Virginia Guard Mobilization Overview
Last updated June 8, 2011

- The Virginia National Guard currently has approximately 205 Soldiers training at mobilization station in preparation for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and approximately 825 Soldiers training in preparation for Operation New Dawn in Iraq.

- The Virginia National Guard currently has approximately 44 Soldiers and 125 Airmen on federal mobilization in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and approximately 300 Soldiers on federal mobilization in support of Operation New Dawn in Iraq.

- From Sept. 11, 2001 to December 31, 2010, the Virginia National Guard has mobilized approximately 951 Soldiers and 317 Airmen in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and approximately 4,644 Soldiers and 558 Airmen in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

- In addition, the Virginia National Guard has mobilized approximately 1,653 Soldiers and 1,944 Airmen for Operation Noble Eagle homeland defense missions, approximately 474 Soldiers for duty supporting the Kosovo Force (KFOR) peacekeeping mission, approximately 348 Soldiers for duty in Bosnia and approximately 373 for Air Expeditionary Force duty.

- All total, approximately 12,026 Soldiers and Airmen have been mobilized for federal active duty with 3,597 serving in Operation Noble Eagle, 1,268 in Operation Enduring Freedom, 5,202 in Operation Iraqi Freedom, 474 in Kosovo, 348 in Bosnia, 373 for Air Expeditionary Force duty and 764 personnel on individual mobilizations all over the world.

The Virginia National Guard currently has the following unit mobilized for duty in Iraq:

- The Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment is currently serving in Iraq and Kuwait. The battalion entered federal active service beginning Feb. 25, 2011 for duty in Iraq, where they are conducting their normal missions which include troop air assault and air movement, casualty evacuation, aerial re-supply and any other requested aviation missions. [Story]

- Approximately 850 Virginia Army National Soldiers in units based in the Hampton Roads area, Fredericksburg and Christiansburg have entered federal active duty June 1, 2011, for duty in Iraq where they will conduct convoy security and base defense operations. The Soldiers are currently training at Camp Atterbury, Ind. for 45 to 60 days. [Story]

The Virginia National Guard currently has the following units mobilized for duty in Afghanistan:

- Approximately 72 Soldiers from the Maryland and Virginia National Guard assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division conducted departure ceremonies Nov. 3, 2010 in Maryland and Virginia to mark the start of their federal active duty tour in Aghanistan. The Soldiers' mission in Afghanistan is to assist Afghan National Army and Police. [Story]

- Approximately 125 Virginia Guard Airmen from the Virginia Beach-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron began federal active duty Feb. 17, 2011. The RED HORSE members will deploy to various locations in Afghanistan and throughout the Central Command area of operations and conduct their normal missions that include construction of airfields and roads, K-Span and other vertical structures, major utility systems, well drilling to provide fresh water to military and local population and convoy logistics patrols. The unit is expect to be mobilized for six to eight months and should be back in the United States in time for Christmas. [Story]

- Approximately 175 Soldiers from Staunton-based 116th Brigade Combat Team Headquarters are currently training at Camp Shelby in preparation for service as a command and control headquarters for counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan. The unit entered federal active duty May 15, 2011 and will train at Camp Shelby for appoximately 45 to 60 days before deploying to Afghanistan. [Story]

- Approximately 20 Soldiers from the Bowling Green-based Detachment 1, Company B, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion are currently training at Camp Shelby with the 116th Brigade Combat Team Headquarters after entering federal active duty May 15. The detachment is scheduled to provide unmanned aerial vehicle support after having fielded new aircraft systems earlier this year. [Story]

- A specially-trained platoon of 42 Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers officially began their tour on federal active duty with a departure ceremony held March 28 in Sandston. The platoon will deploy to Afghanistan to serve as a Provincial Reconstruction Team Security Force. [Story]

The Virginia National Guard has NO units alerted for duty in Iraq.

The Virginia National Guard has the following unit alerted for duty in Afghanistan:

- Soldiers of the 29th Infantry Division from Virginia and Maryland completed their two-week pre-mobilization training May 23 in order to prepare for a fall deployment to Afghanistan. The 72-person team (28 Virginia / 44 Maryland) is scheduled to replace the current group of 29th ID Soldiers who are now deployed to Afghanistan in support of the International Security Assistance Force-Security Partnering mission. This will mark the second year of a two-year requirement being filled by the 29th ID in support of the mission. [Story]

The following units recently returned from active duty mobilizations:

- Approximately 80 Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group returned to Virginia over the course of several days from March 21 to 24. 2011, after having served on federal active duty in Afghanistan since May 2010. [Story]

- Approximately 350 Soldiers from the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team returned to the United States Aug. 25, 2010, after serving in Iraq since March 2010. [Story]

- Approximately 155 Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 229th Military Police Company returned to Virginia July 29, 2010, after serving in Iraq since October 2009. The Soldiers began their tour on federal active duty Aug. 3, 2009. [Story]

- Four Soldiers from the 134th Chaplain Support Team mobilized in March 2009 and returned in May 2010. [Story]

- Approximately 20 Soldiers from Sandston-based Detachment 26, Operational Support Airlift Command mobilized early in 2009 for duty in Afghanistan and returned to Virginia in March 2010. [Story]

-Approximately 40 Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group returned to Virginia in March 2010 after serving in Iraq since June 2009 where they provided training oversight of Iraqi military schools and logistical advice to several Iraq Army Location Commands. [Story]

- Approximately 200 Soldiers from the Richmond-based 276th Engineer Battalion returned to Virginia in November 2009 after providing command and control for three National Guard and one active duty engineer company conducting route clearance operations in Afghanistan. [Story]

- Approximately 160 Soldiers from the Powhatan-based 180th Engineer Company returned from Iraq Oct. 6, 2009 where they provided heavy equipment engineer support. [Story]

- Approximately 130 Soldiers from the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company returned from Iraq Sept. 24, 2009 where they provided police mentoring and training support. [Story]

- Twenty Soldiers assigned to the Manassas-based Data Processing Unit were formally welcomed home Aug. 24, 2009. The Soldiers served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar as a Regional Computer Emergency Response Team providing intrusion response, technical expertise and threat analysis in direct support to commanders in the Central Command area of operations. [Story]

- A brigade-level 16 Soldier Embedded Training Team returned to Virginia Sept. 2, 2009 from service in Afghanistan. [Story]

- A battalion-level 16-Soldier Embedded Training Team returned to Virginia Aug. 13, 2009 from service in Afghanistan. [Story]

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