Joint Force HQs Archive

  • SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter with aviation crew departed June 4, 2018, to provide aerial detection and monitoring support for the Arizona National Guard’s mission to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on the Southwest Border. The mission is scheduled to last approximately 90 days and could be extended. “Once again the Virginia National […]

    Virginia National Guard Lakota helicopter and crew depart for Southwest Border support

    SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter with aviation crew departed June 4, 2018, to provide aerial detection and monitoring support for the Arizona National Guard’s mission to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on the Southwest Border. The mission is scheduled to last approximately 90 days and could be extended. “Once again the Virginia National […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia State Police arrested Virginia National Guard Soldier Joshua Philip Yabut, 29, of Richmond, Virginia, for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, and charged him with one felony count of eluding police and one felony count of unauthorized use of a vehicle. The charges come after he drove an M577 armored personnel carrier June 5, 2018, […]

    Virginia National Guard Soldier charged by Virginia State Police

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia State Police arrested Virginia National Guard Soldier Joshua Philip Yabut, 29, of Richmond, Virginia, for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, and charged him with one felony count of eluding police and one felony count of unauthorized use of a vehicle. The charges come after he drove an M577 armored personnel carrier June 5, 2018, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Col. Marti J. Bissell was promoted to brigadier general June 1, 2018, in Arlington, Virginia, and she will serve as the Commander and Senior Military Representative at North Atlantic Treaty Organization Headquarters, Sarajevo. A transfer of authority ceremony is scheduled for July 9. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of National Guard Bureau, officiated the promotion ceremony, […]

    Bissell promoted to brigadier general, will command NATO headquarters in Sarajevo

    SANDSTON, Va. — Col. Marti J. Bissell was promoted to brigadier general June 1, 2018, in Arlington, Virginia, and she will serve as the Commander and Senior Military Representative at North Atlantic Treaty Organization Headquarters, Sarajevo. A transfer of authority ceremony is scheduled for July 9. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of National Guard Bureau, officiated the promotion ceremony, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team was evaluated as fully trained on 12 essential collective tasks after conducting a Training Proficiency Evaluation May 22 and 24, 2016, in Dinwiddie County and Hanover County, Virginia. The evaluation was supervised by U.S. Army North’s Civil Support Readiness Group-East in order to validate the unit’s level […]

    34th CST evaluated as fully mission capable

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team was evaluated as fully trained on 12 essential collective tasks after conducting a Training Proficiency Evaluation May 22 and 24, 2016, in Dinwiddie County and Hanover County, Virginia. The evaluation was supervised by U.S. Army North’s Civil Support Readiness Group-East in order to validate the unit’s level […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam joined Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, in honoring Virginia National Guard volunteers at the 2018 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition and Training Workshop April 15, 2018, in Williamsburg, Virginia. The annual two-day event recognizes and thanks volunteers for their efforts in support of family programs […]

    First Lady, AG honor volunteers at annual Volunteer Training Workshop and Youth Symposium

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam joined Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, in honoring Virginia National Guard volunteers at the 2018 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition and Training Workshop April 15, 2018, in Williamsburg, Virginia. The annual two-day event recognizes and thanks volunteers for their efforts in support of family programs […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — More than 200 shooters competed in the 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia, March 11-18, 2018, including four Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard. The competition, commonly referred to as the “All-Army” match, including active duty, U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from across the country, divided into 37 teams. […]

    Virginia marksmen earn honors at national marksmanship match

    SANDSTON, Va. — More than 200 shooters competed in the 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia, March 11-18, 2018, including four Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard. The competition, commonly referred to as the “All-Army” match, including active duty, U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from across the country, divided into 37 teams. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — After years of research, planning and approval processes, the Virginia Department of Military Affairs finally received more than $1.7 million in Statewide Agencies Radio System, or STARS, equipment. On March 15, 2018, representatives from the Virginia State Police, who manage the system, conducted a short training session on the equipment for Virginia Soldiers, Airmen and members of […]

    DMA personnel train on new radio equipment with VSP

    SANDSTON, Va. — After years of research, planning and approval processes, the Virginia Department of Military Affairs finally received more than $1.7 million in Statewide Agencies Radio System, or STARS, equipment. On March 15, 2018, representatives from the Virginia State Police, who manage the system, conducted a short training session on the equipment for Virginia Soldiers, Airmen and members of […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 115 cadets from Class 48 in a ceremony held March 3, 2018, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The cadets spent five-and-a-half months in residence at the Commonwealth ChalleNGe Academy and will begin the 12 month post-residential phase where they will work to find employment, continue […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 115 cadets from Class 48

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 115 cadets from Class 48 in a ceremony held March 3, 2018, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The cadets spent five-and-a-half months in residence at the Commonwealth ChalleNGe Academy and will begin the 12 month post-residential phase where they will work to find employment, continue […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – In 1898, two Virginia battalions of African American Soldiers were mustered into federal service in support of the Spanish-American War. Once on federal active duty, the battalions, formed from companies initially organized as early as 1870, formed the 6th Virginia Volunteers. While the men of these units never saw combat, they trained in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia […]

    Virginia’s African American Militiamen: Remembering the 6th Virginia Volunteers

    RICHMOND, Va. – In 1898, two Virginia battalions of African American Soldiers were mustered into federal service in support of the Spanish-American War. Once on federal active duty, the battalions, formed from companies initially organized as early as 1870, formed the 6th Virginia Volunteers. While the men of these units never saw combat, they trained in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – Congressman Scott Taylor stopped by the Virginia National Guard’s Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy Feb. 12, 2018, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Taylor first met with the program’s director, retired Navy Capt. Mark Chicoine, Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Director of the Joint Staff for the Virginia National Guard, and Lt. Col. Timothy […]

    Congressman Scott Taylor talks mentorship with Commonwealth ChalleNGe cadets

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – Congressman Scott Taylor stopped by the Virginia National Guard’s Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy Feb. 12, 2018, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Taylor first met with the program’s director, retired Navy Capt. Mark Chicoine, Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Director of the Joint Staff for the Virginia National Guard, and Lt. Col. Timothy […]

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  • WASHINGTON — As the Army shifts its attention toward new adversaries in the cyber and tech fields, senior Army leaders know the importance that science, technology, engineering and math will play. Brig. Gen. Lapthe Flora, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Strategic Initiatives, was among the Army leaders taking part in the Stars and Stripes mentoring program at the 32nd annual […]

    With focus on tech and science, Army senior leaders mentor students

    WASHINGTON — As the Army shifts its attention toward new adversaries in the cyber and tech fields, senior Army leaders know the importance that science, technology, engineering and math will play. Brig. Gen. Lapthe Flora, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Strategic Initiatives, was among the Army leaders taking part in the Stars and Stripes mentoring program at the 32nd annual […]

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