Top Stories for 2014 Archive

  • MARTINSVILLE, Va – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers loaded the last pieces of construction equipment onto trailers July 2, 2014 culminating four-weeks of grading, hauling, and filling a 15-acre industrial plot in Henry County, Va. that began May 31, 2014. More than 100 Soldiers assigned to the Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Support Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command continued […]

    Va. National Guard engineers help Henry County with economic development project

    MARTINSVILLE, Va – Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers loaded the last pieces of construction equipment onto trailers July 2, 2014 culminating four-weeks of grading, hauling, and filling a 15-acre industrial plot in Henry County, Va. that began May 31, 2014. More than 100 Soldiers assigned to the Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Support Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command continued […]

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  • NORMANDY, France – Twenty-seven Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division and the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team travelled to Normandy, France for the 70th anniversary of the Allied landing at Omaha Beach June 6, 2014. Task Force Normandy, led by the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team from Vicenza, Italy, organized 20 U.S. units, including the 29th ID, […]

    29th Infantry Division returns to France for 70th anniversary of D-Day

    NORMANDY, France – Twenty-seven Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division and the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team travelled to Normandy, France for the 70th anniversary of the Allied landing at Omaha Beach June 6, 2014. Task Force Normandy, led by the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team from Vicenza, Italy, organized 20 U.S. units, including the 29th ID, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team utilized high-tech gear to get high quality training during the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 17-26, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. With high-tech equipment, intense combat-like conditions and the help of active duty units, 116th IBCT troops and their leaders left their […]

    XCTC provides realistic “back to basics” combat training for 116th IBCT Soldiers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team utilized high-tech gear to get high quality training during the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 17-26, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. With high-tech equipment, intense combat-like conditions and the help of active duty units, 116th IBCT troops and their leaders left their […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH—Family members, friends, fellow Soldiers and senior state government and military leaders bid farewell to the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group June 22, 2014, in Virginia Beach. Approximately 70 Soldiers of the 529th are scheduled to report to Fort Hood, Texas, for 30 to 45 days of mobilization training before […]

    529th CSSB Soldiers depart for federal duty in Kuwait

    VIRGINIA BEACH—Family members, friends, fellow Soldiers and senior state government and military leaders bid farewell to the Virginia National Guard’s Camp Pendleton-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group June 22, 2014, in Virginia Beach. Approximately 70 Soldiers of the 529th are scheduled to report to Fort Hood, Texas, for 30 to 45 days of mobilization training before […]

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  • EMPORIA, Va. — Family members, friends, civic leaders and Virginia National Guard leaders attended a Freedom Salute ceremony to honor the Virginia National Guard’s Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company June 8, 2014, at the Greensville County High School gymnasium in Emporia. Approximately 150 Soldiers of the 1710th Trans. Co. returned to Virginia Feb. 22, 2014, after conducting transportation support operations in […]

    Freedom Salute honors 1710th Transportation Company Soldiers, family members

    EMPORIA, Va. — Family members, friends, civic leaders and Virginia National Guard leaders attended a Freedom Salute ceremony to honor the Virginia National Guard’s Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company June 8, 2014, at the Greensville County High School gymnasium in Emporia. Approximately 150 Soldiers of the 1710th Trans. Co. returned to Virginia Feb. 22, 2014, after conducting transportation support operations in […]

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  • BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders, as well as Virginia Guard Soldiers from the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 29th Division Band, joined thousands of other Virginians in honoring the efforts and sacrifices of D-Day veterans at a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy June 6, 2014, at the National D-Day Memorial […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers help commemorate 70th anniversary of Normandy invasion at National D-Day Memorial

    BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders, as well as Virginia Guard Soldiers from the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 29th Division Band, joined thousands of other Virginians in honoring the efforts and sacrifices of D-Day veterans at a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy June 6, 2014, at the National D-Day Memorial […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Col. Timothy P. Williams was sworn in as the new Adjutant General of Virginia by Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth Kelly Thomasson and promoted to brigadier general June 2, 2014, at the Joint Force Headquarters – Virginia in Sandston surround by his wife Cheryl, Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. […]

    Williams promoted, sworn in as new Adjutant General of Virginia

    SANDSTON, Va. — Col. Timothy P. Williams was sworn in as the new Adjutant General of Virginia by Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth Kelly Thomasson and promoted to brigadier general June 2, 2014, at the Joint Force Headquarters – Virginia in Sandston surround by his wife Cheryl, Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. […]

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  • FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. — More than 130 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen joined approximately 2,500 military and civilian emergency responders in Vigilant Guard, a multi-agency emergency preparedness exercise hosted May 13-15, 2014, by the Pennsylvania National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. The exercise allowed the Virginia personnel to focus on their core skill training but also provided […]

    Va. CERFP Soldiers, Airmen participate in Vigilant Guard exercise

    FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. — More than 130 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen joined approximately 2,500 military and civilian emergency responders in Vigilant Guard, a multi-agency emergency preparedness exercise hosted May 13-15, 2014, by the Pennsylvania National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. The exercise allowed the Virginia personnel to focus on their core skill training but also provided […]

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  • WINCHESTER, Va. — More than 120 members of the all-volunteer Virginia Defense Force augmented local law enforcement May 1-3, 2014, to help make sure the Winchester Apple Blossom Festival went smoothly for the thousands of visitors attending the annual event. Members of the VDF operated traffic control points on May 2 and 3 for several parades and races, and VDF […]

    Va. Defense Force supports Apple Blossom Festival

    WINCHESTER, Va. — More than 120 members of the all-volunteer Virginia Defense Force augmented local law enforcement May 1-3, 2014, to help make sure the Winchester Apple Blossom Festival went smoothly for the thousands of visitors attending the annual event. Members of the VDF operated traffic control points on May 2 and 3 for several parades and races, and VDF […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The State Department’s Foreign Affairs Security Training Center will be located at Fort Pickett and Nottoway County’s Pickett Park according to news releases from Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senator Tim Kaine published April 17, 2014. Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today in response to the Obama administration’s decision to locate the Foreign Affairs Security Training […]

    Foreign Affairs Security Training Center to be located at Fort Pickett and Nottoway County’s Pickett Park

    RICHMOND, Va. — The State Department’s Foreign Affairs Security Training Center will be located at Fort Pickett and Nottoway County’s Pickett Park according to news releases from Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senator Tim Kaine published April 17, 2014. Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today in response to the Obama administration’s decision to locate the Foreign Affairs Security Training […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from around the state competed for the 2013 Virginia National Guard Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year titles March 29-30, 2014, at Fort Pickett. Spc. Taylore Horn of the 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command, was named the 2013 Virginia Army National Guard Soldier of the Year. Sgt. […]

    276th Engineer Battalion Soldier named Soldier of the Year, 429th BSB troop claims NCO of the Year title

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from around the state competed for the 2013 Virginia National Guard Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year titles March 29-30, 2014, at Fort Pickett. Spc. Taylore Horn of the 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command, was named the 2013 Virginia Army National Guard Soldier of the Year. Sgt. […]

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  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented the Eisenhower Trophy to the Gate City-based Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the Virginia National Guard […]

    Virginia Army National Guard recognizes top units

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Adam K. Thiel and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presented the Eisenhower Trophy to the Gate City-based Headquarters Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, as the top company-level unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the Virginia National Guard […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Three Virginia National Guard Airmen have been selected as the Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2013 in the categories of Outstanding Airman of the Year, Outstanding Non-commissioned Officer of the year and Outstanding Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the year. Senior Airman Katelynn T. Quinn, a geospatial intelligence analyst journeyman in the 192nd Intelligence Squadron, was selected […]

    Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2013 announced

    SANDSTON, Va. — Three Virginia National Guard Airmen have been selected as the Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2013 in the categories of Outstanding Airman of the Year, Outstanding Non-commissioned Officer of the year and Outstanding Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the year. Senior Airman Katelynn T. Quinn, a geospatial intelligence analyst journeyman in the 192nd Intelligence Squadron, was selected […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia General Assembly recognized the Virginia National Guard March 4, 2014, with a center aisle presentation of House Joint Resolution No. 385 commending the Guard for their accomplishments in the last year. Del. Richard L. Anderson, the patron of the resolution, made the presentation to Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, […]

    Virginia General Assembly commends Virginia National Guard with center aisle presentation

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia General Assembly recognized the Virginia National Guard March 4, 2014, with a center aisle presentation of House Joint Resolution No. 385 commending the Guard for their accomplishments in the last year. Del. Richard L. Anderson, the patron of the resolution, made the presentation to Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – More than 70 Virginia National Guard Soldiers are staged at readiness centers along the northern I-81 corridor, Leesburg and Fredericksburg, and they are ready to support state and local emergency response organizations March 3, 2014. An additional 20 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are on duty at the Joint Operations Center in Sandston, […]

    Virginia Guard Soldiers staged and ready for possible winter weather response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. – More than 70 Virginia National Guard Soldiers are staged at readiness centers along the northern I-81 corridor, Leesburg and Fredericksburg, and they are ready to support state and local emergency response organizations March 3, 2014. An additional 20 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are on duty at the Joint Operations Center in Sandston, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company reunite with family, friends and fellow Guard Soldiers Feb. 22, 2014, in Richmond after serving on federal active duty in Afghanistan since June 2013. The company returned to the United States Feb. 15, and approximately 145 Soldiers returned to airports closest to their home of record. A […]

    Soldiers from 1710th Trans. Co. return to Virginia from duty in Afghanistan

    SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company reunite with family, friends and fellow Guard Soldiers Feb. 22, 2014, in Richmond after serving on federal active duty in Afghanistan since June 2013. The company returned to the United States Feb. 15, and approximately 145 Soldiers returned to airports closest to their home of record. A […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Four Soldiers from the Charlottesville-based Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were the last Virginia National Guard personnel on state active duty Feb. 15, 2014, after nearly 300 total supported response operations across the state. Most personnel returned to routine operations Feb. 14, but the Company C Soldiers stayed on duty one […]

    Va. Guard wraps up snow response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — Four Soldiers from the Charlottesville-based Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were the last Virginia National Guard personnel on state active duty Feb. 15, 2014, after nearly 300 total supported response operations across the state. Most personnel returned to routine operations Feb. 14, but the Company C Soldiers stayed on duty one […]

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  • CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, along with personnel from other states, used the skills and training they have for sampling and identifying unknown chemical or biological agents to help West Virginia officials evaluate the quality of water after a chemical spill left more than 300,000 residents without drinking water. Weapons of mass destruction civil support teams […]

    Va. Guard personnel part of multi-state West Virginia water sampling operation

    CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, along with personnel from other states, used the skills and training they have for sampling and identifying unknown chemical or biological agents to help West Virginia officials evaluate the quality of water after a chemical spill left more than 300,000 residents without drinking water. Weapons of mass destruction civil support teams […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran, Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security John Harvey and members of the Virginia General Assembly commended the Virginia National Guard for the organization’s service to commonwealth and country at a legislative reception hosted Jan. 15, 2014, by the Virginia Guard Officer’s Association and Virginia Guard Enlisted Association […]

    Governor McAuliffe commends Virginia National Guard

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran, Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security John Harvey and members of the Virginia General Assembly commended the Virginia National Guard for the organization’s service to commonwealth and country at a legislative reception hosted Jan. 15, 2014, by the Virginia Guard Officer’s Association and Virginia Guard Enlisted Association […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – The inauguration of Terry McAuliffe as the 72nd Governor of Virginia, held Jan. 11, 2014, in Richmond, Va., included the support of more than 225 Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force. The Department of Military Affairs personnel provided ceremonial music during the rain-soaked event, fired a 19-gun salute with artillery howitzers […]

    Va. Department of Military Affairs supports Governor’s Inauguration

    RICHMOND, Va. – The inauguration of Terry McAuliffe as the 72nd Governor of Virginia, held Jan. 11, 2014, in Richmond, Va., included the support of more than 225 Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force. The Department of Military Affairs personnel provided ceremonial music during the rain-soaked event, fired a 19-gun salute with artillery howitzers […]

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