resolution No. 45 commends the 1030th Transportation Battailon for receiving the Walker T. Kerwin, Jr. Readiness Award as the nation’s most outstanding National Guard battalion for the 2009 training year. Receiving the resolution are (from left to right) Col. Michelle Rose, commander of the 329th Regional Support Group, Lt. Col. Doyle Gillis, outgoing commander of the 1030th Transportation Battalion, and Brig. Gen. Wiliam R. Phillips, Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander. (Photo by Sgt. Luther L. Boothe, Jr. Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

GATE CITY, Va. — Delegate Terry G. Kilgore of Virginia’s First Legislative District visited Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group to present House Resolution No. 45 Aug. 11 at the Gate City National Guard Armory.

House Resolution No. 45 commends the 1030th Transportation Battalion for receiving the Walker T. Kerwin, Jr. Readiness Award as the nation’s most outstanding National Guard battalion for the 2009 training year. It’s considered one of the top honors a National Guard unit can receive.

“On behalf of Governor McDonnell and all the members of the House of Delegates, we want to really say thank you,” said Kilgore. “We are so grateful that you have done what you have been able to accomplish here and won this prestigious award and once again shown that we in southwest Virginia can be number one.”

The 1030th Soldiers were grateful to have the recognition the House Resolution provided and were happy to have Kilgore, a member of the community in which they are based, present for the reading.

“It is a great honor, it shows the dedication and professionalism of all the Soldiers in the battalion,” said Lt. Col. Doyle Gillis, Jr. on his final day as battalion commander of the 1030th. “They worked very hard to earn this prestigious honor and the fact that we are having this resolution read today just enhances that and makes it that much more special to us.”

“It was cool to have (Kilgore) come down here and talk to us today,” said Sgt. Dustin Thompson, a transportation specialist with 1030th. “Getting recognized as the best unit in the National Guard is a huge honor and I am proud to be a part of a unit that went out and trained as hard as we did to earn this recognition.”

Many of the Soldiers made it clear that their success did not come from a pursuit of accolades, but more from a commitment to family, community, country and each other.

“It’s their dedication that sets them apart from other National Guard units, and the fact that they are a family and they are really community based,” said Gillis.”These guys really are like a family. They have served together for some time, know each other really well and they function like a family. When you get that type of dynamic together they can do great things and they really have.”

“We weren’t out there trying to win awards, we were working hard to prepare to go to war and serve our country and the fact that we did so well is just a testament to the hard work of everyone in the unit,” said Thompson. “Hopefully, if we get called up again, we can go out and show that same kind of commitment.”

None of their success would have been possible without the support of the local community and the people of Scott County, said Gillis.

Maj. Timothy Pillion, the incoming commander of the 1030th, spoke of the pride in which he takes command of the unit and the high expectations he has for the unit as they move forward.

“I am very proud to inherit this unit,” he said. “I originally started out with this unit so I have a long history with this battalion and I look forward to coming in as the commander and continuing on with the same rich traditions that they have established over the last few years. I think you will see us again in the next couple years winning the award again — that’s our goal.”


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For more information:
Gate City-based transportation battalion recognized as most outstanding unit in the Army National Guard
http://vko.va.ngb.army.mil/VirginiaGuard/news/oct10/KerwinAward.html