Dept. of Military Affairs Archive

  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia- The COVID-19 pandemic led the Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy to introduce a virtual, on-line course for Class 53, which ran from May- August 2020. Now Class 54, which began Oct. 5, is preparing for a hybrid course, composed of both in-person and virtual attendance. Using video teleconferencing […]

    Class 53 overcomes a virtual ChalleNGe, as Class 54 prepares for hybrid experience

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia- The COVID-19 pandemic led the Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy to introduce a virtual, on-line course for Class 53, which ran from May- August 2020. Now Class 54, which began Oct. 5, is preparing for a hybrid course, composed of both in-person and virtual attendance. Using video teleconferencing […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Department of Military Affairs hosted five new employees for a quarterly New Employee Orientation Class Sept. 1, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Four new state employees and one Virginia National Guard Soldier on Active Duty for Operational Support orders attended the course.  The orientation […]

    DMA hosts orientation for new employees

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Department of Military Affairs hosted five new employees for a quarterly New Employee Orientation Class Sept. 1, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Four new state employees and one Virginia National Guard Soldier on Active Duty for Operational Support orders attended the course.  The orientation […]

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  • To the Virginia National Guard Team: Let me begin by emphasizing the key points of my message to the force from 5 June: Prejudice and discrimination of any form has no place in our formations and will not be tolerated or ignored.  There is no doubt in my mind that […]

    AG Update: Four-phase plan to address diversity, equality

    To the Virginia National Guard Team: Let me begin by emphasizing the key points of my message to the force from 5 June: Prejudice and discrimination of any form has no place in our formations and will not be tolerated or ignored.  There is no doubt in my mind that […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Approximately 85 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are trained and ready to resume support for Virginia’s COVID-19 response Sept. 8, 2020, and they are available to conduct COVID-19 sample test collection and training on the proper fit and wear of personal protective equipment. They spent about […]

    Va. National Guard resuming COVID-19 response support

    RICHMOND, Va. — Approximately 85 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are trained and ready to resume support for Virginia’s COVID-19 response Sept. 8, 2020, and they are available to conduct COVID-19 sample test collection and training on the proper fit and wear of personal protective equipment. They spent about […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ceremonially signed into law two bills benefitting the Virginia Department of Military Affairs as well as veterans with disabilities during a virtual bill signing ceremony Aug. 4, 2020.  With his signature, House Bill 990 and Senate Bill 745 were signed into law during […]

    New laws benefit DMA, veterans with disabilities

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ceremonially signed into law two bills benefitting the Virginia Department of Military Affairs as well as veterans with disabilities during a virtual bill signing ceremony Aug. 4, 2020.  With his signature, House Bill 990 and Senate Bill 745 were signed into law during […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is playing host to some very special guests this summer – hundreds of loggerhead sea turtle eggs in a recently-discovered nest in the dunes on the installation’s beachfront.  It’s only the second nest discovered on that stretch of […]

    DMA, other agencies partner to protect rare sea turtle nest at SMR

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is playing host to some very special guests this summer – hundreds of loggerhead sea turtle eggs in a recently-discovered nest in the dunes on the installation’s beachfront.  It’s only the second nest discovered on that stretch of […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard plans to mobilize approximately 40 personnel for state emergency support duty in the Eastern Shore area to be staged and ready to assist local and state agencies respond to potential impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias. Soldiers will begin preparations Aug. 2, 2020, and […]

    Va. National Guard to mobilize for possible response to Tropical Storm Isaias

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard plans to mobilize approximately 40 personnel for state emergency support duty in the Eastern Shore area to be staged and ready to assist local and state agencies respond to potential impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias. Soldiers will begin preparations Aug. 2, 2020, and […]

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  • 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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