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2013 Legislative Reception

Governor Bob McDonnell and members of the Virginia General Assembly commended the Virginia National Guard for the organization's service to commonwealth and country at a legislative reception hosted Jan. 15, 2013, by the Virginia Guard Officer's Association and Virginia Guard Enlisted Association at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, also gave a brief update on the Virginia National Guard. Earlier in the day, Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force displayed some of the Guard's capabilities for state active duty outside the General Assembly building.

(Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

To read more: http://vaguard.dodlive.mil/2013/01/14/2743/

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Governor McDonnell signs proclomation declaring December as "Virginia National Guard Appreciation and Recognition Month"

RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Bob McDonnell ceremonially signed a proclamation designating December as “Virginia National Guard Appreciation and Recognition Month” in the Commonwealth of Virginia Dec. 7, 2012, at a ceremony in Richmond. Governor McDonnell was joined by Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, in recognizing members of the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force.

“This proclamation, in a small way, recognizes the incredible sacrifice and service of the Virginia National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force,” McDonnell said. “For the first time since 9/11 all Virginia Army Guard and Air Guard units are home with their families and loved ones for the holidays. Time and time again the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force have selflessly answered the call of service. As Commander in Chief of the Virginia National Guard, I have called on the Virginia Guard twice in 2012 for state active duty to respond to severe weather in the Commonwealth. Whether defending our freedoms abroad or securing our communities during times of natural disasters at home, these courageous individuals have demonstrated what it means to serve with honor. This holiday season, as we give thanks for our freedoms and families, we should remember these patriots.”

To read more: http://vaguard.dodlive.mil/2012/12/07/2624/