Senior Enlisted Leader Archive

  • SANDSTON, Va. — Command Sgt. Maj. Ferris and I would like to wish everyone the best during the 2015 holiday season and encourage you to reflect on the past year and take inventory of the positive things in life we can all be thankful for. We are so fortunate in the Virginia National Guard to enjoy a team of Soldiers, […]

    2015 Holiday message from Adjutant General, Senior Enlisted Advisor

    SANDSTON, Va. — Command Sgt. Maj. Ferris and I would like to wish everyone the best during the 2015 holiday season and encourage you to reflect on the past year and take inventory of the positive things in life we can all be thankful for. We are so fortunate in the Virginia National Guard to enjoy a team of Soldiers, […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Senior leaders from the Center for Initial Military Training at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command toured the Virginia Army National Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program Site #9 Oct. 17, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va., to learn about how the Virginia Guard prepares new recruits to be physically and mentally ready to attend […]

    TRADOC leaders visit, learn how Recruit Sustainment Program prepares Va. Guard recruits for basic training

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Senior leaders from the Center for Initial Military Training at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command toured the Virginia Army National Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program Site #9 Oct. 17, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va., to learn about how the Virginia Guard prepares new recruits to be physically and mentally ready to attend […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A number of Virginia National Guard Soldiers, including Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris, the Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader, recently traveled to Tajikistan in support of the Virginia National Guard’s relationship with the Republic of Tajikistan as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership […]

    AG visits Tajikistan as part of Va. Guard State Partnership Program

    SANDSTON, Va. — A number of Virginia National Guard Soldiers, including Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris, the Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader, recently traveled to Tajikistan in support of the Virginia National Guard’s relationship with the Republic of Tajikistan as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Spc. Adam Sotelo was named the 2014 Virginia National Guard Soldier of the Year, and Sgt. John Fracker was named Noncommissioned Officer of the Year March 29, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. Sotelo, an Arlington resident assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Fracker, who resides in Boones […]

    116th IBCT Soldier, NCO earn top honors at Va. Guard Best Warrior competition

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Spc. Adam Sotelo was named the 2014 Virginia National Guard Soldier of the Year, and Sgt. John Fracker was named Noncommissioned Officer of the Year March 29, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. Sotelo, an Arlington resident assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Fracker, who resides in Boones […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Command Sgt. Maj. Ferris and I want to wish everyone in the Virginia National Guard, whether you are serving in uniform, as a civilian or as a family member, a wonderful holiday season. Regardless of your faith background, the central theme during this time of year is peace to all. This is the time of year to […]

    Holiday message from Adjutant General, Senior Enlisted Advisor

    SANDSTON, Va. — Command Sgt. Maj. Ferris and I want to wish everyone in the Virginia National Guard, whether you are serving in uniform, as a civilian or as a family member, a wonderful holiday season. Regardless of your faith background, the central theme during this time of year is peace to all. This is the time of year to […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush, the senior enlisted advisor to the Chief of the National Guard, visited Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers April 25-26, 2014, in Sandston, Hampton and Virginia Beach to learn about the Virginia Guard, discuss the current state of the National Guard, and address any issues or concerns servicemembers may have. Brush […]

    NGB senior enlisted advisor meets with Va. Guard Airmen, Soldiers

    SANDSTON, Va. — Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush, the senior enlisted advisor to the Chief of the National Guard, visited Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers April 25-26, 2014, in Sandston, Hampton and Virginia Beach to learn about the Virginia Guard, discuss the current state of the National Guard, and address any issues or concerns servicemembers may have. Brush […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Family members, friends, fellow Soldiers and Virginia Guard senior leaders bid a formal farewell to the Soldiers of the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contracting Team, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, Feb. 8, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. The four-Soldier team will travel to Camp Shelby, Miss., for premobilization training before […]

    1945th CCT departs for Afghanistan mission

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Family members, friends, fellow Soldiers and Virginia Guard senior leaders bid a formal farewell to the Soldiers of the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contracting Team, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, Feb. 8, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. The four-Soldier team will travel to Camp Shelby, Miss., for premobilization training before […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – According to his job description, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Green, the Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader, serves as the eyes and ears of the Adjutant General of Virginia. As part of those duties, Green visits each Virginia Guard facility and readiness center across the state to find out what issues may be impacting their readiness and […]

    Facilities visits help senior enlisted leader monitor readiness

    SANDSTON, Va. – According to his job description, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Green, the Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader, serves as the eyes and ears of the Adjutant General of Virginia. As part of those duties, Green visits each Virginia Guard facility and readiness center across the state to find out what issues may be impacting their readiness and […]

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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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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Three Virginia National Guard senior leaders traveled to Tajikistan in August as part of the Virginia National Guard’s partnership with the Central Asian republic under the National Guard State Partnership Program. Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, Deputy Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard, Col. Jeffrey Hice, deputy commander of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and […]

    Senior leaders visit Tajikistan as Va. Guard commemorates 10 years of partnership

    SANDSTON, Va. — Three Virginia National Guard senior leaders traveled to Tajikistan in August as part of the Virginia National Guard’s partnership with the Central Asian republic under the National Guard State Partnership Program. Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, Deputy Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard, Col. Jeffrey Hice, deputy commander of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis A. Green, the Virginia Guard senior enlisted leader, and other senior leaders honored and recognized Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees during luncheons May 8 at Camp Pendleton and May 10 at Fort Pickett. The luncheons were held during Virginia Public […]

    Va. Guard honors state employees at recognition luncheons

    SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis A. Green, the Virginia Guard senior enlisted leader, and other senior leaders honored and recognized Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees during luncheons May 8 at Camp Pendleton and May 10 at Fort Pickett. The luncheons were held during Virginia Public […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Senior leaders, Soldiers, Airmen and civilians employees gathered to celebrate the 406th birthday of the Virginia National Guard with a cake cutting May 14, 2013, at the Joint Force Headquarters in Sandston. The Virginia National Guard traces the heritage and traditions of selfless service to the founding of the Jamestown Settlement May 14, 1607, where Capt. John […]

    Virginia National Guard celebrates 406th birthday

    SANDSTON, Va. — Senior leaders, Soldiers, Airmen and civilians employees gathered to celebrate the 406th birthday of the Virginia National Guard with a cake cutting May 14, 2013, at the Joint Force Headquarters in Sandston. The Virginia National Guard traces the heritage and traditions of selfless service to the founding of the Jamestown Settlement May 14, 1607, where Capt. John […]

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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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  • HAMPTON, Va.. — Approximately 40 Virginia Guardsmen assigned to the Hampton-based Provincial Reconstruction Team Security Force Platoon arrived at airports across Virginia March 28 after the Soldiers served on federal active duty in Afghanistan since June 2011. The Soldiers returned to the United States March 23 and conducted demobilization activities at Camp Atterbury, Ind., to transition from active duty to […]

    Hampton-based National Guard Provincial Reconstruction Team Security Force Platoon returns to Virginia after duty in Afghanistan

    HAMPTON, Va.. — Approximately 40 Virginia Guardsmen assigned to the Hampton-based Provincial Reconstruction Team Security Force Platoon arrived at airports across Virginia March 28 after the Soldiers served on federal active duty in Afghanistan since June 2011. The Soldiers returned to the United States March 23 and conducted demobilization activities at Camp Atterbury, Ind., to transition from active duty to […]

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  • EMPORIA. Va. — Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis A. Green, the Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader, presented long overdue medals to World War II veteran Mat Franklin Spence March 16 in Emporia. Spence, an 89-year-old Emporia resident, received the Bronze Star Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, a Combat Infantryman […]

    Virginia Guard Senior Enlisted Leader awards combat medals to Emporia WWII veteran

    EMPORIA. Va. — Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis A. Green, the Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader, presented long overdue medals to World War II veteran Mat Franklin Spence March 16 in Emporia. Spence, an 89-year-old Emporia resident, received the Bronze Star Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, a Combat Infantryman […]

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  • CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — More than a hundred people filled the halls of American Legion Post 74 Feb. 20 to witness Rep. Robert Hurt present the French Legion of Honor to local war hero Carl “Chubby” Proffitt, 93, and to pay tribute to a man who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day with his National Guard unit in 1944. The […]

    Charlottesville recognizes Virginia Guard D-Day veteran

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — More than a hundred people filled the halls of American Legion Post 74 Feb. 20 to witness Rep. Robert Hurt present the French Legion of Honor to local war hero Carl “Chubby” Proffitt, 93, and to pay tribute to a man who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day with his National Guard unit in 1944. The […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Leaders of the Virginia Defense Force from across the state gathered Feb. 4 at Fort Pickett for their annual commander’s conference to discuss the way ahead for the all-volunteer organization. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, along with Senior Enlisted Leader Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Green provided an update on the […]

    Commander’s conference brings VDF leaders to Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Leaders of the Virginia Defense Force from across the state gathered Feb. 4 at Fort Pickett for their annual commander’s conference to discuss the way ahead for the all-volunteer organization. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, along with Senior Enlisted Leader Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Green provided an update on the […]

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