192nd Fighter Wing soars at Virginia Tech’s Military Appreciation Day

The 192nd Fighter Wing at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

The 192nd Fighter Wing, Virginia Air National Guard, held a recruiting event at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University versus Old Dominion University football game on September 23, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. In honor of VA Tech’s “Military Appreciation Day”, the wing featured an F-22 flyover demonstration, a motivational spirit cheer from various shops on the Jumbotron, and a recruiting tent on the campus. In addition, VA Tech honored several members from the 203rd Red Horse Squadron, on the football field, for their efforts in a recent deployment overseas. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Johnisa B. Roberts)

The 192nd Fighter Wing at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

The 192nd Fighter Wing, Virginia Air National Guard, held a recruiting event at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University versus Old Dominion University football game on September 23, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. In honor of VA Tech’s “Military Appreciation Day”, the wing featured an F-22 flyover demonstration, a motivational spirit cheer from various shops on the Jumbotron, and a recruiting tent on the campus. In addition, VA Tech honored several members from the 203rd Red Horse Squadron, on the football field, for their efforts in a recent deployment overseas. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Johnisa B. Roberts)

The 192nd Fighter Wing at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

The 192nd Fighter Wing, Virginia Air National Guard, held a recruiting event at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University versus Old Dominion University football game on September 23, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. In honor of VA Tech’s “Military Appreciation Day”, the wing featured an F-22 flyover demonstration, a motivational spirit cheer from various shops on the Jumbotron, and a recruiting tent on the campus. In addition, VA Tech honored several members from the 203rd Red Horse Squadron, on the football field, for their efforts in a recent deployment overseas. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Johnisa B. Roberts)

The 192nd Fighter Wing, Virginia Air National Guard, held a recruiting event at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Maj. Lawrence Dietrich, 149th Fighter Squadron pilot, directs the movement of the F-22 Raptor jets for the flyover during a football game, Sept. 23, 2017 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. In honor of VA Tech’s “Military Appreciation Day”, the wing featured an F-22 flyover demonstration, a motivational spirit cheer from various shops on the Jumbotron, and a recruiting tent on the campus. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Johnisa B. Roberts)

The 192nd Fighter Wing at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

The 192nd Fighter Wing, Virginia Air National Guard, held a recruiting event at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University versus Old Dominion University football game on September 23, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. In honor of VA Tech’s “Military Appreciation Day”, the wing featured an F-22 flyover demonstration, a motivational spirit cheer from various shops on the Jumbotron, and a recruiting tent on the campus. In addition, VA Tech honored several members from the 203rd Red Horse Squadron, on the football field, for their efforts in a recent deployment overseas. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Johnisa B. Roberts)

The 192nd Fighter Wing at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

The 192nd Fighter Wing, Virginia Air National Guard, held a recruiting event at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University versus Old Dominion University football game on September 23, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. In honor of VA Tech’s “Military Appreciation Day”, the wing featured an F-22 flyover demonstration, a motivational spirit cheer from various shops on the Jumbotron, and a recruiting tent on the campus. In addition, VA Tech honored several members from the 203rd Red Horse Squadron, on the football field, for their efforts in a recent deployment overseas. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Johnisa B. Roberts)

BLACKSBURG, Va. --

It was a clear day when thousands of people pulled onto the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The immense tension on the roads could be felt as fans were steered around campus in their cars, desperate to find a parking space in time for the game. Crowds swarmed the stadium, waiting for the gates to open as the Virginia Tech Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets marched in the streets, singing cadences while the bands played their tunes.


Upon entering the stadium, a blanket of maroon, orange and white, made up by spiritwear worn by screaming fans, encircled the massive football field in the stands. Fans roared with pride as cheerleaders swept through the field with their flags and signs that read “VT” and “Go Hokies!” In the endzone, a cannon exploded signifying the event to begin.

Many fans were in for a treat at the Virginia Tech versus Old Dominion University football game on September 23, 2017. In honor of their “Military Appreciation Day”, Virginia Tech invited the 192nd Fighter Wing, Virginia Air National Guard, to showcase and demonstrate their mission as a component of the United States Air Force. Upon playing the National Anthem, the 192nd FW swept fans away as two F-22 Raptors soared across the stadium.

In addition to the flyover demonstration, several members from the 203rd Red Horse Squadron were honored for their efforts in a recent deployment overseas. These honorees stood in the middle of the field, in front of more than 60,000 people, to be recognized for their great achievement.

“It was absolutely amazing to be brought onto the field,” said Master Sgt. Christina Dean, 203rd RHS non-commissioned officer in charge of personnel, whom was one of the honorees. “Going in front of 66,000 people [to be honored] was an awesome feeling.”

Through the excitement of the football game, Virginia Tech hosted many additional features in honor of “Military Appreciation Day”. These included a recruiting event with the 192nd FW recruiters, a recognition of the VT ROTC cadets, and a special musical arrangement performed by the VT and ODU marching bands.

“It truly was an awesome feeling to see our community [supporting us today]... to see, not only 66,000 people, but my state and my nation saying thank you to us for the things that we do and the sacrifices we make,” said Dean

Overall, the game was an overwhelming victory for many VT Hokie fans as they proudly showed their support for the U.S. military. Fans left the stadium with joy and pride for their country as well as their team, who ultimately secured the win against the ODU Monarchs with a score of 38-0.
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Issue #14 of the 2018 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xUkYn. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xUkfU to subscribe to the newsletter via email. In This Issue: 529th CSSB ordered to mobilize for federal active duty Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYa Virginia cyber warriors join New England exercise Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYY Bissell takes command of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYg Va. National Guard aviation battalion trains around the state Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkY4 192nd Security Forces Squadron trains to shoot, move and communicate Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYb DMA conducts first-ever Supervisor Course Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYW
This #VaANG recruiting video from 2001 is #throwbackthursday gold. #tbt
192nd Security Forces squadron trains to shoot, move and communicate. Read more here - https://go.usa.gov/xUWZg Photos here - https://flic.kr/s/aHskEepSJQ
Check out the 192nd's own SSgt. Cunningham co-hosting the sixth episode of the Air Combat Command's podcast "The Reflective Belt"
For this #throwbackthursday, 2nd Lt. Allison Gilbert, a Physician's Assistant from the Virginia Air National Guard's 192d Fighter Wing, treats a young patient with the help of interpreter, 1st Lt. Roberto Balderon from the Salvadoran Army July 16, 2002. The 192 FW's Medical Squadron took a 14-day humanitarian mission to Morazan, El Salvador. They visited the four towns of Guatajiagua, Sociedad, Cacaopera, and Chilanga for medical support of the local people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michele G. Misiano) #TBT #VaANG
Happy Independence Day 192nd Fighter Wing! Thank you all for helping to keep our country free. Enjoy your families today and be safe. Honored to serve with you all! - Chief Bouley
"Please join me in congratulating our 149th Fighter Squadron's Maj. 'Mongo' Dietrich who was awarded the United States Air Force 2017 Fighter Instructor Pilot of the Year," said Col. Frank J. Lobash, 192nd Fighter Wing commander. "This is an incredible accomplishment that once again shows the amazing talent and dedication our F-22 fighter squadron brings to the fight everyday." Lt. Gen. Mark C. Nowland, U.S. Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, hosts the 2017 Air Force Fighter Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., June 25, 2018. (Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)
Issue #13 of the 2018 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xUrKZ. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard. Visit https://go.usa.gov/xU4R5 to add your email to the subscription list. In This Issue: 149th Fighter Squadron celebrates its 71st year Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUrb2 Soldiers, Airmen awarded for marksmanship excellence Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUrbT Flora to succeed Mercer as Assistant Adjutant General – Army Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUrbj Hubbard takes command of 183rd RTI Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUrbW 192nd Fighter Wing welcomes new wing command chief Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUrbZ Governor signs DMV drivers license veteran indicator bill Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUrbB
#Throwbackthursday to when the Virginia Air National Guard enlisted 50 Airmen in just three days during 1970. See anyone you served with? #VaANG #VANGUARD #TBT read more here: https://go.usa.gov/xQsqU
“Civil Support Team operations are extremely complex, and excellence doesn’t just happen,” said Brig. Gen. James W. Ring, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff. “We are extremely proud of the outstanding performance of the Soldiers and Airmen of the 34th CST on the external evaluation and greatly appreciate the time and effort that went into their success.”
Welcome Chief Master Sgt. Christopher L. Amburn! He is the newest member of the VaANG and the incoming 192nd Fighter Wing command chief.
The VaANG is making a difference around the world. 203rd RED HORSE Squadron is building a school for children in rural El Salvador as part of Operation Beyond the Horizon 2018. Accompanied by the 192nd Security Forces Squadron and 192nd Medical Group, the mission provided training opportunities for the Airmen and new facilities for Salvadoran children.View photos here - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1826178330771708.1073741976.111055992283959&type=1&l=b1d569b546
Today, the 149th Fighter Squadron, Virginia Air National Guard, celebrates its 71st year as a unit. Read about what Airman 1st Class Dagejah Hampton and Lt. Col. "Scrappy" think makes the 149th FS great - https://go.usa.gov/xQhhc
Airmen of the 203rd RED HORSE squadron, Virginia Air National Guard, begin construction of a school, kitchen and latrine facility during May 2018 in rural El Salvador. The project was designed to bring vital services and resources to rural communities as part of Operation Beyond the Horizon, conducted by U.S. Army and Air Force active, guard and reserve components along with the El Salvadoran military and civic agencies. (Courtesy photo)
Happy Father's Day!
In case you missed it when the 203rd RED HORSE squadron volunteers were featured on the evening news for building a playground for kids in Norfolk, we talked with them too and went back to get photos of the finished project. According to one of the teachers there, the kids love the new playground. Great work RED HORSE! Read more here - https://go.usa.gov/xQtQ3
Members of the 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer (RED HORSE), 192nd Fighter Wing, volunteered their time to construct a playground April 20, 2018, at the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk, Virginia. The effort was in coordination with the United Way of South Hampton Roads to help a Head Start preschool program remain in the neighborhood it primarily serves.
Approximately 100 U.S. Flags are displayed in celebration of National Flag Day June 14, 2018, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Flag Day was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)