Joint Force HQs Archive

  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy transitioned 140 candidates to cadets during a ceremony Oct. 12, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “I want you all to think about what you’ve accomplished today,” Mark Chicoine, director of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy, told the newly-minted cadets. “You’ve gone through acclimation, […]

    ChalleNGe Class 50 candidates transition to cadets during induction ceremony

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy transitioned 140 candidates to cadets during a ceremony Oct. 12, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “I want you all to think about what you’ve accomplished today,” Mark Chicoine, director of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy, told the newly-minted cadets. “You’ve gone through acclimation, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard deployed two medium tactical vehicles and four Soldiers to provide high water transport capabilities Oct. 12, 2018, in Danville, Virginia, after heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the area. The Soldiers spent one day on state active duty and assisted local officials with health and welfare checks. A VNG aviation crew of four […]

    Virginia National Guard provides high water transport capabilities in Danville, helicopter rescue on standby

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard deployed two medium tactical vehicles and four Soldiers to provide high water transport capabilities Oct. 12, 2018, in Danville, Virginia, after heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the area. The Soldiers spent one day on state active duty and assisted local officials with health and welfare checks. A VNG aviation crew of four […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The application deadline for the Spring Semester, Virginia National Guard state tuition assistance is November 1, 2018. The State Tuition Assistance Program offers up to $6,250 per year for tuition and fees and one credential at each level up to a Ph.D. Tuition assistance can now be used at participating online schools not in Virginia but […]

    Tuition assistance deadline is November 1

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The application deadline for the Spring Semester, Virginia National Guard state tuition assistance is November 1, 2018. The State Tuition Assistance Program offers up to $6,250 per year for tuition and fees and one credential at each level up to a Ph.D. Tuition assistance can now be used at participating online schools not in Virginia but […]

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  • Richmond, Va.  — The Virginia Department of Military Affairs conducted its second Supervisor Course Sept. 18-20, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. The three-day course focused on teaching supervisors how to manage state staff, with an emphasis on state human resources and safety requirements, pay and benefits management, evaluations and discipline. It included practical training on […]

    DMA hosts second supervisors course at SMR

    Richmond, Va.  — The Virginia Department of Military Affairs conducted its second Supervisor Course Sept. 18-20, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. The three-day course focused on teaching supervisors how to manage state staff, with an emphasis on state human resources and safety requirements, pay and benefits management, evaluations and discipline. It included practical training on […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard transportation Soldiers returned from supporting Hurricane Florence flood response operations in North Carolina Sept. 24, 2018, and a team of VNG aviators and Chesterfield County rescue technicians returned from South Carolina Sept. 27. “Please accept my genuine expression of sincere pride and gratitude for your contributions that proved seminal to ensuring the safety of […]

    Transporters, aviators return from support missions in the Carolinas

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard transportation Soldiers returned from supporting Hurricane Florence flood response operations in North Carolina Sept. 24, 2018, and a team of VNG aviators and Chesterfield County rescue technicians returned from South Carolina Sept. 27. “Please accept my genuine expression of sincere pride and gratitude for your contributions that proved seminal to ensuring the safety of […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia National Guard aviation crew of four Soldiers and a team of three Chesterfield County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Scuba Rescue Team members departed Sept. 22, 2018, from Chesterfield County, Virginia, to support the South Carolina National Guard with recovery operations after Hurricane Florence caused serious flooding across the state. The VNG aviators and Chesterfield […]

    Virginia Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team departs for South Carolina

    RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia National Guard aviation crew of four Soldiers and a team of three Chesterfield County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Scuba Rescue Team members departed Sept. 22, 2018, from Chesterfield County, Virginia, to support the South Carolina National Guard with recovery operations after Hurricane Florence caused serious flooding across the state. The VNG aviators and Chesterfield […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged more than 1,500 personnel Sept. 12, 2018, at key locations across the commonwealth to support local and state emergency management officials with possible response to Hurricane Florence, but most were not needed when the storm turned further south. When Governor Ralph Northam authorized Virginia’s resources could be redirected to North Carolina, the […]

    VNG supports multi-state, multi-agency response to Hurricane Florence

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged more than 1,500 personnel Sept. 12, 2018, at key locations across the commonwealth to support local and state emergency management officials with possible response to Hurricane Florence, but most were not needed when the storm turned further south. When Governor Ralph Northam authorized Virginia’s resources could be redirected to North Carolina, the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, swore in Col. Anthony Daniels as the new Joint Force Headquarters – Virginia Command Inspector General Sept. 6, 2018, in Richmond, Virginia. “I’m looking forward to supporting the Army and Air Guardsmen and civilians in the great Commonwealth of Virginia while enhancing the command’s readiness and warfighting […]

    AG swears in new JFHQ Inspector General

    RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, swore in Col. Anthony Daniels as the new Joint Force Headquarters – Virginia Command Inspector General Sept. 6, 2018, in Richmond, Virginia. “I’m looking forward to supporting the Army and Air Guardsmen and civilians in the great Commonwealth of Virginia while enhancing the command’s readiness and warfighting […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is sending approximately 40 Soldiers and 20 light medium tactical vehicles to support the North Carolina National Guard with recovery efforts after Hurricane Florence caused widespread flooding, and they departed Sept. 15, 2018. The VNG will keep a force of Soldiers on standby and postured for possible support to the Southwest Virginia region […]

    Virginia National Guard sending support to North Carolina

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is sending approximately 40 Soldiers and 20 light medium tactical vehicles to support the North Carolina National Guard with recovery efforts after Hurricane Florence caused widespread flooding, and they departed Sept. 15, 2018. The VNG will keep a force of Soldiers on standby and postured for possible support to the Southwest Virginia region […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has more than 1,300 personnel staged and ready to support local and state emergency management officials with response to Hurricane Florence Sept. 12, 2018. VNG Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are staged at key locations across the commonwealth in order to rapidly respond if needed. “I am incredibly proud […]

    Virginia National Guard staged and ready for possible Hurricane Florence support

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has more than 1,300 personnel staged and ready to support local and state emergency management officials with response to Hurricane Florence Sept. 12, 2018. VNG Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are staged at key locations across the commonwealth in order to rapidly respond if needed. “I am incredibly proud […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is planning to initially bring up to 1,500 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible assistance with the state’s response operations for Hurricane Florence. Governor Ralph Northam has authorized up to 6,000 personnel for response operations and those individuals are alerted and on standby. Potential […]

    Virginia National Guard to support statewide response to Hurricane Florence

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is planning to initially bring up to 1,500 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible assistance with the state’s response operations for Hurricane Florence. Governor Ralph Northam has authorized up to 6,000 personnel for response operations and those individuals are alerted and on standby. Potential […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 91 cadets from Class 49 during a ceremony Aug. 25, 2018, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Walt Mercer, chief operations officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, joined Mark Chicoine, director of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy, in congratulating the cadets on finishing the […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 91 from Class 49

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 91 cadets from Class 49 during a ceremony Aug. 25, 2018, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Walt Mercer, chief operations officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, joined Mark Chicoine, director of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy, in congratulating the cadets on finishing the […]

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  • EDGEWOOD, Md. — Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team took part in a joint training exercise Aug. 19-24, 2018, near Edgewood, Maryland. CSTs from Deleware, Maryland, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. also took part in the multi-day exercise designed to enhance their response capabilities by simulating 24-hour operations where teams conducted […]

    34th CST conducts multi-state, multi-day exercise

    EDGEWOOD, Md. — Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team took part in a joint training exercise Aug. 19-24, 2018, near Edgewood, Maryland. CSTs from Deleware, Maryland, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. also took part in the multi-day exercise designed to enhance their response capabilities by simulating 24-hour operations where teams conducted […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Becky Fowler, a contract specialist in the Virginia National Guard United States Property and Fiscal Office, received the Leadership in Contracting award from the Office of the Director of Acquisitions and Head of Contracting for the National Guard Bureau at the fourth annual Excellence in Contracting Awards Program ceremony July 12, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. […]

    Fowler receives Leadership in Contracting Award

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Becky Fowler, a contract specialist in the Virginia National Guard United States Property and Fiscal Office, received the Leadership in Contracting award from the Office of the Director of Acquisitions and Head of Contracting for the National Guard Bureau at the fourth annual Excellence in Contracting Awards Program ceremony July 12, 2018, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH– The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy welcomed back alumni at a 25th anniversary alumni reunion July 28, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. The event, which was conducted in coordination with family day for the current class, Class 49, provided alumni with the opportunity to meet with current staff and leadership, learn about the […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe welcomes back alumni for 25th anniversary reunion

    VIRGINIA BEACH– The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy welcomed back alumni at a 25th anniversary alumni reunion July 28, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. The event, which was conducted in coordination with family day for the current class, Class 49, provided alumni with the opportunity to meet with current staff and leadership, learn about the […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Four Cadets from Class 49 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy earned their General Equivalency Diplomas, and were accepted into an apprenticeship program with the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Cadets McAllister from Richmond, Pate from Newport News, White from Norfolk and Fuzi from Manassas earned their GEDs over a month before […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe Cadets earn GEDs early, accepted to apprenticeship program

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Four Cadets from Class 49 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy earned their General Equivalency Diplomas, and were accepted into an apprenticeship program with the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Cadets McAllister from Richmond, Pate from Newport News, White from Norfolk and Fuzi from Manassas earned their GEDs over a month before […]

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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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  • SARAJEVO – The NATO Headquarters Transfer of Authority ceremony took place July 9, 2018, between the incoming commander U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Marti J. Bissell and the outgoing commander U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Huston. Huston said he was departing with an even greater sense of optimism and faith in the people of this country, and the knowledge that […]

    Bissell takes command of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo

    SARAJEVO – The NATO Headquarters Transfer of Authority ceremony took place July 9, 2018, between the incoming commander U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Marti J. Bissell and the outgoing commander U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Huston. Huston said he was departing with an even greater sense of optimism and faith in the people of this country, and the knowledge that […]

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