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West Virginia Guard, DISA lead U.S.-Romanian Cyber Team in Exercise
April 21, 2023
Members of the U.S.-Romania team take part in Exercise Locked Shields 2023 at the Morgantown Readiness Center in Morgantown, W.Va. The West Virginia National Guard, under the leadership of the Defense Information Security Agency, hosted more than 180 technical cyber experts and supporting representatives from federal and state agencies to compete on behalf of the U.S.-Romania team in the world’s largest international cyber defense exercise run virtually by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia.

Virginia Guard Participates in Arctic Forge in Finland
April 21, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, build extreme cold weather skills in advance of Exercise Arctic Forge 23 Feb. 19-20, 2023, in Sydonkyla, Finland. Exercise Arctic Forge 23 is a U.S. Army Europe and Africa led umbrella exercise that leverages the host-nation exercises Defense Exercise North in Finland, and exercise Joint Viking in Norway, focused on building capabilities and cooperation in support of the U.S. Army's Arctic Strategy.

Virginia Guard Provides Maintenance Support in Germany
April 7, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 3647th Maintenance Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, support the Joint Multinational Readiness Center during an exercise March 4-18, 2023, at Hohenfels Training Area in Hohenfels, Germany. During the rotation, 50 Soldiers with the 3647th performed service and maintenance supporting the JMRC maintenance facility and 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, which provides opposing forces to units training at JMRC.

Virginia National Guard Installation Redesignated Fort Barfoot
March 27, 2023
The Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett was officially redesignated Fort Barfoot in honor of Col. Van T. Barfoot, a World War II Medal of Honor recipient with extensive Virginia ties, during a ceremony March 24, 2023, at the Blackstone Army Airfield near Blackstone, Virginia. Barfoot’s daughter, Margaret Nicholls; Sen. Tim Kaine; Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, director of the Army National Guard, and Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the adjutant general of Virginia, spoke at the ceremony and unveiled the sign that will mark the front entrance of the installation.

Virginia National Guardsmen Return From Overseas Duty
February 24, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 576th Engineer Utilities Detachment, 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, return to Virginia Feb. 10, 2023, after serving on federal active duty in Southwest Asia since May. The Soldiers  supported U.S. Central Command’s Operation Spartan Shield.

In Finland, Guard Leaders Look to Enhance Already Strong Ties
February 21, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, visits defense leaders and troops in Helsinki, Finland, Feb. 14, 2023. This image was acquired using a cellular device.

Virginia Guard’s Fort Pickett to be Redesignated Fort Barfoot
February 15, 2023
Van T. Barfoot after receiving his Medal of Honor during World War II, left, and as a colonel, right. The Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett will officially be redesignated Fort Barfoot on March 24, 2023, in honor of Barfoot, who has extensive Virginia ties.

Virginia National Guard Medics Tackle Sustainment Training
February 14, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers conduct combat medic certification during refresher training Jan. 25, 2023, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. More than 30 VNG medics completed classroom and practical training, including two medical and two trauma scenarios.

Exercise Prepares Virginia Guard’s 34th CST for Evaluation
February 10, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team participate in collective lanes training Jan. 26, 2023, at the Virginia Beach Sports Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The 34th CST supports first responders during potential hazardous materials incidents.

Virginia National Guard Conducts CBRN Exchange in Tajikistan
January 13, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion. 329th Regional Support Group, conduct a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives exchange with the Committee of Emergency Services of the Republic of Tajikistan Dec. 5 - 9, 2022, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Guard Saved Lives, Property, Responding to 2022 Disasters
December 28, 2022
Alaska Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Robert Wolford, a metals technician assigned to the 168th Maintenance Squadron, cleans up debris as part of Operation Merbok Response in Koyuk, Alaska, Sept. 27, 2022. Remnants of Typhoon Merbok caused dramatic flooding across more than 1,000 miles of Alaskan coastline.

Guard Continues Domestic, Global Missions in a Busy 2022
December 21, 2022
Spc. Megan Koszarek, an infantryman with the Alaska Army National Guard’s Avalanche Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, conducts a security sweep during a training exercise near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 3, 2022. The exercise's aim was to enhance the unit’s combat readiness and evaluate proficiency in an arctic environment.

Virginia National Guard’s 116th IBCT HQ Ends Kosovo Mission
November 18, 2022
Soldiers of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Nighthawk, training during KFOR 31 on Oct. 3, 2022. KFOR 31 is a multinational training event conducted to prepare units for their deployment to the Kosovo Regional Command East.

MTC Range Ops Staff Keeps Fort Pickett Humming
November 16, 2022
Maj. Sean Hoefke, range officer assigned to Range Operations, Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett, conducts a range safety inspection on a live-fire range at MTC Nov. 5, 2022, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. These inspections are one of the ways Range Operations personnel ensure a safe training environment at MTC.

Virginia Guard, Partners Conduct Cyber Exercise
October 24, 2022
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 91st Cyber Brigade work with civilian cyber specialists during the Cyber Fortress exercise Sept. 27, 2022, in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo digitally altered for security reasons.)

Virginia Guard Aviation Battalion Ends Kosovo Mission
October 21, 2022
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Matthew C. Lewis, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard (Task Force Pegasus), and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph R. Viera, the battalion command sergeant major, cased their unit’s flag, or colors, during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, Oct. 11, 2022. The casing of the colors signifies the end of the task force’s rotation in Kosovo.

Virginia National Guard Prepared for Possible Severe Weather
October 3, 2022
The Virginia National Guard staged eight Soldiers and four tactical trucks capable of high water transportation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and 12 Soldiers and six trucks at readiness centers in the Hampton Roads area Oct. 3. The Guard was prepared to respond to potential severe weather if needed.

Virginia National Guard Prepared for Hurricane Response
September 30, 2022
Virginia National Guard Soldiers prepare for possible severe weather from Hurricane Ian Sept. 30, 2022, in Powhatan, Virginia. Soldiers assigned to the 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, were prepared to provide high mobility transport and clear debris if needed.

Virginia, Kentucky Guard Soldiers end Africa Mission
September 23, 2022
About 1,000 Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers provided security throughout the Horn of Africa during a nine-month deployment ended in September 2022. Task Force Red Dragon maintained a presence in Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya.

Virginia Guard Red Dragons Earn Their Spurs in Kenya
September 12, 2022
Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Task Force Red Dragon, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, navigate an obstacle course during a spur ride Aug. 20, 2022, in Manda Bay, Kenya. The spur ride included physical training events, an obstacle course, rifle and pistol live-fire, weapons familiarization, reconnaissance and medical evacuation lanes, and a night call for fire and crew-served weapons live-fire event.