AG Veterans Day Message 2020

Virginia National Guard Team:

Each year on Veterans Day we recognize the outstanding service of the men and women who wear the cloth of our nation to protect the ideals of freedom across the globe and defend the homeland here in the United States. This year has placed incredible stress on our formations and our loved ones, but we have all stayed resilient. We live in challenging times, and now more than ever we need to pay tribute to the service of our Armed Forces and remember to work as a team and carry ourselves professionally to honor the legacy of those who served before us.

As we continue to battle a global pandemic, this year has seen unprecedented employment of the National Guard across the nation. Here in Virginia, our Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force have made and more importantly continue to make significant contributions to the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response operations. We also supported state and local law enforcement during times of civil unrest to help keep our fellow Virginians safe and protect their right to peacefully protest. I am incredibly proud of the magnificent performance and the dedication to duty displayed by all of our uniformed personnel as well as our state and federal civilian workforce.

While the number of personnel serving on federal active duty service is relatively low compared to previous years, we expect that to dramatically increase in the coming months with additional anticipated active duty overseas mobilizations. Readiness for our federal missions is our top priority, and I have great confidence in the ability of our leaders to focus on back-to-basics training to make sure we are ready to go when our nation needs us.

It is also important that on Veterans Day we recognize the crucial role of our families and employers. Without their continued unwavering support, we could not accomplish our mission, and I extend a special thanks to them for their important contributions.

As we work together towards becoming an even more diverse and inclusive force, we must focus more on what binds us together and less on our differences. We all joined this organization to guard what we love, and we all want our families and communities to be safe. Now more than ever, we need to work as a team to continue to build resilience and move forward towards common goals of peace and prosperity. The eyes of our communities, state and nation are on us. We should set the example by living the Army and Air Force values in our daily lives, and always treat others with dignity and respect whether we are in person or online.

Thanks for all you do for commonwealth and country!

MG Timothy P. Williams
28th Adjutant General of Virginia