About Author: Mr. Mike Vrabel

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s most highly decorated female Soldier shared her combat experiences on stage at the Women’s Achieve Summit Oct. 15, 2019, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.  Sgt. Monica Beltran, the first VNG female to receive the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, […]

    VNG’s first female Bronze Star recipient shares story at women’s summit

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s most highly decorated female Soldier shared her combat experiences on stage at the Women’s Achieve Summit Oct. 15, 2019, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.  Sgt. Monica Beltran, the first VNG female to receive the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Danville-based Headquarters Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has won the regional Philip A. Connelly Food Service competition and will now compete in the national-level competition in 2020. The unit’s food service specialists competed for the regional title during eXportable Combat Training […]

    429th BSB cooks win regional Connellys; Nationals next

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Danville-based Headquarters Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has won the regional Philip A. Connelly Food Service competition and will now compete in the national-level competition in 2020. The unit’s food service specialists competed for the regional title during eXportable Combat Training […]

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  • Fort Pickett, Va. — Family, friends and current and former Virginia National Guard Soldiers joined the leadership of Fort Pickett for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Staff Sgt. Jesse Ault Wheeled Vehicle Obstacle Course Sept. 20, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Ault was killed in action April 9, […]

    Ault Obstacle Course dedicated in name of VNG Soldier killed in Iraq

    Fort Pickett, Va. — Family, friends and current and former Virginia National Guard Soldiers joined the leadership of Fort Pickett for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Staff Sgt. Jesse Ault Wheeled Vehicle Obstacle Course Sept. 20, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Ault was killed in action April 9, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Scammers who want to impersonate service members for financial gain or separate Soldiers and Airmen from their hard-earned money might not be the obvious enemy, but the threat they pose to the military is a very real and significant one. One common scam doesn’t necessarily target service […]

    Vehicle sale scams put service members, public at risk

    RICHMOND, Va. — Scammers who want to impersonate service members for financial gain or separate Soldiers and Airmen from their hard-earned money might not be the obvious enemy, but the threat they pose to the military is a very real and significant one. One common scam doesn’t necessarily target service […]

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  • GATE CITY, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group embarked on a real-world line haul mission for their annual training Aug. 1-17, 2019, carrying ammunition from the Bluegrass Army Depot in Richmond, Kentucky to McAlester Army […]

    1032nd TC Soldiers haul cargo during annual training

    GATE CITY, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group embarked on a real-world line haul mission for their annual training Aug. 1-17, 2019, carrying ammunition from the Bluegrass Army Depot in Richmond, Kentucky to McAlester Army […]

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  • NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Norfolk armory was officially named the Chief Warrant Officer 4 Arnold Lindblad Armory during a ceremony Aug. 14, 2019, in Norfolk, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, hosted the ceremony, which was attended by Lindblad’s son, retired VNG […]

    Norfolk armory named in honor of VNG D-Day combat medic

    NORFOLK, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Norfolk armory was officially named the Chief Warrant Officer 4 Arnold Lindblad Armory during a ceremony Aug. 14, 2019, in Norfolk, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, hosted the ceremony, which was attended by Lindblad’s son, retired VNG […]

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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 July 19, 2019, during eXportable Combat Training Capability Rotation 19-4 at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The 429th is competing […]

    429th BSB competes in regional food service competition during XCTC

    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 July 19, 2019, during eXportable Combat Training Capability Rotation 19-4 at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The 429th is competing […]

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  • NEW CASTLE, Del. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen provided search and extraction, decontamination and medical support during Operation Highball, a multi-state special focus exercise July 9-12, 2019, at the River Road Training Site in New Castle, Delaware. The Soldiers and Airmen are assigned to the Richmond-based 34th Chemical, […]

    34th CERFP participates in multi-state disaster exercise

    NEW CASTLE, Del. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen provided search and extraction, decontamination and medical support during Operation Highball, a multi-state special focus exercise July 9-12, 2019, at the River Road Training Site in New Castle, Delaware. The Soldiers and Airmen are assigned to the Richmond-based 34th Chemical, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. —Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett leaders celebrated the installation’s 77th birthday July 3, 2019, with a cake cutting at their headquarters. The post has transformed from its origins in the 1940s and training personnel for service in World War II to now being one of the premier […]

    Fort Pickett celebrates improvements on 77th birthday

    FORT PICKETT, Va. —Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett leaders celebrated the installation’s 77th birthday July 3, 2019, with a cake cutting at their headquarters. The post has transformed from its origins in the 1940s and training personnel for service in World War II to now being one of the premier […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group made significant progress in efforts to improve some of Fort Pickett’s training areas during their annual training June 1-15, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The battalion conducted a variety of training […]

    276th Engineers tackle Fort Pickett improvements during AT

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group made significant progress in efforts to improve some of Fort Pickett’s training areas during their annual training June 1-15, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The battalion conducted a variety of training […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Every Thursday at the Virginia National Guard’s Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, a spirited group of veterans and retirees comes together with chisels, scrapers, sanders and other tools to tackle a unique restoration project with historical significance. The headquarters recently obtained a […]

    Veterans, retirees volunteer time, effort to help restore historic Duster

    RICHMOND, Va. — Every Thursday at the Virginia National Guard’s Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, a spirited group of veterans and retirees comes together with chisels, scrapers, sanders and other tools to tackle a unique restoration project with historical significance. The headquarters recently obtained a […]

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  • BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band performed ceremonial music, playing an integral part of ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2019, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. The band also performed at other anniversary events throughout […]

    29th ID Band plays integral role in D-Day anniversary events

    BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band performed ceremonial music, playing an integral part of ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2019, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. The band also performed at other anniversary events throughout […]

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  • BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen greeted World War II veterans and acted as military escorts during a roll call honoring their service at the observation of the 75th anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2019, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned […]

    Bedford ceremonies mark 75th anniversary of D-Day

    BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen greeted World War II veterans and acted as military escorts during a roll call honoring their service at the observation of the 75th anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2019, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Thousands of veterans, service members and citizens are expected to attend events marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, during ceremonies June 4-9, 2019, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the 116th […]

    Ceremonies to mark 75th anniversary of D-Day invasion

    RICHMOND, Va. — Thousands of veterans, service members and citizens are expected to attend events marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, during ceremonies June 4-9, 2019, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the 116th […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group conducted some unique but critical training when they conducted medical evacuation operations during their annual training May 15-16, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The 1710th teamed up with aviators […]

    1710th TC teams with aviators for MEDEVAC exercise

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group conducted some unique but critical training when they conducted medical evacuation operations during their annual training May 15-16, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The 1710th teamed up with aviators […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Col. Toni M. Lord was promoted to brigadier general May 7, 2019, at the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced April 18, 2019, that Lord would be promoted and […]

    Lord promoted to brigadier general, moves into new role

    RICHMOND, Va. — Col. Toni M. Lord was promoted to brigadier general May 7, 2019, at the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced April 18, 2019, that Lord would be promoted and […]

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  • CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted a historic waterborne artillery live-fire exercise during Operation Gator April 24-25, 2019, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The exercise marked the first riverine […]

    Thunder Soldiers conduct historic waterborne artillery exercise

    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted a historic waterborne artillery live-fire exercise during Operation Gator April 24-25, 2019, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The exercise marked the first riverine […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Medics from across the Virginia Army National Guard trained on a state-of-the-art, lifelike mannequin designed to realistically simulate various combat wounds during a class at the New Equipment Training and New Equipment Fielding facility April 6-7, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The medics were introduced to […]

    Medics train on new lifelike simulated patient at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Medics from across the Virginia Army National Guard trained on a state-of-the-art, lifelike mannequin designed to realistically simulate various combat wounds during a class at the New Equipment Training and New Equipment Fielding facility April 6-7, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The medics were introduced to […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Dozens of Vietnam-era veterans were honored with a ceremony and special pin during a Vietnam Veterans Day commemoration March 29, 2019, at the Sitter and Barfoot Veterans Care Center in Richmond, Virginia. The ceremony, hosted by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, featured Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, […]

    Virginia’s vets honored on National Vietnam Veterans Day

    RICHMOND, Va. — Dozens of Vietnam-era veterans were honored with a ceremony and special pin during a Vietnam Veterans Day commemoration March 29, 2019, at the Sitter and Barfoot Veterans Care Center in Richmond, Virginia. The ceremony, hosted by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, featured Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Two recent events marking Women’s History Month and Virginia Women Veterans Week 2019 honored Virginia National Guard’s female Soldiers and veterans, including one woman serving with the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Sgt. Taylor Cunningham, who works full-time with the […]

    Events honor Virginia National Guard’s women Soldiers and veterans

    RICHMOND, Va. — Two recent events marking Women’s History Month and Virginia Women Veterans Week 2019 honored Virginia National Guard’s female Soldiers and veterans, including one woman serving with the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Sgt. Taylor Cunningham, who works full-time with the […]

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