Issue #14 of the 2018 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xUkYn. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard.
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In This Issue:
529th CSSB ordered to mobilize for federal active duty
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Virginia cyber warriors join New England exercise
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Bissell takes command of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo
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Va. National Guard aviation battalion trains around the state
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192nd Security Forces Squadron trains to shoot, move and communicate
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DMA conducts first-ever Supervisor Course
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Fort Pickett recently hosted the 2018 Adjutant General's State Pistol Match.
Sgt. Alexandra Wilson is one of the Virginia National Guard's top shooters and helps run the Virginia National Guard Marksmanship Training Unit here at Fort Pickett.
Issue #13 of the 2018 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xUrKZ. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard.
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In This Issue:
149th Fighter Squadron celebrates its 71st year
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Soldiers, Airmen awarded for marksmanship excellence
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Flora to succeed Mercer as Assistant Adjutant General – Army
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Hubbard takes command of 183rd RTI
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192nd Fighter Wing welcomes new wing command chief
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Governor signs DMV drivers license veteran indicator bill
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The Virginia National Guard's state marksmanship matches are open to shooters of all experience levels and aim to increase marksmanship proficiency and confidence. Congratulations to all the shooters who placed in this year's pistol match!
More than 60 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen participated in this year's state pistol match, held at Fort Pickett. The event was hosted by the 183D Regiment, Regional Training Institute and included shooters of all experience levels.
Congratulations to Col. Todd Hubbard as he takes command of Fort Pickett's 183D Regiment, Regional Training Institute!
Congratulations to the 47 new Spur Holders in the Saber Squadron who successfully completed the Spur Ride hosted by 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th IBCT!
During annual training, Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT conducted sling load, rappel tower and obstacle course training at Fort Pickett in preparation for Air Assault School.
Soldiers assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT conducted reflexive fire training with the M4 carbine and M249 light machine gun during their two-week annual training at Fort Pickett.
During a visit to 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th IBCT, Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, observed Soldiers conducting combat lifesaver training, rappelling and flying the Raven unmanned aerial system.
Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, visited Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT and observed them conducting troop leading procedures and training at the Fort Pickett Urban Assault Course.
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“Each of us should remember, recognize and honor the ultimate sacrifice made by fallen Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. This is a chance for us to remember their lives, their courage, and their service, as well as a time for each of us who wears the cloth of our country to reaffirm our commitment to selfless service. Each of us should strive to carry on the legacy of excellence embodied by those we remember on Memorial Day.”
~ Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, 28th Adjutant General of Virginia
Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team conduct day one of a two-day Training Proficiency Evaluation May 22, 2018, at the Dinwiddie County Airport in Dinwiddie, Virginia. The external evaluation was supervised by U. S. Army North’s Civil Support Readiness Group-East to validate the team’s level of readiness. The mission of the 34th CST is to support first responders in potential biological, chemical, nuclear, radiological and explosive incidents, and the team can identify chemical, biological, and radiological substances, assess current and projected consequences, advise an incident commander on response measures and assist with requests for additional state support.
Issue #10 of the 2018 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xQPf8. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard.
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Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, visits Virginia National Guard and Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers and Airmen taking part in Vigilant Guard 18-3 May 9, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. More than 2,000 National Guard personnel from six states and Washington, D.C., took part in the exercise to improve response to a natural disaster and enhance relationships with local, state and federal emergency response partners. Read more about the exercise at https://go.usa.gov/xQPTT.
Our state employees received some well-deserved recognition from senior leaders in a ceremony held last week. Thanks to all our state employees for the hard work you put in!
More than 2,000 National Guard personnel from six states and Washington, D.C., will take part in the Vigilant Guard 18-3 emergency response exercise May 7-10, 2018, at multiple locations in Virginia.
Congratulations to Col. Jim Ring on his selection to succeed Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin as the Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff!
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.
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.