Va. Defense Force Archive

  • VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. — Nearly 200 members of the Virginia National Guard were on duty and ready to assist with the state’s multi-agency response to heavy snow Jan. 7-9, 2017, throughout the Hampton Roads area. Soldiers were staged and ready the morning of Jan. 7 with less than 12 hours notification, and their assistance included recovering a fire truck in […]

    Virginia National Guard assists with winter storm response in Hampton Roads

    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. — Nearly 200 members of the Virginia National Guard were on duty and ready to assist with the state’s multi-agency response to heavy snow Jan. 7-9, 2017, throughout the Hampton Roads area. Soldiers were staged and ready the morning of Jan. 7 with less than 12 hours notification, and their assistance included recovering a fire truck in […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard plans to stage approximately 200 Soldiers in the Hampton Roads area with Humvees, light/medium tactical trucks and chain saws Jan. 6, 2017, to be ready to assist with possible response operations as heavy snow is forecast in the region. The Soldiers and vehicles are scheduled to be in place Friday evening and ready […]

    Va. National Guard to stage for possible snow response operations in Hampton Roads area

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard plans to stage approximately 200 Soldiers in the Hampton Roads area with Humvees, light/medium tactical trucks and chain saws Jan. 6, 2017, to be ready to assist with possible response operations as heavy snow is forecast in the region. The Soldiers and vehicles are scheduled to be in place Friday evening and ready […]

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  • 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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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is encouraging its members to check in on their battle buddies and wingmen Dec. 22, 2016, to make sure they are doing well and help them find resources if they are experiencing hardship or in crisis. As part of the initiative, Soldiers and Airmen should call, text or make plans to get together […]

    Va. National Guard encouraging “buddy checks” Dec. 22

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is encouraging its members to check in on their battle buddies and wingmen Dec. 22, 2016, to make sure they are doing well and help them find resources if they are experiencing hardship or in crisis. As part of the initiative, Soldiers and Airmen should call, text or make plans to get together […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Cyber security experts from the Virginia Army National Guard and Virginia Defense Force continued their weeklong vulnerability assessments Dec. 13-16, 2016, and for the first time a member of the VDF served as the technical lead for the mission. The first assessment was conducted in March 2016 after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe authorized funds to put Virginia […]

    VDF serves as technical lead for ongoing cyber assessment mission

    SANDSTON, Va. — Cyber security experts from the Virginia Army National Guard and Virginia Defense Force continued their weeklong vulnerability assessments Dec. 13-16, 2016, and for the first time a member of the VDF served as the technical lead for the mission. The first assessment was conducted in March 2016 after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe authorized funds to put Virginia […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — As we near the holiday season, I think it’s appropriate to reflect briefly on 2016 and the great work our force has done supporting operations both federal and state. A few of the highlights include the mobilization of more than 1,500 Soldiers and Airmen on federal active duty, initiating construction on a new state headquarters, modernization and […]

    Adjutant General’s 2016 Holiday Message

    SANDSTON, Va. — As we near the holiday season, I think it’s appropriate to reflect briefly on 2016 and the great work our force has done supporting operations both federal and state. A few of the highlights include the mobilization of more than 1,500 Soldiers and Airmen on federal active duty, initiating construction on a new state headquarters, modernization and […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force volunteered their time to support University of Richmond Police with traffic control and assisting veterans at the Virginia World War II 75th Anniversary Commemoration Tribute to Veterans Dec. 8, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. “We wouldn’t have been able to make this all happen the way that it has without the help […]

    VDF supports WWII commemoration event in Richmond

    RICHMOND, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force volunteered their time to support University of Richmond Police with traffic control and assisting veterans at the Virginia World War II 75th Anniversary Commemoration Tribute to Veterans Dec. 8, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. “We wouldn’t have been able to make this all happen the way that it has without the help […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Thanksgiving Day is a time for us to gather together, reconnect with family and friends, and pause from the demands of our work to reflect on how fortunate we are. We also take this time to honor and show gratitude for our freedoms as Americans and the privilege we have of serving our great nation and commonwealth. […]

    Adjutant General’s 2016 Thanksgiving Holiday Message

    SANDSTON, Va. — Thanksgiving Day is a time for us to gather together, reconnect with family and friends, and pause from the demands of our work to reflect on how fortunate we are. We also take this time to honor and show gratitude for our freedoms as Americans and the privilege we have of serving our great nation and commonwealth. […]

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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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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force conducted training and evaluation on multiple communications systems Sept. 24, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia, to ensure they are ready to provide support to the Virginia National Guard during domestic operations. VDF troops organized into response teams provide capabilities like high frequency radio, Statewide Agencies Radio System, incident management assistance […]

    VDF trains, evaluates communication teams

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force conducted training and evaluation on multiple communications systems Sept. 24, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia, to ensure they are ready to provide support to the Virginia National Guard during domestic operations. VDF troops organized into response teams provide capabilities like high frequency radio, Statewide Agencies Radio System, incident management assistance […]

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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. — Virginia Defense Force units across the commonwealth took part in the United Resolve communications exercise which brought together multiple state defense forces, emergency communications professionals and amateur radio operators June 25, 2016, to share knowledge and improve their capabilities to communicate using a variety of systems. “This multi-faceted exercise, with the participation of other state defense forces […]

    Va. Defense Force continues to build communications expertise

    SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia Defense Force units across the commonwealth took part in the United Resolve communications exercise which brought together multiple state defense forces, emergency communications professionals and amateur radio operators June 25, 2016, to share knowledge and improve their capabilities to communicate using a variety of systems. “This multi-faceted exercise, with the participation of other state defense forces […]

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  • WINCHESTER, Va. — Nearly 100 members of the Virginia Defense Force assisted local law enforcement keep traffic moving during the 89th Apple Blossom Festival April 29-30, 2016, in Winchester, Virginia. VDF troops from each of the four regiments came together to form Task Force Shenandoah and volunteered their time by operating traffic control points and providing mission command support at […]

    Virginia Defense Force supports law enforcement for Winchester festival

    WINCHESTER, Va. — Nearly 100 members of the Virginia Defense Force assisted local law enforcement keep traffic moving during the 89th Apple Blossom Festival April 29-30, 2016, in Winchester, Virginia. VDF troops from each of the four regiments came together to form Task Force Shenandoah and volunteered their time by operating traffic control points and providing mission command support at […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Virginia National Guard Historical Collection and archeological collection both moved into a new building with some help from members of the Virginia Defense Force March 28-31, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The historical collection includes documents, clothing, equipment and other artifacts which cover the history of the Virginia National Guard. The archeological collection includes broken […]

    Historical, archaeological archives move into new digs at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Virginia National Guard Historical Collection and archeological collection both moved into a new building with some help from members of the Virginia Defense Force March 28-31, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The historical collection includes documents, clothing, equipment and other artifacts which cover the history of the Virginia National Guard. The archeological collection includes broken […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 125 members of the Virginia Defense Force took part in training to improve their individual skills in the areas of interoperable communications, incident management, traffic control and chaplain support April 1-3, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. “Our training goal for the weekend was to bring individuals up to speed on specific tasks their team […]

    VDF training focuses on individual skills

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 125 members of the Virginia Defense Force took part in training to improve their individual skills in the areas of interoperable communications, incident management, traffic control and chaplain support April 1-3, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. “Our training goal for the weekend was to bring individuals up to speed on specific tasks their team […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force conducted a 24-hour communications exercise March 4-5, 2016, in multiple locations across Virginia. Operating in their Mobile Communications Platform trailers in Richmond, Winchester, Lynchburg and Pulaski, VDF members used high frequency radios as well as other systems for voice and data communications to communicate with civilian amateur radio operators. The 24-hour exercise […]

    VDF conducts 24-hour communications exercise

    SANDSTON, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force conducted a 24-hour communications exercise March 4-5, 2016, in multiple locations across Virginia. Operating in their Mobile Communications Platform trailers in Richmond, Winchester, Lynchburg and Pulaski, VDF members used high frequency radios as well as other systems for voice and data communications to communicate with civilian amateur radio operators. The 24-hour exercise […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard returned to routine operations Jan. 27, 2016, after having more than 400 Soldiers on state active duty supporting Virginia State Police and local first responders as they assisted citizens after a historic snowfall blanketed the commonwealth. “Across the board, everyone performed magnificently,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. […]

    Va. Guard provides mobility assistance during winter storm

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard returned to routine operations Jan. 27, 2016, after having more than 400 Soldiers on state active duty supporting Virginia State Police and local first responders as they assisted citizens after a historic snowfall blanketed the commonwealth. “Across the board, everyone performed magnificently,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers on state active duty across the commonwealth have been using Humvees and medium tactical trucks to provide mobility support to help Virginia State Police and local first responders reach citizens requiring assistance after a historic snow fall blanketed the commonwealth. Since they began operations Jan. 22, 2016, Guard Soldiers have escorted or transported […]

    Va. National Guard continues mobility assistance after historic snowstorm

    STAUNTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers on state active duty across the commonwealth have been using Humvees and medium tactical trucks to provide mobility support to help Virginia State Police and local first responders reach citizens requiring assistance after a historic snow fall blanketed the commonwealth. Since they began operations Jan. 22, 2016, Guard Soldiers have escorted or transported […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 300 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible assistance with the state’s severe winter weather response operations. The Virginia Guard plans to stage personnel at readiness centers along the I-81 corridor between Lexington and Winchester, along the Route […]

    Virginia Guard personnel preparing for possible winter weather response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 300 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible assistance with the state’s severe winter weather response operations. The Virginia Guard plans to stage personnel at readiness centers along the I-81 corridor between Lexington and Winchester, along the Route […]

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