29th Infantry Division Archive

  • BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers in France and Virginia recognized the 74th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy June 6, 2018, at events that honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice on D-Day and celebrated those who continued the fight that led to end of World War II. Senior leaders represented the VNG at ceremonies where they […]

    Ceremonies honor D-Day service, sacrifice on 74th anniversary

    BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers in France and Virginia recognized the 74th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy June 6, 2018, at events that honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice on D-Day and celebrated those who continued the fight that led to end of World War II. Senior leaders represented the VNG at ceremonies where they […]

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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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  • CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, members of the Virginia Defense Force, friends and family members joined distinguished guests at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Virginia National Guard’s newly-built Joint Force Headquarters building May 14, 2018, at Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia. U.S. Senator Mark Warner, First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam, Secretary […]

    Virginia National Guard cuts ribbon at new state headquarters

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, members of the Virginia Defense Force, friends and family members joined distinguished guests at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Virginia National Guard’s newly-built Joint Force Headquarters building May 14, 2018, at Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia. U.S. Senator Mark Warner, First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam, Secretary […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Brig. Gen. John M. Epperly took command of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division, Army National Guard, from Maj. Gen. Blake C. Ortner during a traditional change of command ceremony May 5, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, presided over the exchange of unit colors that represented […]

    Epperly takes command of 29th Infantry Division

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Brig. Gen. John M. Epperly took command of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division, Army National Guard, from Maj. Gen. Blake C. Ortner during a traditional change of command ceremony May 5, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, presided over the exchange of unit colors that represented […]

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  • MANILA, Ark. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division participated in a memorial tree planting ceremony to honor the memory of Pvt. Herman Davis, a decorated World War I veteran, March 4, 2018, in Manila, Arkansas. The ceremony commemorates the 100th anniversary of Davis’s enlistment into Company I, 113th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division. Davis was […]

    29th Soldiers participate in ceremony honoring WWI veteran

    MANILA, Ark. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division participated in a memorial tree planting ceremony to honor the memory of Pvt. Herman Davis, a decorated World War I veteran, March 4, 2018, in Manila, Arkansas. The ceremony commemorates the 100th anniversary of Davis’s enlistment into Company I, 113th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division. Davis was […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. John M. Epperly will succeed Maj. Gen. Blake C. Ortner as the commander of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division, according to an announcement made April 5, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. The assignment was effective April 5. “Please join me in congratulating this exceptional officer on his […]

    Epperly to succeed Ortner as commander of 29th Infantry Division

    SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. John M. Epperly will succeed Maj. Gen. Blake C. Ortner as the commander of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division, according to an announcement made April 5, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. The assignment was effective April 5. “Please join me in congratulating this exceptional officer on his […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Blake C. Ortner has been selected to serve as the Military Executive for the Reserve Forces Policy Board in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, according to an announcement made March 21, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. The position is effective April 1, 2018. “The assignment of […]

    Ortner selected as the Military Executive for the Reserve Forces Policy Board

    SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Blake C. Ortner has been selected to serve as the Military Executive for the Reserve Forces Policy Board in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, according to an announcement made March 21, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. The position is effective April 1, 2018. “The assignment of […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Va. — As the world focused its attention on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, one Virginia Army National Guard Soldier was setting her sights a little further, to the summer games in 2020. Spc. Shereese Cutler, a culinary specialist assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard, hopes to represent the United […]

    29th ID Soldier is jumping for gold

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. — As the world focused its attention on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, one Virginia Army National Guard Soldier was setting her sights a little further, to the summer games in 2020. Spc. Shereese Cutler, a culinary specialist assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard, hopes to represent the United […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Headquarters Battalion, 29th Infantry Division received the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation for its 2016-2017 deployment in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve, Maj. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, the 29th ID commander, announced to a formation of 29th ID Soldiers Jan. 14, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “The accolades that the division received, I’ve […]

    29th ID receives Army Meritorious Unit Commendation for 2016-2017 deployment

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Headquarters Battalion, 29th Infantry Division received the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation for its 2016-2017 deployment in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve, Maj. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, the 29th ID commander, announced to a formation of 29th ID Soldiers Jan. 14, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “The accolades that the division received, I’ve […]

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  • NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Thanks to a sharp-eyed employee at the Virginia War Museum in Newport News, Virginia, another treasure trove of historic flags has been found. While conducting an inventory of a seldom-used storage compartment at the museum, the museum worker quickly realized that the contents of the cabinet contained the World War I Regimental flags for the 111th […]

    Treasure trove of historic flags found in Virginia War Museum

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Thanks to a sharp-eyed employee at the Virginia War Museum in Newport News, Virginia, another treasure trove of historic flags has been found. While conducting an inventory of a seldom-used storage compartment at the museum, the museum worker quickly realized that the contents of the cabinet contained the World War I Regimental flags for the 111th […]

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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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  • FORT BELVOIR, Virginia – Maryland and Virginia National Guard leadership each honored members of the 29th Infantry Division for their recent overseas deployment during ceremonies Dec. 2-3, 2017, in Maryland and Virginia. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, as well as Virginia […]

    29th Infantry Division Soldiers honored by Maryland, Virginia for overseas service

    FORT BELVOIR, Virginia – Maryland and Virginia National Guard leadership each honored members of the 29th Infantry Division for their recent overseas deployment during ceremonies Dec. 2-3, 2017, in Maryland and Virginia. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, as well as Virginia […]

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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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  • CLIFTON FORGE, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosts a closure ceremony at the former location of the Clifton Forge Readiness Center Nov. 29, 2017, to formally mark the transfer of the facility to Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Soldiers lowered and folded the U.S. and Virginia flags in front of the facility for the final time, and Maj. Gen. […]

    Va. National Guard hosts closure ceremony in Clifton Forge

    CLIFTON FORGE, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosts a closure ceremony at the former location of the Clifton Forge Readiness Center Nov. 29, 2017, to formally mark the transfer of the facility to Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Soldiers lowered and folded the U.S. and Virginia flags in front of the facility for the final time, and Maj. Gen. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders took part in Veterans Day ceremonies across the state Nov. 10 and 11, 2017, where they recognized the service of men and woman from all walks of life who answered our nation’s call and defended the ideals of freedom all over the globe. “For the Virginia National Guard, this Veterans Day is […]

    Veterans honored at ceremonies across the state

    SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders took part in Veterans Day ceremonies across the state Nov. 10 and 11, 2017, where they recognized the service of men and woman from all walks of life who answered our nation’s call and defended the ideals of freedom all over the globe. “For the Virginia National Guard, this Veterans Day is […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Each year on November 11 we honor the brave men and women from all walks of life who answered our nation’s call and defended the ideals of freedom all over the globe. Veterans Day is a celebration that recognizes the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who serve today with honor and distinction, as well as […]

    Adjutant General’s 2017 Veterans Day Message

    SANDSTON, Va. — Each year on November 11 we honor the brave men and women from all walks of life who answered our nation’s call and defended the ideals of freedom all over the globe. Veterans Day is a celebration that recognizes the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who serve today with honor and distinction, as well as […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Virginia — Lt. Col. Edward Lewis assumed command of Headquarters Battalion, 29th Infantry Division from Lt. Col. H. Cary Payne during a traditional change of command ceremony Nov. 4, 2017, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, commanding general of the 29th Infantry Division, presided over the passing of colors that symbolizes the transfer of command […]

    29th ID Headquarters Battalion changes command at Fort Belvoir

    FORT BELVOIR, Virginia — Lt. Col. Edward Lewis assumed command of Headquarters Battalion, 29th Infantry Division from Lt. Col. H. Cary Payne during a traditional change of command ceremony Nov. 4, 2017, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, commanding general of the 29th Infantry Division, presided over the passing of colors that symbolizes the transfer of command […]

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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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  • TROUTVILLE, Va. — The Virginia National Guard formally opened the new Roanoke Regional Readiness Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 4, 2017, in Troutville, Virginia. Virginia 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined other Virginia National Guard senior leaders and members of the Facilities Management Office in cutting the ribbon. […]

    Va. National Guard officially opens Roanoke Regional Readiness Center

    TROUTVILLE, Va. — The Virginia National Guard formally opened the new Roanoke Regional Readiness Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 4, 2017, in Troutville, Virginia. Virginia 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined other Virginia National Guard senior leaders and members of the Facilities Management Office in cutting the ribbon. […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Va. — One of the final groups of Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division returned to Virginia July 25, 2017, after serving on federal active duty since November 2016. The Soldiers served in the Middle East in support of Task Force Spartan Shield as the first intermediate division headquarters under […]

    29th ID Soldiers return from federal duty in Kuwait

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. — One of the final groups of Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division returned to Virginia July 25, 2017, after serving on federal active duty since November 2016. The Soldiers served in the Middle East in support of Task Force Spartan Shield as the first intermediate division headquarters under […]

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