Army Guard Archive

  • The Virginia National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion has announced updated incentives for the “Every Soldier is a Recruiter” Program. Who: All Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers. What: Earn incentives by providing leads (friends, family members, neighbors, etc.) who join the Virginia Army National Guard. Soldiers must enter the leads’ information into the Virginia National Guard mobile app. Soldiers who […]

    New incentives announced for “Every Soldier is a Recruiter” program

    The Virginia National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion has announced updated incentives for the “Every Soldier is a Recruiter” Program. Who: All Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers. What: Earn incentives by providing leads (friends, family members, neighbors, etc.) who join the Virginia Army National Guard. Soldiers must enter the leads’ information into the Virginia National Guard mobile app. Soldiers who […]

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  • FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. — Kentucky and Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team took first and second place as the top noncommissioned officers in the country at the 2018 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition held July 24-27, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Sgt. Jordy Brewer, a Kentucky Soldier assigned to Barbourville, […]

    116th IBCT NCOs finish first, second at National Best Warrior Competition

    FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. — Kentucky and Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team took first and second place as the top noncommissioned officers in the country at the 2018 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition held July 24-27, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Sgt. Jordy Brewer, a Kentucky Soldier assigned to Barbourville, […]

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  • ARLINGTON, Va. — Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, Director of the Army National Guard, administered an oath of enlistment to 56 new Soldiers gathered in Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall July 18, 2018, before a Twilight Tattoo. “This is a very important event for the men and women who choose to serve in the United States Armed Forces,” […]

    Kadavy swears in new Soldiers during Twilight Tattoo

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, Director of the Army National Guard, administered an oath of enlistment to 56 new Soldiers gathered in Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall July 18, 2018, before a Twilight Tattoo. “This is a very important event for the men and women who choose to serve in the United States Armed Forces,” […]

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  •   FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard, the Virginia State Police and the Lynchburg Police Department hosted a joint diversity recruiting event July 21, 2018, in Lynchburg, Virginia. The event was open to anyone interested in a future career in the military or law enforcement, and attendees learned about a possible joint career in both law enforcement and […]

    Joint military and law enforcement diversity recruiting event held in Lynchburg

      FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard, the Virginia State Police and the Lynchburg Police Department hosted a joint diversity recruiting event July 21, 2018, in Lynchburg, Virginia. The event was open to anyone interested in a future career in the military or law enforcement, and attendees learned about a possible joint career in both law enforcement and […]

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  • U.S. Army Garrison, Carlisle Barracks, Pa. — Lt. Col. Matthew D. Way, commander of the Virginia Beach-based 1940th and 1945th Contingency Contract Teams, 329th Regional Support Group, graduated in the top third of his class from the U.S. Army War College June 8, 2018. The USAWC educates and develops leaders for service at the strategic level and produces graduates who […]

    329th officer graduates from 2018 resident Army War College class

    U.S. Army Garrison, Carlisle Barracks, Pa. — Lt. Col. Matthew D. Way, commander of the Virginia Beach-based 1940th and 1945th Contingency Contract Teams, 329th Regional Support Group, graduated in the top third of his class from the U.S. Army War College June 8, 2018. The USAWC educates and develops leaders for service at the strategic level and produces graduates who […]

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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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  • CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Leadership of the Virginia Army National Guard transferred from Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer to Brig. Gen. Lapthe C. Flora during a ceremony presided over by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, July 14, 2018, at Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Mercer will retire after more than 35 years […]

    Flora takes charge of Virginia Army National Guard

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Leadership of the Virginia Army National Guard transferred from Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer to Brig. Gen. Lapthe C. Flora during a ceremony presided over by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, July 14, 2018, at Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Mercer will retire after more than 35 years […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Col. Doyle Gillis, Jr. will take command of the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group from Col. K. Weedon Gallagher, according to an announcement made July 12, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Williams also announced the Lt. Col. Carlos Hopkins will be reassigned as the staff judge advocate for the […]

    Gillis to command 329th Regional Support Group

    SANDSTON, Va. — Col. Doyle Gillis, Jr. will take command of the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group from Col. K. Weedon Gallagher, according to an announcement made July 12, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Williams also announced the Lt. Col. Carlos Hopkins will be reassigned as the staff judge advocate for the […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Jr., will succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Cheyenne M. Johnson as the Virginia Army National Guard State Command Sergeant Major, according to an announcement made July 14, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Johnson will retire after more than 35 years of military service. The transition […]

    Smith to succeed Johnson as Virginia Army National Guard’s senior NCO

    SANDSTON, Va. — Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Jr., will succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Cheyenne M. Johnson as the Virginia Army National Guard State Command Sergeant Major, according to an announcement made July 14, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Johnson will retire after more than 35 years of military service. The transition […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group has received a mobilization order to enter federal active service for duty in the Middle East as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to an announcement made July 12, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately […]

    Virginia Beach-based 529th CSSB ordered to mobilize for federal active duty in November 2018

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group has received a mobilization order to enter federal active service for duty in the Middle East as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to an announcement made July 12, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately […]

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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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  • The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve to fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide a response force that answers the call of the Governor to defend the commonwealth. The Virginia National Guard has mobilized nearly 2,000 Soldiers and Airmen for federal active duty overseas deployments […]

    About the Virginia National Guard

    The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve to fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide a response force that answers the call of the Governor to defend the commonwealth. The Virginia National Guard has mobilized nearly 2,000 Soldiers and Airmen for federal active duty overseas deployments […]

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  • JOINT BASE CAPE COD, Mass. — Fourteen Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fairfax-based 123rd and 124th Cyber Protection Battalions, 91st Cyber Brigade participated in the Cyber Yankee network defense exercise May 31-June 12, 2018, at Joint Base Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts National Guard hosts the annual exercise focused on developing stronger collaboration across all New England’s cyber […]

    Virginia cyber warriors join New England exercise

    JOINT BASE CAPE COD, Mass. — Fourteen Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fairfax-based 123rd and 124th Cyber Protection Battalions, 91st Cyber Brigade participated in the Cyber Yankee network defense exercise May 31-June 12, 2018, at Joint Base Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts National Guard hosts the annual exercise focused on developing stronger collaboration across all New England’s cyber […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Sixty-four Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen participated in this year’s Adjutant General’s State Pistol Match, held June 22-24, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The event, hosted by the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, had shooters split into 16 teams of four to test their marksmanship skills against some of the best shooters in the state […]

    Virginia Soldiers, Airmen awarded for marksmanship excellence 

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Sixty-four Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen participated in this year’s Adjutant General’s State Pistol Match, held June 22-24, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The event, hosted by the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, had shooters split into 16 teams of four to test their marksmanship skills against some of the best shooters in the state […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted more than two dozen National Guard Airmen, Soldiers and civilians from more than six states and territories for geographic information system training June 11-15, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. GIS is a mapping-based, decision tool system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present […]

    Virginia Guard hosts NGB GIS training course

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted more than two dozen National Guard Airmen, Soldiers and civilians from more than six states and territories for geographic information system training June 11-15, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. GIS is a mapping-based, decision tool system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Lapthe C. Flora will succeed Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer as the Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Army, according to an announcement made June 18, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Flora currently serves as Assistant Adjutant General for Army Strategic Initiatives and will be replaced by […]

    Flora to succeed Mercer as Assistant Adjutant General – Army

    SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Lapthe C. Flora will succeed Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer as the Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Army, according to an announcement made June 18, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Flora currently serves as Assistant Adjutant General for Army Strategic Initiatives and will be replaced by […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ceremonially signed House Bill 737 June 26, 2018, in Richmond, Virginia, authorizing the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver’s licenses, permits and identification cards displaying an indicator signifying that the holder is a veteran. Applicants must provide proof of veteran status. Delegate John J. McGuire introduced the bill, and it passed […]

    Governor signs DMV drivers license veteran indicator bill

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ceremonially signed House Bill 737 June 26, 2018, in Richmond, Virginia, authorizing the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver’s licenses, permits and identification cards displaying an indicator signifying that the holder is a veteran. Applicants must provide proof of veteran status. Delegate John J. McGuire introduced the bill, and it passed […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Col. Todd Hubbard took command of the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute from Col. James A. Zollar June 24, 2018, in a traditional change of command ceremony held at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Assistant Adjutant General – Army for the Virginia National Guard, presided over the guidon exchange that signified the transfer […]

    Hubbard takes command of 183rd RTI

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Col. Todd Hubbard took command of the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute from Col. James A. Zollar June 24, 2018, in a traditional change of command ceremony held at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Assistant Adjutant General – Army for the Virginia National Guard, presided over the guidon exchange that signified the transfer […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Maj. Demetrius Parrott took command of the Virginia National Guard’s Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group from Lt. Col. Christopher S. Dunn in a change of command ceremony June 9, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Col. Weedon Gallagher, the 329th RSG commander, presided over the exchange of unit colors that represented the transfer of […]

    Parrott assumes command of 276th Engineers at Fort Pickett ceremony

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Maj. Demetrius Parrott took command of the Virginia National Guard’s Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group from Lt. Col. Christopher S. Dunn in a change of command ceremony June 9, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Col. Weedon Gallagher, the 329th RSG commander, presided over the exchange of unit colors that represented the transfer of […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, conducted a Command Post Exercise May 5-18, 2018, during annual training at Camp Dodge, Iowa. “We operated from a more expeditionary command post, the operational tempo was much higher and the complexity of the issues and problems to […]

    Command Post Exercise provides 529th CSSB Soldiers with valuable training

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, conducted a Command Post Exercise May 5-18, 2018, during annual training at Camp Dodge, Iowa. “We operated from a more expeditionary command post, the operational tempo was much higher and the complexity of the issues and problems to […]

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