Virginia DMA greets General Assembly
Image by Virginia Guard Public Affairs
Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard alongside members of the Virginia Defense Force set up displays outside the Virginia General Assembly Jan. 19 to draw attention to the capabilities of the units that fall under the commonwealth’s Department of Military Affairs. Later in the afternoon, Senator Mark Herring recognized members of all three organizations on the Senate floor. Throughout the day several Senators and Delegates filed through and met with the Soldiers and Airmen and discussed legislation currently before the General Assembly to benefit the Guard and VDF.
DMA legislation for 2011 General Assembly:
SB 891 / HB 1774: Allows the Governor to expend from sum sufficient funds for staging of the Virginia National Guard without declaring a state of emergency.
SB 1128 / HB 1994: Makes a failure to appear for Title 32 or State Active Duty a misdemeanor criminal offense.
SB 1334 / HB 1852: Modifies the existing military laws by deleting/changing outdated language.
Gov. McDonnell’s proposed budget amendments:
.4 million non-general funds in FY 2012 from federal funds for energy upgrades at National Guard and Air National Guard armories statewide.
.7 million in Virginia Public Building Authority bond financing for armory repairs, to be matched by an equal amount of federal funds.
0,000 non-general funds in FY 2012 from federal funds for repairs to state-owned cottages and trailers at the State Military Reservation.
,735 non-general funds in FY 2012 from federal funds to purchase high-frequency network enabled radios for the Virginia Defense Force.
(Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)