Top Va. Guard personnel and units recognized

Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel presents a certificate of recognition signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe recognizing the Gate City-based Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group earning the Eisenhower Trophy as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard to Command Sgt. Maj. Ernest Miller, command sergeant major of the 1030th,  April 26, 2014, at the Virginia National Guard Enlisted Association Conference in Virginia Beach. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel presents a certificate of recognition signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe recognizing the Gate City-based Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group earning the Eisenhower Trophy as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard to Command Sgt. Maj. Ernest Miller, command sergeant major of the 1030th, April 26, 2014, at the Virginia National Guard Enlisted Association Conference in Virginia Beach. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel presented certificates of recognition signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to representatives from the top company-level units in the Virginia Army National Guard during the 40th Annual Virginia National Guard Enlisted Association Conference banquet held April 26, 2014, in Virginia Beach. Units earning the state-level Pershing Award marksmanship award, Virginia Excellence in Training Awards and National Guard Bureau Superior Unit Awards were also recognized. In addition to honoring the top Army Guard units, the Virginia Air National Guard’s Airmen of the Year, Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year were recognized along with the Virginia Army Guard’s Soldier of the Year and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

Virginia Deputy Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John Newby gave opening remarks, and Chief Master Sergeant Mitchell O. Brush, the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the National Guard Bureau, was they keynote speaker. Cadets from the Virginia Beach-based Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy provided the color guard.

The certificates from the Governor recognized the Gate City-based Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, earning the Eisenhower Trophy as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard and the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group earning the Adjutant General’s Cup.

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 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.

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

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Recognizing Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion as the Most Outstanding Company-Level Unit in the Virginia Army National Guard

WHEREAS, the Virginia National Guard traces the heritage and traditions of the selfless service of Citizen Soldiers to the founding of the Jamestown Colony and Virginia Soldiers have been serving Commonwealth and Country since 1607; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia National Guard strives to be a top-performing, relevant and rapidly responding force that is staffed, equipped and trained to meet all federal and state requirements and is prepared to deploy as directed by the Governor to assist state and local authorities to protect life and property, preserve peace, order and public safety; and

WHEREAS, the Eisenhower Trophy is named in honor of General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower and is awarded by the Chief of National Guard Bureau to the most outstanding company-level Army Guard unit in each state; and

WHEREAS, the Eisenhower Trophy is presented to the company-level 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; and

WHEREAS, the Superior Unit Award is presented to a unit that maintains an assigned strength of 95 percent of authorized each month of the training year for which being nominated, maintains monthly drill attendance of 95 percent, attains annual training attendance of 95 percent, has 95 percent of all assigned personnel qualify with their assigned weapon and has 90 percent of all assigned personnel pass the Army Physical Fitness Test; and

WHEREAS, the top Virginia Army National Guard units are recognized each year at the annual Virginia National Guard Officer’s Association Conference, and

WHEREAS, the Gate City-based Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group earned the Eisenhower Trophy and Superior Unit Award and recognized as the most outstanding company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the 2013 training year; and

WHEREAS, the level of readiness maintained by the men and women of the Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion clearly demonstrates their commitment to excellence and sets the example for all other units to follow; and

WHEREAS, the level of readiness maintained by the Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion makes sure that the Virginia Guard is prepared to respond to aid the citizens of the Commonwealth in their time of need; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize the HEADQUARTERS COMPANY, 1030th TRANSPORTATION BATTALION, 329TH REGIONAL SUPPORT GROUP of the VIRGINIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD on this, the 29th day of March 2014, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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Recognizing 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion for Earning the Virginia Adjutant General’s Cup

WHEREAS, the Virginia National Guard traces the heritage and traditions of the selfless service of Citizen Soldiers to the founding of the Jamestown Colony and Virginia Soldiers have been serving Commonwealth and Country since 1607; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia National Guard strives to be a top-performing, ready, relevant and rapidly responding force that is staffed, equipped and trained to meet all federal and state requirements and is prepared to deploy as directed by the Governor to assist state and local authorities to protect life and property, preserve peace, order and public safety; and

WHEREAS, the Adjutant General’s Cup is awarded to the company-level Virginia Army National Guard unit achieving the highest overall average in the areas of overall assigned personnel strength, attendance at monthly drill weekends and attendance at annual training; and

WHEREAS, the top Virginia Army National Guard units are recognized each year at the annual Virginia National Guard Officer’s Association Conference, and

WHEREAS, the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group received the Adjutant General’s Cup for the 2013 training Year; and

WHEREAS, the level of readiness maintained by the men and women of the 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group clearly demonstrates their commitment to excellence and sets the example for all other units to follow; and

WHEREAS, the level of readiness maintained by the 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion makes sure that the Virginia Guard is prepared to respond to aid the citizens of the Commonwealth in their time of need; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize the 1710th TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, 529TH COMBAT SUSTAINMENT SUPPORT BATTALION, 329TH REGIONAL SUPPORT GROUP of the VIRGINIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD on this, the 29th day of March 2014, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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