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 federal monies. 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

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


  1. ^ "NATIONAL GUARD". Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Defense Force". Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Virginia National Guard ~ State Partnership Program". Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Reports, Staff. "Governor McAuliffe announces appointment of Col. Tim Williams as new Adjutant General of Virginia". Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Virginia National Guard ~ Senior Leaders". Retrieved 22 March 2017. 

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