Army Guard Archive

  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Red Dragon, has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service for duty in support of ongoing overseas contingency operations in the Central Command area of operations, according to an announcement made Feb. 4, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 450 Soldiers will begin serving on federal active duty May 13, 2016, and the mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months. They will replace the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, currently conducting […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers assigned to Lynchburg-based infantry battalion to mobilize for overseas duty

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Red Dragon, has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service for duty in support of ongoing overseas contingency operations in the Central Command area of operations, according to an announcement made Feb. 4, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 450 Soldiers will begin serving on federal active duty May 13, 2016, and the mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months. They will replace the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, currently conducting […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard returned to routine operations Jan. 27, 2016, after having more than 400 Soldiers on state active duty supporting Virginia State Police and local first responders as they assisted citizens after a historic snowfall blanketed the commonwealth. “Across the board, everyone performed magnificently,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Working so closely with the Virginia State Police and local government emergency response officials under the guidance of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management has proven to be very effective. We also have a great team of Soldiers, Airmen and Virginia Defense Force members providing the necessary mission command, administrative and logistical support to make sure we have the right […]

    Va. Guard provides mobility assistance during winter storm

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard returned to routine operations Jan. 27, 2016, after having more than 400 Soldiers on state active duty supporting Virginia State Police and local first responders as they assisted citizens after a historic snowfall blanketed the commonwealth. “Across the board, everyone performed magnificently,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Working so closely with the Virginia State Police and local government emergency response officials under the guidance of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management has proven to be very effective. We also have a great team of Soldiers, Airmen and Virginia Defense Force members providing the necessary mission command, administrative and logistical support to make sure we have the right […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Retired U. S. Navy Adm. John C. Harvey, Virginia’s Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, shared his thoughts on leadership with members of Virginia National Guard and local military Jan. 21, 2016, at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. The event was first in a series of professional development opportunities that are part of newly-developed Distinguished Speaker Program sponsored by the Virginia National Guard. “Secretary Harvey is a tremendous friend of the Virginia National Guard,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, when he introduced Harvey. At the start of his remarks, Harvey said he felt honored to be there among members of the military, and cited his own multi-decade career in the U.S. Navy. Immediately prior to […]

    Va. Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs shares leadership lessons with Va. Guard

    RICHMOND, Va. – Retired U. S. Navy Adm. John C. Harvey, Virginia’s Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, shared his thoughts on leadership with members of Virginia National Guard and local military Jan. 21, 2016, at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. The event was first in a series of professional development opportunities that are part of newly-developed Distinguished Speaker Program sponsored by the Virginia National Guard. “Secretary Harvey is a tremendous friend of the Virginia National Guard,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, when he introduced Harvey. At the start of his remarks, Harvey said he felt honored to be there among members of the military, and cited his own multi-decade career in the U.S. Navy. Immediately prior to […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers on state active duty across the commonwealth have been using Humvees and medium tactical trucks to provide mobility support to help Virginia State Police and local first responders reach citizens requiring assistance after a historic snow fall blanketed the commonwealth. Since they began operations Jan. 22, 2016, Guard Soldiers have escorted or transported 49 law enforcement, emergency medical and fire rescue personnel to emergency locations as well as transported 26 essential medical and support personnel to their place of work. They also provided mobility support to citizens and law enforcement personnel for non-emergency situations, transported essential medical supplies, towed fire trucks stuck in the snow and conducted health and welfare checks. View photos […]

    Va. National Guard continues mobility assistance after historic snowstorm

    STAUNTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers on state active duty across the commonwealth have been using Humvees and medium tactical trucks to provide mobility support to help Virginia State Police and local first responders reach citizens requiring assistance after a historic snow fall blanketed the commonwealth. Since they began operations Jan. 22, 2016, Guard Soldiers have escorted or transported 49 law enforcement, emergency medical and fire rescue personnel to emergency locations as well as transported 26 essential medical and support personnel to their place of work. They also provided mobility support to citizens and law enforcement personnel for non-emergency situations, transported essential medical supplies, towed fire trucks stuck in the snow and conducted health and welfare checks. View photos […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and members of the Virginia General Assembly commended the Virginia National Guard for the organization’s service to commonwealth and country at a legislative reception hosted Jan. 21, 2016, by the Virginia National Guard Association and Virginia Guard Enlisted Association at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. Earlier in the day, Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force displayed some of the Guard’s capabilities for domestic operations outside the General Assembly building. “Thank you all for your tremendous service,” McAuliffe said. “I love our Guard, and we are going to do everything we possibly […]

    Va. National Guard personnel display equipment to General Assembly, Governor commends the Guard

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and members of the Virginia General Assembly commended the Virginia National Guard for the organization’s service to commonwealth and country at a legislative reception hosted Jan. 21, 2016, by the Virginia National Guard Association and Virginia Guard Enlisted Association at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. Earlier in the day, Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force displayed some of the Guard’s capabilities for domestic operations outside the General Assembly building. “Thank you all for your tremendous service,” McAuliffe said. “I love our Guard, and we are going to do everything we possibly […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers across the state are assisting Virginia State Police troopers and local emergency organizations get through heavy snow to respond to vehicle crashes, evacuate citizens in need of medical assistance and have also helped get needed equipment to a house fire. As of the morning of Jan. 23, 2016, the Guard has approximately 400 personnel staged and ready along the I-81 corridor between Lexington and Winchester, along the Route 29 corridor from Warrenton to Danville, as well as in the areas near Northern Virginia, Richmond, Fredericksburg and Gate City. View photos from Va. Guard response operations: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157663687099352 “I am extremely proud of how well our personnel are working as part of the commonwealth’s multi-agency […]

    Va. Guard provides mobility assistance to State Police, local EMS

    STAUNTON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers across the state are assisting Virginia State Police troopers and local emergency organizations get through heavy snow to respond to vehicle crashes, evacuate citizens in need of medical assistance and have also helped get needed equipment to a house fire. As of the morning of Jan. 23, 2016, the Guard has approximately 400 personnel staged and ready along the I-81 corridor between Lexington and Winchester, along the Route 29 corridor from Warrenton to Danville, as well as in the areas near Northern Virginia, Richmond, Fredericksburg and Gate City. View photos from Va. Guard response operations: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157663687099352 “I am extremely proud of how well our personnel are working as part of the commonwealth’s multi-agency […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 300 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible assistance with the state’s severe winter weather response operations. The Virginia Guard plans to stage personnel at readiness centers along the I-81 corridor between Lexington and Winchester, along the Route 29 corridor from Warrenton to Danville, as well as in the areas near Richmond, Fredericksburg and Gate City in order to be ready to respond if needed. The alert process to notify personnel to report for duty has begun, and they are scheduled to be in place by early evening Thursday, Jan. 20, 2016. Potential missions for the Virginia Guard […]

    Virginia Guard personnel preparing for possible winter weather response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 300 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible assistance with the state’s severe winter weather response operations. The Virginia Guard plans to stage personnel at readiness centers along the I-81 corridor between Lexington and Winchester, along the Route 29 corridor from Warrenton to Danville, as well as in the areas near Richmond, Fredericksburg and Gate City in order to be ready to respond if needed. The alert process to notify personnel to report for duty has begun, and they are scheduled to be in place by early evening Thursday, Jan. 20, 2016. Potential missions for the Virginia Guard […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Members of the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force will be on hand Jan. 21, 2016, with equipment displays in the Darden Garden outside the Virginia General Assembly Building in Richmond from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to demonstrate some of the capabilities the Virginia Guard and VDF can provide while on state active duty. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, will host a reception for members of the General Assembly from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the 4th Floor West Conference Room in the General Assembly Building. Senior Virginia Guard leaders will be in attendance to answer questions and provide insights into the missions and capabilities […]

    Va. National Guard personnel scheduled to display equipment outside General Assembly building Jan. 21

    RICHMOND, Va. — Members of the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force will be on hand Jan. 21, 2016, with equipment displays in the Darden Garden outside the Virginia General Assembly Building in Richmond from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to demonstrate some of the capabilities the Virginia Guard and VDF can provide while on state active duty. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, will host a reception for members of the General Assembly from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the 4th Floor West Conference Room in the General Assembly Building. Senior Virginia Guard leaders will be in attendance to answer questions and provide insights into the missions and capabilities […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to serve as a combat reserve to help fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide domestic response capability to answer the call of the Governor to assist citizens of the commonwealth during times of need. All through 2015, the Virginia National Guard and its all-volunteer reserve, the Virginia Defense Force, demonstrated at home and across the globe that its forces are ready to respond when needed. More than 450 Soldiers assigned to Task Force Normandy, a unit comprised of the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment and Suffolk-based Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, officially began their security […]

    Va. Guard balances state, federal missions in 2015

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to serve as a combat reserve to help fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide domestic response capability to answer the call of the Governor to assist citizens of the commonwealth during times of need. All through 2015, the Virginia National Guard and its all-volunteer reserve, the Virginia Defense Force, demonstrated at home and across the globe that its forces are ready to respond when needed. More than 450 Soldiers assigned to Task Force Normandy, a unit comprised of the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment and Suffolk-based Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, officially began their security […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – A team of approximately 25 Soldiers pulled from Virginia National Guard units across the commonwealth has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service as the 116th Military Engagement Team for duty based out of Kuwait, according to an announcement made Jan. 8, 2016, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. The Soldiers are scheduled to begin serving on federal active duty March 10, 2016, and the mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months. “This is an important mission and a great opportunity for us to build stronger relationships with our partner nations in key regions of the world,” Williams said. “We have assembled a group of highly capable senior […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers to mobilize for federal duty in Kuwait, Jordan

    SANDSTON, Va. – A team of approximately 25 Soldiers pulled from Virginia National Guard units across the commonwealth has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service as the 116th Military Engagement Team for duty based out of Kuwait, according to an announcement made Jan. 8, 2016, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. The Soldiers are scheduled to begin serving on federal active duty March 10, 2016, and the mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months. “This is an important mission and a great opportunity for us to build stronger relationships with our partner nations in key regions of the world,” Williams said. “We have assembled a group of highly capable senior […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Members of the Virginia National Guard State Teen Panel gathered for their annual Winter Training Dec. 19, 2015, in Richmond, Virginia. The training focused on the new Master Resilience Training curriculum passed down from the National Guard Bureau. The teens focused on the skills of “Goal Setting” and “Hunt the Good Stuff,” which involves finding optimism in negative circumstances. Members also used the face-to-face opportunity to launch a service project initiative. Following a suggestion from a state teen panel member, hats, coats, scarves, and other winter clothes were gathered to be donated to the Veterans Hospital in Richmond for the winter season. After the training the teens were given the option of staying to play laser tag […]

    Va. Guard State Teen Panel gathers for Winter Training

    SANDSTON, Va. — Members of the Virginia National Guard State Teen Panel gathered for their annual Winter Training Dec. 19, 2015, in Richmond, Virginia. The training focused on the new Master Resilience Training curriculum passed down from the National Guard Bureau. The teens focused on the skills of “Goal Setting” and “Hunt the Good Stuff,” which involves finding optimism in negative circumstances. Members also used the face-to-face opportunity to launch a service project initiative. Following a suggestion from a state teen panel member, hats, coats, scarves, and other winter clothes were gathered to be donated to the Veterans Hospital in Richmond for the winter season. After the training the teens were given the option of staying to play laser tag […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Lt. Col. Elena Scarbrough, commander of the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center, was one of 15 Hampton Roads-area leaders honored at the 2015 Women in Business Achievement Awards Dec. 14, 2015, in Norfolk, Virginia. “It was a tremendous honor to be recognized as both a woman and a military service member,” Scarbrough said. “People don’t typically think of us (military) as a business, but we are. I am especially proud to have the Virginia National Guard recognized for our business practices.” For 13 years, Inside Business has honored women in business in Hampton Roads who have made a significant impact on the community, within their industry and by helping lift up other women on […]

    Va. Guard officer honored at 2015 Women in Business Achievement Awards

    SANDSTON, Va. — Lt. Col. Elena Scarbrough, commander of the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center, was one of 15 Hampton Roads-area leaders honored at the 2015 Women in Business Achievement Awards Dec. 14, 2015, in Norfolk, Virginia. “It was a tremendous honor to be recognized as both a woman and a military service member,” Scarbrough said. “People don’t typically think of us (military) as a business, but we are. I am especially proud to have the Virginia National Guard recognized for our business practices.” For 13 years, Inside Business has honored women in business in Hampton Roads who have made a significant impact on the community, within their industry and by helping lift up other women on […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognized state employees for their success in the 2015 Army National Guard Environmental Security Awards Dec. 18, 2015. Virginia National Guard environmental teams, comprised of personnel from several facilities management offices, including environmental, fish and wildlife and forestry, placed first in the Natural Resources Conservation Team category and 3rd in the Environmental Quality Team category. “There are so many people doing so many things in the background that never get recognized and this is an opportunity to show the Adjutant General his team and all the people who work together, quietly, solidly, over time to do the right thing and take care of the environment and […]

    Environmental teams recognized for excellence

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognized state employees for their success in the 2015 Army National Guard Environmental Security Awards Dec. 18, 2015. Virginia National Guard environmental teams, comprised of personnel from several facilities management offices, including environmental, fish and wildlife and forestry, placed first in the Natural Resources Conservation Team category and 3rd in the Environmental Quality Team category. “There are so many people doing so many things in the background that never get recognized and this is an opportunity to show the Adjutant General his team and all the people who work together, quietly, solidly, over time to do the right thing and take care of the environment and […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group hauled and offloaded approximately $20 million worth of equipment for the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division as part of their two-week annual training period, held Nov. 30 – Dec. 14, 2015. Nearly 100 of the unit’s Soldiers participated in the mission, driving 39 military vehicles from Virginia to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, where the 29th ID recently conducted and completed a Warfighter Exercise. After two days loading Humvees, generators, satellite trailers and massive military tents, the group headed back to Virginia, first to Fort Pickett and then, in four separate serials over two days, on to Fort […]

    Va. Guard transporters haul millions in equipment for 29th ID

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group hauled and offloaded approximately $20 million worth of equipment for the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division as part of their two-week annual training period, held Nov. 30 – Dec. 14, 2015. Nearly 100 of the unit’s Soldiers participated in the mission, driving 39 military vehicles from Virginia to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, where the 29th ID recently conducted and completed a Warfighter Exercise. After two days loading Humvees, generators, satellite trailers and massive military tents, the group headed back to Virginia, first to Fort Pickett and then, in four separate serials over two days, on to Fort […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for families of deployed Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Dec. 5 and 6, 2015, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam Thiel, Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virgina, and members of the Virginia National Guard Family Programs Office joined the McAuliffes in thanking the families for their sacrifice and support for the missions their loved ones are performing while they are mobilized on federal active duty. “Thank you all for your service,” Governor Terry McAuliffe said. “It is a team effort, […]

    Governor, First Lady host receptions for Va. Guard families

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for families of deployed Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Dec. 5 and 6, 2015, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam Thiel, Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virgina, and members of the Virginia National Guard Family Programs Office joined the McAuliffes in thanking the families for their sacrifice and support for the missions their loved ones are performing while they are mobilized on federal active duty. “Thank you all for your service,” Governor Terry McAuliffe said. “It is a team effort, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Two Virginia National Guard Sandston-based aviation units have received mobilization orders for duty in Kuwait, according to an announcement made Dec. 4, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 40 Soldiers each assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, and Detachment 2, Company B, 777th Aviation Support Battalion, are scheduled to begin serving on federal active duty in early June 2016. “This is another example of how the pace of federal mobilizations shows no sign of slowing down,” Williams said. “Our aviation crews and maintainers are highly skilled and have a wealth of experience, and I am confident they will perform extremely well in their missions as the Virginia […]

    Sandston-based aviation units to mobilize in 2016 for duty in Kuwait

    SANDSTON, Va. – Two Virginia National Guard Sandston-based aviation units have received mobilization orders for duty in Kuwait, according to an announcement made Dec. 4, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 40 Soldiers each assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, and Detachment 2, Company B, 777th Aviation Support Battalion, are scheduled to begin serving on federal active duty in early June 2016. “This is another example of how the pace of federal mobilizations shows no sign of slowing down,” Williams said. “Our aviation crews and maintainers are highly skilled and have a wealth of experience, and I am confident they will perform extremely well in their missions as the Virginia […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — More than 95 Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Hampton-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted annual training Oct. 28 to Nov. 16, 2015, at Fort Polk, Louisiana, along with Soldiers from Headquarters Battery, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, and Company G, 429th Brigade Support Battalion. During the three weeks of training, they simulated an opposing force for an active duty brigade from the 82nd Airborne Division conducting Joint Readiness Training Center Rotation 16-02. Battery B was tasked with simulating two elements from a hybrid threat that combined traditional combat units with insurgent, guerrilla and criminal elements, explained Capt. David Coyle, commander of Battery B. They simulated vehicles with […]

    Artillery Soldiers provide opposing force at Fort Polk, Louisiana

    SANDSTON, Va. — More than 95 Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Hampton-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted annual training Oct. 28 to Nov. 16, 2015, at Fort Polk, Louisiana, along with Soldiers from Headquarters Battery, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, and Company G, 429th Brigade Support Battalion. During the three weeks of training, they simulated an opposing force for an active duty brigade from the 82nd Airborne Division conducting Joint Readiness Training Center Rotation 16-02. Battery B was tasked with simulating two elements from a hybrid threat that combined traditional combat units with insurgent, guerrilla and criminal elements, explained Capt. David Coyle, commander of Battery B. They simulated vehicles with […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is encouraging its members to check in on their battle buddies and wingmen Dec. 16, 2015, to make sure they are doing well and help them find resources if they are experiencing hardship or in crisis. As part of the initiative, Soldiers and Airmen should call, text or make plans to get together to catch up on what’s going on each other’s lives. They can also show their support by posting on social media with the #VaGuardBuddyCheck hashtag. Join the event on Facebook by visiting https://www.facebook.com/events/326800567443588/. “The holidays can be a difficult time of increased stress both in our personal and professional lives, so we should be looking out for each other to make […]

    Va. National Guard encouraging “buddy checks” Dec. 16

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is encouraging its members to check in on their battle buddies and wingmen Dec. 16, 2015, to make sure they are doing well and help them find resources if they are experiencing hardship or in crisis. As part of the initiative, Soldiers and Airmen should call, text or make plans to get together to catch up on what’s going on each other’s lives. They can also show their support by posting on social media with the #VaGuardBuddyCheck hashtag. Join the event on Facebook by visiting https://www.facebook.com/events/326800567443588/. “The holidays can be a difficult time of increased stress both in our personal and professional lives, so we should be looking out for each other to make […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Soldiers of the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, officially began their security mission in Southwest Asia with a transfer of authority ceremony with 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment held Nov. 5, 2015, and celebrated Thanksgiving in their new duty location. “The Soldiers are doing very well in integrating to the Area Support Group – Qatar community and executing their new jobs as well as establishing a normal battle rhythm,” said Lt. Col. Kurt Kobernik, commander of Task Force Normandy. “The ASG-Q Provost Marshal Office has been very complimentary about how our Soldiers have performed so far and relations with Area permanent party partners and […]

    Task Force Normandy begins security mission

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Soldiers of the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, officially began their security mission in Southwest Asia with a transfer of authority ceremony with 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment held Nov. 5, 2015, and celebrated Thanksgiving in their new duty location. “The Soldiers are doing very well in integrating to the Area Support Group – Qatar community and executing their new jobs as well as establishing a normal battle rhythm,” said Lt. Col. Kurt Kobernik, commander of Task Force Normandy. “The ASG-Q Provost Marshal Office has been very complimentary about how our Soldiers have performed so far and relations with Area permanent party partners and […]

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  • CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — More than 400 Maryland and Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division joined with National Guard and active duty Soldiers from around the country, as well as active duty and Air National Guard Airmen, for a nine-day warfighter exercise Nov. 13-22 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The division-level warfighter exercise, Warfighter 16-2, was designed to develop, train, and exercise the warfighting functions of the 29th ID. It tested the division’s ability to coordinate a simulated battle with command and control of six brigades and more than 20,000 personnel. “Warfighter is about learning processes and procedures and bringing together all the warfighting functions to become one team,” said Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, commanding general […]

    29th ID tested at Warfighter 16-2

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — More than 400 Maryland and Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division joined with National Guard and active duty Soldiers from around the country, as well as active duty and Air National Guard Airmen, for a nine-day warfighter exercise Nov. 13-22 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The division-level warfighter exercise, Warfighter 16-2, was designed to develop, train, and exercise the warfighting functions of the 29th ID. It tested the division’s ability to coordinate a simulated battle with command and control of six brigades and more than 20,000 personnel. “Warfighter is about learning processes and procedures and bringing together all the warfighting functions to become one team,” said Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, commanding general […]

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