About Author: Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti

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Sgt. 1st Class Terra Gatti is the Social Media NCO for the Virginia National Guard Public Affairs team. She can be reached via email at terra.c.gatti.mil@mail.mil.

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — When Virginia National Guardsman 1st Lt. Aidan O’Connor decided to go to Ranger School, it was partly because of leadership. So many of the best leaders he’d met had Ranger tabs on their shoulders and while O’Connor knew that wasn’t all it took to excel in the […]

    Teamwork, attention to detail helps LT earn Ranger Tab

    RICHMOND, Va. — When Virginia National Guardsman 1st Lt. Aidan O’Connor decided to go to Ranger School, it was partly because of leadership. So many of the best leaders he’d met had Ranger tabs on their shoulders and while O’Connor knew that wasn’t all it took to excel in the […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Lt. Col. Matthew Lewis took command of Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division during a change of command ceremony held July 26, 2020, at the Virginia National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility. Maj. Gen. John M. Epperly, 29th Infantry Division Commander, presided over the […]

    Lewis takes command of VNG aviation battalion

    SANDSTON, Va. — Lt. Col. Matthew Lewis took command of Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division during a change of command ceremony held July 26, 2020, at the Virginia National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility. Maj. Gen. John M. Epperly, 29th Infantry Division Commander, presided over the […]

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  • WOODSTOCK, Va. — During a small, socially-distanced ceremony, Capt. Candice Bowen became the Virginia National Guard’s first female infantry company commander when she took command of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Capt. Timothy England July 18, 2020, in Woodstock, Virginia.  “It feels […]

    Virginia National Guard welcomes first female infantry company commander

    WOODSTOCK, Va. — During a small, socially-distanced ceremony, Capt. Candice Bowen became the Virginia National Guard’s first female infantry company commander when she took command of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Capt. Timothy England July 18, 2020, in Woodstock, Virginia.  “It feels […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — For Virginia National Guard master fitness trainer, Capt. Wilfred Hale, fitness first became a priority back in grade school. He started to put on a little extra weight, he said, so joined an after-school running club. Not only did he see physical benefits from the increased activity, […]

    Virginia MFT stresses importance of knowing self in setting fitness goals

    RICHMOND, Va. — For Virginia National Guard master fitness trainer, Capt. Wilfred Hale, fitness first became a priority back in grade school. He started to put on a little extra weight, he said, so joined an after-school running club. Not only did he see physical benefits from the increased activity, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — After a thoughtful investment in their people and processes, the Virginia National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility reached the pinnacle of maintenance readiness with 100 percent of their fleet fully mission capable, or FMC. Virginia’s AASF, located in Sandston, Virginia, reached this peak during late spring. Leaders […]

    VNG AASF reaches top aviation maintenance readiness level

    SANDSTON, Va. — After a thoughtful investment in their people and processes, the Virginia National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility reached the pinnacle of maintenance readiness with 100 percent of their fleet fully mission capable, or FMC. Virginia’s AASF, located in Sandston, Virginia, reached this peak during late spring. Leaders […]

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  • It’s been roughly six weeks since the outside closed and we were encouraged to #StayHome in hopes these efforts would slow the spread of COVID-19. Home is where we were the safest and that is where we were told to stay. Early on in the beginning stages of the pandemic […]

    #StayHome & COVID-19: Reflections from VNG’s Director of Psychological Health

    It’s been roughly six weeks since the outside closed and we were encouraged to #StayHome in hopes these efforts would slow the spread of COVID-19. Home is where we were the safest and that is where we were told to stay. Early on in the beginning stages of the pandemic […]

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  • ATLANTIC, North Carolina — Virginia National Guard flight crews and support personnel assigned to 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division traveled south to Marine Corps Outlying Field Atlantic in Atlantic, North Carolina, for aerial door gunnery from their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters Feb. 29 – March 8, 2020. […]

    VNG aviation battalion conducts aerial gunnery in N.C.

    ATLANTIC, North Carolina — Virginia National Guard flight crews and support personnel assigned to 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division traveled south to Marine Corps Outlying Field Atlantic in Atlantic, North Carolina, for aerial door gunnery from their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters Feb. 29 – March 8, 2020. […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Approximately 45 Soldiers from 16 Virginia Army National Guard battalions participated in a Battalion Army Combat Fitness Test Challenge Feb. 28, 2020, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Three-man teams from 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the Recruiting and Retention Battalion […]

    VNG holds ACFT challenge, names top battalion team

    RICHMOND, Va. — Approximately 45 Soldiers from 16 Virginia Army National Guard battalions participated in a Battalion Army Combat Fitness Test Challenge Feb. 28, 2020, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Three-man teams from 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the Recruiting and Retention Battalion […]

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  • PETERSBURG, Va. — Virginia National Guard warrant officer candidates took a deep dive into history during a visit to the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and Petersburg National Battlefield Feb. 22, 2020, in Petersburg, Virginia. The candidates toured both sites, along with WOCS cadre, as part of their […]

    WOCS candidates experience history in Petersburg

    PETERSBURG, Va. — Virginia National Guard warrant officer candidates took a deep dive into history during a visit to the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and Petersburg National Battlefield Feb. 22, 2020, in Petersburg, Virginia. The candidates toured both sites, along with WOCS cadre, as part of their […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — It was a unique and historic day for both the Rohler family and the Virginia National Guard’s 529th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group. On Dec. 7, 2019, Lt. Col. Juanita Rohler took command of the Virginia Beach-based unit from her husband, Lt. Col. Dennis […]

    529th CSSB command stays in the family

    RICHMOND, Va. — It was a unique and historic day for both the Rohler family and the Virginia National Guard’s 529th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group. On Dec. 7, 2019, Lt. Col. Juanita Rohler took command of the Virginia Beach-based unit from her husband, Lt. Col. Dennis […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — With the rollout of the new Army Combat Fitness Test, the Virginia National Guard’s master fitness trainers are providing unique training opportunities to help Soldiers prepare for the test. During one such event, held Nov. 21, 2019, near Richmond, Virginia, Master Sgt. Ramon Abreu-Perez, master fitness coordinator […]

    VNG Soldiers get creative with ACFT training

    RICHMOND, Va. — With the rollout of the new Army Combat Fitness Test, the Virginia National Guard’s master fitness trainers are providing unique training opportunities to help Soldiers prepare for the test. During one such event, held Nov. 21, 2019, near Richmond, Virginia, Master Sgt. Ramon Abreu-Perez, master fitness coordinator […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard recruiters took the top spots for both regional recruiter of the year and regional recruiting supervisor of the year following a board held Nov. 7, 2019, in West Virginia. Master Sgt. Donnie Brizendine and Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Fretwell competed against their peers from […]

    Va. Army Guard recruiters recognized as top in region

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard recruiters took the top spots for both regional recruiter of the year and regional recruiting supervisor of the year following a board held Nov. 7, 2019, in West Virginia. Master Sgt. Donnie Brizendine and Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Fretwell competed against their peers from […]

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  • HARRISONBURG, Va. – By the time he started walking toward the James Madison University football field, 2015 alum 1st Lt. Blake Place was already having a pretty great day. He and his fellow Soldiers, all assigned to Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, helped kick off the Nov. 9, 2019, […]

    VNG pilot pops surprise proposal at JMU game

    HARRISONBURG, Va. – By the time he started walking toward the James Madison University football field, 2015 alum 1st Lt. Blake Place was already having a pretty great day. He and his fellow Soldiers, all assigned to Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, helped kick off the Nov. 9, 2019, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — More than 25 employers of Virginia National Guard Soldiers were able to experience the environments their employees work in first-hand during an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Boss Lift. The event was hosted by Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division Sept. 7, […]

    ESGR Boss Lift held for employers of 2-224th Aviation

    SANDSTON, Va. — More than 25 employers of Virginia National Guard Soldiers were able to experience the environments their employees work in first-hand during an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Boss Lift. The event was hosted by Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division Sept. 7, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — As the sun rose on Fort Pickett’s Air Assault Obstacle Course Aug. 13, 2019, several hundred Soldiers were steaming in the morning’s muggy heat from their first physical challenge of the day, a two-mile run. That was just the beginning. From there, 238 Soldiers, plus a […]

    WTC brings Air Assault, Pathfinder School to Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — As the sun rose on Fort Pickett’s Air Assault Obstacle Course Aug. 13, 2019, several hundred Soldiers were steaming in the morning’s muggy heat from their first physical challenge of the day, a two-mile run. That was just the beginning. From there, 238 Soldiers, plus a […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — More than 70 newly-recruited Soldiers participated in a combined training event as part of the Virginia National Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program July 20, 2019, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The recruits meet one weekend a month to focus on administrative tasks and […]

    Recruit Sustainment Program produces greater success rate for newer recruits

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — More than 70 newly-recruited Soldiers participated in a combined training event as part of the Virginia National Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program July 20, 2019, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The recruits meet one weekend a month to focus on administrative tasks and […]

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  • FORT LEE, Va. — Pvt. Andrew Lee Ross followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted into the Virginia Army National Guard July 2, 2019, at the Military Entrance Processing Station at Fort Lee, Virginia. He follows a long line of family members into the military, and his oath of enlistment […]

    Son follows father into Virginia Army National Guard

    FORT LEE, Va. — Pvt. Andrew Lee Ross followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted into the Virginia Army National Guard July 2, 2019, at the Military Entrance Processing Station at Fort Lee, Virginia. He follows a long line of family members into the military, and his oath of enlistment […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — For the first time, the Virginia National Guard’s annual Adjutant General’s Marksmanship Match was a combined arms event, held June 21-23, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. More than 50 Soldiers and Airmen competed in the event, which tested their skills on both rifle and pistol, and […]

    VNG hosts combined arms marksmanship match

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — For the first time, the Virginia National Guard’s annual Adjutant General’s Marksmanship Match was a combined arms event, held June 21-23, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. More than 50 Soldiers and Airmen competed in the event, which tested their skills on both rifle and pistol, and […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted their inaugural Women’s Summit June 19, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Women from across the force attended the event, which this year focused on balancing the demands of women’s personal and professional lives. “Women are far more likely to leave the […]

    Va. National Guard hosts inaugural Women’s Summit

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted their inaugural Women’s Summit June 19, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Women from across the force attended the event, which this year focused on balancing the demands of women’s personal and professional lives. “Women are far more likely to leave the […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — For the first time in the history of the Virginia National Guard’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, women were among the graduates of the 11B Infantry Transition Course. Five female Soldiers were among 34 U.S. Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers who earned their blue cord […]

    183rd RTI graduates 1st female infantry Soldiers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — For the first time in the history of the Virginia National Guard’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, women were among the graduates of the 11B Infantry Transition Course. Five female Soldiers were among 34 U.S. Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers who earned their blue cord […]

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