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NEWS | Feb. 20, 2024

529th CSSB validated, ready for mission in Poland

By Cotton Puryear | Virginia National Guard Public Affairs

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion have been validated for their upcoming federal active duty mission to Poland after conducting a collective training exercise Feb. 12-16, 2024, at Fort Cavazos, Texas. “We received some terrific training over the past few weeks from our First Army partners to get ready for Poland, and I am excited for the progress and cohesion this team has shown,” said Lt. Col. Carlos Maldonado, commander of the 529th. “The CTE gave us a really good idea of the situations we could see, and everyone performed well. Our Soldiers bring a lot of experience with them from units across the Virginia National Guard, but the exercise was an important to help us improve on working together as a team. We learned a lot and are ready to perform our mission. I am incredibly proud of everyone and their outstanding duty performance.” During the exercise, 529th Soldiers worked through different potential scenarios simulating the operations they are scheduled to conduct in Poland where they will provide sustainment command and control and support to forward-stationed U.S. and allied forces in the region. The CTE was the final training event for the 529th in Texas, and observer / controller / trainers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 120th Infantry Brigade provided feedback throughout the exercise to help the 529th prepare for their upcoming mission. Virginia Army National Guard senior leaders visited the 529th as they conducted the CTE Feb. 14. Brig. Gen. Charles B. Martin Jr. and Command Sgt. Maj. Irving Reed Jr., the VaARNG command team, Col. Paul C. Gravely, the VaARNG chief of staff, and Chief Warrant Officer 5 John Calley, the VaARNG state command chief warrant officer, met with Soldiers to learn more about their roles in the upcoming mission and thank them for their service. “The 529th has a strong reputation for excellence, and I know you are going execute the mission like the great team you are,” Martin said. “I can see you are making the most of your training here, getting to know each other better and as a staff you will provide your commander with the increased visualization he needs in order to react and decide. Be proud of who you are, be proud you are from Virginia and go show them how we do it.” Prior to the CTE, Soldiers of the 529th conducted a variety of administrative and medical tasks to fully transition them from traditional National Guard status to federal active duty status. A combat sustainment support battalion is a multifunctional logistics headquarters exercising mission command for assigned companies, teams and detachments to provide maintenance support as well as distribution of food, fuel, ammunition and other vital supplies. They expect to have supply, transportation and maintenance companies under their command, but additional units could be assigned to meet mission requirements. Soldiers of the 529th gained valuable experience for the upcoming mobilization when they supported Joint Readiness Training Center rotation 23-8.05 July 6 to Aug. 6, 2023, at Fort Johnson, Louisiana. Conducted in support of the Hawaii Army National Guard’s 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 529th was in charge of running the division support area, where they provided command and control of more than 400 National Guard Soldiers from five different units from five different states providing food, water, fuel, ammunition and other supplies. While the JRTC rotation built the foundation of the team mobilizing to Poland, the CTE at Fort Cavazos provided an opportunity to integrate new members into the team, Maldonado said. Read more about the 529th at

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