February 25, 2011
General Assembly celebrates accomplishments of Virginia National Guard
From Staff Reports
RICHMOND, Va. — Del. John Cosgrove presented Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, with House Joint Resolution No. 792 at the House of Delegates Feb. 24, 2011 in Richmond. Both the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates voted on the joint resolution celebrating the accomplishments of the Virginia National Guard in 2010.
Joining Long to represent the different organizations of the Virginia National Guard were Lt. Col. Neal Edmonds representing the Army Guard, Tech. Sgt. Roberto Mercado representing the Air Guard, Jason E. Poe representing the Virginia Defense Force and retired Master Sgt. Shirley Cooper representing the Guard's civilian work force.
Del. John Cosgrove presents Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, with House Joint Resolution No. 792 at the House of Delegates Feb. 24, 2011 in Richmond. Both the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates voted on the joint resolution celebrating the accomplishments of the Virginia National Guard in 2010. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Va. Department of Military Affairs)
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"House Joint Resolution No. 792 recognizes the accomplishments of our forces in the Virginia National Guard," Cosgrove said. "These brave men and women are the ones who leave their families at moment's notice when we most desperately need them. They leave their jobs and families for extended periods when their country calls them to active duty."
"They are always there, day or night. When the governor calls, they are there. When the president calls, they are there," Cosgrove added. "We stand here today in this chamber to be there for them, to show them how much they mean to us and how much we would not be the safe and secure commonwealth that we are without their sacrifice, dedication and honor."
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 792
Offered February 2, 2011
Celebrating the accomplishments of the Virginia National Guard in 2010.
WHEREAS, the courageous soldiers and airmen of the Virginia National Guard have made outstanding and valuable contributions to the defense of the United States and the security of the Commonwealth and have advanced the cause of freedom around the world; and
WHEREAS, these same soldiers and airmen have put themselves in harm’s way, fought bravely, made great sacrifices, and provided an example of selfless service for all the citizens of the Commonwealth and the nation; and
WHEREAS, the Governor welcomed home more than 560 soldiers from service in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo and sent more than 125 for service in Afghanistan; and
WHEREAS, the following units have completed remarkable deployments and successfully returned from active duty in 2010: the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment; the Virginia Beach-based 229th Military Police Company; the Sandston-based Detachment 2, Company B, 777th Aviation Support Battalion; the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company; the Blackstone-based 134th Chaplain Support Team; and the Richmond-based 276th Engineer Battalion; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Air Guard successfully deployed almost 160 airmen in 2010 from the 192d Fighter Wing, 203d RED HORSE Squadron and 200th Weather Flight to Afghanistan, Djibouti, Guam, Guantanamo Bay, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, McMurdo Station Antarctica, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates; and
WHEREAS, more than 300 Virginia Guard personnel, including the Army Guard, Air Guard, and the Virginia Defense Force, were on duty to support the inauguration of Governor Robert F. McDonnell as the 71st Governor of Virginia; and
WHEREAS, in July, Virginia Guard soldiers and airmen were part of Joint Task Force-National Scout Jamboree, providing a variety of support including weather forecasting, merit badge counselors, and musical entertainment for Scouts at Fort A.P. Hill; and
WHEREAS, the Military Funeral Honors Program performed more than 2,000 funerals at cemeteries throughout the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia National Guard conducted a comprehensive five-day simulation exercise to focus training on the Guard’s ability to respond to homeland security threats and work with state and federal emergency agencies; and
WHEREAS, soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s 29th Infantry Division and 116th Brigade Combat Team provided communications capability support to the Washington, D.C., National Guard security task force for the President’s Nuclear Security Summit; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Army National Guard soldiers anticipated the needs of the Governor and were able to rapidly mobilize on state active duty to stage and ready for possible post-storm recovery operations when Hurricane Earl made its way up the East Coast in September; and
WHEREAS, the all-volunteer Virginia Defense Force continues to be integrated into every major operation conducted by Virginia National Guard and to train arduously to provide support to the citizens of the Commonwealth and to embody the spirit of selflessness; and
WHEREAS, the Counterdrug Program provided support to state and federal law enforcement resulting in more than 34,000 marijuana plants being confiscated, more than 580 arrests, and the seizure of more than $125 million in narcotics, currency, and weapons; and
WHEREAS, since 1994, the Virginia National Guard's Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy has intervened in the lives of at-risk youth to produce over 3,450 responsible and productive citizens; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia National Guard strives to be the premier, relevant, rapid response force, manned, equipped, and trained to respond to federal and state requirements and prepared to deploy as directed by the Governor to assist state and local authorities to protect life and property and preserve peace, order, and public safety; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend the Virginia National Guard and its dedicated soldiers, airmen, and civilian employees for their devotion to duty and many outstanding and valuable contributions to the defense of the United States and the Commonwealth; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Major General Daniel E. Long, Adjutant General of Virginia, on behalf of the patriotic soldiers, airmen, and civilian employees under his command as an expression of the General Assembly’s gratitude for their dedication to the citizens of the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.