Inaugural Virginia Military Ball scheduled for April 29, 2017

VaMilitaryBall2017RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Military Ball is scheduled for April 29, 2017, from 6 to 10 p.m. in Richmond, Virginia. The Virginia Department of Military Affairs, the WWI and WWII Commemorative Committees, the Virginia National Guard Officer’s Association and the Virginia National Guard Enlisted Association are hosting the event that will consist of a cocktail hour, plated dinner, a guest speaker and dancing.

The Virginia Military Ball salutes the service of combat veterans on the 100th anniversary of World War I, the 75th anniversary of World War II, the 50th anniversary of Vietnam, and the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm.

For more information and to register visit https://www.virginiamilitaryball.com/

Registration closes at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 21. 2017.

Read about the ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the U. S. entry into World War I at https://go.usa.gov/x5aSD.

About the Virginia National Guard:

The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide an 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.

Nearly 1,500 Soldiers and Airmen served on federal active duty in 2016, and Virginia Guard units conducted a wide variety of missions including mission command, military-to-military partnership building, security and rotary wing flight operations and maintenance. Nearly 400 personnel are still serving on federal active duty in the Middle East, and they join the nearly 15,000 Soldiers and Airmen who have mobilized for homeland security missions, combat operations and peacekeeping and stabilization missions since September 11, 2001.

More than 900 Va. Guard personnel served on state active duty in the last 18 months in response to severe weather events as part of the state’s multi-agency team. Soldiers transported first responders through heavy snow and high water, helped get citizens to safety and used chain saws to help clear debris and open roads after tornadoes and hurricanes. Soldiers, Airmen and Virginia Defense Force members also assisted with mission command, logistics and public information support.

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