Army National Guard Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett


Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center near Blackstone 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.

Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett 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. 

Virginia National Guard personnel receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 28, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Their vaccination is part of the national rollout established by the Department of Defense and National Guard Bureau and distribution of the vaccine will be in accordance with guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense and National Guard Bureau.
Fort Pickett vaccination clinic open to service members, TRICARE beneficiaries, DoD retirees
March 15, 2021
BLACKSTONE, Va. -- The Virginia National Guard COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is fully operational at Fort Pickett, and any service member, TRICARE beneficiary or Department of Defense retiree may schedule an appointment to receive their vaccination. Virginia Department of Military Affairs employees and members of the Virginia Defense Force are also eligible to receive a vaccination at the clinic.

A new building for the 91st Cyber Brigade, currently under construction at Fort Belvoir, Va., is one of the many military construction projects currently overseen by the Virginia Army National Guard Construction and Facility Management Office. The office was recently awarded the Fred Aaron Award for Excellence in Facilities Programs for FY20 from the National Guard Bureau. The Fred Aron award is presented to states or territories to recognize their work based on construction, resource management, strategic plans and education, facilities management, energy management, and real estate.
Va. Army Guard Construction, Facility Management Office recognized with Fred Aron Award from NGB
March 10, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard Construction and Facility Management Office recently received both the regional and national Fred Aron Award for Excellence in Facilities Programs for Fiscal Year 20 from the National Guard Bureau. The Fred Aron award is presented to states or territories to recognize their work based on construction, resource management, strategic plans and education, facilities management, energy management and real estate.

Participants in the Virginia Department of Military Affairs’ first-ever mentorship program graduate during a ceremony Feb. 25, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The mentors and mentees began their partnership early in 2020 and successfully completed a year of mentoring despite challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and retired Brig. Gen. Walt Mercer, the DMA Chief Operations Officer, both spoke at the event before mentors and mentees received their graduation certificates.
DMA's first mentorship program marks success with graduation
March 9, 2021
FORT PICKETT, Va. — After a year of overcoming challenges in order to learn from each other, the Virginia Department of Military Affairs’ first-ever mentorship program class of mentors and mentees graduated during a ceremony Feb. 25, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. 

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