Army Guard Archive

  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Scattered storms and heavy rain made way for a wet and muddy two-day marksmanship competition. Fifty-seven Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard participated in the Adjutant General’s 2018 Rifle Match May 18-19, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The annual event is open to all Army and Air National Guard members across the state of […]

    Virginia Soldiers & Airmen compete in state rifle match

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Scattered storms and heavy rain made way for a wet and muddy two-day marksmanship competition. Fifty-seven Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard participated in the Adjutant General’s 2018 Rifle Match May 18-19, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The annual event is open to all Army and Air National Guard members across the state of […]

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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five National Guard Soldiers rode their bicycles 350 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C., all to cycle out sexual assault. The Soldiers, from the West Virginia and Virginia National Guard, rode May 9-13, 2018, battling rain storms, mud pits and scorching temperatures to show sexual assault survivors that they’re not alone, to bring awareness to the […]

    West Virginia, Virginia Soldiers ride to cycle out sexual assault

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five National Guard Soldiers rode their bicycles 350 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C., all to cycle out sexual assault. The Soldiers, from the West Virginia and Virginia National Guard, rode May 9-13, 2018, battling rain storms, mud pits and scorching temperatures to show sexual assault survivors that they’re not alone, to bring awareness to the […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — More than two dozen National Guard personnel from 12 different states and territories gathered for the National Guard Southeastern Region Inspector General workshop May 21-24, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. “The goal of the workshop was to strengthen our IG technical assistance support channels by sharing best practices and providing professional […]

    Camp Pendleton hosts National Guard Southeastern Region Inspector General workshop

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — More than two dozen National Guard personnel from 12 different states and territories gathered for the National Guard Southeastern Region Inspector General workshop May 21-24, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. “The goal of the workshop was to strengthen our IG technical assistance support channels by sharing best practices and providing professional […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Walter L. Mercer, Chief Operations Officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, recognized and thanked DMA employees at two State Employee Recognition luncheons May 10, 2018, at Fort Pickett and May 23, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. “A lot […]

    Virginia Department of Military Affairs honors, recognizes state employees

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Walter L. Mercer, Chief Operations Officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, recognized and thanked DMA employees at two State Employee Recognition luncheons May 10, 2018, at Fort Pickett and May 23, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. “A lot […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginians from all branches of the Armed Forces who gave their lives in service to the United States of America were remembered May 28, 2018, at the Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. Virginia. Ten Virginia National Guard Soldiers have been killed by hostile enemy action since Sept. 11, 2001, and they […]

    Virginia’s fallen honored at Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginians from all branches of the Armed Forces who gave their lives in service to the United States of America were remembered May 28, 2018, at the Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. Virginia. Ten Virginia National Guard Soldiers have been killed by hostile enemy action since Sept. 11, 2001, and they […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Memorial Day is a time of national awareness and reverence that honors the military men and women who gave their lives in defense of our nation and its values. Whether you are taking part in a ceremony in your community or enjoying time with family and friends, I encourage everyone to pause for a personal moment of […]

    Adjutant General’s 2018 Memorial Day Message

    SANDSTON, Va. — Memorial Day is a time of national awareness and reverence that honors the military men and women who gave their lives in defense of our nation and its values. Whether you are taking part in a ceremony in your community or enjoying time with family and friends, I encourage everyone to pause for a personal moment of […]

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  • CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — A shadow warrior’s face, lit by Liquid Crystal Displays with Light Emitting Diode backlighting, remains inscrutable to the public eye. Unknown, unsung, he targets enemy and hostile adversaries via integrated and synchronized cyberspace operations, the fifth dimension of warfare. He works on a handful of computers simultaneously, conducting cyber opposing force support, network warfare activities and […]

    Enlisted IT expert takes lead at Cyber Shield 18

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — A shadow warrior’s face, lit by Liquid Crystal Displays with Light Emitting Diode backlighting, remains inscrutable to the public eye. Unknown, unsung, he targets enemy and hostile adversaries via integrated and synchronized cyberspace operations, the fifth dimension of warfare. He works on a handful of computers simultaneously, conducting cyber opposing force support, network warfare activities and […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The 2018 Region II Best Warrior Competition brought Soldiers and NCOs from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. to Fort Pickett May 17-20, 2018. After days of physical and mental challenges that had the region’s best Soldiers leaping over obstacles, knocking down targets and testing their military knowledge, Virginia National Guardsman Sgt. Jake […]

    Virginia NCO & Maryland Soldier named best warriors in the region

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The 2018 Region II Best Warrior Competition brought Soldiers and NCOs from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. to Fort Pickett May 17-20, 2018. After days of physical and mental challenges that had the region’s best Soldiers leaping over obstacles, knocking down targets and testing their military knowledge, Virginia National Guardsman Sgt. Jake […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Ten Virginia Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contracting Team, 329th Regional Support Group conducted a multi-component operational contract support culminating training event May 1-11, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “This exercise has offered a training environment which mimics a deployment scenario,” said Maj. Nate Seymour, team lead for the 1945th CCT. “Beyond […]

    Contracting Teams conduct training exercise at Fort Belvoir

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Ten Virginia Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contracting Team, 329th Regional Support Group conducted a multi-component operational contract support culminating training event May 1-11, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “This exercise has offered a training environment which mimics a deployment scenario,” said Maj. Nate Seymour, team lead for the 1945th CCT. “Beyond […]

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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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  • SANDSTON, Va. — More than 2,000 National Guard personnel from six states and Washington, D.C., took part in the Vigilant Guard 18-3 emergency response exercise May 7-10, 2018, at multiple locations in Virginia. The goal of the exercise was to improve response to a natural disaster and enhance relationships with local, state and federal emergency response partners. It simulated a […]

    Vigilant Guard exercise prepares Virginia National Guard, partners for hurricane season

    SANDSTON, Va. — More than 2,000 National Guard personnel from six states and Washington, D.C., took part in the Vigilant Guard 18-3 emergency response exercise May 7-10, 2018, at multiple locations in Virginia. The goal of the exercise was to improve response to a natural disaster and enhance relationships with local, state and federal emergency response partners. It simulated a […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Officer candidates from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C., spent a long weekend in May preparing for the third and final phase of Officer Candidate School during a regional Field Level Exercise held May 4-6, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The training, hosted by 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, brought 29 candidates […]

    Officer candidates prep for final phase of OCS

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Officer candidates from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C., spent a long weekend in May preparing for the third and final phase of Officer Candidate School during a regional Field Level Exercise held May 4-6, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The training, hosted by 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, brought 29 candidates […]

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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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  • SANDSTON, Va. — More than 2,000 National Guard personnel from six states and Washington, D.C., will take part in the Vigilant Guard 18-3 emergency response exercise May 7-10, 2018, at multiple locations in Virginia to improve their ability to respond to a natural disaster and enhance relationships with local, state and federal emergency response partners. The event will simulate a […]

    Virginia National Guard to host Vigilant Guard emergency response exercise

    SANDSTON, Va. — More than 2,000 National Guard personnel from six states and Washington, D.C., will take part in the Vigilant Guard 18-3 emergency response exercise May 7-10, 2018, at multiple locations in Virginia to improve their ability to respond to a natural disaster and enhance relationships with local, state and federal emergency response partners. The event will simulate a […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard welcomed four newly-commissioned second lieutenants to its ranks April 29, 2018, during a commissioning ceremony held at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The new lieutenants were all graduates of the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School Class 61A. “These four new officers have made a life decision,” said Lt. Col. Robert Fitch, commander of […]

    Virginia National Guard commissions four new officers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard welcomed four newly-commissioned second lieutenants to its ranks April 29, 2018, during a commissioning ceremony held at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The new lieutenants were all graduates of the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School Class 61A. “These four new officers have made a life decision,” said Lt. Col. Robert Fitch, commander of […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Col. James W. Ring has been named to succeed Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin as the Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and will be promoted to brigadier general, according to an announcement made May 1, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Griffin will transition to a traditional Guard […]

    Ring to succeed Griffin as Director of the Joint Staff

    SANDSTON, Va. — Col. James W. Ring has been named to succeed Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin as the Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and will be promoted to brigadier general, according to an announcement made May 1, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Griffin will transition to a traditional Guard […]

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  • NORFOLK, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders recognized the top company-level units in the Virginia Army National Guard for high levels of readiness at the second annual Virginia Military Ball April 28, 2018, in Norfolk, Virginia. Outstanding Soldiers and Airmen were also recognized at an awards reception before the ball, as were Army units earning the Excellence in Training […]

    Top Virginia National Guard units, individuals recognized at Virginia Military Ball

    NORFOLK, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders recognized the top company-level units in the Virginia Army National Guard for high levels of readiness at the second annual Virginia Military Ball April 28, 2018, in Norfolk, Virginia. Outstanding Soldiers and Airmen were also recognized at an awards reception before the ball, as were Army units earning the Excellence in Training […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Construction was completed on the new training venue in the Old Hospital Area of Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center April 27, 2018. The new Structure Collapse Venue Site is intended to simulate a large building damaged by a natural disaster or a terrorist attack. “The idea is to instill an impression,” said Capt. Andrew Czaplicki, Operations […]

    Virginia National Guard’s newest training venue nears opening date

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Construction was completed on the new training venue in the Old Hospital Area of Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center April 27, 2018. The new Structure Collapse Venue Site is intended to simulate a large building damaged by a natural disaster or a terrorist attack. “The idea is to instill an impression,” said Capt. Andrew Czaplicki, Operations […]

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  • HANOVER, Va. — Approximately 115 newly-recruited Virginia National Guard Soldiers came together for a regional training event held April 13-15, 2018, in Hanover, Virginia. The recruits were all part of the Recruit Sustainment Program, founded approximately 12 years ago. The RSP aims to increase troop readiness by bringing together new Soldiers before they ship to Basic Combat Training and Advanced […]

    Recruit Sustainment Program prepares new recruits for Basic, AIT

    HANOVER, Va. — Approximately 115 newly-recruited Virginia National Guard Soldiers came together for a regional training event held April 13-15, 2018, in Hanover, Virginia. The recruits were all part of the Recruit Sustainment Program, founded approximately 12 years ago. The RSP aims to increase troop readiness by bringing together new Soldiers before they ship to Basic Combat Training and Advanced […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – More than 350 members of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in a command post exercise April 12-15, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. “I have seen the brigade grow as a team over the past few months as we prepared for this exercise and enhanced our processes,” said Col. E. Scott […]

    116th IBCT staff conducts command post exercise to prepare for Warfighter

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – More than 350 members of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in a command post exercise April 12-15, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. “I have seen the brigade grow as a team over the past few months as we prepared for this exercise and enhanced our processes,” said Col. E. Scott […]

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