Army Guard Archive

  • 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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  • BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band performed ceremonial music, playing an integral part of ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2019, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. The band also performed at other anniversary events throughout the week as the Bedford community remembered the Soldiers who […]

    29th ID Band plays integral role in D-Day anniversary events

    BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band performed ceremonial music, playing an integral part of ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2019, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. The band also performed at other anniversary events throughout the week as the Bedford community remembered the Soldiers who […]

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  • WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia — Brig. Gen. James W. Ring, the Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, honored dozens of VNG volunteers at the 2019 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition and Training Workshop June 9, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. The annual two-day event recognizes and thanks volunteers for their efforts in support of family programs and includes training and […]

    Virginia National Guard honors volunteers at 2019 Volunteer Recognition & Training Workshop

    WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia — Brig. Gen. James W. Ring, the Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, honored dozens of VNG volunteers at the 2019 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition and Training Workshop June 9, 2019, in Williamsburg, Virginia. The annual two-day event recognizes and thanks volunteers for their efforts in support of family programs and includes training and […]

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  • BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen greeted World War II veterans and acted as military escorts during a roll call honoring their service at the observation of the 75th anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2019, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band performed ceremonial music, […]

    Bedford ceremonies mark 75th anniversary of D-Day

    BEDFORD, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen greeted World War II veterans and acted as military escorts during a roll call honoring their service at the observation of the 75th anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2019, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band performed ceremonial music, […]

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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, Va. — Thousands of veterans, service members and citizens are expected to attend events marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, during ceremonies June 4-9, 2019, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 29th Infantry Division will serve […]

    Ceremonies to mark 75th anniversary of D-Day invasion

    RICHMOND, Va. — Thousands of veterans, service members and citizens are expected to attend events marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, during ceremonies June 4-9, 2019, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 29th Infantry Division will serve […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — Family members, friends, fellow Soldiers and Virginia National Guard senior leaders gathered to bid a formal farewell to the Soldiers of the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contracting Team, 329th Regional Support Group, as they began federal active duty May 25, 2019, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. The ceremony included remarks from Maj. Gen. Timothy […]

    1945th Contracting Team departs for overseas mission

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — Family members, friends, fellow Soldiers and Virginia National Guard senior leaders gathered to bid a formal farewell to the Soldiers of the Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contracting Team, 329th Regional Support Group, as they began federal active duty May 25, 2019, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. The ceremony included remarks from Maj. Gen. Timothy […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginians from all branches of the Armed Forces who gave their lives in service to their country were remembered at the Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial May 27, 2019, in Richmond. Virginia. Ten Virginia National Guard Soldiers have been killed by hostile enemy action since Sept. 11, 2001, and they are among the […]

    Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony honors Virginia’s fallen

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginians from all branches of the Armed Forces who gave their lives in service to their country were remembered at the Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial May 27, 2019, in Richmond. Virginia. Ten Virginia National Guard Soldiers have been killed by hostile enemy action since Sept. 11, 2001, and they are among the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Each year on Memorial Day we remember the military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the ideals of freedom we all cherish. I hope that each of you will pause at some point during the long weekend for a personal moment of silence to honor our fallen comrades. It is important that […]

    Adjutant General’s 2019 Memorial Day Message

    RICHMOND, Va. — Each year on Memorial Day we remember the military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the ideals of freedom we all cherish. I hope that each of you will pause at some point during the long weekend for a personal moment of silence to honor our fallen comrades. It is important that […]

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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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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins, Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Walter L. Mercer, Chief Operations Officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, recognized and thanked DMA employees at a State Employee Recognition luncheon May 22, 2019, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. DMA […]

    Virginia DMA honors state employees

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins, Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Walter L. Mercer, Chief Operations Officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, recognized and thanked DMA employees at a State Employee Recognition luncheon May 22, 2019, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. DMA […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group conducted some unique but critical training when they conducted medical evacuation operations during their annual training May 15-16, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The 1710th teamed up with aviators and medics from the Chesterfield-based Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1st […]

    1710th TC teams with aviators for MEDEVAC exercise

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group conducted some unique but critical training when they conducted medical evacuation operations during their annual training May 15-16, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The 1710th teamed up with aviators and medics from the Chesterfield-based Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1st […]

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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 May 18, 2019, after two grueling weeks of training at […]

    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 May 18, 2019, after two grueling weeks of training at […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Warrant Officer Candidate School welcomed a new commander and recognized the latest graduates of the program in back-to-back ceremonies held May 4, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. In the first ceremony, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joshua Martin took command of the Virginia National Guard’s WOCS from Chief Warrant Officer 4 Wayne Sexton. […]

    WOCS welcomes new commander, recognizes new warrants

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Warrant Officer Candidate School welcomed a new commander and recognized the latest graduates of the program in back-to-back ceremonies held May 4, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. In the first ceremony, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joshua Martin took command of the Virginia National Guard’s WOCS from Chief Warrant Officer 4 Wayne Sexton. […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Senior leaders from the office of Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs and members of the Virginia Army and Air National Guard cut a cake to celebrate the 412th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and Jamestown May 14, 2019, at the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. The VNG traces the […]

    Ceremony celebrates 412th birthday of VNG, Jamestown

    RICHMOND, Va. — Senior leaders from the office of Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs and members of the Virginia Army and Air National Guard cut a cake to celebrate the 412th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and Jamestown May 14, 2019, at the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. The VNG traces the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – National Guard military spouses are honored and appreciated throughout the year, but they receive a special recognition on National Military Spouse Appreciation Day the Friday before Mother’s Day, observed on Friday, May 10 this year. “The service and sacrifices made by military spouses are tremendous,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Their […]

    VNG honors military spouses for Military Spouse Appreciation Day

    RICHMOND, Va. – National Guard military spouses are honored and appreciated throughout the year, but they receive a special recognition on National Military Spouse Appreciation Day the Friday before Mother’s Day, observed on Friday, May 10 this year. “The service and sacrifices made by military spouses are tremendous,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Their […]

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  • NORFOLK, Va. — Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, awarded the Pro Patria Awards, Extraordinary Employer Support Award, Above and Beyond Awards, and Spouse Award during the 2019 Annual Employer Awards Banquet, May 4, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia. Guest speakers in attendance were Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, Adjutant General of Virginia, and […]

    Virginia National Guard employers recognized with ESGR awards

    NORFOLK, Va. — Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, awarded the Pro Patria Awards, Extraordinary Employer Support Award, Above and Beyond Awards, and Spouse Award during the 2019 Annual Employer Awards Banquet, May 4, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia. Guest speakers in attendance were Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, Adjutant General of Virginia, and […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Just a few short weeks after completing his long-time goal of running the Boston Marathon, Master Sgt. Ramon Abreu-Perez will lace up his running shoes on Sunday to run the National Guard Marathon in Lincoln, Nebraska. He ran his first marathon back in 2004 and has been racing ever since. “When I first started running marathons I […]

    NCO takes Boston Marathon experience to VNG running team

    RICHMOND, Va. — Just a few short weeks after completing his long-time goal of running the Boston Marathon, Master Sgt. Ramon Abreu-Perez will lace up his running shoes on Sunday to run the National Guard Marathon in Lincoln, Nebraska. He ran his first marathon back in 2004 and has been racing ever since. “When I first started running marathons I […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Fifty-three two-man teams started the Best Ranger Competition early on the morning of April 12, 2019, at Fort Benning, Georgia. Among the rangers to run across the start line were six National Guard Soldiers, three from Virginia, two from Massachusetts and one from Kentucky. The Virginia and Kentucky Soldiers are all assigned to Virginia’s 116th Infantry Brigade […]

    VNG rangers test their limits at Best Ranger Competition

    RICHMOND, Va. — Fifty-three two-man teams started the Best Ranger Competition early on the morning of April 12, 2019, at Fort Benning, Georgia. Among the rangers to run across the start line were six National Guard Soldiers, three from Virginia, two from Massachusetts and one from Kentucky. The Virginia and Kentucky Soldiers are all assigned to Virginia’s 116th Infantry Brigade […]

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  • CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted a historic waterborne artillery live-fire exercise during Operation Gator April 24-25, 2019, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The exercise marked the first riverine artillery fire mission for the Army since the Vietnam era. […]

    Thunder Soldiers conduct historic waterborne artillery exercise

    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted a historic waterborne artillery live-fire exercise during Operation Gator April 24-25, 2019, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The exercise marked the first riverine artillery fire mission for the Army since the Vietnam era. […]

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