Army Guard Archive

  • SALINAS, Puerto Rico — Maj. Gen. Charles W. Whittington, Jr., commander of the 29th Infantry Division, Virginia National Guard, visited the 92nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Puerto Rico National Guard, during the 92nd MEB annual training at Camp Santiago Joint Maneuver Training Center in Salinas, Puerto Rico, in July 2014. “The alignment for training principle allows for great units like the 92nd [MEB] to integrate with a division like the 29th [ID]. We are able to benefit from the talents that come from both organizations and it’s absolutely essential to the longevity of the Guard units,” said Whittington. The visit is part of a newly resuscitated partnership between the 29th ID and the 92nd MEB that originally began shortly before 9/11, […]

    92nd MEB essential to the 29th ID says Maj. Gen. Whittington

    SALINAS, Puerto Rico — Maj. Gen. Charles W. Whittington, Jr., commander of the 29th Infantry Division, Virginia National Guard, visited the 92nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Puerto Rico National Guard, during the 92nd MEB annual training at Camp Santiago Joint Maneuver Training Center in Salinas, Puerto Rico, in July 2014. “The alignment for training principle allows for great units like the 92nd [MEB] to integrate with a division like the 29th [ID]. We are able to benefit from the talents that come from both organizations and it’s absolutely essential to the longevity of the Guard units,” said Whittington. The visit is part of a newly resuscitated partnership between the 29th ID and the 92nd MEB that originally began shortly before 9/11, […]

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  • NORFOLK, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, spoke to a group of more than 115 artillerymen and their guests from the Hampton-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team July 12, 2014, during their Saint Barbara’s Day Celebration at the Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. Eight officers and noncommissioned officers received the United States Field Artillery Association’s Order of Saint Barbara award as part of the celebration. Named for the patron saint of the artillery who protects Soldiers from fires and sudden death, the Order of Saint Barbara recognizes members in good standing who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence, […]

    Adjutant General challenges artillery leaders to pursue excellence

    NORFOLK, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, spoke to a group of more than 115 artillerymen and their guests from the Hampton-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team July 12, 2014, during their Saint Barbara’s Day Celebration at the Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. Eight officers and noncommissioned officers received the United States Field Artillery Association’s Order of Saint Barbara award as part of the celebration. Named for the patron saint of the artillery who protects Soldiers from fires and sudden death, the Order of Saint Barbara recognizes members in good standing who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – From April to June, approximately 110 Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers, comprised of flight crews and support personnel, rotated through Guatemala in two-week cycles in support of Operation Beyond the Horizon, serving as the only rotary wing asset for the exercise. The Soldiers, from the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, flew more than 140 missions, moved more than 900 individuals and hauled nearly 9,000 pounds of cargo through the skies of Guatemala aboard three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Operation Beyond the Horizon is a joint foreign military interaction and humanitarian exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command. The Virginia Soldiers had the opportunity to work with Guatemalan armed forces, as well as Soldiers and Airmen from across […]

    Va. Guard aviators fly nearly 300 hours over Guatemalan skies

    SANDSTON, Va. – From April to June, approximately 110 Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers, comprised of flight crews and support personnel, rotated through Guatemala in two-week cycles in support of Operation Beyond the Horizon, serving as the only rotary wing asset for the exercise. The Soldiers, from the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, flew more than 140 missions, moved more than 900 individuals and hauled nearly 9,000 pounds of cargo through the skies of Guatemala aboard three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Operation Beyond the Horizon is a joint foreign military interaction and humanitarian exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command. The Virginia Soldiers had the opportunity to work with Guatemalan armed forces, as well as Soldiers and Airmen from across […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard family was recently recognized as the Army National Guard Family of the Year for 2014 while a Virginia Guard family member was honored as the National Guard Teen Volunteer of the Year. The Billmyer family, which includes Master Sgt. Jeff Billmyer, Sgt. 1st Class Ellen Billmyer, and their children 1st Lt. Rachel Billmyer, Ben Billmyer and Hannah Billmyer, received the award, which is given to a family that shows outstanding and exceptional service to National Guard family programs. Natalie Unmussig, daughter of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Donald Unmussig, a Virginia National Guard Soldier currently serving as a mobility officer with the National Guard Bureau, received the National Guard Teen Volunteer of the Year, […]

    Va. Guard family, teen honored by National Guard family programs for volunteerism

    SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard family was recently recognized as the Army National Guard Family of the Year for 2014 while a Virginia Guard family member was honored as the National Guard Teen Volunteer of the Year. The Billmyer family, which includes Master Sgt. Jeff Billmyer, Sgt. 1st Class Ellen Billmyer, and their children 1st Lt. Rachel Billmyer, Ben Billmyer and Hannah Billmyer, received the award, which is given to a family that shows outstanding and exceptional service to National Guard family programs. Natalie Unmussig, daughter of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Donald Unmussig, a Virginia National Guard Soldier currently serving as a mobility officer with the National Guard Bureau, received the National Guard Teen Volunteer of the Year, […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron and Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group participated in a joint exercise to test the coordination and deployment plans of the Disaster Relief Bed-down System, July 13, 2014, at the Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Va. The 203rd RED HORSE Squadron’s Airmen are trained and tasked with assembling and operating the DRBS, while the 1030th’s transportation companies can be activated to transport the DRBS containers in the event of an emergency. “The DRBS is a self-contained system of generators and living facilities that can be moved to a disaster site,” said Army Maj. Tim Pillion, 1030th […]

    Soldiers, Airmen train on transporting disaster relief system

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron and Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group participated in a joint exercise to test the coordination and deployment plans of the Disaster Relief Bed-down System, July 13, 2014, at the Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Va. The 203rd RED HORSE Squadron’s Airmen are trained and tasked with assembling and operating the DRBS, while the 1030th’s transportation companies can be activated to transport the DRBS containers in the event of an emergency. “The DRBS is a self-contained system of generators and living facilities that can be moved to a disaster site,” said Army Maj. Tim Pillion, 1030th […]

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  • MARTINSVILLE, Va – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers loaded the last pieces of construction equipment onto trailers July 2, 2014 culminating four-weeks of grading, hauling, and filling a 15-acre industrial plot in Henry County, Va. that began May 31, 2014. More than 100 Soldiers assigned to the Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Support Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command continued the construction operation started by the 180th Engineer Company two weeks before as part of their annual training. Soldiers from the unit worked hard to transform a rugged, mountainous hill to a flat usable construction site and have been cutting the tops of large uneven hills, filling large gaps and trenches, and grading the 15-acres to make it suitable for […]

    Va. National Guard engineers help Henry County with economic development project

    MARTINSVILLE, Va – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers loaded the last pieces of construction equipment onto trailers July 2, 2014 culminating four-weeks of grading, hauling, and filling a 15-acre industrial plot in Henry County, Va. that began May 31, 2014. More than 100 Soldiers assigned to the Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Support Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command continued the construction operation started by the 180th Engineer Company two weeks before as part of their annual training. Soldiers from the unit worked hard to transform a rugged, mountainous hill to a flat usable construction site and have been cutting the tops of large uneven hills, filling large gaps and trenches, and grading the 15-acres to make it suitable for […]

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  • NORMANDY, France – Twenty-seven Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division and the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team travelled to Normandy, France for the 70th anniversary of the Allied landing at Omaha Beach June 6, 2014. Task Force Normandy, led by the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team from Vicenza, Italy, organized 20 U.S. units, including the 29th ID, to commemorate the event. The 29th ID was involved in 22 ceremonies, beginning at Omaha Beach, and following the unit’s path through France during World War II. The unit liberated several small towns from German occupation during World War II. The ceremonies included speeches from local dignitaries and Maj. Gen. Charles Whittington, Commanding General of the 29th Infantry Division. On […]

    29th Infantry Division returns to France for 70th anniversary of D-Day

    NORMANDY, France – Twenty-seven Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division and the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team travelled to Normandy, France for the 70th anniversary of the Allied landing at Omaha Beach June 6, 2014. Task Force Normandy, led by the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team from Vicenza, Italy, organized 20 U.S. units, including the 29th ID, to commemorate the event. The 29th ID was involved in 22 ceremonies, beginning at Omaha Beach, and following the unit’s path through France during World War II. The unit liberated several small towns from German occupation during World War II. The ceremonies included speeches from local dignitaries and Maj. Gen. Charles Whittington, Commanding General of the 29th Infantry Division. On […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team utilized high-tech gear to get high quality training during the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 17-26, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. With high-tech equipment, intense combat-like conditions and the help of active duty units, 116th IBCT troops and their leaders left their 2014 annual training better trained, motivated and informed than when they arrived two weeks earlier. Seventy platoons of the brigade and 10 of the Fort Bragg, N.C.-based 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division conducted approximately 1,300 training lane iterations during the rotation. Soldiers of the 116th IBCT participated in training lanes such as engineer route reconnaissance, air […]

    XCTC provides realistic “back to basics” combat training for 116th IBCT Soldiers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team utilized high-tech gear to get high quality training during the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 17-26, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. With high-tech equipment, intense combat-like conditions and the help of active duty units, 116th IBCT troops and their leaders left their 2014 annual training better trained, motivated and informed than when they arrived two weeks earlier. Seventy platoons of the brigade and 10 of the Fort Bragg, N.C.-based 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division conducted approximately 1,300 training lane iterations during the rotation. Soldiers of the 116th IBCT participated in training lanes such as engineer route reconnaissance, air […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – This year marked the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, and the last time units from the 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st Airborne Division and the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as part of the 29th Infantry Division operated on the same plot of land was during the 1944 invasion. Although not under actual combat conditions, these units came back together for the National Guard’s eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise at Fort Pickett, Va. June 14-28, 2014. “In this exercise we have all the components represented,” said Col. John M. Epperly, commander of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “What we are seeing here is that the total Army is coming together to provide […]

    Va. National Guard exercise model for Army Total Force Policy

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – This year marked the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, and the last time units from the 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st Airborne Division and the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as part of the 29th Infantry Division operated on the same plot of land was during the 1944 invasion. Although not under actual combat conditions, these units came back together for the National Guard’s eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise at Fort Pickett, Va. June 14-28, 2014. “In this exercise we have all the components represented,” said Col. John M. Epperly, commander of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “What we are seeing here is that the total Army is coming together to provide […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps is one of the oldest branches of the Army, dating back to July 29, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized one chaplain for each regiment in the Continental Army, with the pay equaling that of a captain. The chaplains of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Virginia Army National Guard continue this tradition by attending to the troops of their respective battalions. While they try to make themselves available to Soldiers around the various readiness centers throughout the year, they get the most exposure during annual trainings, like this year’s brigade-wide AT held June 14-28, at Fort Pickett. National Guard Soldiers face particular stresses during annual trainings. They leave behind […]

    116th IBCT Chaplains minister to Soldiers during annual training

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps is one of the oldest branches of the Army, dating back to July 29, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized one chaplain for each regiment in the Continental Army, with the pay equaling that of a captain. The chaplains of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Virginia Army National Guard continue this tradition by attending to the troops of their respective battalions. While they try to make themselves available to Soldiers around the various readiness centers throughout the year, they get the most exposure during annual trainings, like this year’s brigade-wide AT held June 14-28, at Fort Pickett. National Guard Soldiers face particular stresses during annual trainings. They leave behind […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — When most people think of the Army, they picture infantrymen operating in the field, firing their weapons and sustaining themselves on packages of meals ready to eat. But how did those troops get to the field? Or get fuel to continue driving their Humvees, or ammo to continue firing their weapons? How do they safely nourish themselves to continue the fight? Support units are not what comes to mind for most people when they think about an infantry brigade combat team, but the 116th IBCT could not function without the Soldiers of its Danville-based 429th Brigade Support Battalion. The battalion provides vital goods and services throughout the brigade year-round, but especially during annual training. With a […]

    Soldiers of 429th BSB make 2014 AT possible for 116th IBCT

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — When most people think of the Army, they picture infantrymen operating in the field, firing their weapons and sustaining themselves on packages of meals ready to eat. But how did those troops get to the field? Or get fuel to continue driving their Humvees, or ammo to continue firing their weapons? How do they safely nourish themselves to continue the fight? Support units are not what comes to mind for most people when they think about an infantry brigade combat team, but the 116th IBCT could not function without the Soldiers of its Danville-based 429th Brigade Support Battalion. The battalion provides vital goods and services throughout the brigade year-round, but especially during annual training. With a […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH—Family members, friends, fellow Soldiers and senior state government and military leaders bid farewell to the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group June 22, 2014, in Virginia Beach. Approximately 70 Soldiers of the 529th are scheduled to report to Fort Hood, Texas, for 30 to 45 days of mobilization training before deploying to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Del. Scott Taylor, R-Virginia Beach, and Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, attended the departure ceremony at Birdneck Elementary School along with other state and military leaders. Once they arrive in Kuwait, the Soldiers of […]

    529th CSSB Soldiers depart for federal duty in Kuwait

    VIRGINIA BEACH—Family members, friends, fellow Soldiers and senior state government and military leaders bid farewell to the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group June 22, 2014, in Virginia Beach. Approximately 70 Soldiers of the 529th are scheduled to report to Fort Hood, Texas, for 30 to 45 days of mobilization training before deploying to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Del. Scott Taylor, R-Virginia Beach, and Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, attended the departure ceremony at Birdneck Elementary School along with other state and military leaders. Once they arrive in Kuwait, the Soldiers of […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 79 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 40 June 21, 2014, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the Director of the Joint Staff of the Virginia National Guard, was the guest speaker and music was provided by the 29th Division Band. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, was also on hand to represent the Virginia National Guard and recognize the graduates after the completion of the 20-week, residential period of academics, physical fitness, counseling, life skills, and team building. “In January, Class 40 started with 134 cadets. Today we’re here to celebrate the 79 who had the drive […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 79 cadets from Class 40

    VIRGINIA BEACH — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 79 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 40 June 21, 2014, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the Director of the Joint Staff of the Virginia National Guard, was the guest speaker and music was provided by the 29th Division Band. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, was also on hand to represent the Virginia National Guard and recognize the graduates after the completion of the 20-week, residential period of academics, physical fitness, counseling, life skills, and team building. “In January, Class 40 started with 134 cadets. Today we’re here to celebrate the 79 who had the drive […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The Virginia Army National Guard’s 29th Infantry Division, based at Fort Belvoir, Va., hosted a Diversity Day event June 21, 2014, at the Wallace Theater on post. Displays, speakers, dance performances and food samples treated the Soldiers and some of their family members to various cultures. In its sixth year, the Virginia National Guard’s Equal Opportunity Office designated this year’s event to showcase Native American culture. “We celebrate Diversity Day to raise awareness and educate members of the Virginia National Guard about how many different people make up the organization and how all those different people have contributed to the success of the organization and the country,” said Capt. Kervin Sider, the Virginia National Guard’s full-time […]

    29th ID Soldiers host Diversity Day at Fort Belvoir

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The Virginia Army National Guard’s 29th Infantry Division, based at Fort Belvoir, Va., hosted a Diversity Day event June 21, 2014, at the Wallace Theater on post. Displays, speakers, dance performances and food samples treated the Soldiers and some of their family members to various cultures. In its sixth year, the Virginia National Guard’s Equal Opportunity Office designated this year’s event to showcase Native American culture. “We celebrate Diversity Day to raise awareness and educate members of the Virginia National Guard about how many different people make up the organization and how all those different people have contributed to the success of the organization and the country,” said Capt. Kervin Sider, the Virginia National Guard’s full-time […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group will conduct a departure ceremony June 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Birdneck Elementary School located at 957 S. Birdneck Road in Virginia Beach. Approximately 70 Soldiers assigned to the 529th CSSB received a mobilization order in November 2013 to enter federal active service for duty in Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Soldiers are scheduled to report to Fort Hood, Texas, for approximately 30 to 45 days of mobilization training before deploying. Once they arrive in Kuwait, they are scheduled to operate as a mission command headquarters with the task of planning and executing combat sustainment support for U.S. […]

    Virginia Beach-based 529th CSSB to conduct departure ceremony June 22

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group will conduct a departure ceremony June 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Birdneck Elementary School located at 957 S. Birdneck Road in Virginia Beach. Approximately 70 Soldiers assigned to the 529th CSSB received a mobilization order in November 2013 to enter federal active service for duty in Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Soldiers are scheduled to report to Fort Hood, Texas, for approximately 30 to 45 days of mobilization training before deploying. Once they arrive in Kuwait, they are scheduled to operate as a mission command headquarters with the task of planning and executing combat sustainment support for U.S. […]

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  • CHESTERFIELD, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Chesterfield-based Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment partnered with team members from the Chesterfield Fire & EMS rescue team June 9, 2014, in Chesterfield, Va., during the unit’s two-week annual training period. “The goal of the exercise was to replicate an actual emergency and simulate the response process at the first responder level,” explained Capt. Aaron Loy, commander of the detachment. The scenario for the training involved notional heavy flooding that left several “victims,” played by Soldiers in the unit, stranded at three separate locations: trapped on top of a school bus, on top of a building and on an boat in a nearby river. “The basic […]

    Va. Guard Lakota flight crews train with local first responders

    CHESTERFIELD, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Chesterfield-based Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment partnered with team members from the Chesterfield Fire & EMS rescue team June 9, 2014, in Chesterfield, Va., during the unit’s two-week annual training period. “The goal of the exercise was to replicate an actual emergency and simulate the response process at the first responder level,” explained Capt. Aaron Loy, commander of the detachment. The scenario for the training involved notional heavy flooding that left several “victims,” played by Soldiers in the unit, stranded at three separate locations: trapped on top of a school bus, on top of a building and on an boat in a nearby river. “The basic […]

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  • BLACKSTONE, Va – Virginia Officer Candidate School Class 56 visited residents at Clay’s Assisted Living on Saturday, May 24, 2014, as part of their Phase II community service requirement. Officer candidates coordinated with Barbara Mosley, a manager at Clay’s Assisted Living, to orchestrate a presence patrol at the center. One of the officer candidates in charge of the project, Officer Candidate Zach Barnett, had this to say in regard to why the class chose to visit the assisted living center: “Fort Pickett has been a part of the Blackstone community for a long time, and it is important to give back to the rest of the community that has been so supportive of us.” “The community project was a great […]

    Va. Guard officer candidates complete community service project

    BLACKSTONE, Va – Virginia Officer Candidate School Class 56 visited residents at Clay’s Assisted Living on Saturday, May 24, 2014, as part of their Phase II community service requirement. Officer candidates coordinated with Barbara Mosley, a manager at Clay’s Assisted Living, to orchestrate a presence patrol at the center. One of the officer candidates in charge of the project, Officer Candidate Zach Barnett, had this to say in regard to why the class chose to visit the assisted living center: “Fort Pickett has been a part of the Blackstone community for a long time, and it is important to give back to the rest of the community that has been so supportive of us.” “The community project was a great […]

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  • CHESTERFIELD, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard flight crews from the Chesterfield-based Detachment 2, Company G, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment provided medical evacuation support to a National Disaster Medical System Full-Scale Exercise June 7, 2014, at the Chesterfield County Airport during their two week annual training. The exercise included approximately 150 participants from more than 20 local, federal and state agencies. “The NDMS exercise was a great opportunity to work with local agencies and exercise how we fall in on and support those agencies,” explained Capt. J. Erin Jones, commander of the unit. “The NDMS exercise was also the first opportunity we have had to practice a patient transfer with the medical equipment configured on the aircraft and the […]

    Virginia Guard aviators join response exercise with federal, state and local agencies

    CHESTERFIELD, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard flight crews from the Chesterfield-based Detachment 2, Company G, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment provided medical evacuation support to a National Disaster Medical System Full-Scale Exercise June 7, 2014, at the Chesterfield County Airport during their two week annual training. The exercise included approximately 150 participants from more than 20 local, federal and state agencies. “The NDMS exercise was a great opportunity to work with local agencies and exercise how we fall in on and support those agencies,” explained Capt. J. Erin Jones, commander of the unit. “The NDMS exercise was also the first opportunity we have had to practice a patient transfer with the medical equipment configured on the aircraft and the […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Throughout Virginia, Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have been conducting continuous and rigorous training in preparation for the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 14-27, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. XCTC is an instrumented combat-readiness program that assesses the Soldier’s necessary skills prior to deployment. It will serve as a culminating training event during the brigade’s annual training as platoons are externally evaluated on many tasks necessary to build on for next year’s company validations, said Maj. Kurt Kobernik, operations officer for the 116th IBCT. The rotation will run for 10 days with up to 10 live-fire lanes and approximately 40 situational training exercise lanes, Kobernik said. All of the lanes will […]

    116th IBCT Soldiers to focus on platoon level exercises during annual training

    STAUNTON, Va. — Throughout Virginia, Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have been conducting continuous and rigorous training in preparation for the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 14-27, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. XCTC is an instrumented combat-readiness program that assesses the Soldier’s necessary skills prior to deployment. It will serve as a culminating training event during the brigade’s annual training as platoons are externally evaluated on many tasks necessary to build on for next year’s company validations, said Maj. Kurt Kobernik, operations officer for the 116th IBCT. The rotation will run for 10 days with up to 10 live-fire lanes and approximately 40 situational training exercise lanes, Kobernik said. All of the lanes will […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — National Guard Bureau public affairs published a memorandum June 14, 2014, that provides simple, easy-to-follow tips that will help members of the National Guard and their families use social media in their professional and personal lives. The guide is for amplification purposes and does not replace official Department of Defense, service-specific nor state and local command policies. According to the memo, National Guard military and civilian members are encouraged to use social media to share their experiences and to conduct themselves online in a safe and professional manner worthy of their status and calling to support and defend the American people. The guidelines in the memo are as follows: Official Use: Official online posts involve content released […]

    National Guard Bureau publishes social media guidance for National Guard members

    SANDSTON, Va. — National Guard Bureau public affairs published a memorandum June 14, 2014, that provides simple, easy-to-follow tips that will help members of the National Guard and their families use social media in their professional and personal lives. The guide is for amplification purposes and does not replace official Department of Defense, service-specific nor state and local command policies. According to the memo, National Guard military and civilian members are encouraged to use social media to share their experiences and to conduct themselves online in a safe and professional manner worthy of their status and calling to support and defend the American people. The guidelines in the memo are as follows: Official Use: Official online posts involve content released […]

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