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. — 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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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team continue to balance multi-agency training and real-world support missions after an exercise with the Virginia State Police in early November at Fort Pickett, Virginia, and supporting the state funeral of President George H.W. Bush Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington, D.C. “It […]

    34th CST trains with VSP, supports Bush funeral

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team continue to balance multi-agency training and real-world support missions after an exercise with the Virginia State Police in early November at Fort Pickett, Virginia, and supporting the state funeral of President George H.W. Bush Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington, D.C. “It […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Eight Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group joined the ranks of the noncommissioned officer corps during an induction ceremony Nov. 10, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. As part of the ceremony, four Soldiers presented “A Soldier’s Request,” and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Coleman, the […]

    529th CSSB welcomes new noncommissioned officers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Eight Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group joined the ranks of the noncommissioned officer corps during an induction ceremony Nov. 10, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. As part of the ceremony, four Soldiers presented “A Soldier’s Request,” and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Coleman, the […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force conducted a point of distribution exercise Nov. 3, 2018, in Blackstone and Crewe, Virginia, during a multi-day training assembly based at Fort Pickett. VDF members also conducted evaluations on communication and incident management teams as well as set up and operation of mobile communication platforms. Instructors also taught a variety […]

    VDF conducts point of distribution exercise, continues to evolve to meet new challenges

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force conducted a point of distribution exercise Nov. 3, 2018, in Blackstone and Crewe, Virginia, during a multi-day training assembly based at Fort Pickett. VDF members also conducted evaluations on communication and incident management teams as well as set up and operation of mobile communication platforms. Instructors also taught a variety […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virignia National Guard personnel took part in Veterans Day observations across the commonwealth Nov. 10-12, 2018, to honor all Americans who served and are currently serving in the armed forces as well as commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. Senior leaders took part in ceremonies with elected officials, and Soldiers, Airmen […]

    Veterans recognized across the commonwealth

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virignia National Guard personnel took part in Veterans Day observations across the commonwealth Nov. 10-12, 2018, to honor all Americans who served and are currently serving in the armed forces as well as commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. Senior leaders took part in ceremonies with elected officials, and Soldiers, Airmen […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Approximately 25 Soldiers assigned to the Chesterfield-based Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment returned to the United States Nov. 3, 2018, after serving on federal active duty in Kosovo since January. The Soldiers provided aerial medical evacuation support and training to U.S. and allied forces supporting Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo. In Kosovo, the […]

    MEDEVAC Soldiers return from Kosovo deployment

    RICHMOND, Va. — Approximately 25 Soldiers assigned to the Chesterfield-based Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment returned to the United States Nov. 3, 2018, after serving on federal active duty in Kosovo since January. The Soldiers provided aerial medical evacuation support and training to U.S. and allied forces supporting Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo. In Kosovo, the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Col. K. Weedon Gallagher has been selected to succeed Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin as the Virginia National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General for Army Strategic Initiatives and will be promoted to brigadier general, according to an announcement made Nov. 1, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Col. Gallagher’s assignment follows Brig. Gen. […]

    Gallagher to succeed Griffin, will lead Va. Army National Guard strategic initiatives

    RICHMOND, Va. — Col. K. Weedon Gallagher has been selected to succeed Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin as the Virginia National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General for Army Strategic Initiatives and will be promoted to brigadier general, according to an announcement made Nov. 1, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Col. Gallagher’s assignment follows Brig. Gen. […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris has been selected to serve as the new 29th Infantry Division command sergeant major, according to an announcement made Oct. 26, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Ferris succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Jr. who now serves as the Virginia Army National Guard […]

    Ferris selected as new 29th Infantry Division command sergeant major

    RICHMOND, Va. – Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris has been selected to serve as the new 29th Infantry Division command sergeant major, according to an announcement made Oct. 26, 2018, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Ferris succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Jr. who now serves as the Virginia Army National Guard […]

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