Army Guard Archive

  • SANDSTON, Va – The Virginia National Guard launched its official LinkedIn company page Dec. 17, 2014, as part of ongoing efforts to bring quality content and information to all members of the Virginia National Guard community. The page, which can be found at www.linkedin.com/company/virginia-national-guard, will be used to reach Soldiers, Airmen, members of the Virginia Defense Force, civilian employees and their families where they already spend time much of their online time and to help stay in touch with the needs of the Virginia Guard community. In conjunction with the Virginia National Guard’s other social media services, like Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn provides another online platform to publish media and news content to over 332 million global professionals. Initially, users can […]

    Va. Guard launches official LinkedIn page

    SANDSTON, Va – The Virginia National Guard launched its official LinkedIn company page Dec. 17, 2014, as part of ongoing efforts to bring quality content and information to all members of the Virginia National Guard community. The page, which can be found at www.linkedin.com/company/virginia-national-guard, will be used to reach Soldiers, Airmen, members of the Virginia Defense Force, civilian employees and their families where they already spend time much of their online time and to help stay in touch with the needs of the Virginia Guard community. In conjunction with the Virginia National Guard’s other social media services, like Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn provides another online platform to publish media and news content to over 332 million global professionals. Initially, users can […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Several members of the Virginia Army National Guard completed a five-day Army Communities of Excellence program self-assessment training course using the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence Dec. 5, 2014, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regional Training Institute. “I felt that the self assessment course was extremely valuable in developing the methodology to take a hard, unbiased look at how the agency conducts its business processes,” said Maj. John M. Monihan, deputy director of joint operations. “The group attendees was one of the most diverse and engaged groups we’ve had attend the training in the past five years.” Sponsored by the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and overseen by the Assistant Chief of Staff for […]

    Program aims to improve performance, streamline processes of the Virginia Guard

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Several members of the Virginia Army National Guard completed a five-day Army Communities of Excellence program self-assessment training course using the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence Dec. 5, 2014, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regional Training Institute. “I felt that the self assessment course was extremely valuable in developing the methodology to take a hard, unbiased look at how the agency conducts its business processes,” said Maj. John M. Monihan, deputy director of joint operations. “The group attendees was one of the most diverse and engaged groups we’ve had attend the training in the past five years.” Sponsored by the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and overseen by the Assistant Chief of Staff for […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va.– Thirty-two Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were remembered among 870 Virginia public safety officers who died in the line of duty at the dedication of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial Dec. 6, 2014, at the memorial site at Capitol Square in Richmond, Va. Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran provided remarks during the ceremony. Former Secretaries of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker and Bryan Rhode and Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, were among the group of public safety leaders who read the names on the memorial. Soldiers from the 29th Division Band provided ceremonial music and Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard Funeral Honors Program provided […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers, Airmen remembered at Public Safety Memorial

    RICHMOND, Va.– Thirty-two Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were remembered among 870 Virginia public safety officers who died in the line of duty at the dedication of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial Dec. 6, 2014, at the memorial site at Capitol Square in Richmond, Va. Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran provided remarks during the ceremony. Former Secretaries of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker and Bryan Rhode and Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, were among the group of public safety leaders who read the names on the memorial. Soldiers from the 29th Division Band provided ceremonial music and Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard Funeral Honors Program provided […]

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  • FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Nearly a decade after a 2004 Iraq suicide bomb attack took the lives of Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason and Sgt. David A. Ruhren, their families, friends and fellow Virginia National Guard Soldiers joined together Dec. 6, 2014, in Fredericksburg, Va., in a ceremony held to remember their sacrifice and dedicate the Fredericksburg readiness center in their honor. Mason and Ruhren were killed in action Dec. 21, 2004, on Forward Operating Base Marez, in Mosul, Iraq, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden vest in a mess tent, killing 22 people, including 14 U.S. troops, and injuring 70 more. Both Soldiers were assigned to Company A, 229th Engineer Battalion and were mobilized with the 276th Engineer Battalion. “We […]

    Fredericksburg readiness center dedicated in honor of Va. Guard Soldiers killed in 2004 Iraq bomb attack

    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Nearly a decade after a 2004 Iraq suicide bomb attack took the lives of Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason and Sgt. David A. Ruhren, their families, friends and fellow Virginia National Guard Soldiers joined together Dec. 6, 2014, in Fredericksburg, Va., in a ceremony held to remember their sacrifice and dedicate the Fredericksburg readiness center in their honor. Mason and Ruhren were killed in action Dec. 21, 2004, on Forward Operating Base Marez, in Mosul, Iraq, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden vest in a mess tent, killing 22 people, including 14 U.S. troops, and injuring 70 more. Both Soldiers were assigned to Company A, 229th Engineer Battalion and were mobilized with the 276th Engineer Battalion. “We […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard will host a memorial ceremony to honor at 9 a.m. Dec. 6, 2014, at the Fredericksburg Readiness Center. Mason and Ruhren were killed in action during a suicide bomb attack on Dec, 21, 2004, on Forward Operating Base Marez, in Mosul, Iraq. The attack killed 22 people, including 14 U.S. troops, and injured 70 others. “This memorial service is our way to honor and remain connected to the selfless service and sacrifice of these two Soldiers,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “This also serves as a fitting way to ensure that future generations remember.” Mason and Ruhren were both combat engineers and members of the 229th Engineer Battalion, […]

    Fredericksburg ceremony to honor Soldiers killed in 2004 Iraq bomb attack

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard will host a memorial ceremony to honor at 9 a.m. Dec. 6, 2014, at the Fredericksburg Readiness Center. Mason and Ruhren were killed in action during a suicide bomb attack on Dec, 21, 2004, on Forward Operating Base Marez, in Mosul, Iraq. The attack killed 22 people, including 14 U.S. troops, and injured 70 others. “This memorial service is our way to honor and remain connected to the selfless service and sacrifice of these two Soldiers,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “This also serves as a fitting way to ensure that future generations remember.” Mason and Ruhren were both combat engineers and members of the 229th Engineer Battalion, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Thirty-two Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will be remembered on the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial scheduled to be dedicated Dec. 6, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the memorial site at Capitol Square in Richmond, Va. “Protecting our commonwealth and nation is an inherently dangerous job and this memorial serves as a testament to that,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “It is also a way for us as citizens to pay tribute to them and their families’ sacrifice while providing a permanent way to remember.” According to the Virginia Public Safety Foundation website, the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial will honor 870 Virginians who died in public safety service to their community. […]

    Virginia Guard Soldiers, Airmen to be remembered on Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial

    SANDSTON, Va. — Thirty-two Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will be remembered on the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial scheduled to be dedicated Dec. 6, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the memorial site at Capitol Square in Richmond, Va. “Protecting our commonwealth and nation is an inherently dangerous job and this memorial serves as a testament to that,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “It is also a way for us as citizens to pay tribute to them and their families’ sacrifice while providing a permanent way to remember.” According to the Virginia Public Safety Foundation website, the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial will honor 870 Virginians who died in public safety service to their community. […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Virginia and Maryland National Guard Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division traveled to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany in September to assist in the training and validation of more than 1,000 U.S. and international troops preparing to assume their role as Multinational Battle Group- East in Kosovo as part of Kosovo Force (KFOR) 19. They were joined in their efforts by Army National Guard Soldiers from 29th ID stakeholder units from various states. KFOR is a NATO-led, international peacekeeping force responsible for helping to maintain a safe and secure environment in Kosovo. KFOR consists of two multinational brigades which are ready to react to any threatening situation. During the KFOR mission […]

    29th ID teams up with partners from other states to help train next KFOR rotation

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Virginia and Maryland National Guard Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division traveled to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany in September to assist in the training and validation of more than 1,000 U.S. and international troops preparing to assume their role as Multinational Battle Group- East in Kosovo as part of Kosovo Force (KFOR) 19. They were joined in their efforts by Army National Guard Soldiers from 29th ID stakeholder units from various states. KFOR is a NATO-led, international peacekeeping force responsible for helping to maintain a safe and secure environment in Kosovo. KFOR consists of two multinational brigades which are ready to react to any threatening situation. During the KFOR mission […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – It’s been a busy and historic year for the Virginia National Guard’s Clifton Forge-based 29th Division Band, which has performed more than 60 musical missions for more than 120,000 people throughout Virginia and beyond in 2014. “This past year has been ‘high optempo’ for the 29th Division Band,” said 1st Sgt. David A. Helms. “From performing various change of command ceremonies, NASCAR races, gubernatorial inauguration to even supporting missions on two different continents at the exact same time.” In June, nine members of the band joined nearly 20 other members of the 29th Infantry Division in Normandy, France for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. In just eight days in France, the musician Soldiers traveled more than 1,000 […]

    29th Division Band stays busy with performances at home, abroad

    SANDSTON, Va. – It’s been a busy and historic year for the Virginia National Guard’s Clifton Forge-based 29th Division Band, which has performed more than 60 musical missions for more than 120,000 people throughout Virginia and beyond in 2014. “This past year has been ‘high optempo’ for the 29th Division Band,” said 1st Sgt. David A. Helms. “From performing various change of command ceremonies, NASCAR races, gubernatorial inauguration to even supporting missions on two different continents at the exact same time.” In June, nine members of the band joined nearly 20 other members of the 29th Infantry Division in Normandy, France for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. In just eight days in France, the musician Soldiers traveled more than 1,000 […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – The night of Nov. 15, 2014, Virginia National Guard Soldiers of the Portsmouth-based 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team felt the below-freezing temperatures at Fort Pickett seep through their cold weather gear and straight to their bones. But for these Soldiers, it’s all worth to earn those coveted spurs. Fighting physical and mental fatigue, exhaustion, the unusually cold weather and other obstacles, the Spur Ride candidates, acknowledged as “shave-tails” during the event, participated in the unit’s Spur Ride, a two-day challenge that includes a nearly 24-hour long culmination event hosted by “Spur Holders,” or Soldiers who have already completed a Spur Ride. “Shave-tail” is a reference to the shaved tail of a […]

    Cavalry Soldiers rely on warrior knowledge, camaraderie to earn spurs

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – The night of Nov. 15, 2014, Virginia National Guard Soldiers of the Portsmouth-based 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team felt the below-freezing temperatures at Fort Pickett seep through their cold weather gear and straight to their bones. But for these Soldiers, it’s all worth to earn those coveted spurs. Fighting physical and mental fatigue, exhaustion, the unusually cold weather and other obstacles, the Spur Ride candidates, acknowledged as “shave-tails” during the event, participated in the unit’s Spur Ride, a two-day challenge that includes a nearly 24-hour long culmination event hosted by “Spur Holders,” or Soldiers who have already completed a Spur Ride. “Shave-tail” is a reference to the shaved tail of a […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Thanksgiving is a time of year filled with wonderful traditions from great food to big games to happy gatherings of family and friends. It is the time of year where we pause and reflect on the many blessings we have in our lives. I am thankful for the great work that each of you do to help make sure we effectively balance the demands of our federal and state missions. As we all gather together over the holiday weekend, please remember that we have Soldiers and Airmen in the Virginia National Guard, as well as other branches of service, who are away from home. We are all very fortunate these brave men and women are serving their […]

    Adjutant General’s Thanksgiving Holiday Message

    SANDSTON, Va. — Thanksgiving is a time of year filled with wonderful traditions from great food to big games to happy gatherings of family and friends. It is the time of year where we pause and reflect on the many blessings we have in our lives. I am thankful for the great work that each of you do to help make sure we effectively balance the demands of our federal and state missions. As we all gather together over the holiday weekend, please remember that we have Soldiers and Airmen in the Virginia National Guard, as well as other branches of service, who are away from home. We are all very fortunate these brave men and women are serving their […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. – Soldiers and veterans from across the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team united to attend the 47th Annual Muster hosted by the 116th Infantry Regiment Foundation, Inc. at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton November 6, 2014. Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Frank J. Grass served as the guest speaker in front of a packed room of Soldiers, veterans and their guests. “The word ‘muster’ means to assemble troops for an inspection,” said Col. William Coffin, commander of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “This Muster has brought camaraderie among Soldiers and veterans for the last 47 years. It celebrates our rich history as a regiment and honors all those who served and are serving.” During […]

    116th Regiment honors veterans during the annual Muster

    STAUNTON, Va. – Soldiers and veterans from across the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team united to attend the 47th Annual Muster hosted by the 116th Infantry Regiment Foundation, Inc. at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton November 6, 2014. Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Frank J. Grass served as the guest speaker in front of a packed room of Soldiers, veterans and their guests. “The word ‘muster’ means to assemble troops for an inspection,” said Col. William Coffin, commander of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “This Muster has brought camaraderie among Soldiers and veterans for the last 47 years. It celebrates our rich history as a regiment and honors all those who served and are serving.” During […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Issue #23 of the Virginia Department of Military Affairs 2014 “Commonwealth’s Guardian” bi-weekly newsletter is available online in PDF format at http://go.usa.gov/sSKG. In this issue: Past and present Veterans honored at War Memorial Governor Terry McAuliffe recognized the service of Veterans past and present at the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and his wife Cheryl presented the Virginia National Guard memorial wreath to recognize the contributions of Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen. “The courage and commitment of the men and women who served before us in conflicts such as World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and […]

    Issue #23 of the 2014 “Commonwealth’s Guardian” bi-weekly newsletter

    SANDSTON, Va. — Issue #23 of the Virginia Department of Military Affairs 2014 “Commonwealth’s Guardian” bi-weekly newsletter is available online in PDF format at http://go.usa.gov/sSKG. In this issue: Past and present Veterans honored at War Memorial Governor Terry McAuliffe recognized the service of Veterans past and present at the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and his wife Cheryl presented the Virginia National Guard memorial wreath to recognize the contributions of Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen. “The courage and commitment of the men and women who served before us in conflicts such as World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe recognized the service of Veterans past and present at the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and his wife Cheryl presented the Virginia National Guard memorial wreath to recognize the contributions of Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen. “The courage and commitment of the men and women who served before us in conflicts such as World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and other military operations both hot and cold showed all of us the true meaning of selfless service,” Williams wrote in his Veterans Day message. “These great Veterans defended the freedom of people they […]

    Past and present Veterans honored at War Memorial ceremony

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe recognized the service of Veterans past and present at the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and his wife Cheryl presented the Virginia National Guard memorial wreath to recognize the contributions of Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen. “The courage and commitment of the men and women who served before us in conflicts such as World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and other military operations both hot and cold showed all of us the true meaning of selfless service,” Williams wrote in his Veterans Day message. “These great Veterans defended the freedom of people they […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Four Virginia Guard Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contracting Team, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group returned to Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 8, 2014, after deploying to Afghanistan in February 2014, where they provided contracting support to U.S. Central Command.  The Soldiers returned to Virginia after completing demobilization and reintegration training. A contingency contracting team is a five-person unit that can provide capability to acquire goods and services from the commercial sector, stateside or overseas. Both the 1940th and 1945th CCT were established in 2009. The team was comprised of Maj. Bert Hankins, commander of the 1945th CCT, Capt. William Perez, Staff Sgt. Steven Slater and Staff Sgt. Jose Vasquez. The 1945th CCT was […]

    1945th Contingency Contracting Team returns from deployment

    SANDSTON, Va. — Four Virginia Guard Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contracting Team, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group returned to Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 8, 2014, after deploying to Afghanistan in February 2014, where they provided contracting support to U.S. Central Command.  The Soldiers returned to Virginia after completing demobilization and reintegration training. A contingency contracting team is a five-person unit that can provide capability to acquire goods and services from the commercial sector, stateside or overseas. Both the 1940th and 1945th CCT were established in 2009. The team was comprised of Maj. Bert Hankins, commander of the 1945th CCT, Capt. William Perez, Staff Sgt. Steven Slater and Staff Sgt. Jose Vasquez. The 1945th CCT was […]

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  • CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team trained with firefighters from the U.S. Navy and City of Chesapeake during an aircraft mishap exercise Nov. 5, 2014, at the Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress in Chesapeake, Va. The exercise was designed to enhance coordination and familiarity between first responders in the event of an aircraft incident involving chemical or biological agents. “Today we will test our ability to respond for a real world emergency,” said Maj. Michael Booker, commander of the 34th CST. “This simulation will give us the chance to work with local, state and federal organizations. Each of us practices on our own, so this is a great opportunity […]

    34th CST trains with Navy, Chesapeake firefighters

    CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team trained with firefighters from the U.S. Navy and City of Chesapeake during an aircraft mishap exercise Nov. 5, 2014, at the Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress in Chesapeake, Va. The exercise was designed to enhance coordination and familiarity between first responders in the event of an aircraft incident involving chemical or biological agents. “Today we will test our ability to respond for a real world emergency,” said Maj. Michael Booker, commander of the 34th CST. “This simulation will give us the chance to work with local, state and federal organizations. Each of us practices on our own, so this is a great opportunity […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — On Veterans Day we celebrate the incredible commitment and sacrifice of all the members of the Armed Forces, both retired and currently serving, for their role in defending the ideals of freedom in peacetime and at war, here at home and all over the world. We all know how dramatically life changed for us after the terrorists attacks of 9/11, and the National Guard has successfully made the transition for a strategic reserve to an operational force. In the last 13 years, the Virginia National Guard has mobilized more than 15,000 Soldiers and Airmen for homeland defense, peacekeeping and combat operations at locations across the globe including Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo. We have also made significant […]

    Adjutant General’s 2014 Veterans Day Message

    SANDSTON, Va. — On Veterans Day we celebrate the incredible commitment and sacrifice of all the members of the Armed Forces, both retired and currently serving, for their role in defending the ideals of freedom in peacetime and at war, here at home and all over the world. We all know how dramatically life changed for us after the terrorists attacks of 9/11, and the National Guard has successfully made the transition for a strategic reserve to an operational force. In the last 13 years, the Virginia National Guard has mobilized more than 15,000 Soldiers and Airmen for homeland defense, peacekeeping and combat operations at locations across the globe including Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo. We have also made significant […]

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  • DANVILE, Va. — Local elected officials, friends, relatives, and members of the Danville community were invited to an open house held by the 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Nov. 1, 2014, in Danville, Va. Visitors had a chance to learn more about the battalion’s capabilities through static equipment displays as well as take part in activities like a the football throw, a basketball scrimmage, completing a DNA collection kit and much more. “The intent of today’s open house was to allow members of the Danville community to attain a greater understanding of the role and capabilities of the 429th while continuing to forge a strong relationship with fellow local entities,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Cree, […]

    429th BSB holds open house in Danville

    DANVILE, Va. — Local elected officials, friends, relatives, and members of the Danville community were invited to an open house held by the 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Nov. 1, 2014, in Danville, Va. Visitors had a chance to learn more about the battalion’s capabilities through static equipment displays as well as take part in activities like a the football throw, a basketball scrimmage, completing a DNA collection kit and much more. “The intent of today’s open house was to allow members of the Danville community to attain a greater understanding of the role and capabilities of the 429th while continuing to forge a strong relationship with fellow local entities,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Cree, […]

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  • NORFOLK, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group braved the cold and rain Nov. 1, 2014, and provided drivers on the road between Norfolk and Blackstone with an unusual sight as their camouflaged trucks hauled bright orange boats from Naval Station Norfolk to Fort Pickett, Va. The Virginia Guard Soldiers worked with the Navy to acquire and haul the unserviceable target boats once used to train Sailors in exercises such as anti-piracy maneuvers. The boats will now be placed on weapon ranges at Fort Pickett. This mission was not only beneficial to those training at Fort Pickett, but hauling the targets provided more on-the-job training for one […]

    Target haul mission provides real world experience for 1032nd TC Soldiers

    NORFOLK, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group braved the cold and rain Nov. 1, 2014, and provided drivers on the road between Norfolk and Blackstone with an unusual sight as their camouflaged trucks hauled bright orange boats from Naval Station Norfolk to Fort Pickett, Va. The Virginia Guard Soldiers worked with the Navy to acquire and haul the unserviceable target boats once used to train Sailors in exercises such as anti-piracy maneuvers. The boats will now be placed on weapon ranges at Fort Pickett. This mission was not only beneficial to those training at Fort Pickett, but hauling the targets provided more on-the-job training for one […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Two Virginia  National Guard Army Ten-Miler Teams placed second and third in the National Guard men’s competition Oct. 10, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The Army Ten-Miler is an annual event produced by the Military District of Washington with the proceeds benefitting family and morale, welfare and recreation programs. The race participant cap is 35,000 runners and usally sells out within hours of the online registration being opened. This year over 600 teams in 26 divisions competed in the race. Soldiers from the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group formed a six-man team which earned an overall time of 5:14:23, scoring second overall in the National Guard men’s division of the race. […]

    Va. Guard makes strong showing during Army Ten-Miler

    SANDSTON, Va. — Two Virginia  National Guard Army Ten-Miler Teams placed second and third in the National Guard men’s competition Oct. 10, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The Army Ten-Miler is an annual event produced by the Military District of Washington with the proceeds benefitting family and morale, welfare and recreation programs. The race participant cap is 35,000 runners and usally sells out within hours of the online registration being opened. This year over 600 teams in 26 divisions competed in the race. Soldiers from the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group formed a six-man team which earned an overall time of 5:14:23, scoring second overall in the National Guard men’s division of the race. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based Detachment 26, Operational Support Airlift Command gathered Oct. 26, 2014, in Sandston, Va., to conduct a Freedom Salute in honor of their service in Afghanistan. The Soldiers returned to Virginia Aug. 8, 2014, after providing fixed wing aviation support in Afghanistan since October 2013. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel, Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, the Assistant Adjutant General – Army, were all on hand to honor and recognize the Soldiers and their families for their service. “This is my second such ceremony and it’s […]

    Freedom Salute honors Det. 26, Operational Support Airlift Command for service in Afghanistan

    SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based Detachment 26, Operational Support Airlift Command gathered Oct. 26, 2014, in Sandston, Va., to conduct a Freedom Salute in honor of their service in Afghanistan. The Soldiers returned to Virginia Aug. 8, 2014, after providing fixed wing aviation support in Afghanistan since October 2013. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel, Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, the Assistant Adjutant General – Army, were all on hand to honor and recognize the Soldiers and their families for their service. “This is my second such ceremony and it’s […]

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