May 4, 2011

Virginia Army National Guard recognizes top units for 2010

From Staff Reports

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The top units in the Virginia Army National Guard for 2010 were recognized April 30 at the Virginia National Guard Officers Association Conference in Alexandria. The Portsmouth-based C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry, 116th Brigade Combat Team was awarded the Eisenhower Trophy and Superior Unit Award and recognized as the most outstanding unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the training year.

 
Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presents the Eisenhower Trophy to Capt. Adam McLaurin, commander of C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team. The Eisenhower Trophy recognizes the most outstanding unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the training year. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia Department of Military Affairs)

The award is presented to the unit that ranks the highest in areas of assigned personnel strength, percentage of personnel qualified in their duty position, attendance at monthly drill weekends and annual training, individual weapons qualification scores and physical fitness test scores.

The Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group was recognized with the state-level Pershing Award for the highest marksmanship scores in the Virginia Army National Guard in annual qualification with assigned individual weapons.

The Adjutant General's Cup was presented to the Suffolk-based B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry, 116th Brigade Combat Team. The cup is awarded to the unit achieving the highest overall average in the areas of overall assigned personnel strength, attendance at monthly drill weekends and attendance at annual training.

 
Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presents the Adjutant General's Cup to Capt. Joshua DeKeyser, commander of the Suffolk-based B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry, 116th Brigade Combat Team. The cup is awarded to the unit achieving the highest overall average in the areas of overall assigned personnel strength, attendance at monthly drill weekends and attendance at annual training. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia Department of Military Affairs)

The Virginia Army National Guard Excellence in Training Award was presented to C Troop, 1032nd Transportation Company and the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion for meeting the Adjutant General’s standards for training for the previous training year.

The Eisenhower Trophy is named in honor of General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower and is awarded by the Chief of National Guard Bureau to the most outstanding Army National Guard unit in each state.

To earn the Superior Unit Award, the unit must maintain an assigned strength of 95 percent of authorized each month of the training year for which being nominated, maintain monthly drill attendance of 95 percent, attain annual training attendance of 95 percent, have 95 percent of all assigned personnel qualify with their assigned weapon and have 90 percent of all assigned personnel pass the Army Physical Fitness Test.

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