Army Guard Archive

  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady of Virginia Pam Northam hosted a reception for Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and their families Dec. 16, 2018, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. The reception recognized the Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year and their families as well as families of […]

    Governor, First Lady host reception for VNG Soldiers, Airmen and families

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady of Virginia Pam Northam hosted a reception for Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and their families Dec. 16, 2018, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. The reception recognized the Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year and their families as well as families of […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group conducted reception and mission command exercises Nov. 25 – Dec. 9, 2018, at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The 329th RSG was selected as one of the few military organizations assigned to be a Mission Support Force. MSFs have a unique and critical role to […]

    329th RSG conducts training to rapidly mobilize Soldiers

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group conducted reception and mission command exercises Nov. 25 – Dec. 9, 2018, at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The 329th RSG was selected as one of the few military organizations assigned to be a Mission Support Force. MSFs have a unique and critical role to […]

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  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia National Guard field artillery Soldiers past and present gathered for fellowship and recognition of outstanding duty performance at the annual Saint Barbara’s Day Celebration and Regimental Muster hosted by 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Dec. 8, 2018, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Six Soldiers received the Honorary Order of Saint Barbara and […]

    Field artillery Soldiers gather for Saint Barbara’s Day Celebration

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia National Guard field artillery Soldiers past and present gathered for fellowship and recognition of outstanding duty performance at the annual Saint Barbara’s Day Celebration and Regimental Muster hosted by 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Dec. 8, 2018, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Six Soldiers received the Honorary Order of Saint Barbara and […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — When he’s asked what is the Virginia National Guard’s most prized historic artifact, command historian Al Barnes’ answer may illicit some surprise. It’s not a weapon or a uniform, and it’s not patch or a photo. Instead, Barnes calls a 1940 Virginia National Guard mobilization roster a “pearl without price.” The hefty, green manifest contains the name […]

    Mobilization roster, circa 1940, is jewel of Virginia National Guard’s historic archives

    RICHMOND, Va. — When he’s asked what is the Virginia National Guard’s most prized historic artifact, command historian Al Barnes’ answer may illicit some surprise. It’s not a weapon or a uniform, and it’s not patch or a photo. Instead, Barnes calls a 1940 Virginia National Guard mobilization roster a “pearl without price.” The hefty, green manifest contains the name […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Blackstone-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, also known as CERFP (pronounced “Surf-P”), have been selected to test a new communications suite being issued to the National Guard CBRN Response Enterprise beginning in 2019. Approximately 30 Soldiers and Airmen are scheduled […]

    Virginia Guard special response force selected to test new communications suite

    RICHMOND, Va. – Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Blackstone-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, also known as CERFP (pronounced “Surf-P”), have been selected to test a new communications suite being issued to the National Guard CBRN Response Enterprise beginning in 2019. Approximately 30 Soldiers and Airmen are scheduled […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Fort Pickett-based Warrant Officer Candidate School, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute is hosting a Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate Course Jan. 11-13, 2019. Any Soldier E-4 and above, or Aviation Candidates of any rank, can attend Pre-WOC in lieu of unit drill with prior approval by their unit. Enrollment can be completed through ATRRS using school code […]

    Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate Course scheduled for Jan. 11-13, 2019

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Fort Pickett-based Warrant Officer Candidate School, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute is hosting a Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate Course Jan. 11-13, 2019. Any Soldier E-4 and above, or Aviation Candidates of any rank, can attend Pre-WOC in lieu of unit drill with prior approval by their unit. Enrollment can be completed through ATRRS using school code […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Va.– Senior leadership of the Virginia National Guard, 91st Cyber Brigade and Fort Belvoir broke ground on a new headquarters for the 91st Cyber Brigade Nov. 16, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “The fact we’re here today is a testament to the hard work and the nation’s requirements that dictate what we’re trying to do,” said Maj. Gen. […]

    91st Cyber Brigade conducts groundbreaking for new headquarters

    FORT BELVOIR, Va.– Senior leadership of the Virginia National Guard, 91st Cyber Brigade and Fort Belvoir broke ground on a new headquarters for the 91st Cyber Brigade Nov. 16, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “The fact we’re here today is a testament to the hard work and the nation’s requirements that dictate what we’re trying to do,” said Maj. Gen. […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Veterans of the 116th Infantry Regiment and Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team gathered for an evening of camaraderie at the 51st annual Regimental Muster Nov. 10, 2018, at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia.   “We gather at this muster to honor the service of members past and present,” said Col. […]

    Current, former members of the 116th come together at 51st annual Regimental Muster

    STAUNTON, Va. — Veterans of the 116th Infantry Regiment and Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team gathered for an evening of camaraderie at the 51st annual Regimental Muster Nov. 10, 2018, at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia.   “We gather at this muster to honor the service of members past and present,” said Col. […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Hundreds of friends, family members and fellow Soldiers gathered in Virginia Beach to say farewell to a group of Virginia National Guard Soldiers as they began federal active duty Nov. 25, 2018. The group of approximately 70 Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group are deploying to the […]

    529th CSSB begins federal active duty with departure ceremony

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Hundreds of friends, family members and fellow Soldiers gathered in Virginia Beach to say farewell to a group of Virginia National Guard Soldiers as they began federal active duty Nov. 25, 2018. The group of approximately 70 Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group are deploying to the […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The new Army Combat Fitness Test has made its way to the Virginia National Guard. Approximately 25 Virginia Soldiers came together for a multi-day training event conducted by a mobile training team from the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School and held Nov. 6-8, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. While the training included Soldiers from across the […]

    Virginia Soldiers train and test on new Army Combat Fitness Test

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The new Army Combat Fitness Test has made its way to the Virginia National Guard. Approximately 25 Virginia Soldiers came together for a multi-day training event conducted by a mobile training team from the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School and held Nov. 6-8, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. While the training included Soldiers from across the […]

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  • SWEET BRIAR, Va. — Lt. Col. Jennifer Martin represented the Virginia National Guard at a Federal Career Expo, hosted by Sweet Briar College Nov. 1, 2018. The event aimed to provide students from Sweet Briar and other colleges and universities in the area with information on career opportunities in the federal government. Martin spoke on a panel alongside representatives from […]

    VNG participates in Sweet Briar Federal Career Expo

    SWEET BRIAR, Va. — Lt. Col. Jennifer Martin represented the Virginia National Guard at a Federal Career Expo, hosted by Sweet Briar College Nov. 1, 2018. The event aimed to provide students from Sweet Briar and other colleges and universities in the area with information on career opportunities in the federal government. Martin spoke on a panel alongside representatives from […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Eight Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group joined the ranks of the noncommissioned officer corps during an induction ceremony Nov. 10, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. As part of the ceremony, four Soldiers presented “A Soldier’s Request,” and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Coleman, the […]

    529th CSSB welcomes new noncommissioned officers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Eight Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group joined the ranks of the noncommissioned officer corps during an induction ceremony Nov. 10, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. As part of the ceremony, four Soldiers presented “A Soldier’s Request,” and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Coleman, the […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Col. Doyle Gillis, Jr. commander of the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group and Command Sgt. Maj. E. Tim Miller, command sergeant major of the 329th RSG conduct a ceremony on Nov. 3, 2018 at Fort Pickett, Virginia, to mark their transition to wearing the former patch of the 54th Field Artillery Brigade as their official […]

    329th RSG conducts ceremony for transition to 54th FA Brigade patch

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Col. Doyle Gillis, Jr. commander of the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group and Command Sgt. Maj. E. Tim Miller, command sergeant major of the 329th RSG conduct a ceremony on Nov. 3, 2018 at Fort Pickett, Virginia, to mark their transition to wearing the former patch of the 54th Field Artillery Brigade as their official […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virignia National Guard personnel took part in Veterans Day observations across the commonwealth Nov. 10-12, 2018, to honor all Americans who served and are currently serving in the armed forces as well as commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. Senior leaders took part in ceremonies with elected officials, and Soldiers, Airmen […]

    Veterans recognized across the commonwealth

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virignia National Guard personnel took part in Veterans Day observations across the commonwealth Nov. 10-12, 2018, to honor all Americans who served and are currently serving in the armed forces as well as commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. Senior leaders took part in ceremonies with elected officials, and Soldiers, Airmen […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Department of Military Affairs Safety and Occupational Health Office conducted its inaugural Trades Technician Training Course Nov. 8, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The day-long course, which was hosted in coordination with the DMA facilities, operations, maintenance and environmental sections, focused on hot topics in the safety and environmental arenas. “Safety is of the […]

    DMA hosts inaugural Trades Technician Training Course

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Department of Military Affairs Safety and Occupational Health Office conducted its inaugural Trades Technician Training Course Nov. 8, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The day-long course, which was hosted in coordination with the DMA facilities, operations, maintenance and environmental sections, focused on hot topics in the safety and environmental arenas. “Safety is of the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Each year on November 11 we honor the brave men and women from all the branches of the military for their service and sacrifice in defending the ideals of freedom across the globe. This year Veterans Day is even more special because it falls on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World […]

    Adjutant General’s 2018 Veterans Day Message

    RICHMOND, Va. — Each year on November 11 we honor the brave men and women from all the branches of the military for their service and sacrifice in defending the ideals of freedom across the globe. This year Veterans Day is even more special because it falls on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World […]

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  • 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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  • BLACKSTONE, Va. – More than 100 Soldiers, representing Virginia Army National Guard units from across the Commonwealth, attended an Operation Waypoint event Nov. 3-4, 2018, at the Blackstone Readiness Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The Operation Waypoint program, which started earlier this year, was created to assist in reaching the Adjutant General’s goal of growing the overall end-strength of the Virginia […]

    Operation Waypoint serves as key component in reaching end-strength goal

    BLACKSTONE, Va. – More than 100 Soldiers, representing Virginia Army National Guard units from across the Commonwealth, attended an Operation Waypoint event Nov. 3-4, 2018, at the Blackstone Readiness Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The Operation Waypoint program, which started earlier this year, was created to assist in reaching the Adjutant General’s goal of growing the overall end-strength of the Virginia […]

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  • CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division prepared for future missions at a “Warfighter” exercise Sept. 28 – Oct. 12, 2018, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The exercise was a two-week, computer-simulated war that tested command and control processes against a notional enemy force in a notional environment that also incorporated […]

    29th ID Soldiers gain valuable experience at Warfighter exercise

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division prepared for future missions at a “Warfighter” exercise Sept. 28 – Oct. 12, 2018, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The exercise was a two-week, computer-simulated war that tested command and control processes against a notional enemy force in a notional environment that also incorporated […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Col. K. Weedon Gallagher has been selected to succeed Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin as the Virginia National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General for Army Strategic Initiatives and will be promoted to brigadier general, according to an announcement made Nov. 1, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Col. Gallagher’s assignment follows Brig. Gen. […]

    Gallagher to succeed Griffin, will lead Va. Army National Guard strategic initiatives

    RICHMOND, Va. — Col. K. Weedon Gallagher has been selected to succeed Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin as the Virginia National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General for Army Strategic Initiatives and will be promoted to brigadier general, according to an announcement made Nov. 1, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Col. Gallagher’s assignment follows Brig. Gen. […]

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