May 16, 2011

Virginia National Guard honors volunteers at annual workshop

By Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen        
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

RICHMOND, Va. — The Adjutant General of Virginia, Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., presented certificates of appreciation during the Virginia National Guard Volunteer Workshop at the Marriott Hotel in Richmond May 14 to volunteers who have supported the Virginia Army National Guard throughout the year.  The volunteers have supported the Guard through various programs including Family Readiness Groups, Family Programs, Youth Camps and numerous other programs.

 

The Adjutant General of Virginia, Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., presented certificates of appreciation during the Virginia National Guard Volunteer Workshop at the Marriott Hotel in Richmond May 14 to volunteers who have supported the Virginia Army National Guard throughout the year. The volunteers have supported the Guard through various programs including Family Readiness Groups, Family Programs, Youth Camps and numerous other programs. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

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"I appreciate you all for the things that you do," said Long. "The services that you all provide, the phone calls, the community involvement, and working with the Family Readiness Groups are very important because you support the Guardsmen that are deploying.

"From the Adjutant General's standpoint and from the 10,000 Guard members that I represent, we really do appreciate what you all do."

It has been said that the Guard would not be able to complete its mission without the volunteer corps that are active in supporting the families, so the commanders of the units can focus on taking care of the Soldiers and accomplish their missions.

"This event is to thank those volunteers, to inspire them and to encourage them to continue doing what they've been doing," said Julia Alaric, senior family readiness support assistant.

The workshop included the recognition of the volunteers, a class on social media and operational security, and classes on relieving stress through laughter and building a portfolio.

"We have some education pieces today, so they can walk away from us today with a little bit of extra knowledge," said Alaric. "They can take this knowledge and apply it, not only in their roles as volunteer, but in their personal lives as well.

"At the end of the day, we want the volunteers to walk out of here feeling appreciated and knowing that the Virginia National Guard appreciates everything that they do for us."

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