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.

Posts by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti

  • FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Since January, two Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Sgt. Nicholas Shidlovsky and 2nd Lt. Gregory Gerlach, have worked together nearly every day to train for the Best Sapper Competition, held at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, April 23-28, 2017. Going in, the two were confident, ready and exceptionally motivated. At the competition, they survived the grueling match that pushed […]

    Va. Guard team among finishers at Best Sapper Competition

    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Since January, two Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Sgt. Nicholas Shidlovsky and 2nd Lt. Gregory Gerlach, have worked together nearly every day to train for the Best Sapper Competition, held at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, April 23-28, 2017. Going in, the two were confident, ready and exceptionally motivated. At the competition, they survived the grueling match that pushed […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, known as the CERFP, received validation from external evaluators April 26, 2017, at the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The evaluation validated the team of approximately 200 Soldiers and Airmen as fully training on 20 of 24 tasks. […]

    Special response force validated after external evaluation

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, known as the CERFP, received validation from external evaluators April 26, 2017, at the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The evaluation validated the team of approximately 200 Soldiers and Airmen as fully training on 20 of 24 tasks. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and senior leaders joined members of the Virginia Defense Force April 26, 2017, for Unity Day, hosted by the Virginia National Guard’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and Equal Opportunity Office at the Mullins Readiness Center in Sandston, Virginia. The event, in its inaugural year, aimed to recognize and celebrate the diversity of […]

    Va. Guard hosts Unity Day event to recognize diversity

    SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and senior leaders joined members of the Virginia Defense Force April 26, 2017, for Unity Day, hosted by the Virginia National Guard’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and Equal Opportunity Office at the Mullins Readiness Center in Sandston, Virginia. The event, in its inaugural year, aimed to recognize and celebrate the diversity of […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – After completing a three-phase program to become warrant officers, 10 Soldiers from Virginia stood amongst more than 70 of their peers April 8, 2017, in a ceremony to mark their successful completion of Warrant Officer Candidate School. The ceremony was held at the Alabama Military Academy at Fort McClellan, Alabama. Among the nine graduates from Virginia, most of […]

    Va. WOCS candidates earn top honors in final training phase

    SANDSTON, Va. – After completing a three-phase program to become warrant officers, 10 Soldiers from Virginia stood amongst more than 70 of their peers April 8, 2017, in a ceremony to mark their successful completion of Warrant Officer Candidate School. The ceremony was held at the Alabama Military Academy at Fort McClellan, Alabama. Among the nine graduates from Virginia, most of […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — At Camp Pendleton, the Virginia National Guard’s oceanfront training base in Virginia Beach, one week of each of the past 11 summers has been dedicated to military kids. In late July or early August, approximately one hundred kids and teens, all with a parent serving in the Virginia Army or Air National Guard, come together for the […]

    Youth Camp leaves positive impact on Va. Guard military youth

    SANDSTON, Va. — At Camp Pendleton, the Virginia National Guard’s oceanfront training base in Virginia Beach, one week of each of the past 11 summers has been dedicated to military kids. In late July or early August, approximately one hundred kids and teens, all with a parent serving in the Virginia Army or Air National Guard, come together for the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — One hundred years after America entered the conflict of what would become known as World War I, Virginia citizens, veterans and leaders joined Virginia National Guard Soldiers for a commemoration ceremony April 6, 2017, at the Virginia War Memorial Carillon in Richmond, Virginia. The event, hosted by the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission included […]

    Va. Guard helps commemorate 100th anniversary of U.S. entry to WWI

    RICHMOND, Va. — One hundred years after America entered the conflict of what would become known as World War I, Virginia citizens, veterans and leaders joined Virginia National Guard Soldiers for a commemoration ceremony April 6, 2017, at the Virginia War Memorial Carillon in Richmond, Virginia. The event, hosted by the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission included […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — More than 100 Vietnam veterans filed onto the drill floor of the Thomas D. Howie Memorial Readiness Center March 30, 2017, for a Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Ceremony. The event, hosted by Congressman Bob Goodlatte in Staunton, Virginia, included several helping hands from the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Soldiers of the unit not only […]

    Vietnam veterans recognized by Congressman Goodlatte in Staunton ceremony

    STAUNTON, Va. — More than 100 Vietnam veterans filed onto the drill floor of the Thomas D. Howie Memorial Readiness Center March 30, 2017, for a Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Ceremony. The event, hosted by Congressman Bob Goodlatte in Staunton, Virginia, included several helping hands from the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Soldiers of the unit not only […]

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  • CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – The Virginia National Guard’s 116th Military Engagement Team marked the official completion of their overseas mission Jan. 9, 2017, during a Transfer of Authority ceremony held at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. During the ceremony, the 116th MET passed the mission to the Kentucky National Guard’s 149th Military Engagement Team. “Thank you for a job well done,” said […]

    116th MET completes overseas mission

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – The Virginia National Guard’s 116th Military Engagement Team marked the official completion of their overseas mission Jan. 9, 2017, during a Transfer of Authority ceremony held at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. During the ceremony, the 116th MET passed the mission to the Kentucky National Guard’s 149th Military Engagement Team. “Thank you for a job well done,” said […]

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  • CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — For the members of the 116th Military Engagement Team, the days are often varied. While teams in both Jordan and Kuwait are running missions at an almost continuous pace, the look of those engagements – and the days of the Soldiers completing them – is different. Kuwait missions take weeks and sometimes months to plan, are […]

    MET Life: A day in the life of the 116th MET

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — For the members of the 116th Military Engagement Team, the days are often varied. While teams in both Jordan and Kuwait are running missions at an almost continuous pace, the look of those engagements – and the days of the Soldiers completing them – is different. Kuwait missions take weeks and sometimes months to plan, are […]

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  • THETFORD, United Kingdom — Eleven members of the 116th Military Engagement Team traveled to the northeastern corner of England, to the British Army’s Stanford Training Area, for Steppe Eagle 16 During the final weeks of July 2016. Now in its 13th year, Steppe Eagle is a multinational training exercise that this year brought together Soldiers from the United Kingdom, the […]

    116th MET supports multinational training event in U.K.

    THETFORD, United Kingdom — Eleven members of the 116th Military Engagement Team traveled to the northeastern corner of England, to the British Army’s Stanford Training Area, for Steppe Eagle 16 During the final weeks of July 2016. Now in its 13th year, Steppe Eagle is a multinational training exercise that this year brought together Soldiers from the United Kingdom, the […]

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  • CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — Soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard’s 30th Military Engagement Team transferred authority to the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Military Engagement Team in a ceremony held May 8, 2016, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Maj. Gen. William B. Hickman, Deputy Commanding General of Operations for 3rd Army/U.S. Army Central, presided over the ceremony. “The impact you have […]

    Transfer of Authority Ceremony held for 116th MET

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — Soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard’s 30th Military Engagement Team transferred authority to the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Military Engagement Team in a ceremony held May 8, 2016, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Maj. Gen. William B. Hickman, Deputy Commanding General of Operations for 3rd Army/U.S. Army Central, presided over the ceremony. “The impact you have […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Military Engagement Team, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team came together for three weeks of intensive training Feb. 15. – March 5, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia, in preparation for their upcoming federal mobilization to Kuwait and Jordan. “It went really well,” said Col. Todd Hubbard, commander of […]

    116th MET completes pre-mobilization training

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Military Engagement Team, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team came together for three weeks of intensive training Feb. 15. – March 5, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia, in preparation for their upcoming federal mobilization to Kuwait and Jordan. “It went really well,” said Col. Todd Hubbard, commander of […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – With temperatures hovering in the low 20s, Soldiers of Fort Pickett’s Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site, or MATES, bundled up and put two tracked vehicles back on display at Fort Pickett, Virginia, Jan. 19, 2016. The vehicles, an M42 Duster and an M84 Mortar Carrier, have long been on display at Fort Pickett, and had accumulated […]

    MATES personnel refurbish Fort Pickett tracked vehicles

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – With temperatures hovering in the low 20s, Soldiers of Fort Pickett’s Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site, or MATES, bundled up and put two tracked vehicles back on display at Fort Pickett, Virginia, Jan. 19, 2016. The vehicles, an M42 Duster and an M84 Mortar Carrier, have long been on display at Fort Pickett, and had accumulated […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Retired U. S. Navy Adm. John C. Harvey, Virginia’s Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, shared his thoughts on leadership with members of Virginia National Guard and local military Jan. 21, 2016, at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. The event was first in a series of professional development opportunities that are part of newly-developed Distinguished Speaker Program […]

    Va. Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs shares leadership lessons with Va. Guard

    RICHMOND, Va. – Retired U. S. Navy Adm. John C. Harvey, Virginia’s Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, shared his thoughts on leadership with members of Virginia National Guard and local military Jan. 21, 2016, at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. The event was first in a series of professional development opportunities that are part of newly-developed Distinguished Speaker Program […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – A team of approximately 25 Soldiers pulled from Virginia National Guard units across the commonwealth has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service as the 116th Military Engagement Team for duty based out of Kuwait, according to an announcement made Jan. 8, 2016, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. The […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers to mobilize for federal duty in Kuwait, Jordan

    SANDSTON, Va. – A team of approximately 25 Soldiers pulled from Virginia National Guard units across the commonwealth has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service as the 116th Military Engagement Team for duty based out of Kuwait, according to an announcement made Jan. 8, 2016, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. The […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognized state employees for their success in the 2015 Army National Guard Environmental Security Awards Dec. 18, 2015. Virginia National Guard environmental teams, comprised of personnel from several facilities management offices, including environmental, fish and wildlife and forestry, placed first in the Natural Resources Conservation Team […]

    Environmental teams recognized for excellence

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognized state employees for their success in the 2015 Army National Guard Environmental Security Awards Dec. 18, 2015. Virginia National Guard environmental teams, comprised of personnel from several facilities management offices, including environmental, fish and wildlife and forestry, placed first in the Natural Resources Conservation Team […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group hauled and offloaded approximately $20 million worth of equipment for the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division as part of their two-week annual training period, held Nov. 30 – Dec. 14, 2015. Nearly 100 of the unit’s […]

    Va. Guard transporters haul millions in equipment for 29th ID

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group hauled and offloaded approximately $20 million worth of equipment for the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division as part of their two-week annual training period, held Nov. 30 – Dec. 14, 2015. Nearly 100 of the unit’s […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – While training to become a 12B combat engineer, Staff Sgt. Christopher E. Rice was one of three Soldiers selected to escort acting Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning through a shoot house Nov. 17, 2015, at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Rice is a Virginia Guard Soldier who works as an assistant operations noncommissioned officer at the Fredericksburg-based […]

    Va. Guard Soldier escorts acting Secretary of the Army through shoot house

    SANDSTON, Va. – While training to become a 12B combat engineer, Staff Sgt. Christopher E. Rice was one of three Soldiers selected to escort acting Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning through a shoot house Nov. 17, 2015, at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Rice is a Virginia Guard Soldier who works as an assistant operations noncommissioned officer at the Fredericksburg-based […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – After 40 years of military service, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Timothy C. Meeks, commander of the Sandston-based Detachment 26, Operational Support Airlift Command, flew the final flight of his military career Nov. 19, 2015, aboard a C-12 Huron aircraft. Meeks’ final flight originated in Columbus, Ind., near Camp Atterbury where Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant […]

    Aviator with 40 years military service flies final flight

    SANDSTON, Va. – After 40 years of military service, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Timothy C. Meeks, commander of the Sandston-based Detachment 26, Operational Support Airlift Command, flew the final flight of his military career Nov. 19, 2015, aboard a C-12 Huron aircraft. Meeks’ final flight originated in Columbus, Ind., near Camp Atterbury where Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Just past Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, a crowd of Soldiers, family members and friends gathered under blue skies to celebrate the life of Master Sgt. Patrick R. McFarland, who was the 88M Motor Transport Operator course manager when he passed away unexpectedly in September. The ceremony, held Nov. 13, 2015, was organized in […]

    Fort Pickett training site named for 183rd RTI instructor

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Just past Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, a crowd of Soldiers, family members and friends gathered under blue skies to celebrate the life of Master Sgt. Patrick R. McFarland, who was the 88M Motor Transport Operator course manager when he passed away unexpectedly in September. The ceremony, held Nov. 13, 2015, was organized in […]

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