Army Guard Archive

  • 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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  • WINCHESTER, Va. — A Haymarket, Virginia, resident is now the commander of the Virginia Army National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Lt. Col. Robert Leseman officially took command of the Winchester-based unit from Lt. Col. Steele McGonegal during a change-of-command ceremony Feb. 8, 2020, […]

    Training, combat readiness take center stage in change of command ceremony

    WINCHESTER, Va. — A Haymarket, Virginia, resident is now the commander of the Virginia Army National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Lt. Col. Robert Leseman officially took command of the Winchester-based unit from Lt. Col. Steele McGonegal during a change-of-command ceremony Feb. 8, 2020, […]

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  • RICHLANDS, Va. — Tazewell County officials sent Virginia National Guard Soldiers out for health and welfare checks on citizens, and Soldiers delivered water and locally-donated food to those impacted by heavy rains and flooding in the area Feb. 7, 2020. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management directed the VNG to […]

    Virginia National Guard Soldiers support flood response in Tazewell County

    RICHLANDS, Va. — Tazewell County officials sent Virginia National Guard Soldiers out for health and welfare checks on citizens, and Soldiers delivered water and locally-donated food to those impacted by heavy rains and flooding in the area Feb. 7, 2020. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management directed the VNG to […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the U.S. Army National Guard Jan. 24, 2020, urging that funds needed for a new Virginia National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility in Richmond be prioritized as part of the Future Years Defense Program. The current lease with the […]

    Va. CoDel sends letter of support for Army Aviation Support Facility funding

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the U.S. Army National Guard Jan. 24, 2020, urging that funds needed for a new Virginia National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility in Richmond be prioritized as part of the Future Years Defense Program. The current lease with the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, updated members of the Virginia General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus and the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations on the Virginia National Guard and discussed the VNG’s legislative initiatives for the 2020 session of the Virginia […]

    AG shares legislative priorities with JLC, GA Military Caucus

    RICHMOND, Va. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, updated members of the Virginia General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus and the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations on the Virginia National Guard and discussed the VNG’s legislative initiatives for the 2020 session of the Virginia […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Six Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were selected for slots in the battalion’s scout platoon after conducting training on individual skills and team building exercises January 11, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia, as […]

    Red Dragons compete in Scout Platoon Tryouts

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Six Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were selected for slots in the battalion’s scout platoon after conducting training on individual skills and team building exercises January 11, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia, as […]

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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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  • FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Family, friends and current and former Virginia National Guard Soldiers gathered to remember two fallen VNG Soldiers Dec. 21, 2019, at the Mason-Ruhren Readiness Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia, marking 15 years since their deaths.  Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason and Sgt. David A. Ruhren, both assigned to the […]

    Mason, Ruhren remembered 15 years after attack

    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Family, friends and current and former Virginia National Guard Soldiers gathered to remember two fallen VNG Soldiers Dec. 21, 2019, at the Mason-Ruhren Readiness Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia, marking 15 years since their deaths.  Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason and Sgt. David A. Ruhren, both assigned to the […]

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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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  • FORT LEE, Virginia – One of the Virginia Army National Guard’s newest recruits, Pvt. Ana-Alicia Bennett made history when she enlisted as an 11B Infantryman Dec. 19, 2019, at the Military Entrance Processing Station at Fort Lee, Virginia. Bennett is the first female to enlist into the Virginia Army National […]

    VNG recruit becomes first female to enlist as 11B

    FORT LEE, Virginia – One of the Virginia Army National Guard’s newest recruits, Pvt. Ana-Alicia Bennett made history when she enlisted as an 11B Infantryman Dec. 19, 2019, at the Military Entrance Processing Station at Fort Lee, Virginia. Bennett is the first female to enlist into the Virginia Army National […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force to fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide a response force that answers the call of the Governor […]

    VNG balanced demands of state, federal missions in 2019

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force to fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide a response force that answers the call of the Governor […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — As we look back on 2019, we can see it was another incredibly busy year for everyone in the Virginia National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force. Our Soldiers, Airmen, VDF members and the federal and state civilians who support them have all been working incredibly hard […]

    Adjutant General’s 2019 Holiday Message

    RICHMOND, Va. — As we look back on 2019, we can see it was another incredibly busy year for everyone in the Virginia National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force. Our Soldiers, Airmen, VDF members and the federal and state civilians who support them have all been working incredibly hard […]

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  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia National Guard field artillery Soldiers past and present gathered for the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s regimental muster and Saint Barbara’s Day celebration Dec. 7, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia.  As part of the festivities, deserving individuals were presented with […]

    Thunder Soldiers honored with Order of Saint Barbara

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia National Guard field artillery Soldiers past and present gathered for the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s regimental muster and Saint Barbara’s Day celebration Dec. 7, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia.  As part of the festivities, deserving individuals were presented with […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support group completed an international line haul mission to Canada and back Dec. 3 – 8, 2019, culminating at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The 64-Solider team helped Canadian Soldiers from […]

    1032nd TC completes international line haul mission

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support group completed an international line haul mission to Canada and back Dec. 3 – 8, 2019, culminating at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The 64-Solider team helped Canadian Soldiers from […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Archeologists, with the help of land records, technology and ground surveys, are attempting to locate hundreds of possible gravesites within the confines of Fort Pickett in an effort to determine if those sites still contain any human remains.  In 1941, the United States government purchased more […]

    Efforts underway to locate historic gravesites at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Archeologists, with the help of land records, technology and ground surveys, are attempting to locate hundreds of possible gravesites within the confines of Fort Pickett in an effort to determine if those sites still contain any human remains.  In 1941, the United States government purchased more […]

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  • FORT LEE, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team was evaluated as trained and mission capable after a Training Proficiency Evaluation Nov. 19 and 21, 2019, at Fort Lee, Virginia. The evaluation was conducted by the U.S. Army North’s Civil Support Readiness Group – East, […]

    34th CST trained, ready following evaluation

    FORT LEE, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team was evaluated as trained and mission capable after a Training Proficiency Evaluation Nov. 19 and 21, 2019, at Fort Lee, Virginia. The evaluation was conducted by the U.S. Army North’s Civil Support Readiness Group – East, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Officials from the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service and the General Services Administration formally opened the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 14, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  Senior leaders from state government, the Virginia National Guard and Maneuver Training […]

    FASTC officially opens doors at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Officials from the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service and the General Services Administration formally opened the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 14, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  Senior leaders from state government, the Virginia National Guard and Maneuver Training […]

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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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