2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Archive

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard transportation Soldiers returned from supporting Hurricane Florence flood response operations in North Carolina Sept. 24, 2018, and a team of VNG aviators and Chesterfield County rescue technicians returned from South Carolina Sept. 27. “Please accept my genuine expression of sincere pride and gratitude for your contributions that proved seminal to ensuring the safety of […]

    Transporters, aviators return from support missions in the Carolinas

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard transportation Soldiers returned from supporting Hurricane Florence flood response operations in North Carolina Sept. 24, 2018, and a team of VNG aviators and Chesterfield County rescue technicians returned from South Carolina Sept. 27. “Please accept my genuine expression of sincere pride and gratitude for your contributions that proved seminal to ensuring the safety of […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard welcomed 14 new lieutenants to its ranks with the commissioning of Officer Candidate School Class 60 and 61B Aug. 25, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Class 60 was the traditional OCS program that runs nearly two years and taught by a cadre from the Fort Pickett-based 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional […]

    Virginia Army National Guard welcomes 14 new lieutenants

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard welcomed 14 new lieutenants to its ranks with the commissioning of Officer Candidate School Class 60 and 61B Aug. 25, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Class 60 was the traditional OCS program that runs nearly two years and taught by a cadre from the Fort Pickett-based 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional […]

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  • CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assisted local and state law enforcement and provided aviation reconnaissance support to the Unified Command operating in Charlottesville during the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally August 10-12, 2018, in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Unified Command consisted of law enforcement, fire and emergency services personnel from the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and […]

    VNG Soldiers support security effort in Charlottesville

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assisted local and state law enforcement and provided aviation reconnaissance support to the Unified Command operating in Charlottesville during the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally August 10-12, 2018, in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Unified Command consisted of law enforcement, fire and emergency services personnel from the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The following Virginia Army National Guard officers have been selected for command, according to a July 18, 2018, release from the Virginia Army National Guard personnel office: – Lt. Col. Kurt Kobernik will command the Fort PIckett-based Virginia Army National Guard Recruting and Retention Battalion – Maj. Lyndsey Hodgkins will command the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil […]

    Virginia Army National Guard command selections announced

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The following Virginia Army National Guard officers have been selected for command, according to a July 18, 2018, release from the Virginia Army National Guard personnel office: – Lt. Col. Kurt Kobernik will command the Fort PIckett-based Virginia Army National Guard Recruting and Retention Battalion – Maj. Lyndsey Hodgkins will command the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division trained on squad and platoon-level proficiency, door gunnery, personnel recovery, downed aircraft recovery and basic Soldier skills from June 2-16, 2018, at sites including Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Pickett and the Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Virginia. “The 2-224th has had a successful […]

    Va. National Guard aviation battalion trains around the state

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division trained on squad and platoon-level proficiency, door gunnery, personnel recovery, downed aircraft recovery and basic Soldier skills from June 2-16, 2018, at sites including Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Pickett and the Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Virginia. “The 2-224th has had a successful […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter with aviation crew departed June 4, 2018, to provide aerial detection and monitoring support for the Arizona National Guard’s mission to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on the Southwest Border. The mission is scheduled to last approximately 90 days and could be extended. “Once again the Virginia National […]

    Virginia National Guard Lakota helicopter and crew depart for Southwest Border support

    SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter with aviation crew departed June 4, 2018, to provide aerial detection and monitoring support for the Arizona National Guard’s mission to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on the Southwest Border. The mission is scheduled to last approximately 90 days and could be extended. “Once again the Virginia National […]

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas — “Superb.” That was Sgt. Ashley Camper’s response when prompted to explain the quality of training she is receiving during her mobilization training at Fort Hood, Texas. Camper is one of 26 Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Chesterfield-based Detachment 2, Company C, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment who are deploying for nine months as part […]

    MEDEVAC Soldiers prepare for Kosovo deployment

    FORT HOOD, Texas — “Superb.” That was Sgt. Ashley Camper’s response when prompted to explain the quality of training she is receiving during her mobilization training at Fort Hood, Texas. Camper is one of 26 Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Chesterfield-based Detachment 2, Company C, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment who are deploying for nine months as part […]

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  • TANGIER ISLAND, Va. — Virginia National Guard aviation crews aboard two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters delivered much-needed supplies to icebound Tangier Island, Virginia, Jan. 6, 2018. Six Soldiers, all assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, participated in the resupply mission and helped to deliver food, medicine and mail to the residents of Tangier. Typically, island residents receive […]

    Virginia aviators deliver needed supplies to icebound Tangier Island

    TANGIER ISLAND, Va. — Virginia National Guard aviation crews aboard two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters delivered much-needed supplies to icebound Tangier Island, Virginia, Jan. 6, 2018. Six Soldiers, all assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, participated in the resupply mission and helped to deliver food, medicine and mail to the residents of Tangier. Typically, island residents receive […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – More than 200 Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force personnel will be on duty Jan. 13, 2018, supporting the inauguration of Ralph Northam as the 73rd Governor of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the VDF will conduct a variety of missions including playing ceremonial music, firing a 19-gun salute with […]

    Virginia National Guard to provide music, artillery salute, lead parade marching element and helicopter flyover for Governor’s Inauguration

    SANDSTON, Va. – More than 200 Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force personnel will be on duty Jan. 13, 2018, supporting the inauguration of Ralph Northam as the 73rd Governor of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the VDF will conduct a variety of missions including playing ceremonial music, firing a 19-gun salute with […]

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  • CHESTERFIELD, Va. —After more than a year of training, approximately 25 Soldiers assigned to Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment said goodbye to the Commonwealth of Virginia and officially began their federal mobilization that will take them to Kosovo in the coming weeks. The Soldiers in the unit gathered along with family members, friends and fellow Soldiers […]

    MEDEVAC Soldiers depart Virginia in advance of Kosovo deployment

    CHESTERFIELD, Va. —After more than a year of training, approximately 25 Soldiers assigned to Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment said goodbye to the Commonwealth of Virginia and officially began their federal mobilization that will take them to Kosovo in the coming weeks. The Soldiers in the unit gathered along with family members, friends and fellow Soldiers […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for the Virginia National Guard Dec. 2 and 3, 2017, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, to recognize the Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year and their families as well as families of those personnel who are […]

    Governor, First Lady host receptions at Virginia’s Executive Mansion

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for the Virginia National Guard Dec. 2 and 3, 2017, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, to recognize the Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year and their families as well as families of those personnel who are […]

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  • MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – At Manchester High School in Midlothian, Virginia, a pair of streets were named for two fallen Soldiers in a ceremony held Oct. 20, 2017. The Soldiers, Staff. Sgt. Darryl D. Booker of the Virginia National Guard and Sgt. Forrest Dane Cauthorn of the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division, both graduated from Manchester High. The two were separated […]

    Manchester High School roads named for fallen Soldiers

    MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – At Manchester High School in Midlothian, Virginia, a pair of streets were named for two fallen Soldiers in a ceremony held Oct. 20, 2017. The Soldiers, Staff. Sgt. Darryl D. Booker of the Virginia National Guard and Sgt. Forrest Dane Cauthorn of the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division, both graduated from Manchester High. The two were separated […]

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  • CHESTERFIELD, Va. — Chesterfield County government and school officials will name two roads at Manchester High School in honor of fallen Staff Sgt. Darryl Demetrial Booker and Sgt. Forrest Dane Cauthorn at a ceremony scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Manchester High School at 12601 Bailey Bridge Road in Midlothian, Virginia. The ceremony will mark the […]

    Manchester High School roads to be named for fallen Soldiers

    CHESTERFIELD, Va. — Chesterfield County government and school officials will name two roads at Manchester High School in honor of fallen Staff Sgt. Darryl Demetrial Booker and Sgt. Forrest Dane Cauthorn at a ceremony scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Manchester High School at 12601 Bailey Bridge Road in Midlothian, Virginia. The ceremony will mark the […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard sent approximately 40 Soldiers and six helicopters to Texas to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery operations Aug. 31, 2017, and after transporting medical personnel and supplies, they safely returned to Virginia Sept. 6. With the Texas National Guard shifting operations from search and rescue to critical life support and logistics support, the helicopters […]

    Va. National Guard helicopters support Hurricane Harvey recovery

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard sent approximately 40 Soldiers and six helicopters to Texas to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery operations Aug. 31, 2017, and after transporting medical personnel and supplies, they safely returned to Virginia Sept. 6. With the Texas National Guard shifting operations from search and rescue to critical life support and logistics support, the helicopters […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is preparing to send approximately 40 Soldiers and seven helicopters to Texas to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery operations. The aviation crews are expected to depart early Thursday morning, Aug. 31, 2017, and possible missions would be search and rescue, aerial damage assessment and supply distribution. Three rescue technicians from the Chesterfield County […]

    Va. National Guard to send helicopters to Texas for Hurricane Harvey recovery operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is preparing to send approximately 40 Soldiers and seven helicopters to Texas to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery operations. The aviation crews are expected to depart early Thursday morning, Aug. 31, 2017, and possible missions would be search and rescue, aerial damage assessment and supply distribution. Three rescue technicians from the Chesterfield County […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Twenty years after his parents got married and 10 years after losing his father in an Iraq helicopter shoot down, Pvt. Paul David Kelly, 19, raised his right hand and enlisted into the Virginia National Guard July 26, 2017. Col. James Ring, chief of staff for the Virginia National Guard, administered Kelly’s oath in front of his […]

    Son of fallen Va. National Guard officer enlists on parent’s 20th anniversary

    RICHMOND, Va. – Twenty years after his parents got married and 10 years after losing his father in an Iraq helicopter shoot down, Pvt. Paul David Kelly, 19, raised his right hand and enlisted into the Virginia National Guard July 26, 2017. Col. James Ring, chief of staff for the Virginia National Guard, administered Kelly’s oath in front of his […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. –  Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to two Sandston-based aviation units received the Governor’s National Service Medal July 16, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. The medal, created in 2005 by then-Governor Mark R. Warner, recognizes the men and women of the Virginia Army and Air National Guard who have served on federal active duty since the terrorist attacks of […]

    Aviation troops recognized for overseas service

    RICHMOND, Va. –  Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to two Sandston-based aviation units received the Governor’s National Service Medal July 16, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. The medal, created in 2005 by then-Governor Mark R. Warner, recognizes the men and women of the Virginia Army and Air National Guard who have served on federal active duty since the terrorist attacks of […]

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