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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — Staff from the Winchester-based STARBASE Academy traveled to Virginia Beach to provide hands-on instruction to more than 60 sons and daughters of Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers at the Virginia National Guard’s 14th Annual Youth Camp July 27 – Aug. 2, 2019, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. The Youth Camp provides educational, […]

    STARBASE staff provide STEM instruction to VNG Youth Camp, ChalleNGe cadets

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — Staff from the Winchester-based STARBASE Academy traveled to Virginia Beach to provide hands-on instruction to more than 60 sons and daughters of Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers at the Virginia National Guard’s 14th Annual Youth Camp July 27 – Aug. 2, 2019, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. The Youth Camp provides educational, […]

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  • FAIRFAX, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Bowling Green-based 91st Cyber Brigade completed the nationwide rollout of its ShadowNet enterprise solution July 19, 2019, with the integration of the 125th Cyber Protection Battalion into the solution’s virtual private network. ShadowNet is a custom-built private cloud based out of the brigade’s data center in Fairfax, Virginia, that uses VPN connectivity to […]

    91st Cyber Brigade completes rollout of ShadowNet enterprise solution

    FAIRFAX, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Bowling Green-based 91st Cyber Brigade completed the nationwide rollout of its ShadowNet enterprise solution July 19, 2019, with the integration of the 125th Cyber Protection Battalion into the solution’s virtual private network. ShadowNet is a custom-built private cloud based out of the brigade’s data center in Fairfax, Virginia, that uses VPN connectivity to […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has established a resource web page with information about how to prepare for a hurricane or other hazardous weather. “We are already more than a month into the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and everyone should be thinking about a plan to be ready if severe weather hits the commonwealth,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy […]

    AG stresses importance of hurricane preparedness

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has established a resource web page with information about how to prepare for a hurricane or other hazardous weather. “We are already more than a month into the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and everyone should be thinking about a plan to be ready if severe weather hits the commonwealth,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy […]

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  • SUFFOLK, Va. – Spc. Erik Murphy, a cavalry scout with the Virginia Army National Guard’s Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, stood in the turret of a Humvee, prepared to engage targets with his M2 .50 caliber machine gun. “Gunner ready,” he said to his truck commander, as they proceeded down a dusty road. Soon enough, the commander called […]

    Gunnery simulators augment Army Guard training

    SUFFOLK, Va. – Spc. Erik Murphy, a cavalry scout with the Virginia Army National Guard’s Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, stood in the turret of a Humvee, prepared to engage targets with his M2 .50 caliber machine gun. “Gunner ready,” he said to his truck commander, as they proceeded down a dusty road. Soon enough, the commander called […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Two Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers will extend their enlistments during the Army Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. June 13, 2019, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley and the Sergeant Major Of the Army Daniel A. Dailey will host the event celebrating the U.S […]

    VNG Soldiers to extend enlistments during Army Birthday Ceremony at the Pentagon

    RICHMOND, Va. — Two Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers will extend their enlistments during the Army Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. June 13, 2019, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley and the Sergeant Major Of the Army Daniel A. Dailey will host the event celebrating the U.S […]

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  • BLACKSTONE ARMY AIRFIELD, Va. – The intensity and magnitude of the great sea, air and land invasion known as D-Day was not fully comprehended by Sgt. Trayon Augburn. The parachute rigger was wearing a World War II-era uniform while preparing for a parachute jump June 6 at Fort Pickett – the exact day his airborne brethren had landed on the […]

    Riggers reflect on D-Day heroics 75 years after harrowing operation

    BLACKSTONE ARMY AIRFIELD, Va. – The intensity and magnitude of the great sea, air and land invasion known as D-Day was not fully comprehended by Sgt. Trayon Augburn. The parachute rigger was wearing a World War II-era uniform while preparing for a parachute jump June 6 at Fort Pickett – the exact day his airborne brethren had landed on the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers with an ETS date before Sept. 30, 2019, who have not re-enlisted are eligible for a $20,000 bonus. Effective 5 June 5, 2019, through Sept, 30, 2019, the Army National Guard will offer a six-year $20,000 re-enlistment bonus lump sum option. This limited time lump sum is available to enlisted personnel in the […]

    Army National Guard offering six-year $20,000 re-enlistment bonus

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers with an ETS date before Sept. 30, 2019, who have not re-enlisted are eligible for a $20,000 bonus. Effective 5 June 5, 2019, through Sept, 30, 2019, the Army National Guard will offer a six-year $20,000 re-enlistment bonus lump sum option. This limited time lump sum is available to enlisted personnel in the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Virginia – The Richmond-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, pronounced “Surf-P,” achieved an important milestone toward becoming a certified asset to first responders by scoring 95% on a demanding, two-day National Guard Bureau Standardization, Evaluation and Assistance Team, or SEAT, inspection May 23, 2019. The results of the inspection were briefed at […]

    Special response force passes key readiness inspection

    RICHMOND, Virginia – The Richmond-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, pronounced “Surf-P,” achieved an important milestone toward becoming a certified asset to first responders by scoring 95% on a demanding, two-day National Guard Bureau Standardization, Evaluation and Assistance Team, or SEAT, inspection May 23, 2019. The results of the inspection were briefed at […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. (April 17, 2019) — Initial entry training Soldiers receive many hours of instruction on the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program. As a result, they are familiar with behaviors leading to sexual misconduct, what constitutes sexual assault and ways to report it. They also are taught how such acts affect individuals, units, missions and the Army. […]

    Fort Pickett drop zone serves as location for unconventional SHARP training

    FORT PICKETT, Va. (April 17, 2019) — Initial entry training Soldiers receive many hours of instruction on the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program. As a result, they are familiar with behaviors leading to sexual misconduct, what constitutes sexual assault and ways to report it. They also are taught how such acts affect individuals, units, missions and the Army. […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — With historical roots dating back to World War I, the modern Virginia Defense Force was formally reestablished April 18, 1984, and Virginia General Assembly Joint Resolution 864 commends the VDF on its 35th anniversary. VDF history traces back to the Virginia Volunteers in World War I, the Virginia Protective Force and Virginia State Guard in World War […]

    Virginia General Assembly Joint Resolution commends VDF on its 35th anniversary

    RICHMOND, Va. — With historical roots dating back to World War I, the modern Virginia Defense Force was formally reestablished April 18, 1984, and Virginia General Assembly Joint Resolution 864 commends the VDF on its 35th anniversary. VDF history traces back to the Virginia Volunteers in World War I, the Virginia Protective Force and Virginia State Guard in World War […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Virginia National Guard welcomed three new second lieutenants from Officer Candidate School Class 62A at a commissioning ceremony held April 14, 2019, at Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The newly commissioned officers successfully completed the accelerated OCS program in eight weeks at Fort McClellan, Alabama. Lt. Col. Robert L. Fitch, 3rd Battalion, 183rd RTI […]

    Virginia National Guard commissions three new officers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Virginia National Guard welcomed three new second lieutenants from Officer Candidate School Class 62A at a commissioning ceremony held April 14, 2019, at Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The newly commissioned officers successfully completed the accelerated OCS program in eight weeks at Fort McClellan, Alabama. Lt. Col. Robert L. Fitch, 3rd Battalion, 183rd RTI […]

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  • ROANOKE, Va. — The Virignia National Guard joined more than a dozen law enforcement agencies throughout the Roanoke Valley announcing the results of Operation Triple Beam, an intensive law enforcement operation that recently came to a successful conclusion, April 1, 2019, in Roanoke, Virginia. Analysts from the Virginia National Guard Counterdrug Task Force supported Operation Triple Beam, which brought together […]

    VNG supports Roanoke area law enforcement operation resulting in hundreds of arrests

    ROANOKE, Va. — The Virignia National Guard joined more than a dozen law enforcement agencies throughout the Roanoke Valley announcing the results of Operation Triple Beam, an intensive law enforcement operation that recently came to a successful conclusion, April 1, 2019, in Roanoke, Virginia. Analysts from the Virginia National Guard Counterdrug Task Force supported Operation Triple Beam, which brought together […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Army’s new personnel and pay system is coming to Virginia this spring and its rollout will require Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers and leaders at all levels to complete various levels of training in order to take full advantage of its capabilities. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System Army, which is scheduled to go live […]

    Online, resident training now available for IPPS-A implementation

    FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Army’s new personnel and pay system is coming to Virginia this spring and its rollout will require Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers and leaders at all levels to complete various levels of training in order to take full advantage of its capabilities. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System Army, which is scheduled to go live […]

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  • CHESTER, Va. — Warrant Officer Candidates assigned to Class 19-001 of the Virginia National Guard’s Warrant Officer Candidate School, taught at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute at Fort Pickett, assisted in sprucing up Smitty’s Cat Rescue, Feb. 23, 2019, to complete their community project requirement in Chester, Virginia. The Warrant Officer Candidate School requires each WOCS class to identify, plan […]

    WOCs scrub, scratch during their community project

    CHESTER, Va. — Warrant Officer Candidates assigned to Class 19-001 of the Virginia National Guard’s Warrant Officer Candidate School, taught at the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute at Fort Pickett, assisted in sprucing up Smitty’s Cat Rescue, Feb. 23, 2019, to complete their community project requirement in Chester, Virginia. The Warrant Officer Candidate School requires each WOCS class to identify, plan […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Youth Program is searching for engaging, dedicated individuals who are passionate about working with National Guard Youth to volunteer at their events and camps throughout the next year. The Youth Program relies on a core network of trained, background-checked volunteers. These volunteers provide program assistance with deployment events, photography and social media support, […]

    VNG Youth Program searching for volunteers

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Youth Program is searching for engaging, dedicated individuals who are passionate about working with National Guard Youth to volunteer at their events and camps throughout the next year. The Youth Program relies on a core network of trained, background-checked volunteers. These volunteers provide program assistance with deployment events, photography and social media support, […]

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  • CAMP TAJI, Iraq — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion assumed responsibility of their assigned battlefield sustainment operations on Jan. 1, 2019, and commemorated by a transfer of authority ceremony Jan. 7. The 529th, also known as Task Force Cavalier, manages the day-to-day sustainment operations throughout Iraq, Syria and Jordan, in support of […]

    529th CSSB officially begins mission in the Middle East 

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion assumed responsibility of their assigned battlefield sustainment operations on Jan. 1, 2019, and commemorated by a transfer of authority ceremony Jan. 7. The 529th, also known as Task Force Cavalier, manages the day-to-day sustainment operations throughout Iraq, Syria and Jordan, in support of […]

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  • JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Wing has earned the Air Force Meritorious Unit Award, according to an announcement made Nov. 28, 2018, by Col. Frank J. Lobash, 192nd Wing commander. This is the first time the wing as a whole has received this award, which was first authorized by the Secretary of the Air […]

    192nd Wing earns Air Force Meritorious Unit Award

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Wing has earned the Air Force Meritorious Unit Award, according to an announcement made Nov. 28, 2018, by Col. Frank J. Lobash, 192nd Wing commander. This is the first time the wing as a whole has received this award, which was first authorized by the Secretary of the Air […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Understanding the unique higher educational needs of student veterans will be the major topic of discussion at the Virginia Military & Veteran’s Education Summit Nov. 8-9, 2018, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia. Presented by Virginia’s Community Colleges in partnership with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, the two-day Summit will bring together administrators, […]

    Virginia Military and Veteran’s Education Summit to explore ways to better serve student veterans

    RICHMOND, Va. — Understanding the unique higher educational needs of student veterans will be the major topic of discussion at the Virginia Military & Veteran’s Education Summit Nov. 8-9, 2018, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia. Presented by Virginia’s Community Colleges in partnership with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, the two-day Summit will bring together administrators, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The application deadline for the Spring Semester, Virginia National Guard state tuition assistance is November 1, 2018. The State Tuition Assistance Program offers up to $6,250 per year for tuition and fees and one credential at each level up to a Ph.D. Tuition assistance can now be used at participating online schools not in Virginia but […]

    Tuition assistance deadline is November 1

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The application deadline for the Spring Semester, Virginia National Guard state tuition assistance is November 1, 2018. The State Tuition Assistance Program offers up to $6,250 per year for tuition and fees and one credential at each level up to a Ph.D. Tuition assistance can now be used at participating online schools not in Virginia but […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — An intimate gathering of Soldiers and family members marked the dedication of the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School building in honor of Capt. Harry Q. Rose Sept. 22, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Rose graduated from OCS Class VI in 1966 and earned the honor graduate distinction after completing the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course […]

    Virginia OCS dedicates building to Capt. Harry Q. Rose

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — An intimate gathering of Soldiers and family members marked the dedication of the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School building in honor of Capt. Harry Q. Rose Sept. 22, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Rose graduated from OCS Class VI in 1966 and earned the honor graduate distinction after completing the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course […]

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