Army Guard Archive

  • FORT PICKETT, Va – Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”) conducted a new member training event April 7-12, 2014, at Fort Pickett to instruct their newest Soldiers and Airmen on the basics of consequence management and incident response. The training, known as CERFP University, qualifies service members on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s robust Hazardous Materials Operations program and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Command System, as well as educates them on detection equipment and the correct wear of personal protective equipment. “This is a great opportunity to train our Soldiers and Airmen for one of the most relevant missions that […]

    Virginia CERFP conducts emergency response qualification course

    FORT PICKETT, Va – Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”) conducted a new member training event April 7-12, 2014, at Fort Pickett to instruct their newest Soldiers and Airmen on the basics of consequence management and incident response. The training, known as CERFP University, qualifies service members on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s robust Hazardous Materials Operations program and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Command System, as well as educates them on detection equipment and the correct wear of personal protective equipment. “This is a great opportunity to train our Soldiers and Airmen for one of the most relevant missions that […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 160 members of the Virginia Defense Force gathered at Fort Pickett March 29-30, 2014, for a division-directed unit training assembly. Among the activities on the schedule were initial entry training for new members of the VDF, state managed shelter logistics training, an instructor development course, a meeting of operations staffs, and a senior leaders meeting with Maj. Gen. John D. Taylor, the commander of the VDF. The VDF conducts division-directed training assemblies every six months, according to Col. Gary Butler, VDF director of operations.“Our focus right now is on training people to support the DSCA (Defense Support to Civil Authorities) playbook,” Butler said. Another division-directed assembly is scheduled for September at Fort Pickett. “The […]

    VDF tackles training objectives during March assembly at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 160 members of the Virginia Defense Force gathered at Fort Pickett March 29-30, 2014, for a division-directed unit training assembly. Among the activities on the schedule were initial entry training for new members of the VDF, state managed shelter logistics training, an instructor development course, a meeting of operations staffs, and a senior leaders meeting with Maj. Gen. John D. Taylor, the commander of the VDF. The VDF conducts division-directed training assemblies every six months, according to Col. Gary Butler, VDF director of operations.“Our focus right now is on training people to support the DSCA (Defense Support to Civil Authorities) playbook,” Butler said. Another division-directed assembly is scheduled for September at Fort Pickett. “The […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from around the state competed for the 2013 Virginia National Guard Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year titles March 29-30, 2014, at Fort Pickett. Spc. Taylore Horn of the 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command, was named the 2013 Virginia Army National Guard Soldier of the Year. Sgt. Jason Hill of Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, took home the title of 2013 Virginia Army National Guard NCO of the Year. “I am still excited to this day,” Horn said more than a week after the competition. “I feel like all my hard work is finally paying off and being noticed.” “It’s an honor […]

    276th Engineer Battalion Soldier named Soldier of the Year, 429th BSB troop claims NCO of the Year title

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from around the state competed for the 2013 Virginia National Guard Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year titles March 29-30, 2014, at Fort Pickett. Spc. Taylore Horn of the 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command, was named the 2013 Virginia Army National Guard Soldier of the Year. Sgt. Jason Hill of Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, took home the title of 2013 Virginia Army National Guard NCO of the Year. “I am still excited to this day,” Horn said more than a week after the competition. “I feel like all my hard work is finally paying off and being noticed.” “It’s an honor […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Units across the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assembled on Fort Pickett April 3-6, 2014, for continuous and rigorous training in preparation for the brigade’s Exportable Combat Training Center rotation in June. XCTC is an instrumented combat-readiness program that assesses the Soldier’s necessary skills prior to deployment. It will serve as a culminating training event during annual training June 14 – 29 as platoons are externally evaluated on many tasks necessary to build on for next year’s company validations. The rotation will run for 10 days with up to 10 live-fire lanes and approximately 40 situational training exercise lanes, said Maj. Kurt Kobernik, operations officer for the 116th IBCT. All of the lanes will build […]

    116th IBCT Soldiers prepare for external evaluations

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Units across the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assembled on Fort Pickett April 3-6, 2014, for continuous and rigorous training in preparation for the brigade’s Exportable Combat Training Center rotation in June. XCTC is an instrumented combat-readiness program that assesses the Soldier’s necessary skills prior to deployment. It will serve as a culminating training event during annual training June 14 – 29 as platoons are externally evaluated on many tasks necessary to build on for next year’s company validations. The rotation will run for 10 days with up to 10 live-fire lanes and approximately 40 situational training exercise lanes, said Maj. Kurt Kobernik, operations officer for the 116th IBCT. All of the lanes will build […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Delegate David I. Ramadan, representing the 87th district in Loudoun and Prince William counties, observes live fire artillery training conducted by Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Norfolk-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team April 5, 2014, at Fort Pickett. After visiting the firing battery and fire direction center, Ramadan toured the logistical support area operated by Company G, 429th Brigade Support Battalion and enjoyed a meal prepared by Company G food service personnel. Soldiers from the 116th IBCT were at Fort Pickett for the April drill weekend to prepare for the Exportable Combat Training Center rotation planned for annual training in June at Fort Pickett. The XCTC rotation […]

    Delegate Ramadan visits artillery training at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Delegate David I. Ramadan, representing the 87th district in Loudoun and Prince William counties, observes live fire artillery training conducted by Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Norfolk-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team April 5, 2014, at Fort Pickett. After visiting the firing battery and fire direction center, Ramadan toured the logistical support area operated by Company G, 429th Brigade Support Battalion and enjoyed a meal prepared by Company G food service personnel. Soldiers from the 116th IBCT were at Fort Pickett for the April drill weekend to prepare for the Exportable Combat Training Center rotation planned for annual training in June at Fort Pickett. The XCTC rotation […]

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  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented the Eisenhower Trophy to the Gate City-based Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the Virginia National Guard Officer’s Association Conference held March 29, 2014, in Williamsburg. They also presented the Adjutant General’s Cup, Virginia Excellence in Training Awards, National Guard Bureau Superior Unit Awards and Pershing Trophy to recognize other top-performing company level units. The Eisenhower Trophy recognizes the most outstanding company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the training year and is presented to […]

    Virginia Army National Guard recognizes top units

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented the Eisenhower Trophy to the Gate City-based Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the Virginia National Guard Officer’s Association Conference held March 29, 2014, in Williamsburg. They also presented the Adjutant General’s Cup, Virginia Excellence in Training Awards, National Guard Bureau Superior Unit Awards and Pershing Trophy to recognize other top-performing company level units. The Eisenhower Trophy recognizes the most outstanding company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the training year and is presented to […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted their final field training exercises from March 2-23, 2014, at Fort Pickett to prepare for their upcoming federal mobilization to Kuwait. The three-week annual training period focused on Army Warrior Tasks, battle drills, mandatory briefings and online training. Approximately 70 Soldiers will begin serving on federal active duty June 19, 2014, and a departure ceremony is scheduled for June 22. “Overall, it was a very successful AT as we completed about 95% of all required training for deploying Soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Mike Waterman, commander of the 529th. “We feel like we are right on track in preparation for the deployment. The unit did an […]

    529th CSSB Soldiers prepare for federal mobilization

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted their final field training exercises from March 2-23, 2014, at Fort Pickett to prepare for their upcoming federal mobilization to Kuwait. The three-week annual training period focused on Army Warrior Tasks, battle drills, mandatory briefings and online training. Approximately 70 Soldiers will begin serving on federal active duty June 19, 2014, and a departure ceremony is scheduled for June 22. “Overall, it was a very successful AT as we completed about 95% of all required training for deploying Soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Mike Waterman, commander of the 529th. “We feel like we are right on track in preparation for the deployment. The unit did an […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Army National Guard Soldiers from several states came together March 9-22, 2014, to become mortarmen at the 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman course at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The six Soldiers enrolled in the course came from states including Virginia, Kentucky, Hawaii, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. “The fundamentals of the course are teaching them the basics of being an 11C,” explained Staff Sgt. William Herndon, senior instructor for the course. “We teach them how to emplace the guns, how to run their crew drills, small and large deflections, how to manipulate the data and then how to provide effective fire on the targets.” Indirect fire infantrymen act as members of a mortar squad, section […]

    National Guard Soldiers learn mortarman skills, earn 11C MOS

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Army National Guard Soldiers from several states came together March 9-22, 2014, to become mortarmen at the 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman course at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The six Soldiers enrolled in the course came from states including Virginia, Kentucky, Hawaii, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. “The fundamentals of the course are teaching them the basics of being an 11C,” explained Staff Sgt. William Herndon, senior instructor for the course. “We teach them how to emplace the guns, how to run their crew drills, small and large deflections, how to manipulate the data and then how to provide effective fire on the targets.” Indirect fire infantrymen act as members of a mortar squad, section […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced a series of senior officer moves March 12, 2014, that include new commanders for the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, the Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center and the Information Operations Support Command. Long also announced the new chief of staff for the Virginia Army National Guard and the 29th Infantry Division. Col. William J. Coffin will replace Col. Jeffrey N. Hice as the deputy commander of the 116th IBCT effective April 15, and then Coffin will assume command of the brigade from Col. John M. Epperly July 1. Epperly will become the M-Day Virginia Army National Guard G3 operations […]

    AG announces new commanders for 116th IBCT, 183rd RTI, IOSC and Fort Pickett and other senior officer moves

    SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced a series of senior officer moves March 12, 2014, that include new commanders for the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, the Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center and the Information Operations Support Command. Long also announced the new chief of staff for the Virginia Army National Guard and the 29th Infantry Division. Col. William J. Coffin will replace Col. Jeffrey N. Hice as the deputy commander of the 116th IBCT effective April 15, and then Coffin will assume command of the brigade from Col. John M. Epperly July 1. Epperly will become the M-Day Virginia Army National Guard G3 operations […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Henrico County Division of Fire Chief Anthony E. McDowell presented a certificate of commendation to Staff Sgt. Johnathan Hoggatt of the Virginia National Guard March 11, 2014, in recognition for his actions assisting a Henrico firefighter after his personal vehicle flipped off 295 in Hanover County. Hoggatt was headed home Monday morning, March 3, after working the night shift in the Virginia Guard Joint Operations Center in Sandston when he witnessed Firefighter Alex Grant’s car flip several times off the icy road. Hoggatt quickly pulled over and started taking actions to assist the driver of the overturned vehicle. Richmond TV station WWBT NBC 12 first reported the story, saying “A hero comes to the aid of another […]

    Henrico Fire Chief recognizes Va. Guard Soldier for accident response

    SANDSTON, Va. — Henrico County Division of Fire Chief Anthony E. McDowell presented a certificate of commendation to Staff Sgt. Johnathan Hoggatt of the Virginia National Guard March 11, 2014, in recognition for his actions assisting a Henrico firefighter after his personal vehicle flipped off 295 in Hanover County. Hoggatt was headed home Monday morning, March 3, after working the night shift in the Virginia Guard Joint Operations Center in Sandston when he witnessed Firefighter Alex Grant’s car flip several times off the icy road. Hoggatt quickly pulled over and started taking actions to assist the driver of the overturned vehicle. Richmond TV station WWBT NBC 12 first reported the story, saying “A hero comes to the aid of another […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy underwent some changes before it welcomed 111 cadets into Class 40 earlier this year. The cadets of Class 40 completed their “acclimation period” into ChalleNGe Jan. 23-31, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. Just after the administrative in-processing into the program, the ChalleNGe candidates began the “acclimation period,” where they were introduced to the daily structure of the program, explained retired Army Sgt. Maj. Robert Laury, the Commonwealth ChalleNGe commandant, who holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the program’s new cadre rank structure. “The acclimation period gives us a chance to get these candidate into the program so they can see what it is like and see if […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe welcomes two new classes, host of changes to the program

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy underwent some changes before it welcomed 111 cadets into Class 40 earlier this year. The cadets of Class 40 completed their “acclimation period” into ChalleNGe Jan. 23-31, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. Just after the administrative in-processing into the program, the ChalleNGe candidates began the “acclimation period,” where they were introduced to the daily structure of the program, explained retired Army Sgt. Maj. Robert Laury, the Commonwealth ChalleNGe commandant, who holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the program’s new cadre rank structure. “The acclimation period gives us a chance to get these candidate into the program so they can see what it is like and see if […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Chaplains and their assistants from the Virginia Army National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force gathered March 1, 2014, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute for a day-long State Chaplain Workshop. The event served as an opportunity for chaplains from across the commonwealth to come together for annual sustainment training. The event attendees primarily serve on unit ministry teams, usually two-person teams consisting of a chaplain and a chaplain’s assistant working at the battalion level and fulfilling a valuable role in the units of their assignment. Chaplains are responsible for providing religious coverage and support to Soldiers, regardless of denomination or faith, and to provide support to Soldiers and their families. During the […]

    Va. National Guard, VDF chaplains gather for State Chaplain Workshop

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Chaplains and their assistants from the Virginia Army National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force gathered March 1, 2014, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute for a day-long State Chaplain Workshop. The event served as an opportunity for chaplains from across the commonwealth to come together for annual sustainment training. The event attendees primarily serve on unit ministry teams, usually two-person teams consisting of a chaplain and a chaplain’s assistant working at the battalion level and fulfilling a valuable role in the units of their assignment. Chaplains are responsible for providing religious coverage and support to Soldiers, regardless of denomination or faith, and to provide support to Soldiers and their families. During the […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron conducted a memorial ceremony March 3, 2014, at Camp Pendleton to honor 18 unit members and three Florida Army National Guard aviators killed in a plane crash 13 years ago. The 203rd engineers and the Florida aviators from Detachment 1, 171st Aviation Battalion, were killed March 3, 2001, when the C-23 Sherpa they were flying in crashed in a cotton field near Unadilla, Ga. “We are here today to honor and recognize the men for which this memorial was built, for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to remember what it means to be Citizen-Airmen and Soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Stock Dinsmore, commander of […]

    Memorial service honors 203rd RED HORSE Airmen killed in 2001

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron conducted a memorial ceremony March 3, 2014, at Camp Pendleton to honor 18 unit members and three Florida Army National Guard aviators killed in a plane crash 13 years ago. The 203rd engineers and the Florida aviators from Detachment 1, 171st Aviation Battalion, were killed March 3, 2001, when the C-23 Sherpa they were flying in crashed in a cotton field near Unadilla, Ga. “We are here today to honor and recognize the men for which this memorial was built, for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to remember what it means to be Citizen-Airmen and Soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Stock Dinsmore, commander of […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia General Assembly recognized the Virginia National Guard March 4, 2014, with a center aisle presentation of House Joint Resolution No. 385 commending the Guard for their accomplishments in the last year. Del. Richard L. Anderson, the patron of the resolution, made the presentation to Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, on the floor of the House of Delegates. “We have a ready, reliable and relevant response force here in Virginia,” Anderson said. “It is a privilege to welcome them to Mr. Jefferson’s House.” Joining the presentation on the House floor were Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Green, Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader, Capt. Rodney Rhodes, commander of the 1710th Transportation […]

    Virginia General Assembly commends Virginia National Guard with center aisle presentation

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia General Assembly recognized the Virginia National Guard March 4, 2014, with a center aisle presentation of House Joint Resolution No. 385 commending the Guard for their accomplishments in the last year. Del. Richard L. Anderson, the patron of the resolution, made the presentation to Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, on the floor of the House of Delegates. “We have a ready, reliable and relevant response force here in Virginia,” Anderson said. “It is a privilege to welcome them to Mr. Jefferson’s House.” Joining the presentation on the House floor were Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Green, Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader, Capt. Rodney Rhodes, commander of the 1710th Transportation […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – More than 70 Virginia National Guard Soldiers are staged at readiness centers along the northern I-81 corridor, Leesburg and Fredericksburg, and they are ready to support state and local emergency response organizations March 3, 2014. An additional 20 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are on duty at the Joint Operations Center in Sandston, Logistics Operation Center at Fort Pickett and Virginia Emergency Operations Center in Richmond to provide mission command, administrative and sustainment support for units in the field. Photos of Soldiers preparing for possible missions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152245726603560.1073741997.173715018559 Photos of Soldiers preparing for possible mission on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/sets/72157641801392255/ Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency that authorizes state agencies to identify […]

    Virginia Guard Soldiers staged and ready for possible winter weather response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. – More than 70 Virginia National Guard Soldiers are staged at readiness centers along the northern I-81 corridor, Leesburg and Fredericksburg, and they are ready to support state and local emergency response organizations March 3, 2014. An additional 20 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are on duty at the Joint Operations Center in Sandston, Logistics Operation Center at Fort Pickett and Virginia Emergency Operations Center in Richmond to provide mission command, administrative and sustainment support for units in the field. Photos of Soldiers preparing for possible missions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152245726603560.1073741997.173715018559 Photos of Soldiers preparing for possible mission on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/sets/72157641801392255/ Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency that authorizes state agencies to identify […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company reunite with family, friends and fellow Guard Soldiers Feb. 22, 2014, in Richmond after serving on federal active duty in Afghanistan since June 2013. The company returned to the United States Feb. 15, and approximately 145 Soldiers returned to airports closest to their home of record. A formal ceremony recognizing their service will take place in about 90 days. The 1710th began serving on federal active duty on April 1, 2013. “It was a long and rewarding deployment,” said Capt. Rodney Rhodes, commander of the 1710th. “I am proud we were able to bring back each and every Soldier to their families. The Soldiers did an excellent […]

    Soldiers from 1710th Trans. Co. return to Virginia from duty in Afghanistan

    SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company reunite with family, friends and fellow Guard Soldiers Feb. 22, 2014, in Richmond after serving on federal active duty in Afghanistan since June 2013. The company returned to the United States Feb. 15, and approximately 145 Soldiers returned to airports closest to their home of record. A formal ceremony recognizing their service will take place in about 90 days. The 1710th began serving on federal active duty on April 1, 2013. “It was a long and rewarding deployment,” said Capt. Rodney Rhodes, commander of the 1710th. “I am proud we were able to bring back each and every Soldier to their families. The Soldiers did an excellent […]

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  • WASHINGTON, D. C. — Several senior Virginia National Guard officers as well as members of the Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia staff joined nearly 200 members of a catastrophic response team from the Department of Defense and National Capital Region gathered at the Washington Navy Yard’s Admiral Gooding Center Feb. 11 and 12, 2014, for a two-day exercise named Ambitious Guardian. The exercise was designed to test and discuss a multi-agency, multi-state response to a notional cataclysmic incident in the District of Columbia. The goal of the meeting was for members of the Virginia National Guard to understand exactly how Virginia, its neighboring states and other agencies would cooperatively respond to a catastrophe, said Brig. Gen. William R. Phillips, assistant commander of […]

    Va. Guard leaders join tabletop exercise focused on Washington, D.C. response operations

    WASHINGTON, D. C. — Several senior Virginia National Guard officers as well as members of the Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia staff joined nearly 200 members of a catastrophic response team from the Department of Defense and National Capital Region gathered at the Washington Navy Yard’s Admiral Gooding Center Feb. 11 and 12, 2014, for a two-day exercise named Ambitious Guardian. The exercise was designed to test and discuss a multi-agency, multi-state response to a notional cataclysmic incident in the District of Columbia. The goal of the meeting was for members of the Virginia National Guard to understand exactly how Virginia, its neighboring states and other agencies would cooperatively respond to a catastrophe, said Brig. Gen. William R. Phillips, assistant commander of […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Family members, friends, fellow Soldiers and Virginia Guard senior leaders bid a formal farewell to the Soldiers of the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contracting Team, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, Feb. 8, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. The four-Soldier team will travel to Camp Shelby, Miss., for premobilization training before they head to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The mobilization is scheduled for approximately 12 months. Virginia Sen. Jeffrey L. McWaters of the 8th District, Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis A. Green, the Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader, Col. Michelle Rose, commander of the 329th Regional Support […]

    1945th CCT departs for Afghanistan mission

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Family members, friends, fellow Soldiers and Virginia Guard senior leaders bid a formal farewell to the Soldiers of the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contracting Team, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, Feb. 8, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. The four-Soldier team will travel to Camp Shelby, Miss., for premobilization training before they head to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The mobilization is scheduled for approximately 12 months. Virginia Sen. Jeffrey L. McWaters of the 8th District, Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis A. Green, the Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader, Col. Michelle Rose, commander of the 329th Regional Support […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Four Soldiers from the Charlottesville-based Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were the last Virginia National Guard personnel on state active duty Feb. 15, 2014, after nearly 300 total supported response operations across the state. Most personnel returned to routine operations Feb. 14, but the Company C Soldiers stayed on duty one more day to support the Greene County Rescue Squad. Travel on rural secondary roads in the area was still difficult because of heavy snow, and the Soldiers were able to assist the rescue squad in reaching homes in need of medical assistance. “I was very pleased with the brigade’s rapid response to the storm,” said Col. John Epperly, commander of […]

    Va. Guard wraps up snow response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — Four Soldiers from the Charlottesville-based Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were the last Virginia National Guard personnel on state active duty Feb. 15, 2014, after nearly 300 total supported response operations across the state. Most personnel returned to routine operations Feb. 14, but the Company C Soldiers stayed on duty one more day to support the Greene County Rescue Squad. Travel on rural secondary roads in the area was still difficult because of heavy snow, and the Soldiers were able to assist the rescue squad in reaching homes in need of medical assistance. “I was very pleased with the brigade’s rapid response to the storm,” said Col. John Epperly, commander of […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Approximately 150 Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group returned to the United States Feb. 15, 2014, after serving on federal active duty in Afghanistan since June 2013 where they conducted transportation support operations at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. Soldiers from the 1710th began serving on federal active duty on April 1, 2013. The Soldiers arrived at their demobilization station of Fort Hood, Texas, where they will spend approximately seven to 10 days for reintegration training, medical evaluation and administrative tasks to transition from federal active duty to traditional National Guard status. The time schedule for the return of Soldiers to Virginia has not been […]

    Va. Guard’s Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company returns to United States after duty in Afghanistan

    SANDSTON, Va. — Approximately 150 Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group returned to the United States Feb. 15, 2014, after serving on federal active duty in Afghanistan since June 2013 where they conducted transportation support operations at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. Soldiers from the 1710th began serving on federal active duty on April 1, 2013. The Soldiers arrived at their demobilization station of Fort Hood, Texas, where they will spend approximately seven to 10 days for reintegration training, medical evaluation and administrative tasks to transition from federal active duty to traditional National Guard status. The time schedule for the return of Soldiers to Virginia has not been […]

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