Leadership from the West Virginia National Guard and the Ridge Runner Program engaged in a meeting with leadership from the Michigan National Guard and Latvia’s Zemmersardze (National Guard) April 24, 2018 at Camp Dawson, W.Va.
Brig. Gen. Ainars Ozolins, the Zemmersardze Commander, and fellow leadership made the trip from the Northern European Baltic country to discuss the WVNG providing assistance with their State Partnership Program with the Michigan National Guard through special operations forces training.
Denim Day 2018 was a success! Thanks to all who participated in part with Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, the world changes one person at a time!
The West Virginia National Guard is once again showcasing their capabilities to respond to new and emerging threats facing our state and nation.
Denim Day is tomorrow, April 25 for employees of the West Virginia Army & Air National Guard! Check out the flyer for more details.
Via WV MetroNews:
"Initially, Hoyer said the goals will be to increase military and diplomatic cooperation, develop and expand defense capabilities, address terrorism and identify mutually beneficial training interactions.
Over the years, Hoyer noted, West Virginia has invested a lot in its Guard.
'This is a great example of how, when you do that and make those investments, good things come about.'"
Check out the highlights from the Best Warrior competition this past weekend. Congratulations again to all the winners and those who competed from West Virginia and D.C.!
(U.S. Army National Guard video by Spc. Brianna Lawrence)
2018 Best Warrior Competition
Check out the highlights from the Best Warrior competition this past weekend. Congratulations again to all the winners and those who competed from West Virginia and D.C.!(U.S. Army National Guard video by Spc. Brianna Lawrence)Posted by West Virginia National Guard on Monday, April 23, 2018
Day 3 of the Best Warrior competition came to a close today after 3 grueling days of testing Soldiers and Airmen on their physical, mental and critical thinking abilities. In the end, two Soldiers and two Airmen came out on top to earn the title Best Warrior.
Winners are as follows:
Army Soldier Division: Spc. Hayden Hicks, Support Co., 2/19 SFG
Army NCO Division: Sgt. David Fitzpatrick, 119th Engineer Sapper Co.
Air Force Airman Division: Airman 1st Class Connor Bellfield, 167th Security Forces Squadron
Air Force NCO Division: Staff Sgt. Joshua Pluta, 167th Security Forces Squadron
Spc. Torin Samples of Charlie Troop, 1/150th Cavalry Sq. earned a coin for the best fitness score overall and Sgt. David Fitzpatrick earned a coin for the fastest ruck march time.
All winners of the competition earned an Army Achievement Medal. #BestWarrior
Best Warrior Day 2
The competition started early in the morning yesterday and went late into the night for our competitors. Land nav, medical tasks, marksmanship and more tested each Soldier and Airmen's abilities.
The competition comes to a conclusion today for the 19 Soldiers and Airmen vying for the title "Best Warrior."
D.C. National Guard
Best Warrior Competition Day 1
The Best Warrior competition kicked off yesterday with 19 Soldiers and Airmen from the West Virginia National Guard and D.C. National Guard competing for the title. Soldiers and Airmen are tested on their physical, leadership capabilities and critical thinking skills for a chance to earn the prestigious title of Best Warrior during the three-day competition. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Justin Hough and Spc. Brianna Lawrence)
Read the story of how one Airman's daughter's life was saved thanks to training he received at the 167th Airlift Wing - West Virginia Air National Guard.
As military members, we’re the ones who are given praise and recognition in public. But the families, and in particular, the children of military members, are often the ones sacrificing the most without the recognition. In the West Virginia National Guard, we understand that our people are our greatest asset and that without the support of our families, we cannot accomplish our mission. And to them, we give thanks!
Check out this commentary on life lessons from a military child as we celebrate the sons and daughters who support our military members this month.
It's an exciting day for the West Virginia National Guard as we have been notified of our selection to partner with the State of Qatar for the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program.
Qatar will become our second Partner Nation, joining Peru, in an already successful, 20-year SPP program within the West Virginia National Guard.
“The West Virginia National Guard is honored to have been selected as a partner to Qatar,” said Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, the Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard. “We are excited to work together with such a strong U.S. partner and friend."
Through the partnership with Qatar, the WVNG will seek to increase military and diplomatic cooperation, develop and expand defense capabilities and mutually beneficial training interactions. In addition, the two entities will work to increase interoperability of forces and deter and disrupt criminal and terrorist activities in the region.
On Sunday, April 15, Lt. Col. (LTC) Jamie Bowen assumed command of the 771st Troop Command Battalion from outgoing commander, Lt. Col. (LTC) Mark Merritt.
Maj. Gen. James Hoyer presided over the ceremony and thanked Meritt for his dedicated service to the unit as well as his family's sacrifices and commitment to the West Virginia National Guard.
Merritt served as commander of the 771st TCB since 2016 and will become a Fellow at the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs at the Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service.
Bowen was formerly the G4 for the WVARNG-JFHQ and served in that role since 2016.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ron Hypes took the position of State Command Chief Warrant Officer on April 17, 2018 as Chief Warrant Officer 5 Steven Owens, the former State Command Chief Warrant Officer bid farewell and retired.
In attendance was family of Owens and Hypes, and distinguished guests Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard, and Brig. Gen. Russel Crane, Assistant Adjutant General - Army.
“First off, I just want to say thank you Steven for everything you’ve done, its people like you that make this force better,” said Hoyer. “For Ron, I challenge you to take care of our Warrant Officers and other soldiers and continue on the path set before you.”
Owens left the military after 34 years of service, 26 of which have been with the West Virginia Army National Guard and five as the State Command Chief Warrant Officer. He left remarks thanking Hoyer, his family and the rest of the WVNG for the support over the years and opportunity to serve at his best.
Patriot Guardens hosted a carrot production workshop last week that introduced veterans and community members to agricultural best practices for high-demand carrot varieties.
Check out what the PG program is accopmlishing with the help of the Capitol Conservation District.
The West Virginia National Guard is continuing to monitor weather conditions and reports throughout the state. We stand ready to respond if called upon for our citizens in need!
Our people are our greatest resource in the West Virginia National Guard. 1st Lt. Jeremy Mullins is changing lives and developing healthy Soldiers, Airmen and families in the Mountiain State while also serving his country. Check out this great feature from The Herald-Dispatch on Lt. Mullins' work.
Proud of our 130th Airlift Wing representing in Africa for #Flintlock18.
Exercise Flintlock 2018 kicked off this week with the 130th Airlift Wing serving as the lead flying unit for the exercise.
Approximately 1,900 service members from more than 20 African and western partner nations are participating in Flintlock 2018 at multiple locations in Niger, Burkina Faso, and Senegal. Flintlock is an annual, African-led, integrated military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner nation forces throughout North and West Africa as well as western Special Operations Forces since 2005. (U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Clayton Cupit)
Members of the West Virginia Army and Air National Guard took part in the Walk/Run for Justice 5K today at Haddad Riverfront Park where Brig. Gen. Paige Hunter, the WVANG Assistant Adjutant General - Air, gave the opening remarks.
This year's theme was "Back the Blue" and honored all victims of crime for National Crime Victims Rights Week, which is April 8-14. #NCVRW18
The WVNG utilizes this event as an opportunity to bring awareness to sexual assault and harassment issues.
Members of the 130th Airlift Wing who are participating in Exercise Flintlock 2018 in Africa recently delivered boxes and bags of shoes to school children in the local area. The combined effort of the members of 130th Airlift Wing to collect and deliver these items showcases the true spirit of the West Virginia National Guard!
130th Airlift Wing Operation Shoe Drop
Members of the 130th Airlift Wing who are participating in Exercise Flintlock 2018 in Africa recently delivered boxes and bags of shoes to school children in the local area. The combined effort of the members of 130th Airlift Wing to collect and deliver these items showcases the true spirit of the West Virginia National Guard!Posted by West Virginia National Guard on Friday, April 13, 2018
Meet the unsung budget analyst from the 167th Airlift Wing - West Virginia Air National Guard who was selected as the April #AirmanSpotlight. There are so many great Soldiers and Airmen working within the West Virginia National Guard!
The best part about serving in the National Guard is that we are all members of our communities and dedicated to causes that are near and dear to each of us.
Over the weekend, some members of the 1/201st Field Artillery took part in the Walk the Talk event benefitting families of children undergoing cancer treatment at WVU Medicine Children's Hospital. Along the way they met WVU coach Dana Holgorsen and Former WVU and NFL quarterback Jeff Hostetler. #wvpride #WVNG #fieldartillery #community #soldier
Photo credit: BlueGoldNews.com \ Photos by Frank Salucci
The integrity of our election systems are of vital interest to us, which is why we've partnered with the WV Secretary of State's office to ensure West Virginia is protected from vulnerabilities. See our recent work highlighted by NPR's All Things Considered.