Top Stories for 2016 Archive

  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is a dual-status military force with both a state and federal mission, and it effectively balanced the demands of those missions through 2016 in one of the busiest years in recent memory. “I am incredibly proud of the dedicated service and tremendous duty performance from our entire force in 2016,” said Maj. Gen. […]

    Virginia National Guard meets challenges of busy 2016

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is a dual-status military force with both a state and federal mission, and it effectively balanced the demands of those missions through 2016 in one of the busiest years in recent memory. “I am incredibly proud of the dedicated service and tremendous duty performance from our entire force in 2016,” said Maj. Gen. […]

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  • CAMP ARIFJAN Kuwait — The Virginia National Guard’s 29th Infantry Division assumed command as U.S. Army Central’s intermediate division headquarters, Task Force Spartan, during a transfer of authority ceremonyDec. 19, 2016, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. “Today is a watershed day in U.S. Army Central. Today the paradigm of the mission command in this theater Army changes as we install the […]

    29th Infantry Division begins mission in the Middle East

    CAMP ARIFJAN Kuwait — The Virginia National Guard’s 29th Infantry Division assumed command as U.S. Army Central’s intermediate division headquarters, Task Force Spartan, during a transfer of authority ceremonyDec. 19, 2016, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. “Today is a watershed day in U.S. Army Central. Today the paradigm of the mission command in this theater Army changes as we install the […]

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  • LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — The 192nd Fighter Wing honored the achievements of its members during the fifth annual holiday awards banquet at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Dec. 10, 2016. The wing recognized Airmen from Wing Staff, Maintenance, Medical, Mission Support and Operations Groups for their outstanding efforts in 2016. “We have such an outstanding group, and I am […]

    192nd Fighter Wing recognizes top Airmen

    LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — The 192nd Fighter Wing honored the achievements of its members during the fifth annual holiday awards banquet at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Dec. 10, 2016. The wing recognized Airmen from Wing Staff, Maintenance, Medical, Mission Support and Operations Groups for their outstanding efforts in 2016. “We have such an outstanding group, and I am […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for the Virginia National Guard Dec. 10 and 11, 2016, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, to recognize the Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year and their families as well as families of those personnel who are currently […]

    Governor, First Lady host receptions recognizing federal active duty service

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for the Virginia National Guard Dec. 10 and 11, 2016, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, to recognize the Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year and their families as well as families of those personnel who are currently […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute has been awarded “Institute of Excellence” status by U. S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and evaluated as full accredited, according to a memorandum dated Nov. 9, 2016, from Gen. David G. Perkins, commander of TRADOC. “HQ TRADOC recognizes the dedication and hard work of all […]

    183rd RTI earns “Institute of Excellence” status from TRADOC evaluation

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute has been awarded “Institute of Excellence” status by U. S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and evaluated as full accredited, according to a memorandum dated Nov. 9, 2016, from Gen. David G. Perkins, commander of TRADOC. “HQ TRADOC recognizes the dedication and hard work of all […]

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  • NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted one final live-fire exercise with their M119A2 howitzers Nov. 5, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia, beginning the transformation of the field artillery battalion. Over the next 12 months, the battalion will transform into a larger, more robust composite field artillery […]

    Final field artillery live fire marks start of transformation

    NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted one final live-fire exercise with their M119A2 howitzers Nov. 5, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia, beginning the transformation of the field artillery battalion. Over the next 12 months, the battalion will transform into a larger, more robust composite field artillery […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe ceremonially presented the Governor’s National Service Medal to Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen representing units that served on federal active duty in the Middle East and Cuba conducting combat operations and security support. The presentation took place after the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2016, at the Virginia War Memorial in […]

    Governor recognizes Va. Guard’s federal service on Veterans Day

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe ceremonially presented the Governor’s National Service Medal to Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen representing units that served on federal active duty in the Middle East and Cuba conducting combat operations and security support. The presentation took place after the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2016, at the Virginia War Memorial in […]

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  • HAMPTON, Va. — Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran presented the Governor’s National Service Medal to Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based Delta Platoon, 229th Military Police Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group Nov. 6, 2016, in Hampton, Virginia. The platoon of approximately 30 Soldiers served on federal active […]

    Sec. Moran presents Governor’s Medal to MPs

    HAMPTON, Va. — Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran presented the Governor’s National Service Medal to Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based Delta Platoon, 229th Military Police Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group Nov. 6, 2016, in Hampton, Virginia. The platoon of approximately 30 Soldiers served on federal active […]

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  • LYNCHBURG, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force tested multiple communications systems and response capabilities Nov. 5, 2016, in Lynchburg, Virginia, during Forward Guardian 2017, a multi-state, multi-agency communication exercise. VDF troops deployed to locations across the state to operate multiple systems and response capabilities including high frequency radio, Statewide Agencies Radio System, incident management assistance and operation of […]

    VDF exercise tests commo systems, response capabilities

    LYNCHBURG, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force tested multiple communications systems and response capabilities Nov. 5, 2016, in Lynchburg, Virginia, during Forward Guardian 2017, a multi-state, multi-agency communication exercise. VDF troops deployed to locations across the state to operate multiple systems and response capabilities including high frequency radio, Statewide Agencies Radio System, incident management assistance and operation of […]

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  • 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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  • 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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