Adjutant General of Virginia 2020 Holiday Message

Virginia National Guard Team:

Just reflecting on 2020 brings a range of emotions with all of us fighting through the difficulties we face as a nation. It would be easy to slip into focusing on all the challenges surrounding us, but I tend to look for the positive.

Obviously, this year is a standout, yet I’m so grateful for the amazing contributions of our organization and how we have made the most of this opportunity to serve. Even with all these serious challenges, we’ve accomplished extraordinary things: making sure our Soldiers and Airmen are fully prepared for our federal mission, supporting our Virginia Department of Health testing over 140,000 Virginians for COVID-19, helping distribute nearly 1,350,000 pounds of food, providing more than 51,000 hours in planning augmentation to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, quickly deploying capabilities to local authorities during hazardous weather, protecting the rights of our fellow citizens during protests and so much more.

In short order in 2021, we have the 59th Presidential Inauguration, prioritizing readiness for our federal mission, and most importantly, continuing to support Virginia’s COVID-19 response. Suffice it to say, the Virginia National Guard is incredibly busy and incredibly relevant here in our homeland and around the globe.

I couldn’t be prouder of the magnificent teamwork of our Soldiers, Airmen, Virginia Defense Force members and state and federal civilians who have made all these things happen, and as always, we owe a special thanks to the families and employers who support everything we do.

Now is the time to show we are “Always Ready, Always There.” Let’s set the example for our communities, live the values of our services and be a force for all things good! I’m looking forward to 2021 and being part of the Virginia National Guard’s ongoing service to commonwealth and country.

Cheryl and I wish everyone a peaceful and joyous holiday and wish you all the best in the coming year.

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams
28th Adjutant General of Virginia