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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.

Senator Mark Warner and Senator Tim Kaine present thank you letters to Col. Chris Samulski, commander of the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Feb. 8, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Governor Ralph Northam and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton joined Kaine and Warner in thanking VNG troops for supporting civilian law enforcement for the 59th Presidential Inauguration.
VNG completes mission in Washington, D.C.
Feb. 11, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The last group of Virginia National Guard personnel assisting civilian law enforcement with security operations at the 59th Presidential Inauguration and the days before and after the event departed Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2021.

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, Sgt. Cassandra Lyons, the supply sergeant for Alpha Company, 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, poses in her office March 2, 2021, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Holden Russell)
229th BEB NCO felt destined for military service
March 5, 2021
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – As a kid, Sgt. Cassandra Lyons grew up playing with G.I Joes, so it wasn’t that surprising when she joined the Virginia National Guard her junior year of high school.   “I felt almost destined to be in the military,” she explained. “I had an interest in the comradery the organization provides.”

Lt. Col. Michelle Rose, commander of the 529th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, during their deployment to Afghanistan in 2011.
First female VNG two-star thanks family, NCOs, highlights role of empathy, integrity
March 4, 2021
RICHMOND, Va. — Before she made history, commanded troops or wore a uniform, Maj. Gen. Michelle Rose was just another high school student trying to figure out how to pay for college. The lone girl in a family of six kids, she applied to ROTC programs, received a scholarship from the U.S. Army and started working toward an engineering degree at North Carolina State University. Since then, over a career spanning more than three decades, Rose has met her husband, raised three independent and trailblazing daughters, deployed in support of multiple overseas operations and, most recently, become the first woman from the Virginia National Guard to achieve the rank of major general.

Virginia Army National Guard recruiter Staff Sgt. Monisha Braxton assigned to the Recruiting and Retention Battalion shares stories about her military experience and the commitments she made to herself Feb 24, 2021, in Hampton, Virginia. With 8 years of service in the National Guard, Braxton stresses the importance of sticking to your goals. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Sadler)
Army Guard recruiter recommits to college commitment
March 1, 2021
HAMPTON, Va. --  When Staff Sgt. Monisha Braxton was 17, her main goal was to go to college. Her financial situation made that goal extra challenging and while other students her age were making college plans, she was busy working in the food service industry.   Braxton graduated high school with honors and looked into taking some classes at a local community college.  The tuition was still more than she could afford so, she joined the U.S. Army, largely because the Army recruiter was the first to return her call.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group guide VNG Soldiers returning from duty supporting law enforcement in Washington, D.C. through the reverse reception, staging, onward movement and integration process Feb. 8, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.
329th RSG conducts reverse RSOI for VNG units returning from D.C.
Feb. 25, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Virginia-Beach based 329th Regional Support Group can finally take a breath after managing the complete administrative in-processing and out-processing of over 2,500 Virginia National Guard Soldiers supporting law enforcement in Washington D.C. from Jan. 8 to Feb. 12, 2021. 

Master Sgt. Anthony Jones
Cyber intelligence Airman draws inspiration from role models
Feb. 24, 2021
RICHMOND, Va. -- After enlisting in the Air Force Reserve in 2007 and serving more than a decade in the intelligence field, Master Sgt. Anthony Jones decided to make the jump to the Virginia Air National Guard to pursue a new challenge: cyber intelligence.  Jones is now a cyber intelligence section chief for the 185th Cyber Operations Squadron, Virginia’s first cyber squadron charged with defense of the Air Force Information Network. 

Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen provide logistics and operations support at a COVID-19 vaccine point of distribution hosted by the Blue Ridge Health District Feb. 4, 2021, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Approximately 120 VNG personnel are conducting COVID-19 response missions across the commonwealth in support of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Virginia Department of Health. In addition to vaccine POD support, the task force is also conducting testing sample collection and personal protective equipment fitting missions. Localities looking for testing and training support should contact VDH directly for scheduling.
VNG Soldiers, Airmen continue COVID-19 response support
Feb. 24, 2021
RICHMOND, Va. — Approximately 120 Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s COVID-19 testing task force are continuing operations in support of the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, even as their mission evolves to include support to vaccination clinics run by local health departments across the commonwealth. 

Spc. Kyndall Robinson, assigned to the Virginia Army National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group, reflects on her time in the National Guard Feb. 8, 2021, at  Fort Pickett, Virginia.
HR specialist talks career, future plans and inclusion
Feb. 24, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. – Joining the Virginia Army National Guard in 2018 was a decision Spc. Kyndall Robinson did not take lightly. Initially interested in the Air Force, Robinson took a year and a half to research and consider her options.

Cadets of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy stand in formation on the ChalleNGe campus at the State Military Reservation in February 2021. ChalleNGe leadership worked with several local and state agencies to develop a plan to provide on-campus learning to the cadets of Class 54 while keeping both staff and cadets safe.
ChalleNGe cadets excel, set to graduate during COVID-adjusted class
Feb. 23, 2021
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia -- Class 54 of the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy is scheduled to graduate March 20, 2021, and for the staff and cadets of the program, it will be the culmination of a five-month class that was both virtual and in-person and required coordination with and support of the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education.  

Michael Muldowney, one of two personal financial counselors available to Virginia National Guard personnel, offer services to VNG Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 116th Infantry Regiment, as the out-process from duty in Washington, D.C. Feb. 8, 2021, at Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett.
Financial counseling offered to VNG Soldiers returning from D.C.
Feb. 23, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. — As Virginia National Guard Soldiers returned from duty assisting law enforcement in Washington D.C., they began the reverse reception, staging, onward movement and integration process at Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett. As part of the process, Soldiers got the opportunity to visit with Virginia National Guard Family Programs representatives, including personal financial counselors, who are able to offer a wide range of knowledge and guidance aimed at helping the VNG’s personnel maintain financial health and readiness. 

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Recruiting and Retention Battalion talk to Soldiers about retention as they out-process following their support to law enforcement in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sg. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)
Retention team finds success as Soldiers return from D.C. mission
Feb. 22, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. — When Soldiers returned to Virginia after supporting law enforcement in Washington, D.C, they were met by a bustling operation at Fort Pickett. This was the final phase of their mission, the part that made sure their orders were processed, their travel vouchers filed. Among the many stations set up there, was one for retention. Thanks to the efforts of the Virginia National Guard’s retention team, a total of 106 Soldiers successfully extended their enlistments.

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