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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Just a few miles from the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, stands an imposing brick structure resembling a medieval fortress in the historic African-American neighborhood of Jackson Ward, just north of downtown Richmond. The building, which today houses the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, holds an […]

    Richmond’s 19th century African-American armory part of VNG history

    RICHMOND, Va. — Just a few miles from the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, stands an imposing brick structure resembling a medieval fortress in the historic African-American neighborhood of Jackson Ward, just north of downtown Richmond. The building, which today houses the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, holds an […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Twenty Sept. 26, 2018, transferring oversight of the Department of Military Affairs from the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs. With the majority of the budget for the Virginia National Guard coming from federal funds and the need to increase recruitment and […]

    Governor Northam signs Executive Order transferring Department of Military Affairs to Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs

    RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Twenty Sept. 26, 2018, transferring oversight of the Department of Military Affairs from the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs. With the majority of the budget for the Virginia National Guard coming from federal funds and the need to increase recruitment and […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, known as the CERFP, received validation from external evaluators April 26, 2017, at the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The evaluation validated the team of approximately 200 Soldiers and Airmen as fully training on 20 of 24 tasks. […]

    Special response force validated after external evaluation

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, known as the CERFP, received validation from external evaluators April 26, 2017, at the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The evaluation validated the team of approximately 200 Soldiers and Airmen as fully training on 20 of 24 tasks. […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. — The Virginia National Guard has approximately 200 personnel staged and ready Jan. 7, 2017, at Guard readiness centers through the Hampton Roads area. Some Soldiers and vehicles are prepositioned at firehouses and other emergency services facilities in the region in order to quickly deploy if needed as part of the state’s multi-agency response. “I am incredibly […]

    Va. National Guard staged and ready to respond in Hampton Roads area

    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. — The Virginia National Guard has approximately 200 personnel staged and ready Jan. 7, 2017, at Guard readiness centers through the Hampton Roads area. Some Soldiers and vehicles are prepositioned at firehouses and other emergency services facilities in the region in order to quickly deploy if needed as part of the state’s multi-agency response. “I am incredibly […]

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  • JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard 192nd Fighter Wing welcomed Lt. Col. Darren “Whip” Gray, former Director of Operations of the 149th Fighter Squadron, as the new 149th Fighter Squadron commander during a change of command ceremony June 12, 2016 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Gray took command of the 149th Fighter Squadron from Lt. Col. […]

    149th Fighter Squadron welcomes new commander

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The Virginia Air National Guard 192nd Fighter Wing welcomed Lt. Col. Darren “Whip” Gray, former Director of Operations of the 149th Fighter Squadron, as the new 149th Fighter Squadron commander during a change of command ceremony June 12, 2016 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Gray took command of the 149th Fighter Squadron from Lt. Col. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Departure ceremonies for the Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be held May 14 and 15 in Christiansburg, Bedford, Lexington and Lynchburg to honor the men and women of the battalion as they begin a federal active duty mobilization. Approximately 450 Soldiers from the battalion, also known as […]

    Departure ceremonies scheduled for May 14, 15 in Bedford, Christiansburg, Lexington and Lynchburg for Va. Guard infantry battalion

    SANDSTON, Va. — Departure ceremonies for the Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be held May 14 and 15 in Christiansburg, Bedford, Lexington and Lynchburg to honor the men and women of the battalion as they begin a federal active duty mobilization. Approximately 450 Soldiers from the battalion, also known as […]

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  • As Virginia’s Citizen Soldiers and Citizen Airmen continue to deploy overseas to defend the ideals of freedom, the Virginia National Guard is reminded of an earlier deployment caused by an attack on U.S. soil and citizens one hundred years ago this week. On March 9, 1916, Francisco “Pancho” Villa and several hundred of his followers attacked Columbus, New Mexico, seeking […]

    Pancho Villa attack on border town 100 years ago led to large-scale Guard mobilization

    As Virginia’s Citizen Soldiers and Citizen Airmen continue to deploy overseas to defend the ideals of freedom, the Virginia National Guard is reminded of an earlier deployment caused by an attack on U.S. soil and citizens one hundred years ago this week. On March 9, 1916, Francisco “Pancho” Villa and several hundred of his followers attacked Columbus, New Mexico, seeking […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – With temperatures hovering in the low 20s, Soldiers of Fort Pickett’s Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site, or MATES, bundled up and put two tracked vehicles back on display at Fort Pickett, Virginia, Jan. 19, 2016. The vehicles, an M42 Duster and an M84 Mortar Carrier, have long been on display at Fort Pickett, and had accumulated […]

    MATES personnel refurbish Fort Pickett tracked vehicles

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – With temperatures hovering in the low 20s, Soldiers of Fort Pickett’s Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site, or MATES, bundled up and put two tracked vehicles back on display at Fort Pickett, Virginia, Jan. 19, 2016. The vehicles, an M42 Duster and an M84 Mortar Carrier, have long been on display at Fort Pickett, and had accumulated […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Just past Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, a crowd of Soldiers, family members and friends gathered under blue skies to celebrate the life of Master Sgt. Patrick R. McFarland, who was the 88M Motor Transport Operator course manager when he passed away unexpectedly in September. The ceremony, held Nov. 13, 2015, was organized in […]

    Fort Pickett training site named for 183rd RTI instructor

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Just past Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, a crowd of Soldiers, family members and friends gathered under blue skies to celebrate the life of Master Sgt. Patrick R. McFarland, who was the 88M Motor Transport Operator course manager when he passed away unexpectedly in September. The ceremony, held Nov. 13, 2015, was organized in […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard will host a virtual professional development forum discussing performance assessment at 6 p.m. Nov. 12, 2015. The forum will use the GuardU Professional Development course site and audio bridge teleconference. Col. Fred Bolton will facilitate the forum with the theme for discussion “As an organization there is considerable data collected throughout the Virginia […]

    Professional development forum to discuss performance assessment

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard will host a virtual professional development forum discussing performance assessment at 6 p.m. Nov. 12, 2015. The forum will use the GuardU Professional Development course site and audio bridge teleconference. Col. Fred Bolton will facilitate the forum with the theme for discussion “As an organization there is considerable data collected throughout the Virginia […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers returned from the Marksmanship Advisory Council Region II marksmanship match as champions after competing on both pistol and rifle Aug. 27-30, 2015, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. Eight Soldiers, broken into two teams, competed in a field of 63 Soldiers and Airmen from five states in a variety of different matches, all designed […]

    Virginia National Guard shooters set standard at regional match

    SANDSTON, Va. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers returned from the Marksmanship Advisory Council Region II marksmanship match as champions after competing on both pistol and rifle Aug. 27-30, 2015, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. Eight Soldiers, broken into two teams, competed in a field of 63 Soldiers and Airmen from five states in a variety of different matches, all designed […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Hundreds of Soldiers and Airmen from across the nation converged on Fort Pickett’s Air Assault Field Aug. 11, 2015, for Zero Day of the U.S. Army’s Air Assault School, a physically and mentally demanding course designed to prepare course attendees for insertion, evacuation and pathfinder missions that call for the use of multi-purpose transportation and assault […]

    Fort Benning-based training team brings Air Assault, Pathfinder to Virginia

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Hundreds of Soldiers and Airmen from across the nation converged on Fort Pickett’s Air Assault Field Aug. 11, 2015, for Zero Day of the U.S. Army’s Air Assault School, a physically and mentally demanding course designed to prepare course attendees for insertion, evacuation and pathfinder missions that call for the use of multi-purpose transportation and assault […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Rappel masters and instructors from the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute conducted the U.S. Army’s Rappel Master Course, Aug. 24-28, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. The course started with 16 rappel master hopefuls and certified seven at the end of the five-day course. “They ensure everybody’s safety,” said Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Perry, one […]

    Virginia Guard schoolhouse certifies new rappel masters

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Rappel masters and instructors from the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute conducted the U.S. Army’s Rappel Master Course, Aug. 24-28, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. The course started with 16 rappel master hopefuls and certified seven at the end of the five-day course. “They ensure everybody’s safety,” said Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Perry, one […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Psychological Operations specialists from 8th Military Information Support Group (Airborne) recently graduated the U.S. Army Light Leaders Course at Fort Pickett, Va. The 14-day course, conducted by the Virginia National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 183rd Infantry Regiment’s Regional Training Institute, focuses on teaching back-to-basics infantry skills to non-commissioned officers. This most recent iteration was unique because it […]

    8th Military Information Support Group (Airborne) Soldiers learn leadership, tactics and teamwork

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Psychological Operations specialists from 8th Military Information Support Group (Airborne) recently graduated the U.S. Army Light Leaders Course at Fort Pickett, Va. The 14-day course, conducted by the Virginia National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 183rd Infantry Regiment’s Regional Training Institute, focuses on teaching back-to-basics infantry skills to non-commissioned officers. This most recent iteration was unique because it […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – In a ceremony held Aug. 22, 2015, 17 officer candidates enrolled in Class 57 of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School received their commissions in a traditional graduation ceremony held at Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The ceremony marked the end of an almost two year journey for the candidates as they […]

    Va. Guard OCS commissions 17 new officers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – In a ceremony held Aug. 22, 2015, 17 officer candidates enrolled in Class 57 of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School received their commissions in a traditional graduation ceremony held at Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The ceremony marked the end of an almost two year journey for the candidates as they […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard medics from units across the commonwealth came together Aug. 4-7, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va., to conduct vital sustainment training that enables the medics to remain certified on life-saving techniques. The 68W Health Care Specialist sustainment training is a mandatory biennial requirement for medics across the U.S. Army. Failure to go through […]

    Army Guard medics refresh training at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Virginia Army National Guard medics from units across the commonwealth came together Aug. 4-7, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va., to conduct vital sustainment training that enables the medics to remain certified on life-saving techniques. The 68W Health Care Specialist sustainment training is a mandatory biennial requirement for medics across the U.S. Army. Failure to go through […]

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  • CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – D-Day veteran and American war hero, Carl D. Proffitt Jr., died June 30, 2015, at the age of 96. At his funeral, held a week later at Cherry Avenue Christian Church in Charlottesville, Va., Virginia National Guard Soldiers, family, friends and community members turned out to bid farewell to a man, nicknamed “Chubby,” who left an indelible […]

    Virginia Guard D-Day veteran laid to rest in Charlottesville

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – D-Day veteran and American war hero, Carl D. Proffitt Jr., died June 30, 2015, at the age of 96. At his funeral, held a week later at Cherry Avenue Christian Church in Charlottesville, Va., Virginia National Guard Soldiers, family, friends and community members turned out to bid farewell to a man, nicknamed “Chubby,” who left an indelible […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command descended on Fort Pickett June 6-20, 2015, for annual training. The two-week training period focused on the unit’s Mission Essential Task List, or METL, a list of tasks required by the soldiers at the individual, squad and company-level specific to their unit or […]

    276th Engineer Battalion gets back to basics during AT

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command descended on Fort Pickett June 6-20, 2015, for annual training. The two-week training period focused on the unit’s Mission Essential Task List, or METL, a list of tasks required by the soldiers at the individual, squad and company-level specific to their unit or […]

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  • ANDERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Airmen from the Virginia Air National Guard, Virginia Beach-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron are serving rotations on a joint tasking to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, from March 24-June 24, 2015, providing construction support, along with their sister unit, the 202nd RED HORSE Squadron based out of Camp Blanding, Florida. The focus of the […]

    203rd RED HORSE Squadron conducts training mission in Guam

    ANDERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Airmen from the Virginia Air National Guard, Virginia Beach-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron are serving rotations on a joint tasking to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, from March 24-June 24, 2015, providing construction support, along with their sister unit, the 202nd RED HORSE Squadron based out of Camp Blanding, Florida. The focus of the […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – Col. Lapthe Flora took command of the Bowling Green-based 91st Troop Command from Col. Marti J. Bissell May 17, 2015, in a traditional change of command ceremony at the Virginia National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Va. Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, the Virginia National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General – Army, presided over the ceremony. […]

    Flora takes command of 91st Troop Command

    SANDSTON, Va. – Col. Lapthe Flora took command of the Bowling Green-based 91st Troop Command from Col. Marti J. Bissell May 17, 2015, in a traditional change of command ceremony at the Virginia National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Va. Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, the Virginia National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General – Army, presided over the ceremony. […]

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