Public Affairs Archive

  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted a two-week military funeral honors training course designed to certify instructors to teach fellow Soldiers the skills, procedures and standards for providing final respects to Army veterans, and the final test of the full honors sequence was held Nov. 3, 2016, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with a graduation ceremony held […]

    Va. Guard hosts military funeral honors training at Camp Pendleton

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted a two-week military funeral honors training course designed to certify instructors to teach fellow Soldiers the skills, procedures and standards for providing final respects to Army veterans, and the final test of the full honors sequence was held Nov. 3, 2016, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with a graduation ceremony held […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team were evaluated as fully trained on 12 essential collective tasks after conducting a Training Proficiency Evaluation Oct. 26, 2016, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The mission of the 34th CST is to support civil authorities in a domestic chemical, […]

    34th CST evaluated as fully trained and mission capable

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team were evaluated as fully trained on 12 essential collective tasks after conducting a Training Proficiency Evaluation Oct. 26, 2016, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The mission of the 34th CST is to support civil authorities in a domestic chemical, […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, VA. — Virginia and Maryland government officials and national and state military leaders joined family, friends and fellow Soldiers in sending off the 29th Infantry Division as they departed for federal active duty Oct. 30, 2016, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. More than 450 Virginia and Maryland Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 29th are mobilizing for duty […]

    29th Infantry Division departs for federal active duty

    FORT BELVOIR, VA. — Virginia and Maryland government officials and national and state military leaders joined family, friends and fellow Soldiers in sending off the 29th Infantry Division as they departed for federal active duty Oct. 30, 2016, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. More than 450 Virginia and Maryland Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 29th are mobilizing for duty […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Fifteen years have passed since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen share their memories of that day as well as express the reasons behind their service to commonwealth and country in the five-part video series “Why I Serve.” Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 15,000 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have […]

    Va. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen remember 9/11 in “Why I Serve” video series

    SANDSTON, Va. — Fifteen years have passed since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen share their memories of that day as well as express the reasons behind their service to commonwealth and country in the five-part video series “Why I Serve.” Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 15,000 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A multi-state effort to build a new airfield damage repair training site on Camp Pendleton culminated with a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 30, 2016, at Virginia National Guard’s training installation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The site was constructed by Airmen of the Ohio National Guard’s 200th RED HORSE Squadron along with the Virginia Air National Guard’s […]

    Multi-state Air Guard team brings new training site to Camp Pendleton

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A multi-state effort to build a new airfield damage repair training site on Camp Pendleton culminated with a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 30, 2016, at Virginia National Guard’s training installation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The site was constructed by Airmen of the Ohio National Guard’s 200th RED HORSE Squadron along with the Virginia Air National Guard’s […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — A team of Virginia National Guard shooters were recognized as some of the best in the 2016 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region II Regional Marksmanship Sustainment Exercise in both the rifle and pistol competitions Aug. 25-28, 2016, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvannia. Eleven Soldiers represented Virginia in three teams, and the competition tested the marksmanship skills of […]

    Virginia Guard marksmen excel at regional and international shooting competitions

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — A team of Virginia National Guard shooters were recognized as some of the best in the 2016 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region II Regional Marksmanship Sustainment Exercise in both the rifle and pistol competitions Aug. 25-28, 2016, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvannia. Eleven Soldiers represented Virginia in three teams, and the competition tested the marksmanship skills of […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Senior officials from state government, the Virginia National Guard, Defense Supply Center Richmond and the Guard’s construction partners broke ground on the new state headquarters facility Aug. 16, 2016, at Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The 102,000 square foot facility will be built on a 13.6-acre site in the northern section of DSCR, cost […]

    Virginia National Guard breaks ground on new state headquarters

    RICHMOND, Va. — Senior officials from state government, the Virginia National Guard, Defense Supply Center Richmond and the Guard’s construction partners broke ground on the new state headquarters facility Aug. 16, 2016, at Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The 102,000 square foot facility will be built on a 13.6-acre site in the northern section of DSCR, cost […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard cyber experts assigned to the Fairfax-based Data Processing Unit completed their fourth weeklong vulnerability assessment Aug. 12, 2016, and members of the Virginia Defense Force joined the team for the first time to help a Virginia locality strengthen its network security. The first assessment was conducted in March 2016 after Virginia Governor Terry […]

    Va. Army Guard, VDF cyber specialists continue network assessments

    SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard cyber experts assigned to the Fairfax-based Data Processing Unit completed their fourth weeklong vulnerability assessment Aug. 12, 2016, and members of the Virginia Defense Force joined the team for the first time to help a Virginia locality strengthen its network security. The first assessment was conducted in March 2016 after Virginia Governor Terry […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard received a Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award in the Renewables and Alternatives category Aug. 11, 2016, at the Department of Energy Training and Trade Show in Providence, Rhode Island. Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin, Director of the Virginia National Guard Joint Staff, accepted the award along with members of the […]

    Va. Guard receives Secretary of the Army Award for renewable energy efforts

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard received a Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award in the Renewables and Alternatives category Aug. 11, 2016, at the Department of Energy Training and Trade Show in Providence, Rhode Island. Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin, Director of the Virginia National Guard Joint Staff, accepted the award along with members of the […]

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  • BLACKSTONE, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, visited the Blackstone Chamber of Commerce July 28, 2016, and signed two memorandums of understanding with Blackstone aimed at strengthening the relationship between the town and the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center. “It was a phenomenal opportunity to meet with representatives of the Blackstone […]

    AG signs agreements to build on partnership with Blackstone

    BLACKSTONE, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, visited the Blackstone Chamber of Commerce July 28, 2016, and signed two memorandums of understanding with Blackstone aimed at strengthening the relationship between the town and the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center. “It was a phenomenal opportunity to meet with representatives of the Blackstone […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The last groups of Soldiers assigned to the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, returned to Virginia July 27, 2016, after serving on federal active duty since September 2015. More than 450 Soldiers from units based in Winchester, Woodstock, Leesburg and Suffolk provided security for installations […]

    Task Force Normandy Soldiers return to Virginia after federal active duty

    SANDSTON, Va. — The last groups of Soldiers assigned to the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, returned to Virginia July 27, 2016, after serving on federal active duty since September 2015. More than 450 Soldiers from units based in Winchester, Woodstock, Leesburg and Suffolk provided security for installations […]

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  • CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar – Two Virginia Army National Guard units charged with the responsibility for security at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, conducted a Relief In Place/Transfer of Authority ceremony July 11, 2016. Soldiers from the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as the Red Dragons, assumed responsibility for the mission from the […]

    Red Dragons take over security mission in Qatar

    CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar – Two Virginia Army National Guard units charged with the responsibility for security at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, conducted a Relief In Place/Transfer of Authority ceremony July 11, 2016. Soldiers from the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as the Red Dragons, assumed responsibility for the mission from the […]

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  • ADAZI MILITARY BASE, Latvia — More than 20 Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division traveled to Europe to participate in Saber Strike 16 June 4-22, 2016, in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Saber Strike is a long-standing, U.S. Army Europe-led, cooperative training exercise designed to improve joint operational capability in a range of missions, […]

    29th ID leads multinational exercise, Saber Strike 16

    ADAZI MILITARY BASE, Latvia — More than 20 Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division traveled to Europe to participate in Saber Strike 16 June 4-22, 2016, in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Saber Strike is a long-standing, U.S. Army Europe-led, cooperative training exercise designed to improve joint operational capability in a range of missions, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site has been selected for a 2015 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence in the Army National Guard Table of Distribution and Allowance Category, according to announcement made July 6, 2016. “Our MATES winning the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence is huge in the Army sustainment community,” […]

    Fort Pickett maintenance site wins 2015 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site has been selected for a 2015 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence in the Army National Guard Table of Distribution and Allowance Category, according to announcement made July 6, 2016. “Our MATES winning the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence is huge in the Army sustainment community,” […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard activated 20 Soldiers with Humvees and light/medium tactical trucks to assist with flood response operations in Alleghany and Botetourt counties June 24, 2016, after the Governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency the night before. Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team quickly responded and were on location and ready for […]

    Va. National Guard personnel assist flood response operations in Alleghany and Botetourt counties

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard activated 20 Soldiers with Humvees and light/medium tactical trucks to assist with flood response operations in Alleghany and Botetourt counties June 24, 2016, after the Governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency the night before. Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team quickly responded and were on location and ready for […]

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  • FORT BELVOIR, Virginia — Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, commanding general of the 29th Infantry Division, led a group of 13 Virginia National Guard Soldiers to France for the June 6, 2016, commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Normandy. “I think one of the greatest things about being in Normandy as a 29th ID Soldier is […]

    29th ID Soldiers return to France for 72nd commemoration of D-Day

    FORT BELVOIR, Virginia — Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, commanding general of the 29th Infantry Division, led a group of 13 Virginia National Guard Soldiers to France for the June 6, 2016, commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Normandy. “I think one of the greatest things about being in Normandy as a 29th ID Soldier is […]

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  • BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers in France, Virginia and multiple locations in the Central Command area of operations commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy June 6, 2016, at events that paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on D-Day and honored those who lived to fight another day. Senior leaders represented the […]

    Virginia Soldiers around the world honor D-Day veterans on 72nd anniversary

    BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers in France, Virginia and multiple locations in the Central Command area of operations commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy June 6, 2016, at events that paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on D-Day and honored those who lived to fight another day. Senior leaders represented the […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A departure ceremony for two Virginia National Guard Sandston-based aviation units held May 27, 2016, marked the start of their federal active duty mission. Senior leaders from state government and the Virginia National Guard joined family members, friends and fellow Soldiers in bidding farewell to the Soldiers. Approximately 40 Soldiers each assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, […]

    Departure ceremony sends off Sandston-based aviation units

    SANDSTON, Va. — A departure ceremony for two Virginia National Guard Sandston-based aviation units held May 27, 2016, marked the start of their federal active duty mission. Senior leaders from state government and the Virginia National Guard joined family members, friends and fellow Soldiers in bidding farewell to the Soldiers. Approximately 40 Soldiers each assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders thanked adult and youth volunteers for their significant contributions at the 2016 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition Workshop & Youth Symposium May 21, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. The purpose of the volunteer workshop and youth symposium is to recognize volunteers and thank them for everything they’ve done over the past year […]

    Volunteers recognized at annual workshop

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders thanked adult and youth volunteers for their significant contributions at the 2016 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition Workshop & Youth Symposium May 21, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. The purpose of the volunteer workshop and youth symposium is to recognize volunteers and thank them for everything they’ve done over the past year […]

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  • JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, Va. — Senior leaders from the Virginia National Guard gathered to celebrate the 409th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and the founding of the Jamestown colony with a cake cutting May 14, 2016, at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Virginia National Guard traces the heritage and traditions of Citizen-Soldier and Citizen-Airmen service to the founding of […]

    Cake cutting marks 409th birthday for Va. Guard, Jamestown Settlement

    JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, Va. — Senior leaders from the Virginia National Guard gathered to celebrate the 409th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and the founding of the Jamestown colony with a cake cutting May 14, 2016, at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Virginia National Guard traces the heritage and traditions of Citizen-Soldier and Citizen-Airmen service to the founding of […]

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