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Fort Pickett, Virginia, will support the State Department in providing temporary housing and sustainment for Afghan Special Immigration Visa applicants, their families and other at-risk individuals, according to a formal announcement made Aug. 25, 2021, by the Department of Defense.
Fort Pickett to support Operation Allies Refuge
Aug. 26, 2021
Fort Pickett, Virginia, will support the State Department in providing temporary housing and sustainment for Afghan Special Immigration Visa applicants, their families and other at-risk individuals, according to a formal announcement made Aug. 25, 2021, by the Department of Defense.

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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 Department of Military Affairs employees attend the 2021 DMA Fall Fest Sept. 23, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Fall Fest included a day of mandatory state employee training followed by lunch, games and music. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)
DMA Fall Fest provides employees with training, fun
Oct. 18, 2021
Virginia Department of Military Affairs employees attended the 2021 DMA Fall Fest Sept. 23, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Fall Fest began with the presentation of a face to face version of new required state employee training on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Unconscious Bias, followed by lunch, games and music.

A Certificate of Recognition signed by Governor Ralph Northam recognizes the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force support to Virginia's COVID-19 response.
Governor's certificate recognizes VNG, VDF COVID-19 response support
Oct. 15, 2021
A Certificate of Recognition signed by Governor Ralph Northam recognizes the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force support to Virginia's COVID-19 response.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Darrell Busquets
Virginia Army Guard pilot continues family’s aeronautical legacy 
Oct. 15, 2021
When Chief Warrant Officer 3 Darrell Busquets joined the military, it was an enlisted engineer. Since then, he’s trained as an infantryman, deployed as a combat engineer, and earned his wings as an Army aviator. Today, he’s the battalion standardization pilot for the Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. 

Col. David Lands, 192nd Mission Support Group commander, left, presents the 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers (RED HORSE) guidon to Maj. Ayad M. Abisaab signifying the start of his command during a change of command ceremony Oct. 2, 2021, at State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Abisaab assumed command of the 192nd Wing's geographically separated unit from Lt. Col. Jeffrey E. Getz after serving as deputy commander for the past year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Johnisa Roberts)
‘To the Horse!’ Virginia Air National Guard’s Civil Engineering Squadron welcomes its new commander
Oct. 6, 2021
The 192nd Wing’s 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers (RED HORSE) welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony Oct. 2, 2021, at the State Military Reservation where the unit is stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Col. David Lands, 192nd Mission Support Group commander, presided over the ceremony where Maj. Ayad M. Abisaab assumed command from Lt. Col. Jeffrey E. Getz.

Todd Phillips, Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett deputy chief of Plans, Training and Security, receives the Virginia Governor’s Honor Award for Creative Customer Service Sept. 28, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, retired Brig. Gen. Walt Mercer, Virginia Department of Military Affairs chief operations officer, and Lt. Col. James C. Shaver, Jr., MTC chief of Plans, Training and Security, presented the award to Phillips in front of his fellow MTC employees and thanked him for his service.
Phillips receives Governor’s Honor Award for Creative Customer Service
Oct. 6, 2021
Todd Phillips, Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett deputy chief of Plans, Training and Security, received the Virginia Governor’s Honor Award for Creative Customer Service Sept. 28, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

Staff Sgt. Montaño assigned to the Virginia Army National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Battalion poses Sept. 18, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During National Hispanic Month, Montano says he thinks of his childhood home, his family and all the things they shared together. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Sadler)
Recruiter celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with flavors from home
Oct. 6, 2021
When Hispanic Heritage Month comes around, Staff Sgt. Damian Montaño thinks of his childhood home, his family and all the things they’ve shared together. Originally from New Mexico, Montaño, a recruiter for the Virginia Army National Guard, now calls Virginia Beach, Virginia, his home.

Seventeen Virginia Army National Guard officer candidates celebrate their graduation from Officer Candidate School Sept. 19, 2021, at a ceremony held at the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Of the 17 graduates, 13 accepted their commissions, took their oath of office, and pinned on their lieutenant bars. Alumi from previous OCS classes participated in a presentation of a historic guidon from OCS Class 11 and the Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band provided ceremonial music for the occasion. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Sadler)
Virginia National Guard welcomes 17 new OCS graduates
Oct. 5, 2021
The Virginia Army National Guard celebrated the graduation of 17 officer candidates from Officer Candidate School Class 63 and 64B Sept. 19, 2021, at a ceremony held at the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia.

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, places the Joint Force Headquarters - Virginia patch on the shoulder of Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Smith, the Virginia Army National Guard command sergeant major, during a ceremony Sept. 30, 2021, at the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia.
Ceremony introduces new Virginia National Guard HQs shoulder patch
Sept. 30, 2021
The Virginia National Guard introduced a new shoulder patch for the Joint Force Headquarters during a ceremony Sept. 30, 2021, at Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. The new insignia was authorized Sept. 21 by the Department of the Army Institute of Heraldry and has been revised to remove colors and design elements referring to the Confederacy.

Capt. (Va.) Deb O'Neil-Lewis, a chaplain in the Virginia Defense Force, conducts a Sunday service August 8, 2021, at Bulla Chapel at Fort Pickett, Virginia. VDF chaplains volunteered their time through the summer to provide religious support for units training at Fort Pickett. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Holden Russell)
VDF chaplains provide support at Fort Pickett chapel
Sept. 28, 2021
Virginia Defense Force chaplains volunteered their time to conduct Sunday services at the Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett Bulla Chapel throughout the Summer of 2021 in order to provide religious support to Soldiers conducting training on the installation.

Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees conduct a continuity of operations exercise Sept. 15, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The exercise, which simulated an emergency that forced DMA employees to leave Fort Pickett and relocate to Virginia Beach, provided an opportunity for 29 DMA employees to test their network connectivity, perform their work functions from a different location, conduct staff visits and face-to-face coordination with SMR staff and tenant organizations, and troubleshoot their standard operating procedures and continuity binders. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)
COOP exercise tests DMA's ability to relocate in an emergency
Sept. 27, 2021
Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees conducted a continuity of operations exercise Sept. 14-17, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The exercise, which simulated an emergency that forced DMA employees to leave Fort Pickett and relocate to Virginia Beach, provided an opportunity for 29 DMA employees to test their network connectivity, perform their work functions from a different location, conduct staff visits and face-to-face coordination with SMR staff and tenant organizations, and troubleshoot their standard operating procedures and continuity binders.

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