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. — 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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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The top Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from the Virginia Army National Guard’s major commands will compete in the Virginia National Guard Best Warrior Competition Feb. 21-24, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The following Soldiers and NCOs were the winners in their respective units and will represent the commands at the competition: 29th Infantry Division: Sgt. 1st […]

    VNG Soldiers, NCOs to compete in Best Warrior Competition

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The top Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from the Virginia Army National Guard’s major commands will compete in the Virginia National Guard Best Warrior Competition Feb. 21-24, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The following Soldiers and NCOs were the winners in their respective units and will represent the commands at the competition: 29th Infantry Division: Sgt. 1st […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Col. Jeffrey L. Ryan was officially promoted to brigadier general Feb. 15, 2019, during a ceremony at the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, and took command of the Virginia Air National Guard. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced Feb. 6, 2019, that Ryan would […]

    Ryan promoted, takes command of Virginia Air National Guard

    RICHMOND, Va. — Col. Jeffrey L. Ryan was officially promoted to brigadier general Feb. 15, 2019, during a ceremony at the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, and took command of the Virginia Air National Guard. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced Feb. 6, 2019, that Ryan would […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force took part in the “Perfect Storm” statewide amateur radio emergency communications exercise Jan. 19, 2019, in Richmond and Lynchburg, Virginia, and the VDF was among the nearly 80 amateur operators and agencies registered for this annual event. In Richmond, VDF personnel trained on amateur radio systems and built partnerships with amateur […]

    VDF takes part in statewide amateur radio exercise

    RICHMOND, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force took part in the “Perfect Storm” statewide amateur radio emergency communications exercise Jan. 19, 2019, in Richmond and Lynchburg, Virginia, and the VDF was among the nearly 80 amateur operators and agencies registered for this annual event. In Richmond, VDF personnel trained on amateur radio systems and built partnerships with amateur […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Command Chief Master Sgt. James J. Profita will succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Ferris as the Virginia National Guard’s command senior enlisted leader, according to an announcement made Jan. 24, 2019, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Ferris now serves as the command sergeant major for the 29th Infantry Division, and Profita […]

    Profita named new VNG command senior enlisted leader

    RICHMOND, Va. — Command Chief Master Sgt. James J. Profita will succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Ferris as the Virginia National Guard’s command senior enlisted leader, according to an announcement made Jan. 24, 2019, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Ferris now serves as the command sergeant major for the 29th Infantry Division, and Profita […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joseph W. Puckett has been named as the Virginia National Guard’s new Command Chief Warrant Officer, according to an announcement made Jan. 24, 2019, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. The assignment is effective April 1, 2019, and follows the pending retirement of current Chief Warrant Officer 4 […]

    Puckett named VNG command chief warrant officer

    RICHMOND, Va. — Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joseph W. Puckett has been named as the Virginia National Guard’s new Command Chief Warrant Officer, according to an announcement made Jan. 24, 2019, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. The assignment is effective April 1, 2019, and follows the pending retirement of current Chief Warrant Officer 4 […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, updated members of the Virginia General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus and the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations on the Virginia National Guard and discussed the VNG’s legislative initiatives for the 2019 session of the Virginia General Assembly Jan. 16, 2019, in Richmond, Virginia. “Each […]

    AG shares legislative priorities with JLC, GA Military Caucus

    RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, updated members of the Virginia General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus and the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations on the Virginia National Guard and discussed the VNG’s legislative initiatives for the 2019 session of the Virginia General Assembly Jan. 16, 2019, in Richmond, Virginia. “Each […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Ralph Northam and Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins commended the Virginia National Guard for the organization’s service to commonwealth and country at a legislative reception hosted Jan. 16, 2019, by the Virginia National Guard Association and Virginia Army and Air National Guard Enlisted Association in Richmond, Virginia. “Over the last year I […]

    Governor commends Virginia National Guard

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Ralph Northam and Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins commended the Virginia National Guard for the organization’s service to commonwealth and country at a legislative reception hosted Jan. 16, 2019, by the Virginia National Guard Association and Virginia Army and Air National Guard Enlisted Association in Richmond, Virginia. “Over the last year I […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s newly-built Joint Force Headquarters will be officially named and dedicated for D-day veteran Sgt. John Robert “Bob” Slaughter at 10 a.m. Jan. 8, 2019, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, will join members of Slaughter’s family and distinguished guests to dedicate the headquarters […]

    Virginia National Guard to dedicate new headquarters to D-Day veteran from Roanoke

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s newly-built Joint Force Headquarters will be officially named and dedicated for D-day veteran Sgt. John Robert “Bob” Slaughter at 10 a.m. Jan. 8, 2019, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, will join members of Slaughter’s family and distinguished guests to dedicate the headquarters […]

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  • The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force to fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide a response force that answers the call of the Governor to defend the commonwealth. The VNG traces the history and tradition of Citizen-Soldier […]

    About the Virginia National Guard

    The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force to fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide a response force that answers the call of the Governor to defend the commonwealth. The VNG traces the history and tradition of Citizen-Soldier […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady of Virginia Pam Northam hosted a reception for Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and their families Dec. 16, 2018, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. The reception recognized the Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year and their families as well as families of […]

    Governor, First Lady host reception for VNG Soldiers, Airmen and families

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady of Virginia Pam Northam hosted a reception for Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and their families Dec. 16, 2018, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. The reception recognized the Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year and their families as well as families of […]

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