Army Guard Archive

  • VIRGINIA BEACH — Ten Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from Virginia Beach-based units were recognized at the 21st Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon July 31, 2014, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce sponsored the luncheon, which recognized outstanding service members in Virginia Beach, including personnel from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Oceana Naval Air Station and Camp Pendleton. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Lt. Col. Elena Scarbrough, the commander of Camp Pendleton, and Lt. Col. Stock Dinsmore, commander of the 203d RED HORSE Squadron, were also in attendance. “Virginia Beach places great value on our long and proud connection to the armed forces and their members […]

    Va. Guard Airmen, Soldiers honored at Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon

    VIRGINIA BEACH — Ten Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from Virginia Beach-based units were recognized at the 21st Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon July 31, 2014, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce sponsored the luncheon, which recognized outstanding service members in Virginia Beach, including personnel from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Oceana Naval Air Station and Camp Pendleton. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Lt. Col. Elena Scarbrough, the commander of Camp Pendleton, and Lt. Col. Stock Dinsmore, commander of the 203d RED HORSE Squadron, were also in attendance. “Virginia Beach places great value on our long and proud connection to the armed forces and their members […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Fort Pickett-based Virginia Marksmanship Training Unit, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute announced the approval of the Governor’s Twenty Tab July 21, 2014. The Governor’s Twenty Tab is a state-level marksmanship award, originally created in 1968 by the Missouri National Guard and has been adopted by 13 other states. The tab is awarded to the top 20 pistol and rifle marksmen in the Virginia National Guard. “With this new award we are able to better advertise our program and reward our Soldiers for their marksmanship excellence,” said Sgt. 1st Class Sammy E. Jones, state marksmanship coordinator, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The tab is worn on the upper-left sleeve of the Army Combat Uniform, below individual […]

    Earning the Governor’s Twenty Tab

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Fort Pickett-based Virginia Marksmanship Training Unit, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute announced the approval of the Governor’s Twenty Tab July 21, 2014. The Governor’s Twenty Tab is a state-level marksmanship award, originally created in 1968 by the Missouri National Guard and has been adopted by 13 other states. The tab is awarded to the top 20 pistol and rifle marksmen in the Virginia National Guard. “With this new award we are able to better advertise our program and reward our Soldiers for their marksmanship excellence,” said Sgt. 1st Class Sammy E. Jones, state marksmanship coordinator, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The tab is worn on the upper-left sleeve of the Army Combat Uniform, below individual […]

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  • WINCHESTER, Va. – Current and former members of the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team joined family and friends of Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley for a memorial ceremony to commemorate their loss and honor their memory Aug. 1, 2014, at the Winchester readiness center that was named in their honor. Beasley and Cherry, both infantrymen assigned to 3rd Battalion’s Headquarters Company, were killed when an improvised explosive device destroyed their vehicle Aug. 7, 2004, during a patrol near Ghazikel in eastern Afghanistan. “Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley were examples of the finest products created by America: dedicated, loyal and good natured,” said Brig. Gen. Blake […]

    Memorial service honors Va. Guard Soldiers killed in action 10 years ago

    WINCHESTER, Va. – Current and former members of the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team joined family and friends of Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley for a memorial ceremony to commemorate their loss and honor their memory Aug. 1, 2014, at the Winchester readiness center that was named in their honor. Beasley and Cherry, both infantrymen assigned to 3rd Battalion’s Headquarters Company, were killed when an improvised explosive device destroyed their vehicle Aug. 7, 2004, during a patrol near Ghazikel in eastern Afghanistan. “Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley were examples of the finest products created by America: dedicated, loyal and good natured,” said Brig. Gen. Blake […]

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  • FORT A. P. HILL, Va. — Col. William J. Coffin took command of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Col. John M. Epperly, the 116th’s commander since June 2012, at a change of command ceremony Aug. 2, 2014, at Fort A. P. Hill, Va. Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, the Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, was the senior officer in the ceremony and passed the 116th’s unit colors from Epperly to Coffin to signify the change of command of the unit. “Col. Epperly, you have honed this brigade into a significant fighting force, combat ready as well as disaster ready,” Ortner said. He commended the brigade for their significant role in emergency response operations in […]

    Coffin takes command of Va. Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

    FORT A. P. HILL, Va. — Col. William J. Coffin took command of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Col. John M. Epperly, the 116th’s commander since June 2012, at a change of command ceremony Aug. 2, 2014, at Fort A. P. Hill, Va. Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, the Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, was the senior officer in the ceremony and passed the 116th’s unit colors from Epperly to Coffin to signify the change of command of the unit. “Col. Epperly, you have honed this brigade into a significant fighting force, combat ready as well as disaster ready,” Ortner said. He commended the brigade for their significant role in emergency response operations in […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will conduct a change of command ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 2, 2014, at Romenick Field on Fort A. P. Hill, Va. Col. William J. Coffin will take command of the brigade from Col. John M. Epperly, the 116th’s commander since June 2012. Epperly, a resident of Fredericksburg who is employed by Digital Management Inc., will become the Virginia Army National Guard operations and training officer. Coffin, a native of Malden, Mass. who currently resides in Staunton and works full time for the Virginia National Guard, most recently served as the deputy commander for the 116th and the 29th Infantry Division chief of staff. The 116th IBCT, […]

    116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to conduct change of command ceremony at Fort A. P. Hill

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will conduct a change of command ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 2, 2014, at Romenick Field on Fort A. P. Hill, Va. Col. William J. Coffin will take command of the brigade from Col. John M. Epperly, the 116th’s commander since June 2012. Epperly, a resident of Fredericksburg who is employed by Digital Management Inc., will become the Virginia Army National Guard operations and training officer. Coffin, a native of Malden, Mass. who currently resides in Staunton and works full time for the Virginia National Guard, most recently served as the deputy commander for the 116th and the 29th Infantry Division chief of staff. The 116th IBCT, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – A memorial ceremony to commemorate the loss and honor the memory of Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley of the Virginia National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 2014, at the Winchester, Va., readiness center that was named in their honor. Beasley and Cherry, both infantrymen assigned to 3rd Battalion’s Headquarters Company, were killed when an improvised explosive device destroyed their vehicle Aug. 7, 2004, during a patrol near Ghazikel in eastern Afghanistan. Current and former members of 3rd Battalion will be on hand for the ceremony that is scheduled to include a wreath laying, candle lighting and remarks from Soldiers who […]

    Memorial service planned in Winchester for Va. Guard Soldiers killed in action 10 years ago

    SANDSTON, Va. – A memorial ceremony to commemorate the loss and honor the memory of Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley of the Virginia National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 2014, at the Winchester, Va., readiness center that was named in their honor. Beasley and Cherry, both infantrymen assigned to 3rd Battalion’s Headquarters Company, were killed when an improvised explosive device destroyed their vehicle Aug. 7, 2004, during a patrol near Ghazikel in eastern Afghanistan. Current and former members of 3rd Battalion will be on hand for the ceremony that is scheduled to include a wreath laying, candle lighting and remarks from Soldiers who […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — More than 60 children of Virginia service members attended the ninth annual Virginia National Guard Youth Camp July 20- 25, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. During the weeklong camp, the campers enjoyed activities both at Camp Pendleton and in the surrounding area. “It was a great week,” said Drew Davis, lead child and youth coordinator with Virginia National Guard Family Programs. “The kids look forward to it all year and can’t wait to come back and see their friends the next year.” Each day began with a flag ceremony, exercise and breakfast before a variety of fun activities. Campers spent time playing in the water at the Camp Pendleton beach, fishing on the lake, […]

    Va. Guard hosts 9th annual youth camp at Camp Pendleton

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — More than 60 children of Virginia service members attended the ninth annual Virginia National Guard Youth Camp July 20- 25, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. During the weeklong camp, the campers enjoyed activities both at Camp Pendleton and in the surrounding area. “It was a great week,” said Drew Davis, lead child and youth coordinator with Virginia National Guard Family Programs. “The kids look forward to it all year and can’t wait to come back and see their friends the next year.” Each day began with a flag ceremony, exercise and breakfast before a variety of fun activities. Campers spent time playing in the water at the Camp Pendleton beach, fishing on the lake, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers from across the country joined together July 6-20, 2014, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute for Phase 1 of the 31B Basic Military Police Course. The 17 students in the class focused on garrison law and order during the two-week course, learning patrolling techniques, unarmed self-defense and crime scene management, among other assorted military police skills. “The goal of Phase 1 is for them to learn what the job of an MP is in a garrison environment,” explained Sgt. 1st Class Sammy Jones, course manager for the MP course. An added bonus for the students of this course, was a police dog demonstration conducted by Staff […]

    183rd RTI trains military police officers, demonstrates police dog skills

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers from across the country joined together July 6-20, 2014, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute for Phase 1 of the 31B Basic Military Police Course. The 17 students in the class focused on garrison law and order during the two-week course, learning patrolling techniques, unarmed self-defense and crime scene management, among other assorted military police skills. “The goal of Phase 1 is for them to learn what the job of an MP is in a garrison environment,” explained Sgt. 1st Class Sammy Jones, course manager for the MP course. An added bonus for the students of this course, was a police dog demonstration conducted by Staff […]

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  • LEXINGTON, Va. — The Interstate 81 bridges over Buffalo Creek and Maury River in Rockbridge County were officially named in the honor of Virginia State Police Master Trooper Jerry Hines during a ceremony July 14, 2014, at the Hines Memorial Armory in Lexington, Va. Hines, who also served as the first sergeant of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Lexington-based Company A, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, was killed in the line of duty Feb. 20, 1989, and the armory in Lexington was named in his honor. Virginia Sen. Creigh Deeds and Del. Ben Cline sponsored the legislation, Senate Bill No. 612 and House Bill No. 986, to officially designate the bridges in his name and were present for the dedication […]

    Bridges dedicated to fallen VSP trooper, Va. Guard 1SG

    LEXINGTON, Va. — The Interstate 81 bridges over Buffalo Creek and Maury River in Rockbridge County were officially named in the honor of Virginia State Police Master Trooper Jerry Hines during a ceremony July 14, 2014, at the Hines Memorial Armory in Lexington, Va. Hines, who also served as the first sergeant of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Lexington-based Company A, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, was killed in the line of duty Feb. 20, 1989, and the armory in Lexington was named in his honor. Virginia Sen. Creigh Deeds and Del. Ben Cline sponsored the legislation, Senate Bill No. 612 and House Bill No. 986, to officially designate the bridges in his name and were present for the dedication […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe welcomed eight new Virginia National Guard officers during their graduation and commissioning ceremony as the guest speaker July 26, 2014, at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute at Fort Pickett, Va. The officers of OCS Class 56 completed a two-year Officer Candidate School Course at Fort Pickett to earn their commissions. “What you have signed up for is no easy task” said McAuliffe. “Yet you have chosen this path with honor and pride, and for that the citizens of the commonwealth and our nation are forever in your debt.” McAuliffe told the new lieutenants that “your responsibilities are far and wide. Just look at the world around you – there are so many […]

    Governor welcomes eight new Virginia Guard officers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe welcomed eight new Virginia National Guard officers during their graduation and commissioning ceremony as the guest speaker July 26, 2014, at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute at Fort Pickett, Va. The officers of OCS Class 56 completed a two-year Officer Candidate School Course at Fort Pickett to earn their commissions. “What you have signed up for is no easy task” said McAuliffe. “Yet you have chosen this path with honor and pride, and for that the citizens of the commonwealth and our nation are forever in your debt.” McAuliffe told the new lieutenants that “your responsibilities are far and wide. Just look at the world around you – there are so many […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Soldiers of the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group participated in several different exercises during their annual training at Fort Pickett, Va., starting July 12, 2014. The battalion’s Gate City-based Headquarters Detachment, Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company and Martinsville-based 1173rd Transportation Company focused on individual and collective training to prepare their Soldiers for the wide variety of missions performed by units in the battalion. “We’re not a typical battalion; we have four entities that can be deployed independently with completely different missions,” said Maj. Tim Pillion, commander of the 1030th Transportation Battalion. “The difference is that while most battalions deploy with the companies assigned to it, which keeps them on the same training […]

    Annual training prepares 1030th Transportation Battalion Soldiers for wide variety of missions

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Soldiers of the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group participated in several different exercises during their annual training at Fort Pickett, Va., starting July 12, 2014. The battalion’s Gate City-based Headquarters Detachment, Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company and Martinsville-based 1173rd Transportation Company focused on individual and collective training to prepare their Soldiers for the wide variety of missions performed by units in the battalion. “We’re not a typical battalion; we have four entities that can be deployed independently with completely different missions,” said Maj. Tim Pillion, commander of the 1030th Transportation Battalion. “The difference is that while most battalions deploy with the companies assigned to it, which keeps them on the same training […]

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  • SALINAS, Puerto Rico — Maj. Gen. Charles W. Whittington, Jr., commander of the 29th Infantry Division, Virginia National Guard, visited the 92nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Puerto Rico National Guard, during the 92nd MEB annual training at Camp Santiago Joint Maneuver Training Center in Salinas, Puerto Rico, in July 2014. “The alignment for training principle allows for great units like the 92nd [MEB] to integrate with a division like the 29th [ID]. We are able to benefit from the talents that come from both organizations and it’s absolutely essential to the longevity of the Guard units,” said Whittington. The visit is part of a newly resuscitated partnership between the 29th ID and the 92nd MEB that originally began shortly before 9/11, […]

    92nd MEB essential to the 29th ID says Maj. Gen. Whittington

    SALINAS, Puerto Rico — Maj. Gen. Charles W. Whittington, Jr., commander of the 29th Infantry Division, Virginia National Guard, visited the 92nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Puerto Rico National Guard, during the 92nd MEB annual training at Camp Santiago Joint Maneuver Training Center in Salinas, Puerto Rico, in July 2014. “The alignment for training principle allows for great units like the 92nd [MEB] to integrate with a division like the 29th [ID]. We are able to benefit from the talents that come from both organizations and it’s absolutely essential to the longevity of the Guard units,” said Whittington. The visit is part of a newly resuscitated partnership between the 29th ID and the 92nd MEB that originally began shortly before 9/11, […]

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  • NORFOLK, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, spoke to a group of more than 115 artillerymen and their guests from the Hampton-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team July 12, 2014, during their Saint Barbara’s Day Celebration at the Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. Eight officers and noncommissioned officers received the United States Field Artillery Association’s Order of Saint Barbara award as part of the celebration. Named for the patron saint of the artillery who protects Soldiers from fires and sudden death, the Order of Saint Barbara recognizes members in good standing who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence, […]

    Adjutant General challenges artillery leaders to pursue excellence

    NORFOLK, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, spoke to a group of more than 115 artillerymen and their guests from the Hampton-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team July 12, 2014, during their Saint Barbara’s Day Celebration at the Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. Eight officers and noncommissioned officers received the United States Field Artillery Association’s Order of Saint Barbara award as part of the celebration. Named for the patron saint of the artillery who protects Soldiers from fires and sudden death, the Order of Saint Barbara recognizes members in good standing who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – From April to June, approximately 110 Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers, comprised of flight crews and support personnel, rotated through Guatemala in two-week cycles in support of Operation Beyond the Horizon, serving as the only rotary wing asset for the exercise. The Soldiers, from the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, flew more than 140 missions, moved more than 900 individuals and hauled nearly 9,000 pounds of cargo through the skies of Guatemala aboard three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Operation Beyond the Horizon is a joint foreign military interaction and humanitarian exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command. The Virginia Soldiers had the opportunity to work with Guatemalan armed forces, as well as Soldiers and Airmen from across […]

    Va. Guard aviators fly nearly 300 hours over Guatemalan skies

    SANDSTON, Va. – From April to June, approximately 110 Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers, comprised of flight crews and support personnel, rotated through Guatemala in two-week cycles in support of Operation Beyond the Horizon, serving as the only rotary wing asset for the exercise. The Soldiers, from the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, flew more than 140 missions, moved more than 900 individuals and hauled nearly 9,000 pounds of cargo through the skies of Guatemala aboard three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Operation Beyond the Horizon is a joint foreign military interaction and humanitarian exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command. The Virginia Soldiers had the opportunity to work with Guatemalan armed forces, as well as Soldiers and Airmen from across […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard family was recently recognized as the Army National Guard Family of the Year for 2014 while a Virginia Guard family member was honored as the National Guard Teen Volunteer of the Year. The Billmyer family, which includes Master Sgt. Jeff Billmyer, Sgt. 1st Class Ellen Billmyer, and their children 1st Lt. Rachel Billmyer, Ben Billmyer and Hannah Billmyer, received the award, which is given to a family that shows outstanding and exceptional service to National Guard family programs. Natalie Unmussig, daughter of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Donald Unmussig, a Virginia National Guard Soldier currently serving as a mobility officer with the National Guard Bureau, received the National Guard Teen Volunteer of the Year, […]

    Va. Guard family, teen honored by National Guard family programs for volunteerism

    SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard family was recently recognized as the Army National Guard Family of the Year for 2014 while a Virginia Guard family member was honored as the National Guard Teen Volunteer of the Year. The Billmyer family, which includes Master Sgt. Jeff Billmyer, Sgt. 1st Class Ellen Billmyer, and their children 1st Lt. Rachel Billmyer, Ben Billmyer and Hannah Billmyer, received the award, which is given to a family that shows outstanding and exceptional service to National Guard family programs. Natalie Unmussig, daughter of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Donald Unmussig, a Virginia National Guard Soldier currently serving as a mobility officer with the National Guard Bureau, received the National Guard Teen Volunteer of the Year, […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron and Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group participated in a joint exercise to test the coordination and deployment plans of the Disaster Relief Bed-down System, July 13, 2014, at the Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Va. The 203rd RED HORSE Squadron’s Airmen are trained and tasked with assembling and operating the DRBS, while the 1030th’s transportation companies can be activated to transport the DRBS containers in the event of an emergency. “The DRBS is a self-contained system of generators and living facilities that can be moved to a disaster site,” said Army Maj. Tim Pillion, 1030th […]

    Soldiers, Airmen train on transporting disaster relief system

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron and Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group participated in a joint exercise to test the coordination and deployment plans of the Disaster Relief Bed-down System, July 13, 2014, at the Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Va. The 203rd RED HORSE Squadron’s Airmen are trained and tasked with assembling and operating the DRBS, while the 1030th’s transportation companies can be activated to transport the DRBS containers in the event of an emergency. “The DRBS is a self-contained system of generators and living facilities that can be moved to a disaster site,” said Army Maj. Tim Pillion, 1030th […]

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  • MARTINSVILLE, Va – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers loaded the last pieces of construction equipment onto trailers July 2, 2014 culminating four-weeks of grading, hauling, and filling a 15-acre industrial plot in Henry County, Va. that began May 31, 2014. More than 100 Soldiers assigned to the Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Support Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command continued the construction operation started by the 180th Engineer Company two weeks before as part of their annual training. Soldiers from the unit worked hard to transform a rugged, mountainous hill to a flat usable construction site and have been cutting the tops of large uneven hills, filling large gaps and trenches, and grading the 15-acres to make it suitable for […]

    Va. National Guard engineers help Henry County with economic development project

    MARTINSVILLE, Va – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers loaded the last pieces of construction equipment onto trailers July 2, 2014 culminating four-weeks of grading, hauling, and filling a 15-acre industrial plot in Henry County, Va. that began May 31, 2014. More than 100 Soldiers assigned to the Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Support Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command continued the construction operation started by the 180th Engineer Company two weeks before as part of their annual training. Soldiers from the unit worked hard to transform a rugged, mountainous hill to a flat usable construction site and have been cutting the tops of large uneven hills, filling large gaps and trenches, and grading the 15-acres to make it suitable for […]

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  • NORMANDY, France – Twenty-seven Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division and the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team travelled to Normandy, France for the 70th anniversary of the Allied landing at Omaha Beach June 6, 2014. Task Force Normandy, led by the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team from Vicenza, Italy, organized 20 U.S. units, including the 29th ID, to commemorate the event. The 29th ID was involved in 22 ceremonies, beginning at Omaha Beach, and following the unit’s path through France during World War II. The unit liberated several small towns from German occupation during World War II. The ceremonies included speeches from local dignitaries and Maj. Gen. Charles Whittington, Commanding General of the 29th Infantry Division. On […]

    29th Infantry Division returns to France for 70th anniversary of D-Day

    NORMANDY, France – Twenty-seven Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division and the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team travelled to Normandy, France for the 70th anniversary of the Allied landing at Omaha Beach June 6, 2014. Task Force Normandy, led by the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team from Vicenza, Italy, organized 20 U.S. units, including the 29th ID, to commemorate the event. The 29th ID was involved in 22 ceremonies, beginning at Omaha Beach, and following the unit’s path through France during World War II. The unit liberated several small towns from German occupation during World War II. The ceremonies included speeches from local dignitaries and Maj. Gen. Charles Whittington, Commanding General of the 29th Infantry Division. On […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team utilized high-tech gear to get high quality training during the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 17-26, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. With high-tech equipment, intense combat-like conditions and the help of active duty units, 116th IBCT troops and their leaders left their 2014 annual training better trained, motivated and informed than when they arrived two weeks earlier. Seventy platoons of the brigade and 10 of the Fort Bragg, N.C.-based 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division conducted approximately 1,300 training lane iterations during the rotation. Soldiers of the 116th IBCT participated in training lanes such as engineer route reconnaissance, air […]

    XCTC provides realistic “back to basics” combat training for 116th IBCT Soldiers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team utilized high-tech gear to get high quality training during the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 17-26, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. With high-tech equipment, intense combat-like conditions and the help of active duty units, 116th IBCT troops and their leaders left their 2014 annual training better trained, motivated and informed than when they arrived two weeks earlier. Seventy platoons of the brigade and 10 of the Fort Bragg, N.C.-based 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division conducted approximately 1,300 training lane iterations during the rotation. Soldiers of the 116th IBCT participated in training lanes such as engineer route reconnaissance, air […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – This year marked the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, and the last time units from the 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st Airborne Division and the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as part of the 29th Infantry Division operated on the same plot of land was during the 1944 invasion. Although not under actual combat conditions, these units came back together for the National Guard’s eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise at Fort Pickett, Va. June 14-28, 2014. “In this exercise we have all the components represented,” said Col. John M. Epperly, commander of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “What we are seeing here is that the total Army is coming together to provide […]

    Va. National Guard exercise model for Army Total Force Policy

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – This year marked the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, and the last time units from the 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st Airborne Division and the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as part of the 29th Infantry Division operated on the same plot of land was during the 1944 invasion. Although not under actual combat conditions, these units came back together for the National Guard’s eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise at Fort Pickett, Va. June 14-28, 2014. “In this exercise we have all the components represented,” said Col. John M. Epperly, commander of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “What we are seeing here is that the total Army is coming together to provide […]

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