Sandston-based aviation units to mobilize in 2016 for duty in Kuwait

Soldiers assigned to the Sandston-based Detachment 2, Company B, 777th Aviation Support Battalion, conduct maintenance operations Dec. 4, 2015, at the Virginia National Guard Army Aviation Facility in Sandston, Virginia. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Soldiers assigned to the Sandston-based Detachment 2, Company B, 777th Aviation Support Battalion, conduct maintenance operations Dec. 4, 2015, at the Virginia National Guard Army Aviation Facility in Sandston, Virginia. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office)

SANDSTON, Va. – Two Virginia National Guard Sandston-based aviation units have received mobilization orders for duty in Kuwait, according to an announcement made Dec. 4, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 40 Soldiers each assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, and Detachment 2, Company B, 777th Aviation Support Battalion, are scheduled to begin serving on federal active duty in early June 2016.

“This is another example of how the pace of federal mobilizations shows no sign of slowing down,” Williams said. “Our aviation crews and maintainers are highly skilled and have a wealth of experience, and I am confident they will perform extremely well in their missions as the Virginia National Guard continues to make a valuable contribution to our nation’s warfight and stabilization efforts overseas.”

Soldiers assigned to Company A are expected to conduct their normal missions while deployed including troop air assault and air movement, casualty evacuation, aerial re-supply and supporting other requested aviation missions. The Soldiers of Company A last served on federal active duty in Iraq from April to December 2011 with the rest of 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment. The battalion was one of the last three U.S. military aviation assets to depart Iraq.

Soldiers assigned to Detachment 2 are expected to provide aviation maintenance support to units in the area of operations. The detachment last mobilized for federal active duty in Kosovo as part of the NATO Kosovo Force 12 from August 2009 to August 2010.

While headquartered in Sandston, the Soldiers from both units come from all over the state.

Since September 11, 2001, more than 15,000 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have mobilized on federal active duty for homeland security missions and combat operations, sustainment support and peacekeeping in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo and other locations around the world.

Additional information these units:

Task Force Punisher Soldiers return to Virginia from Iraq – Dec. 15, 2011

Sandston-based National Guard aviation battalion ordered to mobilize for active duty in Iraq – Sept. 22 , 2010

Aviation battalion conducts send-off before deployment to Iraq – March 4, 2011

Military police, aviation maintenance units honored in Richmond – Dec. 16, 2010

Sandston-based National Guard aviation maintenance unit bound for Kosovo – Aug. 14, 2009