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Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and the First Lady of Virginia Suzanne S. Youngkin host a reception for Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and their families Dec. 4, 2022, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. The reception recognized the families of those personnel who are currently mobilized on federal active duty deployments. Retired Maj. Gen. Craig Crenshaw and Jason Pak, the Virginia Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, 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. The Fork Union Military Academy Honors Band provided a musical performance for those in attendance.
Governor commends VNG, families after year busy with mobilizations
Dec. 7, 2022
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and the First Lady of Virginia Suzanne S. Youngkin hosted a reception for Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and their families Dec. 4, 2022, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, to recognize the families of those personnel who are currently on federal active duty deployments.

The Virginia National Guard is offering up to $750 to Virginia citizens who help grow the force with qualified leads who successfully enlist into the Virginia Army or Air National Guard. The initiative, called the Referral Enlistment Program, or REP, kicks off Sept. 15, 2022.
New Virginia National Guard incentive offering up to $750 for qualified enlistment referrals
Sept. 15, 2022
The Virginia National Guard is offering up to $750 to Virginia citizens who help grow the force with qualified leads who successfully enlist into the Virginia Army or Air National Guard. The initiative, called the Referral Enlistment Program, or REP, kicks off Sept. 15, 2022.

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U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger presents the Governor’s National Service Medal to Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Blackstone-based Detachment 1, Delta Company, 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Jan. 21, 2023, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The Soldiers mobilized in 2022 on federal active duty to provide support to the Department of Defense-approved mission assisting Customs and Border Protection on the Southwest Border where they operated the RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aircraft system. With the detachment’s four unmanned aerial vehicles, they flew nearly 300 missions and more than 2,500 safe flying hours over the course of their mobilization. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)
UAS detachment recognized in Fort Pickett ceremony
Jan. 25, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Blackstone-based Detachment 1, Delta Company, 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team received the Virginia Governor’s National Service Medal during a ceremony Jan. 21, 2023, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger was on hand to congratulate the Soldiers, thank them for their service and welcome them home alongside Lt. Col. Robert P. “Beau” Mason, commander of the 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin presents the Governor’s National Service Medal to Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Lynchburg-based Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Golf Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th IBCT Jan. 21, 2023, in Lynchburg, Virginia. (U.S. National Guard photo by Cotton Puryear)
Task Force Red Dragon Soldiers recognized for federal active duty in Africa
Jan. 25, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to Task Force Red Dragon received the Virginia Governor’s National Service Medal Jan. 21, 2023, at multiple locations across Virginia to recognize their federal active-duty service in Africa from November 2021 through September 2022.

Pfc. Noor Habr, assigned to the Virginia Beach-based Alpha Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is photographed by a team from FUTURES magazine Jan. 21, 2023, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Habr, who became the first female in the Virginia Army National Guard to earn the 19D Cavalry Scout military occupational specialty, was photographed during her drill weekend at the State Military Reservation. FUTURES magazine is an annual publication that provides an in-depth look at life in the military. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)
2-183rd Soldier profiled by FUTURES magazine
Jan. 24, 2023
Pfc. Noor Habr, assigned to the Virginia Beach-based Alpha Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, spent three days being photographed and interviewed for FUTURES magazine Jan. 19-21, 2023, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

Lt. Col. Seung Lee assumed the position as Virginia National Guard state chaplain Nov. 3, 2022.
Lee named new VNG state chaplain
Jan. 23, 2023
Lt. Col. Seung Lee, who most recently served as the command chaplain for the 134th Chaplain Support Team, is the new Virginia National Guard state chaplain. Lee succeeds Col. Benjamin Sprouse.  

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, provided an information update on the Virginia National Guard to the members of the Virginia General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus Jan. 18, 2023, in Richmond Virginia.
AG provides update to General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus
Jan. 19, 2023
Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, provided an information update on the Virginia National Guard to the members of the Virginia General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus Jan. 18, 2023, in Richmond, Virginia.

Command Sgt. Maj. Irving Reed Jr. takes responsibility as the Virginia Army National Guard’s top noncommissioned officer from Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Smith Jr. during a change of responsibility ceremony Jan. 7, 2023, at the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher, the Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, presided over the ceremony. Smith currently serves as the Senior Enlisted Leader to the Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Marc Heaton)
Virginia Army National Guard welcomes Reed as top NCO
Jan. 10, 2023
Command Sgt. Maj. Irving Reed Jr. took responsibility as the Virginia Army National Guard’s top NCO from Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Smith Jr. during a change of responsibility ceremony Jan. 7, 2023, at the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia.

Seven National Guard Soldiers from five states participate in Military Funeral Honors Level 3 training Dec. 7, 2022, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Personnel from Georgia and Mississippi instructed the Soldiers from Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina in the week-long course, hosted by the Virginia National Guard Funeral Honors Program. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)
SMR hosts back-to-back national, regional funeral honors training
Jan. 9, 2023
Army National Guard Soldiers from around the country traveled to Virginia in December to participate in two separate Military Funeral Honors courses at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy staff conduct a two-day, in-service training session led by Virginia Department of Military Affairs staff Jan. 3-4, 2023, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The focus of the training was on policy reviews, various safety and human resource topics and resiliency. The training also featured teambuilding and group activities.  (Contributed photo)
DMA training prepares ChalleNGe staff for cadets return
Jan. 9, 2023
Virginia Department of Military Affairs staff conducted a two-day, in-service training session for staff from Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy Jan. 3-4, 2023, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The focus of the training was on policy reviews, various safety and human resource topics and resiliency. The training also featured teambuilding and group activities.  

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion. 329th Regional Support Group conduct a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives exchange with the Committee of Emergency Services of the Republic of Tajikistan Dec. 5 - 9, 2022, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
VNG conducts CBRN exchange in Tajikistan
Dec. 19, 2022
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group conducted a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives exchange with the Committee of Emergency Services of the Republic of Tajikistan Dec. 5 - 9, 2022, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. 

Lt. Col. Emily Huffman succeeds Lt. Col. Christopher Dunn as the commander of the Virginia National Guard’s State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia, during a ceremony Dec. 16, 2022. Col. James C. Shaver Jr., Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett garrison commander, presided over the change of command ceremony and the exchange of organizational colors signifying the transfer of command from Dunn to Huffman. Read more about SMR at https://ngpa.us/23203.
VNG State Military Reservation welcomes Huffman as new commander
Dec. 16, 2022
Lt. Col. Emily Huffman succeeded Lt. Col. Christopher Dunn as the commander of the Virginia National Guard’s State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia, during a ceremony Dec. 16, 2022.

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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. For more information on the Virginia National Guard click HERE.

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