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  • 203rd RED HORSE Airmen depart for federal deployment

    Virginia National Guard Airmen assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, 192nd Wing made final preparations and departed for an overseas federal active duty deployment Sept. 12, 2020, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • A new normal: VaANG recruiters go digital

    As students begin the fall semester with virtual learning, recruiters in the Virginia Air National Guard are contending with their ability to meet the possible recruits in the new socially distant environment. There is no specific strategy or playbook for recruiting through a pandemic, but one thing is understood; recruiters must meet students where they are — online.
  • 149th Fighter Squadron welcomes new commander

    The 149th Fighter Squadron, Virginia Air National Guard, welcomed Lt. Col. William J. Shnowske as the new squadron commander during a change of command ceremony August 8, 2020, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
  • New precautions, supplies allow VaANG Airmen to return for ‘partial in-person’ drill

    For nearly four months, Airmen from the Virginia Air National Guard have been performing routine monthly drills from the comfort of their own homes and behind a computer screen. However, in an initiative to get back to the mission, the 192nd Medical Group has guided COVID-19 prescreening throughout the unit, enabling some Guardsmen to show up in person for the July session at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
  • VaANG Airmen innovate, adapt as drills become remote

    When the shelter-in-place order was issued in Virginia, the state’s National Guard units were no exception to the rule. Regularly scheduled drills in April, May and June were to be conducted remotely, setting a new precedent for education managers and unit leadership to reassess their approach. For Virginia Air National Guardsmen like Master Sgt. Justin Self, an education and training senior noncommissioned officer in charge with the 192nd Security Forces Squadron, this was an opportunity to adapt, innovate and overcome. During April’s drill, Self was successful in leveraging five digital platforms to garner a virtual drill with a 100 percent squadron participation rate.
  • Virginia National Guard Airman is 2019’s top Unit Career Advisor in the nation

    The National Guard Bureau announced the winners for the 2019 Air National Guard Recruiting and Retention National Awards on April 6, 2020. Among them is Staff Sgt. Jonquil Willard, a munitions control specialist with the Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Maintenance Squadron. In an official memorandum to wing commanders and directors of staff, Willard was named as the 2019 Unit Career Advisor of the Year in the nation with superior retention programs.
  • 192nd Wing Airmen stand ready, adapt to COVID-19 as JBLE flying mission continues

    When Tech. Sgt. Robert McCormack comes home after his shift at the 94th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, he walks in through the garage and then the laundry room where he can take off his boots and immediately throw his uniform into the washer. It’s the new reality for Airmen, who like McCormack, are mission-critical during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • VaANG twins mission-critical amid stay-at-home order

    For Staff Sgt. Brian Petrine, it’s a common occurrence for strangers at his job in the 192nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to walk up and start talking as if they know him. “And then they start yelling at me ‘stop playing around,’ and I tell them no really, I don’t know you,” Brian said. The same is true for his identical twin, Staff Sgt. Trevor Petrine, who also works on the flightline at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, with the 192nd Maintenance Squadron.
  • VaANG officer brings experience from motorsports to the flightline

    His grandfather instilled in him a passion for cars and racing early on at the drag strip, not far from his hometown in Brodhead, Wisconsin. But as he got older, Capt. Andrew Gibler said he didn’t invest the time he probably should have in the family’s pastime. “Especially when I got to high school, and I was too cool,” Gibler said. Now, as an adult and a maintenance officer in the Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Gibler spends whatever free time he has designing, developing, and producing suspension components for race cars.
  • Hummel takes command of 192nd Maintenance Group

    The 192nd Maintenance Group welcomed Col. Matthew R. Hummel as the new commander during a change of command ceremony on Feb. 9, 2020, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Col. Mark D. Piper, 192nd Wing commander, presided over the ceremony which bade farewell to Col. Catherine M. Jumper, who takes on the position of 192nd Wing vice wing commander.