By Lt. Col. Chester C. Carter, III
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - As a result of the efforts by Maj. Jimmy Kilbourne, Bev Boyko and John Listman, the Virginia National Guard now has a display that literarily provides a window to the Guard’s history.
Boyko and Listma both work in support of the Virginia National Guard historical program and Kilbourne is a Virginia National Guard history buff, and the three collaborated to design and construct a display that manages to succinctly tell the story of the Virginia Army and Air Guard in a 16 foot long display.
The portable exhibit made its debut at the 46th annual Virginia National Guard Officers Association conference in Virginia Beach on Apr. 21 and 22. Retirees, spouses, family and current service members all enjoyed seeing the history of the Virginia Guard on display.
Many of the civilian guests of the hotel also stopped to take in 400 years of history presented by the exhibit. The display, which includes Virginia militia uniforms, tells the story of the development and growth of the Virginia Guard from the Jamestown settlement in 1607 to present day.
The display is available to support various activities. If you are interested in having the display for your location contact Maj. Jimmy Kilbourne at 434-292-8563 or Bev Boyko at 434-292-1912.