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New Army National Guard General Officer Reflects on Career
March 5, 2024
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Robin Hoeflein, vice director of the Operations Directorate at the National Guard Bureau, looks on as her husband, Ray, affixes her rank to her uniform during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, where she was promoted to her current rank Feb. 29, 2024.

Field Artillery Officer Talks Mentorship, Unity for Pride Month
June 16, 2023
Over nearly a decade and a half serving in the Virginia Army National Guard, 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Martin gained four military occupational specialties as an enlisted Soldier before commissioning as a field artillery officer.

Soldiers Train at Virginia Guard Funeral Honors Program
March 24, 2023
Ten National Guard Soldiers from seven states participate in Military Funeral Honors Level 2 training March 3, 2023, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Soldiers from Alabama, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, South Carolina and Virginia participated in the two week-long course, hosted by the Virginia National Guard Funeral Honors Program.

Virginia Guardsman Named Top Enlisted Ranger School Graduate
March 10, 2023
Virginia Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Dawson graduates Ranger School as the enlisted honor graduate during a ceremony Jan. 27, 2023, at Fort Benning, Georgia. Dawson is assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as a sniper team leader and completed Ranger School immediately following his deployment to the Horn of Africa.

Virginia National Guard Father, Daughter Deploy to Kosovo
October 13, 2022
Virginia Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph R. Viera, right, the senior enlisted leader of 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Combat Aviation Brigade, 29th Infantry Division, and Staff Sgt. Kayla M. Jaeger, an intelligence analyst with the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 29th ID, pose for a photo while deployed to Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, March 18, 2022. Viera and Jaeger deployed to Kosovo in January 2022 for a nine-month rotation in support of Operation Joint Guardian.

SMP cadets hone skills while maximizing benefits
May 5, 2022
Cadets enrolled in the Virginia Army National Guard’s Simultaneous Membership Program participate in a three-day field training exercise April 22-24, 2022, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Approximately 70 cadets from universities across the state focused on basic warrior tasks and battle drills during the event.

Family serves together in Africa with Virginia Army Guard
April 22, 2022
Staff Sgt. Daniel Fisher with his sons, Spcs. Caleb and Jacob Fisher. The three are all deployed with the Virginia Army National Guard’s Task Force Red Dragon, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

VNG aviators capitalize on Black Hawk capabilities in Kosovo
April 22, 2022
Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers with Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment, conduct high-performance rescue hoist training at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, March 28, 2022. Hoist operations are one of many capabilities the Black Hawk helicopter brings to the Kosovo Force mission.

Joint Base Lewis–McChord Medical Company trains in Germany
February 22, 2022
Soldiers of the 547th Medical Company (Area Support), 62nd Medical Brigade, react to a mock accident during a mass casualty training event at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Feb. 17, 2022. The medical company is in Europe supporting the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Virginia Army National Guard, as they prepare to deploy to the Balkans in support of the NATO mission in the region.

Virginia NCO honors trailblazers for Black History Month
February 18, 2022
Black History Month means a lot to Virginia Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Brandon L. Huntley. He said celebrating, learning about and recognizing culture and diversity is an important part of strengthening the force.

Virginia National Guard combat medics refresh skills
February 16, 2022
Virginia Army National Guard combat medics conduct refresher training Jan. 27, 2022, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Twenty-seven Soldiers participated in the training, conducted by the Virginia Army National Guard Medical Command.

Virginia Guard officer leads U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team
February 14, 2022
Capt. Michael Kohn, assigned to the Virginia National Guard joint operations section, is leading the U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China, serving as the head coach of the team.

Virginia Guard Soldiers mobilize to support Kosovo Force
February 9, 2022
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Edwards, commanding general of First Army Division West, visits Soldiers and Army aviators of the 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, Virginia Army National Guard, during their mobilization for the Kosovo Force mission at North Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 25, 2022.

National Guard contributes to future Army design
December 14, 2021
National Guard Soldiers participate in Futures Command activities at all levels of the command, from headquarters to the organization’s eight cross-functional teams, which coordinate and accelerate priority modernization programs.

Virginia Guard task force begins federal active duty for Africa mission
November 29, 2021
State and federal elected officials and senior military leaders join families, friends and fellow Soldiers to mark the official start of federal active duty for Task Force Red Dragon Nov. 27, 2021, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. More than 1,000 Virginia and Kentucky Army National Guard Soldiers are mobilizing as Task Force Red Dragon to provide security in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.

29th ID cadet continues family's long legacy of service
November 8, 2021
Cadet Ethan Pulkit swears into the Virginia Army National Guard in front of family, friends and peers during a ceremony Aug. 20, 2021, at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia. Pulket will be following in his family's footsteps and be part of the fourth generation to continue the legacy of military service to the nation and the 29th Infantry Division.

VNG aviators practice firefighting skills before deployment
October 22, 2021
Virginia Army National Guard flight crews conduct water bucket training with UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters Oct. 12, 2021, at a training area in Chesterfield, Virginia. These Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to Kosovo with the 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division in early 2022, where firefighting capabilities may be needed.

Afghan American Army Soldier supports Afghan evacuees
September 3, 2021
Virginia Army National Guard Spc. Toraj Rozbeh, who was born and raised in Afghanistan before immigrating to the United States, is deployed to Kuwait with the 29th Infantry Division. He is serving as an interpreter and cultural adviser for the Task Force Freedom command team during Operation Allies Refuge.

116th IBCT trains on new squad designated marksman rifle
August 2, 2021
Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct a live-fire range with the M110A1 squad designated marksman rifle during a new equipment training and fielding July 14, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The Soldiers zeroed the new rifles before firing at targets up to 800 yards away.