Commonwealth ChalleNGe Class 58 graduates 72 cadets
230304-Z-DO111-004.JPG Photo By: A.J. Coyne

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia - The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy Class 58 graduates 72 cadets March 4, 2023, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, retired Brig. Gen. Walt Mercer, the Department of Military Affairs Chief Operations Officer, and retired Navy Capt. Mark Chicoine, the Commonwealth ChalleNGe director, joined Travis May, the guest speaker for the ceremony, in congratulating the cadets on their accomplishments. The Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band provided music for the event. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is the Virginia component of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a 17-and-a-half-month program designed to promote academics, attention to detail, time management, and leadership while promoting self-esteem, confidence and pride. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)


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