About Author: Mr. Mike Vrabel

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen continue to conduct COVID-19 response mission support across the commonwealth, providing key testing sample collection and personal protective equipment fit testing capabilities in support of the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Department of Emergency Management.  Approximately 85 Soldiers and Airmen […]

    VNG Soldiers, Airmen continue COVID-19 response support

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen continue to conduct COVID-19 response mission support across the commonwealth, providing key testing sample collection and personal protective equipment fit testing capabilities in support of the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Department of Emergency Management.  Approximately 85 Soldiers and Airmen […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the VNG Military Funeral Honors Program are continuing to provide services for deceased veterans across the Commonwealth despite challenges from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Full-time members of the program conducted refresher training Oct. 22, 2020, at the State Military Reservation […]

    Funeral Honors Program continues to honor veterans during pandemic

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the VNG Military Funeral Honors Program are continuing to provide services for deceased veterans across the Commonwealth despite challenges from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Full-time members of the program conducted refresher training Oct. 22, 2020, at the State Military Reservation […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — After more than a year of painstaking work by a group of dedicated volunteers, a 1955-dated M42 Duster its now on permanent display outside of the Sgt. Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia.  The Duster, a tracked, self-propelled 40mm anti-aircraft gun, was moved into […]

    Historic M42 Duster on display at JFHQ thanks to volunteer efforts

    RICHMOND, Va. — After more than a year of painstaking work by a group of dedicated volunteers, a 1955-dated M42 Duster its now on permanent display outside of the Sgt. Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia.  The Duster, a tracked, self-propelled 40mm anti-aircraft gun, was moved into […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard cyber warriors assigned to the Fairfax-based 91st Cyber Brigade joined more than 600 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 39 states and territories to conduct Cyber Shield 2020 to test their skills in response to cyber incidents Sept. 12 – 26, 2020. The exercise […]

    VNG Soldiers join multi-state Cyber Shield virtual exercise

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard cyber warriors assigned to the Fairfax-based 91st Cyber Brigade joined more than 600 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 39 states and territories to conduct Cyber Shield 2020 to test their skills in response to cyber incidents Sept. 12 – 26, 2020. The exercise […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Warrant Officer Strength Managers for the Virginia Army National Guard is inviting all individuals who would like to know more on how to become a warrant officer to a conference call that will be held on the last Wednesday of every month at 0900 and 1600 […]

    VNG looking for new warrant officers

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Warrant Officer Strength Managers for the Virginia Army National Guard is inviting all individuals who would like to know more on how to become a warrant officer to a conference call that will be held on the last Wednesday of every month at 0900 and 1600 […]

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  • GLEN ALLEN, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team partnered with federal, state and local first responders to conduct a training exercise Sept. 18, 2020, in Glen Allen, Virginia. The exercise capped off a week-long interagency training designed to help […]

    34th CST conducts training with federal, state and local first responders

    GLEN ALLEN, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team partnered with federal, state and local first responders to conduct a training exercise Sept. 18, 2020, in Glen Allen, Virginia. The exercise capped off a week-long interagency training designed to help […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Several new macro artifacts are being readied for permanent display outside of the Sgt. Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, including a 1955-dated M42 Duster which has been renovated with volunteer work over the last year.  The Duster, a self-propelled, open turret anti-aircraft gun, […]

    New artifacts on display soon thanks to volunteer efforts

    RICHMOND, Va. — Several new macro artifacts are being readied for permanent display outside of the Sgt. Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, including a 1955-dated M42 Duster which has been renovated with volunteer work over the last year.  The Duster, a self-propelled, open turret anti-aircraft gun, […]

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  • OMAHA, Neb. — Three Virginia National Guard Soldiers competed for a spot on the elite All-Guard Marathon Team during National Guard Marathon Time Trials, held during the Omaha Marathon Sept. 20, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska. More than 125 National Guard runners from 34 states and territories competed in the race.  […]

    VNG Soldiers compete in All-Guard Marathon trials

    OMAHA, Neb. — Three Virginia National Guard Soldiers competed for a spot on the elite All-Guard Marathon Team during National Guard Marathon Time Trials, held during the Omaha Marathon Sept. 20, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska. More than 125 National Guard runners from 34 states and territories competed in the race.  […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Department of Military Affairs hosted five new employees for a quarterly New Employee Orientation Class Sept. 1, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Four new state employees and one Virginia National Guard Soldier on Active Duty for Operational Support orders attended the course.  The orientation […]

    DMA hosts orientation for new employees

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Department of Military Affairs hosted five new employees for a quarterly New Employee Orientation Class Sept. 1, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Four new state employees and one Virginia National Guard Soldier on Active Duty for Operational Support orders attended the course.  The orientation […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team completed a challenging two-day training exercise August 25 and 27, 2020, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The 34th CST supports first responders during potential hazardous materials incidents […]

    34th CST completes challenging two-day training exercise at SMR

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team completed a challenging two-day training exercise August 25 and 27, 2020, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The 34th CST supports first responders during potential hazardous materials incidents […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Airmen assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers Squadron, 192nd Wing, completed several improvement projects July 27 – Aug. 7, 2020, at the Virginia National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Virginia.  During the two-week project, […]

    203rd RED HORSE helps with AASF improvements

    SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Airmen assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers Squadron, 192nd Wing, completed several improvement projects July 27 – Aug. 7, 2020, at the Virginia National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Virginia.  During the two-week project, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ceremonially signed into law two bills benefitting the Virginia Department of Military Affairs as well as veterans with disabilities during a virtual bill signing ceremony Aug. 4, 2020.  With his signature, House Bill 990 and Senate Bill 745 were signed into law during […]

    New laws benefit DMA, veterans with disabilities

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ceremonially signed into law two bills benefitting the Virginia Department of Military Affairs as well as veterans with disabilities during a virtual bill signing ceremony Aug. 4, 2020.  With his signature, House Bill 990 and Senate Bill 745 were signed into law during […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is playing host to some very special guests this summer – hundreds of loggerhead sea turtle eggs in a recently-discovered nest in the dunes on the installation’s beachfront.  It’s only the second nest discovered on that stretch of […]

    DMA, other agencies partner to protect rare sea turtle nest at SMR

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is playing host to some very special guests this summer – hundreds of loggerhead sea turtle eggs in a recently-discovered nest in the dunes on the installation’s beachfront.  It’s only the second nest discovered on that stretch of […]

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  • RICHMOND, Virginia — Nearly 200 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are concluding more than three months of continuous sample collection and other missions in support of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s COVID-19 response efforts. The Soldiers and Airman are assigned to the Richmond-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives […]

    34th CERFP provides critical testing support to Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response

    RICHMOND, Virginia — Nearly 200 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are concluding more than three months of continuous sample collection and other missions in support of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s COVID-19 response efforts. The Soldiers and Airman are assigned to the Richmond-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives […]

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  • GLEN ARM, Maryland — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team honed their chemical and biological recognition skills during a training exercise July 21-23, 2020, at H Steven Blum Military Reservation in Glen Arm, Maryland. 18 of the CST’s Soldiers and Airmen […]

    34th CST sharpens response skills during exercise in Maryland

    GLEN ARM, Maryland — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team honed their chemical and biological recognition skills during a training exercise July 21-23, 2020, at H Steven Blum Military Reservation in Glen Arm, Maryland. 18 of the CST’s Soldiers and Airmen […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers representing the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group and Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett claimed top honors at the 2020 VNG Best Warrior Competition July 11, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The 329th’s Spc. Braxton Todd was named Soldier of the […]

    329th RSG, MTC Soldiers win VNG Best Warrior Competition

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers representing the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group and Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett claimed top honors at the 2020 VNG Best Warrior Competition July 11, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The 329th’s Spc. Braxton Todd was named Soldier of the […]

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  • PETERSBURG, Va. — After months of hard work and unprecedented challenges, one element of the Virginia National Guard’s support to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is drawing to a close. While COVID-19 sample collections and mask fit testing continue, the task force dedicated to logistics and […]

    Task Force provides critical assistance to Virginia’s COVID-19 response

    PETERSBURG, Va. — After months of hard work and unprecedented challenges, one element of the Virginia National Guard’s support to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is drawing to a close. While COVID-19 sample collections and mask fit testing continue, the task force dedicated to logistics and […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Five Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 134th Chaplain Support Team are back home after a successful deployment providing religious support to U.S. troops overseas. The detachment, led by Lt. Col. Seung H. Lee, the 134th Command Chaplain, arrived back in Virginia in […]

    134th Chaplain Support Team Soldiers return from deployment

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Five Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 134th Chaplain Support Team are back home after a successful deployment providing religious support to U.S. troops overseas. The detachment, led by Lt. Col. Seung H. Lee, the 134th Command Chaplain, arrived back in Virginia in […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is continuing its effort to support the Commonwealth of Virginia’s COVID-19 response, with more than 350 personnel actively assisting or ready to support throughout the state as of July 1, 2020.  Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are supporting various […]

    VNG continues COVID-19 response support across Virginia

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is continuing its effort to support the Commonwealth of Virginia’s COVID-19 response, with more than 350 personnel actively assisting or ready to support throughout the state as of July 1, 2020.  Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are supporting various […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — After two years of planning, designing and hard work, the Virginia Army National Guard’s Environmental Program has completed a large-scale stream remediation project, the first ever at the installation.  The project remediated about 2,400 linear feet of stream segment, originating at the Fort Pickett recycling facility, […]

    Stream remediation project first for Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — After two years of planning, designing and hard work, the Virginia Army National Guard’s Environmental Program has completed a large-scale stream remediation project, the first ever at the installation.  The project remediated about 2,400 linear feet of stream segment, originating at the Fort Pickett recycling facility, […]

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