Joint Force HQs Archive

  • 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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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard is fielding a new personnel and pay system in 2019 that will have an easy-to-use online platform that provides more self-service capabilities for Soldiers. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army, or IPPS-A, will go online in early 2019. “Virginia is leading the charge to adopt this new system, which will […]

    Virginia Army National Guard to field new personnel and pay system

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard is fielding a new personnel and pay system in 2019 that will have an easy-to-use online platform that provides more self-service capabilities for Soldiers. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army, or IPPS-A, will go online in early 2019. “Virginia is leading the charge to adopt this new system, which will […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Ralph Northam and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran commended the Virginia National Guard for the organization’s service to commonwealth and country at a legislative reception hosted Jan. 18, 2018, by the Virginia National Guard Officer’s Association and Virginia Army and Air National Guard Enlisted Association in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to the reception, […]

    Governor commends the Va. National Guard

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Ralph Northam and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran commended the Virginia National Guard for the organization’s service to commonwealth and country at a legislative reception hosted Jan. 18, 2018, by the Virginia National Guard Officer’s Association and Virginia Army and Air National Guard Enlisted Association in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to the reception, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, provided an update on the Virginia National Guard to members of the Virginia General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus Jan. 17, 2018, in Richmond, Virginia. Before the update, Senator Bryce Reeves and Delegate Nick Freitas, co-chairs of the caucus, recognized retired Col. Rich Anderson for his many […]

    AG updates General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus

    RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, provided an update on the Virginia National Guard to members of the Virginia General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus Jan. 17, 2018, in Richmond, Virginia. Before the update, Senator Bryce Reeves and Delegate Nick Freitas, co-chairs of the caucus, recognized retired Col. Rich Anderson for his many […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – More than 200 Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force personnel were on duty Jan. 13, 2018, supporting the inauguration of Ralph Northam as the 73rd Governor of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. Soldiers, Airmen and members of the VDF conducted a variety of missions including playing ceremonial music, firing a 19-gun salute with artillery howitzers and providing […]

    Va. National Guard supports Governor Northam’s inauguration

    RICHMOND, Va. – More than 200 Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force personnel were on duty Jan. 13, 2018, supporting the inauguration of Ralph Northam as the 73rd Governor of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. Soldiers, Airmen and members of the VDF conducted a variety of missions including playing ceremonial music, firing a 19-gun salute with artillery howitzers and providing […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – More than 200 Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force personnel will be on duty Jan. 13, 2018, supporting the inauguration of Ralph Northam as the 73rd Governor of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the VDF will conduct a variety of missions including playing ceremonial music, firing a 19-gun salute with […]

    Virginia National Guard to provide music, artillery salute, lead parade marching element and helicopter flyover for Governor’s Inauguration

    SANDSTON, Va. – More than 200 Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force personnel will be on duty Jan. 13, 2018, supporting the inauguration of Ralph Northam as the 73rd Governor of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the VDF will conduct a variety of missions including playing ceremonial music, firing a 19-gun salute with […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard put more than 100 personnel on state active duty in the Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore areas Jan. 3, 2018, to provide assistance to state and local authorities when heavy snow hit the region. Over the following three days, Soldiers transported first responders and essential emergency services employees through heavy snow, assisted with […]

    Va. National Guard supports winter storm response with transportation and aerial resupply

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard put more than 100 personnel on state active duty in the Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore areas Jan. 3, 2018, to provide assistance to state and local authorities when heavy snow hit the region. Over the following three days, Soldiers transported first responders and essential emergency services employees through heavy snow, assisted with […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has nearly 100 personnel staged and ready to assist with the state’s multi-agency response to possible heavy snow Jan. 3, 2018, at key locations in the Hampton Roads area. Expected missions include using Humvees and light/medium tactical trucks to provide transportation for first responders through deep snow as well as providing debris reduction […]

    Va. National Guard staged and ready for possible snow response operations in Hampton Roads

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has nearly 100 personnel staged and ready to assist with the state’s multi-agency response to possible heavy snow Jan. 3, 2018, at key locations in the Hampton Roads area. Expected missions include using Humvees and light/medium tactical trucks to provide transportation for first responders through deep snow as well as providing debris reduction […]

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  • NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — In early December 1917, 150 Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 117th Military Police Company had already spent two months in France, arriving there eight months before the 29th and 80th Divisions and just seven months after President Woodrow Wilson declared war. One hundred years later, on Dec. 2, 2017, at the Virginia War Museum […]

    Virginia National Guard & Virginia War Museum remember WWI

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — In early December 1917, 150 Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 117th Military Police Company had already spent two months in France, arriving there eight months before the 29th and 80th Divisions and just seven months after President Woodrow Wilson declared war. One hundred years later, on Dec. 2, 2017, at the Virginia War Museum […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Governor-elect Ralph Northam will reappoint Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams as the Adjutant General of Virginia, according to an announcement made Dec. 22, 2017. The announcement was made along with other key appointments for senior leadership positions within the incoming administration and is available online here: https://govelect.virginia.gov/newsarticle?articleId=22026 “I am incredibly humbled and honored that Governor-Elect Northam plans […]

    Governor-elect Northam to reappoint Williams as Adjutant General of Virginia

    RICHMOND, Va. – Governor-elect Ralph Northam will reappoint Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams as the Adjutant General of Virginia, according to an announcement made Dec. 22, 2017. The announcement was made along with other key appointments for senior leadership positions within the incoming administration and is available online here: https://govelect.virginia.gov/newsarticle?articleId=22026 “I am incredibly humbled and honored that Governor-Elect Northam plans […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va.– Lt. Col. Paul Gravely will succeed Col. Preston Scott, Jr., as the Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett garrison commander, according to an announcement made Dec. 13, 2017, by Maj. Gen. Timothy Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Gravely currently serves as the Fort Pickett director of plans, training and security, and Jan. 7, 2018, is his effective date […]

    Gravely named as new Fort Pickett garrison commander, Scott to serve as 29th ID chief of staff

    SANDSTON, Va.– Lt. Col. Paul Gravely will succeed Col. Preston Scott, Jr., as the Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett garrison commander, according to an announcement made Dec. 13, 2017, by Maj. Gen. Timothy Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Gravely currently serves as the Fort Pickett director of plans, training and security, and Jan. 7, 2018, is his effective date […]

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  • CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe christened a 105mm M101A1 towed howitzer December 8, 2017, at the site of the new Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters under construction at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, then toured the facility for a construction update. “We have the best Guard in the country, and you have always made me proud, […]

    Governor christens howitzer, tours new Va. Guard headquarters site

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe christened a 105mm M101A1 towed howitzer December 8, 2017, at the site of the new Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters under construction at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, then toured the facility for a construction update. “We have the best Guard in the country, and you have always made me proud, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Members of the Virginia National Guard welcome newly-promoted Air Force Brig. Gen. Marshall L. Kjelvik as the incoming Air Component Commander during a promotion and assumption of command ceremony Dec. 7, 2017, at Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia in Sandston, Virginia. Army Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, presided over the ceremony and later stated, […]

    Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander assumes command

    SANDSTON, Va. – Members of the Virginia National Guard welcome newly-promoted Air Force Brig. Gen. Marshall L. Kjelvik as the incoming Air Component Commander during a promotion and assumption of command ceremony Dec. 7, 2017, at Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia in Sandston, Virginia. Army Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, presided over the ceremony and later stated, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for the Virginia National Guard Dec. 2 and 3, 2017, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, to recognize the Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year and their families as well as families of those personnel who are […]

    Governor, First Lady host receptions at Virginia’s Executive Mansion

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for the Virginia National Guard Dec. 2 and 3, 2017, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, to recognize the Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year and their families as well as families of those personnel who are […]

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  • CLIFTON FORGE, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosts a closure ceremony at the former location of the Clifton Forge Readiness Center Nov. 29, 2017, to formally mark the transfer of the facility to Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Soldiers lowered and folded the U.S. and Virginia flags in front of the facility for the final time, and Maj. Gen. […]

    Va. National Guard hosts closure ceremony in Clifton Forge

    CLIFTON FORGE, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosts a closure ceremony at the former location of the Clifton Forge Readiness Center Nov. 29, 2017, to formally mark the transfer of the facility to Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Soldiers lowered and folded the U.S. and Virginia flags in front of the facility for the final time, and Maj. Gen. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Col. William L. Zana will serve as the next Deputy Commanding General of Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa and be promoted to brigadier general, according to an announcement made Nov. 21, 2017, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Col. Adam C. Volant will succeed Zana as the commander of the […]

    AG announces new 91st Cyber Brigade commander, JFHQ-VA director of logistics

    SANDSTON, Va. — Col. William L. Zana will serve as the next Deputy Commanding General of Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa and be promoted to brigadier general, according to an announcement made Nov. 21, 2017, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Col. Adam C. Volant will succeed Zana as the commander of the […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Col. Marshall L. Kjelvik will succeed Brig. Gen. Dean A. Tremps as the next Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander according to an announcement made Nov. 21, 2017, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Tremps has been selected for promotion to major general, and his next assignment will be Air National Guard […]

    Kjelvik selected as next Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander

    SANDSTON, Va. — Col. Marshall L. Kjelvik will succeed Brig. Gen. Dean A. Tremps as the next Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander according to an announcement made Nov. 21, 2017, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Tremps has been selected for promotion to major general, and his next assignment will be Air National Guard […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders took part in Veterans Day ceremonies across the state Nov. 10 and 11, 2017, where they recognized the service of men and woman from all walks of life who answered our nation’s call and defended the ideals of freedom all over the globe. “For the Virginia National Guard, this Veterans Day is […]

    Veterans honored at ceremonies across the state

    SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders took part in Veterans Day ceremonies across the state Nov. 10 and 11, 2017, where they recognized the service of men and woman from all walks of life who answered our nation’s call and defended the ideals of freedom all over the globe. “For the Virginia National Guard, this Veterans Day is […]

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