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

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Sgt. 1st Class Terra Gatti is the Social Media NCO for the Virginia National Guard Public Affairs team. She can be reached via email at terra.c.gatti.mil@mail.mil.

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The new Army Combat Fitness Test has made its way to the Virginia National Guard. Approximately 25 Virginia Soldiers came together for a multi-day training event conducted by a mobile training team from the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School and held Nov. 6-8, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. While the training included Soldiers from across the […]

    Virginia Soldiers train and test on new Army Combat Fitness Test

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The new Army Combat Fitness Test has made its way to the Virginia National Guard. Approximately 25 Virginia Soldiers came together for a multi-day training event conducted by a mobile training team from the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School and held Nov. 6-8, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. While the training included Soldiers from across the […]

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  • SWEET BRIAR, Va. — Lt. Col. Jennifer Martin represented the Virginia National Guard at a Federal Career Expo, hosted by Sweet Briar College Nov. 1, 2018. The event aimed to provide students from Sweet Briar and other colleges and universities in the area with information on career opportunities in the federal government. Martin spoke on a panel alongside representatives from […]

    VNG participates in Sweet Briar Federal Career Expo

    SWEET BRIAR, Va. — Lt. Col. Jennifer Martin represented the Virginia National Guard at a Federal Career Expo, hosted by Sweet Briar College Nov. 1, 2018. The event aimed to provide students from Sweet Briar and other colleges and universities in the area with information on career opportunities in the federal government. Martin spoke on a panel alongside representatives from […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Around 35,000 runners crossed the start line of the 34th Army Ten Miler Oct. 7, 2018, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The race is the third largest 10 miler in the world. Several Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen ran the race, both as teams and as individuals, and one team, Team Jamestown, placed 3rd in […]

    Virginia Soldiers, Airmen race in 34th Army Ten Miler

    RICHMOND, Va. — Around 35,000 runners crossed the start line of the 34th Army Ten Miler Oct. 7, 2018, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The race is the third largest 10 miler in the world. Several Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen ran the race, both as teams and as individuals, and one team, Team Jamestown, placed 3rd in […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Sgt. Timothy Mahanes grew up around heavy equipment so, when he decided to join the Virginia National Guard, enlisting as a 12N, a horizontal construction engineer, was a natural fit. “I love construction, I love heavy equipment, I love seeing a finished product when the project is done,” Mahanes said. He’s currently assigned to the Powhatan-based 180th […]

    Soldier Spotlight: Meet Sgt. Timothy Mahanes

    RICHMOND, Va. — Sgt. Timothy Mahanes grew up around heavy equipment so, when he decided to join the Virginia National Guard, enlisting as a 12N, a horizontal construction engineer, was a natural fit. “I love construction, I love heavy equipment, I love seeing a finished product when the project is done,” Mahanes said. He’s currently assigned to the Powhatan-based 180th […]

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  • BUFFALO, N.Y. – A crowd of spectators started to form as two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters appeared over the tree line and landed along the shore of Lake Erie. It was almost lunchtime on Sept. 5, 2018, and already that morning a small group of Soldiers from the West Virginia National Guard’s 19th Special Forces Group were busy preparing their […]

    Va. flight crews build trust, train with W. Va. special operators

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – A crowd of spectators started to form as two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters appeared over the tree line and landed along the shore of Lake Erie. It was almost lunchtime on Sept. 5, 2018, and already that morning a small group of Soldiers from the West Virginia National Guard’s 19th Special Forces Group were busy preparing their […]

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  • CAMP DAWSON, W.Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to a specialized response force traveled to Camp Dawson, West Virginia, for a 12-day, four-phase course on the basics of search and extraction during the latter half of August. The eleven Soldiers who attended the course are all assigned to the 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group. […]

    CERFP search & extraction team trains in West Virginia

    CAMP DAWSON, W.Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to a specialized response force traveled to Camp Dawson, West Virginia, for a 12-day, four-phase course on the basics of search and extraction during the latter half of August. The eleven Soldiers who attended the course are all assigned to the 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group. […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — It was “Zero Day” of Air Assault School, Aug. 7, 2018, and for most of the 270 Soldiers gathered at Fort Pickett, their reason for being there was simple: They wanted to prove something. “I’m here to prove myself and to show them that a nerd can do it,” said Spc. Frederick Roddy, a cyber operations […]

    Air Assault & Pathfinder Schools held at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — It was “Zero Day” of Air Assault School, Aug. 7, 2018, and for most of the 270 Soldiers gathered at Fort Pickett, their reason for being there was simple: They wanted to prove something. “I’m here to prove myself and to show them that a nerd can do it,” said Spc. Frederick Roddy, a cyber operations […]

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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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