The newly relocated post of the 29th Division Association, HQS Post 29, was recognized May 6, 2019, at the kickoff event for the Virginia National Guard Alumni Network at the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, and held its first meeting May 9.
“We are so happy about the tremendous turnout we had for the first gathering of 29th ID veterans in the Richmond area, and we look forward to more opportunities for fellowship in the future,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia and life member of the 29th Division Association.
The newly relocated post will meet quarterly to fellowship and commemorate the historic service of the 29th Infantry Division and its subordinate units.
Alumni engagement is a key element of the Virginia National Guard’s Joint Strategic Plan, explained Brig. Gen. James W. Ring, the VNG Director of the Joint Staff and life member of the association.
In order to meet the goal outlined in Line of Effort 4 of the strategic plan that calls for “purposeful strategic messaging that informs DMA members, their families, employers, and alumni and that promotes awareness of the Virginia National Guard among government officials and the general public,” we have placed a renewed emphasis on activities and organizations that “facilitate professional development, camaraderie and esprit de corps” throughout the organization, Ring said.
The relocation of Post 29 to Richmond will provide more opportunities for alumni to learn about the current missions and activities of the VNG and currently serving personnel to learn from alumni about the history, traditions and accomplishment of the organization in the past, Ring said.