Archive: April, 2021

Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group to deploy to Middle East in Fall 2021
April 30, 2021
Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group to deploy to Middle East in Fall 2021

SMP prepares cadets for future training, paves pathway for success
April 26, 2021
Cadets enrolled in the Virginia Army National Guard’s Simultaneous Membership Program take to the skies on board UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters April 18, 2021, during a three-day field training exercise at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The cadets came together from universities across the state and spent the weekend gaining familiarity with military tasks. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)

Lexington-based infantry company recognized for support to Lynchburg Police Department
April 21, 2021
Lynchburg Police Chief Ryan Zuidema presents a flag flown over the headquarter building of the Lynchburg Police Department to Lt. Col. Jim Tierney, commander of 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, as a thank you for support support to civilian law enforcement during protests in Lynchburg in June 2020.

Sen. Kaine thanks 229th Chemical Co. Soldiers during ceremony
April 21, 2021
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine visits with and thanks Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group during a ceremony April 10, 2021, in Rocky Mount, Virginia.

VNG providing dual-status commander for state, federal COVID-19 support
April 20, 2021
Brig. Gen. James W. Ring provides an update to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander March 31, 2021,at a community vaccination clinic at the Military Circle Mall in Norfolk, Virginia. Ring serves as a dual-status commander for Title 10 and Title 32 forces supporting the COVID-19 response in Virginia.

Pillion succeeds Gravely as MTC garrison commander
April 20, 2021
Col. Timothy D. Pillion takes command of Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett from Col. Paul C. Gravely during a ceremony April 16, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

VNG supporting Community Vaccination Clinic in Nottoway County
April 19, 2021
Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen support a Community Vaccination Clinic opened April 19, 2021, by the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to administer COVID-19 vaccinations at the VNG armory in Blackstone, Virginia.

Here to stay: 192nd Wing celebrates first dedicated HQ facility at JBLE
April 8, 2021
U.S. military leaders cutting a ribbon during a ceremony

Spanberger, Cline rep tour VNG aviation facility
April 7, 2021
U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger visits the Virginia National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility March 29, 2021, near the Richmond International Airport. Spanberger was joined by a member of Rep. Ben Cline’s staff and received briefings from Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and other VNG senior leaders to discuss the complex mission of the VNG’s aviation assets and the need for a new aviation support facility. The group also toured the current AASF, and conducted an aerial tour of the proposed location for the future facility, as well as key VNG facilities in the Richmond area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)

VNG Endurance Team seeking team members 
April 7, 2021
Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard compete in the All Guard DEKA FIT competition March 27, 2021, in Dallas, Texas.(US Army Photo by SGT Jesse Elbouab, 133rd MPAD)

VaANG breaks ground on its first MILCON project since relocation to JBLE
April 6, 2021
Three men wearing hard hats ceremoniously turn dirt during a ground breaking ceremony

Explosives detection training lane at MTC dedicated to fallen VNG Soldiers
April 6, 2021
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.

Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 72 cadets from Class 54
April 2, 2021
Commonwealth ChalleNGe graduates 72 cadets from Class 54

Virginia Army Guard recruiters snag top spots after regional recruiting boards
April 1, 2021
Gettysburg, Pa. - Maj. Scott Nivens (far left), commander of the Virginia National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Battalion, poses with Virginia's top recruiters with Sgt. Maj. Stephen Koptchak (far right), at the Region II Strength Maintenance Advisory Group meeting in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (Courtesy photo)

VNG WOCs check off milestones on way toward course completion
April 1, 2021
Warrant officer candidates enrolled in the Virginia National Guard’s Warrant Officer Candidate School present their class song and sign to Col. Charles B. Martin, commander of the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, March 20, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The class includes both U.S. National Guard Soldiers from Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers. The candidates will head south to Fort McClellan, Alabama, in at the end of April to begin Phase III and the final step toward becoming warrant officers. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt.1st Class Terra C. Gatti)

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