Fort Barfoot


Fort Pickett was officially redesignated Fort Barfoot in honor of Col. Van T. Barfoot, a World War II Medal of Honor recipient with extensive Virginia ties, during a ceremony March 24, 2023. The post is one of nine U.S. Army installations being renamed based on the Naming Commission’s recommendations to remove the names and symbols honoring or commemorate the Confederate States of America.

Located near Blackstone, Fort Barfoot has more than 225 full-time state and federal employees provide support to tenant and training units on approximately 41,000 acres featuring a combination of open and wooded terrain maneuver areas and 21 ranges capable of supporting almost any weapons system in the U.S. Army inventory with barracks to support more than 5,000 personnel as well as an Army airfield operation.

Fort Barfoot News

Fort Barfoot leaders and employees along with community representatives celebrate the first anniversary of the redesignation of the installation in honor of Col. Van T. Barfoot, a World War II Medal of Honor recipient with extensive Virginia ties March 22, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. Col. James C. Shaver Jr., the Fort Barfoot garrison commander, presided over the ceremony, which featured remarks from retired Lt. Col. Tom Barfoot, the installation namesake’s oldest son, and Chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe. The ceremony also featured a cake cutting featuring Barfoot and the youngest Soldier in attendance. Read more about the official redesignation ceremony held March 24, 2023, at https://ngpa.us/28986.
Fort Barfoot celebrates one year since redesignation
March 26, 2024
Fort Barfoot leaders and employees along with community representatives celebrated the first anniversary of the redesignation of the installation in honor of Col. Van T. Barfoot, a World War II Medal of Honor recipient with extensive Virginia ties March 22, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. 

Virginia National Guard Soldiers representing the Staunton-based 116th infantry Brigade Combat Team and the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group claim top honors at the 2024 Virginia Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition March 17, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. The 116th’s Spc. Carter Cooper was named Soldier of the Year and the 329th’s Sgt. Patrick Bradner was named Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. The 329th’s Spc. Royal Evans and Fort Barfoot’s Sgt. Nicholas Clark were named runners-up. The four-day event included Army Warrior Tasks, a written exam, a physical fitness challenge, an obstacle course, land navigation, a ruck march, a three-gun event and an appearance board. Cooper and Bradner now advance to the Region II Best Warrior Competition, scheduled for May 2024.
116th IBCT’s Cooper, 329th’s Bradner are VaARNG best warriors​
March 22, 2024
Virginia National Guard Soldiers representing the Staunton-based 116th infantry Brigade Combat Team and the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group claimed top honors at the 2024 Virginia Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition March 14 - 17, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. 

Participants in the Virginia Department of Military Affairs Workforce Development Mentoring Program graduate during a ceremony Feb. 28, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. The mentors and mentees began their partnership early in 2023 and successfully completed a year of mentoring and learning from each other. Retired Col. Everton E. Nevers, the DMA Chief Operations Officer, and retired Brig. Gen. Walt Mercer, the former DMA COO, both spoke at the event, as did Tanisha Roberts, the Virginia Army National Guard retirement services officer, who has participated in the program both as a mentee and a mentor. After the remarks, mentors and mentees received their graduation certificates.
DMA mentorship program graduates fourth class
March 12, 2024
Participants in the Virginia Department of Military Affairs Workforce Development Mentoring Program graduated during a ceremony Feb. 28, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia.

U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers train on material handling equipment during Phase II of the 88M Motor Transport Operator Course at the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Jan. 28, 2015. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)
183rd RTI trains transporters
Feb. 10, 2024
At the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers learned basic and advanced motor transport skills during the 88M Motor Transport Operator course, taught in two two-week phases Jan. 10-Feb. 7, 2015.

Col. Charles B. Martin Jr. is promoted to brigadier general and formally takes command of the Virginia Army National Guard from Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher during a change of command ceremony Jan. 6, 2024, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. James W. Ring, the Adjutant General of Virginia, presided over the traditional exchange of organizational colors symbolizing the transition from Gallagher to Martin as the Virginia National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General - Army. The 29th Infantry Division Band performed ceremonial music for the event. Gallagher was recognized during the ceremony for his retirement from the VNG after more than 32 years of military service.
Martin takes command of VaARNG from Gallagher
Jan. 11, 2024
Col. Charles B. Martin Jr. was promoted to brigadier general and formally took command of the Virginia Army National Guard from Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher during a change of command ceremony Jan. 6, 2024, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. 

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