“I am very, very appreciative of the honor of being given the opportunity here to say thank you; thank you to all of you for what you have done for my motherland, the Republic of Vietnam,” Flora said. “On behalf of also millions of freedom-loving Vietnamese throughout the world, they are very, very grateful for what you have done for us.”
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.
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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
A Virginia National Guard aviation crew and Chesterfield County first responders conduct an aviation rescue hoist training demonstration during the Virginia Search and Rescue Conference April 14, 2018, at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center in Appomattox County, Virginia.
First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam joins Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, in honoring Virginia National Guard volunteers at the 2018 Virginia National Guard State Volunteer Recognition and Training Workshop April 15, 2018, in Williamsburg, Virginia. The annual two-day event recognizes and thanks volunteers for their efforts in support of family programs and includes training and information sessions on a variety of topics. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)
Contractors working for the Virginia National Guard place an M41 Walker Bulldog tank and an F-84 Thunderstreak fighter on display pads outside the site of the new Joint Force Headquarters - Virginia building April 8, 2018, at Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) - Aviation, Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The tank and fighter jet join a UH-1 Huey helicopter and 105mm M101A1 towed howitzer on display outside the new headquarters building. Read more about the artifacts at https://go.usa.gov/xQDBC. #DLAAviation
Brig. Gen. Epperly is commander of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division of the Army National Guard, which is also known as the Blue and Gray Division. The 51-year-old replaced Maj. Gen. Blake Ortner, who was chosen for a position with the Reserve Forces in the office of the Secretary of Defense, according to a news release from the Virginia National Guard.
Today, Virginia's MEDEVAC Soldiers trained cavalry scouts on medical evacuation procedures in Kosovo, where approximately 25 Virginia Soldiers are currently deployed.
Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, provides an update on the Virginia National Guard to attendees at the Virginia Department of Veterans Services Training Conference April 16, 2018, in Williamsburg, Virginia. DVS is a great partner that connects Virginia’s veterans and their families to federal and state benefits, support, quality care and recognition they have earned.
Visit the DVS web site at https://www.dvs.virginia.gov for more information about the services they provide.
Approximately 115 newly-recruited Soldiers participate in a combined training event as part of the Virginia National Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program April 14, 2018, in Hanover, Virginia. The event brought together trainees from RSP sites in Petersburg, Virginia Beach, Fort A.P. Hill and Leesburg and aimed to provide a foundation of knowledge for the new troops in advance of their attendance at Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. The Soldiers focused on weapons familiarity, tactical movement techniques and basic drill and ceremony. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)
Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees conduct a continuity of operations exercise April 12, 2018, at the Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The three-day exercise, which simulated an emergency which forced the employees to leave Fort Pickett and relocate to Virginia Beach, provided an opportunity for 24 DMA employees to test their network connectivity, perform their work functions from a different location, conduct staff visits and face-to-face coordination with SMR staff and tenant organizations, and troubleshoot their standard operating procedures and continuity binders. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)
We're watching this year's Best Ranger Competition closely and rooting for Team 47, comprised of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's Sgt. Jordy Brewer and Spc. Jan Wolfisberg. You can follow competition coverage at US Army Fort Benning. Good luck, Rangers!
Four Virginia Soldiers traveled to Fort Benning, Georgia, for the 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships, earning distinguished shooter badgers and sweeping up a top novice spot as well.
“Please join me in congratulating this exceptional officer on his new assignment,” Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, wrote in the announcement. “Brig. Gen. Epperly has a track record of excellence and a wealth of command experience. We look forward to the 29th Infantry Division’s continued success under his command.”
“This weekend was an opportunity to sharpen existing skills or to learn new ones with a focus on hands-training and individual proficiency,” explained Brig. Gen. (Va.) Just Carlitti, commander of the VDF. “I was really happy to see the effort everyone put into the training, and this will be put to use in the future with our plans for evaluations and exercises.”
ON THIS DAY WE REMEMBER: Staff Sgt. Jesse A. Ault, 28, of Dublin, Va., died April 9, 2008, in Baghdad, Iraq, from wounds suffered in Tunnis, Iraq, when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 429th Brigade Support Battalion, Virginia Army National Guard, Roanoke, Virginia.
ON THIS DAY WE REMEMBER: Staff Sgt. Jeremiah E. McNeal, 23, of Norfolk, Virginia, died April 6, 2008. in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 237th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command, Virginia Army National Guard, West Point, Virginia.
Soldiers from the 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th IBCT and the 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment joined forces to move a UH-1 Huey helicopter to Defense Supply Center Richmond, where the Virginia National Guard's new headquarters building is currently under construction.
“We’re excited to be in the field ramping up maneuvers leading up to our annual training this summer,” said Lt. Col. Art Moore, battalion commander of 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT. “We’re focused on building our readiness to ‘fight tonight,’ in terms of being ready to quickly respond when needed.”
Virginia National Guard aviation crews provide air support for an Infantry Advanced Leaders Course, taught by cadre assigned to the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, March 19, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Flight crews provided an overview on how to load and unload a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter before taking the more than 30 students in attendance on a familiarization flight around the Fort Pickett area before dropping them near the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility were the infantrymen conducted their culminating exercise, assaulting their way through the village and capturing their target. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Terra C. Gatti)
Teens from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., gathered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for Region 3 Youth Symposium. The event was hosted by Virginia National Guard Family Programs.
The Virginia National Guard hosts more than 50 National Guard, Reserve and active duty Soldiers and Airmen from more than 15 states and territories for a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate refresher training course March 29, 2018, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The 32-hour training focuses on victim advocacy, prevention and ethics and featured guest speakers from local, state and national agencies. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)
More than 200 Soldiers from 39 states competed in the 2018 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships earlier this month. A team of four Virginia Soldiers participated in the event, and three earned their Distinguished Marksmanship Badges while one earned top honors as a novice shooter. Two Virginia shooters were invited to try out of the National Guard Marksmanship Team as well. Congratulations to our top shooters!
The Virginia Department of Military Affairs recently received $1.7 million in radio equipment that will enable them to work more seamlessly with other state agencies during state emergencies.
Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, an annual observance that honors Vietnam veterans and their family members for their sacrifices and service and for answering the nation's call to duty more than 50 years ago.
Pictured here is Chief Warrant Officer 5 Norman H. McIntosh, the Virginia National Guard's longest serving aviator. McIntosh joined the Army in 1968, served as an aircraft commander in Vietnam and spent almost 42 years in uniform. Retired chief warrant officers Davey Crockett and Bill Outlaw, served alongside McIntosh in the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment and both men served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Combined, these three men earned more than 33,000 flight hours.
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