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Virginia National Guard Soldiers conduct a mobile vaccination mission on board international ships in July 2021 in Norfolk, Virginia. The Virginia National Guard’s support to Virginia’s COVID-19 response ended July 31, 2021, after more than 460 days of assisting with vaccinations, testing and administrative, logistics and planning support at locations across the state.
Virginia National Guard ends COVID-19 response mission
Aug. 2, 2021
The Virginia National Guard’s support to Virginia’s COVID-19 response ended July 31, 2021, after more than 460 days of assisting with vaccinations, testing and administrative, logistics and planning support at locations across the state.

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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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Virginia National Guard Soldiers conduct a mobile vaccination mission on board international ships in July 2021 in Norfolk, Virginia. The Virginia National Guard’s support to Virginia’s COVID-19 response ended July 31, 2021, after more than 460 days of assisting with vaccinations, testing and administrative, logistics and planning support at locations across the state.
Virginia National Guard ends COVID-19 response mission
Aug. 2, 2021
The Virginia National Guard’s support to Virginia’s COVID-19 response ended July 31, 2021, after more than 460 days of assisting with vaccinations, testing and administrative, logistics and planning support at locations across the state.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepare for their upcoming federal active duty mobilization by conducting air operations training on UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with air crews assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division July 10, 2021, in Pulaski, Virginia. Soldiers who recently graduated from Air Assault and Pathfinder Schools passed along their newly-acquired skills to help build operational knowledge within the unit.
Va. Guard Soldiers assigned to Lynchburg-based infantry battalion to mobilize for overseas duty
July 29, 2021
The Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has received a mobilization order to enter federal active duty to provide a security force in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, according to an announcement made July 29, 2021, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. 

Twelve Virginia Army National Guard officer candidates launch into Phase II of Officer Candidate School July 17, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The candidates are part of OCS Class 64, and spent the weekend training at SMR where Virginia’s OCS was founded. The course is taught by cadre assigned to Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Sadler)
OCS Class 64 launches into Phase II
July 28, 2021
Twelve Virginia Army National Guard officer candidates completed Phase I of Officer Candidate School and launched their training into Phase II during a recent drill weekend, held July 16-18, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Virginia’s OCS is taught by cadre assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute and the first drill of Phase II was held at SMR as a nod to the program’s historic past. 

Virginia Army National Guard recruiters participate in Local Heroes Day July 17, 2021, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Along with local first responders, the recruiters from the  accepted a proclamation and an engraved surfboard from Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer at the event. (Courtesy Photo)
Local recruiters recognized by mayor in Virginia Beach 
July 28, 2021
The Virginia Army National Guard was among those recognized at Local Heroes Day, an event held July 17, 2021, at the Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Along with local first responders, recruiters from the Virginia Army National Guard accepted a proclamation and an engraved surfboard from Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers participate in Level 1 Funeral Honors training June 23, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Va. Led by the Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program, the course prepares Soldiers to conduct professional military funeral honors in accordance with service tradition. Begun in January 2007, the Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program is composed of six teams located throughout the state which provide funeral details, not just to National Guard Soldiers but to veterans of the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. They have performed more than 28,000 funeral services throughout the Commonwealth and average more than 200 services each month. (U.S. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Sadler)
Virginia Guard Soldiers train on basics of Military Funeral Honors
July 28, 2021
Nine Virginia National Guard Soldiers completed Level 1 Funeral Honors training June 20-27, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Led by the Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program, the course prepares Soldiers to conduct professional military funeral honors in accordance with service tradition.

Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct a live-fire range with the M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle during a new equipment training and fielding July 14, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The Soldiers zeroed the new rifles before firing at targets up to 800 yards away. The M110A1, a 7.62-millimeter rifle, provides greater range and accuracy than the M4 rifle and is outfitted with a scope and sound suppressor. (U.S. National Guard photo by Mike Vrabel)
116th IBCT trains on new Squad Designated Marksman Rifle
July 26, 2021
Virginia and Kentucky Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team trained on and fielded new M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifles July 12-15, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

Maj. Gen. John Rhodes, commanding general, 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard, presents an M1918 Trench Knife as a gift to Maj. Gen. Patrick Hamilton, commanding general, 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard during a Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, July 20 as a symbol of his appreciation for all the 36th had accomplished during its time as Task Force Spartan.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Marc Heaton, Task Force Spartan | 29th Infantry Division Public Affairs)
29ID assumes authority of Task Force Spartan
July 23, 2021
Maj. Gen. John Rhodes, commanding general, 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard, assumed command of Task Force Spartan from Maj. Gen. Patrick Hamilton, commanding general, 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, July 20, 2021. The transfer of authority ceremony was presided over by Lt. Gen. Terry Ferrell, commanding general, U.S. Army Central.

The 192nd Maintenance Squadron holds an assumption of command ceremony July 11, 2021, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Lt. Col. Elim H. Sniady assumed command of the squadron after serving as Air National Guard Combat Forces advisor. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Johnisa Roberts)
192nd Maintenance Squadron holds assumption of command
July 22, 2021
The Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Maintenance Squadron gained a new commander, Lt. Col. Elim H. Sniady, during an assumption of command ceremony July 11, 2021, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

Brig. Gen. James Ring, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, and Col. Todd Hubbard, VNG Operations Chief, visit  Regional Cooperation 2021, a U.S. Central Command-led exercise designed to promote cooperation among the U.S and partner nations in Central and South Asia, June 14, 2021, in Helena, Montana. Fifteen Virginia Soldiers participated in the event and were integrated in various staff positions and used the opportunity to strengthen their relationship with their state partners from Tajikistan. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)
VNG builds partnerships at Regional Cooperation 21
July 14, 2021
Fifteen Virginia National Guard Soldiers participated in Regional Cooperation 2021, a U.S. Central Command-led exercise designed to promote cooperation and joint combined capabilities among the U.S and partner nations in Central and South Asia, or CASA. The annual exercise, held this year June 7-17, 2021, at Fort Harrison, Montana, was a brigade-level command post exercise. Virginia Soldiers integrated into various roles, often working alongside partner nation military members.

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Online training provides valuable collaborative experience for VNG chaplains
July 14, 2021
Religious support personnel from all components of the Virginia National Guard participated in a virtual training event June 5, 2021, designed to not only provide required training but also to increase communication and improve collaboration between the services. “It was a really good mix of Army, Air and Virginia Defense Force, as well as active duty,” said Capt. Will Cochrane, chaplain for the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group. “There was a great joint aspect with different elements represented. It was unique to be with them and collaborate. I honestly don’t remember a time when we’ve done that before. Everyone had a piece of the training.”

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