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Va. Army National Guard

The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force to fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide a response force that answers the call of the Governor to defend the commonwealth.

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Va. Air National Guard

The Virginia National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force to fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide a response force that answers the call of the Governor to defend the commonwealth.

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Va. Defense Force

The Virginia Defense Force is authorized by the Code of the Virginia as the all-volunteer reserve of the Virginia National Guard and serves as a force multiplier integrated into all Guard domestic operations.

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Commonwealth ChalleNGe

The Mission of the Virginia National Guard Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy is to intervene in the lives of 16-18 year old teenagers by providing the values, skills, education, and self-discipline needed to produce responsible, productive citizens, and to do so in a highly structured learning environment.

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Winchester STARBASE

STARBASE is a Department of Defense educational program, sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, where students participate in 25 hours of “hands-on, mind-on” activities in science, technology, engineering and math over five days.

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Welcome to Virginia Department of Military Affairs

The Virginia Department of Military Affairs State Team provides professional and responsive state support functions to the Adjutant General of Virginia, the Virginia National Guard, and the Virginia Defense Force in order to ensure their ability to support and defend the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The agency is comprised of the Virginia Army National Guard, the Virginia Air National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force, and DMA also manages the Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy and Winchester STARBASE Academy.

 

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Maj. Thomas Mecadon takes command of the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team from Lt. Col. Lyndsey Hodgkins during a ceremony Dec. 1, 2022, at the Virginia National Guard Sgt. Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Brig. Gen. James W. Ring, the Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, presided over the traditional exchange of guidon symbolizing the transfer of command from Hodgkins to Mecadon. Read more about the 34th CST and their mission at ngpa.us/20358. ... See MoreSee Less
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Issue #24 of the 2022 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at ngpa.us/22859. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard.In this issue:Jumper promoted, takes command of VaANGngpa.us/22857HART demonstrates capabilities for SWVA emergency managersngpa.us/228541-111th Field Artillery officially ends mission in Iraqngpa.us/22853Rohler succeeds Pegg as 329th RSG commanderngpa.us/22855Gloucester JROTC cadets visit Virginia National Guard aviation facilityngpa.us/22856VDF Radio Group supports Jamboree-on-the-Air in Great Fallsngpa.us/22852VNG combat engineer earns coveted Sapper Tabngpa.us/22851/Photos: VNG hosts Finnish Ambassador, Defense Attachéngpa.us/22720/Photos: 116th HQs returns to Va. after duty in Kosovongpa.us/22694/Photos: Virginia’s veterans honored at Roanoke paradengpa.us/22740/Read more about the 116th IBCTngpa.us/22647/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Retired Maj. Gen. Craig Crenshaw, Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, and retired Brig. Gen. Walt Mercer, Virginia Department of Military Affairs Chief Operations Officer, visit students taking part in activities at the Starbase Winchester, VA Nov. 29, 2022, at the Virginia National Guard's Cherry-Beasley Readiness Center in Winchester, Virginia. During the visit, students from Redbud Run Elementary School took part in hands-on lessons on Newton’s Laws of Motion and the engineering design process. Crenshaw also met with STARBASE staff to learn more about the program as well as full-time VNG Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT. Read more about Winchester STARBASE at ngpa.us/22886. STARBASE is Congressionally authorized as a Department of Defense Civil Military Program where licensed instructors provide 25 hours of hands-on, rigorous and real-world experiences in a high-tech environment over five days. The goal is to inspire and educate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and expand their awareness of future STEM careers while providing a model and vision for STEM education to local school districts and educators. ... See MoreSee Less
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Welcome to Virginia Department of Military Affairs

The Virginia Department of Military Affairs State Team provides professional and responsive state support functions to the Adjutant General of Virginia, the Virginia National Guard, and the Virginia Defense Force in order to ensure their ability to support and defend the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The agency is comprised of the Virginia […]

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