Issue #2 of the 2017 Commonwealth’s Guardian bi-weekly newsletter

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Va. Guard displays capabilities, commended by state leaders
Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force displayed some of the Guard’s warfighting and domestic operations capabilities Jan. 19, 2017, outside the Virginia General Assembly building in Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. hosted a reception in the morning, and the Virginia National Guard Association and Virginia Guard Enlisted Association hosted a legislative reception in the evening at the Library of Virginia. Virginia Guard Soldiers, Airmen and VDF troopers were recognized in both the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates, and throughout the day Governor Terry McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and members of the General Assembly commended the Virginia Guard for the organization’s service to commonwealth and country throughout the year.
“We continue to see outstanding support from our state leaders and the General Assembly, and it is important that we demonstrate to them some of our many capabilities and provide them the opportunity to interact directly with troops,” Williams said.
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Virginia Guard supports 58th Presidential Inauguration
Nearly 300 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen joined a force of approximately 7,500 National Guard personnel from across the country supporting the 58th Presidential Inauguration Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D. C. Virginia Guard personnel assisted with traffic control as well as communications, medical and chaplain support, and also provided liaison officers to key military and civilian command headquarters in the area. Additional personnel from the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force conducted mission command and sustainment support in Sandston and other locations in the state and additional troops were on standby.
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Va. Army and Air Guard chaplains support inauguration troops
Virginia Army and Air National Guard chaplain teams provided support to troops during the 58th Presidential Inauguration January 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
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Medics check on Soldiers operating traffic control points
Virginia National Guard medics checked on the health and welfare of Soldiers operating traffic control points in support of the 58th Presidential Inauguration Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D. C.
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Soldiers provide communications support for inauguration
Virginia Guard Soldiers assigned to the information technology and communication sections of the Virginia Guard joint staff and Army Guard staff provided communications support for the 58th Presidential Inauguration with the Joint Incident Site Communications Capability Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
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Exercise prepares special response force for upcoming evaluation
Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s special response force for chemical, biological and nuclear hazards conducted a collective training exercise Jan. 21, 2017, at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.
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Did You Know?

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Va. Guard Soldiers, Airmen sworn in as special deputies

Virginia Air Guard members assist with rescue

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