Army Guard Archive

  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia National Guard field artillery Soldiers explained the capabilities of the M119A2 howitzer, answered questions about the Guard and took part in a demonstration of 400 years of Virginia artillery during the Military Through the Ages event March 21, 2015, at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Va. Hundreds of re-enactors portrayed military organizations from Roman times, the medieval period, Hundred Years’ War, War of the Roses, French and Indian War, American Revolution, War of 1812 and American Civil War as well as World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War and the Falklands War with Soldiers from the Hampton-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team representing the modern military. “To me it […]

    116th IBCT artillery Soldiers represent modern military at Jamestown history event

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia National Guard field artillery Soldiers explained the capabilities of the M119A2 howitzer, answered questions about the Guard and took part in a demonstration of 400 years of Virginia artillery during the Military Through the Ages event March 21, 2015, at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Va. Hundreds of re-enactors portrayed military organizations from Roman times, the medieval period, Hundred Years’ War, War of the Roses, French and Indian War, American Revolution, War of 1812 and American Civil War as well as World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War and the Falklands War with Soldiers from the Hampton-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team representing the modern military. “To me it […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Soldiers, Marines and members of Fort Pickett’s Directorate of Plans, Training and Security and Directorate of Public Works took part in a special tree felling operation March 19-20, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. With coordination and guidance from the Natural Resources Section, Directorate of Public Works, Soldiers from the Fort Eustis-based 74th Engineer Dive Detachment, 33rd Engineer Battalion and Marines from the Camp Lejeune-based 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division participated in felling a number of trees around Fort Pickett. The operation was designed to refresh basic demolition assembly skills and to train on emplacement and employment of hasty obstacles. “There are three different areas that Fort Pickett wanted us to fell trees, we’re in […]

    Soldiers, Marines clear trees and create habitats at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Soldiers, Marines and members of Fort Pickett’s Directorate of Plans, Training and Security and Directorate of Public Works took part in a special tree felling operation March 19-20, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. With coordination and guidance from the Natural Resources Section, Directorate of Public Works, Soldiers from the Fort Eustis-based 74th Engineer Dive Detachment, 33rd Engineer Battalion and Marines from the Camp Lejeune-based 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division participated in felling a number of trees around Fort Pickett. The operation was designed to refresh basic demolition assembly skills and to train on emplacement and employment of hasty obstacles. “There are three different areas that Fort Pickett wanted us to fell trees, we’re in […]

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  • BLACKSTONE, Va. – Securing more than $3,000 of issued military gear and equipment at homes can be a challenge, but for 2,400 Soldiers across the Virginia Army National Guard that’s about to change. As part of the $1.2 million dollar statewide effort to reduce property loss, more than 150 ventilated equipment lockers were installed March 18, 2015, at the Blackstone Readiness Center, Blackstone, Va. The Va. Guard’s Fort Pickett-based Directorate of Logistics began installing 2,418 lockers in January, beginning in Gate City, Va., and moving east to install anywhere from 50 to 200 lockers in 19 different facilities across the Virginia Guard. “A few months ago we put a call out to the field and asked what units needed lockers,” […]

    Equipment, clothing secured in new lockers at 19 readiness centers

    BLACKSTONE, Va. – Securing more than $3,000 of issued military gear and equipment at homes can be a challenge, but for 2,400 Soldiers across the Virginia Army National Guard that’s about to change. As part of the $1.2 million dollar statewide effort to reduce property loss, more than 150 ventilated equipment lockers were installed March 18, 2015, at the Blackstone Readiness Center, Blackstone, Va. The Va. Guard’s Fort Pickett-based Directorate of Logistics began installing 2,418 lockers in January, beginning in Gate City, Va., and moving east to install anywhere from 50 to 200 lockers in 19 different facilities across the Virginia Guard. “A few months ago we put a call out to the field and asked what units needed lockers,” […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has begun the design phase of a new 102,000 square foot state headquarters facility to be built on a 13.6-acre site in the northern section of Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Va. The new headquarters will cost approximately $30 million and construction should be completed by February 2018. It will provide workspace for the Adjutant General of Virginia, the Virginia National Guard Joint Staff and Air National Guard Staff currently located at Mullins Readiness Center in Sandston. “We are incredibly excited to enter the design phase of the new state headquarters, and we look forward to moving into a state-of-the-art facility,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of […]

    Virginia National Guard begins design phase of new state headquarters

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has begun the design phase of a new 102,000 square foot state headquarters facility to be built on a 13.6-acre site in the northern section of Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Va. The new headquarters will cost approximately $30 million and construction should be completed by February 2018. It will provide workspace for the Adjutant General of Virginia, the Virginia National Guard Joint Staff and Air National Guard Staff currently located at Mullins Readiness Center in Sandston. “We are incredibly excited to enter the design phase of the new state headquarters, and we look forward to moving into a state-of-the-art facility,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Army Knowledge Online email service is set to completely shut down March 31, 2015. Any messages sent to AKO email addresses will be forwarded to enterprise email accounts until June 30, 2015, after which all messages will be returned as undeliverable. The U.S. Army established AKO in the late 1990s to provide online information services for U.S. Army personnel. AKO later extended services to retirees and family members. Services included email, cloud-based collaboration, professional forums, a white pages directory and direct access to several government services websites. To achieve modernization goals that Department of the Army Secretary John McHugh outlined in an official memorandum, April 26, 2013, the AKO infrastructure and provided services have either been upgraded […]

    AKO email to shut down

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Army Knowledge Online email service is set to completely shut down March 31, 2015. Any messages sent to AKO email addresses will be forwarded to enterprise email accounts until June 30, 2015, after which all messages will be returned as undeliverable. The U.S. Army established AKO in the late 1990s to provide online information services for U.S. Army personnel. AKO later extended services to retirees and family members. Services included email, cloud-based collaboration, professional forums, a white pages directory and direct access to several government services websites. To achieve modernization goals that Department of the Army Secretary John McHugh outlined in an official memorandum, April 26, 2013, the AKO infrastructure and provided services have either been upgraded […]

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  • FORT LEE, Va. – Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team supportrd more than 39 Soldiers from the Fort Lee-based 111th Quartermaster Company, 82nd Special Troops Battalion by training mortuary affairs personnel on the use of chemical detection equipment during the Joint Mortuary Affairs Centers’ Quick Reaction Test field training exercise of March 12, 2015, at Fort Lee, Va. U.S. Army mortuary affairs Soldiers perform duties similar to a civilian mortician in preparing remains for burial. In addition, they recover and collect remains—even those contaminated by chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons or materials. “We received a request to support the Joint Mortuary Affairs Center,” said Capt. Thomas Valentine, survey team leader, 34th CST. “They needed [Chemical, Biological, Radiological […]

    34th CST shares information, experience during active duty mortuary affairs exercise

    FORT LEE, Va. – Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team supportrd more than 39 Soldiers from the Fort Lee-based 111th Quartermaster Company, 82nd Special Troops Battalion by training mortuary affairs personnel on the use of chemical detection equipment during the Joint Mortuary Affairs Centers’ Quick Reaction Test field training exercise of March 12, 2015, at Fort Lee, Va. U.S. Army mortuary affairs Soldiers perform duties similar to a civilian mortician in preparing remains for burial. In addition, they recover and collect remains—even those contaminated by chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons or materials. “We received a request to support the Joint Mortuary Affairs Center,” said Capt. Thomas Valentine, survey team leader, 34th CST. “They needed [Chemical, Biological, Radiological […]

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  • FORT A. P. HILL, Va. – The latest round of winter snow to hit Virginia would not stop six months of planning during the March drill. Equipment operators from Company A, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team had a delayed start because unsafe road conditions made it difficult to get to the readiness center. Engineers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 37th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division were already in place and ready for 116th engineers to arrive to begin combined equipment operators training at Fort A.P. Hill March 6-8, 2015. Engineers from the Fort Bragg-based 37th Engineer Battalion arrived in between Virginia snowstorms to conduct their own training and prepare for arrival […]

    Virginia National Guard engineers build ties with 82nd Airborne engineers

    FORT A. P. HILL, Va. – The latest round of winter snow to hit Virginia would not stop six months of planning during the March drill. Equipment operators from Company A, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team had a delayed start because unsafe road conditions made it difficult to get to the readiness center. Engineers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 37th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division were already in place and ready for 116th engineers to arrive to begin combined equipment operators training at Fort A.P. Hill March 6-8, 2015. Engineers from the Fort Bragg-based 37th Engineer Battalion arrived in between Virginia snowstorms to conduct their own training and prepare for arrival […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard leaders are reminding enlisted Soldiers of all ranks that completing U.S. Army Structured Self Development courses is a top priority for the organization, as well as the individual Soldiers. “The onus is on the Soldier,” explained Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Holcomb, the Virginia Army National Guard command sergeant major. “The commanders are trying to communicate to the Soldiers that they need to do SSD if they want to get to the next rank and get promoted in the Virginia Guard.” SSD is online training that enhances skills, knowledge, behaviors and experience, according to the U.S. Army. SSD is a supplement to the Noncommissioned Officer Education System and affects promotions because all Soldiers […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers are reminded to make the time, effort to complete SSD courses

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard leaders are reminding enlisted Soldiers of all ranks that completing U.S. Army Structured Self Development courses is a top priority for the organization, as well as the individual Soldiers. “The onus is on the Soldier,” explained Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Holcomb, the Virginia Army National Guard command sergeant major. “The commanders are trying to communicate to the Soldiers that they need to do SSD if they want to get to the next rank and get promoted in the Virginia Guard.” SSD is online training that enhances skills, knowledge, behaviors and experience, according to the U.S. Army. SSD is a supplement to the Noncommissioned Officer Education System and affects promotions because all Soldiers […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Soldiers from the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute provided an Active Threat/Workplace Violence Awareness class to more than 30 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Fort Pickett employees Feb. 20, 2015. “Our goal for the class was to draw attention to all the recent incidents targeting schools, places of worship, workplace violence, shopping malls and movie theaters and assist all sections within the Virginia National Guard in developing plans to identify, prevent, respond to and mitigate active threats,” explained Sgt. 1st Class Sammy Jones, a Military Police Officer course instructor who taught the class alongside Master Sgt. Brian Coleman. The class included a range of topics, including how to define an active shooter or threat, […]

    Workplace Violence Awareness course taught at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Soldiers from the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute provided an Active Threat/Workplace Violence Awareness class to more than 30 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Fort Pickett employees Feb. 20, 2015. “Our goal for the class was to draw attention to all the recent incidents targeting schools, places of worship, workplace violence, shopping malls and movie theaters and assist all sections within the Virginia National Guard in developing plans to identify, prevent, respond to and mitigate active threats,” explained Sgt. 1st Class Sammy Jones, a Military Police Officer course instructor who taught the class alongside Master Sgt. Brian Coleman. The class included a range of topics, including how to define an active shooter or threat, […]

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  • FORT A.P. HILL, Va. – The annual Virginia National Guard Judge Advocate General’s Corps conference was held on March 7-8, 2015, at the Lodge on Fort A.P. Hill. Attendees included JAG officers and paralegals from units across the commonwealth, and retirees who volunteered to give classes and cook meals for the current JAG corps Soldiers. “The Virginia National Guard JAG Corps has conducted an annual conference almost every year since the 1990’s,” said Col. Brent Johnson, the State JAG Officer. Only a few were canceled due to overseas deployments, he added. The agenda for the Soldiers included briefings on Army legal ethics, Inspector General investigations, Contract Law, deployed operations law and other important topics. Classes were taught by both Virginia […]

    JAG Soldiers hold annual conference

    FORT A.P. HILL, Va. – The annual Virginia National Guard Judge Advocate General’s Corps conference was held on March 7-8, 2015, at the Lodge on Fort A.P. Hill. Attendees included JAG officers and paralegals from units across the commonwealth, and retirees who volunteered to give classes and cook meals for the current JAG corps Soldiers. “The Virginia National Guard JAG Corps has conducted an annual conference almost every year since the 1990’s,” said Col. Brent Johnson, the State JAG Officer. Only a few were canceled due to overseas deployments, he added. The agenda for the Soldiers included briefings on Army legal ethics, Inspector General investigations, Contract Law, deployed operations law and other important topics. Classes were taught by both Virginia […]

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  • GEORGETOWN, S.C.- South Carolina National Guard Airmen and Virginia National Guard Soldiers are partnering to provide communications support to military, federal, state and local emergency management services as part of Vigilant Guard March 4-12, 2015, in Georgetown, South Carolina. Vigilant Guard is a series of federally funded disaster-response drills conducted by National Guard units working with federal, state and local emergency management agencies and first responders. This year’s scenario is a Category 4 storm – Hurricane Zephyr – that strikes the South Carolina coast. One of the lessons learned during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina was the need for National Guard units, civilian emergency management agencies and first responders to be able to communicate effectively with each other. The team from the […]

    SC, Va. National Guard troops provide communications support for Vigilant Guard

    GEORGETOWN, S.C.- South Carolina National Guard Airmen and Virginia National Guard Soldiers are partnering to provide communications support to military, federal, state and local emergency management services as part of Vigilant Guard March 4-12, 2015, in Georgetown, South Carolina. Vigilant Guard is a series of federally funded disaster-response drills conducted by National Guard units working with federal, state and local emergency management agencies and first responders. This year’s scenario is a Category 4 storm – Hurricane Zephyr – that strikes the South Carolina coast. One of the lessons learned during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina was the need for National Guard units, civilian emergency management agencies and first responders to be able to communicate effectively with each other. The team from the […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard wrapped up a fourth round of response operations caused by heavy snow and flooding, and all personnel returned to normal operations March 7, 2015. Over an almost three-week period beginning Feb. 16, more than 330 Soldiers staged at locations across the commonwealth to assist local law enforcement and emergency response organizations with delivering food, water, medicine and other supplies, evacuating citizens for safety and medical assistance and removing snow berms limiting road access with engineer equipment. Virginia Guard aviators also conducted an aerial resupply mission to deliver supplies to an iced-in Tangier Island. “It’s been a busy three weeks for the Virginia National Guard, and I couldn’t be more proud of how our […]

    Va. National Guard wraps up fourth round of snow response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard wrapped up a fourth round of response operations caused by heavy snow and flooding, and all personnel returned to normal operations March 7, 2015. Over an almost three-week period beginning Feb. 16, more than 330 Soldiers staged at locations across the commonwealth to assist local law enforcement and emergency response organizations with delivering food, water, medicine and other supplies, evacuating citizens for safety and medical assistance and removing snow berms limiting road access with engineer equipment. Virginia Guard aviators also conducted an aerial resupply mission to deliver supplies to an iced-in Tangier Island. “It’s been a busy three weeks for the Virginia National Guard, and I couldn’t be more proud of how our […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has approximately 70 Soldiers staged and ready at facilities in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley for possible response operations due to heavy snow or potential flooding March 5, 2015. Almost 60 Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are staged in Winchester, Staunton, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg, and approximately 12 Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion staged in Gate City and linked up with local emergency response officials in Wise, Clintwood and Cedar Bluff. Forces were alerted late Wednesday afternoon. “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage forces in key locations in the Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley areas to assist local first responders […]

    Va. National Guard staged and ready in Winchester, Staunton, Gate City, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg for snow or flood duty

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has approximately 70 Soldiers staged and ready at facilities in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley for possible response operations due to heavy snow or potential flooding March 5, 2015. Almost 60 Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are staged in Winchester, Staunton, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg, and approximately 12 Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion staged in Gate City and linked up with local emergency response officials in Wise, Clintwood and Cedar Bluff. Forces were alerted late Wednesday afternoon. “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage forces in key locations in the Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley areas to assist local first responders […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – The Virginia National Guard has alerted approximately 70 Soldiers March 4, 2015, to stage and be ready for possible response operations due to heavy snow or flooding. Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will stage in Winchester, Staunton, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg, and Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion will stage in Gate City. All forces are scheduled to be ready for duty by 8 a.m. March 5. “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage forces in key locations in the Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley areas to assist local first responders if the expected snow reduces their abilities to travel and provide assistance to citizens,” explained Col. James Zollar, […]

    Va. National Guard alerted to stage in Winchester, Staunton, Gate City, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg for snow or flood duty

    SANDSTON, Va. – The Virginia National Guard has alerted approximately 70 Soldiers March 4, 2015, to stage and be ready for possible response operations due to heavy snow or flooding. Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will stage in Winchester, Staunton, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg, and Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion will stage in Gate City. All forces are scheduled to be ready for duty by 8 a.m. March 5. “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage forces in key locations in the Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley areas to assist local first responders if the expected snow reduces their abilities to travel and provide assistance to citizens,” explained Col. James Zollar, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Assistant Adjutant General – Army, announced March 4, 2015, the following officers have been selected for battalion command in the Virginia Army National Guard: - Lt. Col. Matthew Lutz will take command of the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. - Maj. James S. Williams will take command of the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion. - Lt. Col. Christopher Samulski will take command of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment. - Lt. Col. Thomas Hernandez will take command of the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment. - Maj. Paul Gravely will take command of the Fort Pickett-based 1st Battalion, […]

    New Va. Army Guard battalion command selections announced

    SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Assistant Adjutant General – Army, announced March 4, 2015, the following officers have been selected for battalion command in the Virginia Army National Guard: - Lt. Col. Matthew Lutz will take command of the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. - Maj. James S. Williams will take command of the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion. - Lt. Col. Christopher Samulski will take command of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment. - Lt. Col. Thomas Hernandez will take command of the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment. - Maj. Paul Gravely will take command of the Fort Pickett-based 1st Battalion, […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s 203rd RED HORSE Squadron conducted a ceremony March 3, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach to remember the 21 Airmen and Soldiers killed in the worst peacetime aviation disaster in the history of the National Guard. The 203rd lost 18 Airmen March 3, 2001, when the C-23 Sherpa they were flying in crashed in a cotton field near Unadilla, Ga. In addition to the Air Guard engineers, three aviators from the Florida Army National Guard’s Detachment 1, 171st Aviation Battalion, were killed in the crash. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the chief of staff of the Virginia Air National Guard, […]

    Va. Guard remembers Airmen, Soldiers on 14th anniversary of 203rd RHS crash

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s 203rd RED HORSE Squadron conducted a ceremony March 3, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach to remember the 21 Airmen and Soldiers killed in the worst peacetime aviation disaster in the history of the National Guard. The 203rd lost 18 Airmen March 3, 2001, when the C-23 Sherpa they were flying in crashed in a cotton field near Unadilla, Ga. In addition to the Air Guard engineers, three aviators from the Florida Army National Guard’s Detachment 1, 171st Aviation Battalion, were killed in the crash. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the chief of staff of the Virginia Air National Guard, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard transitioned to routine operations March 1, 2015, after mobilizing more than 125 Soldiers to assist with snow recovery operations starting Feb. 22 at locations across the commonwealth. For seven days, Soldiers assisted local law enforcement and emergency response organizations in the Southwest Virginia area with delivering food, water, medicine and other supplies, evacuating citizens for safety and medical assistance and removing snow berms limiting road access with engineer equipment. In Wise, Lee and Dickenson counties, approximately 40 Soldiers delivered more than 5,300 bottles of water, almost 1,800 meals and transported more than 25 people to safety. “This is the kind of coordination we try to achieve with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, […]

    Va. Guard returns to routine operations after assisting with snow response

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard transitioned to routine operations March 1, 2015, after mobilizing more than 125 Soldiers to assist with snow recovery operations starting Feb. 22 at locations across the commonwealth. For seven days, Soldiers assisted local law enforcement and emergency response organizations in the Southwest Virginia area with delivering food, water, medicine and other supplies, evacuating citizens for safety and medical assistance and removing snow berms limiting road access with engineer equipment. In Wise, Lee and Dickenson counties, approximately 40 Soldiers delivered more than 5,300 bottles of water, almost 1,800 meals and transported more than 25 people to safety. “This is the kind of coordination we try to achieve with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, […]

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  • WISE, Va. — Virginia National Guard assistance to local emergency response organizations continued Feb. 26 with the addition of 60 more personnel joining the 30 already on duty since Feb. 22, 2015. Soldiers in Southwest Virginia have been assisting local law enforcement and emergency medical personnel with delivery of food, water, medicine and other supplies as well as assisting with medical and safety evacuations, with several making the difference between life and death for the patients. “This is the kind of coordination we try to achieve with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia State Police, the Virginia National Guard, local emergency managers and local first responders all coming together to make sure we meet the needs of our […]

    Va. Guard assistance continues after more snow hits the commonwealth

    WISE, Va. — Virginia National Guard assistance to local emergency response organizations continued Feb. 26 with the addition of 60 more personnel joining the 30 already on duty since Feb. 22, 2015. Soldiers in Southwest Virginia have been assisting local law enforcement and emergency medical personnel with delivery of food, water, medicine and other supplies as well as assisting with medical and safety evacuations, with several making the difference between life and death for the patients. “This is the kind of coordination we try to achieve with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia State Police, the Virginia National Guard, local emergency managers and local first responders all coming together to make sure we meet the needs of our […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged another 50 Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Feb. 25, 2015, at readiness centers in Staunton, Sandston, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Danville in anticipation of another round of winter weather forecast to hit the commonwealth Wednesday night. These Soldiers join almost 35 Soldiers on duty in Wise and Lee counties, as well as Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on duty in Sandston, Richmond and Fort Pickett providing mission command and logistical support for the Guard’s operations. “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage additional forces in key locations in the Hampton Roads, Richmond and Danville areas to assist local first responders if the […]

    Va. Guard stages more Soldiers in Staunton, Sandston, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Danville

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged another 50 Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Feb. 25, 2015, at readiness centers in Staunton, Sandston, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Danville in anticipation of another round of winter weather forecast to hit the commonwealth Wednesday night. These Soldiers join almost 35 Soldiers on duty in Wise and Lee counties, as well as Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on duty in Sandston, Richmond and Fort Pickett providing mission command and logistical support for the Guard’s operations. “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage additional forces in key locations in the Hampton Roads, Richmond and Danville areas to assist local first responders if the […]

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  • BOWLING GREEN, Va. – The 189th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge Company) conducted a change of command ceremony Feb. 22, 2015, at the Bowling Green Readiness Center. Capt. Kresimir E. Waite took command of the unit from Capt. Marianne E. Heldmann Waite transferred from the Oregon National Guard in November 2013 to Virginia, and served on the 276th Engineer Battalion staff as the engineer plans officer before being selected for company command. Waite will face new challenges as he leads the unit while it undergoes transformation into a combat engineer company as part of the Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB) in fiscal year 2016. Capt. Marianne E. Heldmann commanded the 189th for over two years and now joins the 276th Engineer Battalion […]

    189th Engineer Company welcomes new commander

    BOWLING GREEN, Va. – The 189th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge Company) conducted a change of command ceremony Feb. 22, 2015, at the Bowling Green Readiness Center. Capt. Kresimir E. Waite took command of the unit from Capt. Marianne E. Heldmann Waite transferred from the Oregon National Guard in November 2013 to Virginia, and served on the 276th Engineer Battalion staff as the engineer plans officer before being selected for company command. Waite will face new challenges as he leads the unit while it undergoes transformation into a combat engineer company as part of the Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB) in fiscal year 2016. Capt. Marianne E. Heldmann commanded the 189th for over two years and now joins the 276th Engineer Battalion […]

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