Army Guard Archive

  • DEERFIELD, Va. — Massachusetts National Guard officials confirmed late in the day Aug. 28, 2014, that the pilot of an F-15C Eagle that crashed in remote mountains near Deerfield Valley, Va., was fatally injured in the crash. Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen joined a multi-agency search effort immediately after the Aug. 27 crash with aerial search and rescue by Lakota and Black Hawk helicopters. Soldiers and Airmen from the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team provided communications and incident management assistance and additional Guard personnel coordinated the overall aviation operation. “Today was a tough day for the Massachusetts National Air Guard as we learned we lost great American, a warrior, a leader, and most importantly, a family member,” said […]

    Search effort ends after Mass. Guard F-15C crash in Virginia

    DEERFIELD, Va. — Massachusetts National Guard officials confirmed late in the day Aug. 28, 2014, that the pilot of an F-15C Eagle that crashed in remote mountains near Deerfield Valley, Va., was fatally injured in the crash. Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen joined a multi-agency search effort immediately after the Aug. 27 crash with aerial search and rescue by Lakota and Black Hawk helicopters. Soldiers and Airmen from the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team provided communications and incident management assistance and additional Guard personnel coordinated the overall aviation operation. “Today was a tough day for the Massachusetts National Air Guard as we learned we lost great American, a warrior, a leader, and most importantly, a family member,” said […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Col. Thomas Morgan took command of the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute from Col. Douglas Messner Aug. 24, 2014, at a ceremony held at Fort Pickett, Va. Brig. Gen. Steven T. Scott, the Assistant Adjutant General for Support, presided over the guidon exchange that signified the transfer of command from Messner to Morgan. “This is indeed a special day for the Regiment and in the careers of these two outstanding officers,” Scott said. “We say farewell and thank you to Col. Doug Messner as he gives up the reigns and moves on to his next challenge and we welcome Col. Thom Morgan as he assumes the mantel of commander and anticipates all the joys […]

    183rd RTI welcomes new commander

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Col. Thomas Morgan took command of the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute from Col. Douglas Messner Aug. 24, 2014, at a ceremony held at Fort Pickett, Va. Brig. Gen. Steven T. Scott, the Assistant Adjutant General for Support, presided over the guidon exchange that signified the transfer of command from Messner to Morgan. “This is indeed a special day for the Regiment and in the careers of these two outstanding officers,” Scott said. “We say farewell and thank you to Col. Doug Messner as he gives up the reigns and moves on to his next challenge and we welcome Col. Thom Morgan as he assumes the mantel of commander and anticipates all the joys […]

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  • PETERSBURG, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen demolished abandoned, decrepit and drug-trade related houses Aug. 18-29, 2014, in Petersburg, Va., as part of Operation Renew, a program that provides National Guard engineer assets to assist in reclaiming control of known drug trafficking areas by destroying structures with connections to the local drug trade. Approximately 25 Soldiers from the Powhatan-based 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion and Airmen from the Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron participated in this year’s demolition of seven structures. “This is certainly a great day for the city of Petersburg,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “We have 25 Soldiers and Airmen that are part of this event and […]

    Va. Guard engineers destroy derelict and dangerous structures

    PETERSBURG, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen demolished abandoned, decrepit and drug-trade related houses Aug. 18-29, 2014, in Petersburg, Va., as part of Operation Renew, a program that provides National Guard engineer assets to assist in reclaiming control of known drug trafficking areas by destroying structures with connections to the local drug trade. Approximately 25 Soldiers from the Powhatan-based 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion and Airmen from the Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron participated in this year’s demolition of seven structures. “This is certainly a great day for the city of Petersburg,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “We have 25 Soldiers and Airmen that are part of this event and […]

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  • CAMP GRUBER, Okla. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, traveled to Camp Gruber, Okla., to attend the CERFP Heavy Collapse Specialist Course Aug. 11-15, 2014. The course took Soldiers through nearly non-stop scenario-based exercises that required the Soldiers to breach, break, lift, haul, shore and crib their way through confined spaces and rubble piles. The CERFP is a unique task force made up of elements from different Virginia Guard units. The CERFP can conduct tasks associated with incident management, urban search and rescue, mass causality decontamination, technical decontamination, medical triage and treatment and fatality search and recovery. Three of the Soldiers who attended the course are […]

    CERFP Soldiers train for disaster response in Oklahoma

    CAMP GRUBER, Okla. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, traveled to Camp Gruber, Okla., to attend the CERFP Heavy Collapse Specialist Course Aug. 11-15, 2014. The course took Soldiers through nearly non-stop scenario-based exercises that required the Soldiers to breach, break, lift, haul, shore and crib their way through confined spaces and rubble piles. The CERFP is a unique task force made up of elements from different Virginia Guard units. The CERFP can conduct tasks associated with incident management, urban search and rescue, mass causality decontamination, technical decontamination, medical triage and treatment and fatality search and recovery. Three of the Soldiers who attended the course are […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Two Virginia National Guard Soldiers celebrated the third anniversary of one donating his kidney to the other June 2, 2014.  Staff Sgt. Michael J. Hughes donated his kidney to Sgt. 1st Class Dennis W. Ferguson, and the two underwent a complicated 15-hour surgery at Walter Reed June 2, 2011, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center . Sgt. 1st Class Dennis W. Ferguson began having back pain in early 2003 following a mobilization to Edgewood Arsenal, Edgewood, Md., in support of Operation Noble Eagle II. “Initially, I just started having back pains, lots of back pain, and the doctors just kept addressing the back pain issues and they kept giving me medication,” said Ferguson. “Eventually that […]

    Soldier celebrates third anniversary of kidney donation from fellow Soldier

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Two Virginia National Guard Soldiers celebrated the third anniversary of one donating his kidney to the other June 2, 2014.  Staff Sgt. Michael J. Hughes donated his kidney to Sgt. 1st Class Dennis W. Ferguson, and the two underwent a complicated 15-hour surgery at Walter Reed June 2, 2011, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center . Sgt. 1st Class Dennis W. Ferguson began having back pain in early 2003 following a mobilization to Edgewood Arsenal, Edgewood, Md., in support of Operation Noble Eagle II. “Initially, I just started having back pains, lots of back pain, and the doctors just kept addressing the back pain issues and they kept giving me medication,” said Ferguson. “Eventually that […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Fort Pickett and Camp Pendleton offer photo labs for Soldiers needing to have an official photo or portrait taken for a special packet or board as well as other photographic services. The Fort Pickett-based directorate of information management’s photo lab finished off summer with 240 official photographs and more than 1,000 event photographs. To obtain a DA photo, Soldiers typically must first be a first lieutenant or higher, a chief warrant officer 2 or higher, sergeant and above unless the Soldier requires the photo for a board. All official photos are forwarded to the Department of the Army Photo Management Information System. Army Regulation 640-30, Photographs for Military Personnel Files, outlines the Soldier’s responsibility when taking official photos. […]

    Visual information section provides resource for official photos

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Fort Pickett and Camp Pendleton offer photo labs for Soldiers needing to have an official photo or portrait taken for a special packet or board as well as other photographic services. The Fort Pickett-based directorate of information management’s photo lab finished off summer with 240 official photographs and more than 1,000 event photographs. To obtain a DA photo, Soldiers typically must first be a first lieutenant or higher, a chief warrant officer 2 or higher, sergeant and above unless the Soldier requires the photo for a board. All official photos are forwarded to the Department of the Army Photo Management Information System. Army Regulation 640-30, Photographs for Military Personnel Files, outlines the Soldier’s responsibility when taking official photos. […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Members of the Va. Army National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based directorate of operations, mobilization and security published information Aug. 12, 2014 on the fifth annual U.S. Army’s anti-terrorism awareness program. Anti-terrorism Awareness Month, which occurs every August to precede the anniversary of 9/11, ensures the entire Army community is involved, reminding service members that the threat is real and that the need for vigilance is vital. “The objective of the ATAM is to instill Army-wise heightened awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect people, information and critical resources from acts of terrorism,” said Kenneth White, state antiterrorism officer. “This is done through broad strategic communication themes and themes specifically identified for execution during the 2014 ATAM.” One of […]

    Va. Guard focuses on Anti-terrorism Awareness Month

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Members of the Va. Army National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based directorate of operations, mobilization and security published information Aug. 12, 2014 on the fifth annual U.S. Army’s anti-terrorism awareness program. Anti-terrorism Awareness Month, which occurs every August to precede the anniversary of 9/11, ensures the entire Army community is involved, reminding service members that the threat is real and that the need for vigilance is vital. “The objective of the ATAM is to instill Army-wise heightened awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect people, information and critical resources from acts of terrorism,” said Kenneth White, state antiterrorism officer. “This is done through broad strategic communication themes and themes specifically identified for execution during the 2014 ATAM.” One of […]

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  • 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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