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Attention West Virginia Army Guard families!

A Family Strong Bonds event is coming up in August and you won't want to miss it! Check out the flyer below for more details.

POC is Chaplain Justin Elliott | 304-201-3947

Register at https://strongbonds.jointservicesupport.org

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ALL ABOARD!

The 150th Cavalry Regiment is loading their equipment on rail cars leaving Ft. Pickett, Virginia to move to Ft. Bliss, Texas this week in order to conduct their Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) this August.

More than 35 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and 10 tanks are being shipped in addition to a handful of support vehicles.

The U.S. Army’s 567th Transportation Company, 7th Transportation Brigade, Ft. Eustis, Virginia, provided support to the West Virginia National Guard in this endeavor, which is a part of their assigned missions.

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Check out some of the work being accomplished by our Soldiers of the 821st Horizontal Construction Company while in Poland support #ResoluteCastle18.

These Soldiers are building horizontal infastructure and gaining valuable training while supporting our US Army and NATO partners with Atlantic Resolve, which demonstrates the US commitment to the security of Europe.

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#TuesdayTraining spotlight on the 1257th Transportation Company in Pt. Pleasant.

Soldiers performed preventative maintenance, checks and services on LMTVs during Unit Training Assembly in the blazing heat ☀️ Saturday. The 1257th Transportation Co. provides transportation support for the movement of bulk cargo, containers and personnel to units throughout the state of West Virginia, the continental United States and overseas.

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Yesterday, we had the honor of celebrating the 100th birthday of James Dyer Stanard with his family and friends in Hurricane.

Stanard served with 82nd Airborne Division from 1942-1945 and was a part of the Operation Overlord (D-Day).

He was gifted a letter and coins from Maj. Gen. James Hoyer which was presented by COL Shaffer and he also received a 100th anniversary of the 82nd Airborne Division pin from fellow WV paratrooper veterans.

He is a true West Virginia and American hero!

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More than 120 West Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the 821st Engineer Company, 1092nd Engineer Battalion, 111th Engineer Brigade, are building horizontal infastructure as part of Resolute Castle 2018 in Poland.

These Soldiers are supporting Resolute Castle 2018, which is a multinational joint training exercise for NATO and U.S. Army engineers that supports Atlantic Resolve, a demonstration of the US commitment to the collective security of Europe.

The National Guard | Operation Atlantic Resolve | U.S. Army Europe

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West Virginia National Guard’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, issues the following update on the RISE West Virginia case management status:

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Developing a lethal and ready force through the Army's enlisted corps

Great work being accomplished by the 167th Airlift Wing - West Virginia Air National Guard!

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The West Virginia National Guard’s (WVNG) 249th Mountaineer Rock Band celebrated the Fourth of July in Peru on a week-long public diplomacy engagement tour in Lima and Piura consisting of concerts and talks with youth and the general public, as well as several high-level celebrations.

The 249th Band joined the Peruvian Armed Forces (PAF) “Mariscal Nieto” Cavalry Regiment to participate in the changing of the guard at Peru’s Presidential Palace on July 3, 2018, as the first foreign band to take part in the ceremonial event. The same day, the band showcased their talents at the official Independence Day celebration at the United States Department of State Chief of Mission Residence in Lima. The tour was also a celebration of the 21-year relationship between the WVNG and PAF through the State Partnership Program. The National Guard

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/283974/249th-band-celebrate-independence-day-partnership-peru

Congratulations to our 130th Airlift Wing and 167th Airlift Wing - West Virginia Air National Guard #AirmanSpotlights for July, Senior Airman Michael Williams of the 130th Airlift Squadron and Tech. Sgt. Alex Whalton of the 167th Communications Flight.

Williams is a Ripley, WV native and an Aviation Resource Manager who has served in the unit for 5 years. He enjoys working with the many different personalities and diverse group of people at the 130th AW, who are all working to accomplish the same mission/goal.

Whalton is a client systems technician who provides critical communication networking expertise to the installation. He served four years on active duty as a crew chief on A-10 Warthogs and also served a stint in the AF Reserves as a Blackhawk crew chief before coming to the 167th AW to work on the C-5 Galaxy. One of his goals is to continue his work in the virtual reality industry, which he does in his free time, and focusing on improving the education of children.

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Don't mind us..we're still thinking about all the cool interactions we had with some famous golfers at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier Classic.

Maj. Gen. James Hoyer presented the trophy to this year's winner, Kevin Na, on Sunday evening while many of our Soldiers and Airmen spent time sharing their experience in the service with members of the audience and talking with our Commander-in-Chief, Governor Jim Justice!

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Brig. Gen. Russell Crane and Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip Cantrell held an all call with WVARNG captains at Camp Dawson on July 8. During the all call, leadership discussed the organizational vision of Joint Base West Virginia and highlighted the importance of soldier care, command team relationships, how to effectively lead.

Commanders and 1SGs will be taking part in a revamped course this week on Army functions and operations and command/leadership tools for success in the WVARNG.

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Gold Eagle Co. ranked all 50 states on their disaster preparedness. West Virginia ranked #4 most prepared based on four factors: frequency of disasters, size of its emergency management budget, how well each state’s infrastructure can withstand a disaster, and how well-prepared states are to respond when disasters such as a hurricane, flood, tornado or severe storm strikes. Activated by governors, the National Guard is the first to respond to domestic emergencies such as natural disasters, so they ranked each state by its number of National Guard members per capita.

https://www.goldeagle.com/tips-tools/least-prepared-states-natural-disasters/

Veterans share their first harvest as Patriot Guardens and Farm Roots farmers!

The West Virginia National Guard’s Patriot Guardens and Capitol Conservation District’s “Farm Roots” project helps those participating to first grow their own carrots and then market the popular product to restaurant owners, farmers’ markets and other local buyers.

The carrots will be on the menu at Bridge Road Bistro today, as well as Lil' Bit of Heaven Cupcakes for those with a sweet tooth!

This harvest for Bridge Road Bistro is from Master Sgt. Ryan Powers (Adelaide Carrots), Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Rick Riblett (Adelaide Carrots), Master Sgt. (Ret.) Warren Kelly (Atlas Carrots), prior service Capt. Scott Simonton (White Satin Carrots). Little Bit of Heaven Cupcakes is receiving Organic Rainbow Mix Carrots from Marine Corps spouse Silva Cobb Walton.

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It was an honor to have our Commander-in-Chief, Governor Jim Justice join us today to unveil the "Pride of West Virginia" C-130H from the 130th Airlift Wing.

“Every freedom and everyone opportunity of everything we have, we owe to you,” said Gov. Justice.

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/283454/governor-adjutant-general-highlight-impact-national-guard-during-plane-naming-ceremony

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Congratulations to our July #SoldierSpotlight, SGT Drake Robertson of C. Co, 1/204th General Support Aviation Battalion.

Hometown: Fort Gay, W.Va.
Job Title: Crew Chief
Civilian Job: Foreman at Tri-State Fencing
How long have you served in the WVNG: 2 years
Education: Some college
Hobbies: Motorcross and fishing
Goals: Accumulate 20 years of military service
I am proudest of: Being in the military
The best day of my life: Everyday
Favorite moment in the WVNG: Getting switched over to a flight company.
What do you like best about the WVNG: The service we provide to others.

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Soldiers and Airmen from the West Virginia National Guard served as military caddies as a part of the Birdies for the Brave program July 4, 2018 at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier Pro Am competition.

In addition to the caddies, Soldiers and Airmen interacted with the public and discussed the missions of the WVNG and the 130th Airlift Wing provided a C-130H flyover for the event. (U.S. National Guard photos by Mr. Todd Harrell)

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Members of the West Virginia National Guard took part in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier on Tuesday, July 3rd and were honored to hear President Donald J. Trump deliver remarks during the ceremony.

President Trump honored the service and sacrifice of our military and veterans, which included Gold Star Families and West Virginia Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation on the eve of Independence Day.

Service members were also joined by PGA legends John Daly and Phil Mickelson for the evening. (U.S. Air National Guard photos by Capt. Holli Nelson)

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WVNG Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer and WWII Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams served as the Grand Marshals for the 4th of July parade in Ripley, W.Va today. Ripley is know for having the largest small town Independence Day celebration around! #independenceday #wvng @ Ripley, West Virginia

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