Army Guard Archive

  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virignia National Guard personnel took part in Veterans Day observations across the commonwealth Nov. 10-12, 2018, to honor all Americans who served and are currently serving in the armed forces as well as commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. Senior leaders took part in ceremonies with elected officials, and Soldiers, Airmen […]

    Veterans recognized across the commonwealth

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virignia National Guard personnel took part in Veterans Day observations across the commonwealth Nov. 10-12, 2018, to honor all Americans who served and are currently serving in the armed forces as well as commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. Senior leaders took part in ceremonies with elected officials, and Soldiers, Airmen […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Each year on November 11 we honor the brave men and women from all the branches of the military for their service and sacrifice in defending the ideals of freedom across the globe. This year Veterans Day is even more special because it falls on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World […]

    Adjutant General’s 2018 Veterans Day Message

    RICHMOND, Va. — Each year on November 11 we honor the brave men and women from all the branches of the military for their service and sacrifice in defending the ideals of freedom across the globe. This year Veterans Day is even more special because it falls on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Approximately 25 Soldiers assigned to the Chesterfield-based Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment returned to the United States Nov. 3, 2018, after serving on federal active duty in Kosovo since January. The Soldiers provided aerial medical evacuation support and training to U.S. and allied forces supporting Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo. In Kosovo, the […]

    MEDEVAC Soldiers return from Kosovo deployment

    RICHMOND, Va. — Approximately 25 Soldiers assigned to the Chesterfield-based Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment returned to the United States Nov. 3, 2018, after serving on federal active duty in Kosovo since January. The Soldiers provided aerial medical evacuation support and training to U.S. and allied forces supporting Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo. In Kosovo, the […]

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  • BLACKSTONE, Va. – More than 100 Soldiers, representing Virginia Army National Guard units from across the Commonwealth, attended an Operation Waypoint event Nov. 3-4, 2018, at the Blackstone Readiness Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The Operation Waypoint program, which started earlier this year, was created to assist in reaching the Adjutant General’s goal of growing the overall end-strength of the Virginia […]

    Operation Waypoint serves as key component in reaching end-strength goal

    BLACKSTONE, Va. – More than 100 Soldiers, representing Virginia Army National Guard units from across the Commonwealth, attended an Operation Waypoint event Nov. 3-4, 2018, at the Blackstone Readiness Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The Operation Waypoint program, which started earlier this year, was created to assist in reaching the Adjutant General’s goal of growing the overall end-strength of the Virginia […]

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  • CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division prepared for future missions at a “Warfighter” exercise Sept. 28 – Oct. 12, 2018, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The exercise was a two-week, computer-simulated war that tested command and control processes against a notional enemy force in a notional environment that also incorporated […]

    29th ID Soldiers gain valuable experience at Warfighter exercise

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division prepared for future missions at a “Warfighter” exercise Sept. 28 – Oct. 12, 2018, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The exercise was a two-week, computer-simulated war that tested command and control processes against a notional enemy force in a notional environment that also incorporated […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Col. K. Weedon Gallagher has been selected to succeed Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin as the Virginia National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General for Army Strategic Initiatives and will be promoted to brigadier general, according to an announcement made Nov. 1, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Col. Gallagher’s assignment follows Brig. Gen. […]

    Gallagher to succeed Griffin, will lead Va. Army National Guard strategic initiatives

    RICHMOND, Va. — Col. K. Weedon Gallagher has been selected to succeed Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin as the Virginia National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General for Army Strategic Initiatives and will be promoted to brigadier general, according to an announcement made Nov. 1, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Col. Gallagher’s assignment follows Brig. Gen. […]

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  • FORT A.P. HILL, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard’s Bowling Green-based 91st Cyber Brigade hosted more than a dozen civilian employers and provided not only a first-hand look at what their employees do in their military careers but also an opportunity to learn about the mission of the Army National Guard’s first cyber brigade during an Employer Support for […]

    91st Cyber Brigade hosts ESGR Boss Lift at Fort A.P. Hill

    FORT A.P. HILL, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard’s Bowling Green-based 91st Cyber Brigade hosted more than a dozen civilian employers and provided not only a first-hand look at what their employees do in their military careers but also an opportunity to learn about the mission of the Army National Guard’s first cyber brigade during an Employer Support for […]

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  • HAMPTON, Va. — Lt. Col. Dennis M. Rohler, commander of the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Coleman, command sergeant major of the 529th CSSB, visited with Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult to thank him for his support of the Virginia Army National Guard during a meeting as part of the 529th CSSB Employer […]

    529th CSSB Employer Appreciation Program brings unit leadership together with employers

    HAMPTON, Va. — Lt. Col. Dennis M. Rohler, commander of the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Coleman, command sergeant major of the 529th CSSB, visited with Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult to thank him for his support of the Virginia Army National Guard during a meeting as part of the 529th CSSB Employer […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris has been selected to serve as the new 29th Infantry Division command sergeant major, according to an announcement made Oct. 26, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Ferris succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Jr. who now serves as the Virginia Army National Guard […]

    Ferris selected as new 29th Infantry Division command sergeant major

    RICHMOND, Va. – Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris has been selected to serve as the new 29th Infantry Division command sergeant major, according to an announcement made Oct. 26, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Ferris succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Jr. who now serves as the Virginia Army National Guard […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Brig. Gen. John M. Rhodes of the Mississippi Army National Guard has been selected to serve as the 29th Infantry Division deputy commanding general for operations, according to an announcement made Oct. 26, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Rhodes succeeds Maj. Gen. John M. Epperly who served as the DCG […]

    Rhodes selected as 29th Infantry Division deputy commanding general

    RICHMOND, Va. — Brig. Gen. John M. Rhodes of the Mississippi Army National Guard has been selected to serve as the 29th Infantry Division deputy commanding general for operations, according to an announcement made Oct. 26, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Rhodes succeeds Maj. Gen. John M. Epperly who served as the DCG […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and the Army and Air Force chiefs have made it very plain that readiness and lethality must be our top priorities. Whether through official memos to the field, or appearances at recent conferences for the National Guard Association of the United States and Association of the United States Army, they have clearly […]

    Legion 6 Organization Message: Operational Readiness – Part 2: Strength

    RICHMOND, Va. — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and the Army and Air Force chiefs have made it very plain that readiness and lethality must be our top priorities. Whether through official memos to the field, or appearances at recent conferences for the National Guard Association of the United States and Association of the United States Army, they have clearly […]

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  • BLACKSTONE, Va. — Fort Pickett Fire & Rescue hosted instruction on the National Incident Management System Training Program Incident Command System Level 300 Course Oct. 3, 10 and 11, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. In addition to training their own personnel, first responders from nearby organizations also took part. “The ICS 300 course is advanced training where students learn to […]

    Fort Pickett Fire & Rescue hosts incident command course

    BLACKSTONE, Va. — Fort Pickett Fire & Rescue hosted instruction on the National Incident Management System Training Program Incident Command System Level 300 Course Oct. 3, 10 and 11, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. In addition to training their own personnel, first responders from nearby organizations also took part. “The ICS 300 course is advanced training where students learn to […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy transitioned 140 candidates to cadets during a ceremony Oct. 12, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “I want you all to think about what you’ve accomplished today,” Mark Chicoine, director of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy, told the newly-minted cadets. “You’ve gone through acclimation, […]

    ChalleNGe Class 50 candidates transition to cadets during induction ceremony

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy transitioned 140 candidates to cadets during a ceremony Oct. 12, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “I want you all to think about what you’ve accomplished today,” Mark Chicoine, director of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy, told the newly-minted cadets. “You’ve gone through acclimation, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Understanding the unique higher educational needs of student veterans will be the major topic of discussion at the Virginia Military & Veteran’s Education Summit Nov. 8-9, 2018, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia. Presented by Virginia’s Community Colleges in partnership with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, the two-day Summit will bring together administrators, […]

    Virginia Military and Veteran’s Education Summit to explore ways to better serve student veterans

    RICHMOND, Va. — Understanding the unique higher educational needs of student veterans will be the major topic of discussion at the Virginia Military & Veteran’s Education Summit Nov. 8-9, 2018, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia. Presented by Virginia’s Community Colleges in partnership with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, the two-day Summit will bring together administrators, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Around 35,000 runners crossed the start line of the 34th Army Ten Miler Oct. 7, 2018, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The race is the third largest 10 miler in the world. Several Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen ran the race, both as teams and as individuals, and one team, Team Jamestown, placed 3rd in […]

    Virginia Soldiers, Airmen race in 34th Army Ten Miler

    RICHMOND, Va. — Around 35,000 runners crossed the start line of the 34th Army Ten Miler Oct. 7, 2018, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The race is the third largest 10 miler in the world. Several Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen ran the race, both as teams and as individuals, and one team, Team Jamestown, placed 3rd in […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard deployed two medium tactical vehicles and four Soldiers to provide high water transport capabilities Oct. 12, 2018, in Danville, Virginia, after heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the area. The Soldiers spent one day on state active duty and assisted local officials with health and welfare checks. A VNG aviation crew of four […]

    Virginia National Guard provides high water transport capabilities in Danville, helicopter rescue on standby

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard deployed two medium tactical vehicles and four Soldiers to provide high water transport capabilities Oct. 12, 2018, in Danville, Virginia, after heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the area. The Soldiers spent one day on state active duty and assisted local officials with health and welfare checks. A VNG aviation crew of four […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Sgt. Timothy Mahanes grew up around heavy equipment so, when he decided to join the Virginia National Guard, enlisting as a 12N, a horizontal construction engineer, was a natural fit. “I love construction, I love heavy equipment, I love seeing a finished product when the project is done,” Mahanes said. He’s currently assigned to the Powhatan-based 180th […]

    Soldier Spotlight: Meet Sgt. Timothy Mahanes

    RICHMOND, Va. — Sgt. Timothy Mahanes grew up around heavy equipment so, when he decided to join the Virginia National Guard, enlisting as a 12N, a horizontal construction engineer, was a natural fit. “I love construction, I love heavy equipment, I love seeing a finished product when the project is done,” Mahanes said. He’s currently assigned to the Powhatan-based 180th […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The application deadline for the Spring Semester, Virginia National Guard state tuition assistance is November 1, 2018. The State Tuition Assistance Program offers up to $6,250 per year for tuition and fees and one credential at each level up to a Ph.D. Tuition assistance can now be used at participating online schools not in Virginia but […]

    Tuition assistance deadline is November 1

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The application deadline for the Spring Semester, Virginia National Guard state tuition assistance is November 1, 2018. The State Tuition Assistance Program offers up to $6,250 per year for tuition and fees and one credential at each level up to a Ph.D. Tuition assistance can now be used at participating online schools not in Virginia but […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — An intimate gathering of Soldiers and family members marked the dedication of the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School building in honor of Capt. Harry Q. Rose Sept. 22, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Rose graduated from OCS Class VI in 1966 and earned the honor graduate distinction after completing the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course […]

    Virginia OCS dedicates building to Capt. Harry Q. Rose

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — An intimate gathering of Soldiers and family members marked the dedication of the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School building in honor of Capt. Harry Q. Rose Sept. 22, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Rose graduated from OCS Class VI in 1966 and earned the honor graduate distinction after completing the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course […]

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  • BUFFALO, N.Y. – A crowd of spectators started to form as two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters appeared over the tree line and landed along the shore of Lake Erie. It was almost lunchtime on Sept. 5, 2018, and already that morning a small group of Soldiers from the West Virginia National Guard’s 19th Special Forces Group were busy preparing their […]

    Va. flight crews build trust, train with W. Va. special operators

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – A crowd of spectators started to form as two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters appeared over the tree line and landed along the shore of Lake Erie. It was almost lunchtime on Sept. 5, 2018, and already that morning a small group of Soldiers from the West Virginia National Guard’s 19th Special Forces Group were busy preparing their […]

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