About Author: Mr. Cotton Puryear

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Mr. Cotton Puryear is the state public affairs officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs. He retired from uniformed service in June 2010 after almost 24 years of active duty U. S. Army and Army National Guard service.

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Defense Force brought nearly 50 personnel on state active duty to assist the Virginia National Guard with the statewide response to Hurricane Florence Sept. 9-18, 2018. VDF personnel provided multiple capabilities including interoperable communications, operations center augmentation, operations center liaison, incident management assistance, state-managed shelter logistics and public information. “The responsiveness of VDF personnel to […]

    VDF augments Virginia National Guard support for Hurricane Florence

    RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Defense Force brought nearly 50 personnel on state active duty to assist the Virginia National Guard with the statewide response to Hurricane Florence Sept. 9-18, 2018. VDF personnel provided multiple capabilities including interoperable communications, operations center augmentation, operations center liaison, incident management assistance, state-managed shelter logistics and public information. “The responsiveness of VDF personnel to […]

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  • CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged more than 1,500 personnel Sept. 12, 2018, at key locations across the commonwealth to support local and state emergency management officials with possible response to Hurricane Florence, but most were not needed when the storm turned further south. When Governor Ralph Northam authorized Virginia’s resources could be redirected to North Carolina, […]

    VNG supports multi-state, multi-agency response to Hurricane Florence

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged more than 1,500 personnel Sept. 12, 2018, at key locations across the commonwealth to support local and state emergency management officials with possible response to Hurricane Florence, but most were not needed when the storm turned further south. When Governor Ralph Northam authorized Virginia’s resources could be redirected to North Carolina, […]

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  • CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is sending approximately 40 Soldiers and 20 light medium tactical vehicles to support the North Carolina National Guard with recovery efforts after Hurricane Florence caused widespread flooding, and they departed Sept. 15, 2018. The VNG will keep a force of Soldiers on standby and postured for possible support to the Southwest Virginia […]

    Virginia National Guard sending support to North Carolina

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is sending approximately 40 Soldiers and 20 light medium tactical vehicles to support the North Carolina National Guard with recovery efforts after Hurricane Florence caused widespread flooding, and they departed Sept. 15, 2018. The VNG will keep a force of Soldiers on standby and postured for possible support to the Southwest Virginia […]

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  • VICENZA, Italy – Brig. Gen. Lapthe C. Flora is the new U.S. Army Africa deputy commanding general and Army Reserve component integration adviser. He concurrently serves in the Virginia National Guard as the Assistant Adjutant General – Army. Flora recently agreed to participate in a leadership-based question and answer session during exercise Shared Accord 2018. As the AAG-A, Flora leads […]

    Flora shares leadership philosophy with U.S. Army Africa

    VICENZA, Italy – Brig. Gen. Lapthe C. Flora is the new U.S. Army Africa deputy commanding general and Army Reserve component integration adviser. He concurrently serves in the Virginia National Guard as the Assistant Adjutant General – Army. Flora recently agreed to participate in a leadership-based question and answer session during exercise Shared Accord 2018. As the AAG-A, Flora leads […]

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  • CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has more than 1,300 personnel staged and ready to support local and state emergency management officials with response to Hurricane Florence Sept. 12, 2018. VNG Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are staged at key locations across the commonwealth in order to rapidly respond if needed. “I am incredibly […]

    Virginia National Guard staged and ready for possible Hurricane Florence support

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has more than 1,300 personnel staged and ready to support local and state emergency management officials with response to Hurricane Florence Sept. 12, 2018. VNG Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are staged at key locations across the commonwealth in order to rapidly respond if needed. “I am incredibly […]

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  • CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is planning to initially bring up to 1,500 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible assistance with the state’s response operations for Hurricane Florence. Governor Ralph Northam has authorized up to 6,000 personnel for response operations and those individuals are alerted and on standby. […]

    Virginia National Guard to support statewide response to Hurricane Florence

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is planning to initially bring up to 1,500 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible assistance with the state’s response operations for Hurricane Florence. Governor Ralph Northam has authorized up to 6,000 personnel for response operations and those individuals are alerted and on standby. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Members of the U.S. Army can manage their Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance coverage using the SGLI Online Enrollment System. Members should look for information from their service about when they should access SOES to confirm and certify their SGLI elections. Follow this link for an easy to understand picture of the SGLI election process before and after […]

    Soldiers have until Sept. 30 to update their SGLI online

    SANDSTON, Va. — Members of the U.S. Army can manage their Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance coverage using the SGLI Online Enrollment System. Members should look for information from their service about when they should access SOES to confirm and certify their SGLI elections. Follow this link for an easy to understand picture of the SGLI election process before and after […]

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  • EDGEWOOD, Md. — Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team took part in a joint training exercise Aug. 19-24, 2018, near Edgewood, Maryland. CSTs from Deleware, Maryland, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. also took part in the multi-day exercise designed to enhance their response capabilities by simulating 24-hour operations where teams conducted […]

    34th CST conducts multi-state, multi-day exercise

    EDGEWOOD, Md. — Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team took part in a joint training exercise Aug. 19-24, 2018, near Edgewood, Maryland. CSTs from Deleware, Maryland, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. also took part in the multi-day exercise designed to enhance their response capabilities by simulating 24-hour operations where teams conducted […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Becky Fowler, a contract specialist in the Virginia National Guard United States Property and Fiscal Office, received the Leadership in Contracting award from the Office of the Director of Acquisitions and Head of Contracting for the National Guard Bureau at the fourth annual Excellence in Contracting Awards Program ceremony July 12, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. […]

    Fowler receives Leadership in Contracting Award

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Becky Fowler, a contract specialist in the Virginia National Guard United States Property and Fiscal Office, received the Leadership in Contracting award from the Office of the Director of Acquisitions and Head of Contracting for the National Guard Bureau at the fourth annual Excellence in Contracting Awards Program ceremony July 12, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. […]

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  • CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assisted local and state law enforcement and provided aviation reconnaissance support to the Unified Command operating in Charlottesville during the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally August 10-12, 2018, in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Unified Command consisted of law enforcement, fire and emergency services personnel from the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and […]

    VNG Soldiers support security effort in Charlottesville

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assisted local and state law enforcement and provided aviation reconnaissance support to the Unified Command operating in Charlottesville during the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally August 10-12, 2018, in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Unified Command consisted of law enforcement, fire and emergency services personnel from the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and […]

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  • TROUTVILLE, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and his wife Cheryl visited the Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band Aug. 12, 2018, to tour the facility and sit in on a rehearsal. Maj. Gen. Williams played tenor saxophone, and Mrs. Williams played trombone. “The Soldiers of the 29th Infantry Division Band are great ambassadors for […]

    AG visits 29th Infantry Division Band

    TROUTVILLE, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and his wife Cheryl visited the Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band Aug. 12, 2018, to tour the facility and sit in on a rehearsal. Maj. Gen. Williams played tenor saxophone, and Mrs. Williams played trombone. “The Soldiers of the 29th Infantry Division Band are great ambassadors for […]

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  • FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. — Kentucky and Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team took first and second place as the top noncommissioned officers in the country at the 2018 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition held July 24-27, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Sgt. Jordy Brewer, a Kentucky Soldier assigned to Barbourville, […]

    116th IBCT NCOs finish first, second at National Best Warrior Competition

    FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. — Kentucky and Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team took first and second place as the top noncommissioned officers in the country at the 2018 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition held July 24-27, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Sgt. Jordy Brewer, a Kentucky Soldier assigned to Barbourville, […]

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  •   FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard, the Virginia State Police and the Lynchburg Police Department hosted a joint diversity recruiting event July 21, 2018, in Lynchburg, Virginia. The event was open to anyone interested in a future career in the military or law enforcement, and attendees learned about a possible joint career in both law enforcement and […]

    Joint military and law enforcement diversity recruiting event held in Lynchburg

      FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard, the Virginia State Police and the Lynchburg Police Department hosted a joint diversity recruiting event July 21, 2018, in Lynchburg, Virginia. The event was open to anyone interested in a future career in the military or law enforcement, and attendees learned about a possible joint career in both law enforcement and […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 150 members of the Virginia Defense Force conducted communications and security operations training July 13-15, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The security training focused on a variety of access control scenarios, and the communications training featured a first-ever ground-to-air communications test with the Virginia Civil Air Patrol. “The July training weekend was extremely successful, […]

    VDF trains on security tasks, conducts commo exercise with CAP

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 150 members of the Virginia Defense Force conducted communications and security operations training July 13-15, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The security training focused on a variety of access control scenarios, and the communications training featured a first-ever ground-to-air communications test with the Virginia Civil Air Patrol. “The July training weekend was extremely successful, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The following Virginia Army National Guard officers have been selected for command, according to a July 18, 2018, release from the Virginia Army National Guard personnel office: – Lt. Col. Kurt Kobernik will command the Fort PIckett-based Virginia Army National Guard Recruting and Retention Battalion – Maj. Lyndsey Hodgkins will command the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil […]

    Virginia Army National Guard command selections announced

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The following Virginia Army National Guard officers have been selected for command, according to a July 18, 2018, release from the Virginia Army National Guard personnel office: – Lt. Col. Kurt Kobernik will command the Fort PIckett-based Virginia Army National Guard Recruting and Retention Battalion – Maj. Lyndsey Hodgkins will command the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil […]

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  • CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Leadership of the Virginia Army National Guard transferred from Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer to Brig. Gen. Lapthe C. Flora during a ceremony presided over by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, July 14, 2018, at Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Mercer will retire after more than 35 years […]

    Flora takes charge of Virginia Army National Guard

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Leadership of the Virginia Army National Guard transferred from Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer to Brig. Gen. Lapthe C. Flora during a ceremony presided over by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, July 14, 2018, at Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Mercer will retire after more than 35 years […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Col. Doyle Gillis, Jr. will take command of the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group from Col. K. Weedon Gallagher, according to an announcement made July 12, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Williams also announced the Lt. Col. Carlos Hopkins will be reassigned as the staff judge advocate for the […]

    Gillis to command 329th Regional Support Group

    SANDSTON, Va. — Col. Doyle Gillis, Jr. will take command of the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group from Col. K. Weedon Gallagher, according to an announcement made July 12, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Williams also announced the Lt. Col. Carlos Hopkins will be reassigned as the staff judge advocate for the […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Jr., will succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Cheyenne M. Johnson as the Virginia Army National Guard State Command Sergeant Major, according to an announcement made July 14, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Johnson will retire after more than 35 years of military service. The transition […]

    Smith to succeed Johnson as Virginia Army National Guard’s senior NCO

    SANDSTON, Va. — Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Jr., will succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Cheyenne M. Johnson as the Virginia Army National Guard State Command Sergeant Major, according to an announcement made July 14, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Johnson will retire after more than 35 years of military service. The transition […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group has received a mobilization order to enter federal active service for duty in the Middle East as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to an announcement made July 12, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately […]

    Virginia Beach-based 529th CSSB ordered to mobilize for federal active duty in November 2018

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group has received a mobilization order to enter federal active service for duty in the Middle East as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to an announcement made July 12, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately […]

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  • The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a 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 Virginia National Guard has mobilized nearly 2,000 Soldiers and Airmen for federal active duty overseas deployments […]

    About the Virginia National Guard

    The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a 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 Virginia National Guard has mobilized nearly 2,000 Soldiers and Airmen for federal active duty overseas deployments […]

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