May 7, 2009

Virginia General Assembly recognizes Virginia Guard with Joint Resolutions

By Maj. Cotton Puryear
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

The Virginia General Assembly recognized the contributions of the Virginia National Guard with two Joint Resolutions presented April 25 at the Virginia National Guard Officer and Enlisted Conferences in Virginia Beach. 

 

Del. John A. Cosgrove (center) presents the House of Delegates Resolution to retired Command Sgt. Major Bob Huffman, president of the Virginia National Guard Enlisted Association, and Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia April 25 in Virginia Beach. (Photo by Maj. Cotton Puryear, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Del. John A. Cosgrove presented the House Resolution to retired Command Sgt. Major Bob Huffman, president of the Virginia National Guard Enlisted Association, and Virginia Senator Mark R. Herring presented the Senate Resolution to Capt. Mark Widener, president of the Virginia National Guard Officer Association. The presentations took place during the annual conferences for both organizations.

House Joint Resolution No. 910 was agreed to by the House of Delegates Feb. 20, 2009 and by the Senate Feb. 25. Senate Joint Resolution No. 455 was agreed to by the Senate Feb. 19 and by the House of Delegates Feb. 23. Both resolutions celebrate the accomplishments of the Virginia National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force in 2008.

Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, commended both Cosgrove and Herring for their efforts in supporting the Virginia National Guard. In particular, Newman credited the two legislators for their important support of full funding of the Virginia National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program.

 

Virginia Senator Mark R. Herring (center) presents the Senate Resolution to Capt. Mark Widener, president of the Virginia National Guard Officer Association, and Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, April 25 in Virginia Beach. (Photo by Maj. Cotton Puryear, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Herring and Cosgrove co-chair the Virginia National Guard Caucus in the General Assembly. Cosgrove represents the 78th District which includes part of the City of Chesapeake, and Herring represents the 33rd Senatorial District of Fairfax and Loudon counties.

“The National Guard is part of every military operation that goes on, whether it is Iraq, Afghanistan or Kuwait,” Cosgrove said. “They are part of the front lines, and we truly appreciate and are very grateful for the service and sacrifice that each one of you in uniform makes for the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Cosgrove also thanked the spouses for their support of the men and women in the Virginia National Guard who answer the call and come to the defense of their country.

Herring expressed his pride in serving in a district that is home to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of those Soldiers and their families, and I can tell you that the General Assembly is proud of the Virginia National Guard and each and every member who serves in it.”

Herring did not read the entire resolution, but he focused on one important section of the resolution. “The General Assembly recognizes the courageous men and women who are serving in our National Guard who have contributed greatly to our nation’s defense, to the security of our commonwealth and have helped spread the cause of freedom around the world,” he said.

For 140 members of the General Assembly to agree on anything is pretty powerful, Herring said.

Newman also presented the Virginia National Guard Distinguished Service Medal to the Honorable John Marshall, Secretary of Public Safety, for his outstanding service to the Virginia National Guard.

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 910

Celebrating the accomplishments of the Virginia National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force in 2008.

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 20, 2009 Agreed to by the Senate, February 25, 2009

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 following units have completed remarkable deployments and successfully returned from active duty in 2008: 116th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry, 2nd Squadron 183rd Cavalry, 237th Engineer Company, E and F Companies 429th Brigade Support Battalion, and A Company 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion; and

WHEREAS, more than 1,300 Virginia National Guard soldiers have returned successfully from supporting the "surge" in Iraq, thereby significantly increasing the safety of the civilian Iraqi population and furthering our nation's interests; and

WHEREAS, more than 120 Virginia National Guard soldiers went on state active duty in February to join in the battle against wildfires raging throughout the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia National Guard ended the month of April with more than 8,000 soldiers for the first time since 1994; and

WHEREAS, pilots from the Virginia National Guard's 192nd Fighter Wing took to the sky in state-of-the-art F-22 Raptors for the first time; and

WHEREAS, a special response force of the Virginia National Guard, the Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear and Explosive Enhanced Response Force or CERF, was validated during an external evaluation exercise, to provide support to first responders and civil authorities if the Commonwealth was attacked with a high explosive, chemical, radiological, or nuclear weapon of mass destruction; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia National Guard's Officer Candidate School graduated its 50th class; and

WHEREAS, a company of Virginia National Guard soldiers was the first National Guard unit to participate in an Army pilot program known as Warrior Adventure Quest, designed to curb high-risk behavior in redeploying soldiers; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Defense Force successfully conducted the most demanding field exercise attempted to date, having the largest participation ever of any training exercise at the division level; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia National Guard's Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Brigade Combat Team received the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award for being the Army's most outstanding National Guard unit; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia National Guard's Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company won the Department of the Army's annual Philip A. Connelly Award for Excellence in Army Food Service in the National Guard Field Kitchen Category; 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, Virginia Defense Force volunteers, and civilian employees, as well as their ever supportive family members 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 Robert B. Newman, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, on behalf of the patriotic soldiers, airmen, Virginia Defense Force volunteers, civilian employees, and their collective families as an expression of the General Assembly's gratitude for their dedication to the citizens of the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

 

 

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 455

Celebrating the accomplishments of the Virginia National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force in 2008. 

Agreed to by the Senate, February 19. 2009 Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 23, 2009 

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 following units have completed remarkable deployments and successfully returned from active duty in 2008: 116th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry, 2nd Squadron 183rd Cavalry, 237th Engineer Company, E and F Companies 429th Brigade Support Battalion, and A Company 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion; and

WHEREAS, more than 1,300 Virginia National Guard soldiers have returned successfully from supporting the “surge” in Iraq, thereby significantly increasing the safety of the civilian Iraqi population and furthering our nation’s interests; and

WHEREAS, more than 120 Virginia National Guard soldiers went on state active duty in February to join in the battle against wildfires raging throughout the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia National Guard ended the month of April with more than 8,000 soldiers for the first time since 1994; and

WHEREAS, pilots from the Virginia National Guard’s 192nd Fighter Wing took to the sky in state-of-the-art F-22 Raptors for the first time; and

WHEREAS, a special response force of the Virginia National Guard, the Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear and Explosive Enhanced Response Force or CERF, was validated during an external evaluation exercise, to provide support to first responders and civil authorities if the Commonwealth was attacked with a high explosive, chemical, radiological, or nuclear weapon of mass destruction; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School graduated its 50th class; and

WHEREAS, a company of Virginia National Guard soldiers was the first National Guard unit to participate in an Army pilot program known as Warrior Adventure Quest, designed to curb high-risk behavior in redeploying soldiers; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Defense Force successfully conducted the most demanding field exercise attempted to date, having the largest participation ever of any training exercise at the division level; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Brigade Combat Team received the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award for being the Army’s most outstanding National Guard unit; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia National Guard’s Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company won the Department of the Army’s annual Philip A. Connelly Award for Excellence in Army Food Service in the National Guard Field Kitchen Category; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Senate, the House of Delegates concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend the Virginia National Guard and its dedicated soldiers, airmen, Virginia Defense Force volunteers, and civilian employees, as well as their ever supportive family members 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 Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Major General Robert B. Newman, Jr., the adjutant general of Virginia, on behalf of the patriotic soldiers, airmen, Virginia Defense Force volunteers, civilian employees, and their collective families as an expression of the General Assembly’s gratitude for their dedication to the citizens of the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

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