About Author: Capt. Andrew J. Czaplicki

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Capt. Andrew J. Czaplicki is the Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Officer at Fort Pickett. He can be reached at andrew.j.czaplicki.mil@mail.mil or by phone at (804) 236-7706. You can follow the Virginia National Guard on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/company/VaNationalGuard

Posts by Capt. Andrew J. Czaplicki

  • FORT A. P. Hill, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Charlottesville-based Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion and the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team joined Soldiers from the 75th and 78th Training Division, U.S. Army Reserve, First Army Division-East, 1st Medical […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers demonstrate medical skills during Warrior Exercise

    FORT A. P. Hill, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Charlottesville-based Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion and the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team joined Soldiers from the 75th and 78th Training Division, U.S. Army Reserve, First Army Division-East, 1st Medical […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va – Command Sgt. Major Terry Gibbs will become the next command sergeant major of Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center beginning March 1, 2015, according to an announcement made Jan. 12, 2015, by Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Assistant Adjutant General – Army. “Command Sgt. Maj. Gibbs will […]

    Gibbs selected as new Fort Pickett command sergeant major

    FORT PICKETT, Va – Command Sgt. Major Terry Gibbs will become the next command sergeant major of Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center beginning March 1, 2015, according to an announcement made Jan. 12, 2015, by Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Assistant Adjutant General – Army. “Command Sgt. Maj. Gibbs will […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va – The Virginia National Guard launched its official LinkedIn company page Dec. 17, 2014, as part of ongoing efforts to bring quality content and information to all members of the Virginia National Guard community. The page, which can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/company/vanationalguard/ , will be used to reach Soldiers, […]

    Va. Guard launches official LinkedIn page

    SANDSTON, Va – The Virginia National Guard launched its official LinkedIn company page Dec. 17, 2014, as part of ongoing efforts to bring quality content and information to all members of the Virginia National Guard community. The page, which can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/company/vanationalguard/ , will be used to reach Soldiers, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Several members of the Virginia Army National Guard completed a five-day Army Communities of Excellence program self-assessment training course using the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence Dec. 5, 2014, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regional Training Institute. “I felt that the self assessment course was extremely […]

    Program aims to improve performance, streamline processes of the Virginia Guard

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Several members of the Virginia Army National Guard completed a five-day Army Communities of Excellence program self-assessment training course using the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence Dec. 5, 2014, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regional Training Institute. “I felt that the self assessment course was extremely […]

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  • Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings friends and family together to share a good meal, conversation, and laughter. The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Take a few minutes to review these Thanksgiving Day kitchen safety tips, and enjoy the holiday without worry. Food preparation safety […]

    Thanksgiving Safety

    Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings friends and family together to share a good meal, conversation, and laughter. The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Take a few minutes to review these Thanksgiving Day kitchen safety tips, and enjoy the holiday without worry. Food preparation safety […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va – The Virginia Defense Force tested communications capabilities and simulated a massive hurricane response Nov. 8, 2014, when more than 200 VDF members from around the state conducted a full-scale, collective communications exercise. Operating at the Virginia National Guard Joint Operations Center in Sandston and at regimental headquarters […]

    VDF exercises plans, procedures for large-scale missions

    SANDSTON, Va – The Virginia Defense Force tested communications capabilities and simulated a massive hurricane response Nov. 8, 2014, when more than 200 VDF members from around the state conducted a full-scale, collective communications exercise. Operating at the Virginia National Guard Joint Operations Center in Sandston and at regimental headquarters […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Four Virginia Guard Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contracting Team, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group returned to Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 8, 2014, after deploying to Afghanistan in February 2014, where they provided contracting support to U.S. Central Command.  The Soldiers returned […]

    1945th Contingency Contracting Team returns from deployment

    SANDSTON, Va. — Four Virginia Guard Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contracting Team, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group returned to Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 8, 2014, after deploying to Afghanistan in February 2014, where they provided contracting support to U.S. Central Command.  The Soldiers returned […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Two Virginia  National Guard Army Ten-Miler Teams placed second and third in the National Guard men’s competition Oct. 10, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The Army Ten-Miler is an annual event produced by the Military District of Washington with the proceeds benefitting family and morale, welfare and recreation […]

    Va. Guard makes strong showing during Army Ten-Miler

    SANDSTON, Va. — Two Virginia  National Guard Army Ten-Miler Teams placed second and third in the National Guard men’s competition Oct. 10, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The Army Ten-Miler is an annual event produced by the Military District of Washington with the proceeds benefitting family and morale, welfare and recreation […]

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  • The Virginia Army National Guard observes Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, 2014, as part of a national observance to draw attention to the prevention of substance abuse. In order to maintain combat readiness, it is imperative that Soldiers and their Families remain drug free. Every year, Soldiers and Families suffer the […]

    Red Ribbon Week

    The Virginia Army National Guard observes Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, 2014, as part of a national observance to draw attention to the prevention of substance abuse. In order to maintain combat readiness, it is imperative that Soldiers and their Families remain drug free. Every year, Soldiers and Families suffer the […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Virginia National Guard conducted a ceremony to break ground on a new solar array that provides power and energy security to the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute on Fort Pickett, Va., Oct. 14, 2014. The ceremony marks the construction of the Virginia Guard’s first alternative […]

    Va. Guard breaks ground for new solar array

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Virginia National Guard conducted a ceremony to break ground on a new solar array that provides power and energy security to the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute on Fort Pickett, Va., Oct. 14, 2014. The ceremony marks the construction of the Virginia Guard’s first alternative […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – After three decades of service, Virginia Army National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James D. Moore, an Amelia, Va., resident, has been selected to serve as the top military chaplain for the Virginia National Guard. An Iraq veteran, and an advocate for troops and their families, Moore takes […]

    Va. Guard welcomes new state chaplain

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – After three decades of service, Virginia Army National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James D. Moore, an Amelia, Va., resident, has been selected to serve as the top military chaplain for the Virginia National Guard. An Iraq veteran, and an advocate for troops and their families, Moore takes […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Members of the Virginia National Guard spent four weeks working hand-in-hand with members of the Danish Home Guard Sept. 13 to Oct. 8, 2014, as part of the Department of Defense Reserve Officers Foreign Exchange Program and from a growing relationship between the Virginia National Guard and […]

    Va. Guard, Danish Home Guard visit training sites

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Members of the Virginia National Guard spent four weeks working hand-in-hand with members of the Danish Home Guard Sept. 13 to Oct. 8, 2014, as part of the Department of Defense Reserve Officers Foreign Exchange Program and from a growing relationship between the Virginia National Guard and […]

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  • September 22, 2014 is the beginning of the fall season. Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year. But along with the changing leaves comes changing driving conditions. Driving can be unpredictable because of weather changes and the end of daylight saving time. To be safe and aware […]

    Safety Gram: Fall Driving Safety Tips

    September 22, 2014 is the beginning of the fall season. Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year. But along with the changing leaves comes changing driving conditions. Driving can be unpredictable because of weather changes and the end of daylight saving time. To be safe and aware […]

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  • ARLINGTON, Va. — David LaGassa, vice president and head of the Capital One Military Network, accepted an award for Capital One Sept. 26, 2014, during the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony at the Pentagon Auditorium in Arlington, Va. Capital One was […]

    Employer of Va. Guard officer receives ESGR award

    ARLINGTON, Va. — David LaGassa, vice president and head of the Capital One Military Network, accepted an award for Capital One Sept. 26, 2014, during the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony at the Pentagon Auditorium in Arlington, Va. Capital One was […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Twenty-two Virginia Army National Guard senior noncommissioned officers completed the Cadre Training Course Sep. 27, 2014, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The weeklong course held Sep. 22-27, 2014, provides battalion and company-level officers and senior noncommissioned officers with information and a basic […]

    Va. Guard instructors complete Cadre Training Course

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Twenty-two Virginia Army National Guard senior noncommissioned officers completed the Cadre Training Course Sep. 27, 2014, at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The weeklong course held Sep. 22-27, 2014, provides battalion and company-level officers and senior noncommissioned officers with information and a basic […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – More than 20 service members from three components are better prepared for the challenges of moving equipment for deployment or training after attending the Unit Movement Officer Course held Sept. 15 – 20, 2014, at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute and various training sites at […]

    G-4 leads deployment logistics training for Soldiers, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – More than 20 service members from three components are better prepared for the challenges of moving equipment for deployment or training after attending the Unit Movement Officer Course held Sept. 15 – 20, 2014, at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute and various training sites at […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Air traffic controllers at the Blackstone Army Airfield put their new CM-300 radios to the test Sept. 4, 2014, during a planned parachute training exercise. “We’ve been able to replace some antiquated analog radio technology with updated digital radios,” said Jeffery Olson, air traffic controller. According […]

    Air traffic controllers support air drop with new radios

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Air traffic controllers at the Blackstone Army Airfield put their new CM-300 radios to the test Sept. 4, 2014, during a planned parachute training exercise. “We’ve been able to replace some antiquated analog radio technology with updated digital radios,” said Jeffery Olson, air traffic controller. According […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Two Virginia National Guard Soldiers celebrated the third anniversary of one donating his kidney to the other June 2, 2014.  Staff Sgt. Michael J. Hughes donated his kidney to Sgt. 1st Class Dennis W. Ferguson, and the two underwent a complicated 15-hour surgery at Walter Reed […]

    Soldier celebrates third anniversary of kidney donation from fellow Soldier

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Two Virginia National Guard Soldiers celebrated the third anniversary of one donating his kidney to the other June 2, 2014.  Staff Sgt. Michael J. Hughes donated his kidney to Sgt. 1st Class Dennis W. Ferguson, and the two underwent a complicated 15-hour surgery at Walter Reed […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Fort Pickett and Camp Pendleton offer photo labs for Soldiers needing to have an official photo or portrait taken for a special packet or board as well as other photographic services. The Fort Pickett-based directorate of information management’s photo lab finished off summer with 240 official photographs […]

    Visual information section provides resource for official photos

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Fort Pickett and Camp Pendleton offer photo labs for Soldiers needing to have an official photo or portrait taken for a special packet or board as well as other photographic services. The Fort Pickett-based directorate of information management’s photo lab finished off summer with 240 official photographs […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Members of the Va. Army National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based directorate of operations, mobilization and security published information Aug. 12, 2014 on the fifth annual U.S. Army’s anti-terrorism awareness program. Anti-terrorism Awareness Month, which occurs every August to precede the anniversary of 9/11, ensures the entire Army community […]

    Va. Guard focuses on Anti-terrorism Awareness Month

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Members of the Va. Army National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based directorate of operations, mobilization and security published information Aug. 12, 2014 on the fifth annual U.S. Army’s anti-terrorism awareness program. Anti-terrorism Awareness Month, which occurs every August to precede the anniversary of 9/11, ensures the entire Army community […]

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