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Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Hanover-based Alpha Battery, 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. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)
Va. Army National Guard expands $20k sign-on bonus
April 12, 2022
Virginia Army National Guard is now offering $20,000 sign-on bonuses for those who enlist into an expanded number of military occupational specialties. Previously, just one MOS qualified for the top-tier $20,000 bonus, while two additional jobs offered smaller bonus amounts. Now, Soldiers who enlist into one of seven career fields may be eligible for the $20,000 bonus.

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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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Col. Russell McGuire takes command of the Virginia National Guard’s Bowling Green-based 91st Cyber Brigade from Brig. Gen. Teri Williams May 14, 2022, in Bowling Green, Virginia. Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher, the VNG Land Component Commander, presided over the change of command ceremony and the exchange of organizational colors signifying the transfer of command from Williams to McGuire. Williams currently serves as the Vice Director of Operations (Cyber) for the National Guard Bureau in a traditional National Guard status.
91st Cyber Brigade welcomes new commander
May 17, 2022
Col. Rusty McGuire took command of the Virginia National Guard’s Bowling Green-based 91st Cyber Brigade from Brig. Gen. Teri Williams May 14, 2022, in Bowling Green, Virginia.

Deputy Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Jason Pak presents Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, with the Governor of Virginia's 415th Birthday of the Virginia National Guard Proclamation May 13, 2022, at the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. The VNG traces the heritage and traditions of citizen-service to the 1607 founding of America’s first permanent English colony at Jamestown when Capt. John Smith organized the colonists for defense. There has not been a day since May 14, 1607, without a military presence in Virginia to defend freedom at home and overseas. Read the full proclamation at https://go.usa.gov/xuFbn.
Virginia National Guard celebrates 415th birthday
May 17, 2022
The Virginia National Guard celebrated its 415th birthday May 13, 2022, with a ceremonial cake cutting at the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team participate in a Joint Hazard Assessment Team training exercise with members of the Maine National Guard’s 11th CST, the FBI, the Virginia Beach Fire Department and the Virginia Beach Police Department April 26, 2022, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)
34th CST hosts regional, national partners for joint training exercise  
May 13, 2022
Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team participated in a Joint Hazard Assessment Team training exercise with members of the Maine National Guard’s 11th CST, the FBI, the Virginia Beach Fire Department and the Virginia Beach Police Department April 25- 29, 2022, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  

U.S. Army Spc. Tyler Martin, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter repairer with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, Virginia National Guard, conducts maintenance on a Black Hawk helicopter's rotator section at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, March 18, 2022.  Black Hawk helicopter mechanics are trained to maintain complex assemblies such as engines, rotors, gearboxes, transmissions, mechanical flight controls, and others to ensure aircraft are safe and operational. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Warren W. Wright Jr., 138th Public Affairs Detachment)
Maintenance key to Black Hawk helicopters’ ability to accomplish mission in Kosovo
May 13, 2022
U.S. Army helicopter repairers and maintainers play a critical role in keeping aviation assets flying through routine upkeep and conducting on-the-spot repairs, keeping helicopters safe and ready to fly in hundreds of Army missions.

Virginia National Guard Youth enjoy a day-long, outdoor camp Aug. 21, 2021, at the Jamestown 4-H Center in Jamestown, Virginia. “Camp on the Move!” was a series of single-day events hosted at 4-H centers throughout the summer in Virginia Beach, Wakefield, Appomattox, Roanoke, and Jamestown and focused on building connections and resilience among Virginia National Guard youth.
"Camp On The Move!" slated to return this summer
May 10, 2022
The Virginia National Guard Youth Program is back with "Camp On The Move!" this summer, a series of single day, camp-style events at different 4-H Center locations across the state. The camps, which will take place in Front Royal, Appomattox and Williamsburg, will offer National Guard Youth the opportunity to build resiliency and connect with their peers while engaging in activities such as canoeing, high rope and low rope courses, archery and so much more.  

Cadets enrolled in the Virginia Army National Guard’s Simultaneous Membership Program conduct training during a three-day field training exercise held April 22-24, 2022, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Over the course of the weekend, the cadets zeroed on the M4 carbine, and focused on basic warrior tasks and battle drills. Approximately 70 cadets from universities across the state participated in the event, which was supported by around 15 Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Army National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)
SMP cadets hone skills while maximizing benefit usage
May 4, 2022
Approximately 70 cadets, all enrolled in the Virginia Army National Guard’s Simultaneous Membership Program,  came together to hone their military skills during a multi-day field training exercise held April 22-24, 2022, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

Robert Mosier, the Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, and Eric Moeller, the Virginia Chief Transformation Officer, along with representatives from Governor Glenn Youngkin’s office and the Virginia Congressional Delegation, visit the Virginia National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility April 21, 2022, in Sandston, Virginia. The group received briefings from Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and other VNG senior leaders to discuss the complex mission of the VNG’s aviation assets and the need for a new aviation support facility. The group, which also included  also toured the current AASF, and conducted an aerial tour of the proposed location for the future facility, as well as key VNG facilities in the Richmond area.
State leaders, CoDel reps visit AASF​
May 3, 2022
Robert Mosier, the Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, and Eric Moeller, the Virginia Chief Transformation Officer, along with representatives from Governor Glenn Youngkin’s office and the Virginia Congressional Delegation, visited the Virginia National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility April 21, 2022, in Sandston, Virginia. 

Staff Sgt. Shane Williams
RSP NCO paves pathway for success for Leesburg area recruits
May 2, 2022
Ever since he was a kid, Staff Sgt. Shane Williams knew he’d join the military. On his dad’s side, military service dates back all the way to the American Civil War. Since then, his family has served through every major U.S. conflict, excluding the Korean War, and almost everyone served in the U.S. Army. His grandfather was the only exception.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jonathan Murray, operations officer assigned to Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment, Virginia National Guard, stands in front of a medical evacuation, or MEDEVAC, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, March 16, 2022.  Murray, a recent graduate of the U.S. Army flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, is currently deployed to provide medical evacuation support to Kosovo Force’s Regional Command – East.
Virginia National Guard officer talks motivation, training to become Army aviator
May 2, 2022
Virginia National Guard 1st Lt. Jonathan Murray, deployed to Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, is the medical evacuations, or MEDEVAC, operations officer for Kosovo Force Regional Command- East and is living his dream of flying UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

Firefighters assigned to the Fort Pickett Fire Department help tackle a large fire near the installation April 21, 2022.
Fort Pickett Fire Department helps lead response to large commercial fire
May 2, 2022
Firefighters assigned to the Fort Pickett Fire Department helped tackle a large fire near the installation April 21, 2022, marking one of the department’s largest response operations in recent memory. 

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