Army Guard Archive

  • 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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  • 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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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and their deputy commander, Lt. Col. David Jones, presided over memorial ceremonies during Battle Days, Oct. 4-5, 2014, at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Point Pleasant, W. Va. The memorial celebrations served as remembrance of the Battle of Point Pleasant that took place at the site Oct. 10, 1774. “Although time has changed our nation and the world around us, today’s citizen Soldiers have remained true to the identity of the Soldiers who fought at Point Pleasant,” said Jones. “Events such as this remember the patriotism, courage and sacrifice of the men who fought for the independence and freedom of this country.” The battle was fought by Soldiers of […]

    116th IBCT takes part in remembrance of the Battle of Point Pleasant

    STAUNTON, Va. — Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and their deputy commander, Lt. Col. David Jones, presided over memorial ceremonies during Battle Days, Oct. 4-5, 2014, at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Point Pleasant, W. Va. The memorial celebrations served as remembrance of the Battle of Point Pleasant that took place at the site Oct. 10, 1774. “Although time has changed our nation and the world around us, today’s citizen Soldiers have remained true to the identity of the Soldiers who fought at Point Pleasant,” said Jones. “Events such as this remember the patriotism, courage and sacrifice of the men who fought for the independence and freedom of this country.” The battle was fought by Soldiers of […]

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  • September 22, 2014 is the beginning of the fall season. Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year. But along with the changing leaves comes changing driving conditions. Driving can be unpredictable because of weather changes and the end of daylight saving time. To be safe and aware on the roads this fall, adapt to the change of the season and follow these guidelines: Watch out for leaves: Once leaves become wet, they can present slippery and dangerous driving conditions. Be sure to watch for patches of wet leaves on the road or on road lines. Dry leaves can also present a problem to your vehicle. Avoid parking your vehicle near leaf piles to prevent fires that could […]

    Safety Gram: Fall Driving Safety Tips

    September 22, 2014 is the beginning of the fall season. Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year. But along with the changing leaves comes changing driving conditions. Driving can be unpredictable because of weather changes and the end of daylight saving time. To be safe and aware on the roads this fall, adapt to the change of the season and follow these guidelines: Watch out for leaves: Once leaves become wet, they can present slippery and dangerous driving conditions. Be sure to watch for patches of wet leaves on the road or on road lines. Dry leaves can also present a problem to your vehicle. Avoid parking your vehicle near leaf piles to prevent fires that could […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Col. Walter L. Mercer was promoted to brigadier general in a ceremony hosted by Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Oct. 5, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. With the promotion, Mercer takes command of the Virginia Army National Guard from Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner and will serve as the Assistant Adjutant General – Army. Ortner is now assigned as deputy commanding general of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division. Mercer most recently served as the training and operations officer for the 29th Infantry Division. “This promotion is really about all of you,” Mercer told the audience at the promotion ceremony. “I wouldn’t be here without the support, the service and the […]

    Mercer promoted, takes command of Virginia Army National Guard

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Col. Walter L. Mercer was promoted to brigadier general in a ceremony hosted by Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Oct. 5, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. With the promotion, Mercer takes command of the Virginia Army National Guard from Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner and will serve as the Assistant Adjutant General – Army. Ortner is now assigned as deputy commanding general of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division. Mercer most recently served as the training and operations officer for the 29th Infantry Division. “This promotion is really about all of you,” Mercer told the audience at the promotion ceremony. “I wouldn’t be here without the support, the service and the […]

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  • FORT A. P. HILL, Va. — Soldiers assigned to the Bowling Green-based Detachment 1, Company B, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted their first flight of the RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial system in Virginia Oct. 4, 2014, at Fort A. P. Hill, Va. Virginia Guard Airmen from the Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron reconstructed the runway at Fort A. P. Hill’s Finnegan Airfield unmanned aircraft system training site in July 2014, and the improved runway allowed the Shadow crews to begin flight training in Virginia. Previously they conducted their flight training at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and having a runway closer to home station improves readiness and increases their ability to meet […]

    116th BSTB Shadow UAS detachment conducts first flight in Virginia

    FORT A. P. HILL, Va. — Soldiers assigned to the Bowling Green-based Detachment 1, Company B, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted their first flight of the RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial system in Virginia Oct. 4, 2014, at Fort A. P. Hill, Va. Virginia Guard Airmen from the Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron reconstructed the runway at Fort A. P. Hill’s Finnegan Airfield unmanned aircraft system training site in July 2014, and the improved runway allowed the Shadow crews to begin flight training in Virginia. Previously they conducted their flight training at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and having a runway closer to home station improves readiness and increases their ability to meet […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — In a ceremony held Sept. 27, 2014, seven officer candidates enrolled in the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School Class 57B earned their commissions at Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute in front of family, friends and Virginia National Guard leaders and Soldiers. The candidates started the 56-day summer accelerated program in July and completed the course in early September. “You will do well, and I consider it a privilege to serve with you as fellow officers,” said Col. Thomas Morgan, commander of the 183rd RTI. The accelerated OCS program is held primarily at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., and also includes a two-week training period in Niantic, Conn. Brig. Gen. William R. Phillips, II, the […]

    Virginia Guard OCS graduates 7 new officers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — In a ceremony held Sept. 27, 2014, seven officer candidates enrolled in the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School Class 57B earned their commissions at Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute in front of family, friends and Virginia National Guard leaders and Soldiers. The candidates started the 56-day summer accelerated program in July and completed the course in early September. “You will do well, and I consider it a privilege to serve with you as fellow officers,” said Col. Thomas Morgan, commander of the 183rd RTI. The accelerated OCS program is held primarily at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., and also includes a two-week training period in Niantic, Conn. Brig. Gen. William R. Phillips, II, the […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Members of Virginia National Guard Joint Staff conducted a communications exercise Sept. 22, 2014, at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Sandston, Va., in conjunction with Capital Shield 2015, an emergency preparedness exercise hosted by Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region from Sept. 22-24. Capital Shield is an exercise designed to ensure government agencies at every level are prepared to coordinate action to protect the public in the event of an actual disaster in the NCR. This event exercised the Virginia National Guard’s response to a simulated explosion at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C., and subsequent explosions at the Washington Navy Yard and Arlington Courthouse. In previous years, the Virginia National Guard has participated in exercises […]

    Virginia Guard participates in Capital Shield exercise

    SANDSTON, Va. — Members of Virginia National Guard Joint Staff conducted a communications exercise Sept. 22, 2014, at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Sandston, Va., in conjunction with Capital Shield 2015, an emergency preparedness exercise hosted by Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region from Sept. 22-24. Capital Shield is an exercise designed to ensure government agencies at every level are prepared to coordinate action to protect the public in the event of an actual disaster in the NCR. This event exercised the Virginia National Guard’s response to a simulated explosion at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C., and subsequent explosions at the Washington Navy Yard and Arlington Courthouse. In previous years, the Virginia National Guard has participated in exercises […]

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  • ARLINGTON, Va. — David LaGassa, vice president and head of the Capital One Military Network, accepted an award for Capital One Sept. 26, 2014, during the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony at the Pentagon Auditorium in Arlington, Va. Capital One was nominated by Lt. Col. Christopher S. Doss, chief of plans, assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based Headquarters, 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard. Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, the Land Component Commander, Virginia Army National Guard also attended the ceremony. “ESGR is a critical asset for the Soldiers of Virginia, and for all National Guard and Reserve Soldiers,” Ortner said. “It is a conduit to both building understanding of the […]

    Employer of Va. Guard officer receives ESGR award

    ARLINGTON, Va. — David LaGassa, vice president and head of the Capital One Military Network, accepted an award for Capital One Sept. 26, 2014, during the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony at the Pentagon Auditorium in Arlington, Va. Capital One was nominated by Lt. Col. Christopher S. Doss, chief of plans, assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based Headquarters, 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard. Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, the Land Component Commander, Virginia Army National Guard also attended the ceremony. “ESGR is a critical asset for the Soldiers of Virginia, and for all National Guard and Reserve Soldiers,” Ortner said. “It is a conduit to both building understanding of the […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Several events of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads State Competition will be held at the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center, and members of the news media are invited to cover the Vehicle Extrication Competition featuring Emergency Medical Technician teams and Advanced Life Support teams Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Members of the news media should arrive at Camp Pendleton no later than 10:30 a.m. for the 11 a.m. competition. Please RSVP to Cotton Puryear at 804-539-1451 or cotton.puryear@us.army.mil by 9 a.m. on Sept. 26 if you plan to attend and to coordinate for access to Camp Pendleton. The competition is part of the 80th Anniversary VAVRS conference being held at various locations […]

    Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads State Competition events to be held at Camp Pendleton

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Several events of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads State Competition will be held at the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center, and members of the news media are invited to cover the Vehicle Extrication Competition featuring Emergency Medical Technician teams and Advanced Life Support teams Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Members of the news media should arrive at Camp Pendleton no later than 10:30 a.m. for the 11 a.m. competition. Please RSVP to Cotton Puryear at 804-539-1451 or cotton.puryear@us.army.mil by 9 a.m. on Sept. 26 if you plan to attend and to coordinate for access to Camp Pendleton. The competition is part of the 80th Anniversary VAVRS conference being held at various locations […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Twenty-two Virginia Army National Guard senior noncommissioned officers completed the Cadre Training Course Sep. 27, 2014, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The weeklong course held Sep. 22-27, 2014, provides battalion and company-level officers and senior noncommissioned officers with information and a basic understanding of policies and administrative guidance contained in the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command Regulations. Participants receive helpful tools, gain practical knowledge and learn the fundamentals of assuming responsibilities of a Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training or One Station Unit Training Company. “We’re teaching them from ‘A-to-Z’ how to interact with IET Soldiers,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dawn M. Hernandez, noncommissioned officer in charge. “All other courses teach […]

    Va. Guard instructors complete Cadre Training Course

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Twenty-two Virginia Army National Guard senior noncommissioned officers completed the Cadre Training Course Sep. 27, 2014, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The weeklong course held Sep. 22-27, 2014, provides battalion and company-level officers and senior noncommissioned officers with information and a basic understanding of policies and administrative guidance contained in the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command Regulations. Participants receive helpful tools, gain practical knowledge and learn the fundamentals of assuming responsibilities of a Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training or One Station Unit Training Company. “We’re teaching them from ‘A-to-Z’ how to interact with IET Soldiers,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dawn M. Hernandez, noncommissioned officer in charge. “All other courses teach […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Airmen and Army aviators conducted Sentinel Phoenix II, an Incident Awareness and Assessment exercise Sept. 7-12, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. Members of the Air Guard’s 192nd Intelligence Squadron and the Army Guard’s Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment worked jointly to provide live full-motion video during a simulated wildfire at the Great Dismal Swamp. The exercise was a test of the 192nd IS’ ability to capture the full motion video from the UH-72 Lakota’s sensor ball, analyze it and support first responders during a state emergency. The scenario was based on a 2011 fire which burned for more than three months. Rapid response was a critical theme of the […]

    192nd Intelligence Squadron trains to support state emergency operations

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Airmen and Army aviators conducted Sentinel Phoenix II, an Incident Awareness and Assessment exercise Sept. 7-12, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. Members of the Air Guard’s 192nd Intelligence Squadron and the Army Guard’s Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment worked jointly to provide live full-motion video during a simulated wildfire at the Great Dismal Swamp. The exercise was a test of the 192nd IS’ ability to capture the full motion video from the UH-72 Lakota’s sensor ball, analyze it and support first responders during a state emergency. The scenario was based on a 2011 fire which burned for more than three months. Rapid response was a critical theme of the […]

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