Gate City-based detachment named top unit in Va. Army Guard

VaGuardLogo_4mar15.pngROANOKE, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented the Eisenhower Trophy to the Gate City-based Headquarters Detachment, 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 April 25, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia. It is the second year in a row the unit earned the award. He 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 units for the 2014 training year.

“These awards recognize excellence in the basic building blocks of readiness such as physical fitness, personal weapons marksmanship and proficiency in a military duty specialty,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. These units have set the standards for others to follow, and their commitment to quality training means the Virginia National Guard will be ready to answer the call when needed either here at home to defend the commonwealth or anywhere in the world to assist with our nation’s war fight. Congratulations to the leaders in these units for a job well done.”

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 Virginia Beach-based Headquarters Detachment, 329th Regional Support Group and Virginia Beach-based 1945th Support Detachment (Contracting Team), 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, and both units tied in the evaluation criteria.

The Christiansburg-based Company C, 1st 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. Fourteen Virginia National Guard units were 90 percent or above for individual weapons qualification.

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 Detachment, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
– Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
– Leesburg-based Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
– Virginia Beach-based Headquarters Detachment, 329th Regional Support Group
– Bedford-based Company A, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Charlottesville-based Company A, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Bowling Green-based Headquarters Detachment, 91st Troop Command
– Pulaski-based Company D, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Portsmouth-based Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Norfolk-based Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Christiansburg-based Company C, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

To earn the Excellence in Training Award, a unit must have 90 percent of all personnel qualified in their military occupational specialty, 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 Headquarters Detachment, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
– Charlottesville-based Company A, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Martinsville-based 1173rd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
– Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
– Leesburg-based Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Bedford-based Company A, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Christiansburg-based Company C, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Lexington-based Company B, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Virginia Beach-based Headquarters Detachment, 329th Regional Support Group
– Pulaski-based Company D, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
– Lynchburg-based Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Portsmouth-based Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Norfolk-based Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
– Virginia Beach-based 1945th Support Detachment (Contracting Team), 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
– Fort Pickett-based Headquarters Detachment, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute
– Bowling Green-based Headquarters Detachment, 91st Troop Command