Issue #10 of the 2015 “Commonwealth’s Guardian” bi-weekly newsletter

VaGuardNewsletter2015_10-1Issue #10 of the 2015 “Commonwealth’s Guardian” bi-weekly newsletter is available online in PDF format at

In this issue:

Va. National Guard celebrates 408th birthday
Senior leaders from the Virginia National Guard, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and state government gathered to celebrate the 408th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and the founding of the Jamestown colony with a cake cutting May 14, 2015, at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Va. The Virginia Guard traces the heritage and traditions of citizen-soldier service to the founding of the colony in 1607, and there has been a continuous military presence in Virginia ever since.
“I can’t think of a more appropriate place to recognize centuries of military service in Virginia than at Jamestown Settlement,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Just as Capt. John Smith organized a militia to defend the colony more than 400 years ago, today’s Virginia National Guard continues that heritage by being prepared to answer the call of the Governor to defend our homeland as well as providing a combat reserve for conflicts all over the world.”
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Va. Guard CERFP validated after external evaluation
A special Virginia National Guard response force that would assist first responders and civil authorities after a chemical, biological or nuclear incident was recommended for validation after being assessed as fully trained on 19 of 23 total major tasks, needing practice on four tasks and having no untrained tasks by an external evaluation held May 15, 2015, at the Virginia Beach Fire and EMS Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va.
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Flora takes command of 91st Troop Command
Col. Lapthe Flora took command of the Bowling Green-based 91st Troop Command from Col. Marti J. Bissell May 17, 2015, in a traditional change of command ceremony in Sandston, Va. Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, the Virginia National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General – Army, presided over the ceremony.
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DMA state employees recognized at Camp Pendleton, Fort Pickett
Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined other senior leaders in recognizing and thanking Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees during luncheons and awards ceremonies May 6, 2015, at Camp Pendleton and May 8, 2015, at Fort Pickett.
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Va. Guard aviators add training value, build partnership with Special Forces
Virginia Army National Guard aviators held a stable hover for Special Forces Soldiers May 9, 2015, as they fast roped into Fort Pickett’s urban operations training site from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a night training raid. The exercise was part of a weeklong annual training period for the operators.
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Virginia Air Guard doctors support Ebola medical monitoring program
Doctors are often known to give of their time and their energy selflessly, but four Air National Guard Doctors went above and beyond as both civilian doctors and National Guard members as they volunteered on their days off, often over nights, weekends and even over the holidays at the Langley Transit Center.
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Mark Your Calendars!
June 6:  71st anniversary of D-Day Commemoration
The 71st anniversary of D-Day will be observed in a special ceremony at 11 a.m. at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va.

Music will be provided by the 29th Division Band and will feature Col. Arnald D. Gabriel as guest conductor. Gabriel was a combat machine gunner with the 29th Infantry Division in Europe during World War II and received two Bronze Star Medals, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the French Croix de Guerre.

For more information about the ceremony and other events in the area, visit the National D-Day Memorial web site at

More on the web:
Va. National Guard joining Memorial Day observations

Va. Army, Air Guard families help clean state park

Adjutant General’s 2015 Memorial Day Message

192nd IS Airmen win ISR award program in five categories

New incentives encourage Va. Guard retention