West Virginia National Guard hits major milestones in 2018

From disaster response to deployments around the globe to training and forging new partnerships, the West Virginia National Guard made numerous significant accomplishments in 2018.
“Our soldiers and airmen continue to demonstrate the value and expertise of the West Virginia National Guard on the local, national and international stage and this year was no exception,”  Maj. Gen. James Hoyer said in a press release from the National Guard.
“As one of the major economic drivers in the state, delivering more than half a billion dollars to the West Virginia economy, the West Virginia National Guard once again has proven its value, and we will continue to do so into 2019 and beyond,” continued Hoyer, who is  the adjutant general of the WVNG.
In 2018, soldiers and airmen supported such events as hurricane recovery efforts, flooding response and international partnership building in Peru, Qatar, Africa and the Baltic states, according to the press release. The guard also  deployed nearly 700 individuals in support of contingency operations and state active duty support.
In addition, these men and women assisted the state by augmenting correctional officers, overseeing recovery efforts from the 2016 flood, supporting drug prevention efforts in their communities and assisting in the state’s economic development and diversification through programs such as Patriot Guardens.
Other West Virginia National Guard accomplishments in 2018 include:

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