DMV 2 Go mobile office visits deploying 529th CSSB Soldiers in Va. Beach

An employee with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles assists a Virginia National Guard Soldier with the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, May 10, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. The Virginia DMV’s mobile office, DMV 2 Go, visited the Soldiers during their drill weekend to provide a wide array of DMV services, including vehicle titles, license platyes, decals, powers of attorney and birth certificates. Approximately 70 Soldiers from the 529th CSSB will deploy overseas later this summer. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

An employee with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles assists a Virginia National Guard Soldier with the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, May 10, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. The Virginia DMV’s mobile office, DMV 2 Go, visited the Soldiers during their drill weekend to provide a wide array of DMV services, including vehicle titles, license platyes, decals, powers of attorney and birth certificates. Approximately 70 Soldiers from the 529th CSSB will deploy overseas later this summer. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ mobile office visited Soldiers of the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion during one of their last drill weekends before their upcoming deployment May 11, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va.

DMV 2 Go is a full-service office on wheels that provides all DMV transactions including applying for and renewing driver’s licenses and adult and child ID cards. Road and knowledge tests are available, and applicants may get their pictures taken and complete vision screenings. Customers can order disabled parking placards or plates, and get vehicle titles, license plates and decals.

DMV employees were on hand to assist the Soldiers with a number of transactions, including limited powers of attorney so their spouses or parents can take care of their vehicle while they are gone.

Virginia Del. Scott Taylor, R- Virginia Beach (right), shakes hands with Brig. Gen. Blake Ortner, Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, May 10, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. Taylor and Ortner were there to observe Soldiers use the DMV 2 Go mobile office and visit troops from the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, which will be deploying overseas later this summer. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Virginia Del. Scott Taylor, R- Virginia Beach (right), shakes hands with Brig. Gen. Blake Ortner, Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, May 10, 2014, at Camp Pendleton, Va. Taylor and Ortner were there to observe Soldiers use the DMV 2 Go mobile office and visit troops from the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, which will be deploying overseas later this summer. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey L. Lane, Commissioner of the Virginia DMV Richard Holcomb, Brig. Gen. Blake Ortner, Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, and Virginia Del. Scott Taylor, R- Virginia Beach, were among those who visited to see first-hand the cooperation between state agencies.

“What a great resource,” Ortner said of the DMV2Go. “It offers the ability for Soldiers to take care of their needs before deploying, all at a one-stop shop. It’s a great service and we sincerely appreciate the help and support from the DMV.”
“DMV is committed to providing convenient service to members of the military,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “Bringing our DMV 2 Go mobile office to Camp Pendleton during the Soldier readiness check is a small way we can thank members of the 529th CSSB for their service. It was an honor to greet the Soldiers and to ensure that their DMV business is taken care of prior to their deployment.”

Approximately 70 Soldiers from the 529th CSSB will begin serving on federal active duty June 19, 2014, to prepare for their upcoming federal mobilization to Kuwait. A departure ceremony is scheduled for June 22 in Virginia Beach. In addition to the DMV 2 Go, the Soldiers of the 529th conducted premobilization training in which they verified financial and administrative information, ensured their medical records are up to date and visited with chaplain and legal authorities.

“This is one less thing to worry about before they head out the door,” Lt. Col. Michael Waterman, commander of the 529th CSSB, said of the DMV 2 Go. “As they take care of finance and admin issues, the Soldiers can also take care of their DMV issues, request birth certificates and a whole lot more that we normally wouldn’t even have on the checklist. It was great to have them and it was great to have that additional support as these Soldiers prepare to head out the door.”

This was the second time the DMV 2 Go provided its services to deploying Virginia National Guard Soldiers. In March 2013, the DMV 2 Go traveled to Emporia, Va., where Soldiers of the 1710th Transportation Company were preparing to head overseas for a yearlong deployment. The 1710th returned from Afghanistan in February 2014.

This was the second time the DMV 2 Go provided its services to deploying Virginia National Guard Soldiers. In March 2013, the DMV 2 Go traveled to Emporia, Va., where Soldiers of the 1710th Transportation Company were preparing to head overseas for a yearlong deployment. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

This was the second time the DMV 2 Go provided its services to deploying Virginia National Guard Soldiers. In March 2013, the DMV 2 Go traveled to Emporia, Va., where Soldiers of the 1710th Transportation Company were preparing to head overseas for a yearlong deployment. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

The 529th was formed in December 2006 and is under the command of the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group. While in Virginia, the 529th has command and control of the Virginia Beach-based 229th Military Police Company, the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, the Blackstone-based 3647th Maintenance Company, and the Virginia Beach-based 1940th and 1945th Contingency Contracting Teams. A rear detachment element for the 529th will remain in place to provide command and control for those units.

This is the second deployment for the 529th. The unit previously deployed in March 2010, when it operated from the remote forward operating base at Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan. While there it pioneered logistical support operations as the first U.S. combat support battalion in the area to conduct operations. The battalion was responsible for building an expeditionary life support complex and infrastructure for the entire airbase while providing seamless sustainment operations for supported units as well as helping improve quality of life and promoting economic development in local Afghan communities.


Photos: Va. DMV2Go provides on-site services to deploying 529th CSSB Soldiers