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State and federal elected officials and senior military leaders join families, friends and fellow Soldiers to mark the official start of federal active duty for Task Force Red Dragon Nov. 27, 2021, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. More than 1,000 Virginia and Kentucky Army National Guard Soldiers are mobilizing as Task Force Red Dragon under the command of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, to provide a security force in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. It is the largest VNG single-unit mobilization since World War II. The Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band provided music for the ceremony, and members of the Virginia Defense Force volunteered their time to assist with traffic management and parking. Read more about the TF Red Dragon federal active duty mobilization at go.usa.gov/xFK9K.
Va. National Guard task force begins federal active duty for security mission in Africa
Nov. 27, 2021
State and federal elected officials and senior military leaders joined families, friends and fellow Soldiers to mark the official start of federal active duty for more than 1,000 Virginia and Kentucky Army National Guard Soldiers Nov. 27, 2021, at departure ceremonies in Bedford, Virginia, and Lexington, Kentucky.

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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. Todd Pegg and 1st Sgt. David Elliott, command team of the Virginia National Guard's 329th Regional Support Group, furl their organization colors during a transitioned base command authority ceremony Nov. 23, 2021, at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. Pegg will now command the 329th RSG from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, where he will oversee their Base Operating Support - Integrator missions at Al Asad, Erbil and Baghdad, Iraq in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve.
329th Regional Support Group Headquarters moves from Iraq to Kuwait
Dec. 1, 2021
Col. Todd Pegg, commander of the Virginia National Guard's 329th Regional Support Group, transitioned base command authority to Lt. Col. Nathan Adkins, commander of 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Nov. 23, 2021, at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

Representatives from the Virginia National Guard and the Virginia Department of Military Affairs participate in an All Hazards Incident Management Training class hosted at the Richmond Fire Department’s fire training center Nov. 12, 2021, in Sandston, Virginia. The course was hosted by the Central Virginia All Hazards Incident Management Team.
VNG, DMA representatives participate in incident management training
Dec. 1, 2021
Representatives from the Virginia National Guard and the Virginia Department of Military Affairs participated in an All Hazards Incident Management Training class hosted at the Richmond Fire Department’s fire training center Nov. 8 - 12, 2021, in Sandston, Virginia.

First Lt. Todd W. Weaver is inducted into the Army ROTC Hall of Fame during a military appreciation football game Nov. 13, 2021, at the College of William and Mary. Weaver started his military career in the Virginia National Guard before transitioning to active duty and was killed in action during a night ambush operation in Afghanistan Sept. 9, 2010. Brig. Gen. James W. Ring, Director of the Joint Staff for the Virginia National Guard, presided over the induction ceremony and recognized Weaver’s family on the field. Virginia National Guard cannon crews assigned to the Hanover-based Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division supported the event with cannon fire and a flyover. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Sadler)
Former VNG Soldier inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame at W&M
Nov. 30, 2021
Virginia National Guard Soldiers helped honor 1st Lt. Todd W. Weaver, during a military appreciation football game Nov. 13, 2021, at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Weaver began his military career as a combat engineer in the VNG and was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010. The event included Weaver’s induction into the ROTC Hall of Fame, a flyover by two VNG UH-60 helicopters and cannon fire from VNG artillerymen.

Staff Sgt. Robert J. Gwilt poses with his family.
VNG Soldier finds success through resilience
Nov. 29, 2021
Staff Sgt. Robert J. Gwilt’s connection to his Navajo heritage comes largely from the relationship he built with his grandfather while growing up in Gallup, New Mexico. “I grew up ranching cattle and riding horses,” he said. “Mostly with my grandfather until my dad moved us away from Gallup. We would drive all over the reservation and we raised livestock to sell to the local markets.”

First Sgt. Donnie Brizendine, at right, removes his rank and affixes it to 1st Sgt. Michael Clay's uniform during a ceremony held Oct. 20, 2021 at the armory in South Boston, Virginia. Brizendine who recruited Clay into the National Guard 17 years ago. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)
Rank, responsibility passes from mentor to mentee in South Boston ceremony
Nov. 29, 2021
Seventeen years after 1st Sgt. Donnie Brizendine enlisted a young Michael Clay into the Virginia Army National Guard, he removed the first sergeant rank from his chest and attached it to Clay’s uniform. That act was Brizendine’s last as a first sergeant, one he completed just before passing responsibility of the Recruiting and Retention Battalion’s Alpha Company to Clay in a ceremony held Oct. 20, 2021, at the armory in South Boston, Virginia.

State and federal elected officials and senior military leaders join families, friends and fellow Soldiers to mark the official start of federal active duty for Task Force Red Dragon Nov. 27, 2021, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. More than 1,000 Virginia and Kentucky Army National Guard Soldiers are mobilizing as Task Force Red Dragon under the command of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, to provide a security force in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. It is the largest VNG single-unit mobilization since World War II. The Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band provided music for the ceremony, and members of the Virginia Defense Force volunteered their time to assist with traffic management and parking. Read more about the TF Red Dragon federal active duty mobilization at go.usa.gov/xFK9K.
Va. National Guard task force begins federal active duty for security mission in Africa
Nov. 27, 2021
State and federal elected officials and senior military leaders joined families, friends and fellow Soldiers to mark the official start of federal active duty for more than 1,000 Virginia and Kentucky Army National Guard Soldiers Nov. 27, 2021, at departure ceremonies in Bedford, Virginia, and Lexington, Kentucky.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site at Fort Pickett, Virginia, offload a DUKW onto a concrete pad Nov. 17, 2021, outside of the VNG Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. The
New historic artifacts in place at VNG headquarters
Nov. 17, 2021
Thanks to the hard work of the Virginia National Guard History Program and a group of volunteers, the VNG Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, is home to several new historic artifacts on permanent display. 

The 65th annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony honors those who served and are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces Nov. 11, 2021, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, delivered remarks during the ceremony, and Sgt. Paul Johnson, the Virginia Army National Guard Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, led the attendees in the pledge of allegiance. Members of the Virginia Defense Force volunteered their time to assist with traffic control and parking for the event. Read the AG’s Veterans Day message at http://go.usa.gov/xeWDr.
Veterans Day observed across Virginia and overseas
Nov. 17, 2021
Virginia National Guard personnel honored the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the Armed Forces at ceremonies across Virginia as well as overseas Nov. 11, 2021, in honor of Veterans Day.

Retired Brig. Gen. Charles B. Faulconer, Jr., Honorary Colonel of the 116th Infantry Regiment, announces the Bedford-based Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, as the recipient of the 116th Regiment Superior Unit Award during the 116th's 53rd annual regimental muster Nov. 13, 2021, in Staunton, Virginia. Col. Christopher J. Samulski and Command Sgt. Maj. Irving N. Reed, Jr., the 116th IBCT command team, presented the award to Capt. Daniel K. Fida and 1st Sgt. Thomas E. Barrett, the Alpha Company command team.
116th Infantry Regiment holds 53rd annual muster
Nov. 17, 2021
Veterans of the 116th Infantry Regiment and Soldiers of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team gathered to remember the unit’s history and enjoy fellowship at the 53rd annual muster Nov. 13, 2021, in Staunton, Virginia.

29th Infantry Division Soldiers who escorted vulnerable Afghans during Operation Allies
Refuge pose for a photo shortly after the mission ended. In all, the team drove more than
7,500 miles in 160 trips in support of the mission. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marc Loi)
Despite mission change, 29th ID Soldiers' resilience proves useful in escort mission
Nov. 8, 2021
With just a bit more information than the fictitious Rangers who boarded a plane with “mission undetermined, destination unknown,” a handful of Soldiers from Task Force Freedom and 29th Infantry Division showed the same grit and determination when they accepted their mission during Operation Allies Refuge.

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