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- 11/26/15--19:36: _29th ID tested at W...
- 12/15/15--13:09: _Va. Guard Youth Pro...
- 02/24/16--15:22: _ChalleNGe hosts car...
- 03/06/16--12:43: _116th IBCT Soldiers...
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- 04/07/16--08:27: _Rep. Brat visits, t...
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- 05/04/16--21:00: _Virginia Guard Sold...
- 05/18/16--09:30: _Dept. of Military A...
- 06/15/16--06:07: _29th ID Soldiers re...
- 06/26/16--19:29: _Pillion takes comma...
- 07/11/16--10:13: _29th ID leads multi...
- 05/10/17--11:05: _U.S., Jordanian mil...
- 05/30/17--16:45: _U.S., Canadian mili...
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- 09/03/17--14:11: _Camp Pendleton rece...
- 10/04/17--08:38: _Active shooter exer...
- 11/07/17--11:21: _29th ID Headquarter...
- 11/10/17--20:02: _192nd IS provides v...
- 11/26/15--19:36: 29th ID tested at Warfighter 16-2
- 12/15/15--13:09: Va. Guard Youth Program seeks volunteers
- 04/07/16--08:27: Rep. Brat visits, tours Fort Pickett
- 04/26/16--06:18: Candidates, cadre, graduates celebrate OCS 58th birthday
- 05/04/16--21:00: Virginia Guard Soldiers train for Military Funeral Honors duty
- 05/18/16--09:30: Dept. of Military Affairs recognizes, thanks state employees
- 06/15/16--06:07: 29th ID Soldiers return to France for 72nd commemoration of D-Day
- 06/26/16--19:29: Pillion takes command of Camp Pendleton
- 07/11/16--10:13: 29th ID leads multinational exercise, Saber Strike 16
- 11/07/17--11:21: 29th ID Headquarters Battalion changes command at Fort Belvoir
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — More than 400 Maryland and Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division joined with National Guard and active duty Soldiers from around the country, as well as active duty and Air National Guard Airmen, for a nine-day warfighter exercise Nov. 13-22 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The division-level warfighter exercise, Warfighter 16-2, was designed to develop, train, and exercise the warfighting functions of the 29th ID. It tested the division’s ability to coordinate a simulated battle with command and control of six brigades and more than 20,000 personnel. “Warfighter is about learning processes and procedures and bringing together all the warfighting functions to become one team,” said Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, commanding general […]
SANDSTON, Va.– The Virginia National Guard Youth Program is currently seeking volunteers to assist with youth events in 2016. Volunteers are needed for Yellow Ribbon events, to assist with registration for youth events, and to serve as photographers, chaperones, team leaders, mentors and teachers. Volunteers with medical experience are also needed to provide medical support at camps and retreats. In addition the Youth Program needs volunteers to serve on the overnight staff for events. “For those that are interested or know of any individuals that love to dedicate their time helping National Guard youth, this is may be the perfect opportunity for them to get involved,” said Joe Duerksen, Lead Child and Youth Coordinator for Virginia Guard Family Programs. “Volunteers […]
CAMP PENDLETON , Va. –The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy hosted a career fair Feb. 19, 2016, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, as well as a parent workshop Feb. 19 and a mentor workshop Feb. 20 in Virginia Beach, Va. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is the Virginia component of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, which focuses on preparing teenagers who have dropped out of high school, or are on the verge of dropping out of high school, with skills, discipline and academics to become a productive citizen. Twenty-five employers, including representatives from vocational schools and colleges, attended the job fair and several employers allowed cadets to complete job applications on the spot, according to Nash Montgomery, ChalleNGe recruitment placement mentor […]
FORT POLK, LOUISIANA — Nearly 150 Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team traveled to Fort Polk, Louisiana, from Feb. 11 to March 1, 2016, to provide support to the Joint Readiness Training Center rotation 16-04. Soldiers assigned to the Hanover-based Battery A, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment and from the Fredericksburg-based Company A, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion served as part of the opposing force for the rotation, providing a live enemy for the Soldiers of the Alaska-based 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division who were training at JRTC. Meanwhile, 18 Soldiers assigned to the Charlottesville-based Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, gained valuable experience by providing medical support to Soldiers […]
SANDSTON, Va. — Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard, visited Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers March 8-9, 2016, in Sandston, Richmond and Hampton, Virginia. “We were honored to have Chief Master Sgt. Brush visit with the Virginia National Guard and see firsthand the great service that the our Soldiers and Airmen are providing for the commonwealth and our country,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris, Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor. “It was a great experience for our Soldiers and Airmen to engage in conversation with the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau and discuss the many successes and challenges that we […]
FORT PICKETT, Va. — Rep. Dave Brat visited the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center March 31, 2016. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Lt. Col. Preston Scott, Fort Pickett garrison commander, provided an overview of the installation and its capabilities, then escorted Brat on a tour of the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site, the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute and the Fort Pickett virtual training facility. “It was a pleasure to learn about how these brave men serve,” Brat said on Facebook. During his visit Brat first toured MATES, where more than 120 personnel provide maintenance support on more than 500 combat vehicles and other equipment positioned at Fort Pickett including M1A1 […]
FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Virginia National Guard Historical Collection and archeological collection both moved into a new building with some help from members of the Virginia Defense Force March 28-31, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The historical collection includes documents, clothing, equipment and other artifacts which cover the history of the Virginia National Guard. The archeological collection includes broken debitage, manufactured stone tools and ceramic pottery found on Fort Pickett. The new building will provide better protection for the items as well as the opportunity to display parts of the collection for the public. “The collection is going to be in pretty good shape now that we have this new facility,” said Dr. Maria Christina Mairena, curator for the […]
RICHMOND, Va. — Officer candidates, graduates and cadre of the Virginia Army National Guard Officer Candidate School celebrated its 58th birthday with a ceremony April 19, 2016, at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Downtown Campus in Richmond, Virginia. Officer candidates in Class 58, who are scheduled to graduate in August 2016, organized the ceremony, which included the family of Capt. Harry Q. Rose, a graduate of Class VIII who was killed in Vietnam in 1969 and remains the only Virginia OCS graduate to have been killed in action. “Class 58 has started another great tradition to add to the OCS history books,” said Maj. Sheryl Lloyd, commander of the Virginia Army National Guard Officer Candidate School, which is located at […]
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program conducted Level 1 Funeral Honors training April 26-30 2016, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Eight Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from throughout the state participated in the 40-hour certification course which prepares Soldiers to conduct professional military funeral honors in accordance with service tradition. “We are the final honor for our veterans,” said Sgt. Sam Conolly, area coordinator for the Tidewater region and one of the trainers for the course. “It’s a great duty, probably the most honorable thing I’ve ever done in my life. I don’t think anything can trump it.” Begun in January 2007, the Virginia National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program is composed of five teams […]
SANDSTON, Virginia — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, and Walter L. Mercer, Director of Personnel and Administration for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, recognized and thanked Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees at luncheons and awards ceremonies May 10, 2016, at Fort Pickett and May 12, 2016, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. “This annual recognition program is a way for our directors and department heads to specifically recognize and thank those state employees within their organization who have gone the extra mile and exceeded expectations,” Mercer said. “This was an opportunity for us to thank our employees for their […]
FORT BELVOIR, Virginia — Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, commanding general of the 29th Infantry Division, led a group of 13 Virginia National Guard Soldiers to France for the June 6, 2016, commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Normandy. “I think one of the greatest things about being in Normandy as a 29th ID Soldier is the reaction from the people of Normandy to the 29th patch, especially in Vierville and Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer,” said Ortner, who was in Normandy as the 29th ID commander for the first time. He had previously visited in a civilian capacity. “The love, the appreciation, the respect they show to the Soldiers of the 29th is unbelievable.” On June 6, 1944, more […]
CAMP PENDLETON, Virginia — Lt. Col. Timothy Pillion took command of Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center from Lt. Col. Elena Scarbrough during a traditional change of command ceremony June 23, 2016, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, the Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Army, presided over the exchange of colors that represented the transfer of command from Scarbrough to Pillion. “I’ve worked around Tim for many years and I know he is a professional leader who gets results and takes care of his people,” Mercer said. “I’ve watched both these officers serve over the years and I can tell you this command is transitioning from one very good leader to another.” Camp Pendleton is a […]
ADAZI MILITARY BASE, Latvia — More than 20 Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division traveled to Europe to participate in Saber Strike 16 June 4-22, 2016, in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Saber Strike is a long-standing, U.S. Army Europe-led, cooperative training exercise designed to improve joint operational capability in a range of missions, as well as prepare the 13 participating nations to support multinational contingency operations. “We are here to assure the Baltic states of the commitment of the United States to the common defense of the Baltics,” explained Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, commanding general of the 29th ID and exercise director of Saber Strike 16. “We’re here to build cooperation and […]
AMMAN, Jordan — U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force legal professionals from the U.S. Central Command area of operations teamed with 10 Jordan Armed Forces- Arab Army military judges for a four-day symposium on operational law and military justice April 24-27, 2017, near Amman, Jordan. The event provided an opportunity for U.S. and JAF professionals to exchange ideas and best […]
AMMAN, Jordan — Following three grueling days of physical tests, more than 50 U.S. Army Central Soldiers, including Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 29th Infantry Division, a U.S. Air Forces Central Airman and two Canadian Armed Forces soldiers earned the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge May 30, 2017, in Jordan. The GAFPB is a decoration of […]
FORT BELVOIR, Va. — More than 100 Maryland and Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division returned stateside July 9, 2017, after serving on federal active duty in Jordan since September 2016. The Soldiers arrived at their demobilization station in Texas where they will spend approximately seven to 10 days for reintegration training, medical evaluation and […]
SANDSTON, Va. — Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Eugene Collins presented the 2016 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Cultural Resource Management in the small installation category to Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and the staffs of the Virginia National Guard Environmental Office and Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center Aug. 31, 2017, in […]
FORT PICKETT, Virginia — Fort Pickett staff members and first responders from the Town of Blackstone, Dinwiddie County and the Virginia State Police conducted an active shooter training exercise Sept. 29, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The exercise was designed to assess Virginia National Guard, state and local first responders’ capabilities and identify any gaps or shortfalls in the current […]
FORT BELVOIR, Virginia — Lt. Col. Edward Lewis assumed command of Headquarters Battalion, 29th Infantry Division from Lt. Col. H. Cary Payne during a traditional change of command ceremony Nov. 4, 2017, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Blake C. Ortner, commanding general of the 29th Infantry Division, presided over the passing of colors that symbolizes the transfer of command […]
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Nearly 20 Virginia National Guard Airmen assigned to the 192nd Intelligence Squadron, based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, spent more than two months working around the clock to provide Incident Awareness and Assessment support to five states and territories following devastating hurricanes and tropical storms this summer and fall. Beginning Sept. 28, 2017, the 192nd […]