Army Guard Archive

  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — As soon as Pfc. Adrianna S. Apelt put on her father’s old Army uniform to play paintball, she knew. “I saw myself in the mirror and realized this was what I was supposed to do,” she exclaimed. “It just fit!” Two months later, during her senior year at Heritage High School in Newport News, Virginia, Apelt […]

    Paintball leads to enlistment to follow in father’s footsteps

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — As soon as Pfc. Adrianna S. Apelt put on her father’s old Army uniform to play paintball, she knew. “I saw myself in the mirror and realized this was what I was supposed to do,” she exclaimed. “It just fit!” Two months later, during her senior year at Heritage High School in Newport News, Virginia, Apelt […]

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  • PEMBROKE, N.H. — The Virginia Army National Guard’s Bowling Green-based 91st Cyber Brigade completed the process of hosting Cyber Yankee ’19 via its ShadowNet enterprise solution, a custom-built private cloud that uses VPN connectivity to provide aligned units with tailored cyber training at the individual and collective levels. The brigade hosted the five-day exercise on the ShadowNet platform remotely at […]

    91st Cyber Brigade hosts Cyber Yankee ’19 using ShadowNet enterprise solution

    PEMBROKE, N.H. — The Virginia Army National Guard’s Bowling Green-based 91st Cyber Brigade completed the process of hosting Cyber Yankee ’19 via its ShadowNet enterprise solution, a custom-built private cloud that uses VPN connectivity to provide aligned units with tailored cyber training at the individual and collective levels. The brigade hosted the five-day exercise on the ShadowNet platform remotely at […]

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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 Master Sgt. Steve Lindblad, and other family members, as well […]

    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 Master Sgt. Steve Lindblad, and other family members, as well […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — More than 60 Virginia National Guard youth joined teen and adult volunteers at the Virginia National Guard’s 14th Annual Youth Camp, held July 27 – Aug. 2, 2019, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. The Youth Camp provides educational, emotional, social, and community support for the youth and families of the Virginia National Guard. […]

    14th Annual Youth Summer Camp blasts off in Virginia Beach

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — More than 60 Virginia National Guard youth joined teen and adult volunteers at the Virginia National Guard’s 14th Annual Youth Camp, held July 27 – Aug. 2, 2019, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. The Youth Camp provides educational, emotional, social, and community support for the youth and families of the Virginia National Guard. […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and enabler units from Guard units in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and New York honed their combat skills during the eXportable Combat Training Capability Rotation 19-4 July 13 through August 2, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Col. Joseph A. DiNonno, commander […]

    116th IBCT more combat ready after XCTC rotation at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and enabler units from Guard units in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and New York honed their combat skills during the eXportable Combat Training Capability Rotation 19-4 July 13 through August 2, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Col. Joseph A. DiNonno, commander […]

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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 participate in training events that help prepare them for Basic […]

    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 participate in training events that help prepare them for Basic […]

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  • PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Two Virginia National Guard Soldiers currently on federal active duty overseas providing contract support received months of required real-world experience with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard prior to their deployment, and they were recognized for their outstanding service in May 2019. Staff Sgt. Tina M. Jaurequi and Sgt. Kayla V. Modic, assigned to the VirginiabBeach-based 1945th Contracting Team, […]

    1945th Contracting Team Soldiers recognized by Norfolk Naval Shipyard

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Two Virginia National Guard Soldiers currently on federal active duty overseas providing contract support received months of required real-world experience with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard prior to their deployment, and they were recognized for their outstanding service in May 2019. Staff Sgt. Tina M. Jaurequi and Sgt. Kayla V. Modic, assigned to the VirginiabBeach-based 1945th Contracting Team, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Defense Force chaplains are volunteering their time to conduct Sunday services at the Fort Pickett Bulla Chapel through the summer to provide religious support to Soldiers conducting training on the installation. The partnership between the Virginia National Guard Chaplain Corps and the VDF Chaplain Corps opens the chapel every Sunday from June 2 through Aug. […]

    VDF chaplains provide support at Fort Pickett chapel during annual training season

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Defense Force chaplains are volunteering their time to conduct Sunday services at the Fort Pickett Bulla Chapel through the summer to provide religious support to Soldiers conducting training on the installation. The partnership between the Virginia National Guard Chaplain Corps and the VDF Chaplain Corps opens the chapel every Sunday from June 2 through Aug. […]

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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 was administered by his uncle, Lt. Col. Steven Gutierrez, in […]

    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 was administered by his uncle, Lt. Col. Steven Gutierrez, in […]

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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 for the regional award and the opportunity to further compete […]

    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 for the regional award and the opportunity to further compete […]

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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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  • 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, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, […]

    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, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are honing their combat skills during the eXportable Combat Training Capability Rotation 19-4 scheduled for July 13 through August 2, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. “We want to leverage XCTC to validate platoon-level proficiency and readiness using live fire exercises and situational […]

    116th IBCT conducting eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are honing their combat skills during the eXportable Combat Training Capability Rotation 19-4 scheduled for July 13 through August 2, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. “We want to leverage XCTC to validate platoon-level proficiency and readiness using live fire exercises and situational […]

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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 was hosted by the Marksmanship Training Unit, part of 3rd […]

    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 was hosted by the Marksmanship Training Unit, part of 3rd […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Fort Pickett-based Warrant Officer Candidate School, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute is hosting a Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate Course Aug. 9-11, 2019. Any Soldier E-4 and above, or aviation candidates of any rank, can attend Pre-WOC in lieu of unit drill with prior approval by their unit. Enrollment can be completed through ATRRS using school code […]

    Pre-Warrant Officer Course scheduled for Aug. 9-11

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Fort Pickett-based Warrant Officer Candidate School, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute is hosting a Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate Course Aug. 9-11, 2019. Any Soldier E-4 and above, or aviation candidates of any rank, can attend Pre-WOC in lieu of unit drill with prior approval by their unit. Enrollment can be completed through ATRRS using school code […]

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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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  • 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 military and public safety training facilities on the East Coast. […]

    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 military and public safety training facilities on the East Coast. […]

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  • FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – More than 600 National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 29th Infantry Division from Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, South Carolina and Tennessee came together to participate in a command post exercise June 18-30, 2019, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. “A command post exercise is a training event designed to exercise the entire division staff and support team […]

    Command post exercise prepares 29ID staff for Warfighter

    FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – More than 600 National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 29th Infantry Division from Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, South Carolina and Tennessee came together to participate in a command post exercise June 18-30, 2019, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. “A command post exercise is a training event designed to exercise the entire division staff and support team […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute gathered to celebrate their success in the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command accreditation process June 22, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. RTI’s mission is to provide transition training in the infantry and transportation career management fields as directed by the One […]

    183rd RTI celebrates accreditation success

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute gathered to celebrate their success in the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command accreditation process June 22, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. RTI’s mission is to provide transition training in the infantry and transportation career management fields as directed by the One […]

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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 exercises and real-world missions during their stay at Fort Pickett, […]

    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 exercises and real-world missions during their stay at Fort Pickett, […]

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