Programs Archive

  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — More than two dozen National Guard personnel from 12 different states and territories gathered for the National Guard Southeastern Region Inspector General workshop May 21-24, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. “The goal of the workshop was to strengthen our IG technical assistance support channels by sharing best practices and providing professional […]

    Camp Pendleton hosts National Guard Southeastern Region Inspector General workshop

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — More than two dozen National Guard personnel from 12 different states and territories gathered for the National Guard Southeastern Region Inspector General workshop May 21-24, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. “The goal of the workshop was to strengthen our IG technical assistance support channels by sharing best practices and providing professional […]

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  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam joined Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, in honoring Virginia National Guard volunteers at the 2018 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition and Training Workshop April 15, 2018, in Williamsburg, Virginia. The annual two-day event recognizes and thanks volunteers for their efforts in support of family programs […]

    First Lady, AG honor volunteers at annual Volunteer Training Workshop and Youth Symposium

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam joined Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, in honoring Virginia National Guard volunteers at the 2018 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition and Training Workshop April 15, 2018, in Williamsburg, Virginia. The annual two-day event recognizes and thanks volunteers for their efforts in support of family programs […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Annual Virginia National Guard Youth Camp has opened registration for the 2018 summer session to be held July 22-27, 2018, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Youth Camp targets 8-12 year old dependents of current National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from around Virginia. This 6-day, overnight camp has a broad range of […]

    Registration open for 2018 Virginia National Guard Youth Camp

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Annual Virginia National Guard Youth Camp has opened registration for the 2018 summer session to be held July 22-27, 2018, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Youth Camp targets 8-12 year old dependents of current National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from around Virginia. This 6-day, overnight camp has a broad range of […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Teen delegates from National Guard Family Programs in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and West Virginia gathered for the Region 3 Youth Symposium March 15-18, 2018, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Hosted by Virginia National Guard Family Programs, the four-day event included programs designed to develop leadership skills, build resiliency, and identify and offer recommendations on issues […]

    Family Programs hosts regional National Guard youth symposium

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Teen delegates from National Guard Family Programs in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and West Virginia gathered for the Region 3 Youth Symposium March 15-18, 2018, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Hosted by Virginia National Guard Family Programs, the four-day event included programs designed to develop leadership skills, build resiliency, and identify and offer recommendations on issues […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Family Programs Office provides a personal financial counselor at no cost to service members and their families. Personal Financial Counselor Samantha Wright is located at the Mullins Armory on Beulah Road in Sandston. Contact her at PFC.VA.NG@zeiders.com or by phone at 703-635-9853. According to Virginia National Guard State Family Programs Director Vickie Sais […]

    Family Programs offers personal financial counselor services

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Family Programs Office provides a personal financial counselor at no cost to service members and their families. Personal Financial Counselor Samantha Wright is located at the Mullins Armory on Beulah Road in Sandston. Contact her at PFC.VA.NG@zeiders.com or by phone at 703-635-9853. According to Virginia National Guard State Family Programs Director Vickie Sais […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Two members of the Virginia National Guard’s Military Funeral Honors Team helped support a funeral for Falco, a retired military working dog who served for 10 years and passed away on Feb. 1, 2018, after four years in retirement. The funeral was held at Forest Hills Memory Gardens in Abingdon, Virginia. “It was our team’s honor to […]

    Virginia Funeral Honors team supports funeral for retired working dog

    SANDSTON, Va. — Two members of the Virginia National Guard’s Military Funeral Honors Team helped support a funeral for Falco, a retired military working dog who served for 10 years and passed away on Feb. 1, 2018, after four years in retirement. The funeral was held at Forest Hills Memory Gardens in Abingdon, Virginia. “It was our team’s honor to […]

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  • QUANTICO, Va. — Frequently, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command receives notifications from individuals stating they were scammed online by someone claiming to be a U.S. Soldier. Unbeknownst to the U.S. Soldier, an online scammer has used the Soldier’s name and available social media photos to perpetrate a crime. While the majority of U.S. Soldier social media impersonations are of officers, […]

    Combating social media impersonation of military personnel

    QUANTICO, Va. — Frequently, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command receives notifications from individuals stating they were scammed online by someone claiming to be a U.S. Soldier. Unbeknownst to the U.S. Soldier, an online scammer has used the Soldier’s name and available social media photos to perpetrate a crime. While the majority of U.S. Soldier social media impersonations are of officers, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard is fielding a new personnel and pay system in 2019 that will have an easy-to-use online platform that provides more self-service capabilities for Soldiers. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army, or IPPS-A, will go online in early 2019. “Virginia is leading the charge to adopt this new system, which will […]

    Virginia Army National Guard to field new personnel and pay system

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard is fielding a new personnel and pay system in 2019 that will have an easy-to-use online platform that provides more self-service capabilities for Soldiers. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army, or IPPS-A, will go online in early 2019. “Virginia is leading the charge to adopt this new system, which will […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Virginia — More than a dozen Army National Guard Soldiers from Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina completed a five-day Level 1 Funeral Honors Training hosted by the Virginia National Guard Funeral Honors Program Dec. 11-15, 2017, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The 40-hour certification course, which included eight Soldiers from Virginia, three from Maryland and two […]

    Virginia, Maryland National Guard Soldiers lead Level 1 Funeral Honors training for Va., Md., N.C. troops

    CAMP PENDLETON, Virginia — More than a dozen Army National Guard Soldiers from Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina completed a five-day Level 1 Funeral Honors Training hosted by the Virginia National Guard Funeral Honors Program Dec. 11-15, 2017, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The 40-hour certification course, which included eight Soldiers from Virginia, three from Maryland and two […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – A new initiative within the Virginia National Guard’s Human Resources Office aims to put select Soldiers on 120-day appointments as Title 32 Dual-Status Technicians. The program kicked off over the summer and seeks to accomplish several goals for both short-term and long-term readiness of the force, according to Lt. Col. Matthew Ritchie, deputy human resources officer for […]

    Temporary Developmental Positions offer short-term employment opportunities for Soldiers

    SANDSTON, Va. – A new initiative within the Virginia National Guard’s Human Resources Office aims to put select Soldiers on 120-day appointments as Title 32 Dual-Status Technicians. The program kicked off over the summer and seeks to accomplish several goals for both short-term and long-term readiness of the force, according to Lt. Col. Matthew Ritchie, deputy human resources officer for […]

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  • Virginia Beach, Va. — More than 70 Virginia National Guard youth from across the commonwealth participated in the 12th Annual Youth Camp, July 23-28, 2017, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In addition to the campers, adult and teen volunteers assisted in supporting the Virginia National Guard Youth Program staff in a week full of high energy-outdoor and indoor activities. “The […]

    12th Annual Youth Camp builds bonds for Va. Guard military youth

    Virginia Beach, Va. — More than 70 Virginia National Guard youth from across the commonwealth participated in the 12th Annual Youth Camp, July 23-28, 2017, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In addition to the campers, adult and teen volunteers assisted in supporting the Virginia National Guard Youth Program staff in a week full of high energy-outdoor and indoor activities. “The […]

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  • FAKHRABAD, Tajikistan – In conjunction with U.S. Central Command’s Regional Cooperation 2017’s command-post exercise held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Soldiers from the Virginia Army National Guard and Tajikistan military conducted a field training exercise, July 17-21, 2017, in Fakhrabad air base, Tajikistan. Hosted by Tajikistan’s Ministry of Defense, RC 17 is a U.S. led exercise that focuses on counterterrorism, border security […]

    U.S., Tajik military conduct joint field training

    FAKHRABAD, Tajikistan – In conjunction with U.S. Central Command’s Regional Cooperation 2017’s command-post exercise held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Soldiers from the Virginia Army National Guard and Tajikistan military conducted a field training exercise, July 17-21, 2017, in Fakhrabad air base, Tajikistan. Hosted by Tajikistan’s Ministry of Defense, RC 17 is a U.S. led exercise that focuses on counterterrorism, border security […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia National Guard senior leaders recognized volunteers from around the state for their contributions in supporting the Virginia National Guard at the 9th Annual State Volunteer Training and Recognition Workshop and Youth Symposium June 24, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. The event aimed to recognize and thank the volunteers, many of them military family members, for their service […]

    Virginia Guard honors volunteers at Volunteer Recognition Workshop

    RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia National Guard senior leaders recognized volunteers from around the state for their contributions in supporting the Virginia National Guard at the 9th Annual State Volunteer Training and Recognition Workshop and Youth Symposium June 24, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. The event aimed to recognize and thank the volunteers, many of them military family members, for their service […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va.– From the 30,000 foot level this whole opioid/heroin crisis is as fuzzy as the Hollywood Hills on a hazy summer’s day. But after spending the afternoon with 20 (17 in the room and three on teleconference) members of Community Coalitions of Virginia, the opioid crisis became as clear as Los Angeles after the Santa Ana winds blow through. […]

    Counterdrug Task Force civil operations helps coalitions broaden capacity

    RICHMOND, Va.– From the 30,000 foot level this whole opioid/heroin crisis is as fuzzy as the Hollywood Hills on a hazy summer’s day. But after spending the afternoon with 20 (17 in the room and three on teleconference) members of Community Coalitions of Virginia, the opioid crisis became as clear as Los Angeles after the Santa Ana winds blow through. […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va.—Fentanyl Exposure Kills. A stark message recently put out by the Drug Enforcement Administration warning the police and the public about the dangers of fentanyl. “Fentanyl is deadly,” acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said in a DEA video. “Exposure to an amount equivalent to a few grains of sand can kill you. You can be in grave danger even if […]

    Va. Guard Counterdrug Task Force helps minimize fentanyl risk

    RICHMOND, Va.—Fentanyl Exposure Kills. A stark message recently put out by the Drug Enforcement Administration warning the police and the public about the dangers of fentanyl. “Fentanyl is deadly,” acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said in a DEA video. “Exposure to an amount equivalent to a few grains of sand can kill you. You can be in grave danger even if […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The application deadline for the Fall semester, Virginia National Guard state tuition assistance is July 1, 2017. The State Tuition Assistance Program offers up to $8,000 per year for tuition and fees and one credential at each level up to a Ph.D. Tuition assistance can now be used at participating online schools not in Virginia but […]

    Tuition assistance deadline is July 1

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The application deadline for the Fall semester, Virginia National Guard state tuition assistance is July 1, 2017. The State Tuition Assistance Program offers up to $8,000 per year for tuition and fees and one credential at each level up to a Ph.D. Tuition assistance can now be used at participating online schools not in Virginia but […]

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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Brig. Gen. Lapthe Flora, the Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General for Strategic Initiatives, shared his personal journey of living for three years in the jungle to avoid being drafted into the communist Vietnamese military after the fall of Saigon to seeking refuge in the United States and attending Virginia Military Institute to becoming a general officer […]

    Flora shares personal story at Congressional reception

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Brig. Gen. Lapthe Flora, the Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General for Strategic Initiatives, shared his personal journey of living for three years in the jungle to avoid being drafted into the communist Vietnamese military after the fall of Saigon to seeking refuge in the United States and attending Virginia Military Institute to becoming a general officer […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — At Camp Pendleton, the Virginia National Guard’s oceanfront training base in Virginia Beach, one week of each of the past 11 summers has been dedicated to military kids. In late July or early August, approximately one hundred kids and teens, all with a parent serving in the Virginia Army or Air National Guard, come together for the […]

    Youth Camp leaves positive impact on Va. Guard military youth

    SANDSTON, Va. — At Camp Pendleton, the Virginia National Guard’s oceanfront training base in Virginia Beach, one week of each of the past 11 summers has been dedicated to military kids. In late July or early August, approximately one hundred kids and teens, all with a parent serving in the Virginia Army or Air National Guard, come together for the […]

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  • BEDFORD, Va. — Brig. Gen. Lapthe Flora, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General for Strategic Initiatives, presented a lecture on the topic “Diversity as a Force Multiplier in the Military” March 29, 2017, at the Bedford Welcome Center in Bedford, Virginia. The event was the first of the World War I speakers series sponsored by the Virginia World War I […]

    Flora presents lecture on importance of diversity in the military

    BEDFORD, Va. — Brig. Gen. Lapthe Flora, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General for Strategic Initiatives, presented a lecture on the topic “Diversity as a Force Multiplier in the Military” March 29, 2017, at the Bedford Welcome Center in Bedford, Virginia. The event was the first of the World War I speakers series sponsored by the Virginia World War I […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Veteran and Family Support will present a Mission: Healthy Relationship Workshop April 7-9, 2017, at the Landsdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Virginia. The workshop is for all military veterans and spouses coping with the impact of deployment, military service, post-traumatic stress, operational stress or traumatic brain injury. To register, please email or call Brittany Jones, […]

    Mission: Healthy Relationship Workshop will be held April 7-9, 2017, in Leesburg

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Veteran and Family Support will present a Mission: Healthy Relationship Workshop April 7-9, 2017, at the Landsdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Virginia. The workshop is for all military veterans and spouses coping with the impact of deployment, military service, post-traumatic stress, operational stress or traumatic brain injury. To register, please email or call Brittany Jones, […]

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