About Author: Capt. Andrew J. Czaplicki

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Capt. Andrew J. Czaplicki is the Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Officer at Fort Pickett. He can be reached at andrew.j.czaplicki.mil@mail.mil or by phone at (804) 236-7706. You can follow the Virginia National Guard on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/company/VaNationalGuard

Posts by Capt. Andrew J. Czaplicki

  • RICHMOND, Va. – Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Blackstone-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, also known as CERFP (pronounced “Surf-P”), have been selected to test a new communications suite being issued to the National Guard CBRN Response Enterprise beginning in 2019. Approximately 30 Soldiers and Airmen are scheduled […]

    Virginia Guard special response force selected to test new communications suite

    RICHMOND, Va. – Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Blackstone-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, also known as CERFP (pronounced “Surf-P”), have been selected to test a new communications suite being issued to the National Guard CBRN Response Enterprise beginning in 2019. Approximately 30 Soldiers and Airmen are scheduled […]

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  • HOPEWELL, Va. – Fifty-eight Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters toured General Ulysses S. Grant’s headquarters July 11, 2015, at City Point National Historic Park, Hopewell, Va. to gain insight into the logistical feats performed during the siege of Petersburg as part of the unit’s quarterly professional development program. “I think conducting a quality professional […]

    Virginia Guard leaders learn about logistics during the siege of Petersburg

    HOPEWELL, Va. – Fifty-eight Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters toured General Ulysses S. Grant’s headquarters July 11, 2015, at City Point National Historic Park, Hopewell, Va. to gain insight into the logistical feats performed during the siege of Petersburg as part of the unit’s quarterly professional development program. “I think conducting a quality professional […]

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  • BLACKSTONE, Va. – Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Blackstone-based 3647th Maintenance Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group have returned from a rigorous maintenance-focused annual training at the Sustainment Training Center at Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center in Johnston, Iowa. Approximately 100 Soldiers made the trip to Iowa and gained experience that will influence them […]

    Virginia National Guard maintainers reinforce skills at Camp Dodge

    BLACKSTONE, Va. – Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Blackstone-based 3647th Maintenance Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group have returned from a rigorous maintenance-focused annual training at the Sustainment Training Center at Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center in Johnston, Iowa. Approximately 100 Soldiers made the trip to Iowa and gained experience that will influence them […]

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  • MARTINSVILLE, Va – Virginia National Guard Soldiers wrapped up phase two of an Innovative Readiness Training construction project June 18, 2015, in Martinsville, Va. Approximately 120 Soldiers assigned to the Powhatan-based 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command continued the construction operation for two weeks as part of their annual training. Soldiers from the unit worked hard to […]

    Va. National Guard engineers continue Henry County economic development project

    MARTINSVILLE, Va – Virginia National Guard Soldiers wrapped up phase two of an Innovative Readiness Training construction project June 18, 2015, in Martinsville, Va. Approximately 120 Soldiers assigned to the Powhatan-based 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command continued the construction operation for two weeks as part of their annual training. Soldiers from the unit worked hard to […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – For the Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team hard work and preparation proved instrumental in their validation of 12 collective tasks following an Training Performance Evaluation, earning the overall assessment rating of “Fully Mission Capable,” June 24, 2015, following the exercise at the City Stadium in Richmond, Va. The […]

    34th CST excels during external evaluation, certified as fully mission capable

    SANDSTON, Va. – For the Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team hard work and preparation proved instrumental in their validation of 12 collective tasks following an Training Performance Evaluation, earning the overall assessment rating of “Fully Mission Capable,” June 24, 2015, following the exercise at the City Stadium in Richmond, Va. The […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Nearly 40 members of the Virginia Army and Air National Guard completed two, back-to-back U.S. Northern Command-sponsored training courses June 8, 2015, in Sandston, Va. Both Soldiers and Airmen needed to complete both the Joint Operations Center Training Course and the Joint Staff Training Course as a part of their assignment to the Joint Force Headquarters – […]

    NORTHCOM training courses prepare JFHQ to respond

    SANDSTON, Va. – Nearly 40 members of the Virginia Army and Air National Guard completed two, back-to-back U.S. Northern Command-sponsored training courses June 8, 2015, in Sandston, Va. Both Soldiers and Airmen needed to complete both the Joint Operations Center Training Course and the Joint Staff Training Course as a part of their assignment to the Joint Force Headquarters – […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will honor the fallen May 25, 2015, at Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the Commonwealth. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, will lay a memorial wreath in honor of fallen Virginia National Guard personnel at the Commonwealth’s Memorial Ceremony May 25, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Virginia […]

    Va. National Guard to join Memorial Day observations across the commonwealth

    SANDSTON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will honor the fallen May 25, 2015, at Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the Commonwealth. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, will lay a memorial wreath in honor of fallen Virginia National Guard personnel at the Commonwealth’s Memorial Ceremony May 25, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Virginia […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – For Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers looking to re-enlist in 2015, the Fort Pickett-based Recruiting and Retention Battalion has several new incentives to encourage Soldiers to continue their service. “The first step for a Soldier to reenlist is to talk with their company’s retention noncommissioned officer,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jay A. White, state retention noncommissioned […]

    New incentives encourage retention

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – For Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers looking to re-enlist in 2015, the Fort Pickett-based Recruiting and Retention Battalion has several new incentives to encourage Soldiers to continue their service. “The first step for a Soldier to reenlist is to talk with their company’s retention noncommissioned officer,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jay A. White, state retention noncommissioned […]

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  • NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The 2014 National Guard Rookie Recruiter of the Year, Staff Sgt. Brian S. Merritt became the first Recruiting and Retention Noncommissioned Officer to enlist 11 applicants within 90 consecutive days April 22, 2015, at the Virginia National Guard Recruiting Station in Newport News, Va. The nationwide “9 in 90 Recruiting Challenge” qualifies the first 250 National […]

    Recruiter takes challenge, earns “Golden Ticket”

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The 2014 National Guard Rookie Recruiter of the Year, Staff Sgt. Brian S. Merritt became the first Recruiting and Retention Noncommissioned Officer to enlist 11 applicants within 90 consecutive days April 22, 2015, at the Virginia National Guard Recruiting Station in Newport News, Va. The nationwide “9 in 90 Recruiting Challenge” qualifies the first 250 National […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, turned the switch to send power from the newly-constructed solar array to the administrative and classroom facilities April 30, 2015, at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute at Fort Pickett, Va. The ceremony marks the completion of the Va. Guard’s first alternative energy project and highlights its […]

    Va. Guard switches on solar power at RTI

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, turned the switch to send power from the newly-constructed solar array to the administrative and classroom facilities April 30, 2015, at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute at Fort Pickett, Va. The ceremony marks the completion of the Va. Guard’s first alternative energy project and highlights its […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, the Assistant Adjutant General – Army for the Virginia National Guard, led a professional development discussion with officer candidates from Class 57 of the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School March 28, 2015, at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Fort Pickett, Va. The discussion featured an overview of leadership in […]

    Assistant AG leads professional development discussion

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, the Assistant Adjutant General – Army for the Virginia National Guard, led a professional development discussion with officer candidates from Class 57 of the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School March 28, 2015, at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Fort Pickett, Va. The discussion featured an overview of leadership in […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Soldiers, Marines and members of Fort Pickett’s Directorate of Plans, Training and Security and Directorate of Public Works took part in a special tree felling operation March 19-20, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. With coordination and guidance from the Natural Resources Section, Directorate of Public Works, Soldiers from the Fort Eustis-based 74th Engineer Dive Detachment, 33rd […]

    Soldiers, Marines clear trees and create habitats at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Soldiers, Marines and members of Fort Pickett’s Directorate of Plans, Training and Security and Directorate of Public Works took part in a special tree felling operation March 19-20, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. With coordination and guidance from the Natural Resources Section, Directorate of Public Works, Soldiers from the Fort Eustis-based 74th Engineer Dive Detachment, 33rd […]

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  • BLACKSTONE, Va. – Securing more than $3,000 of issued military gear and equipment at homes can be a challenge, but for 2,400 Soldiers across the Virginia Army National Guard that’s about to change. As part of the $1.2 million dollar statewide effort to reduce property loss, more than 150 ventilated equipment lockers were installed March 18, 2015, at the Blackstone […]

    Equipment, clothing secured in new lockers at 19 readiness centers

    BLACKSTONE, Va. – Securing more than $3,000 of issued military gear and equipment at homes can be a challenge, but for 2,400 Soldiers across the Virginia Army National Guard that’s about to change. As part of the $1.2 million dollar statewide effort to reduce property loss, more than 150 ventilated equipment lockers were installed March 18, 2015, at the Blackstone […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Army Knowledge Online email service is set to completely shut down March 31, 2015. Any messages sent to AKO email addresses will be forwarded to enterprise email accounts until June 30, 2015, after which all messages will be returned as undeliverable. The U.S. Army established AKO in the late 1990s to provide online information services for U.S. […]

    AKO email to shut down

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Army Knowledge Online email service is set to completely shut down March 31, 2015. Any messages sent to AKO email addresses will be forwarded to enterprise email accounts until June 30, 2015, after which all messages will be returned as undeliverable. The U.S. Army established AKO in the late 1990s to provide online information services for U.S. […]

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  • FORT LEE, Va. – Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team supportrd more than 39 Soldiers from the Fort Lee-based 111th Quartermaster Company, 82nd Special Troops Battalion by training mortuary affairs personnel on the use of chemical detection equipment during the Joint Mortuary Affairs Centers’ Quick Reaction Test field training exercise of March 12, 2015, at Fort Lee, […]

    34th CST shares information, experience during active duty mortuary affairs exercise

    FORT LEE, Va. – Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team supportrd more than 39 Soldiers from the Fort Lee-based 111th Quartermaster Company, 82nd Special Troops Battalion by training mortuary affairs personnel on the use of chemical detection equipment during the Joint Mortuary Affairs Centers’ Quick Reaction Test field training exercise of March 12, 2015, at Fort Lee, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Food service leaders from across the Virginia Army National Guard completed the Directorate of Logistics’ food service workshop Feb. 27, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. The 40-hour course, held Feb. 23-27, highlights changes to regulatory requirements and operational best practices to food service professionals from each of the Virginia Army National Guard’s major subordinate commands. “We […]

    Virginia Guard G-4 hosts workshop for food service personnel

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Food service leaders from across the Virginia Army National Guard completed the Directorate of Logistics’ food service workshop Feb. 27, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. The 40-hour course, held Feb. 23-27, highlights changes to regulatory requirements and operational best practices to food service professionals from each of the Virginia Army National Guard’s major subordinate commands. “We […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Soldiers needing resources to help tackle the stresses of military life, daily priorities of family, work and home can now find all on a new webpage with a downloadable brochure as part of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Resilience, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Program, also known as R3SP. In 2010, the Army National Guard established the […]

    Soldier, family resources consolidates online

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Soldiers needing resources to help tackle the stresses of military life, daily priorities of family, work and home can now find all on a new webpage with a downloadable brochure as part of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Resilience, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Program, also known as R3SP. In 2010, the Army National Guard established the […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Thirteen Virginia Army National Guard combat medics completed a four-day medical skills refresher course hosted by the Virginia Army National Guard Medical Command Feb. 6, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. The four-day course, proctored by members of MEDCOM, provided combat medics with mandatory continuing medical education as well as new or refreshed medical skills, techniques and […]

    Combat medics sharpen skills during refresher course

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Thirteen Virginia Army National Guard combat medics completed a four-day medical skills refresher course hosted by the Virginia Army National Guard Medical Command Feb. 6, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. The four-day course, proctored by members of MEDCOM, provided combat medics with mandatory continuing medical education as well as new or refreshed medical skills, techniques and […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va — Constant dust and noise coming from Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center from the past year are not just “loud booms” from cannon fire, but sounds of progress. Construction contractors, employees and military engineers have been building and renovating over 53 buildings, roads and training areas throughout the more than 42,000-acre facility. Crews have been demolishing structures that […]

    Fort Pickett offers engineer project opportunities

    FORT PICKETT, Va — Constant dust and noise coming from Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center from the past year are not just “loud booms” from cannon fire, but sounds of progress. Construction contractors, employees and military engineers have been building and renovating over 53 buildings, roads and training areas throughout the more than 42,000-acre facility. Crews have been demolishing structures that […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va – The Fort Pickett-based Virginia Army National Guard Directorate of Logistics, or G-4, continued executing a contract over $200,000 dollars, over 20 different locations Jan. 10, 2015, designed to provide Soldiers with a form fitted, professional dress uniform. The U.S. Army began replacing the green service uniform with the blue Army Service Uniform in Aug. 2008. The […]

    Va. Guard G-4’s tailor-made solution helps Soldiers

    FORT PICKETT, Va – The Fort Pickett-based Virginia Army National Guard Directorate of Logistics, or G-4, continued executing a contract over $200,000 dollars, over 20 different locations Jan. 10, 2015, designed to provide Soldiers with a form fitted, professional dress uniform. The U.S. Army began replacing the green service uniform with the blue Army Service Uniform in Aug. 2008. The […]

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