2013 Commonwealth’s Guardian Newsletter

Issue #17-13 (August 30, 2013) Army, Air Guard engineers demo derelict structures ~ 192nd IS works with Army Guard and VSP ~ WOCs’ community project brightens up Blackstone ~ National Guard, Reserve Soldiers learn advanced infantry skills ~ Virginia Guard recognizes partnership with Tajikistan ~ New commander takes charge of 91st Troop Command

Issue #16-13 (August 16, 2013) Governor McDonnell visits Fort Pickett and JBLE ~ 192nd IS tests video streaming capabilities ~ Soldiers, Coast Guardsmen gain motor transport skills ~ Military kids enjoy 8th annual Youth Summer Camp ~ Va. Guard Soldiers learn, share, network at Logistics Training Workshop ~ 203rd RHS completes Phase I of IRT project at Virginia Military Institute

Issue #15-13 (August 2, 2013) 1032nd Trans. Co. presented national award ~ Governor visits Va. Soldiers in Afghanistan ~ Va. Guard helicopter crew departs to support Southwest border mission ~ Recruit Sustainment Program named top in the nation ~ Airmen, Soldiers honored by Hampton Roads Chamber ~ 266th MP Company sharpen their skills, compete with each other during AT

Issue #14-13 (July 19, 2013) South Boston readiness center dedicated to former AG ~ Teens enjoy outdoors at Wilderness Camp ~ Va. Guard engineers complete Fort Pickett repairs ~ 116th BSTB holds 3rd annual Warrior Stakes competition ~ TAG Pistol Match invites Soldiers to show off marksmanship skills ~ Va. Airmen participate in joint training mission providing free health care

Issue #13-13 (July 3, 2013) 1710th Trans. Co. Soldiers receive combat patches ~ ChalleNGe Academy graduates 102 cadets ~ Virginia Guard celebrates 5th Annual Diversity Day ~ 29th Division Band polishes up on Soldier skills, entertains troops ~ 429th BSB continues to build on tactical sustainment skills at AT ~ 200th Weather Flight supports 2-224th Aviation during annual training

Issue #12-13 (June 21, 2013) Ortner assumes command of Va. Army Guard ~ NGB Chief visits Va. Guard training sites ~ Va Guard leadership briefs Air Guard director at “State of the State” ~ 29th ID conducts command post exercise during annual training ~ 529th CSSB welcomes new commander, receives recognition from Governor ~ Aviators haul troops, hoist gear during AT

Issue #11-13 (June 7, 2013) Fallen Virginians honored on Memorial Day ~ D-Day sacrifices remembered  ~ 203rd RED HORSE performing humanitarian construction in Panama ~ Va. Soldiers, Airmen and VDF assist with sheltering exercise ~ Soldiers travel to Tajikistan to share military skills, experience ~ 34th CST trains alongside Hampton Roads-area firefighters

Issue #10-13 (May 24, 2013) 1032nd Trans. Co. wins national award ~ VDF holds training muster and supports festival ~ Va. Guard honors state employees at recognition luncheons ~ Virginia National Guard celebrates 406th birthday ~ Virginia Guard officer candidates get close encounter with history ~ Va. Guard Soldiers compete in 2013 Adjutant General’s Rifle Match

Issue #09-13 (May 10, 2013) Response force recommended for validation ~ Stafford Civil War Park opens to public ~ Construction begins on new Fort Pickett urban training site ~ National War College dedicates classroom to Va. Guardsman ~ Va. Guard honors volunteers at 2013 Volunteer Recognition Workshop ~ Va. Guard leaders sign Fredericksburg region Community Covenant

IIssue #08-13 (April 26, 2013) Top Virginia National Guard units recognized ~ 192nd Fighter Wing fights at Red Flag ~ Phillips named 29th ID DCG, Ortner new Va. Army Guard commander ~ Virginia Guard recruiters recognized for excellence in recruiting ~ Virginia aviators train to prepare for the wildfire season ~ WOCs begin Phase II at Virginia’s RTI

Issue #07-13 (April 12, 2013) 1710th Trans. Co. begins federal active duty ~ Top Va. Guard Soldier and NCO selected ~ 429th BSB Soldiers exercise sustainment capabilities during drill weekend ~ 116th BSTB Soldiers conduct combined arms exercise ~ 203rd RED HORSE Airman awarded 2013 Air National Guard Senior NCO ~ Top Air Guard recruiters recognized

Issue #06-13 (March 29, 2013) 1710th TC to conduct departure ceremony ~ Quadruplets from Newport News join Va. Guard ~ Marines sharpen skills at Fort Pickett before Afghanistan deployment ~ Artillery Soldiers represent modern military at reenactment event ~ 29th Division Band plays for Va. Executive Mansion birthday ~ New Leisure Center open at Fort Pickett

Issue #05-13 (March 15, 2013) Va. Guard supports snow response operations ~ 203rd RED HORSE holds memorial for plane crash ~ Guard giving program raises nearly $4,000 for family in need ~ Military Funeral Honors Team honors veterans in Amelia ceremony ~ 192nd Operations Group welcomes new commander ~ Exercise improves 116th IBCT communications system readiness

Issue #04-13 (March 1, 2013) Former AG laid to rest in South Boston~ Transporters make Canadian exercise possible ~ Potential warrant officers get head start at Virginia’s Pre-WOCS ~ 36 Canadian Brigade Group invades Fort Pickett for Southbound Trooper ~ Va. Air National Guard achieves LCAP excellence ~ Virginia Chemical Company conducts full spectrum CBRN operations

Transportation company heeds the call, prepares to haul ~ Honors team performs 10,000th funeral ~ Chief Master Sergeants tackle tough questions from 192nd FW JEC ~ Adjutant General recognizes state employees at Fort Pickett ~ Loudoun County VFW conducts job training for Va. Guard Soldiers ~ ChalleNGe Youth Academy begins Class 38 with 145 cadets

Issue #02-13 (February 1, 2013) Va. Guard supports 57th Presidential Inauguration ~ 29th ID conducts civil support exercise ~ Va. Guard military police personnel assist with inauguration security ~ Va. Soldiers provide communications capability to inauguration mission ~ Chaplains provide services during 57th Presidential Inauguration ~ Infantry Soldiers assist Arlington Police during inauguration

Issue #01-13 (January 18, 2013) Va. Guard to support 57th Presidential Inauguration ~ Governor recognizes Va. Guard in state address ~ Va. Guard Soldiers earn civilian credit for military experience ~ Exercise Noble Warrior brings Canadian reservists to Fort Pickett ~ Va. Guard hosts inaugural Sexual Assault Awareness Summit ~ Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 152 at Virginia Beach ceremony