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Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Hanover-based Battery A, 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.
Virginia National Guard to provide support for Governor’s Inauguration
Jan. 10, 2022
More than 200 Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force personnel will be on duty Jan. 15, 2022, in Richmond, Virginia, supporting the inauguration of Glenn Youngkin as the 74th Governor of Virginia.

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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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Capt. John C. Hemby poses for a photo at the Virginia National Guard’s Sgt. Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Hemby, a company commander with the VNG's Recruiting and Retention Battalion, provided immediate aid to three citizens in need over the course of 60 days. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Sadler)
VNG officer helps save 3 lives over 60 days
Jan. 18, 2022
In the final months of 2021, Capt. John C. Hemby repeatedly found himself providing life-saving aid to Virginia citizens. Over the course of eight weeks, Hemby, who serves as a company commander in the Virginia National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion, helped save three lives.   Hemby’s life-saving streak started in November. While waiting on his curbside lunch order in Chesterfield, Hemby heard a commotion.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers stage vehicles for possible winter storm response operations Jan. 15, 2022, in Staunton, Virginia.
Virginia National Guard staged, ready for possible winter weather response operations
Jan. 16, 2022
The Virginia National Guard has approximately 75 personnel staged for possible winter storm response operations Jan. 16, 2022, at multiple locations across Virginia.

Col. Christopher J. Samulski and Command Sgt. Maj. Irving N. Reed Jr., the command team for the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, furl their organizational colors Jan. 5, 2022, in Harrisonburg, Virignia.
VNG brigade HQs, aviation battalion begin mission to Kosovo
Jan. 12, 2022
The Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Headquarters officially began federal active duty Jan. 5, 2022, to take responsibility for the NATO-led Kosovo Force Regional Command-East, and the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division started their mobilization as their aviation task force Jan. 2.

Virginia National Guard Airmen assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, 192nd Mission Support Group, 192nd Wing use chain saws to help reduce debris and clear roads of fallen trees Jan. 7, 2022, in Stafford County, Virginia. The Airmen cleared about 25 trees to open a road that had been blocked since Tuesday.
VNG troops help open roads, clear trees along power line routes
Jan. 11, 2022
Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen helped open roads in Stafford County Jan. 7, 2022, and cleared trees along power line routes in Louisa County Jan. 8 after heavy snow downed trees causing road blockage and power outages.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Hanover-based Battery A, 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.
Virginia National Guard to provide support for Governor’s Inauguration
Jan. 10, 2022
More than 200 Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force personnel will be on duty Jan. 15, 2022, in Richmond, Virginia, supporting the inauguration of Glenn Youngkin as the 74th Governor of Virginia.

Virginia National Guard Airmen assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, 192nd Mission Support Group, 192nd Wing load up vehicles to prepare for possible winter weather response operations Jan. 6, 2022, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The VNG has about 20 Soldiers on duty in the Southwest Virginia area and ready to respond, and about 20 Airmen mustered in the Virginia Beach area and began movement into the Northern Virginia area Thursday afternoon. Both groups are equipped with chain saws to conduct debris reduction operations to clear fallen trees to open blocked roads, and they will travel in heavy duty trucks capable of navigating through heavy snow. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)
VNG personnel staged, ready to assist with possible severe winter weather response
Jan. 6, 2022
The Virginia National Guard has staged approximately 40 Soldiers and Airmen for possible severe winter weather response duty Jan. 6, 2022.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen conduct a medical exchange with the Republic of Tajikistan Dec. 6-10, 2021, in Dushanbe, 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.
Virginia National Guard Members conduct medical exchange in Tajikistan
Jan. 5, 2022
Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen conducted a medical exchange with the Republic of Tajikistan Dec. 6-10, 2021, in Dushanbe, 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.

A group of 29th Infantry Division Soldiers deployed to Kuwait in 2021, who also deployed to Kosovo in 2006 ,pose for a photo. Front row, left to right: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Doug Harris, Lt. Col. Mike Silberman, Sgt. Maj. Harold Murdock, and Sgt. Maj. Michael Mattocks. Back row, left to right: Sgt. Maj. Joel Fix, Master Sgt. Brad Staggs, Sgt. First Class Marcus Bailey, and Maj. Scott Drugo.
29th ID Soldiers who served in Kosovo serve together again in Kuwait
Jan. 4, 2022
It was just over 15 years ago that 12 Soldiers who are presently deployed with the 29th Infantry Division as Task Force Spartan were part of a brigade-sized element that assumed the duties of Task Force Falcon, Kosovo Force 8, Multinational Task Force-East based at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady of Virginia Pam Northam host a reception for Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and their families Dec. 11, 2021, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. The reception recognized the families of those personnel who are currently mobilized as well as Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year. Acting Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Kathleen Jabs, Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Brig. Gen. James W. Ring, the Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, also visited with Soldiers, Airmen and their families during the event.
Governor, First Lady host families of deployed VNG Soldiers, Airmen
Jan. 3, 2022
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and the First Lady of Virginia Pam Northam hosted a reception for Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and their families Dec. 11, 2021, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia.

Task Force Red Dragon has finished its training and is now ready to deploy to the Horn of Africa after completing a Culminating Training Exercise, which began Dec. 13, 2021, at Camp McGregor, New Mexico.
TF Red Dragon trained, ready following CTE
Dec. 21, 2021
With almost 1,000 Soldiers on the ground, Task Force Red Dragon has finished its training and is now ready to deploy to the Horn of Africa after completing a Culminating Training Exercise, which began Dec. 13, 2021, at Camp McGregor, New Mexico. 

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