29th Infantry Division Archive

  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran presented the Governor’s National Service Medal to Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 29th Infantry Division March 19, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. The medals recognized the Soldiers who served in specialized teams on federal active duty overseas. Maj. Gen. Timothy […]

    Sec. Moran recognizes Va. Guard federal active duty service

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran presented the Governor’s National Service Medal to Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 29th Infantry Division March 19, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. The medals recognized the Soldiers who served in specialized teams on federal active duty overseas. Maj. Gen. Timothy […]

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  • CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait (25 January 2017) – Air Defense capabilities are constantly upgrading to stay ahead of emerging threats. Soldiers are trained on a variety of systems and equipment at the Air Defense schoolhouse, but for many this training will be their only experience with a majority of the systems, especially for Soldiers serving in Division-level units. When Soldiers with […]

    Eyes on the Sky: 29th ID Soldiers enhance theatre capabilities

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait (25 January 2017) – Air Defense capabilities are constantly upgrading to stay ahead of emerging threats. Soldiers are trained on a variety of systems and equipment at the Air Defense schoolhouse, but for many this training will be their only experience with a majority of the systems, especially for Soldiers serving in Division-level units. When Soldiers with […]

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  • Issue #2 of the 2017 Commonwealth’s Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at http://go.usa.gov/x9AgA. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please email ngva.pao@mail.mil. In this issue: Va. Guard displays capabilities, commended by state leaders Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force displayed some of the Guard’s warfighting and […]

    Issue #2 of the 2017 Commonwealth’s Guardian bi-weekly newsletter

    Issue #2 of the 2017 Commonwealth’s Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at http://go.usa.gov/x9AgA. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please email ngva.pao@mail.mil. In this issue: Va. Guard displays capabilities, commended by state leaders Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force displayed some of the Guard’s warfighting and […]

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  • CAMP ARIFJAN Kuwait — The Virginia National Guard’s 29th Infantry Division assumed command as U.S. Army Central’s intermediate division headquarters, Task Force Spartan, during a transfer of authority ceremonyDec. 19, 2016, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. “Today is a watershed day in U.S. Army Central. Today the paradigm of the mission command in this theater Army changes as we install the […]

    29th Infantry Division begins mission in the Middle East

    CAMP ARIFJAN Kuwait — The Virginia National Guard’s 29th Infantry Division assumed command as U.S. Army Central’s intermediate division headquarters, Task Force Spartan, during a transfer of authority ceremonyDec. 19, 2016, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. “Today is a watershed day in U.S. Army Central. Today the paradigm of the mission command in this theater Army changes as we install the […]

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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. 10 and 11, 2016, 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 currently […]

    Governor, First Lady host receptions recognizing federal active duty service

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for the Virginia National Guard Dec. 10 and 11, 2016, 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 currently […]

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas — The 29th Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion completed a one-week Mission Rehearsal Exercise with First Army at Fort Hood, Texas, Dec. 2. More than 400 Maryland and Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers participated in the MRX. They were supported by approximately 650 Soldiers from First Army and U.S. Army Central. “This exercise is unprecedented in […]

    29th Infantry Divison trains with First Army for upcoming deployment

    FORT HOOD, Texas — The 29th Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion completed a one-week Mission Rehearsal Exercise with First Army at Fort Hood, Texas, Dec. 2. More than 400 Maryland and Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers participated in the MRX. They were supported by approximately 650 Soldiers from First Army and U.S. Army Central. “This exercise is unprecedented in […]

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  • FORT HOOD, TX – The art of war is complex, and involves thinking one step ahead of the adversary. That’s why deploying Soldiers of the 29th Infantry Division recently banded together to build a complex, self-sustaining, expeditionary platform, called the Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter, commonly referred to as “DRASH,” as part of an upcoming certification exercise. “This is called the […]

    29th ID Soldiers build tent structure for training exercise

    FORT HOOD, TX – The art of war is complex, and involves thinking one step ahead of the adversary. That’s why deploying Soldiers of the 29th Infantry Division recently banded together to build a complex, self-sustaining, expeditionary platform, called the Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter, commonly referred to as “DRASH,” as part of an upcoming certification exercise. “This is called the […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, VA. — Virginia and Maryland government officials and national and state military leaders joined family, friends and fellow Soldiers in sending off the 29th Infantry Division as they departed for federal active duty Oct. 30, 2016, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. More than 450 Virginia and Maryland Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 29th are mobilizing for duty […]

    29th Infantry Division departs for federal active duty

    FORT BELVOIR, VA. — Virginia and Maryland government officials and national and state military leaders joined family, friends and fellow Soldiers in sending off the 29th Infantry Division as they departed for federal active duty Oct. 30, 2016, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. More than 450 Virginia and Maryland Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 29th are mobilizing for duty […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Va. — More than 450 Virginia and Maryland Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division are mobilizing for federal active duty in the Middle East and will conduct a departure ceremony at 11 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2016, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The 29th ID is mobilizing to provide mission command for more […]

    Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division to mobilize on federal active duty

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. — More than 450 Virginia and Maryland Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division are mobilizing for federal active duty in the Middle East and will conduct a departure ceremony at 11 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2016, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The 29th ID is mobilizing to provide mission command for more […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Senior leaders from state government and the Maryland and Virginia National Guard joined family members, friends and fellow Soldiers in bidding farewell to approximately 80 Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division as they began federal active duty Aug. 1, 2016, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers will provide […]

    29th Infantry Division Soldiers begin federal active duty

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Senior leaders from state government and the Maryland and Virginia National Guard joined family members, friends and fellow Soldiers in bidding farewell to approximately 80 Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division as they began federal active duty Aug. 1, 2016, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers will provide […]

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  • ADAZI MILITARY BASE, Latvia — More than 20 Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division traveled to Europe to participate in Saber Strike 16 June 4-22, 2016, in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Saber Strike is a long-standing, U.S. Army Europe-led, cooperative training exercise designed to improve joint operational capability in a range of missions, […]

    29th ID leads multinational exercise, Saber Strike 16

    ADAZI MILITARY BASE, Latvia — More than 20 Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division traveled to Europe to participate in Saber Strike 16 June 4-22, 2016, in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Saber Strike is a long-standing, U.S. Army Europe-led, cooperative training exercise designed to improve joint operational capability in a range of missions, […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Virginia — Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, commanding general of the 29th Infantry Division, led a group of 13 Virginia National Guard Soldiers to France for the June 6, 2016, commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Normandy. “I think one of the greatest things about being in Normandy as a 29th ID Soldier is […]

    29th ID Soldiers return to France for 72nd commemoration of D-Day

    FORT BELVOIR, Virginia — Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, commanding general of the 29th Infantry Division, led a group of 13 Virginia National Guard Soldiers to France for the June 6, 2016, commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Normandy. “I think one of the greatest things about being in Normandy as a 29th ID Soldier is […]

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  • BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers in France, Virginia and multiple locations in the Central Command area of operations commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy June 6, 2016, at events that paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on D-Day and honored those who lived to fight another day. Senior leaders represented the […]

    Virginia Soldiers around the world honor D-Day veterans on 72nd anniversary

    BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers in France, Virginia and multiple locations in the Central Command area of operations commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy June 6, 2016, at events that paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on D-Day and honored those who lived to fight another day. Senior leaders represented the […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Virginia — Col. John M. Epperly, Deputy Commanding General, Maneuver, of the Virginia National Guard’s 29th Infantry Division was promoted to brigadier general March 5, 2016, at the Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Willliams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, presided over the promotion ceremony. “I am honored to be part of the greater family of […]

    Epperly promoted to brigadier general during Fort Belvoir ceremony

    FORT BELVOIR, Virginia — Col. John M. Epperly, Deputy Commanding General, Maneuver, of the Virginia National Guard’s 29th Infantry Division was promoted to brigadier general March 5, 2016, at the Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Willliams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, presided over the promotion ceremony. “I am honored to be part of the greater family of […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group hauled and offloaded approximately $20 million worth of equipment for the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division as part of their two-week annual training period, held Nov. 30 – Dec. 14, 2015. Nearly 100 of the unit’s […]

    Va. Guard transporters haul millions in equipment for 29th ID

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group hauled and offloaded approximately $20 million worth of equipment for the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division as part of their two-week annual training period, held Nov. 30 – Dec. 14, 2015. Nearly 100 of the unit’s […]

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  • CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — More than 400 Maryland and Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division joined with National Guard and active duty Soldiers from around the country, as well as active duty and Air National Guard Airmen, for a nine-day warfighter exercise Nov. 13-22 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The division-level warfighter exercise, Warfighter 16-2, was designed […]

    29th ID tested at Warfighter 16-2

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — More than 400 Maryland and Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division joined with National Guard and active duty Soldiers from around the country, as well as active duty and Air National Guard Airmen, for a nine-day warfighter exercise Nov. 13-22 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The division-level warfighter exercise, Warfighter 16-2, was designed […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged more than 550 personnel for possible flood response at key locations across the commonwealth starting Oct. 2, 2015, and the operation had increased participation from Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force units in addition to Virginia Army National Guard units. The state was spared the impact of Hurricane Joaquin, and […]

    Va. National Guard flood response a joint effort

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged more than 550 personnel for possible flood response at key locations across the commonwealth starting Oct. 2, 2015, and the operation had increased participation from Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force units in addition to Virginia Army National Guard units. The state was spared the impact of Hurricane Joaquin, and […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has more than 550 Soldiers and Airmen staged and ready at facilities in the areas of Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley and Southwest Virginia as of Friday evening, Oct. 2, 2015. Staging personnel and equipment in advance of the severe weather helps make sure the Guard can rapidly respond when needed, explained […]

    Va. Guard personnel staged and ready for possible flood response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has more than 550 Soldiers and Airmen staged and ready at facilities in the areas of Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley and Southwest Virginia as of Friday evening, Oct. 2, 2015. Staging personnel and equipment in advance of the severe weather helps make sure the Guard can rapidly respond when needed, explained […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 800 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for response operations due to severe weather expected to hit the commonwealth in the coming days. The Virginia Guard plans to stage personnel at readiness centers in the areas of Hampton Roads, […]

    Virginia Guard personnel preparing for possible severe weather response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 800 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for response operations due to severe weather expected to hit the commonwealth in the coming days. The Virginia Guard plans to stage personnel at readiness centers in the areas of Hampton Roads, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Jr. will succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Cheyenne Johnson as the command sergeant major of the 29th Infantry Division, according to an announcement made Sept. 30, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Johnson now serves as the command sergeant major for the Virginia Army National Guard. […]

    Smith named new CSM for 29th Infantry Division

    SANDSTON, Va. — Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Jr. will succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Cheyenne Johnson as the command sergeant major of the 29th Infantry Division, according to an announcement made Sept. 30, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Johnson now serves as the command sergeant major for the Virginia Army National Guard. […]

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