Issue #24 of the 2014 “Commonwealth’s Guardian” bi-weekly newsletter

VaGuard2014Newsletter_24-1SANDSTON, Va. — Issue #24 of the 2014 “Commonwealth’s Guardian” bi-weekly newsletter is available online in PDF format at

In this issue:

Dedication ceremony planned for Public Safety Memorial
Thirty-two Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will be remembered on the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial scheduled to be dedicated Dec. 6, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the memorial site at Capitol Square in Richmond, Va.
“Protecting our commonwealth and nation is an inherently dangerous job and this memorial serves as a testament to that,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “It is also a way for us as citizens to pay tribute to them and their families’ sacrifice while providing a permanent way to remember.”
According to the Virginia Public Safety Foundation website, the memorial will honor 870 Virginians who died in public safety service to their community. The memorial will acknowledge them with an engraving of their name, ensuring that their memory is never forgotten and providing a place where their families and colleagues can gather to remember them.
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29th Division Band has busy year at home, abroad
It’s been a busy and historic year for the Virginia National Guard’s Clifton Forge-based 29th Division Band, which has performed more than 60 musical missions for more than 120,000 people throughout Virginia and beyond in 2014.
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29th ID partners with other states to help train next KFOR rotation
Virginia and Maryland National Guard Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division traveled to Germany in September to assist in the training and validation of more than 1,000 U.S. and international troops preparing to assume their role as Multinational Battle Group-East in Kosovo.
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116th Regiment honors veterans during the annual Muster
Soldiers and veterans from across the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team united to attend the 47th Annual Muster hosted by the 116th Infantry Regiment Foundation, Inc. at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton Nov. 6, 2014.
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203rd RHS refine skills at FTX while training for wartime mission
Airmen from the Virginia Air National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron refined essential skills and expeditionary training during a field training exercise held Nov. 7-9, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va.
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Cavalry Soldiers rely on warrior knowledge, camaraderie to earn spurs
More than 40 Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Portsmouth-based 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team successfully completed a Spur Ride Nov. 15, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va.
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Mark Your Calendars!

Dec. 6: Memorial Ceremony

The Virginia National Guard will host a memorial ceremony to honor Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason and Sgt. David A. Ruhren at 9 a.m. on Dec. 6, 2014, at the Fredericksburg Readiness Center. Mason and Ruhren were killed in action during a suicide bomb attack on Dec, 21, 2004, on Forward Operating Base Marez, in Mosul, Iraq. The attack killed 22 people, including 14 U.S. troops, and injured 70 others.

Sgt. Mason and Sgt. Ruhren were both combat engineers and members of the 229th Engineer Battalion, which is now the 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, based in Fredericksburg. Read more:


AG to appear on “This Week in Richmond”

Photos: 529th leaders serve Thanksgiving meal in Kuwait

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