Army Guard Archive

  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, plus guests, retirees and family members, received some valuable leadership lessons from an unlikely source during VNG’s speaker series Jan. 16, 2019, at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. VNG command historian Al Barnes, a retired chief warrant officer 4 and former enlisted Marine, titled his presentation “Leadership lessons: A historians […]

    VNG speaker series: Command historian offers leadership perspective

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, plus guests, retirees and family members, received some valuable leadership lessons from an unlikely source during VNG’s speaker series Jan. 16, 2019, at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. VNG command historian Al Barnes, a retired chief warrant officer 4 and former enlisted Marine, titled his presentation “Leadership lessons: A historians […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s newly-built Joint Force Headquarters was officially named and dedicated for Roanoke native and D-Day veteran Sgt. John Robert “Bob” Slaughter Jan. 8, 2019, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined members of Slaughter’s family and distinguished guests to dedicate the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters. […]

    Virginia National Guard dedicates new headquarters to D-Day veteran

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s newly-built Joint Force Headquarters was officially named and dedicated for Roanoke native and D-Day veteran Sgt. John Robert “Bob” Slaughter Jan. 8, 2019, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined members of Slaughter’s family and distinguished guests to dedicate the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s Sandston-based 200th Weather Flight, 192nd Wing, and its team of forecasters officially have a new home after a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 4, 2019 in Sandston, Virginia. The 200th, which provides detailed weather forecasts and analysis for the VNG’s air and ground operations, is moving into the new facility after several years […]

    200th Weather Flight cuts ribbon on new home facility

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s Sandston-based 200th Weather Flight, 192nd Wing, and its team of forecasters officially have a new home after a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 4, 2019 in Sandston, Virginia. The 200th, which provides detailed weather forecasts and analysis for the VNG’s air and ground operations, is moving into the new facility after several years […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s newly-built Joint Force Headquarters will be officially named and dedicated for D-day veteran Sgt. John Robert “Bob” Slaughter at 10 a.m. Jan. 8, 2019, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, will join members of Slaughter’s family and distinguished guests to dedicate the headquarters […]

    Virginia National Guard to dedicate new headquarters to D-Day veteran from Roanoke

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s newly-built Joint Force Headquarters will be officially named and dedicated for D-day veteran Sgt. John Robert “Bob” Slaughter at 10 a.m. Jan. 8, 2019, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, will join members of Slaughter’s family and distinguished guests to dedicate the headquarters […]

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  • RIO DE JANEIRO — A Virginia National Guard Soldier assigned to the Manassas-based Delta Company, 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team competed in the World Military Taekwondo Championships Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro. Spc. Taylor MacLeod was the only Soldier from the Virginia National Guard on the 10-member Armed Forces Taekwondo Team […]

    VNG Soldier competes in World Military Taekwondo Championship

    RIO DE JANEIRO — A Virginia National Guard Soldier assigned to the Manassas-based Delta Company, 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team competed in the World Military Taekwondo Championships Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro. Spc. Taylor MacLeod was the only Soldier from the Virginia National Guard on the 10-member Armed Forces Taekwondo Team […]

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  • The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force 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 VNG traces the history and tradition of Citizen-Soldier […]

    About the Virginia National Guard

    The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force 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 VNG traces the history and tradition of Citizen-Soldier […]

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  • ARLINGTON, Va. — Two Virginia National Guard Soldiers killed Dec. 21, 2004, in a suicide bombing in Mosul, Iraq, were remembered by fellow Soldiers, family and friends with a  wreath laying Dec. 21, 2018, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason and Sgt. David A. Ruhren, both assigned to […]

    Unit, family, friends gather to remember fallen VNG Soldiers 14 years later

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Two Virginia National Guard Soldiers killed Dec. 21, 2004, in a suicide bombing in Mosul, Iraq, were remembered by fellow Soldiers, family and friends with a  wreath laying Dec. 21, 2018, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason and Sgt. David A. Ruhren, both assigned to […]

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  • I want to say “Thank you” to our Soldiers, Airmen, Virginia Defense Force members and federal and state civilians for their hard work over the last year, and I also want to extend a special thanks to our families and employers whose support is so critical to mission success. This has been an incredibly busy year, and we all know […]

    Adjutant General’s 2018 Holiday Message

    I want to say “Thank you” to our Soldiers, Airmen, Virginia Defense Force members and federal and state civilians for their hard work over the last year, and I also want to extend a special thanks to our families and employers whose support is so critical to mission success. This has been an incredibly busy year, and we all know […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Army National Guard Soldiers from several states completed Level 1 Military Funeral Honors training hosted by the Virginia National Guard’s Military Funeral Honors Program Dec. 10 – 14, 2018, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Eight enlisted Soldiers, from Ohio, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia, completed the rigorous five-day course, learning all aspects of providing […]

    VNG’s Funeral Honors Program ensuring all eligible veterans get proper final respects

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Army National Guard Soldiers from several states completed Level 1 Military Funeral Honors training hosted by the Virginia National Guard’s Military Funeral Honors Program Dec. 10 – 14, 2018, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Eight enlisted Soldiers, from Ohio, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia, completed the rigorous five-day course, learning all aspects of providing […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady of Virginia Pam Northam hosted a reception for Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and their families Dec. 16, 2018, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. The reception recognized the Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year and their families as well as families of […]

    Governor, First Lady host reception for VNG Soldiers, Airmen and families

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady of Virginia Pam Northam hosted a reception for Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and their families Dec. 16, 2018, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. The reception recognized the Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year and their families as well as families of […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group conducted reception and mission command exercises Nov. 25 – Dec. 9, 2018, at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The 329th RSG was selected as one of the few military organizations assigned to be a Mission Support Force. MSFs have a unique and critical role to […]

    329th RSG conducts training to rapidly mobilize Soldiers

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group conducted reception and mission command exercises Nov. 25 – Dec. 9, 2018, at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The 329th RSG was selected as one of the few military organizations assigned to be a Mission Support Force. MSFs have a unique and critical role to […]

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  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia National Guard field artillery Soldiers past and present gathered for fellowship and recognition of outstanding duty performance at the annual Saint Barbara’s Day Celebration and Regimental Muster hosted by 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Dec. 8, 2018, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Six Soldiers received the Honorary Order of Saint Barbara and […]

    Field artillery Soldiers gather for Saint Barbara’s Day Celebration

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia National Guard field artillery Soldiers past and present gathered for fellowship and recognition of outstanding duty performance at the annual Saint Barbara’s Day Celebration and Regimental Muster hosted by 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Dec. 8, 2018, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Six Soldiers received the Honorary Order of Saint Barbara and […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — When he’s asked what is the Virginia National Guard’s most prized historic artifact, command historian Al Barnes’ answer may illicit some surprise. It’s not a weapon or a uniform, and it’s not patch or a photo. Instead, Barnes calls a 1940 Virginia National Guard mobilization roster a “pearl without price.” The hefty, green manifest contains the name […]

    Mobilization roster, circa 1940, is jewel of Virginia National Guard’s historic archives

    RICHMOND, Va. — When he’s asked what is the Virginia National Guard’s most prized historic artifact, command historian Al Barnes’ answer may illicit some surprise. It’s not a weapon or a uniform, and it’s not patch or a photo. Instead, Barnes calls a 1940 Virginia National Guard mobilization roster a “pearl without price.” The hefty, green manifest contains the name […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Blackstone-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, also known as CERFP (pronounced “Surf-P”), have been selected to test a new communications suite being issued to the National Guard CBRN Response Enterprise beginning in 2019. Approximately 30 Soldiers and Airmen are scheduled […]

    Virginia Guard special response force selected to test new communications suite

    RICHMOND, Va. – Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Blackstone-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, also known as CERFP (pronounced “Surf-P”), have been selected to test a new communications suite being issued to the National Guard CBRN Response Enterprise beginning in 2019. Approximately 30 Soldiers and Airmen are scheduled […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Fort Pickett-based Warrant Officer Candidate School, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute is hosting a Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate Course Jan. 11-13, 2019. Any Soldier E-4 and above, or Aviation Candidates of any rank, can attend Pre-WOC in lieu of unit drill with prior approval by their unit. Enrollment can be completed through ATRRS using school code […]

    Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate Course scheduled for Jan. 11-13, 2019

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Fort Pickett-based Warrant Officer Candidate School, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute is hosting a Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate Course Jan. 11-13, 2019. Any Soldier E-4 and above, or Aviation Candidates of any rank, can attend Pre-WOC in lieu of unit drill with prior approval by their unit. Enrollment can be completed through ATRRS using school code […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Va.– Senior leadership of the Virginia National Guard, 91st Cyber Brigade and Fort Belvoir broke ground on a new headquarters for the 91st Cyber Brigade Nov. 16, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “The fact we’re here today is a testament to the hard work and the nation’s requirements that dictate what we’re trying to do,” said Maj. Gen. […]

    91st Cyber Brigade conducts groundbreaking for new headquarters

    FORT BELVOIR, Va.– Senior leadership of the Virginia National Guard, 91st Cyber Brigade and Fort Belvoir broke ground on a new headquarters for the 91st Cyber Brigade Nov. 16, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “The fact we’re here today is a testament to the hard work and the nation’s requirements that dictate what we’re trying to do,” said Maj. Gen. […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Veterans of the 116th Infantry Regiment and Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team gathered for an evening of camaraderie at the 51st annual Regimental Muster Nov. 10, 2018, at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia.   “We gather at this muster to honor the service of members past and present,” said Col. […]

    Current, former members of the 116th come together at 51st annual Regimental Muster

    STAUNTON, Va. — Veterans of the 116th Infantry Regiment and Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team gathered for an evening of camaraderie at the 51st annual Regimental Muster Nov. 10, 2018, at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia.   “We gather at this muster to honor the service of members past and present,” said Col. […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Hundreds of friends, family members and fellow Soldiers gathered in Virginia Beach to say farewell to a group of Virginia National Guard Soldiers as they began federal active duty Nov. 25, 2018. The group of approximately 70 Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group are deploying to the […]

    529th CSSB begins federal active duty with departure ceremony

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Hundreds of friends, family members and fellow Soldiers gathered in Virginia Beach to say farewell to a group of Virginia National Guard Soldiers as they began federal active duty Nov. 25, 2018. The group of approximately 70 Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group are deploying to the […]

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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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