Virginia National Guard

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Virginia National Guard
Seal of the Virginia National Guard
Country United States
Allegiance Virginia
Branch United States Army
 U.S. Air Force
TypeNational guard
RoleOrganized militia
Part ofNational Guard Bureau
Virginia Department of Military Affairs
HeadquartersFort Pickett
Motto(s)The Commonwealth's Guardians
WebsiteVirginia National Guard
Governor and Commander in ChiefRalph Northam
Adjutant GeneralMG Timothy P. Williams

The Virginia National Guard consists of the Virginia Army National Guard and the Virginia Air National Guard. It is part of the Government of Virginia though the National Guard across the United States is mostly funded by the federal government. The National Guard is the only United States military force empowered to function in a state status. Those functions range from limited actions during non-emergency situations to full scale law enforcement of martial law when local law enforcement officials can no longer maintain civil control. The National Guard may be called into federal service in response to a call by the President or Congress, in accordance with Title 10 of the United States Code.[1]

Many states also maintain their own military forces. These forces are federally recognized, but are separate from the United States National Guard Bureau and are not meant to be federalized, but rather service the state exclusively, especially when the National Guard is deployed and unavailable. The Virginia Defense Force is the commonwealth's own all-volunteer, formal military organization that is the reserve to the Virginia National Guard.[2]

The Virginia National Guard has a State Partnership Program relationship with the Republic of Tajikistan.[3]

Adjutant General[edit]

Major General Timothy P. Williams was appointed by Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 and has served as the Adjutant General of Virginia since June 1, 2014.[4] [5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NATIONAL GUARD". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Virginia Defense Force". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Virginia National Guard ~ State Partnership Program". Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  4. ^ Staff Reports. "Governor McAuliffe announces appointment of Col. Tim Williams as new Adjutant General of Virginia". Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Virginia National Guard ~ Senior Leaders". Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2017.

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