February 11, 2009

Virginia Defense Force establishes new Division Troop Command

By 2nd Lt. Henry C. Howells, IV
Virginia Defense Force Public Affairs

Maj. Gen. John D. Taylor, commander of the Virginia Defense Force, unfurls the unit colors for the new Defense Force Division Troop Command. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Henry C. Howells, IV, Virginia Defense Force Public Affairs)

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Defense Force, as part of the Virginia Department of Military Affairs and aligning itself more with the Virginia National Guard command structure, changed the nomenclature and purpose of the "Division Training Command" to the Division Troop Command in a command ceremony held at the Dove Street Armory on Feb. 7.

The DTC will be temporarily headquartered in the Petersburg Armory and will assume command and control responsibility for the Aviation Battalion, Signal Battalion, Riverine Detachment, Training and Evaluation Battalion, and MP/Security Battalion. The reconfiguration of the DTC will enable it to better support the brigades in the field and will allow the line brigades a broader
exposure across a range of capabilities that were previously not available.

Maj. Gen. John D. Taylor, commander of the Virginia Defense Force, unfurls the unit colors for the new Defense Force Division Troop Command. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Henry C. Howells, IV, Virginia Defense Force Public Affairs)

Col. Dennis Mroczkowski, the DTC commander, states that the DTC will "facilitate deployment in training exercises and State active duty; integrate with brigade planning and operations allowing them to recognize the support assets available through the DTC; and enable brigades to gain familiarity with the DTC's personnel."

Mroczkowski has established an aggressive goal to bring the Division Troop Command to brigade strength to support the VDF's missions from Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, the Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard. Moreover, this command will be built upon people with specialized skills and prior military experience for a rapid contribution to the force and enhance the VDF's ability to fulfill its taskings as a component of the Virginia Department of Military Affairs.

For further information about the VDF visit www.vdf.virginia.gov or call its headquarters: 866-791-9164.
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