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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard indirect fire infantrymen trained on the newly-fielded M326 120mm Mortar Stowage Kit, or MSK, and executed fire missions Sept. 16, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The M326 MSK is a trailer-mounted system allowing Soldiers to quickly emplace, fire and stow the fully-assembled, 300-pound 120mm mortar. The two-week course consisted of classroom work, field training […]

    Virginia Guard indirect fire infantrymen train on new mobile kit for 120mm mortars

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard indirect fire infantrymen trained on the newly-fielded M326 120mm Mortar Stowage Kit, or MSK, and executed fire missions Sept. 16, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The M326 MSK is a trailer-mounted system allowing Soldiers to quickly emplace, fire and stow the fully-assembled, 300-pound 120mm mortar. The two-week course consisted of classroom work, field training […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 116 cadets from Class 47 in a ceremony held Aug. 26, 2017, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Maj . Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia; Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Director of the Joint Staff of the Virginia National Guard; and retired […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe Class 47 graduates 116 cadets

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 116 cadets from Class 47 in a ceremony held Aug. 26, 2017, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Maj . Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia; Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Director of the Joint Staff of the Virginia National Guard; and retired […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard leaders unveiled a new road sign honoring the 54th Field Artillery Brigade Aug. 12, 2017, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Virginia, during the observation of the unit’s 100th anniversary. “It’s important as we go into the centennial celebration that you’ve seen a lot of publicity about the U.S. involvement in World […]

    Street sign unveiled in honor of the 54th FA Brigade centennial

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard leaders unveiled a new road sign honoring the 54th Field Artillery Brigade Aug. 12, 2017, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Virginia, during the observation of the unit’s 100th anniversary. “It’s important as we go into the centennial celebration that you’ve seen a lot of publicity about the U.S. involvement in World […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va.  — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to Danville-based 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in vehicle obstacle courses, basic Soldier tasks and challenges during the Sustainment Rodeo, Aug. 6-10, 2017 at Fort Pickett, Virginia. “They call this a truck rodeo,” said Staff Sgt. Edward Ballou, assigned to South Boston-based Alpha Company, 429th BSB, […]

    Sustainment Rodeo shows off Soldier skills

    FORT PICKETT, Va.  — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to Danville-based 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in vehicle obstacle courses, basic Soldier tasks and challenges during the Sustainment Rodeo, Aug. 6-10, 2017 at Fort Pickett, Virginia. “They call this a truck rodeo,” said Staff Sgt. Edward Ballou, assigned to South Boston-based Alpha Company, 429th BSB, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School Class 60A was dressed to impress at their graduation and commissioning ceremony April 22, 2017, in the auditorium of Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. “As Virginia OCS alumni, we expect your very best always,” said Lt. Col. Craig C.Worsham, commander of Fort Pickett-based 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, […]

    Virginia Guard OCS commissions new officers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School Class 60A was dressed to impress at their graduation and commissioning ceremony April 22, 2017, in the auditorium of Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. “As Virginia OCS alumni, we expect your very best always,” said Lt. Col. Craig C.Worsham, commander of Fort Pickett-based 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based Charlie Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted Army Combat Water Survival Training and combat rubber raiding craft familiarization April 8-9, 2017, at Virginia Beach, Virginia. The drill weekend focused on individual training tasks and small boat operations. “We spend three months out […]

    Cavalry Soldiers splash through water operations training

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based Charlie Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted Army Combat Water Survival Training and combat rubber raiding craft familiarization April 8-9, 2017, at Virginia Beach, Virginia. The drill weekend focused on individual training tasks and small boat operations. “We spend three months out […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Atop a green pasture spotted with wandering cattle at the junction of the Nottoway and Little Nottoway rivers, a team of archaeologists studied the soil of four trenches, each one about 12 inches deep. The archaeology site, investigated by a team of archaeologists March 22, 2017, is just one of the hundreds of similar sites undergoing […]

    Digging more than a foxhole at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Atop a green pasture spotted with wandering cattle at the junction of the Nottoway and Little Nottoway rivers, a team of archaeologists studied the soil of four trenches, each one about 12 inches deep. The archaeology site, investigated by a team of archaeologists March 22, 2017, is just one of the hundreds of similar sites undergoing […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from around the state participated in the 2017 Virginia Army National Guard Soldier and NCO of the Year Competition Feb. 24-26, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The three-day competition included the Army Physical Fitness Test, marksmanship, land navigation, Army Warrior Tasks and an appearance board. “The best part of […]

    Va. Guard troops compete for title as Virginia’s top Soldier, NCO

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from around the state participated in the 2017 Virginia Army National Guard Soldier and NCO of the Year Competition Feb. 24-26, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The three-day competition included the Army Physical Fitness Test, marksmanship, land navigation, Army Warrior Tasks and an appearance board. “The best part of […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va.- Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to Fredericksburg-based 229th Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team completed two weeks of training on route clearance operations in the Husky Mounted Detection System and the Buffalo Armored Vehicle Feb. 17, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The route clearance platoon has been immersed in assembly, maintenance and operation of the new […]

    Engineers train on new route clearance vehicles

    FORT PICKETT, Va.- Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to Fredericksburg-based 229th Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team completed two weeks of training on route clearance operations in the Husky Mounted Detection System and the Buffalo Armored Vehicle Feb. 17, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The route clearance platoon has been immersed in assembly, maintenance and operation of the new […]

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  • FORT LEE, Va. — A Virginia National Guard aviation crew assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment conducted sling load operations in support of the Fort Lee-based Sling Load Inspector Course Feb. 3, 2017, at Fort Lee, Virginia. The air crew of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter demonstrated its sling load capability in conjunction with the multi-branch class […]

    Aviation crew supports Fort Lee Sling Load Inspector Course

    FORT LEE, Va. — A Virginia National Guard aviation crew assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment conducted sling load operations in support of the Fort Lee-based Sling Load Inspector Course Feb. 3, 2017, at Fort Lee, Virginia. The air crew of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter demonstrated its sling load capability in conjunction with the multi-branch class […]

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  • WASHINGTON, D. C. — Virginia Army and Air National Guard chaplain teams provided support to troops during the 58th Presidential Inauguration January 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The teams were assigned to a task force that included service members from all over the U. S. and U.S. territories, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. “The most important role we […]

    Va. Army and Air Guard chaplains support inauguration troops

    WASHINGTON, D. C. — Virginia Army and Air National Guard chaplain teams provided support to troops during the 58th Presidential Inauguration January 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The teams were assigned to a task force that included service members from all over the U. S. and U.S. territories, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. “The most important role we […]

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  • WASHINGTON, D. C. — Virginia National Guard medics checked on the health and welfare of Soldiers operating traffic control points in support of the 58t Presidential Inauguration Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D. C. Out of the nearly 300 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen serving in support of the inauguration, four medics and one physician assistant patrolled the streets […]

    Medics check on Soldiers operating traffic control points

    WASHINGTON, D. C. — Virginia National Guard medics checked on the health and welfare of Soldiers operating traffic control points in support of the 58t Presidential Inauguration Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D. C. Out of the nearly 300 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen serving in support of the inauguration, four medics and one physician assistant patrolled the streets […]

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  • NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted one final live-fire exercise with their M119A2 howitzers Nov. 5, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia, beginning the transformation of the field artillery battalion. Over the next 12 months, the battalion will transform into a larger, more robust composite field artillery […]

    Final field artillery live fire marks start of transformation

    NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted one final live-fire exercise with their M119A2 howitzers Nov. 5, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia, beginning the transformation of the field artillery battalion. Over the next 12 months, the battalion will transform into a larger, more robust composite field artillery […]

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