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Virginia National Guard personnel receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 28, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Their vaccination is part of the national rollout established by the Department of Defense and National Guard Bureau and distribution of the vaccine will be in accordance with guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense and National Guard Bureau.
Fort Pickett vaccination clinic open to service members, TRICARE beneficiaries, DoD retirees
March 15, 2021
BLACKSTONE, Va. -- The Virginia National Guard COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is fully operational at Fort Pickett, and any service member, TRICARE beneficiary or Department of Defense retiree may schedule an appointment to receive their vaccination. Virginia Department of Military Affairs employees and members of the Virginia Defense Force are also eligible to receive a vaccination at the clinic.

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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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More than 100 Virginia Air National Guard engineers reunite with family, friends and fellow Airmen May 5, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia, after serving on federal active duty in Southwest Asia since October 2020. Virginia National Guard leaders were also on hand to thank the Airmen for their service and welcome them home. Airmen assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, or RED HORSE, were responsible for 15 projects in six countries in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Eugene Silvers)
Virginia Air National Guard engineers return from Southwest Asia
May 7, 2021
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — More than 100 Virginia Air National Guard engineers reunited with family, friends and fellow Airmen May 5, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia, after serving on federal active duty in Southwest Asia since October 2020. Virginia National Guard senior leaders were also on hand to thank them for their service and welcome them home. Airmen assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, or RED HORSE, were responsible for 15 engineer projects in six countries in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

The Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program hosts basic funeral honors training for 30 U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the Fort Eustis-based 7th Transportation Brigade April 21, 2021 at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Four Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers and one Maryland Army National Guard Soldier provided the five-day training, which covered proper handling of the casket as pall bearers and properly folding and presenting the U.S. flag to the veteran’s next of kin.
Funeral Honors Program hosts training for active-duty Soldiers
May 4, 2021
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program hosted basic funeral honors training for 30 U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the Fort Eustis-based 7th Transportation Brigade April 19-23, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Recruiting & Retention Battalion volunteer their time with the Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg Organization April 21, 2021, in Newport News, Virginia. The Soldiers helped Habitat build and repair a home in the Newport News area while reinforcing and reflecting community pride and teamwork. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Sadler)
Recruiters team up with Habitat for Humanity to "Raise the Roof"
May 4, 2021
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — For Sgt. Austin Sturtz, a recruiter assigned to the Virginia Army National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion, the opportunity to support the local Habitat for Humanity’s “Raise the Roof” event in Newport News, Virginia, sounded like a great one.

Nine Virginia Army National Guard officer candidates celebrate their graduation from Officer Candidate School April 25, 2021, at a ceremony held at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The candidates, all part of the winter accelerated Class 64A, took the oath of office and were then pinned with second lieutenant rank by family and friends. Col. Doyle Gillis, the Virginia National Guard’s director of manpower and personnel, served as the guest speaker. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)
Virgina National Guard welcomes nine new officers
May 4, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard welcomed nine new lieutenants to their ranks in a ceremony held April 25, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The new lieutenants are part of the Virginia National Guard’s winter accelerated Officer Candidate School Class 64A. Col. Doyle Gillis, the Virginia National Guard’s director of manpower and personnel, served as the guest speaker for the event, while Lt. Col. James C. Shaver, commander of 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, administered the oath of office. 

Virginia National Guard Soldiers and civilian employees of Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett plant two trees at the MTC garrison headquarters in honor of Earth Day April 22, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. With the guidance of employees from the Fort Pickett forestry program, the MTC staff planted two serviceberry trees on either side of the headquarters sign. In addition to beautification, the trees will produce berries beneficial to wildlife in the area.
MTC marks Earth Day with tree planting 
May 3, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and civilian employees of Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett planted two trees at the MTC garrison headquarters in honor of Earth Day April 22, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

Virginia Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 192nd Maintenance Group prepare to launch F-22 Raptor tail #85 April 9, 2021, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. The team of maintainers became dedicated to rebuilding the fighter jet after its landing gear failed and it came to a crash landing in January 2020. This was the first time the aircraft had completed a successful take off and landing since the incident. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lucretia Cunningham)
VaANG maintainers rebuild F-22 Raptor after collapse on JBLE flight line
May 1, 2021
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. -- For the first time in his more than 20 year career, Master Sgt. Christopher Plath held his breath and felt the intense pressure during the take off and landing of F-22 tail #85 on April 9, 2021. As a flight chief in the 192nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Plath stayed quietly in command of his exclusive team of Virginia Air National Guard maintainers, advising them to stay focused even while a crowd of onlookers started to gather on the Langley flight line in hopes of witnessing the end result of what Plath said were long, tireless hours.

Col. Todd Pegg, commander of the Virginia National Guard’s 329th Regional Support Group, conducts a tv interview about the 329th’s upcoming deployment April 30, 2021, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In Fall 2021, more than 80 Soldiers assigned to the 329th will begin a 10-month deployment in the Central Command Area of Operations under the operational control of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve serving as the base operating support-integrator for multiple installations. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)
Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group to deploy to Middle East in Fall 2021
April 30, 2021
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based Headquarters, 329th Regional Support Group has received a mobilization order for federal active duty in the Middle East, according to an announcement made April 29, 2021, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. In Fall 2021, more than 80 Soldiers assigned to the 329th will begin a 10-month deployment in the Central Command Area of Operations under the operational control of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve serving as the base operating support-integrator for multiple installations.

Cadets enrolled in the Virginia Army National Guard’s Simultaneous Membership Program take to the skies on board UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters April 18, 2021, during a three-day field training exercise at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The cadets came together from universities across the state and spent the weekend gaining familiarity with military tasks. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)
SMP prepares cadets for future training, paves pathway for success
April 26, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. -- Cadets enrolled in the Virginia Army National Guard’s Simultaneous Membership Program, or SMP, spent three days honing their military skills April 16-18, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Approximately 80 cadets from universities across Virginia attended.

Lynchburg Police Chief Ryan Zuidema presents a flag flown over the headquarter building of the Lynchburg Police Department to Lt. Col. Jim Tierney, commander of 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, as a thank you for support support to civilian law enforcement during protests in Lynchburg in June 2020.
Lexington-based infantry company recognized for support to Lynchburg Police Department
April 21, 2021
LEXINGTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Lexington-based Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were honored by the Lynchburg Police Department April 4, 2021, for their support to civilian law enforcement during protests in Lynchburg in June 2020.

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine visits with and thanks Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group during a ceremony April 10, 2021, in Rocky Mount, Virginia. The ceremony recognized the unit for their last year of support to Virginia’s ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response as well as their support to law enforcement in Washington, D.C., before, during and after the Presidential Inauguration in January 2021. During the event, Kaine thanked the unit and recognized the individual Soldiers who supported the D.C. mission, and in return, the unit gave a ceremonial coin to the senator. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, also gave remarks during the ceremony.
Sen. Kaine thanks 229th Chemical Co. Soldiers during ceremony
April 21, 2021
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine visited with and thanked Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group during a ceremony celebrating the unit’s recent successes April 10, 2021, in Rocky Mount, Virginia. 

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