2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Archive

  • SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers serving in two Sandston-based aviation units returned to Virginia in late April and early May 2017 after serving on federal active duty since June 2016. Approximately 40 Soldiers each assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, and Detachment 2, Company B, 777th Aviation Support Battalion provided rotary wing aviation and aviation […]

    Sandston-based aviation units return to Va. from federal duty

    SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers serving in two Sandston-based aviation units returned to Virginia in late April and early May 2017 after serving on federal active duty since June 2016. Approximately 40 Soldiers each assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, and Detachment 2, Company B, 777th Aviation Support Battalion provided rotary wing aviation and aviation […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Army, announced March 29, 2017, the following officers have been selected for battalion command in the Virginia Army National Guard: Maj. Dennis M. Rohler will succeed Lt. Col. Matthew A. Lutz as the commander […]

    Va. Army Guard 2017 battalion command selections announced

    SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Army, announced March 29, 2017, the following officers have been selected for battalion command in the Virginia Army National Guard: Maj. Dennis M. Rohler will succeed Lt. Col. Matthew A. Lutz as the commander […]

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  • FORT LEE, Va. — A Virginia National Guard aviation crew assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment conducted sling load operations in support of the Fort Lee-based Sling Load Inspector Course Feb. 3, 2017, at Fort Lee, Virginia. The air crew of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter demonstrated its sling load capability in conjunction with the multi-branch class […]

    Aviation crew supports Fort Lee Sling Load Inspector Course

    FORT LEE, Va. — A Virginia National Guard aviation crew assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment conducted sling load operations in support of the Fort Lee-based Sling Load Inspector Course Feb. 3, 2017, at Fort Lee, Virginia. The air crew of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter demonstrated its sling load capability in conjunction with the multi-branch class […]

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  • WASHINGTON, D. C. — Virginia Army and Air National Guard chaplain teams provided support to troops during the 58th Presidential Inauguration January 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The teams were assigned to a task force that included service members from all over the U. S. and U.S. territories, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. “The most important role we […]

    Va. Army and Air Guard chaplains support inauguration troops

    WASHINGTON, D. C. — Virginia Army and Air National Guard chaplain teams provided support to troops during the 58th Presidential Inauguration January 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The teams were assigned to a task force that included service members from all over the U. S. and U.S. territories, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. “The most important role we […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Brig. Gen. Walter Mercer, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Army, and Command Sergeant Maj. Cheyenne Johnson, Virginia Army National Guard State Command Sergeant Major, presented certificates to Virginia Army Guard units for outstanding performance in the regional Army Award for Maintenance Excellence Program Sept. 17, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The top units will […]

    Virginia Army Guard units recognized for maintenance excellence

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Brig. Gen. Walter Mercer, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Army, and Command Sergeant Maj. Cheyenne Johnson, Virginia Army National Guard State Command Sergeant Major, presented certificates to Virginia Army Guard units for outstanding performance in the regional Army Award for Maintenance Excellence Program Sept. 17, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The top units will […]

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  • PULASKI, Va. — Virginia National Guard aviation crews and Chesterfield County first responders conducted aviation rescue hoist training during the Max Creek Search and Rescue Exercise Aug. 13, 2016, in Pulaski County, Virginia. Soldiers assigned to the Chesterfield-based Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment and Detachment 2, Company G, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment along with members […]

    Va. Helicopter Advanced Rescue Team trains in Pulaski County

    PULASKI, Va. — Virginia National Guard aviation crews and Chesterfield County first responders conducted aviation rescue hoist training during the Max Creek Search and Rescue Exercise Aug. 13, 2016, in Pulaski County, Virginia. Soldiers assigned to the Chesterfield-based Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment and Detachment 2, Company G, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment along with members […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A departure ceremony for two Virginia National Guard Sandston-based aviation units held May 27, 2016, marked the start of their federal active duty mission. Senior leaders from state government and the Virginia National Guard joined family members, friends and fellow Soldiers in bidding farewell to the Soldiers. Approximately 40 Soldiers each assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, […]

    Departure ceremony sends off Sandston-based aviation units

    SANDSTON, Va. — A departure ceremony for two Virginia National Guard Sandston-based aviation units held May 27, 2016, marked the start of their federal active duty mission. Senior leaders from state government and the Virginia National Guard joined family members, friends and fellow Soldiers in bidding farewell to the Soldiers. Approximately 40 Soldiers each assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard, visited Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers March 8-9, 2016, in Sandston, Richmond and Hampton, Virginia. “We were honored to have Chief Master Sgt. Brush visit with the Virginia National Guard and see firsthand the great service that the our […]

    NGB Senior Enlisted Advisor visits Va. Guard Airmen, Soldiers, leaders

    SANDSTON, Va. — Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard, visited Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers March 8-9, 2016, in Sandston, Richmond and Hampton, Virginia. “We were honored to have Chief Master Sgt. Brush visit with the Virginia National Guard and see firsthand the great service that the our […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Two Virginia National Guard Sandston-based aviation units have received mobilization orders for duty in Kuwait, according to an announcement made Dec. 4, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 40 Soldiers each assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, and Detachment 2, Company B, 777th Aviation Support Battalion, are […]

    Sandston-based aviation units to mobilize in 2016 for duty in Kuwait

    SANDSTON, Va. – Two Virginia National Guard Sandston-based aviation units have received mobilization orders for duty in Kuwait, according to an announcement made Dec. 4, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 40 Soldiers each assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, and Detachment 2, Company B, 777th Aviation Support Battalion, are […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – After 40 years of military service, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Timothy C. Meeks, commander of the Sandston-based Detachment 26, Operational Support Airlift Command, flew the final flight of his military career Nov. 19, 2015, aboard a C-12 Huron aircraft. Meeks’ final flight originated in Columbus, Ind., near Camp Atterbury where Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant […]

    Aviator with 40 years military service flies final flight

    SANDSTON, Va. – After 40 years of military service, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Timothy C. Meeks, commander of the Sandston-based Detachment 26, Operational Support Airlift Command, flew the final flight of his military career Nov. 19, 2015, aboard a C-12 Huron aircraft. Meeks’ final flight originated in Columbus, Ind., near Camp Atterbury where Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – In just a few months, Soldiers and aviation crews working through the Virginia National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force flew more than 230 hours in support of local, state and federal agencies and the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication Suppression Program, or DCE/SP. The Virginia Guard’s assistance with this program and their partnership with agencies including the […]

    Va. Guard aviation crews aid in drug eradication

    SANDSTON, Va. – In just a few months, Soldiers and aviation crews working through the Virginia National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force flew more than 230 hours in support of local, state and federal agencies and the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication Suppression Program, or DCE/SP. The Virginia Guard’s assistance with this program and their partnership with agencies including the […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — National Guard Soldiers from D.C, Maryland and Virginia joined Coast Guard personnel from across the country for a Unit Movement Officer Course hosted by the Virginia Army National Guard’s G4-Defense Movement Coordination Branch Aug. 3-7, 2015, at Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center in Virginia Beach. The weeklong course prepared servicemembers for the challenges of moving massive […]

    UMO course trains Soldiers, Coast Guard on logistics of deploying

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — National Guard Soldiers from D.C, Maryland and Virginia joined Coast Guard personnel from across the country for a Unit Movement Officer Course hosted by the Virginia Army National Guard’s G4-Defense Movement Coordination Branch Aug. 3-7, 2015, at Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center in Virginia Beach. The weeklong course prepared servicemembers for the challenges of moving massive […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 91st Troop Command took to the skies, fields and training sites of Fort Pickett during their two-week annual training, held July 11-25, 2015. “The main focus for our annual training this year was to safely accomplish as much collective training and [military occupational specialty […]

    Va. Guard aviation battalion trains at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 91st Troop Command took to the skies, fields and training sites of Fort Pickett during their two-week annual training, held July 11-25, 2015. “The main focus for our annual training this year was to safely accomplish as much collective training and [military occupational specialty […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard aviators held a stable hover for Special Forces Soldiers May 9, 2015, as they fast roped into Fort Pickett’s urban operations training site from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a night training raid. The exercise was part of a weeklong annual training period for the operators and a continuation of the […]

    Va. Guard aviators add training value, build partnership with Special Forces troops

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard aviators held a stable hover for Special Forces Soldiers May 9, 2015, as they fast roped into Fort Pickett’s urban operations training site from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a night training raid. The exercise was part of a weeklong annual training period for the operators and a continuation of the […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia National Guard field artillerymen of the Hampton-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team hooked their M119A2 howitzers to Virginia National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as part of a gun raid training exercise held April 11, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. A gun raid mission enables the field artillery to provide indirect […]

    Va. Guard howitzers fly over Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia National Guard field artillerymen of the Hampton-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team hooked their M119A2 howitzers to Virginia National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as part of a gun raid training exercise held April 11, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. A gun raid mission enables the field artillery to provide indirect […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Assistant Adjutant General – Army, announced March 4, 2015, the following officers have been selected for battalion command in the Virginia Army National Guard: – Lt. Col. Matthew Lutz will take command of the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. […]

    New Va. Army Guard battalion command selections announced

    SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Assistant Adjutant General – Army, announced March 4, 2015, the following officers have been selected for battalion command in the Virginia Army National Guard: – Lt. Col. Matthew Lutz will take command of the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. […]

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  • WISE, Va. — Virginia National Guard assistance to local emergency response organizations continued Feb. 26 with the addition of 60 more personnel joining the 30 already on duty since Feb. 22, 2015. Soldiers in Southwest Virginia have been assisting local law enforcement and emergency medical personnel with delivery of food, water, medicine and other supplies as well as assisting with […]

    Va. Guard assistance continues after more snow hits the commonwealth

    WISE, Va. — Virginia National Guard assistance to local emergency response organizations continued Feb. 26 with the addition of 60 more personnel joining the 30 already on duty since Feb. 22, 2015. Soldiers in Southwest Virginia have been assisting local law enforcement and emergency medical personnel with delivery of food, water, medicine and other supplies as well as assisting with […]

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  • TANGIER ISLAND, Va. — Two Virginia National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment headed east Feb. 19, 2015, flying over the ice-packed Chesapeake Bay to deliver food, medicine and mail to Tangier Island, a 1.2 square mile island in the Bay that had been iced in for nearly a week, making routine seaport […]

    Virginia Guard aviators deliver supplies to iced-in Tangier Island

    TANGIER ISLAND, Va. — Two Virginia National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment headed east Feb. 19, 2015, flying over the ice-packed Chesapeake Bay to deliver food, medicine and mail to Tangier Island, a 1.2 square mile island in the Bay that had been iced in for nearly a week, making routine seaport […]

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  • CHESTERFIELD, Va. — Soldiers from the Chesterfield-based Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment departed Jan. 26, 2015, for the border between the United States and Mexico aboard a UH-72 Lakota helicopter to provide aerial detection and monitoring support to U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection. The three-Soldier crew flew from the Chesterfield County […]

    Virginia National Guard aviators depart for border mission

    CHESTERFIELD, Va. — Soldiers from the Chesterfield-based Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment departed Jan. 26, 2015, for the border between the United States and Mexico aboard a UH-72 Lakota helicopter to provide aerial detection and monitoring support to U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection. The three-Soldier crew flew from the Chesterfield County […]

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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 […]

    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 […]

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