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The support given by our family members and friends is one of the most cherished and important keys to our success as Soldiers and Airmen. Joint Force Headquarters - Virginia recently hosted a family day event at Defense Supply Center Richmond that included a bouncy house, an opportunity to dunk the unit's commander and a few awards to recognize the unit's outstanding members.

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Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, visits Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group July 17, 2018, during their annual training at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Williams thank the Soldiers for the service to commonwealth and country and presented his challenge coins to recognize Soldiers for outstanding duty performance. Read more about the 1030th at https://go.usa.gov/xUXv8. U.S. National Guard photo by Cotton Puryear)

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During annual training, Soldiers assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division supported missions across the state, focused on individual and squad-level readiness and 14 Soldiers earned the coveted German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency.

Land navigation is the act of traveling through and across terrain, either on foot or in a vehicle. It's also a basic soldiering skill required of all Soldiers. Over the weekend, Soldiers assigned to the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion brushed up on their land navigation skills with a day and night training session.

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Approximately 70 Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion will deploy to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve later this year.

Senior Virginia National Guard leaders, family and friends gather for Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer's retirement ceremony July 14, 2018, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia. Mercer retires after more than 35 years of military service, but he will continue to serve in a civilian position as the Chief Operating Officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs. Earlier in the day, Brig. Gen. Lapthe C. Flora succeeded Mercer as the Assistant Adjutant General Ð Army and took charge of the Virginia Army National Guard in a change of responsibility ceremony. Read more at http://go.usa.gov/xUrbj.

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Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, presides over a ceremony marking the transition of leadership of the Virginia Army National Guard from Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer to Brig. Gen. Lapthe C. Flora July 14, 2018, at Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Mercer will retire after more than 35 years of military service, but he will continue to serve in a civilian position as the Chief Operating Officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs. As the Assistant Adjutant General Ð Army, Flora will lead the Virignia Army National Guard and provide mission readiness guidance in the areas of training, personnel management, command logistics, facilities and maintenance to support more 7,000 Army National Guard Citizen-Soldiers. Read more at http://go.usa.gov/xUrbj. (U.S. National Guard photo by Cotton Puryear)

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Still have questions about the new Army Combat Fitness Test? Here's a roundup of 10 answers that might help.

A group of cyber warriors assigned to the 91st Cyber Brigade traveled to Joint Base Cape Cod, Massachusetts for an annual exercise focused on developing stronger collaboration across all New England’s cyber network defenses.

These four Commonwealth ChalleNGe cadets earned their GEDs early and were accepted into an apprenticeship program with Associated Builders and Contractors - Virginia Chapter, earning the top scores in their class on their initial tests. They'll receive training in carpentry, pipefitting, construction and additional trades and, upon completion of the apprenticeship, will have the opportunity to secure full-time employment. Congratulations, cadets!

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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
Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYa

Virginia cyber warriors join New England exercise
Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYY

Bissell takes command of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo
Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYg

Va. National Guard aviation battalion trains around the state
Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkY4

192nd Security Forces Squadron trains to shoot, move and communicate
Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYb

DMA conducts first-ever Supervisor Course
Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYW

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Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen compete in the 2018 Adjutant General’s State Pistol Match June 22-23, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. A total of 64 shooters broken into 16 teams of four competed in the event, which was hosted by the 183D Regiment, Regional Training Institute.

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On Monday, Brig. Gen. Marti J. Bissell took command of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo. During her remarks at the Transfer of Authority Ceremony, Bissell said that to her, NATO means lasting peace, consensus despite differing opinions, commitment to help others, an equal voice at the table and the strength of friendships.

Congratulations to Col. Todd Hubbard as he takes command of the 183D Regiment, Regional Training Institute!

The U.S. Army announced yesterday that a new, six event Army Combat Fitness Test will replace the current Army Physical Fitness Test in 2020. The test is gender- and age-neutral and aims to reduce injury across the force.

Sgt. Alexandra Wilson, assigned to the 183D Regiment, Regional Training Institute, was the first female to earn the Governor's Twenty Tab, a state award that recognizes the top shooters in the state. She's also placed first in several state-level matches and recently earned the Chief's 50 Marksmanship Badge which recognizes the top shooters in The National Guard.

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“Brig. Gen. Lapthe Flora is a multi-faceted leader who brings operational experience from Afghanistan, Kosovo and Bosnia, as well as joint experience at United States Northern Command, operations experience at the 29th Infantry Division, and command experience at all levels through brigade,” Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, said. “He transitions from the ATAG – Strategic Initiatives role, where he oversaw the synchronization, integration and implementation of the VANG Joint Strategic Plan and associated working groups. I am certain that Brig. Gen. Flora will thrive in his new command and will lead our Land Component to continued success in the future.”

“I feel like I’m taking the greatest job in the world, serving the greatest Airmen in the world,” Chief Master Sgt. Christopher L. Amburn. “It’s going to be awesome to follow after Chief Bouley and the amazing things he’s done here at the wing. I’m just ready to get out there and take care of our Airmen.”

Army and Air National Guardsmen came together for the Virginia National Guard's annual pistol match, held at Fort Pickett. Over two days of shooting, competitors tested their skills in seven different matches, firing 14,000 rounds.

Virginia's medevac flight crew conducted a simulated mass casualty exercise at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo. They worked with several other organizations to validate standard operating procedures to ensure they're trained and ready in case of an actual emergency.

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Happy birthday to the 149th Fighter Squadron!

Happy Independence Day to our Virginia National Guard family! Thank you to the Soldiers, Airmen, Virginia Defense Force members, civilians and family members who serve and sacrifice to make this organization great!

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"To see this tremendous landmark before us, it's not something that you should be proud of in Virginia. The nation should be proud of it. And we have it right here in our backyard," said Maj. Brian Gallavan at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. "We just hope to make those guys proud of us as much as we are proud of them. Every year there are fewer and fewer of them and we just need to take advantage of the opportunities that we have to look them to the eyes and say thank you.”

Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen compete in the second day of the 2018 Adjutant General’s State Pistol Match June 23, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. A total of 64 shooters broken into 16 teams of four competed in the event, which was hosted both the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. (U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)

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