Top Stories for 2015 Archive

  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to serve as a combat reserve to help fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide domestic response capability to answer the call of the Governor to assist citizens of the commonwealth during times of need. All through 2015, the Virginia National […]

    Va. Guard balances state, federal missions in 2015

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to serve as a combat reserve to help fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide domestic response capability to answer the call of the Governor to assist citizens of the commonwealth during times of need. All through 2015, the Virginia National […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognized state employees for their success in the 2015 Army National Guard Environmental Security Awards Dec. 18, 2015. Virginia National Guard environmental teams, comprised of personnel from several facilities management offices, including environmental, fish and wildlife and forestry, placed first in the Natural Resources Conservation Team […]

    Environmental teams recognized for excellence

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognized state employees for their success in the 2015 Army National Guard Environmental Security Awards Dec. 18, 2015. Virginia National Guard environmental teams, comprised of personnel from several facilities management offices, including environmental, fish and wildlife and forestry, placed first in the Natural Resources Conservation Team […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for families of deployed Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Dec. 5 and 6, 2015, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam Thiel, Maj. Gen. Timothy […]

    Governor, First Lady host receptions for Va. Guard families

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for families of deployed Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Dec. 5 and 6, 2015, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam Thiel, Maj. Gen. Timothy […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Fighter Wing will stand up a new cyber operations squadron at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, according to multiple announcements made Dec. 9, 2015, by Gen. Frank J. Grass, the Chief of National Guard Bureau, the Governor of Virginia and the Virginia Congressional Delegation. Virginia was one of four […]

    Virginia Air National Guard to stand up new cyber operations squadron

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Fighter Wing will stand up a new cyber operations squadron at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, according to multiple announcements made Dec. 9, 2015, by Gen. Frank J. Grass, the Chief of National Guard Bureau, the Governor of Virginia and the Virginia Congressional Delegation. Virginia was one of four […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Two Virginia National Guard Sandston-based aviation units have received mobilization orders for duty in Kuwait, according to an announcement made Dec. 4, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 40 Soldiers each assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, and Detachment 2, Company B, 777th Aviation Support Battalion, are […]

    Sandston-based aviation units to mobilize in 2016 for duty in Kuwait

    SANDSTON, Va. – Two Virginia National Guard Sandston-based aviation units have received mobilization orders for duty in Kuwait, according to an announcement made Dec. 4, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 40 Soldiers each assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, and Detachment 2, Company B, 777th Aviation Support Battalion, are […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — More than 95 Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Hampton-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted annual training Oct. 28 to Nov. 16, 2015, at Fort Polk, Louisiana, along with Soldiers from Headquarters Battery, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, and Company G, 429th Brigade Support Battalion. During the three […]

    Artillery Soldiers provide opposing force at Fort Polk, Louisiana

    SANDSTON, Va. — More than 95 Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Hampton-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted annual training Oct. 28 to Nov. 16, 2015, at Fort Polk, Louisiana, along with Soldiers from Headquarters Battery, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, and Company G, 429th Brigade Support Battalion. During the three […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Soldiers of the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, officially began their security mission in Southwest Asia with a transfer of authority ceremony with 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment held Nov. 5, 2015, and celebrated Thanksgiving in their new duty location. “The Soldiers are doing […]

    Task Force Normandy begins security mission

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Soldiers of the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, officially began their security mission in Southwest Asia with a transfer of authority ceremony with 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment held Nov. 5, 2015, and celebrated Thanksgiving in their new duty location. “The Soldiers are doing […]

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  • CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — More than 400 Maryland and Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division joined with National Guard and active duty Soldiers from around the country, as well as active duty and Air National Guard Airmen, for a nine-day warfighter exercise Nov. 13-22 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The division-level warfighter exercise, Warfighter 16-2, was designed […]

    29th ID tested at Warfighter 16-2

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — More than 400 Maryland and Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division joined with National Guard and active duty Soldiers from around the country, as well as active duty and Air National Guard Airmen, for a nine-day warfighter exercise Nov. 13-22 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The division-level warfighter exercise, Warfighter 16-2, was designed […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — More than 150 members of the Virginia Defense Force deployed to locations across the state Nov. 6-7, 2015, to conduct Forward Guardian 2016, a multi-state, multi-agency communication exercise. VDF personnel installed and operated both mobile and fixed short and long range radio communication systems to link simulated mission command nodes with the Virginia National Guard’s Joint Operations […]

    VDF conducts multi-state, multi-agency commo exercise

    SANDSTON, Va. — More than 150 members of the Virginia Defense Force deployed to locations across the state Nov. 6-7, 2015, to conduct Forward Guardian 2016, a multi-state, multi-agency communication exercise. VDF personnel installed and operated both mobile and fixed short and long range radio communication systems to link simulated mission command nodes with the Virginia National Guard’s Joint Operations […]

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  • JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – The Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Intelligence Squadron, 192nd Fighter Wing will be honored with the Meritorious Unit Award for outstanding service in direct support of combat operations between June 2014 and May 2015. “During the period of award, the squadron supported 446 combat intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, created 5,898 products and contributed 21,534 […]

    192nd Intelligence Squadron to receive Meritorious Unit Award

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – The Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Intelligence Squadron, 192nd Fighter Wing will be honored with the Meritorious Unit Award for outstanding service in direct support of combat operations between June 2014 and May 2015. “During the period of award, the squadron supported 446 combat intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, created 5,898 products and contributed 21,534 […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Senior leaders from state government and the Virginia National Guard joined family members, friends and members of the community in bidding farewell to the Virginia Beach-based Delta Platoon, 229th Military Police Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group Oct. 18, 2015, in Virginia Beach, Va., at a ceremony to mark their start of […]

    Va. Beach military police platoon begins federal active duty

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Senior leaders from state government and the Virginia National Guard joined family members, friends and members of the community in bidding farewell to the Virginia Beach-based Delta Platoon, 229th Military Police Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group Oct. 18, 2015, in Virginia Beach, Va., at a ceremony to mark their start of […]

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  • JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Active duty and Virginia National Guard Airmen assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron and 149th Fighter Squadron returned Oct. 8, 2015, to Langley Air Force Base, Va., after a six-month deployment to the Middle East. Approximately 200 members of the 1st Fighter Wing and 192nd Fighter Wing, operating the F-22 Raptor, were assigned to United […]

    Langley Airmen return from supporting ISIL airstrike missions

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Active duty and Virginia National Guard Airmen assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron and 149th Fighter Squadron returned Oct. 8, 2015, to Langley Air Force Base, Va., after a six-month deployment to the Middle East. Approximately 200 members of the 1st Fighter Wing and 192nd Fighter Wing, operating the F-22 Raptor, were assigned to United […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Nearly 60 Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command conducted their two-week annual training Sept. 7-29, 2015, at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. During that time, the engineers completed projects for the installation including repairing a gravel landing strip, restoring bridge abutments, constructing a […]

    Cedar Bluff-based engineers conduct AT in Germany

    SANDSTON, Va. — Nearly 60 Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command conducted their two-week annual training Sept. 7-29, 2015, at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. During that time, the engineers completed projects for the installation including repairing a gravel landing strip, restoring bridge abutments, constructing a […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged more than 550 personnel for possible flood response at key locations across the commonwealth starting Oct. 2, 2015, and the operation had increased participation from Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force units in addition to Virginia Army National Guard units. The state was spared the impact of Hurricane Joaquin, and […]

    Va. National Guard flood response a joint effort

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged more than 550 personnel for possible flood response at key locations across the commonwealth starting Oct. 2, 2015, and the operation had increased participation from Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force units in addition to Virginia Army National Guard units. The state was spared the impact of Hurricane Joaquin, and […]

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  • SANDSTON, VA – Virginia National Guard Family Programs received notification on Aug. 15, 2015, that it was officially accredited by the Council on Accreditation, becoming one of only 11 National Guard Family Programs offices in the nation to receive that honor. “It’s a big deal and a great accomplishment,” Vickie Sais, state Family Programs director for the Virginia Guard, said […]

    Va. Guard Family Programs receives accreditation for services, assistance, support it provides across the community

    SANDSTON, VA – Virginia National Guard Family Programs received notification on Aug. 15, 2015, that it was officially accredited by the Council on Accreditation, becoming one of only 11 National Guard Family Programs offices in the nation to receive that honor. “It’s a big deal and a great accomplishment,” Vickie Sais, state Family Programs director for the Virginia Guard, said […]

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  • FORT A. P. Hill, Va. — More than 450 Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team marked the start of their federal active service at a departure ceremony Sept. 9, 2015, at Fort A. P. Hill, Va. The battalion, also known as Task Force Normandy, is made up of units […]

    Ceremony marks start of federal duty for Task Force Normandy

    FORT A. P. Hill, Va. — More than 450 Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team marked the start of their federal active service at a departure ceremony Sept. 9, 2015, at Fort A. P. Hill, Va. The battalion, also known as Task Force Normandy, is made up of units […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Current and former members of the Virginia Air National Guard’s Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron celebrated the unit’s 30th anniversary Aug. 8, 2015, at Camp Pendleton, Va. The ceremony kicked off the 203rd’s Family Day activities, which featured food, games, and a cardboard boat race on Lake Christine. Retired Col. William A. Prosise, the first […]

    Airmen, veterans, families celebrate 30th anniversary of 203rd RED HORSE

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Current and former members of the Virginia Air National Guard’s Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron celebrated the unit’s 30th anniversary Aug. 8, 2015, at Camp Pendleton, Va. The ceremony kicked off the 203rd’s Family Day activities, which featured food, games, and a cardboard boat race on Lake Christine. Retired Col. William A. Prosise, the first […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A platoon of approximately 30 Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 229th Military Police Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service for duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to an announcement made July 31, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers based in Virginia Beach to mobilize for duty at Guantanamo Bay

    SANDSTON, Va. — A platoon of approximately 30 Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 229th Military Police Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service for duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to an announcement made July 31, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers from units across the state competed for top honors in a state-level rifle match, held May 15-17, 2015, and a state-level pistol match, held June 26-27, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Additionally, after winning both top team spots at the regional marksmanship match, Virginia National Guard marksmen once again made the trip […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers excel at state, regional, national-level marksmanship matches

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers from units across the state competed for top honors in a state-level rifle match, held May 15-17, 2015, and a state-level pistol match, held June 26-27, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Additionally, after winning both top team spots at the regional marksmanship match, Virginia National Guard marksmen once again made the trip […]

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  • FORT DRUM, N.Y. — More than 1,600 Soldiers of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and more than 1,000 pieces of their heavy equipment traveled to Fort Drum, N.Y., June 6, 71 years after the brigade landed on Omaha Beach. In the largest movement of brigade assets since World War II, the Staunton-based 116th IBCT Headquarters and five of its […]

    116th IBCT sets out for Fort Drum in largest movement since WWII

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. — More than 1,600 Soldiers of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and more than 1,000 pieces of their heavy equipment traveled to Fort Drum, N.Y., June 6, 71 years after the brigade landed on Omaha Beach. In the largest movement of brigade assets since World War II, the Staunton-based 116th IBCT Headquarters and five of its […]

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