Va. National Guard personnel scheduled to display equipment outside General Assembly building Jan. 21

Members of the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force demonstrate and display some of their domestic response capabilities and equipment outside the Virginia General Assembly Building Jan. 21, 2015, in Richmond, Va. (Photo by Capt. Andrew J. Czaplicki, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Members of the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force demonstrate and display some of their domestic response capabilities and equipment outside the Virginia General Assembly Building Jan. 21, 2015, in Richmond, Va. (Photo by Capt. Andrew J. Czaplicki, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

RICHMOND, Va. — Members of the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force will be on hand Jan. 21, 2016, with equipment displays in the Darden Garden outside the Virginia General Assembly Building in Richmond from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to demonstrate some of the capabilities the Virginia Guard and VDF can provide while on state active duty.

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, will host a reception for members of the General Assembly from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the 4th Floor West Conference Room in the General Assembly Building. Senior Virginia Guard leaders will be in attendance to answer questions and provide insights into the missions and capabilities of the Guard.

The Virginia National Guard has more than 500 Soldiers from all over the state conducting security and support operations in Southwest Asia and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Nearly 600 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are scheduled to mobilize in 2016.

In addition to the Soldiers and Airmen who started federal mobilizations in 2015, multiple Army and Air Guard units completed deployments and returned home after providing logistical planning and support, security and combat aviation capability.

Read more about the Virginia National Guard’s accomplishments in 2015:
http://vaguard.dodlive.mil/2016/01/13/8470/

See the top Virginia National Guard news articles from 2015:
http://vaguard.dodlive.mil/category/pao/top-stories-for-2015/

The Virginia National Guard has lost 10 Soldiers to hostile enemy action since Sept. 11, 2001, and four of those Soldiers were honored at ceremonies held in Winchester in August and and Fredericksburg in December where the readiness center was renamed in their memory. The full list is online at the following link: http://vaguard.dodlive.mil/remember_the_fallen/

Units scheduled to participate in the displays outside the General Assembly Building are the Virginia Guard’s Counterdrug Program, the 34th Civil Support Team, the command and control suite of the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, the State Partnership Program, the 192nd Intelligence Squadron, the 200th Weather Flight and a Mobile Communications Platform from the VDF.

The Virginia National Guard Counterdrug Program places Guardsmen in support of law enforcement agencies with criminal analysts, ion scanning for drug residue on currency and aviation support. The Program also provides prevention, treatment and outreach services to Guardsmen and family members and manages the Joint Substance Abuse Program for drug testing.

The Fort Pickett-based 34th CST is comprised of 22 full-time Army and Air National Guard personnel with the mission to support civil authorities at a domestic CBRNE incident site with identification and assessment of hazards, advice to civil authorities, and facilitating the arrival of follow-on military forces during emergencies and incidents of weapons of mass destruction terrorism. The unit complements and enhances, but does not duplicate, state CBRNE response capabilities is divided into six sections: command, operations, communications, administration/logistics, medical/analytical and survey.

The CERFP can conduct tasks associated with incident management, search and rescue, mass decontamination, medical triage and treatment and fatality search and recovery. The force is made up of traditional Soldiers and Airmen from units based in Petersburg, West Point, Rocky Mount and Langley Air Force Base as well as the D.C. National Guard.

Both the 34th Civil Support Team and the CERFP were evaluated as fully mission capable after conduct external evaluations in 2015.

As part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program, the Virginia National Guard conducts military-to-military engagements in support of defense security goals, but also leverages whole-of-society relationships and capabilities to facilitate broader interagency and corollary engagements spanning military, government, economic and social spheres. Va. Guard Soldiers and Airmen gain experience working overseas with Tajikistani partners and reinforce the knowledge, skills and attributes obtained during the past decade.

During domestic operations, Airmen from the 192nd Intelligence Squadron use full motion video from fixed and rotary wing platforms to provide incident awareness and assessment. The 192nd IS also provides systems interoperability for emergency managers and first responders to enable effective communication across agencies and jurisdictions. IAA synchronizes and integrates the planning and execution of various information capabilities which provide situational awareness and assessment to civil authorities in support of domestic operations.

The 200th Weather Flight provides tailored tactical combat-environment weather observing and forecasting support to the Army National Guard’s 29th Infantry Division and to the Adjutant General of Virginia and Joint Staff during hazardous weather situation in the commonwealth. With the assistance of the 200th Weather Flight, the Virginia Guard is able to anticipate the impact of hazardous weather and help determine the most effective employment locations for Virginia Guard personnel.

The VDF is an all-volunteer state military force authorized by the Code of Virginia and organized under the Virginia Department of Military Affairs reporting to the Adjutant General of Virginia. The organization capitalizes on the civilian skills and expertise of it members and trains to augment the Virginia Guard at command and control operations centers and provide interoperable communications and security augmentation.

Photos from last year’s event on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/sets/72157650400739762/

About the Virginia National Guard:

The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide an operational combat reserve to fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide a response force that answers the call of the Governor to defend the commonwealth. The Guard also builds partnerships to maximize resources and ensure its ability to rapidly respond as an effective member of a joint, multi-agency team when needed. It is a community-based military force with readiness centers and training, aviation and maintenance facilities in more than 40 communities that crisscross the commonwealth from Winchester to Abingdon, Staunton to Virginia Beach, Manassas to Emporia and Danville to Warrenton.

Since September 11, 2001, more than 15,000 Virginia 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.

Since 2001, the Virginia National Guard has called up more than 7,300 personnel for duty to support domestic emergency operations as part of a coordinated state-wide response, as well as missions in Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia, New York and Vermont.