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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.

Fifty-seven Soldiers and Airmen assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa earned the GAFPB July 4-5, 2022, at Camp Simba, Kenya. The badge is a test of physical fitness and shooting proficiency with three levels of the award that can be earned: gold, silver, and bronze. It is a decoration of the Bundeswehr, the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Germany. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Clements)
VNG Soldiers eligible for promotion, recruiting ribbon, $1K bonus for referrals
March 3, 2023
Helping grow the Virginia Army National Guard recently became an even more lucrative endeavor with the expansion of the ARNG’s Stripes for Buddies program and the announcement of a new Army Recruiting Ribbon. When paired with the VNG’s Referral Enlistment Program, or REP, getting a buddy to enlist could equate to a $1,000 bonus, a promotion up to the rank of specialist or promotion points for sergeants and staff sergeants, and the award of the Army Recruiting Ribbon.

VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD NEWS

Brig. Gen. Todd Hubbard, the Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, and retired Col. Everton E. Nevers, the Virginia Department of Military Affairs Chief Operations Officer, present awards to DMA workers as part of a state employee recognition luncheon May 9, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. During the presentation, DMA employees were recognized for both agency-level accomplishments as well as for service anniversaries. Hubbard, Nevers and Col. James C. Shaver Jr., the Fort Barfoot garrison commander, gave remarks during the event, thanking the installation’s state workers for their hard work supporting the VNG and other organizations training at the installation. Read more about the DMA at https://ngpa.us/25482.
Fort Barfoot DMA state employees honored at luncheon
May 22, 2024
Brig. Gen. Todd H. Hubbard, the Virginia National Guard director of the Joint Staff, and retired Col. Everton E. Nevers, the Virginia Department of Military Affairs Chief Operations Officer, presented recognitions and awards to Fort Barfoot’s DMA state employees during a recognition luncheon May 9, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. 

More than 30 Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers and their spouses attend a retirement briefing hosted by the VaARNG Retirement Services Office May 4, 2024, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In addition to representatives from the VaARNG G1 office, Reserve Component Transition Assistance Advisors and personnel from Virginia Department of Veterans Services, TRICARE and Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve provided information and assistance to the future retirees. Col. Beau Mason, Virginia National Guard deputy chief of staff for personnel, thanked the Soldiers and their spouses for their service and encouraged them to take advantage of all the resources available to them. The Retirement Services Office hosts retirement briefings several times a year, in various areas of Virginia. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)
VaARNG retirement briefing provides valuable information, resources
May 20, 2024
More than 30 Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers and their spouses attended a retirement briefing hosted by the VaARNG Retirement Services Office May 4, 2024, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group conduct a mountain warfare exchange with Tajik military forces Apr. 29 - May 3, 2024, in Romit, Tajikistan.  The exchange was conducted in support of the Department of Defense’s State Partnership Program, in which Virginia and Tajikistan have been partners since 2003.
276th Engineers conduct mountain warfare exchange with Tajik partners 
May 20, 2024
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group conducted a mountain warfare exchange with Tajik military forces Apr. 29 - May 3, 2024, in Romit, Tajikistan. 

The Fort Barfoot Theater hosts a Star Wars-themed grand re-opening ceremony welcoming authorized patrons and their guests free of charge May 4, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. The event marked the culmination of lengthy restoration efforts expanding the post's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation program. The facility will now be used as a recreation asset as well as an auditorium for training purposes.
Fort Barfoot opens revitalized theater with movie event
May 15, 2024
The Fort Barfoot Theater hosted a Star Wars-themed reopening ceremony, welcoming authorized patrons and their guests free of charge on May 4, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia.

Sgt. Carter Cooper, a Virginia Army National Guard infantry Soldier assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, took top honors in the Soldier category of the National Guard Bureau Region II Best Warrior Competition held May 6-10, 2024, at multiple locations in Maryland. Carter was a specialist when he competed and was just recently promoted to sergeant. Staff Sgt. Bradner, a combat engineer assigned to the VaARNG’s Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, placed fourth overall in the NCO category with just nine points separating him from the top spot.
116th’s Cooper takes top Soldier honors at Region Il BWC
May 14, 2024
Sgt. Carter Cooper, a Virginia Army National Guard infantry Soldier assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, took top honors in the Soldier category of the National Guard Bureau Region II Best Warrior Competition held May 6-10, 2024.

Brig. Gen. Todd H. Hubbard, the Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, conducts key leader engagements with senior leaders from the Republic of Tajikistan April 29 - May 3, 2024, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Hubbard conducts key leader engagements in Tajikistan
May 13, 2024
Brig. Gen. Todd H. Hubbard, the Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, conducted key leader engagements with senior leaders from the Republic of Tajikistan April 29 - May 3, 2024, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. 

Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia National Guard Soldiers participated in a Victory in Europe celebration held May 8, 2024, in Hranice, Czech Republic. The units mobilized to the Czech Republic under the command of the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. They are taking part in DEFENDER 24, the largest U.S. Army exercise in Europe involving more than 17,000 U.S. and 23,000 multinational service members from more than 20 Allied and partner nations.(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Clements)
Task Force St. Lo Soldiers celebrate Victory in Europe Day alongside Czech partners
May 11, 2024
Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia National Guard Soldiers participated in a Victory in Europe celebration held May 8, 2024, in Hranice, Czech Republic.

The Virginia National Guard’s Marksmanship Training Unit, together with the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, hosts the 2024 ROTC College Clash Marksmanship Competition April 19-21, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. The match included 59 ROTC cadets from six schools including George Mason University, James Madison University, Liberty University, Redford University, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Military Institute. Over the course of the competition, shooters tested their marksmanship skills on both the rifle and the pistol, and competed as both individuals and in two-person teams. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)
VNG hosts ROTC marksmanship match at Fort Barfoot
May 7, 2024
ROTC cadets from six Virginia universities came together for a marksmanship match hosted by the Virginia National Guard’s Marksmanship Training Unit, as well as the state’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion. The event, held April 19-21, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia, was dubbed the 2024 ROTC College Clash Marksmanship Competition and included 59 cadets from schools including George Mason University, James Madison University, Liberty University, Radford University, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Military Institute.

The Virginia National Guard formalized its partnership with the Finnish Defense Forces during a signing ceremony May 2, 2024, at the Finnish Ministry of Defense in Helsinki, Finland. The letter of intent, signed by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, Finnish Minister of Defense Antti Häkkänen, and Maj. Gen. James W. Ring, the Adjutant General of Virginia, officially recognizes the pairing of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Finland and the VNG as part of the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program.
 Virginia signs state partnership agreement with Finland 
May 6, 2024
The Virginia National Guard formalized its partnership with the Finnish Defense Forces during a signing ceremony May 2, 2024, at the Finnish Ministry of Defense in Helsinki, Finland.

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced May 2, 2024, the Virginia National Guard has been selected as the U.S. partner to the nation of Finland for the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program. The official state partnership signing ceremony occurred at the Finnish Ministry of Defense with signing partners Minister of Defence Antti Häkkänen, Maj. Gen. Ring and Gen. Janne Jaakkola, Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces, in Helsinki, Finland.
Youngkin announces VNG to formalize partnership with Finland
May 2, 2024
Governor Glenn Youngkin announced May 2, 2024, the Virginia National Guard has been selected as the U.S. partner to the nation of Finland for the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

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ABOUT THE VA NATIONAL GUARD

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.

SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION & RESPONSE

  • Virginia National Guard Reporting sexual assault line - 434-294-4669
  • DoD Safe Helpline - 877-995-5247/ 202-470-5546 (Oconus)

READY AND RESILIENT RESOURCES

Readiness and Resiliency Information Resource Page provides resources and education to all Soldiers, Airmen, Virginia Defense Force personnel, family members and civilian employees to promote readiness, well-being, resilience and suicide prevention. The end state is a healthy organization that is resilient, knowledgeable regarding high risk behaviors, educated on stress reduction measures and aware of available service member, family and employee support network resources.

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