About Author: Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne

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Master Sgt. Coyne is the NCOIC for the Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office. He can be reached at andrew.j.coyne4.mil@mail.mil or by phone at 757-541-2010. You can follow the Virginia National Guard on Twitter @VaGuardPAO.

Posts by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne

  • RICHMOND, Va. — Officer candidates, graduates and cadre of the Virginia Army National Guard Officer Candidate School celebrated its 58th birthday with a ceremony April 19, 2016, at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Downtown Campus in Richmond, Virginia. Officer candidates in Class 58, who are scheduled to graduate in August 2016, organized the ceremony, which included the family of Capt. […]

    Candidates, cadre, graduates celebrate OCS 58th birthday

    RICHMOND, Va. — Officer candidates, graduates and cadre of the Virginia Army National Guard Officer Candidate School celebrated its 58th birthday with a ceremony April 19, 2016, at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Downtown Campus in Richmond, Virginia. Officer candidates in Class 58, who are scheduled to graduate in August 2016, organized the ceremony, which included the family of Capt. […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Virginia National Guard Historical Collection and archeological collection both moved into a new building with some help from members of the Virginia Defense Force March 28-31, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The historical collection includes documents, clothing, equipment and other artifacts which cover the history of the Virginia National Guard. The archeological collection includes broken […]

    Historical, archaeological archives move into new digs at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Virginia National Guard Historical Collection and archeological collection both moved into a new building with some help from members of the Virginia Defense Force March 28-31, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The historical collection includes documents, clothing, equipment and other artifacts which cover the history of the Virginia National Guard. The archeological collection includes broken […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Rep. Dave Brat visited the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center March 31, 2016. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Lt. Col. Preston Scott, Fort Pickett garrison commander, provided an overview of the installation and its capabilities, then escorted Brat on a tour of the Maneuver Area Training Equipment […]

    Rep. Brat visits, tours Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Rep. Dave Brat visited the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center March 31, 2016. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Lt. Col. Preston Scott, Fort Pickett garrison commander, provided an overview of the installation and its capabilities, then escorted Brat on a tour of the Maneuver Area Training Equipment […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard, visited Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers March 8-9, 2016, in Sandston, Richmond and Hampton, Virginia. “We were honored to have Chief Master Sgt. Brush visit with the Virginia National Guard and see firsthand the great service that the our […]

    NGB Senior Enlisted Advisor visits Va. Guard Airmen, Soldiers, leaders

    SANDSTON, Va. — Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard, visited Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers March 8-9, 2016, in Sandston, Richmond and Hampton, Virginia. “We were honored to have Chief Master Sgt. Brush visit with the Virginia National Guard and see firsthand the great service that the our […]

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  • FORT POLK, LOUISIANA — Nearly 150 Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team traveled to Fort Polk, Louisiana, from Feb. 11 to March 1, 2016, to provide support to the Joint Readiness Training Center rotation 16-04. Soldiers assigned to the Hanover-based Battery A, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment and from the Fredericksburg-based Company […]

    116th IBCT Soldiers gain valuable experience supporting JRTC rotation at Fort Polk

    FORT POLK, LOUISIANA — Nearly 150 Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team traveled to Fort Polk, Louisiana, from Feb. 11 to March 1, 2016, to provide support to the Joint Readiness Training Center rotation 16-04. Soldiers assigned to the Hanover-based Battery A, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment and from the Fredericksburg-based Company […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON , Va. –The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy hosted a career fair Feb. 19, 2016, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, as well as a parent workshop Feb. 19 and a mentor workshop Feb. 20 in Virginia Beach, Va. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is the Virginia component of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, which focuses on preparing teenagers who […]

    ChalleNGe hosts career fair, parent & mentor workshops as cadets prepare to graduate

    CAMP PENDLETON , Va. –The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy hosted a career fair Feb. 19, 2016, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, as well as a parent workshop Feb. 19 and a mentor workshop Feb. 20 in Virginia Beach, Va. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is the Virginia component of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, which focuses on preparing teenagers who […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va.– The Virginia National Guard Youth Program is currently seeking volunteers to assist with youth events in 2016. Volunteers are needed for Yellow Ribbon events, to assist with registration for youth events, and to serve as photographers, chaperones, team leaders, mentors and teachers. Volunteers with medical experience are also needed to provide medical support at camps and retreats. In […]

    Va. Guard Youth Program seeks volunteers

    SANDSTON, Va.– The Virginia National Guard Youth Program is currently seeking volunteers to assist with youth events in 2016. Volunteers are needed for Yellow Ribbon events, to assist with registration for youth events, and to serve as photographers, chaperones, team leaders, mentors and teachers. Volunteers with medical experience are also needed to provide medical support at camps and retreats. In […]

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  • CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — More than 400 Maryland and Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division joined with National Guard and active duty Soldiers from around the country, as well as active duty and Air National Guard Airmen, for a nine-day warfighter exercise Nov. 13-22 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The division-level warfighter exercise, Warfighter 16-2, was designed […]

    29th ID tested at Warfighter 16-2

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — More than 400 Maryland and Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division joined with National Guard and active duty Soldiers from around the country, as well as active duty and Air National Guard Airmen, for a nine-day warfighter exercise Nov. 13-22 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The division-level warfighter exercise, Warfighter 16-2, was designed […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Senior leaders from the Center for Initial Military Training at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command toured the Virginia Army National Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program Site #9 Oct. 17, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va., to learn about how the Virginia Guard prepares new recruits to be physically and mentally ready to attend […]

    TRADOC leaders visit, learn how Recruit Sustainment Program prepares Va. Guard recruits for basic training

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Senior leaders from the Center for Initial Military Training at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command toured the Virginia Army National Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program Site #9 Oct. 17, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va., to learn about how the Virginia Guard prepares new recruits to be physically and mentally ready to attend […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Members of Class 44 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy transitioned from candidates to cadets during a ceremony Oct. 15, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va. Col. Paul F. Griffin, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, and retired Navy Capt. Mark Chicoine, director of Commonwealth ChalleNGe, were on hand to congratulate […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe Class 44 transitions from candidates to cadets

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. – Members of Class 44 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy transitioned from candidates to cadets during a ceremony Oct. 15, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach, Va. Col. Paul F. Griffin, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, and retired Navy Capt. Mark Chicoine, director of Commonwealth ChalleNGe, were on hand to congratulate […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Nearly a dozen Virginia National Guard Soldiers and civilians traveled to Virginia Beach for a three-day Geospatial Information System training course Sept. 15-17, 2015. GIS is a mapping-based, decision tool system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data, according to Tim Morris with the Fort Pickett range […]

    Camp Pendleton hosts 3-day GIS training for Va. Guard

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Nearly a dozen Virginia National Guard Soldiers and civilians traveled to Virginia Beach for a three-day Geospatial Information System training course Sept. 15-17, 2015. GIS is a mapping-based, decision tool system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data, according to Tim Morris with the Fort Pickett range […]

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  • SANDSTON, VA – Virginia National Guard Family Programs received notification on Aug. 15, 2015, that it was officially accredited by the Council on Accreditation, becoming one of only 11 National Guard Family Programs offices in the nation to receive that honor. “It’s a big deal and a great accomplishment,” Vickie Sais, state Family Programs director for the Virginia Guard, said […]

    Va. Guard Family Programs receives accreditation for services, assistance, support it provides across the community

    SANDSTON, VA – Virginia National Guard Family Programs received notification on Aug. 15, 2015, that it was officially accredited by the Council on Accreditation, becoming one of only 11 National Guard Family Programs offices in the nation to receive that honor. “It’s a big deal and a great accomplishment,” Vickie Sais, state Family Programs director for the Virginia Guard, said […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Civilian business leaders and representatives of several Virginia state agencies participated in an Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Boss Lift, Sept. 9, 2015 at Fort Pickett, Va. ESGR is a Department of Defense office which promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component servicemembers and their civilian employers and assists in the resolution of conflicts […]

    ESGR Boss Lift introduces civilian, state leaders to Va. National Guard, Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Civilian business leaders and representatives of several Virginia state agencies participated in an Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Boss Lift, Sept. 9, 2015 at Fort Pickett, Va. ESGR is a Department of Defense office which promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component servicemembers and their civilian employers and assists in the resolution of conflicts […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, also known as the CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”), and 34th Civil Support Team hosted a capabilities demonstration Aug. 26, 2015, in Richmond, Va. The demonstration was designed to educate local, state and federal law enforcement, firefighters and medical personnel with […]

    Capabilities demonstration gives Va. leaders, first responders up-close look at CERFP, 34th CST

    RICHMOND, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, also known as the CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”), and 34th Civil Support Team hosted a capabilities demonstration Aug. 26, 2015, in Richmond, Va. The demonstration was designed to educate local, state and federal law enforcement, firefighters and medical personnel with […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Current and former members of the Virginia Air National Guard’s Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron celebrated the unit’s 30th anniversary Aug. 8, 2015, at Camp Pendleton, Va. The ceremony kicked off the 203rd’s Family Day activities, which featured food, games, and a cardboard boat race on Lake Christine. Retired Col. William A. Prosise, the first […]

    Airmen, veterans, families celebrate 30th anniversary of 203rd RED HORSE

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Current and former members of the Virginia Air National Guard’s Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron celebrated the unit’s 30th anniversary Aug. 8, 2015, at Camp Pendleton, Va. The ceremony kicked off the 203rd’s Family Day activities, which featured food, games, and a cardboard boat race on Lake Christine. Retired Col. William A. Prosise, the first […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 92 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 43 Aug. 22, 2015, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Dr. Michelle Woodhouse, provost of the Fred W. Beazley Portsmouth Campus of Tidewater Community College, was the guest speaker. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, […]

    Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy Class 43 graduates 92 cadets

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 92 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 43 Aug. 22, 2015, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Dr. Michelle Woodhouse, provost of the Fred W. Beazley Portsmouth Campus of Tidewater Community College, was the guest speaker. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, […]

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  • CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — National Guard Soldiers from D.C, Maryland and Virginia joined Coast Guard personnel from across the country for a Unit Movement Officer Course hosted by the Virginia Army National Guard’s G4-Defense Movement Coordination Branch Aug. 3-7, 2015, at Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center in Virginia Beach. The weeklong course prepared servicemembers for the challenges of moving massive […]

    UMO course trains Soldiers, Coast Guard on logistics of deploying

    CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — National Guard Soldiers from D.C, Maryland and Virginia joined Coast Guard personnel from across the country for a Unit Movement Officer Course hosted by the Virginia Army National Guard’s G4-Defense Movement Coordination Branch Aug. 3-7, 2015, at Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center in Virginia Beach. The weeklong course prepared servicemembers for the challenges of moving massive […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined the commanders of several Virginia National Guard commands to recognize and honor Virginia National Guard volunteers at the 2015 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition Workshop & Youth Symposium July 18, 2015, in Richmond. “It is an absolute honor for Cheryl and I to be able to […]

    Virginia National Guard honors volunteers at 2015 Volunteer Recognition Workshop

    RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined the commanders of several Virginia National Guard commands to recognize and honor Virginia National Guard volunteers at the 2015 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition Workshop & Youth Symposium July 18, 2015, in Richmond. “It is an absolute honor for Cheryl and I to be able to […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner took command of the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. Charles W. Whittington Jr., during a change of command ceremony July 24, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. Lt. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, commander of First Army, presided over the exchange of organizational colors. Ortner was previously […]

    Ortner takes command of 29th Infantry Division

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner took command of the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. Charles W. Whittington Jr., during a change of command ceremony July 24, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. Lt. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, commander of First Army, presided over the exchange of organizational colors. Ortner was previously […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, traveled to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., to conduct annual training May 10-30, 2015. “This was an excellent opportunity for the Soldiers of the 1030th to train at an operations tempo and level of realism that you just […]

    1030th Transportation Battalion heads to Fort Polk for annual training

    SANDSTON, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, traveled to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., to conduct annual training May 10-30, 2015. “This was an excellent opportunity for the Soldiers of the 1030th to train at an operations tempo and level of realism that you just […]

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