Va. Defense Force Archive

  • 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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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Members of the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force will be on hand Jan. 21, 2016, with equipment displays in the Darden Garden outside the Virginia General Assembly Building in Richmond from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to demonstrate some of the capabilities the Virginia Guard and VDF can provide while […]

    Va. National Guard personnel scheduled to display equipment outside General Assembly building Jan. 21

    RICHMOND, Va. — Members of the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force will be on hand Jan. 21, 2016, with equipment displays in the Darden Garden outside the Virginia General Assembly Building in Richmond from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to demonstrate some of the capabilities the Virginia Guard and VDF can provide while […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to serve as a combat reserve to help fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide domestic response capability to answer the call of the Governor to assist citizens of the commonwealth during times of need. All through 2015, the Virginia National […]

    Va. Guard balances state, federal missions in 2015

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to serve as a combat reserve to help fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide domestic response capability to answer the call of the Governor to assist citizens of the commonwealth during times of need. All through 2015, the Virginia National […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Each year at Thanksgiving we should take time from our busy work and personal schedules to remember the many blessings we enjoy. With recent tragic events experienced around the globe, it is more important than ever to take stock in the positive and celebrate the good in our world. One of the things I am most thankful […]

    Adjutant General’s 2015 Thanksgiving Holiday Message

    SANDSTON, Va. — Each year at Thanksgiving we should take time from our busy work and personal schedules to remember the many blessings we enjoy. With recent tragic events experienced around the globe, it is more important than ever to take stock in the positive and celebrate the good in our world. One of the things I am most thankful […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen joined Veterans Day observations across the state to honor all the men and women who served our country in uniform in the past and are currently serving at home and abroad. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 15,000 Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen have mobilized on federal active duty for combat […]

    Veterans honored at events across the state

    RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen joined Veterans Day observations across the state to honor all the men and women who served our country in uniform in the past and are currently serving at home and abroad. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 15,000 Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen have mobilized on federal active duty for combat […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — More than 150 members of the Virginia Defense Force deployed to locations across the state Nov. 6-7, 2015, to conduct Forward Guardian 2016, a multi-state, multi-agency communication exercise. VDF personnel installed and operated both mobile and fixed short and long range radio communication systems to link simulated mission command nodes with the Virginia National Guard’s Joint Operations […]

    VDF conducts multi-state, multi-agency commo exercise

    SANDSTON, Va. — More than 150 members of the Virginia Defense Force deployed to locations across the state Nov. 6-7, 2015, to conduct Forward Guardian 2016, a multi-state, multi-agency communication exercise. VDF personnel installed and operated both mobile and fixed short and long range radio communication systems to link simulated mission command nodes with the Virginia National Guard’s Joint Operations […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has more than 550 Soldiers and Airmen staged and ready at facilities in the areas of Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley and Southwest Virginia as of Friday evening, Oct. 2, 2015. Staging personnel and equipment in advance of the severe weather helps make sure the Guard can rapidly respond when needed, explained […]

    Va. Guard personnel staged and ready for possible flood response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has more than 550 Soldiers and Airmen staged and ready at facilities in the areas of Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley and Southwest Virginia as of Friday evening, Oct. 2, 2015. Staging personnel and equipment in advance of the severe weather helps make sure the Guard can rapidly respond when needed, explained […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force conducted collective team evaluations of their assigned National Guard Civil Support missions and supported a Joint Force Headquarters – Virginia communication exercise Sept. 25-27, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. As part of the training scenario, the VDF’s Regiments conducted an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise to notify personnel to report for […]

    VDF exercise tests interoperable communications capabilities

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force conducted collective team evaluations of their assigned National Guard Civil Support missions and supported a Joint Force Headquarters – Virginia communication exercise Sept. 25-27, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. As part of the training scenario, the VDF’s Regiments conducted an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise to notify personnel to report for […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Each year the Labor Day holiday honors the contributions our workforce has made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our nation, and it has also grown to become the holiday that marks the end of summer. While enjoying this much-deserved break from our work obligations, it is very important we keep safety in mind in everything […]

    Adjutant General’s 2015 Labor Day Safety Message

    SANDSTON, Va. — Each year the Labor Day holiday honors the contributions our workforce has made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our nation, and it has also grown to become the holiday that marks the end of summer. While enjoying this much-deserved break from our work obligations, it is very important we keep safety in mind in everything […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, also known as the CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”), and 34th Civil Support Team hosted a capabilities demonstration Aug. 26, 2015, in Richmond, Va. The demonstration was designed to educate local, state and federal law enforcement, firefighters and medical personnel with […]

    Capabilities demonstration gives Va. leaders, first responders up-close look at CERFP, 34th CST

    RICHMOND, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, also known as the CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”), and 34th Civil Support Team hosted a capabilities demonstration Aug. 26, 2015, in Richmond, Va. The demonstration was designed to educate local, state and federal law enforcement, firefighters and medical personnel with […]

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  • MADISON, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force’s Winchester-based 3rd Regiment and Lynchburg-based 4th Regiment used the high frequency radios in their Mobile Communication Platforms to conduct a multi-state communications exercise July 18, 2015. During the exercise, they successfully communicated via strong signal connections with state guard forces in Indiana and Tennessee and established weak connections with California. The exercise […]

    Va. Defense Force conducts multi-state communication exercise

    MADISON, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force’s Winchester-based 3rd Regiment and Lynchburg-based 4th Regiment used the high frequency radios in their Mobile Communication Platforms to conduct a multi-state communications exercise July 18, 2015. During the exercise, they successfully communicated via strong signal connections with state guard forces in Indiana and Tennessee and established weak connections with California. The exercise […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — This weekend we will celebrate the birth of our nation over the long July 4th holiday weekend. This is a great time for us to pause and reflect on the freedoms we enjoy and the role our National Guard plays in defending those freedoms. This weekend is also a time for us to gather with friends and […]

    Adjutant General’s 2015 4th of July Safety Message

    SANDSTON, Va. — This weekend we will celebrate the birth of our nation over the long July 4th holiday weekend. This is a great time for us to pause and reflect on the freedoms we enjoy and the role our National Guard plays in defending those freedoms. This weekend is also a time for us to gather with friends and […]

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