Virginia Guard leadership briefs Air National Guard director at “State of the State”

Virginia Air National Guard Senior Leaders brief the accomplishments of the VANG to National Guard Bureau during the “State of the State” brief June 13, 2013 at Joint Base Andrews. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Meghan Skrepenski, Virginia Air National Guard Public Affairs)

Virginia Air National Guard Senior Leaders brief the accomplishments of the VANG to National Guard Bureau during the “State of the State” brief June 13, 2013 at Joint Base Andrews. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Meghan Skrepenski, Virginia Air National Guard Public Affairs)

ARLINGTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Virginia senior leaders delivered the ‘State of the State’ brief to Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, Director of the Air National Guard June 12, 2013.

Brig. Gen. Wayne Wright, the Deputy Adjutant General of Virginia, together with Brig. Gen. Zane R. Johnson, the Air Component Commander, and leadership from the 192nd Fighter Wing, 203rd RED HORSE Squadron, and 200th Weather Flight briefed Brig. Gen. R. Scott Williams, the commander of the Air National Guard Readiness Center, and ANG Air Staff leaders June 13, 2013 at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

The goal of the two-day event was to facilitate communication between National Guard Bureau and the Virginia Air National Guard. Topics discussed included: accomplishments, significant issues, areas where assistance may be needed from the National Guard Bureau and mitigation plans.

“We know the issues we face and we look forward to working through how to fix them,” said Wright.
Smaller meetings followed the initial brief between the Virginia ANG and ANG Air Staff leadership to discuss key issues in detail and to begin to take steps toward solutions.

“We will continue to work on the issues presented here and will forge ahead,” said Williams.

Leadership from the respective components highlighted some of the biggest accomplishments made in the past year.
The 192nd Operations Group was recognized for meeting critical mission requirements with 100% of taskings supported. The group participated in five training exercises in 2013 and successfully implemented Adversary Air program to increase readiness.

The 192nd Intelligence Squadron met critical mission requirements in the Distributed Common Ground System. The squadron filled 25 Title 10 lines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, accomplishing more than 124,000 mission hours. The Guardsmen have continued to reinforce a strong Guard culture among their active counterparts as recognized experts with critical capabilities.

The 192nd Maintenance Group was awarded an excellent rating during a 2012 inspection and is ranked the highest of 58 maintenance groups assessed, achieving the highest score given in two and a half years. The inspection cycle of the group is robust with inspections every 10-12 months. The group has also deployed over 400 Airmen in the last four years with deployments increasing in length and frequency.

The 192nd Mission Support Group restored and maintained accountability across multiple areas while completing inspections. Survey results have shown marked success in bettering the support provided to the wing.

The 192nd Medical Group completed a CERFP exercise evaluation and SEAT inspection where they were validated and the Medical Element was awarded 100%. Medical readiness for the wing maintained above 80% for the year, which is 25% higher than average. The group also resolved space allocation issues and has effective manning at 92.1% including a 50% increase in providers on board.

The 203rd RED HORSE Squadron highlighted four successfully completed deployments for training in 2012, including a paving project in Stafford, Va., and a joint counter-drug mission in Petersburg, Va., with the Virginia Army National Guard. The squadron also has three deployments for training for 2013 including humanitarian construction in Panama, projects for Virginia Military Institute and additional counterdrug support in Petersburg. Additionally, Master Sgt. Andre Davis was selected as Air National Guard Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the year for 2012.

The 200th Weather Flight deployed six personnel for six months in support of OEF. The flight also conducted four training exercises with the 34th Civil Support Team and local first responders. The flight provided critical support for the Joint Operations Center and the Adjutant General of Virginia during Hurricane Sandy, and the derecho in June consisting of tornadoes and heavy rains. They also established an operational training site with the 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment in Sandston, Va.

Virginia Air Guard Recruiting recognized high-performing personnel: Tech. Sgt. Kevin Singleton for FY13, quarter one, production recruiter top accessions. Master Sgt. Neil Keane was recognized for the first, second, and third quarters as the Recruiting and Retention Non-Commissioned Officer with the most accessions, and first and second quarters top accessions. Total manning is up to 95% from a low in 2011 of 87.4%. Overall the recruiters accomplished Region IV first quarter top accessions, and fourth overall in the nation in field state status.

Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Frazier, Command Chief of the Virginia Air National Guard, reports an increase in manning and the foundation of a performance feedback program in place with the program moving forward. His focus is on increased engagement of unit commanders, chiefs, first sergeants and unit career advisers to improve retention.

“We have all worked hard this past year, our goal is to be the best that we can be,” said Johnson. “We have talked about how to make that happen.”