Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct training on an air delivered field artillery raid April 14, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.
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Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based @1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th IBCT Team conduct training on an air delivered field artillery raid April 14, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to the Fort Eustis-based Company B, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 224th Aviation Brigade flew CH-47 Chinook helicopters to transport four M777A2 howitzers, and Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Sandston-based @2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division flew UH-60 Black Hawks to transport eight M119A3 howitzers.Posted by Virginia National Guard on Friday, April 20, 2018
Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognizes personnel assigned to the Fort Pickett Department of Public Works March 23, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia, for their efforts in creating display items for the new Joint Forces Headquarters Building under construction at Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Williams presented his challenge coin to James Wright, Bobby McGhinnis, Ralph Jennings and Donald Roney in the Carpentry Shop for their work creating a display of antlers from one of the elk from DSCR, and he presented coins to Edward Lewis, Gary Dorton and Russel Jennings from the Roads and Grounds Shop for creating replicas of the Czech hedgehog static anti-tank obstacles that Virginia National Guard Soldiers face when they stormed the beach of Normandy on D-Day. Williams also presented the Meritorious Service Medal to Col. Charlton Dun, Virginia National Guard Construction and Facility Management Officer for his work managing the construction project. (U.S. National Guard photo by Cotton Puryear)
Fort Pickett employees traveled to Virginia Beach last week to ensure they could perform their duties from another location in the event of an emergency.
Fort Pickett opens on a 2-HOUR DELAY Wednesday, 21 March 2018 due to hazardous road conditions resulting from the winter storm. Liberal Leave is in effect. Essential Personnel will report at normal scheduled hours. Contact your supervisor for confirmation and details.
More than 130 members of the Virginia Defense Force conduct training to improve their individual skills and professional development March 17, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Communications support, operations center augmentation and security assistance are some of the many different missions sets the VDF provides as the all-volunteer auxiliary to the Virginia National Guard authorized by the Code of Virginia. Learn more about the VDF at https://go.usa.gov/xQ3vQ.
Virginia National Guard senior leaders visit Soldiers assigned to the Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group conducting field training during their drill weekend March 10, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.
Fort Pickett opens on a 2-HOUR DELAY Tuesday 13 March 2018 due to hazardous road conditions resulting from the winter storm. Liberal Leave is in effect. Essential Personnel will report at normal scheduled hours. Contact your supervisor for confirmation and details.
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Support Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group train on mobility and survivability mission essential tasks March 9-10, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The Soldiers used engineer heavy equipment to dig individual and vehicle fighting positions, a tank ditch and defense berm to help them prepare for a scheduled rotation at the National Guard Training Center in late July.
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Support Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group use heavy engineer equipment to build defensive berms and individual fighting positions March 9-10, 2018, on Range 20 at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The engineers are working to create a platoon-level live fire base defense range.
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Blackstone-based 3647th Maintenance Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group conduct defense live fire training March 9, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.
Ten Soldiers and noncommissioned officers have spent the weekend at Fort Pickett climbing obstacles, shooting weapons, throwing grenades and showing off their warrior skills at the Virginia National Guard Best Warrior Competition. Two Soldiers from Maneuver Training Center also competing in the event.
Lt. Col. Paul Gravely takes command of Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett from Col. Preston Scott, Jr., Feb. 3, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Brig. Gen. Walter Mercer, Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army, presided over the exchange of organizational colors that represented the change of garrison command from Scott to Gravely. The Troutville-based 29th Division Band provided music for the ceremony.
Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers conduct preventive maintenance checks and services and driver training on M915 trucks and trailers Jan. 27, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.
Candidates of Virginia National Guard Warrant Officer Candidate School Class 18-001 present their class sign and song to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Donald L. Unmussig, Jr., Virginia Guard command chief warrant officer Jan. 27, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The candidates have one more drill weekend in Phase II hosted by 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, then they will head to Fort Rucker in April for Phase III and their final step to becoming warrant officers. Learn more about the Virginia National Guard WOCS Program at https://go.usa.gov/xnGEg.
Candidates of Virginia National Guard Warrant Officer Candidate School Class 18-001 conduct a 6.2-mile ruck march Jan. 27, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Learn more about the Virginia National Guard WOCS Program at https://go.usa.gov/xnGEg.
Fort Pickett opens on a 3-HOUR DELAY Thursday 18 January 2018 due to hazardous road conditions resulting from the winter storm. Liberal Leave is in effect. Essential Personnel will report at normal scheduled hours. Contact your supervisor for confirmation and details.
Impacts of storm Inga have modified reporting at Fort Pickett Wednesday 17 January 2018. MTC essential personnel report Normal Hours. MTC non essential personnel report on 2 hour delay. JFHQ activities at Fort Pickett are CLOSED. Liberal leave is still in effect.
Fort Pickett Opens on a 2-HOUR DELAY Wednesday, January 17, 2018, due to anticipated hazardous winter weather. LIBERAL LEAVE is authorized. Essential Personnel will report on normal scheduled hours. Contact your supervisor for confirmation and details.
“Supporting the Governor’s inauguration is a great opportunity for us to honor the new governor as our commander in chief, and it also has tremendous training value for our National Guard civil support mission,” explained Maj. Gen. Timothy Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “We are working hand-in-hand with our partners in state government, and that will help us be better prepared if we are called to assist with any sort of domestic response operation.”
"Virginia is very fortunate to have great teams of first responders and emergency services professionals who keep our citizens safe during incidents of hazardous weather, and the Virginia National Guard's job in domestic operations is to provide additional assistance when the situation exceeds their capabilities," explained Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff. "I think our Soldiers, Airmen, Virginia Defense Force members and state and federal civilian employees did a great job across the board whether it was driving through heavy snow, flying supplies to Tangier Island, coordinating with partner agencies, managing mission information or providing sustainment support to make sure they had food, fuel or whatever else they needed to conduct their missions. It was a great team effort, and they should all feel proud of the contribution they made to the multi-agency response that helped their fellow Virginians when they really needed it."
"I am proud of how quickly and safely our personnel were able to rapidly respond and position troops and equipment so they are ready to respond if needed," said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. "The capabilities we provide are an important part of the commonwealth's emergency response, and our partners at the state and local level count on us being there to assist. It is also important that we remember the magnificent support our troops receive from their families and employers and how critical that support is to mission success." #SnowStorm #WinterStorm #VAwx #BombCyclone
Due to impacts from Winter Storm Grayson and potential for hazardous condiditons in some areas, the following reporting polices are in effect:
MTC Fort Pickett Personnel-Fort Pickett is open Thursday 4 January 2018. Liberal Leave is in effect.
Camp Pendleton Personnel- Follow OCEANA/DAMNECK staus for Thursday 4 JAN 2018
DMA Metro Richmond Personnel- Follow the Virginia State Government offices in the Metero Richmond area. Go to www.dhrm.virginia.gov for updated closing guidance.
"I am incredibly humbled and honored that Governor-Elect Northam plans to reappoint me as the Adjutant General of Virginia," said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams. "I am very proud of what we have accomplished in the Virginia National Guard, and I look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our Soldiers, Airmen, Virginia Defense Force troopers and state and federal civilians as we work to meet the challenges that we face in the future."
Congratulations to Col. Preston Scott and Lt. Col. Paul Gravely on their new assignments!