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  • The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force to fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide a response force that answers the call of the Governor to defend the commonwealth. The VNG traces the history and tradition of Citizen-Soldier […]

    About the Virginia National Guard

    The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force to fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide a response force that answers the call of the Governor to defend the commonwealth. The VNG traces the history and tradition of Citizen-Soldier […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and the Army and Air Force chiefs have made it very plain that readiness and lethality must be our top priorities. Whether through official memos to the field, or appearances at recent conferences for the National Guard Association of the United States and Association of the United States Army, they have clearly […]

    Legion 6 Organization Message: Operational Readiness – Part 2: Strength

    RICHMOND, Va. — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and the Army and Air Force chiefs have made it very plain that readiness and lethality must be our top priorities. Whether through official memos to the field, or appearances at recent conferences for the National Guard Association of the United States and Association of the United States Army, they have clearly […]

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Latest News from the Virginia National Guard
  • RICHMOND, Va. — Two recent events marking Women’s History Month and Virginia Women Veterans Week 2019 honored Virginia National Guard’s female Soldiers and veterans, including one woman serving with the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Sgt. Taylor Cunningham, who works full-time with the 1-111th, was recognized during the Military Through The Ages event […]

    Events honor Virginia National Guard’s women Soldiers and veterans

    RICHMOND, Va. — Two recent events marking Women’s History Month and Virginia Women Veterans Week 2019 honored Virginia National Guard’s female Soldiers and veterans, including one woman serving with the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Sgt. Taylor Cunningham, who works full-time with the 1-111th, was recognized during the Military Through The Ages event […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Last summer, on one of the final days of annual training for the 1710th Transportation Company, Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Johnson collapsed on the drill floor of the readiness center in Emporia, Virginia. Three Soldiers – Sgt. 1st Class Michelle Homer, Sgt. Christina So and Sgt. Gella Johnson – administered CPR for approximately six minutes before […]

    1710th TC Soldiers recognized for life-saving actions last summer

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Last summer, on one of the final days of annual training for the 1710th Transportation Company, Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Johnson collapsed on the drill floor of the readiness center in Emporia, Virginia. Three Soldiers – Sgt. 1st Class Michelle Homer, Sgt. Christina So and Sgt. Gella Johnson – administered CPR for approximately six minutes before […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — April is the Month of the Military Child, a special month to recognize and pay tribute to military families and their children for the daily sacrifices and for their commitment, courage, and unconditional support of our Armed Forces. To show how much they are appreciated, the National Guard Youth Program is saluting the children of Soldiers and […]

    Personalized proclamations available for VNG youth in honor of Month of the Military Child

    RICHMOND, Va. — April is the Month of the Military Child, a special month to recognize and pay tribute to military families and their children for the daily sacrifices and for their commitment, courage, and unconditional support of our Armed Forces. To show how much they are appreciated, the National Guard Youth Program is saluting the children of Soldiers and […]

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  • JAMESTOWN, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team showed off their firepower during the annual Military Through The Ages event March 16-17, 2019, at the historic Jamestown Settlement near Williamsburg, Virginia. The Thunder Soldiers were joined by about 500 re-enactors portraying armed forces from the modern era […]

    1-111th showcases firepower during Military Through the Ages event

    JAMESTOWN, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team showed off their firepower during the annual Military Through The Ages event March 16-17, 2019, at the historic Jamestown Settlement near Williamsburg, Virginia. The Thunder Soldiers were joined by about 500 re-enactors portraying armed forces from the modern era […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach serves as a vital training installation, not just for the Virginia National Guard, but for personnel from all four branches of the military, both active duty and reserve, local and state first responders, and a variety of community organizations. Its prime location is just one reason for its popularity however. The […]

    State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach serves as vital training facility for local, state and federal organizations

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach serves as a vital training installation, not just for the Virginia National Guard, but for personnel from all four branches of the military, both active duty and reserve, local and state first responders, and a variety of community organizations. Its prime location is just one reason for its popularity however. The […]

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  • RICHMOND. Va. — National Guard Bureau announced new assignments for Brig. Gen. Michelle M. Rose and Brig. Gen. Williams L. Zana Feb. 14, 2019. Rose will serve as the J4 director of logistics and engineering at Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command in a full-time status starting in July, and Zana will become the J5 deputy […]

    New assignments for Rose, Zana announced

    RICHMOND. Va. — National Guard Bureau announced new assignments for Brig. Gen. Michelle M. Rose and Brig. Gen. Williams L. Zana Feb. 14, 2019. Rose will serve as the J4 director of logistics and engineering at Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command in a full-time status starting in July, and Zana will become the J5 deputy […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Army’s new personnel and pay system is coming to Virginia this spring and its rollout will require Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers and leaders at all levels to complete various levels of training in order to take full advantage of its capabilities. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System Army, which is scheduled to go live […]

    Online, resident training now available for IPPS-A implementation

    FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Army’s new personnel and pay system is coming to Virginia this spring and its rollout will require Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers and leaders at all levels to complete various levels of training in order to take full advantage of its capabilities. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System Army, which is scheduled to go live […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 117 cadets from Class 50 March 2, 2019, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Walt Mercer, chief operations officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, joined Mark Chicoine, director of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe Class 50 graduates 117 cadets

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 117 cadets from Class 50 March 2, 2019, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Walt Mercer, chief operations officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, joined Mark Chicoine, director of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth […]

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  • Fort Pickett, Va. — Firefighters from multiple departments in central Virginia are learning how to teach the region’s future recruits how to become firefighters during the Fire Instructor I class at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The 42-hour course, hosted by Fort Pickett Fire and Rescue, teaches the students the proper method for teaching firefighting skills to potential new firefighters. The current […]

    Fort Pickett Fire and Rescue hosts firefighter instructor course

    Fort Pickett, Va. — Firefighters from multiple departments in central Virginia are learning how to teach the region’s future recruits how to become firefighters during the Fire Instructor I class at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The 42-hour course, hosted by Fort Pickett Fire and Rescue, teaches the students the proper method for teaching firefighting skills to potential new firefighters. The current […]

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  • CHESTER, Va. — Warrant Officer Candidates assigned to Class 19-001 of the Virginia National Guard’s Warrant Officer Candidate School, taught at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute at Fort Pickett, assisted in sprucing up Smitty’s Cat Rescue, Feb. 23, 2019, to complete their community project requirement in Chester, Virginia. The Warrant Officer Candidate School requires each WOCS class to identify, plan […]

    WOCs scrub, scratch during their community project

    CHESTER, Va. — Warrant Officer Candidates assigned to Class 19-001 of the Virginia National Guard’s Warrant Officer Candidate School, taught at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute at Fort Pickett, assisted in sprucing up Smitty’s Cat Rescue, Feb. 23, 2019, to complete their community project requirement in Chester, Virginia. The Warrant Officer Candidate School requires each WOCS class to identify, plan […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia and Washington, D.C., National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Richmond-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, also known as CERFP, conducted a confirmation exercise with the National Guard CBRN Response Enterprise Information Management System Feb. 28, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The system provides a suite […]

    CERFP conducts confirmation exercise with info management system

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia and Washington, D.C., National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Richmond-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, also known as CERFP, conducted a confirmation exercise with the National Guard CBRN Response Enterprise Information Management System Feb. 28, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The system provides a suite […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — After months of renovations, the Fort Pickett Gym is back open again. The gym reopened its doors to eligible service members, families and service and state employees Feb. 22, 2019. A grand reopening celebration is being planned for mid to late March. Patrons of the facility will find that all of the fitness center’s exercise equipment […]

    Fort Pickett Gym reopens after $1 million renovation

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — After months of renovations, the Fort Pickett Gym is back open again. The gym reopened its doors to eligible service members, families and service and state employees Feb. 22, 2019. A grand reopening celebration is being planned for mid to late March. Patrons of the facility will find that all of the fitness center’s exercise equipment […]

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