More than 75 Virginia Army National Guard Engineer officers and senior noncommissioned officers from units across Virginia met for an “Engineer Muster” professional development conference Sept. 10, 2022, at the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. The event was hosted by the command teams of the 276th Engineer Battalion and the 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion, and it marked the first time in several years engineers from across the commonwealth were able to come together, hear from their senior leaders, learn about each unit’s capabilities and missions as well as build esprit de corps.
Brig. Gen. K. Weedon Gallagher, Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Virginia Army National Guard State Command Sergeant Major, opened the conference with remarks followed by Lt. Col. Beau Mason and Master Sgt. Sean Manis, the 229th command team, and Lt. Col. Joseph Fleishman and Command Sgt. Maj.-select Galem Coleman, the 276th command team. The conference continued with an open forum where the senior leaders and command teams answered questions from the attendees. The conference closed with the unveiling of a new system for managing company grade engineer officers across the commonwealth and a glide path to assist junior enlisted Soldiers in their career development.