Top Stories for 2015 Archive

  • STAUNTON, Va. — In June, Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team had the privilege of traveling to Fort Drum, N.Y., to participate in the first Multi-echelon Integrated Brigade Training exercise run by First Army Division East. The brigade’s headquarters and five of its battalions moved more than 1,600 Soldiers and 1,000 pieces of heavy equipment to Fort […]

    116th IBCT Soldiers selected for first-ever MIBT with First Army

    STAUNTON, Va. — In June, Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team had the privilege of traveling to Fort Drum, N.Y., to participate in the first Multi-echelon Integrated Brigade Training exercise run by First Army Division East. The brigade’s headquarters and five of its battalions moved more than 1,600 Soldiers and 1,000 pieces of heavy equipment to Fort […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, traveled to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., to conduct annual training May 10-30, 2015. “This was an excellent opportunity for the Soldiers of the 1030th to train at an operations tempo and level of realism that you just […]

    1030th Transportation Battalion heads to Fort Polk for annual training

    SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, traveled to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., to conduct annual training May 10-30, 2015. “This was an excellent opportunity for the Soldiers of the 1030th to train at an operations tempo and level of realism that you just […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – For the Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team hard work and preparation proved instrumental in their validation of 12 collective tasks following an Training Performance Evaluation, earning the overall assessment rating of “Fully Mission Capable,” June 24, 2015, following the exercise at the City Stadium in Richmond, Va. The […]

    34th CST excels during external evaluation, certified as fully mission capable

    SANDSTON, Va. – For the Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team hard work and preparation proved instrumental in their validation of 12 collective tasks following an Training Performance Evaluation, earning the overall assessment rating of “Fully Mission Capable,” June 24, 2015, following the exercise at the City Stadium in Richmond, Va. The […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has secured the site of the former Botetourt Correctional Center to establish a readiness center in the Roanoke area. The Virginia National Guard accepted the property and recorded the deed June 15, 2015, according to Lt. Col. Charlton T. Dunn, Virginia National Guard construction and facilities management officer. “We are very excited to […]

    Virginia National Guard secures real estate to establish readiness center in Roanoke area

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has secured the site of the former Botetourt Correctional Center to establish a readiness center in the Roanoke area. The Virginia National Guard accepted the property and recorded the deed June 15, 2015, according to Lt. Col. Charlton T. Dunn, Virginia National Guard construction and facilities management officer. “We are very excited to […]

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  • ANDERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Airmen from the Virginia Air National Guard, Virginia Beach-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron are serving rotations on a joint tasking to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, from March 24-June 24, 2015, providing construction support, along with their sister unit, the 202nd RED HORSE Squadron based out of Camp Blanding, Florida. The focus of the […]

    203rd RED HORSE Squadron conducts training mission in Guam

    ANDERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Airmen from the Virginia Air National Guard, Virginia Beach-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron are serving rotations on a joint tasking to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, from March 24-June 24, 2015, providing construction support, along with their sister unit, the 202nd RED HORSE Squadron based out of Camp Blanding, Florida. The focus of the […]

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  • FORT LEE, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group was one of eight units recognized as a Distinguished Unit of the Regiment during the Quartermaster Regimental Honors and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony June 5, 2015, at Fort Lee, Va. Brig. Gen. Ronald Kirklin, the 53rd Quartermaster General and Commandant […]

    529th CSSB recognized as a Distinguished Unit of the Regiment

    FORT LEE, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group was one of eight units recognized as a Distinguished Unit of the Regiment during the Quartermaster Regimental Honors and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony June 5, 2015, at Fort Lee, Va. Brig. Gen. Ronald Kirklin, the 53rd Quartermaster General and Commandant […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is ready to conduct company-level validation training at the Multi-echelon Integrated Brigade Training exercise at Fort Drum, N.Y., for this year’s annual training. Preparation for the MiBT builds upon last year’s eXportable Combat Training Capability training exercise, which tested and certified units at the platoon level. Unlike XCTC, this year’s training […]

    116th IBCT heads to Fort Drum for annual training

    SANDSTON, Va. — The 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is ready to conduct company-level validation training at the Multi-echelon Integrated Brigade Training exercise at Fort Drum, N.Y., for this year’s annual training. Preparation for the MiBT builds upon last year’s eXportable Combat Training Capability training exercise, which tested and certified units at the platoon level. Unlike XCTC, this year’s training […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Four Soldiers from the Virginia Army National Guard’s Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Company, 276h Engineer Battalion received recognition May 16, 2015, for their actions during winter storms earlier this year that slammed the southwestern part of the state. The four men were presented with awards during a ceremony held at Fort Pickett. “This is the type […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers recognized for life-saving efforts during winter storms

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Four Soldiers from the Virginia Army National Guard’s Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Company, 276h Engineer Battalion received recognition May 16, 2015, for their actions during winter storms earlier this year that slammed the southwestern part of the state. The four men were presented with awards during a ceremony held at Fort Pickett. “This is the type […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Spc. Adam Sotelo of the Virginia National Guard was named Soldier of the Year at the Region II Best Warrior Competition May 31, 2015, after a three-day competition at Fort Pickett. Va. He is an infantryman from Arlington and assigned to the Winchester-based Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and […]

    116th IBCT Soldier earns top spot at Region II Best Warrior Competition

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Spc. Adam Sotelo of the Virginia National Guard was named Soldier of the Year at the Region II Best Warrior Competition May 31, 2015, after a three-day competition at Fort Pickett. Va. He is an infantryman from Arlington and assigned to the Winchester-based Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A special Virginia National Guard response force that would assist first responders and civil authorities after a chemical, biological or nuclear incident was recommended for validation after being assessed as fully trained on 19 of 23 total major tasks, needing practice on four tasks and having no untrained tasks by an external evaluation […]

    Special Va. Guard response force recommended for validation after external evaluation

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A special Virginia National Guard response force that would assist first responders and civil authorities after a chemical, biological or nuclear incident was recommended for validation after being assessed as fully trained on 19 of 23 total major tasks, needing practice on four tasks and having no untrained tasks by an external evaluation […]

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  • JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, Va. — Senior leaders from the Virginia National Guard, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and state government gather to celebrate the 408th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and the founding of the Jamestown colony with a cake cutting May 14, 2015, at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Va. The Virginia National Guard traces the heritage and traditions of citizen-soldier service to the […]

    Virginia National Guard celebrates 408th birthday with Jamestown Settlement

    JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, Va. — Senior leaders from the Virginia National Guard, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and state government gather to celebrate the 408th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and the founding of the Jamestown colony with a cake cutting May 14, 2015, at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Va. The Virginia National Guard traces the heritage and traditions of citizen-soldier service to the […]

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  • WINCHESTER, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force operated traffic control points and provided mission command support May 1-2, 2015, at the 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Va. In addition to providing a valuable service to their community, it also provided the VDF with an opportunity to train on multiple communication systems and rehearse procedures they would […]

    VDF keeps traffic moving at Apple Blossom Festival

    WINCHESTER, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force operated traffic control points and provided mission command support May 1-2, 2015, at the 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Va. In addition to providing a valuable service to their community, it also provided the VDF with an opportunity to train on multiple communication systems and rehearse procedures they would […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The last group of Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group reunited with family, friends and fellow Soldiers in Virginia April 29, 2015, after serving on federal active duty in Kuwait since July 2014. During the deployment they planned and coordinated combat sustainment support for U.S. and […]

    Soldiers from Va. Beach-based 529th CSSB return to Virginia after federal deployment to Kuwait

    SANDSTON, Va. — The last group of Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group reunited with family, friends and fellow Soldiers in Virginia April 29, 2015, after serving on federal active duty in Kuwait since July 2014. During the deployment they planned and coordinated combat sustainment support for U.S. and […]

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  • ROANOKE, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented the Eisenhower Trophy to the Gate City-based Headquarters Detachment, 1030th Transportation 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 April 25, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia. It is the second year […]

    Gate City-based detachment named top unit in Va. Army Guard

    ROANOKE, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented the Eisenhower Trophy to the Gate City-based Headquarters Detachment, 1030th Transportation 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 April 25, 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia. It is the second year […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Fairfax-based Data Processing Unit joined more than 350 Soldiers, Airmen and civilians from 42 states for the 2015 Cyber Shield Exercise March 9-20, 2015, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The exercise focused on training and developing National Guard cyber capabilities, and Virginia Soldiers provided the opposing force, or OPFOR, as well as […]

    Virginia cyber warriors join multi-state exercise at Camp Atterbury

    SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Fairfax-based Data Processing Unit joined more than 350 Soldiers, Airmen and civilians from 42 states for the 2015 Cyber Shield Exercise March 9-20, 2015, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The exercise focused on training and developing National Guard cyber capabilities, and Virginia Soldiers provided the opposing force, or OPFOR, as well as […]

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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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  • NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — More than 200 Airmen from the 192nd and 1st Fighter Wing Maintenance and Operations Groups participated in the 40th anniversary of the Red Flag combat training exercise Jan. 26 to Feb. 13, 2015, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Annually, Red Flag brings together assets from the United Kingdom, Australia, and across multiple branches […]

    192nd and 1st Fighter Wings perform combat training at Red Flag

    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — More than 200 Airmen from the 192nd and 1st Fighter Wing Maintenance and Operations Groups participated in the 40th anniversary of the Red Flag combat training exercise Jan. 26 to Feb. 13, 2015, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Annually, Red Flag brings together assets from the United Kingdom, Australia, and across multiple branches […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has begun the design phase of a new 102,000 square foot state headquarters facility to be built on a 13.6-acre site in the northern section of Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Va. The new headquarters will cost approximately $30 million and construction should be completed by February 2018. It will provide […]

    Virginia National Guard begins design phase of new state headquarters

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has begun the design phase of a new 102,000 square foot state headquarters facility to be built on a 13.6-acre site in the northern section of Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Va. The new headquarters will cost approximately $30 million and construction should be completed by February 2018. It will provide […]

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  • LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Virginia National Guard Airmen from the 192nd Intelligence Squadron work side-by-side with the active duty Air Force every day at Langley Air Force Base. They provide critical intelligence products to support war fighting operations around the world, and several of them took part in a capabilities demonstration for local and national news media hosted […]

    Virginia Guard Airmen supporting global operations at Langley AFB

    LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Virginia National Guard Airmen from the 192nd Intelligence Squadron work side-by-side with the active duty Air Force every day at Langley Air Force Base. They provide critical intelligence products to support war fighting operations around the world, and several of them took part in a capabilities demonstration for local and national news media hosted […]

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  • GEORGETOWN, S.C.- South Carolina National Guard Airmen and Virginia National Guard Soldiers are partnering to provide communications support to military, federal, state and local emergency management services as part of Vigilant Guard March 4-12, 2015, in Georgetown, South Carolina. Vigilant Guard is a series of federally funded disaster-response drills conducted by National Guard units working with federal, state and local […]

    SC, Va. National Guard troops provide communications support for Vigilant Guard

    GEORGETOWN, S.C.- South Carolina National Guard Airmen and Virginia National Guard Soldiers are partnering to provide communications support to military, federal, state and local emergency management services as part of Vigilant Guard March 4-12, 2015, in Georgetown, South Carolina. Vigilant Guard is a series of federally funded disaster-response drills conducted by National Guard units working with federal, state and local […]

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