Army Guard Archive

  • SANDSTON, Va. — The last group of Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group reunited with family, friends and fellow Soldiers in Virginia April 29, 2015, after serving on federal active duty in Kuwait since July 2014. During the deployment they planned and coordinated combat sustainment support for U.S. and coalition forces in Kuwait and the surrounding region to include Afghanistan and Iraq. “The tremendous amount of growth and change experienced by our battalion and Soldiers was huge,” said Lt. Col. Mike Waterman, commander of the 529th CSSB. “From over quadrupling the size of the battalion to establishing operations in Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve to relocating to […]

    Soldiers from Va. Beach-based 529th CSSB return to Virginia after federal deployment to Kuwait

    SANDSTON, Va. — The last group of Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group reunited with family, friends and fellow Soldiers in Virginia April 29, 2015, after serving on federal active duty in Kuwait since July 2014. During the deployment they planned and coordinated combat sustainment support for U.S. and coalition forces in Kuwait and the surrounding region to include Afghanistan and Iraq. “The tremendous amount of growth and change experienced by our battalion and Soldiers was huge,” said Lt. Col. Mike Waterman, commander of the 529th CSSB. “From over quadrupling the size of the battalion to establishing operations in Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve to relocating to […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Expecting a lecture filled with monotonous slides and a never-ending list of historic dates and names, the officer candidates of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School of the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, walked into Col. Thomas L. Morgan’s military history class April 19, 2015, and quickly discovered that this wasn’t going to be like any other class. The candidates of Class 57 found tables with dozens of museum quality rifles, knives and glass boxes filled with various buttons and uniform insignias. “We were told that we were going to receive hands-on training today, but we had no idea of how hands-on it would be,” said Officer Candidate Gustavo Sequeira, a native […]

    Va. Guard officer candidates hold on to history

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Expecting a lecture filled with monotonous slides and a never-ending list of historic dates and names, the officer candidates of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School of the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, walked into Col. Thomas L. Morgan’s military history class April 19, 2015, and quickly discovered that this wasn’t going to be like any other class. The candidates of Class 57 found tables with dozens of museum quality rifles, knives and glass boxes filled with various buttons and uniform insignias. “We were told that we were going to receive hands-on training today, but we had no idea of how hands-on it would be,” said Officer Candidate Gustavo Sequeira, a native […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia National Guard field artillerymen of the Hampton-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team hooked their M119A2 howitzers to Virginia National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as part of a gun raid training exercise held April 11, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. A gun raid mission enables the field artillery to provide indirect fire support to the manuever element and is a capability this direct-support artillery battalion is required to provide to their maneuver unit, the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, according to Maj. Charles Reinhold, the executive officer for the artillery battalion. A gun raid allows one or more gun sections, and their howitzers, to move from one location to another expeditiously in order to […]

    Va. Guard howitzers fly over Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia National Guard field artillerymen of the Hampton-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team hooked their M119A2 howitzers to Virginia National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as part of a gun raid training exercise held April 11, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. A gun raid mission enables the field artillery to provide indirect fire support to the manuever element and is a capability this direct-support artillery battalion is required to provide to their maneuver unit, the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, according to Maj. Charles Reinhold, the executive officer for the artillery battalion. A gun raid allows one or more gun sections, and their howitzers, to move from one location to another expeditiously in order to […]

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  • LOCUST DALE, Va. — The blue and gray patch worn by all Soldiers in the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team signifies the unity between military units of the North and South combined under one name for World War I – the 29th Infantry Division. The patch served as a reminder to Soldiers that they were once adversaries on the battlefield but are now bonded together to fight as one. The goal for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s Living Legacy Tree Planting Project is to honor every Civil War Soldier from the North and South who were killed in battle by planting a tree in their name. Infantrymen and senior leaders from the 116th IBCT participated in a dedication ceremony […]

    116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team plants trees in honor Civil War Soldiers

    LOCUST DALE, Va. — The blue and gray patch worn by all Soldiers in the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team signifies the unity between military units of the North and South combined under one name for World War I – the 29th Infantry Division. The patch served as a reminder to Soldiers that they were once adversaries on the battlefield but are now bonded together to fight as one. The goal for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s Living Legacy Tree Planting Project is to honor every Civil War Soldier from the North and South who were killed in battle by planting a tree in their name. Infantrymen and senior leaders from the 116th IBCT participated in a dedication ceremony […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — “Leadership, the most essential element of combat power, gives purpose, direction, and motivation in combat. The leader balances and maximizes maneuver, firepower, and protection against the enemy.” This is the first lesson of the Ranger handbook, establishing the virtue as the foundation for the 60-day course. The school has a grim and proud reputation as the United States Army’s premiere combat leadership course. Only the most dedicated and capable Virginia National Guard Soldiers are asked to prepare for the Fort Benning-based school. Those who persevere through the course return to their units not just with a tab, but proven knowledge on how to lead Soldiers into battle however difficult the circumstances may be, and distribute their […]

    Ranger-qualified Soldiers serve as a force multiplier for Leesburg infantry company

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — “Leadership, the most essential element of combat power, gives purpose, direction, and motivation in combat. The leader balances and maximizes maneuver, firepower, and protection against the enemy.” This is the first lesson of the Ranger handbook, establishing the virtue as the foundation for the 60-day course. The school has a grim and proud reputation as the United States Army’s premiere combat leadership course. Only the most dedicated and capable Virginia National Guard Soldiers are asked to prepare for the Fort Benning-based school. Those who persevere through the course return to their units not just with a tab, but proven knowledge on how to lead Soldiers into battle however difficult the circumstances may be, and distribute their […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Approximately 70 Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group returned to the United States April 20, 2015, after serving on federal active duty in Kuwait since July 2014. During the deployment they planned and coordinated combat sustainment support for U.S. and coalition forces in Kuwait and the surrounding region to include Afghanistan and Iraq. The Soldiers arrived at their demobilization station of Fort Hood, Texas, where they will spend approximately seven to 10 days for reintegration training, medical evaluation and administrative tasks to transition from federal active duty to traditional National Guard status. The time schedule for the return of Soldiers to Virginia has not been […]

    Va. Beach-based 529th CSSB completes federal mission in Kuwait, returns to United States

    SANDSTON, Va. — Approximately 70 Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group returned to the United States April 20, 2015, after serving on federal active duty in Kuwait since July 2014. During the deployment they planned and coordinated combat sustainment support for U.S. and coalition forces in Kuwait and the surrounding region to include Afghanistan and Iraq. The Soldiers arrived at their demobilization station of Fort Hood, Texas, where they will spend approximately seven to 10 days for reintegration training, medical evaluation and administrative tasks to transition from federal active duty to traditional National Guard status. The time schedule for the return of Soldiers to Virginia has not been […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – The remains of Cpl. Lindsey Lockett, who died as a POW during the Korean War, returned home to Richmond, Va., April 9, 2015, after 64 years. Lockett was welcomed home planeside by his widow, son and grandson, Sgt. Leonardo Lockett, who serves in the Virginia National Guard’s Powhatan-based 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion. Lockett was a 24-year-old medic with the 503rd Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division when he was taken prisoner Dec. 1, 1950. He and his fellow Soldiers were near Somin-dong, North Korea when their unit was overwhelmed by Chinese forces. At home, his wife Anna, 17, had just given birth to a son, Sgt. Lockett’s father, Lindsey Lockett, Jr. “For my dad, he never […]

    Va. Guard Soldier welcomes home grandfather’s remains after 64 years

    RICHMOND, Va. – The remains of Cpl. Lindsey Lockett, who died as a POW during the Korean War, returned home to Richmond, Va., April 9, 2015, after 64 years. Lockett was welcomed home planeside by his widow, son and grandson, Sgt. Leonardo Lockett, who serves in the Virginia National Guard’s Powhatan-based 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion. Lockett was a 24-year-old medic with the 503rd Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division when he was taken prisoner Dec. 1, 1950. He and his fellow Soldiers were near Somin-dong, North Korea when their unit was overwhelmed by Chinese forces. At home, his wife Anna, 17, had just given birth to a son, Sgt. Lockett’s father, Lindsey Lockett, Jr. “For my dad, he never […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Fairfax-based Data Processing Unit joined more than 350 Soldiers, Airmen and civilians from 42 states for the 2015 Cyber Shield Exercise March 9-20, 2015, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The exercise focused on training and developing National Guard cyber capabilities, and Virginia Soldiers provided the opposing force, or OPFOR, as well as exercise participants. “The mission was to conduct a joint cyber training exercise in order to develop and train cyber elements, threat analysis teams, reporting mechanisms and leaders,” said Capt. Chad E. Payne, officer in charge of the 12 DPU Soldiers taking part in the exercise. According to a news release from the Indiana National Guard, the exercise was part of […]

    Virginia cyber warriors join multi-state exercise at Camp Atterbury

    SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Fairfax-based Data Processing Unit joined more than 350 Soldiers, Airmen and civilians from 42 states for the 2015 Cyber Shield Exercise March 9-20, 2015, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The exercise focused on training and developing National Guard cyber capabilities, and Virginia Soldiers provided the opposing force, or OPFOR, as well as exercise participants. “The mission was to conduct a joint cyber training exercise in order to develop and train cyber elements, threat analysis teams, reporting mechanisms and leaders,” said Capt. Chad E. Payne, officer in charge of the 12 DPU Soldiers taking part in the exercise. According to a news release from the Indiana National Guard, the exercise was part of […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers from across the country completed the 31B Basic Military Police Officer course April 4, 2015, after more than 254 hours of training at Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The MP course included two, two-week phases and allowed 11 Soldiers to earn the 31B Military Police Officer military occupational specialty. The first phase of the course focuses on the basics of policing, guiding students through the law and order portion of being a military police officer in a garrison environment. The Soldiers learn how to respond to different types of police calls, including domestic violence calls, and how to conduct traffic stops. During the first phase of this […]

    183rd RTI trains military police officers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers from across the country completed the 31B Basic Military Police Officer course April 4, 2015, after more than 254 hours of training at Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The MP course included two, two-week phases and allowed 11 Soldiers to earn the 31B Military Police Officer military occupational specialty. The first phase of the course focuses on the basics of policing, guiding students through the law and order portion of being a military police officer in a garrison environment. The Soldiers learn how to respond to different types of police calls, including domestic violence calls, and how to conduct traffic stops. During the first phase of this […]

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  • CHESTERFIELD, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard aviation crews took to the skies over Chesterfield’s Pocahontas State Park March 24, 2015, to assist local first responders during a regional search and rescue training exercise. “Our goal is to be able to develop a stronger partnership with the National Guard so that it becomes a deployable asset anywhere in the state of Virginia,” explained Edward L. Senter, Fire and EMS chief for Chesterfield County. “This will give us the capabilities to go out and do search and rescue and ultimately extract a victim and get them to the care that they need.” The Virginia National Guard’s participation in the exercise is a continuation of the relationship already established in Chesterfield between […]

    Va. Guard aviators train with first responders

    CHESTERFIELD, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard aviation crews took to the skies over Chesterfield’s Pocahontas State Park March 24, 2015, to assist local first responders during a regional search and rescue training exercise. “Our goal is to be able to develop a stronger partnership with the National Guard so that it becomes a deployable asset anywhere in the state of Virginia,” explained Edward L. Senter, Fire and EMS chief for Chesterfield County. “This will give us the capabilities to go out and do search and rescue and ultimately extract a victim and get them to the care that they need.” The Virginia National Guard’s participation in the exercise is a continuation of the relationship already established in Chesterfield between […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, the Assistant Adjutant General – Army for the Virginia National Guard, led a professional development discussion with officer candidates from Class 57 of the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School March 28, 2015, at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Fort Pickett, Va. The discussion featured an overview of leadership in the modern military, Army values, mission command, and ethics. “Leaders have a lot of smart Soldiers all around them, it’s great when you can let Soldiers’ imagination and creativity come up with solutions,” Mercer said. “It’s still the leader making the decision, but if Soldiers have buy in, then that is leadership.” Mercer facilitated the discussion, which was intended to […]

    Assistant AG leads professional development discussion

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, the Assistant Adjutant General – Army for the Virginia National Guard, led a professional development discussion with officer candidates from Class 57 of the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School March 28, 2015, at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Fort Pickett, Va. The discussion featured an overview of leadership in the modern military, Army values, mission command, and ethics. “Leaders have a lot of smart Soldiers all around them, it’s great when you can let Soldiers’ imagination and creativity come up with solutions,” Mercer said. “It’s still the leader making the decision, but if Soldiers have buy in, then that is leadership.” Mercer facilitated the discussion, which was intended to […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – The Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center hosted miles 7 through 9 of the annual Shamrock Marathon race series March 21-22. The staff at Camp Pendleton worked closely with the community and first responder agencies to support the marathon and associated races. Camp Pendleton headquarters staff synchronized security and communication operations with the city of Virginia Beach. Staff Sgt. Sheila Johnson worked in the Virginia Beach Emergency Operations Center and Sgt. Robin Shepherd and Pfc. Monica Woodley operated the headquarters station on Camp Pendleton. Connected to the EOC’s systems, the headquarters staff was in continuous communication and able to monitor in real time the events going on throughout the 26.2 miles of the course. […]

    Camp Pendleton hosts thousands of runners for annual Shamrock Marathon

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – The Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center hosted miles 7 through 9 of the annual Shamrock Marathon race series March 21-22. The staff at Camp Pendleton worked closely with the community and first responder agencies to support the marathon and associated races. Camp Pendleton headquarters staff synchronized security and communication operations with the city of Virginia Beach. Staff Sgt. Sheila Johnson worked in the Virginia Beach Emergency Operations Center and Sgt. Robin Shepherd and Pfc. Monica Woodley operated the headquarters station on Camp Pendleton. Connected to the EOC’s systems, the headquarters staff was in continuous communication and able to monitor in real time the events going on throughout the 26.2 miles of the course. […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Members of Virginia Task Force 2, a Department of Homeland Security Urban Search and Rescue Team, conducted search and rescue training March 24, 2015, at the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. Tasks included airbag lifts, structural shoring, rope rescue, boat set up and deployment, and question and answer sessions. VATF- 2 is a 220-person team headquartered in Virginia Beach and comprised of members from several Hampton Roads fire departments and civilian subject matter experts. It is structured into different disciplines including rescue, search, K9, hazardous material, medical and support staff. VATF-2 conducts missions all over the country in response to hurricanes, collapsed buildings, hazardous material spills and other emergencies. […]

    DHS search & rescue team conducts training at Camp Pendleton

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Members of Virginia Task Force 2, a Department of Homeland Security Urban Search and Rescue Team, conducted search and rescue training March 24, 2015, at the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. Tasks included airbag lifts, structural shoring, rope rescue, boat set up and deployment, and question and answer sessions. VATF- 2 is a 220-person team headquartered in Virginia Beach and comprised of members from several Hampton Roads fire departments and civilian subject matter experts. It is structured into different disciplines including rescue, search, K9, hazardous material, medical and support staff. VATF-2 conducts missions all over the country in response to hurricanes, collapsed buildings, hazardous material spills and other emergencies. […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Spc. Adam Sotelo was named the 2014 Virginia National Guard Soldier of the Year, and Sgt. John Fracker was named Noncommissioned Officer of the Year March 29, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. Sotelo, an Arlington resident assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Fracker, who resides in Boones Mill and is assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT, earned the honors after competing in the two-day Best Warrior Competition at Fort Pickett. Eighteen Soldiers and noncommissioned officers representing the Virginia Army Guard’s major subordinate commands were evaluated on the Army Physical Fitness Test, marksmanship, land navigation, various Army Warrior Tasks and an appearance board. […]

    116th IBCT Soldier, NCO earn top honors at Va. Guard Best Warrior competition

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Spc. Adam Sotelo was named the 2014 Virginia National Guard Soldier of the Year, and Sgt. John Fracker was named Noncommissioned Officer of the Year March 29, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. Sotelo, an Arlington resident assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Fracker, who resides in Boones Mill and is assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT, earned the honors after competing in the two-day Best Warrior Competition at Fort Pickett. Eighteen Soldiers and noncommissioned officers representing the Virginia Army Guard’s major subordinate commands were evaluated on the Army Physical Fitness Test, marksmanship, land navigation, various Army Warrior Tasks and an appearance board. […]

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  • 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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