West Virginia National Guard News
West Virginia Adjutant General’s update on RISE West Virginia case management
March 22, 2019 - West Virginia National Guard's Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, issues an update on RISE West Virginia's case management status for the week of March 22, 2019.

Never too old: Deputy Sheriff joins Guard at 34, ready for 20 more years
West Virginia Army National Guard Soldier Spc. Emily Pimtus, 753rd Explosive Ordnance Company, joined the Guard in 2018 at age 34 with the support of her husband, Andy, a Marine Corps veteran.
March 20, 2019 - After a decade in public service as a law enforcement officer, Hurricane, W.Va., native Emily Pintus decided to follow a dream and join the West Virginia Army National Guard (WVARNG) at age 34.

West Virginia Adjutant General’s update on RISE West Virginia case management
March 15, 2019 - West Virginia National Guard's Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, issues an update on RISE West Virginia's case management status for the week of March 15, 2019.

Soldier Spotlight
West Virginia Army National Guard March Soldier Spotlight is Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Moss, C Co, Recruiting and Retention Bn.
Moss was named WVARNG 2018 Recruiter of the Year and National Guard Strength Maintenance Advisory Group Region II Recruiter of the Year
March 6, 2019 - West Virginia Army National Guard March Soldier Spotlight is Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Moss, C Co, Recruiting and Retention Bn. Moss was named WVARNG 2018 Recruiter of the Year and National Guard Strength Maintenance Advisory Group Region II Recruiter of the Year.

West Virginia Air Guard welcomes newest general officer
Brig. Gen. Ray Shepard takes the oath of office, administered by retired Maj. Gen. Eric Vollmecke, during Shepard’s promotion ceremony at the 167th Airlift Wing, March 3, 2019. Shepard served as a Staff Judge Advocate at the 167th AW for approximately 10 years before moving on to serve as the State Staff Judge Advocate for the West Virginia Air National Guard and currently as the Chief of Staff of the WVANG. (U.S. Air National Guard photos by Tech. Sgt. Michael Dickson)
March 5, 2019 - The West Virginia Air National Guard welcomed its newest general officer to its ranks March 3, 2019, during a formal promotion ceremony for Brig. Gen. Ray Shepard held at the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg.

From Kenya to West Virginia: Captain touts mentors, desire to be better as keys to her life
Capt. Caroline Muriama has traveled a long way to serve with the West Virginia Army National Guard (WVARNG), in both miles and life experience.
March 5, 2019 - Capt. Caroline Muriama has traveled a long way to serve with the West Virginia Army National Guard (WVARNG), in both miles and life experience. Born and raised in Kenya’s second-largest city, Mombasa, Muriama moved to Boston to attend college in 1997 to study nursing. Her family had always said if she worked hard, she could go to America, which she imagined from what she saw on television.

167th Firefighters rescue man from burning vehicle
167th Airlift Wing firefighters, Airman Garrison Huggins, Staff Sgt. Ryan Trochimowicz, Staff Sgt. Michael Frye, Staff Sgt. Jason Smith and Airman 1st Class Levi Taylor responded to an early morning car accident, pulling the driver from his burning vehicle, March 2, 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Dickson)
March 5, 2019 - Five 167th Airlift Wing firefighters responded to an early morning car accident, pulling the driver from his burning vehicle, March 2, 2019.
West Virginia National Guard Commentaries
West Virginia Guard's role in Governor's JIM's Dream initiative
Brig. Gen. Christopher “Mookie” Walker assumed command of the West Virginia Air National Guard from Brig. Gen. Paige P. Hunter during a formal change of command ceremony held Feb. 2, 2019, at the 130th Airlift Wing, McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston.

The ceremony recognized the formal transfer of responsibility, authority, and accountability for all WVANG operations in West Virginia from Brig. Gen. Paige Hunter to Walker, the first African-American Assistant Adjutant General (ATAG) - Air in the state’s history.
March 14, 2019 - Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, West Virginia Adjutant General, shares his insight on Governor Jim Justice's new drug addiction and workforce development initiative, JIM's Dream, and the role the West Virginia National Guard will play.

TAG Recognizes Women's History Month
March 11, 2019 - A message on behalf of The Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, in recognition of Women's History Month.

WVNG Leadership Message: Fall 2018
Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, the Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard address Soldiers of the 620th Signal Company during a color casing ceremony held Aug. 5, 2018, at the Hershel “Woody” Williams Armed Forces Reserve Center in Fairmont, West Virginia. The color casing ceremony marked the company’s deactivation after nine years of providing enhanced Warfighter Information Network-Tactical capabilities to missions around the state and the world. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Zoe Morris)
Sept. 28, 2018 - Leadership message for the fall edition of the Mountaineer Defender magazing from the Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer.
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