Archive: 2020

Virginia National Guard begins COVID-19 vaccinations
December 31, 2020
Capt. Wilifred Hale receives a COVID-19 vaccination from Sgt. Anna Carter Dec. 31, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

329th RSG conducts Best Warrior Competition
December 16, 2020
Sgt. Michael Walker and Spc. Luke Shallenberger take top honors in the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group Best Warrior Competition held Dec. 10-11, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

Virginia National Guard staged, ready for possible winter storm response operations
December 16, 2020
A Virginia National Guard Soldier assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducts pre-mission maintenance checks Dec. 16, 2020, in Staunton, Virginia.

Current, former field artillery Soldiers receive Order of St. Barbara
December 16, 2020
Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, presents the Ancient Order of St. Barbara to retired Col. Mike Coleman during a ceremony at the Capitol of Virginia Dec. 14, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia.

VNG COVID-19 response support will continue into 2021
December 16, 2020
Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen support a COVID-19 testing event for students and staff at Randolph-Macon College Nov. 17, 2020, in Ashland, Virginia.

Medic earns dental hygienist cert, becomes first college grad in family
December 15, 2020
Medic completes dental hygiene degree

DMA graduates 13 from latest Supervisors Course
December 15, 2020
Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, speaks to Virginia Department of Military Affairs managers during the DMA Supervisors Course Dec. 4, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

New 34th CERFP Soldiers, Airmen attend CERFP University
December 8, 2020
Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Richmond-based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, learn to use emergency response equipment during CERFP University Dec. 3, 2020, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

VDF conducts statewide response exercise
December 7, 2020
Virginia Defense Force personnel assigned to the 1st Regiment and Support Operations Group take part in the Highland Guardian field training exercise Nov. 7, 2020, in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Batterton to succeed Piper as the commander of 192nd Wing
December 2, 2020
Col. Christopher G. Batterton will succeed Col. Mark Piper as the commander of the Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Wing based at Langley Air Force Base, according to an announcement made Nov. 6, 2020, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia.

Soldier's 80-lb weight loss journey leads to military service
December 2, 2020
Staff Sgt. Roger Jackson, assigned to the 183rd Regional Regiment, Training Institute, weighed 250 lbs at the age of 17 (left), lost 80 lbs and today maintains a high-level of physical and mental toughness through regular and consistent training.

HART partnership cited as career highlight for participants
December 1, 2020
Virginia National Guard flight crews train with Chesterfield County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Scuba Rescue Team members on rescue hoist operations Nov. 19, 2020, in Chesterfield, Virginia. Together, the Virginia aviators and Chesterfield first responders form the Virginia Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team, or HART. Their training focused on conducting litter hoists and is part of an ongoing partnership that first began in 2011.

Gallagher discusses importance of mentorship at DMA event
December 1, 2020
Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher, Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, speaks to participants in the Virginia Department of Military Affairs’ mentorship program during an event Nov. 19, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

Dual military couple says finding each other is best military perk
November 17, 2020
Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Robichaud and Staff Sgt. Sara Robichaud, both assigned to the Virginia Army National Guard, pose with their children. The two have more than 20 years of combined service and enjoy the life the military has given them and their children.

Veterans Day honors service, sacrifice
November 16, 2020
Staff Sgt. Eddie B. Jones leads the Pledge of Allegiance at the 64th annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2020, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia.

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