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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.

Virginia National Guard Soldier and Family Readiness Specialists provide assistance and non-medical case management to service members and families on a variety of subjects. There are 10 Soldier and Family Readiness Assistance Centers throughout the state to support the geographically-disbursed force and families of the Virginia National Guard.
New Soldier & Family Readiness Program provides true one-stop shop for VNG Soldiers, family members
Nov. 13, 2020
RICHMOND, Va. -- In recent months, Virginia National Guard Family Programs has undergone significant changes. The Soldier and Family Readiness Program has transitioned to one all encompassing program to provide assistance and support to Soldiers and their families. This has taken place with programs nationwide and has been put into effect by National Guard Bureau.

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Virginia National Guard flight crews train with Chesterfield County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Scuba Rescue Team members on rescue hoist operations Nov. 19, 2020, in Chesterfield, Virginia. Together, the Virginia aviators and Chesterfield first responders form the Virginia Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team, or HART. Their training focused on conducting litter hoists and is part of an ongoing partnership that first began in 2011.
HART partnership cited as career highlight for participants
Dec. 1, 2020
CHESTERFIELD, Va. — For nearly a decade, Virginia National Guard flight crews have worked alongside technicians from the Chesterfield County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Scuba Rescue Team. Over those many years, the two organizations created, built and grew Virginia’s Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team, or HART. Since the program’s inception in 2011, the HART has deployed for hurricane response, flown countless hours over the waterways and landscapes of Virginia and now boasts approximately 20 trained technicians.

Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher, Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, speaks to participants in the Virginia Department of Military Affairs’ mentorship program during an event Nov. 19, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Gallagher, who is also a small business owner on the civilian side, spoke about the importance of a strong and continuing relationship between the mentors and mentees. Walt Mercer, the DMA Chief Operations Officer, also spoke to the group, which is the DMA’s inaugural class of mentors and mentees.
Gallagher discusses importance of mentorship at DMA event
Dec. 1, 2020
FORT PICKETT, Va. — Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher, the Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, spoke to participants in the Virginia Department of Military Affairs Workforce Development Mentoring Program during an event Nov. 19, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. 

Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Robichaud and Staff Sgt. Sara Robichaud, both assigned to the Virginia Army National Guard, pose with their children. The two have more than 20 years of combined service and enjoy the life the military has given them and their children.
Dual military couple says finding each other is best military perk
Nov. 17, 2020
RICHMOND, Va. — The challenges of being a dual-military couple are balanced by the benefits. On one hand, couples share the experience of military service, which can be a foundation for strength for many. On the other hand, these couples face the challenge of juggling two military careers with the demands of family life.

Staff Sgt. Eddie B. Jones leads the Pledge of Allegiance at the 64th annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2020, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia. Jones is assigned to the 29th Infantry Division and represented the Virginia National Guard at the Army National Guard Regional Best Warrior Competition. (U.S. National Guard photo by Cotton Puryear)
Veterans Day honors service, sacrifice
Nov. 16, 2020
RICHMOND, Va. — Because of the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia National Guard participation in Veterans Day events was greatly reduced, but the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the Armed Forces was still honored and recognized.

Soldier tests the Capability Set 3 (CS3) militarized form factor prototype of the Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) during a life fire test event at its third Soldier Touchpoint (STP 3) at Fort Pickett, Virginia.
IVAS draws Army senior leaders to MTC Fort Pickett
Nov. 16, 2020
FORT PICKETT, Va. -- Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett played host to United States Department of Defense and Army leadership in October 2020, as they visited Soldier Touchpoint 3 of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) training at Fort Pickett, Virginia. 

Col. J. Stock Dinsmore, 192nd Mission Support Group commander, passes the 192nd Support Squadron guidon to Maj. Fallon Martin during an assumption of command ceremony on Nov. 8, 2020, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Martin assumed command of the 192nd Support Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Johnisa Roberts)
Martin assumes command of 192nd Support Squadron
Nov. 16, 2020
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. -- The Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Support Squadron gained a new commander, Maj. Fallon Martin, during an assumption of command ceremony Nov. 8, 2020, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

A Tennessee National Guard Bradley fighting vehicle sends rounds downrange during a re-opening ceremony for the Multi-Purpose Range Complex Nov. 6, 2020, at Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett, Virginia. Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher, Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, provided remarks during the ceremony. The range recently received a $1.8 million upgrade and renovation, including new targets and and after-action review system. The 832-acre range includes 106 targets, 16 defensive battle positions and four maneuver lanes, and allows units to train on crew and platoon-level gunnery.  (U.S. National Guard photo by Mike Vrabel)
Upgrade: Popular range at MTC gets major renovation
Nov. 16, 2020
FORT PICKETT, Va. — After a nearly year-long renovation project, the Multi-Purpose Range Complex at Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett, Virginia, was formally reopened with a ceremony Nov. 6, 2020.

Virginia National Guard Soldier and Family Readiness Specialists provide assistance and non-medical case management to service members and families on a variety of subjects. There are 10 Soldier and Family Readiness Assistance Centers throughout the state to support the geographically-disbursed force and families of the Virginia National Guard.
New Soldier & Family Readiness Program provides true one-stop shop for VNG Soldiers, family members
Nov. 13, 2020
RICHMOND, Va. -- In recent months, Virginia National Guard Family Programs has undergone significant changes. The Soldier and Family Readiness Program has transitioned to one all encompassing program to provide assistance and support to Soldiers and their families. This has taken place with programs nationwide and has been put into effect by National Guard Bureau.

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