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Year in Review: National Guard delivered at home and abroad
December 22, 2021
New Jersey National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, 508th Military Police Company, 108th Wing, and 177th Fighter Wing, arrive near the U.S. Capitol Jan. 12, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from every state, territory and the District of Columbia traveled to Washington to support federal and district authorities for the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

VNG cyber protection battalion completes TF Echo mission
December 17, 2021
Army National Guard Soldiers of the 123rd Cyber Protection Battalion, 91st Cyber Brigade, completed their support of the Task Force Echo V mission and returned to their home states of Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia and Wisconsin after a transition of authority ceremony Dec. 1, 2021, at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

Air Force graduates all-domain operational planners for air components
November 22, 2021
photo of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army graduates

29th ID Soldiers' resilience proves useful in escort mission
November 19, 2021
29th Infantry Division Soldiers who escorted vulnerable Afghans during Operation Allies Refuge pose for a photo shortly after the mission ended. The team drove more than 7,500 miles in 160 trips in support of the mission.

116th Infantry Regiment holds 53rd annual muster
November 19, 2021
Retired Brig. Gen. Charles B. Faulconer Jr., honorary colonel of the 116th Infantry Regiment, announces the Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, as the recipient of the 116th Regiment Superior Unit Award during the 116th's 53rd annual regimental muster Nov. 13, 2021, in Staunton, Virginia. Col. Christopher J. Samulski and Command Sgt. Maj. Irving N. Reed Jr., the 116th IBCT command team, presented the award to Capt. Daniel K. Fida and 1st Sgt. Thomas E. Barrett, the Alpha Company command team.

Virginia Maneuver Training Center helps spread UXO awareness
November 9, 2021
Soldiers and civilians assigned to Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett complete a two-day “train the trainer” course designed to help spread awareness of the dangers posed by unexploded ordnance Sept. 28-29, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers taught the course.

29th Infantry Division moves 5,000 Afghans through Kuwait
November 5, 2021
Afghan evacuees board a U.S.-chartered flight for their destination after a two-week stay in Kuwait, where they received medical screenings and were processed by Task Force Spartan personnel. Approximately 5,000 evacuees processed through Kuwait.

Fort Indiantown Gap the busiest Guard training center again
October 28, 2021
A Soldier from 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, provides dismounted security while the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle gunner provides rear security on the road during improvised explosive device training at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, Aug. 11, 2021. Fort Indiantown Gap was the busiest National Guard training center in the country in 2021.

Virginia National Guard officer assumes post in Colombia
September 27, 2021
Maj. Angel Pastrana is serving as a bilateral affairs officer for U.S. Southern Command at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, after graduating from the Spanish-immersive Command and General Staff College course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in Fort Benning, Georgia.

91st Cyber Brigade Soldiers earn Ranger tab
September 10, 2021
Maj. Andre Slonopas, right, commander of the Virginia National Guard's 134th Cyber Security Company, 124th Cyber Protection Battalion, 91st Cyber Brigade, proudly shows off his Ranger tab following the completion of the U.S. Army Ranger School in July 2021 at Fort Benning, Georgia. Slonopas, who began his career as an engineer officer with the Fredericksburg-based 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, switched to the Fairfax-based Data Processing Unit in 2014 and became one of the staff officers instrumental in standing up the 91st Cyber Brigade.

Wisconsin Guard cyber team serving 1st federal deployment
September 7, 2021
Soldiers of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s Detachment 1, 176th Cyber Protection Team, with Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, following their external evaluation exercise prior to deploying. The team, which includes Soldiers from Minnesota, Illinois and Virginia, is in the midst of a mobilization to cyberspace operations in support of U.S. Cyber Command and Cyber National Mission Force requirements.

Virginia Guard helps with flood response in Buchanan County
September 1, 2021
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assist state and local emergency services organizations with flood response Aug. 31, 2021, in Buchanan County, Virginia. Additional Soldiers were staged in Winchester and Fredericksburg for possible flood response operations.

91st Cyber Brigade participates in Cyber Shield 21
August 13, 2021
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 91st Cyber Brigade participate in Cyber Shield 21, the Department of Defense’s largest unclassified cyber defense exercise, July 15, 2021, in Fairfax, Virginia. VNG cyber Soldiers ran a help desk and helped conduct validations for several cyber protection teams.

Virginia National Guard ends COVID response mission
August 3, 2021
Virginia National Guard Soldiers conduct a mobile vaccination mission on board international ships in July 2021 in Norfolk, Virginia. The Virginia National Guard's support to Virginia's COVID-19 response ended July 31, 2021.

Virginia Guard Soldiers train on military funeral honors
August 2, 2021
Virginia National Guard Soldiers participate in Level 1 Funeral Honors training June 25, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Va. The course prepares Soldiers to conduct professional military funeral honors in accordance with service tradition.

Updated electronic warfare course resumes at Camp Buehring
July 26, 2021
Sgt. Ismael Pulido, electronic warfare NCO, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Anthony Meneely, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Douglas Montgomery discuss Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Warfare system training at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Pulido, Meneely and Montgomery are the Task Force Phoenix Cyberspace Electromagnetic Activities cell.

VNG builds partnerships at Regional Cooperation 21
July 19, 2021
Brig. Gen. James Ring, Virginia National Guard director of the joint staff, and Col. Todd Hubbard, VNG operations chief, visit  Regional Cooperation 2021, a U.S. Central Command exercise to promote cooperation with partner nations in Central and South Asia, June 14, 2021, in Helena, Montana. Fifteen Virginia Soldiers participated in the event and strengthened their relationship with their state partners from Tajikistan.

Virginia 180th Engineers head to Louisiana for JRTC rotation
July 16, 2021
Virginia National Guard Soldiers load a bulldozer onto a trailer for transport July 9, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The bulldozer is part of the heavy equipment the 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, is using during a training rotation July 10-Aug. 3, 2021, at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Virginia Guard aviation crews train on rooftop rescue hoists
July 6, 2021
Virginia National Guard aviation crews and Chesterfield County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Scuba Rescue Team members train on confined-space rescue hoist operations June 10, 2021, in Chesterfield County, Virginia. During quarterly training, the team practiced rescue hoists from rooftops, balconies and vehicles.

116th IBCT Soldiers train on new recoilless rifle system
June 21, 2021
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, train on the M3E1 Multi-purpose Anti-armor Anti-personnel Weapon System June 4, 2021, at Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett, Virginia. The training consisted of classroom learning and a live-fire range with the MAAWS, an 84-millimeter recoilless rifle.