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

  • 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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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Command Chief Master Sgt. James J. Profita took responsibility as the Virginia National Guard Command Senior Enlisted Leader from Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Ferris April 7, 2019, in a ceremony at the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, hosted the ceremony. Williams thanked Ferris […]

    VNG welcomes new command senior enlisted leader

    RICHMOND, Va. — Command Chief Master Sgt. James J. Profita took responsibility as the Virginia National Guard Command Senior Enlisted Leader from Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Ferris April 7, 2019, in a ceremony at the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, hosted the ceremony. Williams thanked Ferris […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Yesenia R. Roque, National Guard Assistant Director for Army National Guard Personnel and Talent Management, visited Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team April 6, 2019, to see first hand how they are training on the Army’s new personnel and pay system. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System Army, […]

    NGB leader visits 116th IBCT training on Army’s new personnel and pay system

    STAUNTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Yesenia R. Roque, National Guard Assistant Director for Army National Guard Personnel and Talent Management, visited Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team April 6, 2019, to see first hand how they are training on the Army’s new personnel and pay system. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System Army, […]

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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 May 3-5, 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 Candidate Course scheduled for May 3-5, 2019

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Fort Pickett-based Warrant Officer Candidate School, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute is hosting a Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate Course May 3-5, 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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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Adjutant General of Virginia is sponsoring a recruiting poster contest that is open to all Soldiers, Airmen and family members. The competition is for posters to be used for marketing to high school and college students, and six Virginia Army National Guard and two Air National Guard winners will be chosen. The Virginia National Guard is […]

    Adjutant General sponsoring recruiting poster contest

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Adjutant General of Virginia is sponsoring a recruiting poster contest that is open to all Soldiers, Airmen and family members. The competition is for posters to be used for marketing to high school and college students, and six Virginia Army National Guard and two Air National Guard winners will be chosen. The Virginia National Guard is […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is looking for 20 Soldiers to volunteer to participate in the Road to Twitchcon Esports Tournament May 18, 2019, at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. The event is hosted by the Army National Guard and Army Entertainment and is open to all active duty Army and Army National Guard Soldiers. The game […]

    Soldiers wanted to volunteer for Road to Twitchcon Esports Tournament

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is looking for 20 Soldiers to volunteer to participate in the Road to Twitchcon Esports Tournament May 18, 2019, at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. The event is hosted by the Army National Guard and Army Entertainment and is open to all active duty Army and Army National Guard Soldiers. The game […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is joining Defense Supply Center Richmond and the U.S. Army Reserve’s 80th Training Command for a series of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Month events in April 2019. For more information about the VNG Sexual Assault Response and Prevention program, please email henry.a.motley.civ@mail.mil or call (804) 236-7858 or (434) 294-7583. April 1: DSCR […]

    Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Month events planned

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is joining Defense Supply Center Richmond and the U.S. Army Reserve’s 80th Training Command for a series of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Month events in April 2019. For more information about the VNG Sexual Assault Response and Prevention program, please email henry.a.motley.civ@mail.mil or call (804) 236-7858 or (434) 294-7583. April 1: DSCR […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Members of the all-volunteer Virginia Defense Force conducted communications and security operations training March 15-17, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Nearly 200 personnel participated in security training focused on a vehicle inspection and traffic control, and communications training featured classroom instruction and hands-on high frequency radio employment for voice and data messaging. “We met our goals […]

    VDF conducts communications, security training

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Members of the all-volunteer Virginia Defense Force conducted communications and security operations training March 15-17, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Nearly 200 personnel participated in security training focused on a vehicle inspection and traffic control, and communications training featured classroom instruction and hands-on high frequency radio employment for voice and data messaging. “We met our goals […]

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  • RICHMOND. Va. — National Guard Bureau announced new assignments for Brig. Gen. Michelle M. Rose and Brig. Gen. William L. Zana Feb. 14, 2019. Rose will serve as the J4 director of logistics and engineering at Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command in a full-time status starting in July, and Zana will become the J5 deputy […]

    New assignments for Rose, Zana announced

    RICHMOND. Va. — National Guard Bureau announced new assignments for Brig. Gen. Michelle M. Rose and Brig. Gen. William L. Zana Feb. 14, 2019. Rose will serve as the J4 director of logistics and engineering at Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command in a full-time status starting in July, and Zana will become the J5 deputy […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia and Washington, D.C., National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Richmond-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, also known as CERFP, conducted a confirmation exercise with the National Guard CBRN Response Enterprise Information Management System Feb. 28, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The system provides a suite […]

    CERFP conducts confirmation exercise with info management system

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia and Washington, D.C., National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Richmond-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, also known as CERFP, conducted a confirmation exercise with the National Guard CBRN Response Enterprise Information Management System Feb. 28, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The system provides a suite […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia National Guard family was recognized as the 2018 Army National Guard Family of the Year and a volunteer was recognized with the Extra Mile Award in an announcement published Feb. 13, 2019, by Maj. Gen. Kevin L. McNeely, the Director of J1 Manpower and Personnel at National Guard Bureau. The Martin family of Joshua, Lauren, […]

    VNG family, youth volunteer receive national recognition for volunteer service

    RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia National Guard family was recognized as the 2018 Army National Guard Family of the Year and a volunteer was recognized with the Extra Mile Award in an announcement published Feb. 13, 2019, by Maj. Gen. Kevin L. McNeely, the Director of J1 Manpower and Personnel at National Guard Bureau. The Martin family of Joshua, Lauren, […]

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