About Author: Mr. Cotton Puryear

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Mr. Cotton Puryear is the state public affairs officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs. He retired from uniformed service in June 2010 after almost 24 years of active duty U. S. Army and Army National Guard service.

Posts by Mr. Cotton Puryear

  • JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The 192nd Wing welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony Aug. 11, 2019, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Ryan, Air Component Commander, Virginia National Guard, presided over the ceremony where Col. Frank J. Lobash relinquished command to Col. Mark D. Piper. Ryan remarked on the legacy Lobash was […]

    192nd Wing change of command marks start of new era for VaANG

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The 192nd Wing welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony Aug. 11, 2019, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Ryan, Air Component Commander, Virginia National Guard, presided over the ceremony where Col. Frank J. Lobash relinquished command to Col. Mark D. Piper. Ryan remarked on the legacy Lobash was […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and enabler units from Guard units in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and New York honed their combat skills during the eXportable Combat Training Capability Rotation 19-4 July 13 through August 2, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Col. Joseph A. DiNonno, commander […]

    116th IBCT more combat ready after XCTC rotation at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and enabler units from Guard units in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and New York honed their combat skills during the eXportable Combat Training Capability Rotation 19-4 July 13 through August 2, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Col. Joseph A. DiNonno, commander […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Spc. (Va.) Nathaniel R. Hollis received the Virginia Defense Force Life Saving Medal Aug. 3, 2019, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. First Lt. (Va.) John Neiland, commander of the VDF’s Delta Company, 2nd Regiment presented the award in recognition of the actions Hollis took during a fire in his neighborhood. According to the […]

    Virginia Defense Force Life Saving Medal presented at SMR

    RICHMOND, Va. — Spc. (Va.) Nathaniel R. Hollis received the Virginia Defense Force Life Saving Medal Aug. 3, 2019, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. First Lt. (Va.) John Neiland, commander of the VDF’s Delta Company, 2nd Regiment presented the award in recognition of the actions Hollis took during a fire in his neighborhood. According to the […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Defense Force chaplains are volunteering their time to conduct Sunday services at the Fort Pickett Bulla Chapel through the summer to provide religious support to Soldiers conducting training on the installation. The partnership between the Virginia National Guard Chaplain Corps and the VDF Chaplain Corps opens the chapel every Sunday from June 2 through Aug. […]

    VDF chaplains provide support at Fort Pickett chapel during annual training season

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Defense Force chaplains are volunteering their time to conduct Sunday services at the Fort Pickett Bulla Chapel through the summer to provide religious support to Soldiers conducting training on the installation. The partnership between the Virginia National Guard Chaplain Corps and the VDF Chaplain Corps opens the chapel every Sunday from June 2 through Aug. […]

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  • JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Eleven Airmen from the 192nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron were appointed as dedicated crew chiefs during a ceremony July 14, 2019, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. The DCC ceremony is a unique opportunity to recognize highly skilled tactical aircraft maintainers. “Everybody remembers famous pilots such as Chuck Yeager, Billy Mitchell, George E. Preddy and Emilia Airheart, […]

    Ceremony recognizes dedicated crew chiefs

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Eleven Airmen from the 192nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron were appointed as dedicated crew chiefs during a ceremony July 14, 2019, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. The DCC ceremony is a unique opportunity to recognize highly skilled tactical aircraft maintainers. “Everybody remembers famous pilots such as Chuck Yeager, Billy Mitchell, George E. Preddy and Emilia Airheart, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are honing their combat skills during the eXportable Combat Training Capability Rotation 19-4 scheduled for July 13 through August 2, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. “We want to leverage XCTC to validate platoon-level proficiency and readiness using live fire exercises and situational […]

    116th IBCT conducting eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are honing their combat skills during the eXportable Combat Training Capability Rotation 19-4 scheduled for July 13 through August 2, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. “We want to leverage XCTC to validate platoon-level proficiency and readiness using live fire exercises and situational […]

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  • LYNCHBURG, Va. — Members of the all-volunteer Virginia Defense Force conducted training on the communications systems and security capabilities they could use during emergency response operations in support of the Virginia National Guard July 13, 2019, in Lynchburg, Virginia. VDF personnel trained on high frequency radio employment for voice and data messaging and security capabilities like access control. The VDF […]

    Virginia Defense Force conducts communications and security training in Lynchburg

    LYNCHBURG, Va. — Members of the all-volunteer Virginia Defense Force conducted training on the communications systems and security capabilities they could use during emergency response operations in support of the Virginia National Guard July 13, 2019, in Lynchburg, Virginia. VDF personnel trained on high frequency radio employment for voice and data messaging and security capabilities like access control. The VDF […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — United States Air Force F-22 Raptors and Airmen from the 1st Fighter Wing and the Virginia National Guard’s 192nd Wing recently deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, from Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The F-22’s deployed to Qatar for the first time in order to defend American forces and interests in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. […]

    192nd Wing Airmen deploy with 1st Fighter Wing to Qatar

    RICHMOND, Va. — United States Air Force F-22 Raptors and Airmen from the 1st Fighter Wing and the Virginia National Guard’s 192nd Wing recently deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, from Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The F-22’s deployed to Qatar for the first time in order to defend American forces and interests in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Fort Pickett-based Warrant Officer Candidate School, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute is hosting a Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate Course Aug. 9-11, 2019. Any Soldier E-4 and above, or aviation candidates of any rank, can attend Pre-WOC in lieu of unit drill with prior approval by their unit. Enrollment can be completed through ATRRS using school code […]

    Pre-Warrant Officer Course scheduled for Aug. 9-11

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Fort Pickett-based Warrant Officer Candidate School, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute is hosting a Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate Course Aug. 9-11, 2019. Any Soldier E-4 and above, or aviation candidates of any rank, can attend Pre-WOC in lieu of unit drill with prior approval by their unit. Enrollment can be completed through ATRRS using school code […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute gathered to celebrate their success in the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command accreditation process June 22, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. RTI’s mission is to provide transition training in the infantry and transportation career management fields as directed by the One […]

    183rd RTI celebrates accreditation success

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute gathered to celebrate their success in the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command accreditation process June 22, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. RTI’s mission is to provide transition training in the infantry and transportation career management fields as directed by the One […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force took part in the United Resolve multi-state, multi-agency communications exercise at locations across the state June 1, 2019, and they assisted local law enforcement at the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day June 6 at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. “The VDF participation in the United Resolve communications […]

    VDF trains on communications skills, supports D-Day ceremony in Bedford

    RICHMOND, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force took part in the United Resolve multi-state, multi-agency communications exercise at locations across the state June 1, 2019, and they assisted local law enforcement at the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day June 6 at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. “The VDF participation in the United Resolve communications […]

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  • WINCHESTER, Va. — Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins visited students taking part in activities at the Winchester STARBASE Academy May 20, 2019, at the Virginia National Guard’s Cherry-Beasley Readiness Center in Winchester, Virginia, to talk with students and see the program’s hands-on instructional approach for science, technology, math and engineering in person. “It was incredible to […]

    Secretary Hopkins visits Winchester STARBASE Academy

    WINCHESTER, Va. — Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins visited students taking part in activities at the Winchester STARBASE Academy May 20, 2019, at the Virginia National Guard’s Cherry-Beasley Readiness Center in Winchester, Virginia, to talk with students and see the program’s hands-on instructional approach for science, technology, math and engineering in person. “It was incredible to […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginians from all branches of the Armed Forces who gave their lives in service to their country were remembered at the Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial May 27, 2019, in Richmond. Virginia. Ten Virginia National Guard Soldiers have been killed by hostile enemy action since Sept. 11, 2001, and they are among the […]

    Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony honors Virginia’s fallen

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginians from all branches of the Armed Forces who gave their lives in service to their country were remembered at the Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial May 27, 2019, in Richmond. Virginia. Ten Virginia National Guard Soldiers have been killed by hostile enemy action since Sept. 11, 2001, and they are among the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Each year on Memorial Day we remember the military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the ideals of freedom we all cherish. I hope that each of you will pause at some point during the long weekend for a personal moment of silence to honor our fallen comrades. It is important that […]

    Adjutant General’s 2019 Memorial Day Message

    RICHMOND, Va. — Each year on Memorial Day we remember the military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the ideals of freedom we all cherish. I hope that each of you will pause at some point during the long weekend for a personal moment of silence to honor our fallen comrades. It is important that […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Senior leaders from the office of Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs and members of the Virginia Army and Air National Guard cut a cake to celebrate the 412th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and Jamestown May 14, 2019, at the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. The VNG traces the […]

    Ceremony celebrates 412th birthday of VNG, Jamestown

    RICHMOND, Va. — Senior leaders from the office of Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs and members of the Virginia Army and Air National Guard cut a cake to celebrate the 412th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and Jamestown May 14, 2019, at the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. The VNG traces the […]

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  • NORFOLK, Va. — Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, awarded the Pro Patria Awards, Extraordinary Employer Support Award, Above and Beyond Awards, and Spouse Award during the 2019 Annual Employer Awards Banquet, May 4, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia. Guest speakers in attendance were Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, Adjutant General of Virginia, and […]

    Virginia National Guard employers recognized with ESGR awards

    NORFOLK, Va. — Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, awarded the Pro Patria Awards, Extraordinary Employer Support Award, Above and Beyond Awards, and Spouse Award during the 2019 Annual Employer Awards Banquet, May 4, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia. Guest speakers in attendance were Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, Adjutant General of Virginia, and […]

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  • WINCHESTER, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force operated traffic control points and provided mission command support May 3-5, 2019, at the 92nd Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia. Members of the all-volunteer VDF from units across the state assisted local law enforcement in keeping traffic moving and operated TCPs during a variety of events. The VDF also […]

    VDF supports law enforcement at Apple Blossom Festival

    WINCHESTER, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force operated traffic control points and provided mission command support May 3-5, 2019, at the 92nd Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia. Members of the all-volunteer VDF from units across the state assisted local law enforcement in keeping traffic moving and operated TCPs during a variety of events. The VDF also […]

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  • NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders recognized the top company-level units in the Virginia Army National Guard and the 192nd Wing of the Virginia Air National Guard for high levels of readiness at the third annual Virginia Military Ball April 27, 2019, in Newport News, Virginia. The Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional […]

    Top Virginia National Guard units recognized at Virginia Military Ball

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders recognized the top company-level units in the Virginia Army National Guard and the 192nd Wing of the Virginia Air National Guard for high levels of readiness at the third annual Virginia Military Ball April 27, 2019, in Newport News, Virginia. The Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Defense Force celebrated its 35th anniversary with a cake-cutting ceremony April 18, 2019, at the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. With historical roots dating back to World War I, the modern Virginia Defense Force was formally reestablished in 1984, and Virginia General Assembly Joint Resolution 864 commends the VDF on […]

    Virginia Defense Force celebrates 35th anniversary

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Defense Force celebrated its 35th anniversary with a cake-cutting ceremony April 18, 2019, at the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. With historical roots dating back to World War I, the modern Virginia Defense Force was formally reestablished in 1984, and Virginia General Assembly Joint Resolution 864 commends the VDF on […]

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  • CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Virginia National Guard cyber warriors joined more than 800 National Guard personnel from 40 states and territories for Cyber Shield 2019 to test their skills in response to cyber incidents along with civilians from state government agencies, federal agencies, industry partners and academia April 5-20, 2019, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Two different VNG cyber elements took […]

    Virginia National Guard Soldiers join multi-state Cyber Shield exercise

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Virginia National Guard cyber warriors joined more than 800 National Guard personnel from 40 states and territories for Cyber Shield 2019 to test their skills in response to cyber incidents along with civilians from state government agencies, federal agencies, industry partners and academia April 5-20, 2019, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Two different VNG cyber elements took […]

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