Commonwealth ChalleNGe Archive

  • FORT STORY, Va. — Rappel masters of the Fort Pickett-based 1st Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute helped candidates from the Commonwealth ChalleNGe rappel down a 40-foot tower April 8, 2017, at Fort Story, Virginia. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is the Virginia component of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a five and a half month residential program which focuses on preparing […]

    Rappel masters help ChalleNGe cadets overcome fears

    FORT STORY, Va. — Rappel masters of the Fort Pickett-based 1st Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute helped candidates from the Commonwealth ChalleNGe rappel down a 40-foot tower April 8, 2017, at Fort Story, Virginia. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is the Virginia component of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a five and a half month residential program which focuses on preparing […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 101 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 46 March 4, 2017, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Virginia State Senator Bryce Reeves, who represents the 17th District, was the guest speaker. Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Director of the Joint Staff for the Virginia National Guard, […]

    Commonwealth Challenge graduates get back on track

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 101 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 46 March 4, 2017, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Virginia State Senator Bryce Reeves, who represents the 17th District, was the guest speaker. Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Director of the Joint Staff for the Virginia National Guard, […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON , Va. –The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy hosted a career fair Feb. 19, 2016, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, as well as a parent workshop Feb. 19 and a mentor workshop Feb. 20 in Virginia Beach, Va. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is the Virginia component of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, which focuses on preparing teenagers who […]

    ChalleNGe hosts career fair, parent & mentor workshops as cadets prepare to graduate

    CAMP PENDLETON , Va. –The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy hosted a career fair Feb. 19, 2016, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, as well as a parent workshop Feb. 19 and a mentor workshop Feb. 20 in Virginia Beach, Va. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is the Virginia component of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, which focuses on preparing teenagers who […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Members of Class 44 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy transitioned from candidates to cadets during a ceremony Oct. 15, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va. Col. Paul F. Griffin, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, and retired Navy Capt. Mark Chicoine, director of Commonwealth ChalleNGe, were on hand to congratulate […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe Class 44 transitions from candidates to cadets

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Members of Class 44 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy transitioned from candidates to cadets during a ceremony Oct. 15, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va. Col. Paul F. Griffin, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, and retired Navy Capt. Mark Chicoine, director of Commonwealth ChalleNGe, were on hand to congratulate […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 92 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 43 Aug. 22, 2015, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Dr. Michelle Woodhouse, provost of the Fred W. Beazley Portsmouth Campus of Tidewater Community College, was the guest speaker. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, […]

    Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy Class 43 graduates 92 cadets

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 92 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 43 Aug. 22, 2015, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Dr. Michelle Woodhouse, provost of the Fred W. Beazley Portsmouth Campus of Tidewater Community College, was the guest speaker. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Cadets from seven ChalleNGe programs and Jamaica competed in a four-day academic and athletic competition hosted by the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy May 28-31, 2015, at Camp Pendleton, Va. Commonwealth ChalleNGe hosted 325 cadets from four states, the District of Columbia and Jamaica for the Eastern Regional Invitational, in which teams competed in basketball, softball, […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe hosts 325 cadets for athletic, academic competition

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Cadets from seven ChalleNGe programs and Jamaica competed in a four-day academic and athletic competition hosted by the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy May 28-31, 2015, at Camp Pendleton, Va. Commonwealth ChalleNGe hosted 325 cadets from four states, the District of Columbia and Jamaica for the Eastern Regional Invitational, in which teams competed in basketball, softball, […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Cadets in Class 43 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy have completed their two-week acclimation phase and are now focused on the academic portion of the program, with their eyes on graduation Aug. 22. There are currently 117 cadets in the program in two male platoons and one female platoon. “We’ve got a good opportunity […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe continues changing lives one cadet at a time with Class 43

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Cadets in Class 43 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy have completed their two-week acclimation phase and are now focused on the academic portion of the program, with their eyes on graduation Aug. 22. There are currently 117 cadets in the program in two male platoons and one female platoon. “We’ve got a good opportunity […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Twenty-seven cadets from Class 41 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated during a commencement ceremony Aug. 9, 2014, at Corporate Landing Middle School in Virginia Beach, Va. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the Director of the Joint Staff, and Col. Paul Griffin, the Chief of the Joint Staff, […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 27 cadets in Va. Beach ceremony

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Twenty-seven cadets from Class 41 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated during a commencement ceremony Aug. 9, 2014, at Corporate Landing Middle School in Virginia Beach, Va. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the Director of the Joint Staff, and Col. Paul Griffin, the Chief of the Joint Staff, […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 79 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 40 June 21, 2014, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the Director of the Joint Staff of the Virginia National Guard, was the guest speaker and music was provided by the 29th Division Band. Brig. […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 79 cadets from Class 40

    VIRGINIA BEACH — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 79 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 40 June 21, 2014, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the Director of the Joint Staff of the Virginia National Guard, was the guest speaker and music was provided by the 29th Division Band. Brig. […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, and other senior leaders honored and recognized Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees during luncheons and awards ceremonies May 6 at Camp Pendleton and May 9 at Fort Pickett. The events took place during Virginia Public Service Week, when state employees are recognized around […]

    Dept. of Military Affairs honors state employees at Fort Pickett, Camp Pendleton

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, and other senior leaders honored and recognized Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees during luncheons and awards ceremonies May 6 at Camp Pendleton and May 9 at Fort Pickett. The events took place during Virginia Public Service Week, when state employees are recognized around […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy underwent some changes before it welcomed 111 cadets into Class 40 earlier this year. The cadets of Class 40 completed their “acclimation period” into ChalleNGe Jan. 23-31, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. Just after the administrative in-processing into the program, the ChalleNGe candidates began the “acclimation period,” where […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe welcomes two new classes, host of changes to the program

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy underwent some changes before it welcomed 111 cadets into Class 40 earlier this year. The cadets of Class 40 completed their “acclimation period” into ChalleNGe Jan. 23-31, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. Just after the administrative in-processing into the program, the ChalleNGe candidates began the “acclimation period,” where […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 128 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 39 Dec. 14, 2013, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the Deputy Adjutant General of Virginia, was the guest speaker for the event. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 128 at December ceremony

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 128 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 39 Dec. 14, 2013, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the Deputy Adjutant General of Virginia, was the guest speaker for the event. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy hosted ChalleNGe cadets from Maryland and North Carolina for four days of academic and athletic competitions Nov. 21-24 at Camp Pendleton. The cadets participated in basketball, softball, soccer, chess, triathlon, a drill competition and an academic bowl. Virginia finished first overall in the competition, giving the 132 cadets in Class […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe cadets take overall title at invitational, prepare for graduation

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy hosted ChalleNGe cadets from Maryland and North Carolina for four days of academic and athletic competitions Nov. 21-24 at Camp Pendleton. The cadets participated in basketball, softball, soccer, chess, triathlon, a drill competition and an academic bowl. Virginia finished first overall in the competition, giving the 132 cadets in Class […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 102 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 38 June 22, 2013, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell was the guest speaker for the event. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the Deputy Adjutant […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 102 during June commencement ceremony in Va. Beach

    VIRGINIA BEACH — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 102 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 38 June 22, 2013, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell was the guest speaker for the event. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the Deputy Adjutant […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH – Cadets in class 38 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy finished the two-week long, physically taxing, pre-ChalleNGe phase of the 22-week course recently and are now in the academic phase of the program, where they will focus on schoolwork with a goal of earning their General Educational Development certificate by their June graduation. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy begins Class 38 with 145 cadets

    VIRGINIA BEACH – Cadets in class 38 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy finished the two-week long, physically taxing, pre-ChalleNGe phase of the 22-week course recently and are now in the academic phase of the program, where they will focus on schoolwork with a goal of earning their General Educational Development certificate by their June graduation. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — One hundred and fifty two cadets of Class 37 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Program walked across the stage Dec. 22 at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach for the second largest graduating class in ChalleNGe history. Cadets received congratulations from retired Col. Jimmy J. Chandler, Director of ChalleNGe, retired Lt. Cmdr. Richard Guzman, […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 152 at Virginia Beach ceremony

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — One hundred and fifty two cadets of Class 37 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Program walked across the stage Dec. 22 at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach for the second largest graduating class in ChalleNGe history. Cadets received congratulations from retired Col. Jimmy J. Chandler, Director of ChalleNGe, retired Lt. Cmdr. Richard Guzman, […]

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