Top Stories for 2013 Archive

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lt. Col. Allan Carter and Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky Kiser represented the Soldiers of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and received the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award recognizing them as the most combat-ready Army National Guard battalion in the country Oct. 21, 2013, at the Association of the United […]

    1-116th Infantry recognized as top Army Guard battalion in the country

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lt. Col. Allan Carter and Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky Kiser represented the Soldiers of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and received the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award recognizing them as the most combat-ready Army National Guard battalion in the country Oct. 21, 2013, at the Association of the United […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Maj. Geoffrey R. O’Neill and Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy D. White accepted the Reckord Trophy for training excellence on behalf of the Soldiers of the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group Sept. 23, 2013, during the 135th National Guard Association of the United States General Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. NGAUS presents […]

    Va. Beach-based 529th CSSB receives national training award

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Maj. Geoffrey R. O’Neill and Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy D. White accepted the Reckord Trophy for training excellence on behalf of the Soldiers of the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group Sept. 23, 2013, during the 135th National Guard Association of the United States General Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. NGAUS presents […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Gate-City based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group received the Department of the Army Philip A. Connelly Award For Excellence In Army Food Service in the Army National Guard Field Kitchen Category July 24, 2013, in Sandston. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented […]

    Gate City-based 1032nd Trans. Co. presented national food service award

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Gate-City based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group received the Department of the Army Philip A. Connelly Award For Excellence In Army Food Service in the Army National Guard Field Kitchen Category July 24, 2013, in Sandston. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented […]

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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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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group received the Shoulder Sleeve Insignia Former Wartime Service, also known as the “combat patch,” to recognize them as combat veterans in a ceremony held June 26, 2013, at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Don Gillespie, commander of […]

    1710th Trans. Co. Soldiers receive combat patches

    SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group received the Shoulder Sleeve Insignia Former Wartime Service, also known as the “combat patch,” to recognize them as combat veterans in a ceremony held June 26, 2013, at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Don Gillespie, commander of […]

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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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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, visited several Virginia National Guard training locations June 15, 2013, along with Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. During the tour, he visited the 29th Infantry Division as Soldiers were preparing for […]

    NGB Chief visits Virginia National Guard training sites

    SANDSTON, Va. — Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, visited several Virginia National Guard training locations June 15, 2013, along with Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. During the tour, he visited the 29th Infantry Division as Soldiers were preparing for […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the ideals of freedom were remembered along with other fallen Virginians at the 2013 Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony May 27, 2013, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. The ceremony officially commemorates the national holiday to honor and remember Virginia’s valiant men and women who […]

    Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony honors Virginia’s fallen

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the ideals of freedom were remembered along with other fallen Virginians at the 2013 Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony May 27, 2013, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. The ceremony officially commemorates the national holiday to honor and remember Virginia’s valiant men and women who […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Gate-City based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group has won the Department of the Army Philip A. Connelly Award For Excellence In Army Food Service in the Army National Guard Field Kitchen Category, according to an announcement made May 13, 2013, by the Department of the Army. The award […]

    Gate City-based 1032nd Trans. Co. wins national food service award

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Gate-City based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group has won the Department of the Army Philip A. Connelly Award For Excellence In Army Food Service in the Army National Guard Field Kitchen Category, according to an announcement made May 13, 2013, by the Department of the Army. The award […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A Virginia National Guard special response force capable of providing support to first responders and civil authorities was recommended for validation following an external evaluation April 27 at the Virginia Beach Fire & EMS Training Center. The Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, known as the CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”), […]

    Va. Guard CERFP validated for duty following external evaluation in Virginia Beach

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A Virginia National Guard special response force capable of providing support to first responders and civil authorities was recommended for validation following an external evaluation April 27 at the Virginia Beach Fire & EMS Training Center. The Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, known as the CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”), […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Construction began April 15, 2013, on the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility at Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center near Blackstone. This $8.8 million construction project will create a five acre urban training environment with 17 buildings, roads, alleys, parking areas, parks, athletic fields and related infrastructure. “This is a great addition to the training venue inventory […]

    Construction begins on new Fort Pickett urban training site

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Construction began April 15, 2013, on the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility at Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center near Blackstone. This $8.8 million construction project will create a five acre urban training environment with 17 buildings, roads, alleys, parking areas, parks, athletic fields and related infrastructure. “This is a great addition to the training venue inventory […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognized the Headquarters Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the Virginia National Guard Officer’s Association Conference held April 20, 2013, in Richmond. He also presented the Virginia Excellence in Training […]

    Virginia National Guard recognizes top units

    RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognized the Headquarters Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the Virginia National Guard Officer’s Association Conference held April 20, 2013, in Richmond. He also presented the Virginia Excellence in Training […]

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  • EMPORIA, Va. – Along with approximately 160 Soldiers of the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, family, friends, and senior leaders from the commonwealth and the Virginia National Guard packed the Greensville County Elementary School auditorium April 3, 2013, for a departure ceremony, held to bid an official farewell to the Soldiers of […]

    1710th Trans. Co. heads south for final training phase before Afghan deployment

    EMPORIA, Va. – Along with approximately 160 Soldiers of the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, family, friends, and senior leaders from the commonwealth and the Virginia National Guard packed the Greensville County Elementary School auditorium April 3, 2013, for a departure ceremony, held to bid an official farewell to the Soldiers of […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Beach-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron held a brief ceremony to lay an honor wreath March 3, 2013, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach to honor the 18 unit members and three Florida Army National Guard aviators who were killed in a military transport crash 12 years ago. The Virginia Guard engineers and three Florida […]

    203rd RED HORSE memorial service honors 12th anniversary of fatal airplane crash

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Beach-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron held a brief ceremony to lay an honor wreath March 3, 2013, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach to honor the 18 unit members and three Florida Army National Guard aviators who were killed in a military transport crash 12 years ago. The Virginia Guard engineers and three Florida […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — More than 160 Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team mobilized on state active duty March 6, 2013, in the Central Virginia, Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley areas of Virginia in direct support to the Virginia State Police and other state and local emergency response agencies. Before they were released March 7, Virginia […]

    Va. Guard supports snow response operations in Central Virginia, Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley

    SANDSTON, Va. — More than 160 Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team mobilized on state active duty March 6, 2013, in the Central Virginia, Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley areas of Virginia in direct support to the Virginia State Police and other state and local emergency response agencies. Before they were released March 7, Virginia […]

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  • GATE CITY, Va. — Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group drove more than 48,000 accident-free operational miles between Feb. 4 and 13, 2013, to transport wheeled vehicles and trailers for the Canadian Army Reserve to take part in Exercise Southbound Trooper and Southern Raider and Exercise Southern Raider at Fort Pickett. […]

    Transportation mission fills gap to make Canadian exercise possible

    GATE CITY, Va. — Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group drove more than 48,000 accident-free operational miles between Feb. 4 and 13, 2013, to transport wheeled vehicles and trailers for the Canadian Army Reserve to take part in Exercise Southbound Trooper and Southern Raider and Exercise Southern Raider at Fort Pickett. […]

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  • LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – Airmen of the 192nd Fighter Wing, a Virginia Air National Guard unit, and 1st Fighter Wing maintenance teams here scored an ‘Excellent’ 91.37 percent in the Air Combat Command Logistics Compliance Assessment Program assessment Feb. 8-13. The LCAP provides leadership with an evaluation of a unit’s ability to perform key logistics processes in a safe, standardized, repeatable […]

    Virginia Air National Guard achieves LCAP excellence

    LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – Airmen of the 192nd Fighter Wing, a Virginia Air National Guard unit, and 1st Fighter Wing maintenance teams here scored an ‘Excellent’ 91.37 percent in the Air Combat Command Logistics Compliance Assessment Program assessment Feb. 8-13. The LCAP provides leadership with an evaluation of a unit’s ability to perform key logistics processes in a safe, standardized, repeatable […]

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  • SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — Current and former members of the Virginia National Guard and senior state government officials joined family, friends and the community of South Boston Feb. 21, 2013, in paying final respects to retired Maj. Gen. Carroll Thackston as he was laid to rest at Oak Ridge Cemetery will full military honors. Thackston, the Adjutant General of Virginia […]

    Former Adjutant General laid to rest in South Boston

    SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — Current and former members of the Virginia National Guard and senior state government officials joined family, friends and the community of South Boston Feb. 21, 2013, in paying final respects to retired Maj. Gen. Carroll Thackston as he was laid to rest at Oak Ridge Cemetery will full military honors. Thackston, the Adjutant General of Virginia […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard Funeral Honors Program performed at its 10,000th military funeral on Feb. 13. The program, begun in January 2007, provides funeral details not just to National Guard Soldiers but to veterans of all branches of the military across the state. “I am extremely proud of the great work by the members of the […]

    Virginia Army National Guard Funeral Honors Program performs at 10,000th funeral

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard Funeral Honors Program performed at its 10,000th military funeral on Feb. 13. The program, begun in January 2007, provides funeral details not just to National Guard Soldiers but to veterans of all branches of the military across the state. “I am extremely proud of the great work by the members of the […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — More than 600 Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen joined a force of approximately 6,000 National Guard personnel from 35 states and territories supporting the 57th Presidential Inauguration Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington, D. C. and Northern Virginia. The support from the Virginia Guard helped maintain the safety and security for the event, but it also helped prepare […]

    Support missions for 57th Presidential Inauguration help Va. Guard prepare for future operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — More than 600 Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen joined a force of approximately 6,000 National Guard personnel from 35 states and territories supporting the 57th Presidential Inauguration Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington, D. C. and Northern Virginia. The support from the Virginia Guard helped maintain the safety and security for the event, but it also helped prepare […]

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