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Maj. Gen. Joseph A. Dinonno, commander of the 29th Infantry Division, lays a wreath along with a French dignitary at the National Guard Monument situated above Omaha Beach in Vierville-sur-Mer, France, June 2, 2024. This monument sits at the spot where National Guard Soldiers of the 29th Infantry Division broke through German defenses on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Commemorative events such as these serve to honor the sacrifices U.S. service members made 80 years ago in securing peace and security, and inspiring future generations to value a collective vision of global peace.
80th anniversary of D-Day observed abroad, at home
June 13, 2024
Virginia National Guard Soldiers paid tribute to the valor, fidelity and sacrifice of the U.S. and Allied Forces who participated in the June 1944 invasion of Normandy and commemorated the 80th anniversary of D-Day at multiple events on and around June 6, 2024, in France, Virginia and Louisiana.

A U.S. Air Force pilot assigned to the 149th Fighter Squadron, Virginia Air National Guard, prepares for take off in an F-22 Raptor during exercise Sentry Savannah 22-1 at the Air Dominance Center in Savannah, Georgia, May 11, 2022. Sentry Savannah is the Air National Guard’s premier counter air exercise, encompassing 10 units of fourth- and fifth- generation fighter aircraft, which tests the capabilities of warfighters in a simulated near-peer environment and trains the next generation of fighter pilots for tomorrow’s fight.
VNG’s 192nd Wing to receive 2022 Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award
April 5, 2024
The Virginia National Guard’s 192nd Wing is one of 14 Air National Guard units to receive the 2022 Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award, according to an announcement made April 4, 2024, by Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh, Director of the Air National Guard at National Guard Bureau.

VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD NEWS

Members of Fort Barfoot Fire and Emergency Services are now eligible for a new retirement benefit after the department was added to the Virginia Law Officers’ Retirement System, or VaLORS. Under a bill passed by the Virginia General Assembly earlier in 2024, the department’s employees will be eligible for VaLORS, which will mean increased retirement benefits for eligible workers when compared to their current retirement plans.
Fort Barfoot firefighters receive benefits boost
June 18, 2024
Members of Fort Barfoot Fire and Emergency Services are now eligible for a new retirement benefit after the department was added to the Virginia Law Officers’ Retirement System, or VaLORS. 

U.S. Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers compete in the Virginia National Guard’s annual marksmanship match, hosted May 17-19, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. More than 50 shooters participated in the event, which was hosted by the Marksmanship Training Unit, part of the Fort Barfoot-based 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. Over the course of three days, shooters engaged targets from a variety of distances and shooting positions while utilizing rifles, pistols and shotguns. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)
VNG combined arms marksmanship match held at Fort Barfoot
June 18, 2024
The Virginia National Guard’s Marksmanship Training Unit hosted the Adjutant General’s Marksmanship Match, held May 17-19, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. The annual competition brought together approximately 50 shooters from across the state. Over the course of the match, shooters tested their skills on both rifle and pistol from a variety of distances and firing positions.

Maj. Gen. Joseph A. Dinonno, commander of the 29th Infantry Division, lays a wreath along with a French dignitary at the National Guard Monument situated above Omaha Beach in Vierville-sur-Mer, France, June 2, 2024. This monument sits at the spot where National Guard Soldiers of the 29th Infantry Division broke through German defenses on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Commemorative events such as these serve to honor the sacrifices U.S. service members made 80 years ago in securing peace and security, and inspiring future generations to value a collective vision of global peace.
80th anniversary of D-Day observed abroad, at home
June 13, 2024
Virginia National Guard Soldiers paid tribute to the valor, fidelity and sacrifice of the U.S. and Allied Forces who participated in the June 1944 invasion of Normandy and commemorated the 80th anniversary of D-Day at multiple events on and around June 6, 2024, in France, Virginia and Louisiana.

Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Charlottesville-based Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, operating as Task Force St. Lo, conduct fire and movement drills with the Czech 72nd Mechanised Battalion at Daskabát Range May 9, 2024. U.S. and Czech Soldiers conducted movement drills, weapons familiarization and cross-trained on various weapons systems. Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia National Guard Soldiers are taking part in Immediate Response 24, a sub-exercise of DEFENDER 24.
Task Force St. Lo Soldiers complete Operation Immediate Response 24 in Czech Republic
June 10, 2024
Nearly 800 Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia National Guard Soldiers conducted annual training in May 2024 in the Olomouc Region of the Czech Republic as part of Operation Immediate Response 24, a sub-component exercise of STEADFAST DEFENDER 24.

The Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division welcomes 14 Soldiers to the noncommissioned officer corps during an NCO Induaction Ceremony held June 1, 2024, at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Virginia. The ceremony honored those Soldiers promoted to the rank of sergeant over the last year.
NCO induction ceremony held for 14 new aviation battalion NCOs
June 5, 2024
The Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division welcomed 14 Soldiers to the noncommissioned officer corps during an NCO Induaction Ceremony held June 1, 2024, at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Virginia.

Maj. Gen. James W. Ring, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and retired Col. Everton E. Nevers, the Virginia Department of Military Affairs Chief Operations Officer, present awards to DMA state employees during a recognition luncheon at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During the event, Ring and Nevers thanked SMR’s state employees for their hard work, and presented agency-wide awards and service anniversary recognitions. Col. James C. Shaver Jr., the Fort Barfoot garrison commander, and  Lt. Col. Emily Huffman, the SMR garrison commander, also gave remarks and thanked the workers for their efforts supporting the Virginia National Guard. Read more about the DMA at https://ngpa.us/25482.
SMR employees honored at DMA luncheon
June 4, 2024
Maj. Gen. James W. Ring, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and retired Col. Everton E. Nevers, the Virginia Department of Military Affairs Chief Operations Officer, presented DMA state employees awards and recognitions during a luncheon May 22, 2024, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

Maj. Gen. James W. Ring, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and his wife Rev. Leigh Anne Ring place the Virginia National Guard memorial wreath to honor fallen VNG Soldiers and Airmen at the Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony May 27, 2024, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia.  Read the AG’s Memorial Day message at https://ngpa.us/29777, and read about the VNG Soldiers lost to hostile enemy action since Sept. 11, 2001, at https://ngpa.us/29778.
Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony honors the fallen
June 3, 2024
Service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country were honored at the Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony May 27, 2024, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia.

Spc. Carter Cooper, an infantryman in the Virginia Army National Guard, rucks 18.6 miles during the 2024 National Guard Bureau Region II Best Warrior Competition on May 8, 2024, in Hancock, Maryland. The 2024 Region II Best Warrior Competition, which is hosted by Maryland Army National Guard, features soldiers and non-commissioned officers from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. The intense four-day competition tests competitors on a wide range of tactical and technical skills relevant in today's combat environment. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Tom Lamb)
Top VNG Soldier’s journey from Scout Platoon to regional recognition
May 31, 2024
Sgt. Carter Cooper, an infantryman assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, was named the region’s top Soldier May 10, 2024, after representing the Virginia Army National Guard at the Region II Best Warrior Competition in Maryland. The competition ran for four days and included Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. 

The Virginia National Guard’s 91st Cyber Brigade and the Recruiting and Retention Battalion host more than 30 students from across Virginia during the inaugural Cyber Fortress 2045 event May 4, 2024, in Fairfax, Virginia. During the event, high school and college students competed for prizes in a “capture-the-flag hackathon” and learned about the 91st Cyber Brigade and the cyber industry. Col. Rusty McGuire, commander of the 91st, gave remarks during the event, and several of the 91st’s Shadow Warriors provided mentoring and answered questions, as well as highlighted the brigades capabilities and the benefits of a career in the ARNG’s cyber field. Read more about the 91st Cyber Brigade at https://ngpa.us/22193.
91st Cyber Brigade hosts students for “capture-the-flag” event
May 29, 2024
The Virginia National Guard’s 91st Cyber Brigade and Recruiting and Retention Battalion hosted more than 30 students from across Virginia during the inaugural Cyber Fortress 2045 event May 4, 2024, in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Sgt. 1st Class Nestor Cordova, far left, poses with ROTC cadets from George Madison University following the 2024 ROTC College Clash Marksmanship Competition April 20, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. (Courtesy Photo)
R&R NCO talks leadership, opportunity and guiding the next generation
May 29, 2024
Sgt. 1st Class Nestor Cordova wasn’t yet serving in the military when someone first thanked him for his service. It was 2011, and he was attending Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and enrolled in the ROTC program there, which required him to sometimes wear a military uniform. 

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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. For more information on the Virginia National Guard click HERE.

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