Top Stories for 2014 Archive

  • RICHMOND, Va.– Thirty-two Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were remembered among 870 Virginia public safety officers who died in the line of duty at the dedication of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial Dec. 6, 2014, at the memorial site at Capitol Square in Richmond, Va. Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran provided remarks […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers, Airmen remembered at Public Safety Memorial

    RICHMOND, Va.– Thirty-two Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were remembered among 870 Virginia public safety officers who died in the line of duty at the dedication of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial Dec. 6, 2014, at the memorial site at Capitol Square in Richmond, Va. Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran provided remarks […]

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  • FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Nearly a decade after a 2004 Iraq suicide bomb attack took the lives of Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason and Sgt. David A. Ruhren, their families, friends and fellow Virginia National Guard Soldiers joined together Dec. 6, 2014, in Fredericksburg, Va., in a ceremony held to remember their sacrifice and dedicate the Fredericksburg readiness center in their honor. […]

    Fredericksburg readiness center dedicated in honor of Va. Guard Soldiers killed in 2004 Iraq bomb attack

    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Nearly a decade after a 2004 Iraq suicide bomb attack took the lives of Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason and Sgt. David A. Ruhren, their families, friends and fellow Virginia National Guard Soldiers joined together Dec. 6, 2014, in Fredericksburg, Va., in a ceremony held to remember their sacrifice and dedicate the Fredericksburg readiness center in their honor. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Four Virginia Guard Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contracting Team, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group returned to Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 8, 2014, after deploying to Afghanistan in February 2014, where they provided contracting support to U.S. Central Command.  The Soldiers returned to Virginia after completing demobilization and reintegration training. A contingency contracting […]

    1945th Contingency Contracting Team returns from deployment

    SANDSTON, Va. — Four Virginia Guard Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contracting Team, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group returned to Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 8, 2014, after deploying to Afghanistan in February 2014, where they provided contracting support to U.S. Central Command.  The Soldiers returned to Virginia after completing demobilization and reintegration training. A contingency contracting […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based Detachment 26, Operational Support Airlift Command gathered Oct. 26, 2014, in Sandston, Va., to conduct a Freedom Salute in honor of their service in Afghanistan. The Soldiers returned to Virginia Aug. 8, 2014, after providing fixed wing aviation support in Afghanistan since October 2013. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland […]

    Freedom Salute honors Det. 26, Operational Support Airlift Command for service in Afghanistan

    SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based Detachment 26, Operational Support Airlift Command gathered Oct. 26, 2014, in Sandston, Va., to conduct a Freedom Salute in honor of their service in Afghanistan. The Soldiers returned to Virginia Aug. 8, 2014, after providing fixed wing aviation support in Afghanistan since October 2013. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – The Virginia National Guard broke ground on the first phase of a multipurpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va., on Oct. 24, 2014. “Investing in training facilities at Camp Pendleton is vital as we look ahead to the challenges of maintaining readiness in a resource-constrained environment and builds on the wide variety of […]

    Va. Guard breaks ground on multipurpose training facility at Camp Pendleton

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – The Virginia National Guard broke ground on the first phase of a multipurpose training facility at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va., on Oct. 24, 2014. “Investing in training facilities at Camp Pendleton is vital as we look ahead to the challenges of maintaining readiness in a resource-constrained environment and builds on the wide variety of […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, traveled to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Sept. 9-29, 2014, for a Decisive Action training rotation that included 14 days of field training and sharpened the unit’s warfighting abilities. The Decisive Action Training Environment, or DATE, is used at […]

    229th Chemical Company completes NTC rotation

    SANDSTON, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, traveled to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Sept. 9-29, 2014, for a Decisive Action training rotation that included 14 days of field training and sharpened the unit’s warfighting abilities. The Decisive Action Training Environment, or DATE, is used at […]

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  • CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – The 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, a Virginia Army National Guard unit from Virginia Beach, Va., took the reins from the 751st CSSB, a South Carolina Army National Guard unit from Columbia, S. C., in a transfer of authority ceremony Aug. 11, 2014, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. “We are excited to take over the mission,” said […]

    529th CSSB unfurls colors, begins mission in Kuwait

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – The 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, a Virginia Army National Guard unit from Virginia Beach, Va., took the reins from the 751st CSSB, a South Carolina Army National Guard unit from Columbia, S. C., in a transfer of authority ceremony Aug. 11, 2014, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. “We are excited to take over the mission,” said […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Delegate T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, presented House Joint Resolution No. 320 from the Virginia General Assembly commending the Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Oct. 11, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. The resolution recognized the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion being presented the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness […]

    Delegate Garrett presents resolution commending Lynchburg-based Va. Guard infantry battalion

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Delegate T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, presented House Joint Resolution No. 320 from the Virginia General Assembly commending the Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Oct. 11, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. The resolution recognized the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion being presented the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness […]

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  • FORT A. P. HILL, Va. — Soldiers assigned to the Bowling Green-based Detachment 1, Company B, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted their first flight of the RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial system in Virginia Oct. 4, 2014, at Fort A. P. Hill, Va. Virginia Guard Airmen from the Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron reconstructed […]

    116th BSTB Shadow UAS detachment conducts first flight in Virginia

    FORT A. P. HILL, Va. — Soldiers assigned to the Bowling Green-based Detachment 1, Company B, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted their first flight of the RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial system in Virginia Oct. 4, 2014, at Fort A. P. Hill, Va. Virginia Guard Airmen from the Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron reconstructed […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Airmen and Army aviators conducted Sentinel Phoenix II, an Incident Awareness and Assessment exercise Sept. 7-12, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. Members of the Air Guard’s 192nd Intelligence Squadron and the Army Guard’s Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment worked jointly to provide live full-motion video during a simulated wildfire […]

    192nd Intelligence Squadron trains to support state emergency operations

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Airmen and Army aviators conducted Sentinel Phoenix II, an Incident Awareness and Assessment exercise Sept. 7-12, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. Members of the Air Guard’s 192nd Intelligence Squadron and the Army Guard’s Detachment 1, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment worked jointly to provide live full-motion video during a simulated wildfire […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted a memorial ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters in Sandston, Va., on Sept. 11, 2014, to commemorate those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, led the ceremony which included remarks from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the lowering of the U.S. […]

    Governor joins Va. Guard at 9/11 memorial service

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted a memorial ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters in Sandston, Va., on Sept. 11, 2014, to commemorate those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, led the ceremony which included remarks from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the lowering of the U.S. […]

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  • Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Fighter Wing Medical Group provided health care at the 52nd Medical Group Family Health Clinic July 6-21, 2014, in Spangdahlem, Germany. The medical group sent 17 Airmen of varying specialties including doctors, nurses, medical technicians, physical therapists, logistic technicians and administrative support to the clinic. The Airmen treated approximately […]

    192nd Medical Group provides healthcare to Family Health Clinic in Germany

    Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Fighter Wing Medical Group provided health care at the 52nd Medical Group Family Health Clinic July 6-21, 2014, in Spangdahlem, Germany. The medical group sent 17 Airmen of varying specialties including doctors, nurses, medical technicians, physical therapists, logistic technicians and administrative support to the clinic. The Airmen treated approximately […]

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  • DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Twenty-three Airmen and Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard conducted demonstrations and information exchanges with members of the Tajikistani military in late July and August in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in support of the enduring relationship between the Virginia National Guard and the Republic of Tajikistan as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. Soldiers covered a variety […]

    Va. Guard travels to Tajikistan to share skills, experience

    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Twenty-three Airmen and Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard conducted demonstrations and information exchanges with members of the Tajikistani military in late July and August in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in support of the enduring relationship between the Virginia National Guard and the Republic of Tajikistan as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. Soldiers covered a variety […]

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  • DEERFIELD, Va. — Massachusetts National Guard officials confirmed late in the day Aug. 28, 2014, that the pilot of an F-15C Eagle that crashed in remote mountains near Deerfield Valley, Va., was fatally injured in the crash. Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen joined a multi-agency search effort immediately after the Aug. 27 crash with aerial search and rescue by […]

    Search effort ends after Mass. Guard F-15C crash in Virginia

    DEERFIELD, Va. — Massachusetts National Guard officials confirmed late in the day Aug. 28, 2014, that the pilot of an F-15C Eagle that crashed in remote mountains near Deerfield Valley, Va., was fatally injured in the crash. Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen joined a multi-agency search effort immediately after the Aug. 27 crash with aerial search and rescue by […]

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  • PETERSBURG, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen demolished abandoned, decrepit and drug-trade related houses Aug. 18-29, 2014, in Petersburg, Va., as part of Operation Renew, a program that provides National Guard engineer assets to assist in reclaiming control of known drug trafficking areas by destroying structures with connections to the local drug trade. Approximately 25 Soldiers from the […]

    Va. Guard engineers destroy derelict and dangerous structures

    PETERSBURG, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen demolished abandoned, decrepit and drug-trade related houses Aug. 18-29, 2014, in Petersburg, Va., as part of Operation Renew, a program that provides National Guard engineer assets to assist in reclaiming control of known drug trafficking areas by destroying structures with connections to the local drug trade. Approximately 25 Soldiers from the […]

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  • CAMP GRUBER, Okla. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, traveled to Camp Gruber, Okla., to attend the CERFP Heavy Collapse Specialist Course Aug. 11-15, 2014. The course took Soldiers through nearly non-stop scenario-based exercises that required the Soldiers to breach, break, lift, haul, shore and crib […]

    CERFP Soldiers train for disaster response in Oklahoma

    CAMP GRUBER, Okla. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, traveled to Camp Gruber, Okla., to attend the CERFP Heavy Collapse Specialist Course Aug. 11-15, 2014. The course took Soldiers through nearly non-stop scenario-based exercises that required the Soldiers to breach, break, lift, haul, shore and crib […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Airmen from the Virginia Air National Guard’s Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron conducted engineer projects to construct a pavilion at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. and reconstruct a runway at Fort A. P. Hill, Va., July 7 to Aug. 1, 2014. The projects provided opportunities for the Air Guard engineers to conduct real-world training […]

    203rd RED HORSE engineer projects aide VMI, Fort A. P. Hill

    SANDSTON, Va. — Airmen from the Virginia Air National Guard’s Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron conducted engineer projects to construct a pavilion at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. and reconstruct a runway at Fort A. P. Hill, Va., July 7 to Aug. 1, 2014. The projects provided opportunities for the Air Guard engineers to conduct real-world training […]

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  • WINCHESTER, Va. – Current and former members of the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team joined family and friends of Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley for a memorial ceremony to commemorate their loss and honor their memory Aug. 1, 2014, at the Winchester readiness center that was named in […]

    Memorial service honors Va. Guard Soldiers killed in action 10 years ago

    WINCHESTER, Va. – Current and former members of the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team joined family and friends of Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley for a memorial ceremony to commemorate their loss and honor their memory Aug. 1, 2014, at the Winchester readiness center that was named in […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – From April to June, approximately 110 Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers, comprised of flight crews and support personnel, rotated through Guatemala in two-week cycles in support of Operation Beyond the Horizon, serving as the only rotary wing asset for the exercise. The Soldiers, from the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, flew more than 140 missions, moved […]

    Va. Guard aviators fly nearly 300 hours over Guatemalan skies

    SANDSTON, Va. – From April to June, approximately 110 Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers, comprised of flight crews and support personnel, rotated through Guatemala in two-week cycles in support of Operation Beyond the Horizon, serving as the only rotary wing asset for the exercise. The Soldiers, from the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, flew more than 140 missions, moved […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard family was recently recognized as the Army National Guard Family of the Year for 2014 while a Virginia Guard family member was honored as the National Guard Teen Volunteer of the Year. The Billmyer family, which includes Master Sgt. Jeff Billmyer, Sgt. 1st Class Ellen Billmyer, and their children 1st Lt. Rachel Billmyer, […]

    Va. Guard family, teen honored by National Guard family programs for volunteerism

    SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard family was recently recognized as the Army National Guard Family of the Year for 2014 while a Virginia Guard family member was honored as the National Guard Teen Volunteer of the Year. The Billmyer family, which includes Master Sgt. Jeff Billmyer, Sgt. 1st Class Ellen Billmyer, and their children 1st Lt. Rachel Billmyer, […]

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