29th Infantry Division

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Operating as usual

Issue #22 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go...
11/06/2020

Issue #22 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/x78GS. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard.

In this issue:

VNG Soldiers, Airmen continue COVID-19 response
https://go.usa.gov/x78B6

Funeral Honors Program honors veterans during pandemic
https://go.usa.gov/x78BF

VNG Soldiers join multi-state Cyber Shield virtual exercise
https://go.usa.gov/x78Bt

192nd Medical Group supports Bold Quest
https://go.usa.gov/x78Be

“Three Things” Fall 2020 Land Component Commander Update
http://go.usa.gov/x7btp

Historic M42 Duster on display at JFHQ thanks to volunteer efforts
https://go.usa.gov/x78BM

Photos: VNG medics train combat casualty care
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157716746167471/

Photos: 91st Soldiers recognized for extending enlistment
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157716651084583/

Photos: Garner succeeds Monihan as 123rd CPB commander
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157716597278183/

Cyber Shield 2020 features fully virtual training exercise
https://go.usa.gov/x78Bf

91st Cyber Brigade on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/91stCyberBrigade/

10/30/2020
Virginia National Guard

Read the October 2020 “Three Things” Quarterly Update from the Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander at https://go.usa.gov/x7btp.

Read the October 2020 “Three Things” Quarterly Update from the Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander:
https://go.usa.gov/x7btp

List of resources referenced in the video:

VANG Family Programs: The well-being of you and your family is the top priority for our outstanding VANG Family Programs team. While the lists of programs and resources they provide for us are too comprehensive to detail in this note, I have attached several key resources to this message. To learn more, please contact the Soldier and Family Readiness Assistance Centers Hotline at 434-480-6585 or visit http://www.facebook.com/VAGuardFamilyPrograms for a program map and local contacts.

Virtual Learning Resource Guide : This comprehensive product details resources and support available to you and your family, from free trainings for parents and details on how to contact your local Soldier and Family Readiness Specialist and can be downloaded at https://go.usa.gov/x7btk.

COVID Resource Guide: This is another outstanding product created by our very own Family Programs team as of September 2020 and can be downloaded at https://go.usa.gov/x7btK.

VANG Youth Program Facebook Resource Group: This Facebook group is a great way to stay connected and learn about resources and information pertaining to you and you family. To access visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/vangyouthresource.

Military One Source: Education Consultants can assist you with questions about your child’s education. These one-on-one sessions are free, confidential and can provide you with referrals to in-home tutors and tutoring centers in your area as well as public and private school information. To get started, please call 800-342-9647 at any time to schedule an appointment.

VA COPES Warm Line: COVID-19 has upset life as we know it and may cause stress, anxiety, and feelings of isolation and grief. The Warm Line (877-349-6428) can provide support and community resources to your family.

Issue #21 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go...
10/23/2020

Issue #21 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/x7CeE. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard.

In this issue:

Va. National Guard commissions 11 new officers
https://go.usa.gov/x7CfW

Commonwealth ChalleNGe adapts instruction for COVID-19
https://go.usa.gov/x7CGY

AG recognizes fiscal management workforce
https://go.usa.gov/x7CG5

Marines repair Harrier jet engine at Va. Guard aviation facility
https://go.usa.gov/x7CGm

Airmen show support for former wingman with tribute run
https://go.usa.gov/x7Y3b

VaARNG looking for new warrant officers
https://go.usa.gov/x7C7r

Photos: Simulcik takes command of MTC HQs Det.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157716535758032/

Photos: 2-224th AVN welcomes Viera as new CSM
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157716535249697/

Photos: Mason takes command of 229th BEB
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157716503783233/

Photos: VNG Soldiers train on new power generators
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157716457678712

Commonwealth ChalleNGe on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/CommonwealthChalleNGe/

“We need everyone to recommit to basic health protection measures to ensure we can operate safely and maintain readiness...
10/15/2020
Adjutant General Update: Recommit to COVID-19 health protection measures

“We need everyone to recommit to basic health protection measures to ensure we can operate safely and maintain readiness. This is the time to be even more vigilant and protect all of our force – our nation and state need us now more than ever! I expect leaders at every level to take these health protection measures seriously and enforce the standard at all times. The safety of our personnel and the readiness of our units depends on it.” ~ Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, 28th Adjutant General of Virginia

To the Virginia National Guard Team: Our Soldiers, Airmen, Virginia Defense Force personnel and state and federal civilians across the Virginia National Guard and Department of Military Affairs continue to provide outstanding support to communities across the commonwealth. That said, in the last wee...

Epperly said perhaps the most significant accomplishment of the division has been the reorganization to prosecute large-...
10/12/2020
Rhodes succeeds Epperly as 29th Infantry Division commander

Epperly said perhaps the most significant accomplishment of the division has been the reorganization to prosecute large-scale ground combat operations against a peer adversary.

“After nearly two decades of counter-insurgency operations, the division has been re-born as the decisive echelon,” he said. “A regional consortium of eight states with support from National Guard Bureau came together to reform the 29th Infantry Division into a fully capable combat division comprised of six brigades that include the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Virginia and Kentucky, the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Florida and Alabama, the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team from North Carolina and West Virginia, the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade from Maryland and Virginia, the 226th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade from Alabama, the 113th Sustainment Brigade from North Carolina and the 142nd Fires Brigade from Arkansas. Reforming the division by re-aligning the brigades was no easy task, but today it impacts everything from how we select our leaders to how we train, equip and fight. By creating a fun division of cohesive brigades, we have created a far more lethal and survivable unit for the modern battlefield.”

FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Maj. Gen. John M. Rhodes took command of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. John M. Epperly Oct. 3, 2020, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Lt. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, Director of the Army National Guard, presided over the change of command ceremony and […]

Issue #20 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go...
10/09/2020

Issue #20 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xGeAG. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard.

In this issue:

Rhodes succeeds Epperly as 29th ID commander
https://go.usa.gov/xGe2q

34th CST trains with federal, state and local first responders
https://go.usa.gov/xGe2m

VNG couples laugh their way to stronger marriage
https://go.usa.gov/xGe2a

New artifacts on display soon thanks to volunteer efforts
https://go.usa.gov/xGe2r

Military service stretches across country borders for Nemec family
https://go.usa.gov/xGe2g

VNG Soldiers compete in All-Guard Marathon trials
https://go.usa.gov/xGe2T

Indiana National Guard activates cyber battalion
https://go.usa.gov/xGe2h/

Partnerships, realism key for Cyber Shield 2020
https://go.usa.gov/xGeTj/

Photos: Marines repair Harrier jet engine at AASF
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157716218607291/

Photos: Dep. Sec. Jabs visits Winchester STARBASE
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157716164055681

Photos: VNG supports COVID-19 testing in Chesterfield
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157716297942771/

Maj. Gen. John M. Rhodes takes command of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. John M. Epperly O...
10/04/2020

Maj. Gen. John M. Rhodes takes command of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. John M. Epperly Oct. 3, 2020, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Lt. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, Director of the Army National Guard, presided over the change of command ceremony and the exchange of organizational colors signifying the transfer of command from Epperly to Rhodes. The Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band provided ceremonial music for the event, and Soldiers assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division conducted a flyover. Read more at https://go.usa.gov/xGHCD. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Marc Heaton)

29th Infantry Division's cover photo
10/04/2020

29th Infantry Division's cover photo

Maj. Gen. John M. Rhodes takes command of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. John M. Epperly O...
10/03/2020

Maj. Gen. John M. Rhodes takes command of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. John M. Epperly Oct. 3, 2020, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Lt. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, Director of the Army National Guard, presided over the change of command ceremony and the exchange of organizational colors signifying the transfer of command from Epperly to Rhodes. The Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band provided ceremonial music for the event, and Soldiers assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division conducted a flyover. Read more at https://go.usa.gov/xGHCD.

10/03/2020

Maj. Gen. John M. Rhodes takes command of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. John M. Epperly Oct. 3, 2020, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Lt. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, Director of the Army National Guard, presided over the change of command ceremony and the exchange of organizational colors signifying the transfer of command from Epperly to Rhodes. Read more at https://go.usa.gov/xGHCD.

10/03/2020

Check back at 11 a.m. for a live stream of the 29th Infantry Division change of command ceremony.

09/25/2020
Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, shares an update about the Virginia National Guard’s fo...
09/22/2020
AG Update: Four-phase plan to address diversity, equality

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, shares an update about the Virginia National Guard’s four-phase way ahead on diversity and equality.

To the Virginia National Guard Team: Let me begin by emphasizing the key points of my message to the force from 5 June: Prejudice and discrimination of any form has no place in our formations and will not be tolerated or ignored.  There is no doubt in my mind that […]

Issue #18 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go...
09/12/2020

Issue #18 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xGK8u. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard.

In this issue:

Va. National Guard resuming COVID-19 response
https://go.usa.gov/xGKcQ

AG Update: Four-phase plan to address diversity, equality
https://go.usa.gov/xGKcN

34th CST completes challenging two-day training exercise at SMR
https://go.usa.gov/xGKcV

203rd RED HORSE helps with AASF improvements
https://go.usa.gov/xGKcv

1710th receives 48 new flatbed trailers at Fort Pickett
https://go.usa.gov/xGKcs

VNG Soldiers train on CROWS remote weapons system
https://go.usa.gov/xGKce

Photos: Ceremony commemorates end of WWII
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715830033197

Photos: Course provides training, resources to help Soldiers
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715724935192

Photos: RRB hosts training event, awards ceremony
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715680222308

VDEM Hurricane Preparedness Resources
https://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricanes/

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Virginia
https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/

Today we remember the 2,977 people killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania on t...
09/11/2020

Today we remember the 2,977 people killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania on this date in 2001. We remember their families and loved ones. We remember all of the first responders. We remember. #NeverForget #WTC

The culminating event in Virginia’s statewide commemoration of the 75th anniversary of World War II will take place this...
09/02/2020
A Better World Shall Emerge 2020 | Virginia WWI & WWII

The culminating event in Virginia’s statewide commemoration of the 75th anniversary of World War II will take place this morning at 9:00 a.m. as a virtual ceremony live-streamed from the deck of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk.

The ceremony, emceed by Greg McQuade, will feature a reading from General Douglas MacArthur's September 2, 1945, speech by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, a keynote from Chris Kolakowski, director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and former director of the MacArthur Memorial, and remote remarks from significant WWII sites around Virginia.

View the live stream at the following link:
https://www.virginiawwiandwwii.org/2020signatureevent

The culminating event in Virginia’s statewide commemoration of the 75th anniversary of World War II will take place on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. (EST) as a virtual ceremony live-streamed from the deck of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk. Join the Virginia WWI & WWII Commemoration Comm...

Issue #17 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go...
08/28/2020

Issue #17 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xGamR. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard.

In this issue:

Hurricane exercise prepares VNG for rapid response
https://go.usa.gov/xGxAu

VNG Soldier first female enlistee to complete infantry training
https://go.usa.gov/xGxsA

Pegg takes command of 329th Regional Support Group
https://go.usa.gov/xGxsK

VNG Soldiers compete in pistol marksmanship match
https://go.usa.gov/xGxsS

Teamwork, attention to detail helps LT earn Ranger Tab
https://go.usa.gov/xGxHt

149th Fighter Squadron welcomes new commander
https://go.usa.gov/xGx6g

CSM Smith’s Foxhole Report – 5th Edition
https://go.usa.gov/xGcTt

VNG SARC hosts victim advocate refresher training
https://go.usa.gov/xGxHu

Photos: 1710th receives 48 new flatbed trailers
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715562777591

Photos: VNG Soldiers train on CROWS weapons system
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715562694881

Online tutoring and homework help for U.S. military and their families provided 24/7 at no cost by the U.S. Department o...
08/24/2020
Military Families Eligible for DoD Tutoring Program - Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families

Online tutoring and homework help for U.S. military and their families provided 24/7 at no cost by the U.S. Department of Defense will continue through June 30, 2021. The service offers expanded access to all Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and Wounded Warrior service members as well DoD civilian personnel and their dependent children and spouses. Survivors of KIA service members plus ROTC, NROTC, and DoD Service Academy cadets are also now eligible to use the program.

Eligible military families get free access to Tutor.com through the DoD online tutoring program. This is a valuable benefit for deployed service members who want to provide academic and career help to their children and spouses while they are away.

“I think in general people have their own perceptions of what a female officer is going to be. It’s ‘Maybe women shouldn...
08/15/2020
The rise of female commanders in combat arms

“I think in general people have their own perceptions of what a female officer is going to be. It’s ‘Maybe women shouldn’t be in combat arms,’ but at the end of the day, a capable soldier is a capable soldier,” Capt. Candice Bowen said. “The Army is changing, it’s evolving, it’s growing, we’re making sure we have the best people for the job. That’s it. As long as the standards don’t change, let the best person compete.”

Issue #16 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go...
08/14/2020

Issue #16 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xfHV8. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard.

In this issue:

VNG Soldiers help clear roads after TS Isaias
https://go.usa.gov/xfHV7

VNG Soldier first direct commission ARNG cyber officer
https://go.usa.gov/xfHVA

Samulski takes command of 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
https://go.usa.gov/xfHVs

Virginia Soldier, NCO compete in Region II Best Warrior
https://go.usa.gov/xfHVH

VNG Youth Program hosts first Virtual Summer Camp
https://go.usa.gov/xfHVM

DMA, other agencies partner to protect rare sea turtle nest at SMR
https://go.usa.gov/xfHVe

New laws benefit DMA, veterans with disabilities
https://go.usa.gov/xfHVt

U.S. Army Cyber Direct Commissioning Program
https://www.goarmy.com/army-cyber/cyber-direct-commissioning-program.html.

Photos: 34th CST sharpens CBRNE response skills
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715396329111

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Sgt. John Taylor Blacknall died June 6th, 1944 on Omaha beach. He was a member of the 116th infantry, 29th inf. div. Our VFW Post (Veterans of Foreign Wars), Blacknall-Chess Post 4639, 106 Jesters Ln. Williamsburg, VA would be proud to have all eligible members of the 29th join our post to continue to honor Sgt. Blacknall. The post is open Friday nights from approx. 1700 hrs and bar and dinner is available. Find us on facebook: Vfw Williamsburg Post
Hello, I am hoping you can help me! My grandfather, PFC: William Macuga was part of the 115th Regiment, C company, in the 29th Division. Also on the Honorable Discharge Separation papers was when he joined the army (March 24, 1943) and reported to base a week later for training (3/31). Also, he didn’t depart for overseas until June 7, 1944 and didn’t land in Normandy until June 19. He always said he would have been there for the invasion but was held back because one man in his barracks had the measles and they were put under quarantine so it wouldn’t spread to more troops! BUT...Pictures of him before he left for battle show him with a 75th Regiment patch. I looked it up and found the Wikipedia’s page that corresponded (75th Innovation command) and took from it that they were reserves? This regiment he had a patch for did go on to fight overseas, but not until November and had a completely different mission. So my question is, when/why was he reassigned to the 29th Division? I know that D-Day brought enormous casualties, but his measles story leads me to believe he would have been part of the 115th Regiment for the invasion. There is no date I can find but I believe it was decided pre D-Day that he would be fighting in the 29th, but I’m not completely certain. And also would be cool if anyone else heard of the measles thing happening but that’s a bit harder to confirm. I believe my grandfather though! I have more information about him but don’t want the post to be any longer! Wish I could ask him myself but he passed away in 2004 before I could really question him, although he never talked much about his time in WWII. Thanks for any help!
Thank you for all of your service. I am trying to find out if your unit is set to deploy in the next few days?
My Great-Grandfather PFC Stephen Blakley: Company H, 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. From Brooklyn NY. Inctd Maspeth, NY on May 2/18. Served overseas from June 15, 1918 to May 24, 1919.
Where can you look up personnel records from the WWII era?My late Uncle was at Normandy but never talked about it.
Shoutout to our Guardsmen and Women! Shoutout to the 29th! https://www.facebook.com/182289781794428/posts/3030655760291135/?d=n
29th fighters checking for German soldiers in a Normandy park 1944. 1/35th scale figures I have built and painted.
Almost across the finish line today with my Takom Willy's Jeep model build.
Want to reconnect with your Brothers and Sisters from the 29th? They’re here! https://m.facebook.com/groups/44140394588
John T. Dowling, WW1 Machine gunner in Verdun, France. He was the editor and chief of the 29th division news letter the 29er.
One of your soldiers—and proud to say my son—highlighted in this article. https://www.facebook.com/182289781794428/posts/2802759573080756/?d=n