Dept. of Military Affairs Archive

  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — After two years of planning, designing and hard work, the Virginia Army National Guard’s Environmental Program has completed a large-scale stream remediation project, the first ever at the installation.  The project remediated about 2,400 linear feet of stream segment, originating at the Fort Pickett recycling facility, […]

    Stream remediation project first for Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — After two years of planning, designing and hard work, the Virginia Army National Guard’s Environmental Program has completed a large-scale stream remediation project, the first ever at the installation.  The project remediated about 2,400 linear feet of stream segment, originating at the Fort Pickett recycling facility, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. – Members of the Virginia Department of Military Affairs Human Resources Office were recognized for their success and commitment to the hiring and retention of women veterans during the 2020 Virginia Women Veterans Virtual Summit hosted June 17-19 by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in collaboration with […]

    DMA Human Resources Office recognized for veterans hiring effort

    RICHMOND, Va. – Members of the Virginia Department of Military Affairs Human Resources Office were recognized for their success and commitment to the hiring and retention of women veterans during the 2020 Virginia Women Veterans Virtual Summit hosted June 17-19 by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in collaboration with […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The COVID-19 pandemic has led the Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy to introduce a “Virtual ChalleNGe,” using video teleconferencing technology for the cadets of Class 53, which began May 18, 2020, with 59 cadets in three platoons. “We would love to get them on campus, but we […]

    Despite COVID-19, Commonwealth ChalleNGe marches on with ‘Virtual ChalleNGe’ for Class 53

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The COVID-19 pandemic has led the Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy to introduce a “Virtual ChalleNGe,” using video teleconferencing technology for the cadets of Class 53, which began May 18, 2020, with 59 cadets in three platoons. “We would love to get them on campus, but we […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted a brief observation of the 76th anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2020, at the Sgt. Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Chief Master Sergeant James J. Profita, the […]

    Virginia National Guard hosts D-Day observation

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted a brief observation of the 76th anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2020, at the Sgt. Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Chief Master Sergeant James J. Profita, the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — During the COVID-19 pandemic the Virginia Department of Military Affairs continues to recognize outstanding individual state employees and also agency-wide award winners for their accomplishments. Previously, DMA conducted the State Employee Recognition Day by providing a banquet and an awards ceremony at two different locations, Fort Pickett […]

    DMA recognizes outstanding state employees

    RICHMOND, Va. — During the COVID-19 pandemic the Virginia Department of Military Affairs continues to recognize outstanding individual state employees and also agency-wide award winners for their accomplishments. Previously, DMA conducted the State Employee Recognition Day by providing a banquet and an awards ceremony at two different locations, Fort Pickett […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has more than 500 personnel actively working or ready to support the Commonwealth of Virginia’s COVID-19 response as of April 27, 2020. VNG Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are supporting planning teams and assisting with logistics support in multiple […]

    VNG continues to assist statewide COVID-19 response

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has more than 500 personnel actively working or ready to support the Commonwealth of Virginia’s COVID-19 response as of April 27, 2020. VNG Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are supporting planning teams and assisting with logistics support in multiple […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — When uniformed Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard were called to duty to support the fight against COVID-19 in March, they wouldn’t have been able to tackle their mission without the hard work, expertise,  and dedication of the 400 state employees of the Virginia Department […]

    State employees prove vital in VNG’s COVID-19 response

    RICHMOND, Va. — When uniformed Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard were called to duty to support the fight against COVID-19 in March, they wouldn’t have been able to tackle their mission without the hard work, expertise,  and dedication of the 400 state employees of the Virginia Department […]

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  • Virginia National Guard Team: It has been almost a month since Virginia declared a state of emergency and launched a multi-agency response to COVID-19 and activated the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force so we could do our part to help the fight. We have approximately 300 personnel on […]

    Adjutant General COVID-19 Update: April 10, 2020

    Virginia National Guard Team: It has been almost a month since Virginia declared a state of emergency and launched a multi-agency response to COVID-19 and activated the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force so we could do our part to help the fight. We have approximately 300 personnel on […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — A number of bills impacting the Virginia National Guard have passed the Virginia General Assembly during the 2020 legislative session, including bills aimed at increasing tuition assistance, increasing pay for Soldiers on state active duty for emergency response, and increasing the maximum age for Virginia Defense Force […]

    VNG, DMA bills pass during 2020 Virginia General Assembly session

    RICHMOND, Va. — A number of bills impacting the Virginia National Guard have passed the Virginia General Assembly during the 2020 legislative session, including bills aimed at increasing tuition assistance, increasing pay for Soldiers on state active duty for emergency response, and increasing the maximum age for Virginia Defense Force […]

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  • Commonwealth of Virginia COVID-19 Information Page:https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/ Virginia Department of Health Frequently Asked Questions:http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions/ Virginia National Guard COVID-19 Resources:https://vaguard.dodlive.mil/covid-19/ Virginia National Guard Frequently Asked Questions: 1. What is the Virginia National Guard currently doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? The Virginia National Guard has more than 540 personnel actively working […]

    Virginia National Guard COVID-19 FAQs

    Commonwealth of Virginia COVID-19 Information Page:https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/ Virginia Department of Health Frequently Asked Questions:http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions/ Virginia National Guard COVID-19 Resources:https://vaguard.dodlive.mil/covid-19/ Virginia National Guard Frequently Asked Questions: 1. What is the Virginia National Guard currently doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? The Virginia National Guard has more than 540 personnel actively working […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — More than 800 people, including Gold Star families and national, state and local leaders attended the dedication day and grand opening of the Virginia War Memorial’s new C. Kenneth Wright Pavilion and the Shrine of Memory for the Global War on Terrorism and Beyond Feb. 29, 2020, in […]

    Ribbon cutting marks opening of Virginia War Memorial expansion

    RICHMOND, Va. — More than 800 people, including Gold Star families and national, state and local leaders attended the dedication day and grand opening of the Virginia War Memorial’s new C. Kenneth Wright Pavilion and the Shrine of Memory for the Global War on Terrorism and Beyond Feb. 29, 2020, in […]

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  • Virginia Beach, Virginia — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 114 cadets from Class 52 Feb. 29, 2020, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach. Retired Brig. Gen. Walt Mercer, chief operations officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, joined Mark Chicoine, director of the Virginia […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 114 cadets from Class 52

    Virginia Beach, Virginia — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 114 cadets from Class 52 Feb. 29, 2020, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach. Retired Brig. Gen. Walt Mercer, chief operations officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, joined Mark Chicoine, director of the Virginia […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — A new program designed to help Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees improve their leadership skills and learn from existing leaders officially kicked off Feb. 20, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The DMA Workforce Development Mentoring Program is a new effort to help DMA employees […]

    DMA Mentoring Program kicks off at meet and greet event

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — A new program designed to help Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees improve their leadership skills and learn from existing leaders officially kicked off Feb. 20, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The DMA Workforce Development Mentoring Program is a new effort to help DMA employees […]

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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. — The Virginia National Guard 2020 Military Ball is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the Military Ball formal dinner at 7 p.m. The Military Ball is open to all members of […]

    Virginia National Guard to host Military Ball in February 2020

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard 2020 Military Ball is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the Military Ball formal dinner at 7 p.m. The Military Ball is open to all members of […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard plans to mobilize approximately 30 Soldiers for state emergency support duty in the Eastern Shore and Hampton Roads areas to be staged and ready to assist local and state emergency agencies respond to potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian. Soldiers will begin preparations on […]

    Virginia National Guard to mobilize for possible response to Hurricane Dorian

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard plans to mobilize approximately 30 Soldiers for state emergency support duty in the Eastern Shore and Hampton Roads areas to be staged and ready to assist local and state emergency agencies respond to potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian. Soldiers will begin preparations on […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted geographic information system training for more than two dozen National Guard Airmen, Soldiers, civilians and contractors from 10 states and territories Aug. 26- 30, 2019, at State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. GIS is a mapping-based, decision tool system designed […]

    Virginia Guard hosts NGB GIS training courses

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted geographic information system training for more than two dozen National Guard Airmen, Soldiers, civilians and contractors from 10 states and territories Aug. 26- 30, 2019, at State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. GIS is a mapping-based, decision tool system designed […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 118 cadets from Class 51 August 24, 2019, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Walt Mercer, Chief Operations Officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, […]

    Commonwealth ChalleNGe Class 51 graduates 118 cadets

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 118 cadets from Class 51 August 24, 2019, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Walt Mercer, Chief Operations Officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, […]

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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 […]

    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 […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia– For many cadets in the Virginia National Guard Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy, the 20-week residential portion of the program is an opportunity to pursue credit recovery and return to high school. For some, they spend their time preparing to take the GED exam at the end of […]

    Partnerships with TCC, ABC offer ChalleNGe cadets new options upon graduation

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia– For many cadets in the Virginia National Guard Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy, the 20-week residential portion of the program is an opportunity to pursue credit recovery and return to high school. For some, they spend their time preparing to take the GED exam at the end of […]

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