About Author: Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti

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Sgt. 1st Class Terra Gatti is the Command Information Chief and Social Media NCOIC for the Virginia National Guard Public Affairs team. She can be reached via email at terra.c.gatti.mil@mail.mil or by phone at (804) 236-7894.

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  • The Virginia National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion has announced updated incentives for the “Every Soldier is a Recruiter” Program. Who: All Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers. What: Earn incentives by providing leads (friends, family members, neighbors, etc.) who join the Virginia Army National Guard. Soldiers must enter the leads’ information into the Virginia National Guard mobile app. Soldiers who […]

    New incentives announced for “Every Soldier is a Recruiter” program

    The Virginia National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion has announced updated incentives for the “Every Soldier is a Recruiter” Program. Who: All Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers. What: Earn incentives by providing leads (friends, family members, neighbors, etc.) who join the Virginia Army National Guard. Soldiers must enter the leads’ information into the Virginia National Guard mobile app. Soldiers who […]

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  • ARLINGTON, Va. — Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, Director of the Army National Guard, administered an oath of enlistment to 56 new Soldiers gathered in Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall July 18, 2018, before a Twilight Tattoo. “This is a very important event for the men and women who choose to serve in the United States Armed Forces,” […]

    Kadavy swears in new Soldiers during Twilight Tattoo

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, Director of the Army National Guard, administered an oath of enlistment to 56 new Soldiers gathered in Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall July 18, 2018, before a Twilight Tattoo. “This is a very important event for the men and women who choose to serve in the United States Armed Forces,” […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division trained on squad and platoon-level proficiency, door gunnery, personnel recovery, downed aircraft recovery and basic Soldier skills from June 2-16, 2018, at sites including Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Pickett and the Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Virginia. “The 2-224th has had a successful […]

    Va. National Guard aviation battalion trains around the state

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division trained on squad and platoon-level proficiency, door gunnery, personnel recovery, downed aircraft recovery and basic Soldier skills from June 2-16, 2018, at sites including Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Pickett and the Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Virginia. “The 2-224th has had a successful […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Sixty-four Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen participated in this year’s Adjutant General’s State Pistol Match, held June 22-24, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The event, hosted by the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, had shooters split into 16 teams of four to test their marksmanship skills against some of the best shooters in the state […]

    Virginia Soldiers, Airmen awarded for marksmanship excellence 

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Sixty-four Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen participated in this year’s Adjutant General’s State Pistol Match, held June 22-24, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The event, hosted by the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, had shooters split into 16 teams of four to test their marksmanship skills against some of the best shooters in the state […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Col. Todd Hubbard took command of the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute from Col. James A. Zollar June 24, 2018, in a traditional change of command ceremony held at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Assistant Adjutant General – Army for the Virginia National Guard, presided over the guidon exchange that signified the transfer […]

    Hubbard takes command of 183rd RTI

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Col. Todd Hubbard took command of the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute from Col. James A. Zollar June 24, 2018, in a traditional change of command ceremony held at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Assistant Adjutant General – Army for the Virginia National Guard, presided over the guidon exchange that signified the transfer […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The third and final phase of reserve component Warrant Officer Candidate School brings together National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve candidates from across the nation for two weeks of training. In April, Virginia’s candidates joined 40 of their peers at Fort McClellan in Alabama where they distinguished themselves as some of the best in the nation. […]

    Virginia warrant officers take top honors at final WOCS phase

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The third and final phase of reserve component Warrant Officer Candidate School brings together National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve candidates from across the nation for two weeks of training. In April, Virginia’s candidates joined 40 of their peers at Fort McClellan in Alabama where they distinguished themselves as some of the best in the nation. […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Scattered storms and heavy rain made way for a wet and muddy two-day marksmanship competition. Fifty-seven Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard participated in the Adjutant General’s 2018 Rifle Match May 18-19, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The annual event is open to all Army and Air National Guard members across the state of […]

    Virginia Soldiers & Airmen compete in state rifle match

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Scattered storms and heavy rain made way for a wet and muddy two-day marksmanship competition. Fifty-seven Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard participated in the Adjutant General’s 2018 Rifle Match May 18-19, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The annual event is open to all Army and Air National Guard members across the state of […]

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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five National Guard Soldiers rode their bicycles 350 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C., all to cycle out sexual assault. The Soldiers, from the West Virginia and Virginia National Guard, rode May 9-13, 2018, battling rain storms, mud pits and scorching temperatures to show sexual assault survivors that they’re not alone, to bring awareness to the […]

    West Virginia, Virginia Soldiers ride to cycle out sexual assault

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five National Guard Soldiers rode their bicycles 350 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C., all to cycle out sexual assault. The Soldiers, from the West Virginia and Virginia National Guard, rode May 9-13, 2018, battling rain storms, mud pits and scorching temperatures to show sexual assault survivors that they’re not alone, to bring awareness to the […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The 2018 Region II Best Warrior Competition brought Soldiers and NCOs from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. to Fort Pickett May 17-20, 2018. After days of physical and mental challenges that had the region’s best Soldiers leaping over obstacles, knocking down targets and testing their military knowledge, Virginia National Guardsman Sgt. Jake […]

    Virginia NCO & Maryland Soldier named best warriors in the region

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The 2018 Region II Best Warrior Competition brought Soldiers and NCOs from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. to Fort Pickett May 17-20, 2018. After days of physical and mental challenges that had the region’s best Soldiers leaping over obstacles, knocking down targets and testing their military knowledge, Virginia National Guardsman Sgt. Jake […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Officer candidates from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C., spent a long weekend in May preparing for the third and final phase of Officer Candidate School during a regional Field Level Exercise held May 4-6, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The training, hosted by 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, brought 29 candidates […]

    Officer candidates prep for final phase of OCS

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Officer candidates from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C., spent a long weekend in May preparing for the third and final phase of Officer Candidate School during a regional Field Level Exercise held May 4-6, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The training, hosted by 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, brought 29 candidates […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard welcomed four newly-commissioned second lieutenants to its ranks April 29, 2018, during a commissioning ceremony held at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The new lieutenants were all graduates of the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School Class 61A. “These four new officers have made a life decision,” said Lt. Col. Robert Fitch, commander of […]

    Virginia National Guard commissions four new officers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard welcomed four newly-commissioned second lieutenants to its ranks April 29, 2018, during a commissioning ceremony held at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The new lieutenants were all graduates of the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School Class 61A. “These four new officers have made a life decision,” said Lt. Col. Robert Fitch, commander of […]

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  • HANOVER, Va. — Approximately 115 newly-recruited Virginia National Guard Soldiers came together for a regional training event held April 13-15, 2018, in Hanover, Virginia. The recruits were all part of the Recruit Sustainment Program, founded approximately 12 years ago. The RSP aims to increase troop readiness by bringing together new Soldiers before they ship to Basic Combat Training and Advanced […]

    Recruit Sustainment Program prepares new recruits for Basic, AIT

    HANOVER, Va. — Approximately 115 newly-recruited Virginia National Guard Soldiers came together for a regional training event held April 13-15, 2018, in Hanover, Virginia. The recruits were all part of the Recruit Sustainment Program, founded approximately 12 years ago. The RSP aims to increase troop readiness by bringing together new Soldiers before they ship to Basic Combat Training and Advanced […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — “Conducting a full raid on a village with a helicopter, that’s hard to beat,” said Sgt. Dexter Whitten, an Indiana National Guardsman enrolled in the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute’s Infantry Advanced Leaders Course. Together with more than 30 of his classmates, Whitten watched as four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters approached March 19, 2018, and landed […]

    National Guard infantrymen complete final challenge of ALC

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — “Conducting a full raid on a village with a helicopter, that’s hard to beat,” said Sgt. Dexter Whitten, an Indiana National Guardsman enrolled in the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute’s Infantry Advanced Leaders Course. Together with more than 30 of his classmates, Whitten watched as four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters approached March 19, 2018, and landed […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — More than 200 shooters competed in the 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia, March 11-18, 2018, including four Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard. The competition, commonly referred to as the “All-Army” match, including active duty, U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from across the country, divided into 37 teams. […]

    Virginia marksmen earn honors at national marksmanship match

    SANDSTON, Va. — More than 200 shooters competed in the 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia, March 11-18, 2018, including four Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard. The competition, commonly referred to as the “All-Army” match, including active duty, U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from across the country, divided into 37 teams. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — After years of research, planning and approval processes, the Virginia Department of Military Affairs finally received more than $1.7 million in Statewide Agencies Radio System, or STARS, equipment. On March 15, 2018, representatives from the Virginia State Police, who manage the system, conducted a short training session on the equipment for Virginia Soldiers, Airmen and members of […]

    DMA personnel train on new radio equipment with VSP

    SANDSTON, Va. — After years of research, planning and approval processes, the Virginia Department of Military Affairs finally received more than $1.7 million in Statewide Agencies Radio System, or STARS, equipment. On March 15, 2018, representatives from the Virginia State Police, who manage the system, conducted a short training session on the equipment for Virginia Soldiers, Airmen and members of […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 115 cadets from Class 48 in a ceremony held March 3, 2018, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The cadets spent five-and-a-half months in residence at the Commonwealth ChalleNGe Academy and will begin the 12 month post-residential phase where they will work to find employment, continue […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 115 cadets from Class 48

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 115 cadets from Class 48 in a ceremony held March 3, 2018, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The cadets spent five-and-a-half months in residence at the Commonwealth ChalleNGe Academy and will begin the 12 month post-residential phase where they will work to find employment, continue […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – After four days of intense competition at the Virginia National Guard Best Warrior Competition, Sgt. Jake Moyer was named the Virginia National Guard’s Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, while Spc. Miguel Bustillo was named the Soldier of the Year Feb. 25, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Moyer is assigned to 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th […]

    Moyer, Bustillo named Virginia National Guard Best NCO, Soldier

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – After four days of intense competition at the Virginia National Guard Best Warrior Competition, Sgt. Jake Moyer was named the Virginia National Guard’s Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, while Spc. Miguel Bustillo was named the Soldier of the Year Feb. 25, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Moyer is assigned to 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Two members of the Virginia National Guard’s Military Funeral Honors Team helped support a funeral for Falco, a retired military working dog who served for 10 years and passed away on Feb. 1, 2018, after four years in retirement. The funeral was held at Forest Hills Memory Gardens in Abingdon, Virginia. “It was our team’s honor to […]

    Virginia Funeral Honors team supports funeral for retired working dog

    SANDSTON, Va. — Two members of the Virginia National Guard’s Military Funeral Honors Team helped support a funeral for Falco, a retired military working dog who served for 10 years and passed away on Feb. 1, 2018, after four years in retirement. The funeral was held at Forest Hills Memory Gardens in Abingdon, Virginia. “It was our team’s honor to […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – In 1898, two Virginia battalions of African American Soldiers were mustered into federal service in support of the Spanish-American War. Once on federal active duty, the battalions, formed from companies initially organized as early as 1870, formed the 6th Virginia Volunteers. While the men of these units never saw combat, they trained in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia […]

    Virginia’s African American Militiamen: Remembering the 6th Virginia Volunteers

    RICHMOND, Va. – In 1898, two Virginia battalions of African American Soldiers were mustered into federal service in support of the Spanish-American War. Once on federal active duty, the battalions, formed from companies initially organized as early as 1870, formed the 6th Virginia Volunteers. While the men of these units never saw combat, they trained in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – Congressman Scott Taylor stopped by the Virginia National Guard’s Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy Feb. 12, 2018, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Taylor first met with the program’s director, retired Navy Capt. Mark Chicoine, Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Director of the Joint Staff for the Virginia National Guard, and Lt. Col. Timothy […]

    Congressman Scott Taylor talks mentorship with Commonwealth ChalleNGe cadets

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – Congressman Scott Taylor stopped by the Virginia National Guard’s Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy Feb. 12, 2018, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Taylor first met with the program’s director, retired Navy Capt. Mark Chicoine, Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Director of the Joint Staff for the Virginia National Guard, and Lt. Col. Timothy […]

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