Farewell message from Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr.

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr.

I will retire on May 31, 2014, after more than five decades in uniform. It has been my extraordinary honor to serve as the Adjutant General of Virginia for the last three and a half years. I am incredibly proud of the many accomplishments of the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard, Virginia Defense Force, our federal and state civilian work force and the families who support us all. I have tremendous respect for all of you and for the contributions you made to our organization.

We worked together to make the Virginia National Guard one of the best in the nation. Whether it is through statistical indicators tracked by National Guard Bureau or earning national recognitions like the Kerwin and Reckord readiness awards, the Connelly food service competition or the Air Force outstanding unit awards, we clearly demonstrated that we consistently exceed the standard.

I am a big fan of being the very best we can be, and when I became the Adjutant General, I challenged you to do that. I watched with great pride as the items we tracked on the Band of Excellence moved into the green clearly showing that we significantly improved our readiness and our ability to perform the state and federal missions.

We demonstrated proficiency through multiple overseas federal mobilizations and rapid responses here at home to snow storms, hurricanes and severe weather damage. We made sure that when our fellow citizens needed our help, we were there for them.

I am also extremely proud of the more than $140 million we invested to improve our readiness centers and training facilities that give our people a place where they are proud to come to work and conduct world-class training. This investment will pay long term dividends for us and ensure we have quality facilities for years to come.

We are all aware of the challenges we face with the potential of force reductions and declining resources. The most important thing that each of you can do is to continue to be the very best you can be and make the most of available resources.

Col. Tim Williams inherits a great organization when he becomes the Adjutant General. He is a capable and talented officer, and he has the energy, experience and judgment to make sure the Virginia National Guard doesn’t just sustain its current level of readiness, but improves on it.

I have always believed in making a difference for good, and we have done that. I leave here proud of your accomplishments and see a bright future for the organization.

God bless you all, your families and what you do for Virginia and our nation.

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr.
The Adjutant General of Virginia