Governor recognizes Va. State Police and Va. Guard for support during Governor’s Association Conference

 

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell poses for a photo with Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard during a reception held Nov. 19, 2012, at the Executive Mansion in Richmond. During the reception, McDonnell thanked members of the Virginia State Police and Virginia National Guard for their work during security operations at the National Governor’s Association Conference. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell thanked members of the Virginia State Police and Virginia National Guard for their work during security operations at the National Governor’s Association Conference during a reception held Nov. 19, 2012, at the Executive Mansion in Richmond. The NGA Conference brought more than 40 governors to Williamsburg in July 2012, and McDonnell praised the VSP and Virginia Guard for their effective partnership and playing a key role in how smoothly the event was conducted. In addition, McDonnell recognized the two public safety organizations for their work during several severe weather events that impacted the commonwealth over the last three years.

“The coordination between the Virginia State Police and the Virginia National Guard has been spectacular,” McDonnell said. “The agencies are working together to do the right thing to discharge the missions they receive from the Virginia Emergency Operations Center to protect Virginians.”

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker and the Governor’s Chief of Staff Martin Kent joined McDonnell in extending their thanks, and Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent, and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, expressed their mutual appreciation for the improved level of coordination between the VSP and Virginia Guard.

“I appreciate the way the Guard works with us and the partnership we have,” Flaherty said. “I think we are doing great things for the people of Virginia.”

McDonnell recognized the effective coordination between first responders, the State Police and Virginia Guard through numerous severe weather events include fires, earthquakes, thunderstorms and hurricanes.

“To the men and women of the Virginia State Police and Virginia National Guard, we are incredibly honored you have chosen a career in public service and chosen to sacrifice your time, your talents and, if necessary, your life,” McDonnell said. “It is an incredible calling you have.”

McDonnell also thanked the family members present for the love and support they provide to the VSP and Virginia Guard and acknowledged their critical role in the success of both organizations.

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