February 22, 2005
By Maj. Cotton Puryear
RICHMOND - The Virginia General Assembly recognized the efforts and sacrifices of the Virginia National Guard with a center-aisle presentation of House Joint Resolution 853 commending the Virginia National Guard on Feb. 22, 2005.
Delegate Kirk Cox presented the Resolution to Maj. Gen. Claude A. Williams, Adjutant General of Virginia, in front of the House of Delegates.
The Resolution recognized the more than 4,000 Soldiers and 1,800 Airmen of the Virginia National Guard who entered active federal service in support of the nation's Global War on Terrorism since September 11, 2001, as well as the Virginia Guard's efforts in responding to natural disaster recovery operations, community support programs such as drug demand reduction and Commonwealth ChalleNGe and the Virginia Guard's support of the State Partnership Program with the Central Asian country of Tajikistan.
Two Airmen and two Soldiers were on hand to represent the rest of the Virginia Guard:
The full text of the Resolution is available by clicking HERE.