Army Guard Archive

  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Nearly 50 senior enlisted Soldiers from around the Virginia Army National Guard completed a two-day senior leader Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention course Aug. 28-29, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. The purpose of the senior leader NCO SHARP training was to inform senior leaders on current changes within the Department of Defense Instruction Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. Training focused on leaders’ role in a sexual assault case, current changes within the DoDI and victim care. The training also increased their knowledge of the importance of properly handling a sexual assault case and reinforced the point that the victim remains the number one priority. Command sergeants major, sergeants major and first sergeants from around the […]

    Va. Guard senior enlisted Soldiers attend SHARP training

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Nearly 50 senior enlisted Soldiers from around the Virginia Army National Guard completed a two-day senior leader Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention course Aug. 28-29, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. The purpose of the senior leader NCO SHARP training was to inform senior leaders on current changes within the Department of Defense Instruction Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. Training focused on leaders’ role in a sexual assault case, current changes within the DoDI and victim care. The training also increased their knowledge of the importance of properly handling a sexual assault case and reinforced the point that the victim remains the number one priority. Command sergeants major, sergeants major and first sergeants from around the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support Sept. 5, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. Joining the governor for the signing were members of the cabinet, state senators and delegates from the Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Army and Air National Guard senior leaders as well as senior leaders from reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Statement of Support Program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve and the intent of the program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in […]

    Governor signs statement of support for Guard, Reserve

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support Sept. 5, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. Joining the governor for the signing were members of the cabinet, state senators and delegates from the Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Army and Air National Guard senior leaders as well as senior leaders from reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Statement of Support Program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve and the intent of the program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in […]

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  • DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Twenty-three Airmen and Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard conducted demonstrations and information exchanges with members of the Tajikistani military in late July and August in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in support of the enduring relationship between the Virginia National Guard and the Republic of Tajikistan as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. Soldiers covered a variety of topics including reacting to indirect fire; peacekeeping operations; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense operations; combatives; and information assurance techniques. A group of six Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and one Airman from the 192nd Medical Group, 192nd Fighter Wing participated in a seven-day information exchange focused on introducing the Tajikistani military to battery defense, […]

    Va. Guard travels to Tajikistan to share skills, experience

    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Twenty-three Airmen and Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard conducted demonstrations and information exchanges with members of the Tajikistani military in late July and August in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in support of the enduring relationship between the Virginia National Guard and the Republic of Tajikistan as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. Soldiers covered a variety of topics including reacting to indirect fire; peacekeeping operations; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense operations; combatives; and information assurance techniques. A group of six Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and one Airman from the 192nd Medical Group, 192nd Fighter Wing participated in a seven-day information exchange focused on introducing the Tajikistani military to battery defense, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. –Mobile training teams from the Fort Benning-based Warrior Training Center came to Fort Pickett in August to teach two badge-producing courses; the Air Assault Course, which graduated with 158 Soldiers from approximately 25 states, and the concurrently-conducted Pathfinder Course, starting with 47 Soldiers and graduating 34. The goal of the Air Assault Course is to teach Soldiers air assault operations, sling-load operations and rappelling, and aims to graduate Soldiers able to make maximum use of helicopter assets in training and in combat in order to support their unit operations. The three-phase, 10-day course requires Soldiers to prove themselves physically before the course even officially begins. Soldiers hoping to earn the coveted Air Assault Badge first had to […]

    Warrior Training Center brings Air Assault, Pathfinder to Virginia

    FORT PICKETT, Va. –Mobile training teams from the Fort Benning-based Warrior Training Center came to Fort Pickett in August to teach two badge-producing courses; the Air Assault Course, which graduated with 158 Soldiers from approximately 25 states, and the concurrently-conducted Pathfinder Course, starting with 47 Soldiers and graduating 34. The goal of the Air Assault Course is to teach Soldiers air assault operations, sling-load operations and rappelling, and aims to graduate Soldiers able to make maximum use of helicopter assets in training and in combat in order to support their unit operations. The three-phase, 10-day course requires Soldiers to prove themselves physically before the course even officially begins. Soldiers hoping to earn the coveted Air Assault Badge first had to […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Air traffic controllers at the Blackstone Army Airfield put their new CM-300 radios to the test Sept. 4, 2014, during a planned parachute training exercise. “We’ve been able to replace some antiquated analog radio technology with updated digital radios,” said Jeffery Olson, air traffic controller. According to General Dynamics, the CM-300 air traffic control radio is one of the first radio systems designed to support voice over internet protocol local standards and can support an unlimited number of radios from one location. Standardized radio reduces costs and increases flexibility with existing radio equipment. The radio systems have the capability to reach VHF 25kHz AM and 8.33kHZ frequency channel spacing and wideband VHF 112-150 MHz. UHF reaches 225-399.975 MHz […]

    Air traffic controllers support air drop with new radios

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Air traffic controllers at the Blackstone Army Airfield put their new CM-300 radios to the test Sept. 4, 2014, during a planned parachute training exercise. “We’ve been able to replace some antiquated analog radio technology with updated digital radios,” said Jeffery Olson, air traffic controller. According to General Dynamics, the CM-300 air traffic control radio is one of the first radio systems designed to support voice over internet protocol local standards and can support an unlimited number of radios from one location. Standardized radio reduces costs and increases flexibility with existing radio equipment. The radio systems have the capability to reach VHF 25kHz AM and 8.33kHZ frequency channel spacing and wideband VHF 112-150 MHz. UHF reaches 225-399.975 MHz […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Col. Walter L. Mercer will be promoted to brigadier general and take command of the Virginia Army National Guard from Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner effective Oct. 1, 2014, according to an announcement made Sept. 3, 2014, by Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Ortner will succeed William R. Phillips, II, as the Deputy Commanding General of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division . Phillips will retire, as will Brig. Gen. Janice G. Igou, who currently serves as the Virginia National Guard Director of Interagency Operations. “Bill Phillips and Janice Igou both served Virginia and our nation in a stellar fashion,” Williams said. “Each made significant contributions to Virginia National Guard domestic and […]

    Mercer to command Va. Army Guard, Ortner named 29th ID deputy commander

    SANDSTON, Va. — Col. Walter L. Mercer will be promoted to brigadier general and take command of the Virginia Army National Guard from Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner effective Oct. 1, 2014, according to an announcement made Sept. 3, 2014, by Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Ortner will succeed William R. Phillips, II, as the Deputy Commanding General of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division . Phillips will retire, as will Brig. Gen. Janice G. Igou, who currently serves as the Virginia National Guard Director of Interagency Operations. “Bill Phillips and Janice Igou both served Virginia and our nation in a stellar fashion,” Williams said. “Each made significant contributions to Virginia National Guard domestic and […]

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  • 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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