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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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  • CHESTERFIELD, Va. — Virginia National Guard aviators assigned to the Chesterfield-based Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 245th Aviation Regiment are home after an 11-month deployment to Kuwait. The six-Soldier fixed-wing detachment returned stateside in early June 2020 after providing mission-critical, time-sensitive transport of passengers and cargo throughout the U.S. […]

    VNG fixed-wing aviators return to Virginia after successful deployment

    CHESTERFIELD, Va. — Virginia National Guard aviators assigned to the Chesterfield-based Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 245th Aviation Regiment are home after an 11-month deployment to Kuwait. The six-Soldier fixed-wing detachment returned stateside in early June 2020 after providing mission-critical, time-sensitive transport of passengers and cargo throughout the U.S. […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Eight candidates are now graduates after completing Phase II of the Warrant Officer Candidate School, hosted by the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute June 27, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The ceremony marked the first time candidates have been promoted to WO1 at the […]

    183rd RTI hosts final WOCS phase for first time

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Eight candidates are now graduates after completing Phase II of the Warrant Officer Candidate School, hosted by the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute June 27, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The ceremony marked the first time candidates have been promoted to WO1 at the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s historical collection has a wealth of new World War II-era artifacts thanks to generous recent donations from a couple different sources.  The donations include the personal effects of Maj. Gen. Edward M. Hudgins, who originally enlisted in the the Virginia National Guard’s Company […]

    Donations bring important World War II-era artifacts to VNG collection

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s historical collection has a wealth of new World War II-era artifacts thanks to generous recent donations from a couple different sources.  The donations include the personal effects of Maj. Gen. Edward M. Hudgins, who originally enlisted in the the Virginia National Guard’s Company […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. —  After a tight competition with other finalists, the Danville-based Headquarters Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team finished as national runners-up in the 52nd Philip A. Connelly Food Service Competition. The team competed against three other states in the national finals in March […]

    429th BSB takes second in national food service competition

    FORT PICKETT, Va. —  After a tight competition with other finalists, the Danville-based Headquarters Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team finished as national runners-up in the 52nd Philip A. Connelly Food Service Competition. The team competed against three other states in the national finals in March […]

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  • FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fredericksburg-based 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are lending a hand to help feed citizens in need by supporting the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank as part of COVID-19 response operations.  A team of about 35 Soldiers is helping […]

    229th BEB supports operations at Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank

    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fredericksburg-based 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are lending a hand to help feed citizens in need by supporting the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank as part of COVID-19 response operations.  A team of about 35 Soldiers is helping […]

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  • ROANOKE, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assisted with flood response and rescue operations in the Roanoke, Virginia, area after days of heavy rains resulted in major flooding in and around the city. Soldiers assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team supported rescue […]

    Red Dragons assist Roanoke first responders with flood evacuations

    ROANOKE, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assisted with flood response and rescue operations in the Roanoke, Virginia, area after days of heavy rains resulted in major flooding in and around the city. Soldiers assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team supported rescue […]

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  • PETERSBURG, Va. — As part of Virginia National Guard’s ongoing COVID-19 response operations, VNG Soldiers are performing N95 mask fit testings at long term care and other facilities across the Commonwealth. Before the Soldiers can perform these missions, they’re getting hands on training courtesy of the VNG state safety office.  […]

    VNG state safety office helps Soldiers train for mask fit missions

    PETERSBURG, Va. — As part of Virginia National Guard’s ongoing COVID-19 response operations, VNG Soldiers are performing N95 mask fit testings at long term care and other facilities across the Commonwealth. Before the Soldiers can perform these missions, they’re getting hands on training courtesy of the VNG state safety office.  […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airman are helping increase Virginia’s COVID-19 testing capacity at long-term care facilities with point prevalence sampling teams. The PPS teams began testing missions April 29, 2020, and have collected more than 2,700 patient samples for testing.  Led by the Richmond-based 34th Chemical, […]

    VNG strike teams boost Virginia’s COVID-19 testing capacity

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airman are helping increase Virginia’s COVID-19 testing capacity at long-term care facilities with point prevalence sampling teams. The PPS teams began testing missions April 29, 2020, and have collected more than 2,700 patient samples for testing.  Led by the Richmond-based 34th Chemical, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — With regular Virginia National Guard field training on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, some opportunistic improvements are in the works at Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett, which will benefit units once training resumes.  While units drill remotely, the Fort Pickett Range Operations staff has been hard […]

    MTC Fort Pickett full steam ahead with range maintenance projects

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — With regular Virginia National Guard field training on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, some opportunistic improvements are in the works at Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett, which will benefit units once training resumes.  While units drill remotely, the Fort Pickett Range Operations staff has been hard […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contracting Team, 329th Regional Support Group returned from federal active duty and a nearly year-long overseas deployment in early March 2020.  1945th commander, Maj. Nate Seymour, and Maj. Shyra Cullins served as administrative contract officers, while […]

    1945th Contracting Team returns from overseas deployment

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contracting Team, 329th Regional Support Group returned from federal active duty and a nearly year-long overseas deployment in early March 2020.  1945th commander, Maj. Nate Seymour, and Maj. Shyra Cullins served as administrative contract officers, while […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — A number of bills impacting the Virginia National Guard have passed the Virginia General Assembly during the 2020 legislative session, including bills aimed at increasing tuition assistance, increasing pay for Soldiers on state active duty for emergency response, and increasing the maximum age for Virginia Defense Force […]

    VNG, DMA bills pass during 2020 Virginia General Assembly session

    RICHMOND, Va. — A number of bills impacting the Virginia National Guard have passed the Virginia General Assembly during the 2020 legislative session, including bills aimed at increasing tuition assistance, increasing pay for Soldiers on state active duty for emergency response, and increasing the maximum age for Virginia Defense Force […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Danville-based Headquarters Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team competed in the Philip A. Connelly Food Service Competition March 6, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The 429th is competing for the national award after winning a […]

    429th BSB competes for national food service award

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Danville-based Headquarters Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team competed in the Philip A. Connelly Food Service Competition March 6, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The 429th is competing for the national award after winning a […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — More than 800 people, including Gold Star families and national, state and local leaders attended the dedication day and grand opening of the Virginia War Memorial’s new C. Kenneth Wright Pavilion and the Shrine of Memory for the Global War on Terrorism and Beyond Feb. 29, 2020, in […]

    Ribbon cutting marks opening of Virginia War Memorial expansion

    RICHMOND, Va. — More than 800 people, including Gold Star families and national, state and local leaders attended the dedication day and grand opening of the Virginia War Memorial’s new C. Kenneth Wright Pavilion and the Shrine of Memory for the Global War on Terrorism and Beyond Feb. 29, 2020, in […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — A new program designed to help Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees improve their leadership skills and learn from existing leaders officially kicked off Feb. 20, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The DMA Workforce Development Mentoring Program is a new effort to help DMA employees […]

    DMA Mentoring Program kicks off at meet and greet event

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — A new program designed to help Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees improve their leadership skills and learn from existing leaders officially kicked off Feb. 20, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The DMA Workforce Development Mentoring Program is a new effort to help DMA employees […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Signal Corps Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted a massive communications exercise to test all of their systems Feb. 7-9, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The exercise brought together more than 120 communications Soldiers from across the entire brigade,  in an […]

    COMMEX help 116th IBCT sharpen communications proficiency

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Signal Corps Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted a massive communications exercise to test all of their systems Feb. 7-9, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The exercise brought together more than 120 communications Soldiers from across the entire brigade,  in an […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — In an effort to make administrative systems more efficient and streamlined, the Virginia National Guard is taking a page out of the corporate world and applying it to their unique military systems and processes.  It’s called Continuous Process Improvement, and uses different schools of thought to take […]

    VNG more efficient with Continuous Process Improvement

    RICHMOND, Va. — In an effort to make administrative systems more efficient and streamlined, the Virginia National Guard is taking a page out of the corporate world and applying it to their unique military systems and processes.  It’s called Continuous Process Improvement, and uses different schools of thought to take […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Canadian soldiers assigned to the Montreal-based 34th and Quebec City-based 35th Canadian Brigade Groups conducted a week-long artillery training exercise Jan. 4 – 10, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  More than 200 Canadian soldiers participated in Exercise Fighting Warrior, including roughly 100 members of the 2nd, […]

    Canadian forces conduct Exercise Fighting Warrior at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Canadian soldiers assigned to the Montreal-based 34th and Quebec City-based 35th Canadian Brigade Groups conducted a week-long artillery training exercise Jan. 4 – 10, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  More than 200 Canadian soldiers participated in Exercise Fighting Warrior, including roughly 100 members of the 2nd, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Leaders from the Virginia National Guard’s Richmond-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package conducted a tabletop disaster scenario training exercise Dec. 6, 2019, at S. Gardner Waller Depot in Richmond, Virginia.  CERFP element leaders worked together to simulate a response to […]

    34th CERFP leaders conduct tabletop training exercise

    RICHMOND, Va. — Leaders from the Virginia National Guard’s Richmond-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package conducted a tabletop disaster scenario training exercise Dec. 6, 2019, at S. Gardner Waller Depot in Richmond, Virginia.  CERFP element leaders worked together to simulate a response to […]

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