State Military Reservation, Virginia Beach

State Military Reservation, Virginia Beach The official page of the Virginia National Guard State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Va. Camp Pendleton was originally purchased on the oceanfront in 1911 for the intent to be a permanent firing point for local National Guard units.
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Construction began, and completed, in 1912. The first unit to conduct marksmanship training at Camp Pendleton was in July, 1913. In the past 100 years, Camp Pendleton has continued to grow, transforming into a collective training center. Camp Pendleton provides training facilities for National Guard units, as well as all other DOD active and reserve units. TRAINING AND FACILITIES - 2 Administration buildings - 4 Conference buildings - 11 Barracks/(additional billeting) - 4 Classrooms - 2 Dining Facilities - 9 Virtual Trainers - Chapel - DL Center - Fitness Center - Training Fields - Dam Neck: 300 Acres of training area - Obstacle Course - APFT Running Course - Helipad - Activity Field - Military Access Beach - Multi-purpose buildings - Land Navigation Course - Wooded Training Areas - Amphibious Landing Site - Fentress Air Field: 200 Acres of training area CUSTOMERS - Army/Air National Guard - Department of Defense - Active and Reserve: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard - Federal, State, and Local Public Safety Agencies - Retired Military Personnel - High School and College R.O.T.C. programs - Civilians - Foreign Military Units

Mission: MISSION Command, operate, manage and administer the use of resources of a Collective Training Center (CTC) to facilitate training across the spectrum from first responder through joint operations. On order expand and operate mobilization platform to support activities for reserve component units. VISION As an integrated part of the Virginia Training Centers capability, provide individual training opportunities from first responder through joint operations utilizing enduring, resource efficient facilities, all while supporting regional sustainment.

Operating as usual

10/30/2020
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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...

Issue #19 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go...
09/25/2020

Issue #19 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xGmsf. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard.

In this issue:

203rd RED HORSE departs for federal deployment
https://go.usa.gov/xGmB8

SIO course trains leaders to help fellow Soldiers in crisis
https://go.usa.gov/xGmK8

Cav Soldiers recognize Smithfield VFW for support
https://go.usa.gov/xGmBJ

A new normal: VaANG recruiters go digital
https://go.usa.gov/xGmB7

DMA hosts orientation for new employees
https://go.usa.gov/xGmKr

National Guard Soldier discusses pride of service
https://go.usa.gov/xGmB6

Photos: VNG Soldiers, Airmen support COVID-19 testing
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715987315923/

Photos: Nivens succeeds Astphan as RRB commander
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715965707091/

Photos: 34th CERFP welcomes new commander
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715933453048/

Photos: VNG helps support technology demonstrations
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157716009374473/

Photos: VDF conducts comms exercise in Winchester
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715986776231/

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 […]

Virginia National Guard
09/18/2020

Virginia National Guard

Virginia National Guard Airmen assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer Squadron, 192nd Wing receive a visit from Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Sept. 9, 2020, before they make final preparations and depart for a deployment Sept. 12, 2020, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The 203rd RHS specializes in expeditionary air base construction.

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/

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.

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08/20/2020
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Virginia National Guard

Our State Military Reservation, Virginia Beach has some very special guests this summer - loggerhead sea turtles!

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

Issue #15 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go...
07/31/2020

Issue #15 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xfEdg. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard.

In this issue:

34th CERFP wrapping up COVID-19 testing support
https://go.usa.gov/xfPwT

VNG welcomes first female infantry company commander
https://go.usa.gov/xfPwW

Martin succeeds Hubbard as 183rd RTI commander
https://go.usa.gov/xfPwB

34th CST sharpens response skills during exercise in Maryland
https://go.usa.gov/xfPwK

Lewis takes command of VNG aviation battalion
https://go.usa.gov/xfPwk

Fort Pickett hosts unique fuel pipeline training
https://go.usa.gov/xfPw9

Photos: Soldiers compete in Region II Best Warrior
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715286853481

Photos: VNG senior leaders visit 34th CERFP
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715262922563

Photos: VDF trains on incident management assistance
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715219243938

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

Virginia National Guard COVID-19 Resources
https://vaguard.dodlive.mil/covid-19/

State Military Reservation, Virginia Beach's cover photo
07/24/2020

State Military Reservation, Virginia Beach's cover photo

State Military Reservation, Virginia Beach's cover photo
07/24/2020

State Military Reservation, Virginia Beach's cover photo

Issue #14 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go...
07/17/2020

Issue #14 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xfD34. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard.

In this issue:

329th RSG, MTC Soldiers win Best Warrior Competition
https://go.usa.gov/xfjJt

Task Force provides critical assistance to COVID-19 response
https://go.usa.gov/xfjJz

134th Chaplain Support Team Soldiers return from deployment
https://go.usa.gov/xfjJu

Army COVID-19 Response Operations Cell provides valuable support
https://go.usa.gov/xfjJS

229th MPs conduct active shooter training exercise during AT
https://go.usa.gov/xfjJh

New precautions allow VaANG Airmen to return for ‘partial in-person’ drill
https://go.usa.gov/xfjSq

“Three Things” – VNG Land Component Commander Update
http://go.usa.gov/xfC4N

Photos: 229th MPs hone skills on M203 grenade launcher
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715041912286

Photos: Senior leaders visit VNG COVID-19 testing
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157715043293712

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

Virginia National Guard COVID-19 Resources
https://vaguard.dodlive.mil/covid-19/

Issue #13 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go...
07/03/2020

Issue #13 of the 2020 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xwuNQ. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard.

In this issue:

183rd RTI hosts final WOCS phase for first time
https://go.usa.gov/xwuNm

VNG continues statewide COVID-19 response support
https://go.usa.gov/xwuNp

VNG fixed-wing aviators return to Virginia after successful deployment
https://go.usa.gov/xwuN7

DMA Human Resources Office recognized for veterans hiring effort
https://go.usa.gov/xwuNA

Virginia MFT stresses importance of knowing self in setting fitness goals
https://go.usa.gov/xwuN6

Stream remediation project a first for Fort Pickett
https://go.usa.gov/xwuNF

VaARNG command selections announced
https://go.usa.gov/xwuNM

Photos: Virginia Soldiers take oath of enlistment
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157714841165891

Photos: Va. flight crews train with fire-fighting tools
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157714821234283

Photos: R&R hosts pre-Air Assault training
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/albums/72157714867382402

Virginia National Guard COVID-19 Resources
https://vaguard.dodlive.mil/covid-19/

06/24/2020

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SMR will further relax restrictions short of going to Phase 3 of our re-opening plan this Friday, 26 JUN 2020.

a. ESSENTIAL facilities open for OFFICIAL and UNOFFICIAL use at half-occupancy. SMR schedules 100% of available training buildings per week. Occupants will clean facilities prior to turn-in as normal.
b. *** [CHANGE] *** NON-ESSENTIAL facilities are open for OFFICIAL and UNOFFICIAL USE. One hundred percent (100%) of non-essential facilities are open for UNOFFICIAL weekly rental. Guests will sign a waiver of liability prior to occupancy for unofficial use.
c. Pendleton Beach access is RESTRICTED to guests staying on Post and tenant Unit personnel only, and IAW Governor of Virginia re-opening plan guidelines.
d. Beach access PARKING PASSES are available from the Billeting Office or Post Operations. Violators are subject to being towed.
e. SMR Bath House at Pendleton Beach: CLOSED
f. SMR Fishing Program is RESTRICTED to guests staying on Post and tenant Unit personnel only. Personnel wanting to fish must request SMR Fishing Passes via email through SFC Cirillo in Post Operations at [email protected].
g. SMR Gym: CLOSED
h. No community events allowed.
i. OFFICIAL and UNOFFICIAL gatherings of less than 50 people total are AUTHORIZED with social distancing restrictions and precautions IAW Governor of Virginia re-opening plan guidelines.

Address

BLDG 448 Post Headquarters 203rd Red Horse Dr
Virginia Beach, VA
23451

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Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 08:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(757) 493-3121

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The State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach was originally purchased on the oceanfront in 1911 for the intent to be a permanent firing point for local National Guard units. Construction began, and completed, in 1912. The first unit to conduct marksmanship training at SMR was in July, 1913. In the past 100 years, SMR has continued to grow and now provides training facilities for National Guard units, as well as all other DOD active and reserve units. TRAINING AND FACILITIES - 2 Administration buildings - 4 Conference buildings - 11 Barracks/(additional billeting) - 4 Classrooms - 2 Dining Facilities - 9 Virtual Trainers - Chapel - DL Center - Fitness Center - Training Fields - Dam Neck: 300 Acres of training area - Obstacle Course - APFT Running Course - Helipad - Activity Field - Military Access Beach - Multi-purpose buildings - Land Navigation Course - Wooded Training Areas - Amphibious Landing Site - Fentress Air Field: 200 Acres of training area CUSTOMERS - Army/Air National Guard - Department of Defense - Active and Reserve: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard - Federal, State, and Local Public Safety Agencies - Retired Military Personnel - High School and College R.O.T.C. programs - Civilians - Foreign Military Units

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SMR Virginia Beach, The Governor of Virginia announced that Virginia will enter Phase 3 on Wednesday, 1 July 2020. Gatherings of up to 250 people can occur during Phase 3. Maybe we should be a little more proactive and inform our veterans and service members of what your guidelines will be before 1 July 2020. As a reminder from my previous post, the beach consists of 44 acres. An acre of land is equal to 43,560 square feet. I am pretty sure social distancing will not be an issue with 43,560 feet to operate with. Key take away from my post: Gatherings of up to 250 people and have established guidelines in to keep us informed of what changes SMR will implement on 1 July 2020. Feel free to read through my previous post for references. Thank you, Michael Silverline
I have concerns regarding the re-opening of SMR during phase 2. The first of which is my post on 15 June 2020, at 1835 hours in response to SMR Virginia Beach’s post from 19 May 2020. At 1900 hours, on 15 June 2020, SMR Virginia Beach elects to address Phase 2 Reopening, 25 minutes after my post. Phase 2 went into effect on 5 June 2020. I do not see the transparency in providing information to Service Members and Veterans who utilize the amenities SMR has to offer when an update is given 10 days after the fact. Keeping with the word transparency, where did these guidelines come from? According to information I found provided in the links below, beach regulations include (only dealing with COVID-19) keeping 6 feet apart unless family and no groups of more than 50 people. In the years of visiting SMR and bringing my family to the beach, I have never seen more than 50 people. By the way, the beach consists of 44 acres. Social distancing should not be an issue with 44 acres. If SMR is enforcing parking passes for beach access (and stating that violators are subject to being towed), why can’t the guards keep a counter with people who access the beach to count how many people are currently at the beach? The counter can be reset by advising the families to check out with guards before their departure. I have seen guards conduct patrols near the beach and a rough estimate of people on the beach can be conducted as well. It is sad and pathetic that families feel they need to rent a cottage to utilize services of a state military reservation. During these troubling times, the beach is an outlet for many. I do not see the guidelines set by the Commonwealth matching the guidelines set by SMR. I feel as if SMR should reevaluate the standards set to see if they fall in line with the guidelines set by the Commonwealth. References:http://jlarc.virginia.gov/pdfs/reports/Rpt221.pdfhttps://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Virginia-Forward-Phase-Two-Guidelines.pdf https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR3yzZzcVruMsjN14QNHa_5b54LH07k2Jd0wiPQq5U2uBshAo0qwgZ9TKNg#:~:text=Coronavirus%20(COVID%2D19)%20in%20Virginia&text=The%20maximum%20number%20of%20individuals,continue%20enhanced%20workplace%20safety%20measures https://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/our-beaches-are-open/
Lots of good events happening on SMR (Camp Pendleton). Like our page to see more upcoming events.
2130 for flyovers might be a bit much. I’m all for training, but request some thought to not rattling my kid’s walls that late.
Who is blowing up so much ordnance today (6 March 2018)? Combat vet here and first to defend live fire training, but today's explosions are excessive - they are damaging homes and property in nearby Croatan. Why are such heavy explosions needed for training? If such heavy explosions are needed, why don't you shape them towards the ocean and away from residential neighborhoods. Again, I support live training, but you guys/gals went overboard today and someone needs to accept responsibility and make recompense for home damages. Please ensure that CO, XO, JAG, and PAO of responsible unit see this and make outreach to neighbors who may have suffered loss from today's actions.
Not to be a nag, but it's 11:30 pm, kids are sleeping and there are helicopters flying 10feet over our houses rattling the pictures off the walls!!! PLEASE STOP! PLEASE!