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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, helped unload and receive  48 brand new flatbed trailers August 18, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. With the help of a crane and a team of […]

    1710th receives 48 new flatbed trailers at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, helped unload and receive  48 brand new flatbed trailers August 18, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. With the help of a crane and a team of […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from across the Commonwealth conducted training on the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station during a one week training course Aug. 17-21, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The course was designed to familiarize Soldiers with the M153 CROWS system, an externally mounted […]

    VNG Soldiers train on CROWS remote weapons system

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from across the Commonwealth conducted training on the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station during a one week training course Aug. 17-21, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The course was designed to familiarize Soldiers with the M153 CROWS system, an externally mounted […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group and the Fort Pickett-based VNG Marksmanship Training Unit combined efforts to host the Excellence in Competition Pistol match Aug. 19, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. A total of 80 service members participated […]

    VNG Soldiers compete in pistol marksmanship match

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group and the Fort Pickett-based VNG Marksmanship Training Unit combined efforts to host the Excellence in Competition Pistol match Aug. 19, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. A total of 80 service members participated […]

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  • RICHMOND, Virginia- The Virginia National Guard Youth Program launched its first Virtual Camp July 27-31, 2020. Fifty-three campers and 11 National Guard teens participated in the week long, online experience. Prior to camp, campers and teens received Camp Boxes in the mail containing a t-shirt, water bottle, and a variety […]

    VNG Youth Program hosts first Virtual Summer Camp

    RICHMOND, Virginia- The Virginia National Guard Youth Program launched its first Virtual Camp July 27-31, 2020. Fifty-three campers and 11 National Guard teens participated in the week long, online experience. Prior to camp, campers and teens received Camp Boxes in the mail containing a t-shirt, water bottle, and a variety […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Virginia — U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to the North Carolina-based 363rd Engineer Battalion, 411th Engineer Brigade, 412th Engineer Command, trained on the U.S. Forces Command Petroleum Training Module during their two weeks of annual training July 11-24, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Since 1989, Maneuver Training Center […]

    Fort Pickett hosts unique fuel pipeline training

    FORT PICKETT, Virginia — U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to the North Carolina-based 363rd Engineer Battalion, 411th Engineer Brigade, 412th Engineer Command, trained on the U.S. Forces Command Petroleum Training Module during their two weeks of annual training July 11-24, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Since 1989, Maneuver Training Center […]

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  • FORT A.P. Hill, Virginia. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Manassas-based 229th Military Police Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, conducted active shooter training July 14, 2020, during their two weeks of annual training at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. “This is going to be […]

    229th MPs conduct active shooter training exercise during AT

    FORT A.P. Hill, Virginia. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Manassas-based 229th Military Police Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, conducted active shooter training July 14, 2020, during their two weeks of annual training at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. “This is going to be […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — In April 2020, as more and more Virginia National Guard Soldiers were activated as part of the state’s COVID-19 response mission, the Virginia Army National Guard established the Army COVID-19 Response Operations Cell to oversee and streamline the process. More than three months later, the ACROC […]

    Army COVID-19 Response Operations Cell provides valuable support to Va. Guard Soldiers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — In April 2020, as more and more Virginia National Guard Soldiers were activated as part of the state’s COVID-19 response mission, the Virginia Army National Guard established the Army COVID-19 Response Operations Cell to oversee and streamline the process. More than three months later, the ACROC […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — During the COVID-19 pandemic the Virginia Department of Military Affairs continues to recognize outstanding individual state employees and also agency-wide award winners for their accomplishments. Previously, DMA conducted the State Employee Recognition Day by providing a banquet and an awards ceremony at two different locations, Fort Pickett […]

    DMA recognizes outstanding state employees

    RICHMOND, Va. — During the COVID-19 pandemic the Virginia Department of Military Affairs continues to recognize outstanding individual state employees and also agency-wide award winners for their accomplishments. Previously, DMA conducted the State Employee Recognition Day by providing a banquet and an awards ceremony at two different locations, Fort Pickett […]

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  • Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed a Certificate of Recognition honoring the Virginia National Guard’s 413th birthday. The VNG traces the heritage and traditions of citizen service to the founding of Jamestown when Capt. John Smith organized the colonists for defense. Since the colony’s founding May 14, 1607, there has not […]

    Governor’s Certificate of Recognition honors Virginia National Guard birthday

    Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed a Certificate of Recognition honoring the Virginia National Guard’s 413th birthday. The VNG traces the heritage and traditions of citizen service to the founding of Jamestown when Capt. John Smith organized the colonists for defense. Since the colony’s founding May 14, 1607, there has not […]

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  • LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Virginia Defense Force held a virtual change of command ceremony for the Lynchburg-based Communication Battalion, Support Operations Group May 1, 2020. Due to the restrictions of the current pandemic, the battalion could not assemble in person, so participants from across the state utilized a collaborative virtual […]

    VDF Communication Battalion holds virtual change of command ceremony

    LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Virginia Defense Force held a virtual change of command ceremony for the Lynchburg-based Communication Battalion, Support Operations Group May 1, 2020. Due to the restrictions of the current pandemic, the battalion could not assemble in person, so participants from across the state utilized a collaborative virtual […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Col. James Zollar was promoted to brigadier general May 7, 2020, at the Virginia National Guard Sgt. Bob Slaughter Headquarters in Richmond, Virginia and succeeds Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher as the VNG’s Assistant Adjutant General for Army Strategic Initiatives. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant […]

    Zollar succeeds Gallagher, will lead Va. Army National Guard strategic initiatives

    RICHMOND, Va. — Col. James Zollar was promoted to brigadier general May 7, 2020, at the Virginia National Guard Sgt. Bob Slaughter Headquarters in Richmond, Virginia and succeeds Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher as the VNG’s Assistant Adjutant General for Army Strategic Initiatives. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — April was Month of the Military Child, a month set aside to recognize the support, courage, and sacrifice military children give through their involuntary service within our military family. The Virginia National Guard Youth Program honored National Guard Children in several different ways in April. Throughout the […]

    VNG honors youngest members during Month of the Military Child

    RICHMOND, Va. — April was Month of the Military Child, a month set aside to recognize the support, courage, and sacrifice military children give through their involuntary service within our military family. The Virginia National Guard Youth Program honored National Guard Children in several different ways in April. Throughout the […]

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  • CSM Top 5 Topics: You! The Virginia Army National Guard is committed to the safety of all our members, partners, communities as well as the state and our nation during this COVID-19 pandemic. It is paramount that everyone follow the basic rules: Wash your hands, maintain a safe distance of […]

    CSM Smith’s Foxhole Report – 4th Edition

    CSM Top 5 Topics: You! The Virginia Army National Guard is committed to the safety of all our members, partners, communities as well as the state and our nation during this COVID-19 pandemic. It is paramount that everyone follow the basic rules: Wash your hands, maintain a safe distance of […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Fredericksburg-based 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion was able to conduct vital unit training remotely April 4-5, 2020, thanks to the innovative thinking of the Fort Pickett Asymmetric Threat Training Support Program team. In order to prevent spread of COVID-19, and to ensure Soldiers […]

    Fort Pickett, 229th Engineers adjust fire to complete required training remotely

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Fredericksburg-based 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion was able to conduct vital unit training remotely April 4-5, 2020, thanks to the innovative thinking of the Fort Pickett Asymmetric Threat Training Support Program team. In order to prevent spread of COVID-19, and to ensure Soldiers […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — With gyms closed and sports cancelled, the Virginia National Guard’s Master Fitness Trainers are teaming up to provide some tips on staying fit while staying home.  “There’s no reason people can’t come out of this more fit,” said Master Sgt. Ramon Abreu-Perez, master fitness coordinator for the […]

    VNG MFTs offer tips on staying fit while staying home during pandemic

    RICHMOND, Va. — With gyms closed and sports cancelled, the Virginia National Guard’s Master Fitness Trainers are teaming up to provide some tips on staying fit while staying home.  “There’s no reason people can’t come out of this more fit,” said Master Sgt. Ramon Abreu-Perez, master fitness coordinator for the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force continue to support Virginia’s COVID-19 response efforts, including planning and logistics in Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Roanoke, Virginia, and supporting at a Virginia Department of Emergency Management supply warehouse in Richmond, Virginia. “Each of these Soldiers […]

    VNG supports efforts to fight COVID-19 in Southwest, Central Virginia

    RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force continue to support Virginia’s COVID-19 response efforts, including planning and logistics in Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Roanoke, Virginia, and supporting at a Virginia Department of Emergency Management supply warehouse in Richmond, Virginia. “Each of these Soldiers […]

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  • JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — His grandfather instilled in him a passion for cars and racing early on at the drag strip, not far from his hometown in Brodhead, Wisconsin. But as he got older, Capt. Andrew Gibler said he didn’t invest the time he probably should have in the […]

    VaANG officer brings experience from motorsports to the flightline

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — His grandfather instilled in him a passion for cars and racing early on at the drag strip, not far from his hometown in Brodhead, Wisconsin. But as he got older, Capt. Andrew Gibler said he didn’t invest the time he probably should have in the […]

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  • JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The 192nd Wing, Virginia Air National Guard, conducted five days of annual training beginning March 9, 2020, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Airmen across the wing completed various career-based training, as well as other readiness items which would normally take up time during drill weekends. […]

    192nd conducts wing-wide annual training

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The 192nd Wing, Virginia Air National Guard, conducted five days of annual training beginning March 9, 2020, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Airmen across the wing completed various career-based training, as well as other readiness items which would normally take up time during drill weekends. […]

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  • Commonwealth of Virginia COVID-19 Information Page:https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/ Virginia Department of Health Frequently Asked Questions:http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions/ Virginia National Guard COVID-19 Resources:https://vaguard.dodlive.mil/covid-19/ Virginia National Guard Frequently Asked Questions: 1. What is the Virginia National Guard currently doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? The Virginia National Guard has more than 540 personnel actively working […]

    Virginia National Guard COVID-19 FAQs

    Commonwealth of Virginia COVID-19 Information Page:https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/ Virginia Department of Health Frequently Asked Questions:http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions/ Virginia National Guard COVID-19 Resources:https://vaguard.dodlive.mil/covid-19/ Virginia National Guard Frequently Asked Questions: 1. What is the Virginia National Guard currently doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? The Virginia National Guard has more than 540 personnel actively working […]

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  • CSM Top 5: The Virginia Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition will take place March 26-29, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  Sergeants Major Course (non-resident) packets are due to my office by March 23, 2020 ACFT Equipment fielding and implementation has begun! This means ACFT equipment is coming to your unit! It […]

    CSM Smith’s Foxhole Report – 3rd Edition

    CSM Top 5: The Virginia Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition will take place March 26-29, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  Sergeants Major Course (non-resident) packets are due to my office by March 23, 2020 ACFT Equipment fielding and implementation has begun! This means ACFT equipment is coming to your unit! It […]

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