329th Regional Support Group

Constituted July 18, 1917 in the Virginia National Guard as Headquarters, 54th Field Artillery Brigade, and assigned to the 29th Division, the unit was converted and reorganized September 1, 2008, as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 329th Regional Support Group. The RSG consists of the 276th Engineer Battalion, the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 1030th Transportation Battalion.
 
Today, the unit deploys to provide contingency and expeditionary base operations support, with responsibilities for managing facilities, providing administrative and logistical support of Soldier services, and ensuring the security of personnel and facilities on a base camp. The RSG provides mission command of assigned units during homeland security, homeland defense, and civil support missions within the United States, to include managing the reception, staging, onward movement, and integration of supporting forces.
 
Despite restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 329th RSG successfully adjusted to a “new normal” and accomplished several major objectives throughout 2020.
 
For months in late 2019, the 329th RSG diligently planned and prepared to participate in DEFENDER-Europe 20, a joint, multi-national, U.S. Army Europe-led, U.S. European Command exercise designed to test the U.S. military’s ability to rapidly deploy a large combat-credible force to Europe and integrate with partners and allies. While DEFENDER-Europe 20 was cancelled due to the global pandemic the planning and training involved proved invaluable to the operations the 329th would support in 2020.
 
In early 2020, the 1033rd Engineer Support Company provided much needed assistance to flood ravaged areas of southwest Virginia.
 
In the spring, the 329th HHC and its subordinate battalions mobilized over 270 Soldiers to provide significant support to the Commonwealth’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Missions included N95 mask fit training, support to COVID-19 testing sites, logistics support for shipments of personal protective equipment around the Commonwealth, support to local food banks and personnel to conduct the command and control for three Virginia Guard COVID response Task Forces.
 
In the fall of 2020, the 276th Engineer Battalion and 1032nd Transportation Company began their state-side deployments to support domestic federal operations. Prior to mobilizing for their federal mission, the 276th, with the help of their subordinate companies, provided civil disturbance support to Virginia agencies as violent protests spread across the Commonwealth in the spring and summer of 2020.
 
As the 329th enters 2021, current and future operations show no signs of slowing. The RSG continues to provide requested support to civil disturbances and COVID-19 efforts while simultaneously planning for upcoming federal mobilizations.
 

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329th RSG News

Current and former Virginia National Guard Soldiers and guests attend a dedication ceremony for the new Banks-Lambert Handheld Detection Lane March 26, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The new explosives detection training site was dedicated and named for Sgt. Derek R. Banks and Sgt. David E. Lambert, who were killed when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device Oct. 25, 2007, while deployed with the West Point-based 237th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command in Iraq. The explosion injured three other VNG Soldiers, two of whom also attended the dedication ceremony. Col. Paul Gravely, the Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett garrison commander, and Lt. Col. Beau Mason, assistant chief of staff for the Virginia Army National Guard and company commander for Banks and Lambert at the time of the attack, both gave remarks during the ceremony.
Explosives detection training lane at MTC dedicated to fallen VNG Soldiers
April 6, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. — Current and former Virginia National Guard Soldiers and guests attended a dedication ceremony for the new Banks-Lambert Handheld Detection Lane March 26, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The explosives detection training lane was dedicated and named for Sgt. Derek R. Banks and Sgt. David E. Lambert, who were killed when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device Oct. 25, 2007.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers representing the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett claim top honors at the 2021 VNG Best Warrior Competition, held March 18-21, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Spc. Michael Choi, an infantry Soldier assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT, won Soldier of the Year, and Sgt. Samuel Johnson, and infantry Soldier assigned to MTC, won Noncommissioned Officer of the Year after four days of grueling challenges designed to test the competitors physically and mentally. Soldiers faced a written exam, a 6-mile ruck march, land navigation, a 3-gun event, a physical fitness challenge and the Air Assault obstacle course, as well as Army Warrior Tasks and an appearance board. Choi and Johnson will represent the Virginia National Guard at the regional-level competition later in 2021.
1-116th, MTC Soldiers claim titles at 2021 VNG Best Warrior Competition
March 24, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers representing the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett have claimed top honors at the 2021 VNG Best Warrior Competition, which concluded with an awards ceremony March 21, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. 

Lt. Col. Juanita Rohler, commander of the Virginia National Guard's COVID-19 vaccination support task force, assists with a visit from Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia National Guard senior leaders visit at Richmond Raceway March 8, 2021, in Henrico County, Virginia. (U.S. National Guard photo by Mike Vrabel)
Vaccine support task force commander humbled by opportunity to serve
March 22, 2021
RICHMOND, Va. — Lt. Col. Juanita Rohler wears a lot of hats. She commands the Virginia National Guard’s vaccination support task force and the 529th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group. She’s one half of a dual-military couple and a dedicated mom. These days, as COVID-19 vaccination efforts ramp-up across the nation, she’s pretty busy.

More than 30 Virginia National Guard Soldiers train on providing administrative and logistics support to a COVID-19 vaccination site March 1, 2021, at Richmond Raceway in Henrico County, Virginia. Approximately 250 Virginia National Guard Soldiers are conducting a two-week training period at multiple locations in Virginia to provide support to COVID-19 vaccination sites to enable widespread vaccination across the state, and the Virginia COVID-19 Unified Command will assign duty locations to the Soldiers when the training is complete. The Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group is the mission command headquarters for vaccination site support, and Soldiers assigned to the 529th as well as other units from across the state are supporting the mission in a Title 32 federal orders status.
New VNG task force will help support vaccine clinics
March 10, 2021
RICHMOND, Va. — Approximately 250 Virginia National Guard Soldiers from across the state are supporting the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Virginia Department of Health at COVID-19 community vaccination sites across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Starting March 1, 2021, the task force began a two-week training period at vaccination sites across the commonwealth. 

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group guide VNG Soldiers returning from duty supporting law enforcement in Washington, D.C. through the reverse reception, staging, onward movement and integration process Feb. 8, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.
329th RSG conducts reverse RSOI for VNG units returning from D.C.
Feb. 25, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. – The Virginia-Beach based 329th Regional Support Group can finally take a breath after managing the complete administrative in-processing and out-processing of over 2,500 Virginia National Guard Soldiers supporting law enforcement in Washington D.C. from Jan. 8 to Feb. 12, 2021. 

329th RSG Organization

Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group
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Virginia Beach-based 1940th Contingency Contract Team, 329th Regional Support Group

Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contract Team, 329th Regional Support Group

Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
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  • Manassas-based 229th Military Police Company 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
  • Virginia Beach-based 1173rd Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
  • Blackstone-based 3647th Maintenance Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
    • Fort Pickett-based 157th Engineer Platoon

Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
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  • Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion
  • Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion
    • Martinsville-based Detachment 1, 1710th Transportation Company
  • Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion

Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
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  • Petersburg-based Forward Support Company, 276th Engineer Battalion
  • Powhatan-based 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion
  • West Point-based 237th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion
  • Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion
    • Gate City-based Detachment 1, 1033rd Engineer Company
  • Virginia Beach-based 576th Engineer Utilities Detachment, 276th Engineer Battalion