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Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Hanover-based Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team fire a ceremonial 19-gun salute with M119A3 105mm howitzers at the inauguration of Dr. Ralph Northam as the 73rd Governor of Virginia Jan. 13, 2018, in Richmond, Virginia. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)
Va. Army National Guard expands $20k sign-on bonus
April 12, 2022
Virginia Army National Guard is now offering $20,000 sign-on bonuses for those who enlist into an expanded number of military occupational specialties. Previously, just one MOS qualified for the top-tier $20,000 bonus, while two additional jobs offered smaller bonus amounts. Now, Soldiers who enlist into one of seven career fields may be eligible for the $20,000 bonus.

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About the Virginia National Guard
July 1, 2020
The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force to fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide a response force that answers the call of the Governor to defend the commonwealth. The VNG traces the history and tradition of Citizen-Soldier service to the founding of Jamestown in 1607, and there has been a military presence defending Virginia ever since.

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Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers compete in a Battalion Army Combat Fitness Test Challenge Feb. 28, 2020, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Soldiers competed in teams of three, with one officer, one noncommissioned officer and one junior enlisted Soldier. (U.S. National Guard photo by Mike Vrabel)
VNG H2F team weighs in on top ACFT questions
Sept. 26, 2022
RICHMOND, Va. – Starting in October, the Army Combat Fitness Test becomes the U.S. Army’s official physical fitness test of record for certain Soldiers. It’s a big change from the Army Physical Fitness Test so we rounded up some of the most-asked questions concerning the ACFT and took them to the experts, Capt. Brian Harder, a physical therapist in the Virginia National Guard and the regional Holistic Health and Fitness lead, and Master Sgt. Ramon Abreu-Perez, the Virginia National Guard’s Holistic Health and Fitness project officer and Master Fitness Trainer coordinator.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to units across the state attend an annual retirement briefing Sept. 10, 2022, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The training was conducted by the Virginia Army National Guard G1 Personnel Directorate Retirement Services Office. Col. Jennifer Martin, the Virginia Army National Guard G1 Personnel Officer, provided opening remarks at the briefing, while representatives from VNG Family Programs, financial counselors and other organizations provided educational information for the Soldiers in attendance.
Briefing helps VNG Soldiers plan for retirement
Sept. 20, 2022
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to units across the state attended an annual retirement briefing Sept. 10, 2022, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The training was conducted by the Virginia Army National Guard G1 Personnel Directorate Retirement Services Office, led by Tanisha Roberts. 

Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, known as Task Force Red Dragon, conduct a transfer of authority ceremony with the Manhattan, New York-based Task Force Wolfhound at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Sept. 19, 2022. (U.S. Army National Guard photos by Staff Sgt. Jeff Clements (TFRD) and Staff Sgt. Alex Rector (TFWH)
TF Red Dragon conducts transfer of authority, ends mission in Horn of Africa
Sept. 20, 2022
Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, known as Task Force Red Dragon, conducted a transfer of authority ceremony Sept. 19, 2022, to officially end their security mission for Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, known as Task Force Wolfhound, assumed responsibility for the mission. Approximately 1,000 Soldiers from across Virginia and Kentucky began serving on federal active duty on Nov. 27, 2021. With their mission complete, they will return to Virginia and Kentucky in the coming weeks.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airman assigned to units across the Commonwealth made a strong showing at the Marksmanship Advisory Council Region II match, with VNG teams taking second and third place overall at the competition Aug. 26 - 28, 2022, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.
VNG teams take second, third at regional marksmanship competition
Sept. 19, 2022
Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airman assigned to units across the Commonwealth made a strong showing at the Marksmanship Advisory Council Region II match, with VNG teams taking second and third place overall at the competition Aug. 26 - 28, 2022, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. 

Retired Brig. Gen. Walt Mercer, the Virginia Department of Military Affairs Chief Operations Officer, welcomes new DMA workers during a New Employee Orientation course Sept. 8, 2022, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Eighteen new state employees attended the orientation in person, receiving an introduction of the DMA and Virginia National Guard organizations as well as administrative and procedural training. In a first for the organization, the course was also live streamed so an additional eight new state employees could participate virtually from the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Orientation course prepares new DMA workers for success
Sept. 19, 2022
New Virginia Department of Military Affairs employees completed the DMA New Employee Orientation Course Sept. 8, 2022, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

The Virginia National Guard is offering up to $750 to Virginia citizens who help grow the force with qualified leads who successfully enlist into the Virginia Army or Air National Guard. The initiative, called the Referral Enlistment Program, or REP, kicks off Sept. 15, 2022.
New Virginia National Guard incentive offering up to $750 for qualified enlistment referrals
Sept. 15, 2022
The Virginia National Guard is offering up to $750 to Virginia citizens who help grow the force with qualified leads who successfully enlist into the Virginia Army or Air National Guard. The initiative, called the Referral Enlistment Program, or REP, kicks off Sept. 15, 2022.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Richmond-based Bravo Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team provide support to Saber Junction 22 Sept. 12, 2022, at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. Bravo Company mechanics from multiple disciplines worked with both active duty and civilian technicians to maintain and repair equipment used during the training exercise. In total, Bravo Company Soldiers completed approximately 36 repairs across all military occupational specialties represented within the unit. (Contributed photo)
Bravo Company, 429th Soldiers support Saber Junction 22 in Germany
Sept. 15, 2022
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Richmond-based Bravo Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team provided support to Saber Junction 22 Sept. 3-17, 2022, at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.   

The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduates more than 60 cadets from Class 57 Aug. 27, 2022, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Retired Brig. Gen. Walt Mercer, the Department of Military Affairs Chief Operations Officer, joined retired Navy Capt. Mark Chicoine, the Commonwealth ChalleNGe director, and Jermaine Green, the guest speaker for the ceremony, in congratulating the cadets on their accomplishments. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is the Virginia component of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a 17-and-a-half-month program designed to promote academics, attention to detail, time management, and leadership while promoting self-esteem, confidence and pride. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)
Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 70 from Class 57
Sept. 7, 2022
The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 70 cadets from Class 57 Aug. 27, 2022, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Powhatan-based 180th Engineer Support Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group conduct road repairs and maintenance during their annual training Aug. 13, 2022, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Using various vehicles, the engineers dropped, graded and smoothed new road surface material, which will help improve durability and safety on the repaired roads.
276th Engineers support Fort Pickett during AT
Sept. 7, 2022
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group supported Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center with road and facility maintenance during their annual training August 4-20, 2022, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

More than 100 Virginia Army National Guard logisticians from across the state attend a two-day Virginia Army National Guard logistician training workshop Aug. 30, 2022, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The workshop allowed for logisticians from various disciplines to receive instruction from subject matter experts in a face-to-face environment. In addition to facilitators from the Virginia Army National Guard G4 fulltime staff, personnel from the United States Army Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia, provided a presentation on the customizable real time reports available on property book, unit supply and maintenance operations available through the Commanders Actionable Readiness Dashboard website. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)
SMR hosts Virginia Army Guard logistician workshop
Sept. 7, 2022
More than 110 Virginia Army National Guard logisticians from across the state attended a two-day Virginia Army National Guard logistician training workshop Aug. 29-31, 2022, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The workshop allowed for logisticians from various disciplines to receive instruction from subject matter experts in a face-to-face environment.

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