Army Guard Archive

  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe recognized the service of Veterans past and present at the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and his wife Cheryl presented the Virginia National Guard memorial wreath to recognize the contributions of Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen. “The courage and commitment of the men and women who served before us in conflicts such as World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and other military operations both hot and cold showed all of us the true meaning of selfless service,” Williams wrote in his Veterans Day message. “These great Veterans defended the freedom of people they […]

    Past and present Veterans honored at War Memorial ceremony

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe recognized the service of Veterans past and present at the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and his wife Cheryl presented the Virginia National Guard memorial wreath to recognize the contributions of Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen. “The courage and commitment of the men and women who served before us in conflicts such as World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and other military operations both hot and cold showed all of us the true meaning of selfless service,” Williams wrote in his Veterans Day message. “These great Veterans defended the freedom of people they […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Four Virginia Guard Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contracting Team, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group returned to Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 8, 2014, after deploying to Afghanistan in February 2014, where they provided contracting support to U.S. Central Command.  The Soldiers returned to Virginia after completing demobilization and reintegration training. A contingency contracting team is a five-person unit that can provide capability to acquire goods and services from the commercial sector, stateside or overseas. Both the 1940th and 1945th CCT were established in 2009. The team was comprised of Maj. Bert Hankins, commander of the 1945th CCT, Capt. William Perez, Staff Sgt. Steven Slater and Staff Sgt. Jose Vasquez. The 1945th CCT was […]

    1945th Contingency Contracting Team returns from deployment

    SANDSTON, Va. — Four Virginia Guard Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contracting Team, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group returned to Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 8, 2014, after deploying to Afghanistan in February 2014, where they provided contracting support to U.S. Central Command.  The Soldiers returned to Virginia after completing demobilization and reintegration training. A contingency contracting team is a five-person unit that can provide capability to acquire goods and services from the commercial sector, stateside or overseas. Both the 1940th and 1945th CCT were established in 2009. The team was comprised of Maj. Bert Hankins, commander of the 1945th CCT, Capt. William Perez, Staff Sgt. Steven Slater and Staff Sgt. Jose Vasquez. The 1945th CCT was […]

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  • CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team trained with firefighters from the U.S. Navy and City of Chesapeake during an aircraft mishap exercise Nov. 5, 2014, at the Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress in Chesapeake, Va. The exercise was designed to enhance coordination and familiarity between first responders in the event of an aircraft incident involving chemical or biological agents. “Today we will test our ability to respond for a real world emergency,” said Maj. Michael Booker, commander of the 34th CST. “This simulation will give us the chance to work with local, state and federal organizations. Each of us practices on our own, so this is a great opportunity […]

    34th CST trains with Navy, Chesapeake firefighters

    CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team trained with firefighters from the U.S. Navy and City of Chesapeake during an aircraft mishap exercise Nov. 5, 2014, at the Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress in Chesapeake, Va. The exercise was designed to enhance coordination and familiarity between first responders in the event of an aircraft incident involving chemical or biological agents. “Today we will test our ability to respond for a real world emergency,” said Maj. Michael Booker, commander of the 34th CST. “This simulation will give us the chance to work with local, state and federal organizations. Each of us practices on our own, so this is a great opportunity […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — On Veterans Day we celebrate the incredible commitment and sacrifice of all the members of the Armed Forces, both retired and currently serving, for their role in defending the ideals of freedom in peacetime and at war, here at home and all over the world. We all know how dramatically life changed for us after the terrorists attacks of 9/11, and the National Guard has successfully made the transition for a strategic reserve to an operational force. In the last 13 years, the Virginia National Guard has mobilized more than 15,000 Soldiers and Airmen for homeland defense, peacekeeping and combat operations at locations across the globe including Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo. We have also made significant […]

    Adjutant General’s 2014 Veterans Day Message

    SANDSTON, Va. — On Veterans Day we celebrate the incredible commitment and sacrifice of all the members of the Armed Forces, both retired and currently serving, for their role in defending the ideals of freedom in peacetime and at war, here at home and all over the world. We all know how dramatically life changed for us after the terrorists attacks of 9/11, and the National Guard has successfully made the transition for a strategic reserve to an operational force. In the last 13 years, the Virginia National Guard has mobilized more than 15,000 Soldiers and Airmen for homeland defense, peacekeeping and combat operations at locations across the globe including Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo. We have also made significant […]

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  • DANVILE, Va. — Local elected officials, friends, relatives, and members of the Danville community were invited to an open house held by the 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Nov. 1, 2014, in Danville, Va. Visitors had a chance to learn more about the battalion’s capabilities through static equipment displays as well as take part in activities like a the football throw, a basketball scrimmage, completing a DNA collection kit and much more. “The intent of today’s open house was to allow members of the Danville community to attain a greater understanding of the role and capabilities of the 429th while continuing to forge a strong relationship with fellow local entities,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Cree, […]

    429th BSB holds open house in Danville

    DANVILE, Va. — Local elected officials, friends, relatives, and members of the Danville community were invited to an open house held by the 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Nov. 1, 2014, in Danville, Va. Visitors had a chance to learn more about the battalion’s capabilities through static equipment displays as well as take part in activities like a the football throw, a basketball scrimmage, completing a DNA collection kit and much more. “The intent of today’s open house was to allow members of the Danville community to attain a greater understanding of the role and capabilities of the 429th while continuing to forge a strong relationship with fellow local entities,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Cree, […]

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  • NORFOLK, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group braved the cold and rain Nov. 1, 2014, and provided drivers on the road between Norfolk and Blackstone with an unusual sight as their camouflaged trucks hauled bright orange boats from Naval Station Norfolk to Fort Pickett, Va. The Virginia Guard Soldiers worked with the Navy to acquire and haul the unserviceable target boats once used to train Sailors in exercises such as anti-piracy maneuvers. The boats will now be placed on weapon ranges at Fort Pickett. This mission was not only beneficial to those training at Fort Pickett, but hauling the targets provided more on-the-job training for one […]

    Target haul mission provides real world experience for 1032nd TC Soldiers

    NORFOLK, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group braved the cold and rain Nov. 1, 2014, and provided drivers on the road between Norfolk and Blackstone with an unusual sight as their camouflaged trucks hauled bright orange boats from Naval Station Norfolk to Fort Pickett, Va. The Virginia Guard Soldiers worked with the Navy to acquire and haul the unserviceable target boats once used to train Sailors in exercises such as anti-piracy maneuvers. The boats will now be placed on weapon ranges at Fort Pickett. This mission was not only beneficial to those training at Fort Pickett, but hauling the targets provided more on-the-job training for one […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Two Virginia  National Guard Army Ten-Miler Teams placed second and third in the National Guard men’s competition Oct. 10, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The Army Ten-Miler is an annual event produced by the Military District of Washington with the proceeds benefitting family and morale, welfare and recreation programs. The race participant cap is 35,000 runners and usally sells out within hours of the online registration being opened. This year over 600 teams in 26 divisions competed in the race. Soldiers from the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group formed a six-man team which earned an overall time of 5:14:23, scoring second overall in the National Guard men’s division of the race. […]

    Va. Guard makes strong showing during Army Ten-Miler

    SANDSTON, Va. — Two Virginia  National Guard Army Ten-Miler Teams placed second and third in the National Guard men’s competition Oct. 10, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The Army Ten-Miler is an annual event produced by the Military District of Washington with the proceeds benefitting family and morale, welfare and recreation programs. The race participant cap is 35,000 runners and usally sells out within hours of the online registration being opened. This year over 600 teams in 26 divisions competed in the race. Soldiers from the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group formed a six-man team which earned an overall time of 5:14:23, scoring second overall in the National Guard men’s division of the race. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based Detachment 26, Operational Support Airlift Command gathered Oct. 26, 2014, in Sandston, Va., to conduct a Freedom Salute in honor of their service in Afghanistan. The Soldiers returned to Virginia Aug. 8, 2014, after providing fixed wing aviation support in Afghanistan since October 2013. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel, Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, the Assistant Adjutant General – Army, were all on hand to honor and recognize the Soldiers and their families for their service. “This is my second such ceremony and it’s […]

    Freedom Salute honors Det. 26, Operational Support Airlift Command for service in Afghanistan

    SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based Detachment 26, Operational Support Airlift Command gathered Oct. 26, 2014, in Sandston, Va., to conduct a Freedom Salute in honor of their service in Afghanistan. The Soldiers returned to Virginia Aug. 8, 2014, after providing fixed wing aviation support in Afghanistan since October 2013. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel, Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, the Assistant Adjutant General – Army, were all on hand to honor and recognize the Soldiers and their families for their service. “This is my second such ceremony and it’s […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – The Virginia National Guard broke ground on the first phase of a multipurpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va., on Oct. 24, 2014. “Investing in training facilities at Camp Pendleton is vital as we look ahead to the challenges of maintaining readiness in a resource-constrained environment and builds on the wide variety of existing facilities on the installation,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Not only will this additional training capability benefit Virginia National Guard units in the Hampton Roads area, but it will also benefit the many different Department of Defense and public safety organizations that regularly train at Camp Pendleton.” “Today we break ground on what […]

    Va. Guard breaks ground on multipurpose training facility at Camp Pendleton

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – The Virginia National Guard broke ground on the first phase of a multipurpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va., on Oct. 24, 2014. “Investing in training facilities at Camp Pendleton is vital as we look ahead to the challenges of maintaining readiness in a resource-constrained environment and builds on the wide variety of existing facilities on the installation,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Not only will this additional training capability benefit Virginia National Guard units in the Hampton Roads area, but it will also benefit the many different Department of Defense and public safety organizations that regularly train at Camp Pendleton.” “Today we break ground on what […]

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  • The Virginia Army National Guard observes Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, 2014, as part of a national observance to draw attention to the prevention of substance abuse. In order to maintain combat readiness, it is imperative that Soldiers and their Families remain drug free. Every year, Soldiers and Families suffer the consequences of misusing drugs and alcohol. The Red Ribbon Campaign mobilizes communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. It is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions during Red Ribbon Week each year. The Department of Defense has officially participated in Red Ribbon Week since 1990, with the aim to prevent drug abuse amongst its service members and their Families. You can […]

    Red Ribbon Week

    The Virginia Army National Guard observes Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, 2014, as part of a national observance to draw attention to the prevention of substance abuse. In order to maintain combat readiness, it is imperative that Soldiers and their Families remain drug free. Every year, Soldiers and Families suffer the consequences of misusing drugs and alcohol. The Red Ribbon Campaign mobilizes communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. It is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions during Red Ribbon Week each year. The Department of Defense has officially participated in Red Ribbon Week since 1990, with the aim to prevent drug abuse amongst its service members and their Families. You can […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Thirteen Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in Exercise Viking Star, a multinational force training exercise conducted Sept. 13-28, 2014, in Denmark. The exercise involved fellow NATO forces from both Denmark and Britain and occurred at a military base on Denmark’s western coast. National Guard Soldiers operated under tactical control of the British Newcastle-based Queen’s Own Yeomanry Regiment. The QOY is a light-armored reconnaissance unit of approximately 500 Soldiers who moved with all of their equipment to Denmark to conduct annual training and validate their regiment’s training objectives. Danish active duty military personnel provided logistical support while volunteers from the Danish Home Guard served side by side with Virginia Army National […]

    Va. Guard infantry Soldiers train in Denmark

    STAUNTON, Va. — Thirteen Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in Exercise Viking Star, a multinational force training exercise conducted Sept. 13-28, 2014, in Denmark. The exercise involved fellow NATO forces from both Denmark and Britain and occurred at a military base on Denmark’s western coast. National Guard Soldiers operated under tactical control of the British Newcastle-based Queen’s Own Yeomanry Regiment. The QOY is a light-armored reconnaissance unit of approximately 500 Soldiers who moved with all of their equipment to Denmark to conduct annual training and validate their regiment’s training objectives. Danish active duty military personnel provided logistical support while volunteers from the Danish Home Guard served side by side with Virginia Army National […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard will break ground on the first phase of a multi-purpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va., at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2014. The first phase of the facility will cost an estimated $1.8 million, occupy 1.5 acres and include two 70 feet by 120 feet steel framed tensioned fabric structures and two 180 feet square grids where military units can set up their tactical operations center equipment and conduct battalion, brigade and division-level command post exercises. The facility can also be used as a staging area for Virginia National Guard units preparing for National Guard civil support missions when on state active duty. In addition to use by […]

    Virginia National Guard to break ground on multi-purpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard will break ground on the first phase of a multi-purpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va., at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2014. The first phase of the facility will cost an estimated $1.8 million, occupy 1.5 acres and include two 70 feet by 120 feet steel framed tensioned fabric structures and two 180 feet square grids where military units can set up their tactical operations center equipment and conduct battalion, brigade and division-level command post exercises. The facility can also be used as a staging area for Virginia National Guard units preparing for National Guard civil support missions when on state active duty. In addition to use by […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris will serve as the new Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor beginning Dec. 1, 2014, according to an announcement made Oct. 22, 2014, by Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Command Sgt. Maj. Ferris will make a great addition to the senior leadership team of the Virginia National Guard,” Williams said. “He has decades of experience leading Soldiers in field and garrison environments, as well as in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. His experience, advice and counsel will be invaluable as the Virginia National Guard forges the way ahead to maintain readiness for both our federal and state missions in the challenging environment we now face.” Ferris currently […]

    Ferris selected as new Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor

    SANDSTON, Va. – Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris will serve as the new Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor beginning Dec. 1, 2014, according to an announcement made Oct. 22, 2014, by Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Command Sgt. Maj. Ferris will make a great addition to the senior leadership team of the Virginia National Guard,” Williams said. “He has decades of experience leading Soldiers in field and garrison environments, as well as in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. His experience, advice and counsel will be invaluable as the Virginia National Guard forges the way ahead to maintain readiness for both our federal and state missions in the challenging environment we now face.” Ferris currently […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, traveled to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Sept. 9-29, 2014, for a Decisive Action training rotation that included 14 days of field training and sharpened the unit’s warfighting abilities. The Decisive Action Training Environment, or DATE, is used at NTC to generate a training scenario that can be used throughout the Army and includes a hybrid threat that reflects the realities of today’s battlefields. Unit’s train in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environment that allows units to “fully exercise their Mission Essential Task List, or METL, that supports the Army’s core competencies.” The 229th recently shifted from a […]

    229th Chemical Company completes NTC rotation

    SANDSTON, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, traveled to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Sept. 9-29, 2014, for a Decisive Action training rotation that included 14 days of field training and sharpened the unit’s warfighting abilities. The Decisive Action Training Environment, or DATE, is used at NTC to generate a training scenario that can be used throughout the Army and includes a hybrid threat that reflects the realities of today’s battlefields. Unit’s train in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environment that allows units to “fully exercise their Mission Essential Task List, or METL, that supports the Army’s core competencies.” The 229th recently shifted from a […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Virginia National Guard conducted a ceremony to break ground on a new solar array that provides power and energy security to the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute on Fort Pickett, Va., Oct. 14, 2014. The ceremony marks the construction of the Virginia Guard’s first alternative energy project. The new $2.2 million, 488 kilowatt solar array will be a 10,000 square yard solar field consisting of nearly 2,000 individual solar panels and will provide the RTI with nearly 80 percent of its daytime energy needs. This field is estimated to produce 712,000 kilowatt hours per year and will be installed adjacent to the RTI campus. Additionally, the project has a guaranteed return of investment exceeding $2.6 […]

    Va. Guard breaks ground for new solar array

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Virginia National Guard conducted a ceremony to break ground on a new solar array that provides power and energy security to the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute on Fort Pickett, Va., Oct. 14, 2014. The ceremony marks the construction of the Virginia Guard’s first alternative energy project. The new $2.2 million, 488 kilowatt solar array will be a 10,000 square yard solar field consisting of nearly 2,000 individual solar panels and will provide the RTI with nearly 80 percent of its daytime energy needs. This field is estimated to produce 712,000 kilowatt hours per year and will be installed adjacent to the RTI campus. Additionally, the project has a guaranteed return of investment exceeding $2.6 […]

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  • CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – The 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, a Virginia Army National Guard unit from Virginia Beach, Va., took the reins from the 751st CSSB, a South Carolina Army National Guard unit from Columbia, S. C., in a transfer of authority ceremony Aug. 11, 2014, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. “We are excited to take over the mission,” said Lt. Col. Michael Waterman, commander of the 529th CSSB. “The 751st has been a great partner of ours and very good at getting us the information we need to hit the ground running.” The 529th CSSB will be operating with the task of planning and coordinating combat sustainment support for U.S. and coalition forces in Kuwait and the surrounding region. […]

    529th CSSB unfurls colors, begins mission in Kuwait

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – The 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, a Virginia Army National Guard unit from Virginia Beach, Va., took the reins from the 751st CSSB, a South Carolina Army National Guard unit from Columbia, S. C., in a transfer of authority ceremony Aug. 11, 2014, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. “We are excited to take over the mission,” said Lt. Col. Michael Waterman, commander of the 529th CSSB. “The 751st has been a great partner of ours and very good at getting us the information we need to hit the ground running.” The 529th CSSB will be operating with the task of planning and coordinating combat sustainment support for U.S. and coalition forces in Kuwait and the surrounding region. […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Delegate T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, presented House Joint Resolution No. 320 from the Virginia General Assembly commending the Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Oct. 11, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. The resolution recognized the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion being presented the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award at a ceremony Oct. 21, 2013, and recognized as the most combat-ready Army National Guard battalion in the nation. After making the presentation, Garrett talked with senior leaders from the battalion, then visited Soldiers conducting individual and crew served weapons qualifications during their drill weekend. Garrett thanked the Soldiers for their service and took the opportunity to learn more […]

    Delegate Garrett presents resolution commending Lynchburg-based Va. Guard infantry battalion

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Delegate T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, presented House Joint Resolution No. 320 from the Virginia General Assembly commending the Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Oct. 11, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. The resolution recognized the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion being presented the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award at a ceremony Oct. 21, 2013, and recognized as the most combat-ready Army National Guard battalion in the nation. After making the presentation, Garrett talked with senior leaders from the battalion, then visited Soldiers conducting individual and crew served weapons qualifications during their drill weekend. Garrett thanked the Soldiers for their service and took the opportunity to learn more […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – After three decades of service, Virginia Army National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James D. Moore, an Amelia, Va., resident, has been selected to serve as the top military chaplain for the Virginia National Guard. An Iraq veteran, and an advocate for troops and their families, Moore takes the reins from Chaplain (Col.) Todd W. Combee, who retired earlier this year. A native of Dundalk, Md., Moore started his military career on rocky terms. Having been a troubled teenager, Moore soon found himself in front of a adjudicator who gave him the option of military service. Moore enlisted as an Airman in the U.S. Air Force military police, now referred to as security forces, Aug. 4, 1976. He spent 12 […]

    Va. Guard welcomes new state chaplain

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – After three decades of service, Virginia Army National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James D. Moore, an Amelia, Va., resident, has been selected to serve as the top military chaplain for the Virginia National Guard. An Iraq veteran, and an advocate for troops and their families, Moore takes the reins from Chaplain (Col.) Todd W. Combee, who retired earlier this year. A native of Dundalk, Md., Moore started his military career on rocky terms. Having been a troubled teenager, Moore soon found himself in front of a adjudicator who gave him the option of military service. Moore enlisted as an Airman in the U.S. Air Force military police, now referred to as security forces, Aug. 4, 1976. He spent 12 […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — This weekend brings the observation of Columbus Day and a long holiday weekend for most of our personnel. Columbus Day commemorates the discovery of the New World as well as the spirit of exploration, and the holiday weekend is the first of the fall season. We must always keep safety as a primary consideration in everything we do, especially during long holiday weekends.Changes in temperatures and less daylight are just two of the seasonal changes that everyone should factor in as they make their plans. Please be sure to get plenty of rest before you get behind the wheel of a car for a long trip and have scheduled breaks along the route. Consider using the Travel […]

    Adjutant General’s Columbus Day Holiday Safety Message

    SANDSTON, Va. — This weekend brings the observation of Columbus Day and a long holiday weekend for most of our personnel. Columbus Day commemorates the discovery of the New World as well as the spirit of exploration, and the holiday weekend is the first of the fall season. We must always keep safety as a primary consideration in everything we do, especially during long holiday weekends.Changes in temperatures and less daylight are just two of the seasonal changes that everyone should factor in as they make their plans. Please be sure to get plenty of rest before you get behind the wheel of a car for a long trip and have scheduled breaks along the route. Consider using the Travel […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Members of the Virginia National Guard spent four weeks working hand-in-hand with members of the Danish Home Guard Sept. 13 to Oct. 8, 2014, as part of the Department of Defense Reserve Officers Foreign Exchange Program and from a growing relationship between the Virginia National Guard and the Danish Home Guard. The annual program provides Virginia National Guard officers the opportunity to take part in a four-week military exchange program with Denmark—two weeks there, two weeks here. The program was created to maintain tactical and mobilization proficiency between allies, who often work together while deployed, and improve cross-cultural understanding and relationships. Fifteen members of the Virginia National Guard travelled to Nymindegab Camp in Denmark, Sept. 13-28, where […]

    Va. Guard, Danish Home Guard visit training sites

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Members of the Virginia National Guard spent four weeks working hand-in-hand with members of the Danish Home Guard Sept. 13 to Oct. 8, 2014, as part of the Department of Defense Reserve Officers Foreign Exchange Program and from a growing relationship between the Virginia National Guard and the Danish Home Guard. The annual program provides Virginia National Guard officers the opportunity to take part in a four-week military exchange program with Denmark—two weeks there, two weeks here. The program was created to maintain tactical and mobilization proficiency between allies, who often work together while deployed, and improve cross-cultural understanding and relationships. Fifteen members of the Virginia National Guard travelled to Nymindegab Camp in Denmark, Sept. 13-28, where […]

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