Adjutant General announces new assignments for Virginia Guard Joint Staff

SANDSTON, Va. — Five Army and Air Guard officers will be reassigned to the Virginia National Guard joint staff this summer to succeed Army Col. Fred C. Bolton, Army Col. Garland H. Goodrich, Army Col. Douglas R. Messner, Army Col. Thomas L. Morgan, III, and Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Black as they retire after decades of service, according to an announcement made Feb. 10, 2017, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia.

Army Col. E. Scott Smith will serve as the J3 operations officer, Army Lt. Col. William R. Tucker will serve as the J1 personnel officer, Air Force Lt. Col. Rodney C. Brickell will serve as the J2 intelligence officer, Army Col. Todd H. Hubbard will serve as the J7 exercise officer and Army Lt. Col. Joseph A. Dinonno will serve as the deputy J3 operations officer.

“Please join me in congratulating the entire slate of newly appointed officers into their new assignments, and I have no doubt they will continue their outstanding service to the Commonwealth of Virginia and to the Virginia National Guard,” Williams said in the announcement.

Smith’s assignment as the joint operations officer is a full-time position effective July 1, 2017, and he commands the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in a traditional Guard status. Smith’s current full time position is the deputy United States Property and Fiscal Officer, and Army Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Cree will return to that position after he completes school. Army Lt. Col. Adam K. Ake will serve as the deputy USPFO in a traditional Guard status.

Tucker, Brickell, Hubbard and Dinonno are all traditional Guard members who normally serve one weekend a month and 15 days of annual training. Their assignments are effective June 1, 2017.

Air Force Lt. Col. Mark Widener was assigned as the J6 communications officer effective Jan. 15, 2017, and will also lead the Virginia National Guard’s Knowledge Management Working Group initiative on a full time basis.

Bolton has more than 30 years as a field artillery officer in the Virginia Army National Guard, and he has commanded at the battery and battalion level as well as command of the Information Operations Support Center. Most recently he served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the lead officer for the Joint National Guard Augmentation Unit in Suffolk, Virginia. He also served as Virginia’s senior officer forward during the recent Presidential Inauguration in January 2017.

Goodrich has more than 31 years of military service in the Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky National Guards. The majority of his career was split between the 276th Engineer Battalion and the Maneuver Training Center at Fort Pickett, but he also held several assignments on the Virginia National Guard Joint Staff. His career highlights include a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010-11 and command of the 267th Engineer Battalion and CERFP from July 2012-October 2014.

Morgan is an Infantry officer who will retire with more than thirty four years of service to the Virginia Army National Guard. He served as a federal technician for 27 of those years in human resources, training and operational positions. He commanded at every rank from lieutenant to colonel and at every level culminating with excellence at the commander of 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute.

Messner has nearly 30 years as a signal, armor, transportation and logistics officer in the Virginia Army National Guard, and he has commanded at the detachment, company, battalion and brigade level. Most recently Messner served as the J7 exercise officer for the Virginia National Guard Joint Staff where he has revamped the procedures at Emergency Support Function 16 in the Virginia Department of Emergency Management State Emergency Operations Center.

Black has held many different leadership positions in the USAF and the National Guard. He has served as a member of the Virginia Joint Force Headquarters team for several years, most recently as the J6, director of communication, and now is reassigned as the A6, director of communication, until he retires later this year.

“The Virginia National Guard is certainly appreciative of all the retiring officers and what they have accomplished for the Nation and Commonwealth,” Williams said. “Please join me in congratulating these outstanding officers for their unwavering dedication to the Nation, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Virginia National Guard. I wish many successes in any of their future endeavors.”