Gov. of Virginia Archive

  • RICHMOND, Va.– Thirty-two Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were remembered among 870 Virginia public safety officers who died in the line of duty at the dedication of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial Dec. 6, 2014, at the memorial site at Capitol Square in Richmond, Va. Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran provided remarks […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers, Airmen remembered at Public Safety Memorial

    RICHMOND, Va.– Thirty-two Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were remembered among 870 Virginia public safety officers who died in the line of duty at the dedication of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial Dec. 6, 2014, at the memorial site at Capitol Square in Richmond, Va. Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran provided remarks […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted a memorial ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters in Sandston, Va., on Sept. 11, 2014, to commemorate those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, led the ceremony which included remarks from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the lowering of the U.S. […]

    Governor joins Va. Guard at 9/11 memorial service

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted a memorial ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters in Sandston, Va., on Sept. 11, 2014, to commemorate those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, led the ceremony which included remarks from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the lowering of the U.S. […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support Sept. 5, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. Joining the governor for the signing were members of the cabinet, state senators and delegates from the Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Army and Air National Guard senior leaders as well as […]

    Governor signs statement of support for Guard, Reserve

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support Sept. 5, 2014, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. Joining the governor for the signing were members of the cabinet, state senators and delegates from the Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Army and Air National Guard senior leaders as well as […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Fort Pickett-based Virginia Marksmanship Training Unit, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute announced the approval of the Governor’s Twenty Tab July 21, 2014. The Governor’s Twenty Tab is a state-level marksmanship award, originally created in 1968 by the Missouri National Guard and has been adopted by 13 other states. The tab is awarded to the top […]

    Earning the Governor’s Twenty Tab

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Fort Pickett-based Virginia Marksmanship Training Unit, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute announced the approval of the Governor’s Twenty Tab July 21, 2014. The Governor’s Twenty Tab is a state-level marksmanship award, originally created in 1968 by the Missouri National Guard and has been adopted by 13 other states. The tab is awarded to the top […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH—Family members, friends, fellow Soldiers and senior state government and military leaders bid farewell to the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group June 22, 2014, in Virginia Beach. Approximately 70 Soldiers of the 529th are scheduled to report to Fort Hood, Texas, for 30 to 45 days of mobilization training before […]

    529th CSSB Soldiers depart for federal duty in Kuwait

    VIRGINIA BEACH—Family members, friends, fellow Soldiers and senior state government and military leaders bid farewell to the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group June 22, 2014, in Virginia Beach. Approximately 70 Soldiers of the 529th are scheduled to report to Fort Hood, Texas, for 30 to 45 days of mobilization training before […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 381 transferring the responsibility for overseeing and coordinating efforts to strengthen homeland security from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security to the Secretary of Public Safety April 2, 2014, at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center in Richmond. The legislation renames the secretariats as the Secretary […]

    Governor signs SB381 transferring homeland security responsibilities to the Secretary of Public Safety

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 381 transferring the responsibility for overseeing and coordinating efforts to strengthen homeland security from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security to the Secretary of Public Safety April 2, 2014, at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center in Richmond. The legislation renames the secretariats as the Secretary […]

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  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented the Eisenhower Trophy to the Gate City-based Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the Virginia National Guard […]

    Virginia Army National Guard recognizes top units

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented the Eisenhower Trophy to the Gate City-based Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the Virginia National Guard […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 300 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible severe winter weather response operations. The Virginia Guard plans to stage personnel at readiness centers along the I-81 corridor and in the Central Virginia area along Route 29, I-64 and […]

    Virginia Guard personnel preparing for possible winter weather response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 300 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible severe winter weather response operations. The Virginia Guard plans to stage personnel at readiness centers along the I-81 corridor and in the Central Virginia area along Route 29, I-64 and […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran, Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security John Harvey and members of the Virginia General Assembly commended the Virginia National Guard for the organization’s service to commonwealth and country at a legislative reception hosted Jan. 15, 2014, by the Virginia Guard Officer’s Association and Virginia Guard Enlisted Association […]

    Governor McAuliffe commends Virginia National Guard

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran, Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security John Harvey and members of the Virginia General Assembly commended the Virginia National Guard for the organization’s service to commonwealth and country at a legislative reception hosted Jan. 15, 2014, by the Virginia Guard Officer’s Association and Virginia Guard Enlisted Association […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Bob McDonnell recognized the Virginia National Guard in his final State of the Commonwealth Address to a joint session of the Virginia General Assembly Jan. 8, 2014, in Richmond, Va. During the address, he introduced two spouses whose husbands are deployed with the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company. “Tonight, we are joined by Tabitha Rhodes, wife of […]

    McDonnell recognizes Va. Guard in final address

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Bob McDonnell recognized the Virginia National Guard in his final State of the Commonwealth Address to a joint session of the Virginia General Assembly Jan. 8, 2014, in Richmond, Va. During the address, he introduced two spouses whose husbands are deployed with the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company. “Tonight, we are joined by Tabitha Rhodes, wife of […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Bob McDonnell ceremonially signed a proclamation designating December as Virginia National Guard Appreciation and Recognition Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia Dec. 6, 2013, at a ceremony in Richmond, Va. Secretary of Public Safety Bryan M. Rhode and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined McDonnell for the signing along with […]

    Governor proclaims December as Virginia National Guard Month

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Bob McDonnell ceremonially signed a proclamation designating December as Virginia National Guard Appreciation and Recognition Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia Dec. 6, 2013, at a ceremony in Richmond, Va. Secretary of Public Safety Bryan M. Rhode and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined McDonnell for the signing along with […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Bob McDonnell is scheduled to ceremonially sign a proclamation designating December as Virginia National Guard Appreciation and Recognition Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia Dec. 6, 2013, at a ceremony in Richmond, Va. Virginia National Guard Month http://www.governor.virginia.gov/OurCommonwealth/Proclamations/viewproc.cfm?id=453 WHEREAS, as the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Virginia National Guard traces […]

    Governor to designate December as Virginia Guard Month

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Bob McDonnell is scheduled to ceremonially sign a proclamation designating December as Virginia National Guard Appreciation and Recognition Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia Dec. 6, 2013, at a ceremony in Richmond, Va. Virginia National Guard Month http://www.governor.virginia.gov/OurCommonwealth/Proclamations/viewproc.cfm?id=453 WHEREAS, as the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Virginia National Guard traces […]

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  • RiCHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented Judge Marla Graff Decker with the Virginia Distinguished Service Medal Dec. 4, 2013, in Richmond. The VDSM is the highest decoration the Commonwealth of Virginia can award, and it was presented to Decker for her significant contributions to the Virginia National Guard as the Secretary […]

    Former SPS presented Va. Distinguished Service Medal

    RiCHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented Judge Marla Graff Decker with the Virginia Distinguished Service Medal Dec. 4, 2013, in Richmond. The VDSM is the highest decoration the Commonwealth of Virginia can award, and it was presented to Decker for her significant contributions to the Virginia National Guard as the Secretary […]

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  • RiCHMOND, Va. — Governor Bob McDonnell recognized currently serving and past members of the United States Armed Forces for their service and thanked their families for their contributions during the the Commonwealth Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2013, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Command Sgt. Maj. […]

    Service and sacrifice remembered on Veterans Day

    RiCHMOND, Va. — Governor Bob McDonnell recognized currently serving and past members of the United States Armed Forces for their service and thanked their families for their contributions during the the Commonwealth Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2013, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Command Sgt. Maj. […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Bob McDonnell recognized Sept. 11, 2013, as a Day of Remembrance, Patriotism and Prayer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. During a commemoration ceremony at the Bell Tower on Capitol Square, he thanked first responders and the military for everything they have done in the last 12 years to help keep Virginia and the rest of the […]

    Governor thanks first responders and military for post 9/11 safety and security

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Bob McDonnell recognized Sept. 11, 2013, as a Day of Remembrance, Patriotism and Prayer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. During a commemoration ceremony at the Bell Tower on Capitol Square, he thanked first responders and the military for everything they have done in the last 12 years to help keep Virginia and the rest of the […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Governor Bob McDonnell visited Fort Pickett Aug. 11, 2013, and Joint Base Langley-Eustis Aug. 13 to thank Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen for their service to both commonwealth and country and learn more about the Guard’s capabilities during the “This Commonwealth of Opportunity” statewide tour. At Fort Pickett, he saw firsthand some of the facilities […]

    Governor McDonnell visits Fort Pickett and JBLE

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Governor Bob McDonnell visited Fort Pickett Aug. 11, 2013, and Joint Base Langley-Eustis Aug. 13 to thank Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen for their service to both commonwealth and country and learn more about the Guard’s capabilities during the “This Commonwealth of Opportunity” statewide tour. At Fort Pickett, he saw firsthand some of the facilities […]

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  • KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan—Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell met with deployed U.S. service members serving in Afghanistan, July 25. His stop at Kandahar Airfield included a visit with Virginia National Guard’s 1710th Transportation Company. The 1710th provides sustainment support to the war fighters in Afghanistan’s southern region. McDonnell, a 21-year Army veteran and father of a daughter who deployed to Iraq, said […]

    Governor McDonnell visits Virginia Guard Soldiers in Afghanistan

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan—Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell met with deployed U.S. service members serving in Afghanistan, July 25. His stop at Kandahar Airfield included a visit with Virginia National Guard’s 1710th Transportation Company. The 1710th provides sustainment support to the war fighters in Afghanistan’s southern region. McDonnell, a 21-year Army veteran and father of a daughter who deployed to Iraq, said […]

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  • SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard dedicated the South Boston readiness center to the memory of the late Maj. Gen. Carroll Thackston, former Adjutant General of Virginia, during a ceremony held July 13, 2013. Thackston, the Adjutant General of Virginia from July 1994 to September 1998, passed away Feb. 17, 2013, at Lynchburg General Hospital at the age […]

    Va. Guard’s South Boston readiness center dedicated to former AG

    SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard dedicated the South Boston readiness center to the memory of the late Maj. Gen. Carroll Thackston, former Adjutant General of Virginia, during a ceremony held July 13, 2013. Thackston, the Adjutant General of Virginia from July 1994 to September 1998, passed away Feb. 17, 2013, at Lynchburg General Hospital at the age […]

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  • SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. July 13, 2013, at the South Boston readiness center to dedicate the facility to the memory of the late Maj. Gen. Carroll Thackston, former Adjutant General of Virginia. Thackston, the Adjutant General of Virginia from July 1994 to September 1998, passed away Feb. 17, 2013, […]

    Va. Guard’s South Boston readiness center to be dedicated to Thackston

    SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. July 13, 2013, at the South Boston readiness center to dedicate the facility to the memory of the late Maj. Gen. Carroll Thackston, former Adjutant General of Virginia. Thackston, the Adjutant General of Virginia from July 1994 to September 1998, passed away Feb. 17, 2013, […]

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  • Virginia Beach, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers of the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion welcomed a familiar face as Maj. Michael Waterman assumed command of the battalion during a change of command ceremony June 15, 2013, at the Camp Pendleton Parade Field in Virginia Beach. Col. Michelle Rose, commander of the 329th RSG, presided over the exchange of unit […]

    529th CSSB welcomes new commander, receives recognition from Governor

    Virginia Beach, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers of the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion welcomed a familiar face as Maj. Michael Waterman assumed command of the battalion during a change of command ceremony June 15, 2013, at the Camp Pendleton Parade Field in Virginia Beach. Col. Michelle Rose, commander of the 329th RSG, presided over the exchange of unit […]

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