Virginia Army National Guard recognizes top units

Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel presents the Eisenhower Trophy to Lt. Col. Tim Pillion, commander of the 1030th Transportation Battalion, on behalf of 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 March 29, 2014, in Williamsburg. Thiel and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognized the top performing company level units in the Virginia Army National Guard with the Adjutant General's Cup, Virginia Excellence in Training Awards, National Guard Bureau Superior Unit Awards and Pershing Trophy. Capt. Kyle Duffer, a training officer in the Virginia Army National Guard state training and operations office, assisted with the presentations. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard)

Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel presents the Eisenhower Trophy to Maj. Tim Pillion, commander of the 1030th Transportation Battalion, on behalf of 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 March 29, 2014, in Williamsburg. Thiel and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognized the top performing company level units in the Virginia Army National Guard with the Adjutant General’s Cup, Virginia Excellence in Training Awards, National Guard Bureau Superior Unit Awards and Pershing Trophy. Capt. Kyle Duffer, a training officer in the Virginia Army National Guard state training and operations office, assisted with the presentations. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard)

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 the unit that ranks the highest in areas of assigned personnel strength, percentage of personnel qualified in their duty position, attendance at monthly drill weekends and annual training, individual weapons qualification scores and physical fitness test scores.

The Adjutant General’s Cup went to the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group. The cup is awarded to the unit achieving the highest overall average in the areas of overall assigned personnel strength, attendance at monthly drill weekends and attendance at annual training.

Both units also received Certificates of Recognition signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The Leesburg-based Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team was recognized for marksmanship excellence with the state-level Pershing Award for the highest marksmanship scores in the Virginia Army National Guard in annual qualification with assigned individual weapons. Twenty four Virginia National Guard units were 90 percent or above for individual weapons qualification, an increase over nine from the previous year.

To earn the Excellence in Training Award, a unit must have 90 percent of all personnel qualified in their military occupational speciality, have 95 percent of all personnel present for annual training or receive constructive credit for AT attendance, maintain monthly drill attendance of 90 percent, have 95 percent of all assigned personnel qualify with their assigned weapon, have 95 percent of all crews qualify on their assigned crew-served weapons, have 90 percent of all assigned personnel pass the Army Physical Fitness Test and pass the Organizational Inspection Program in all training categories. Excellence in Training Awards were presented to the following units:
– Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
– Suffolk-based Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Martinsville-based 1173rd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
– Bedford-based Company A, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Farmville-based Company B, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Charlottesville-based Company A, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Gate City-based Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
– Leesburg-based Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Danville-based Company E, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Christiansburg-based Company C, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Pulaski-based Company D, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Lynchburg-based Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

To earn the Superior Unit Award, a unit must maintain an assigned strength of 95 percent of authorized each month of the training year for which being nominated, maintain monthly drill attendance of 95 percent, attain annual training attendance of 95 percent, have 95 percent of all assigned personnel qualify with their assigned weapon and have 90 percent of all assigned personnel pass the Army Physical Fitness Test. Superior unit awards were presented to the following units:
– Gate City-based Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
– Charlottesville-based Company A, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Christiansburg-based Company C, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Farmville-based Company B, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
– Christiansburg-based Company C, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Pulaski-based Company D, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Lynchburg-based Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team