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Recent News

Governor Northam Commemorates Vietnam War Veterans Day
Today, Governor Ralph Northam paid tribute to Virginia’s Vietnam War veterans at a special ceremony held at the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center in Richmond, Virginia. The ceremony was hosted by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS), which operates the care center, and coincides with National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Joint Base Langley-Eustis Identified as Candidate for F-22 Raptor Formal Training Unit
The U.S. Air Force has identified Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, as the candidate base for the F-22 Raptor formal training unit and associated T-38 aircraft, according to announcement made March 25, 2019, by the Secretary of the Air Force. The announcement also indicated the Air Force filed a notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to assess the potential environmental consequences of the proposed action in the federal register as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
Governor Northam Celebrates Virginia Women Veterans Week
Governor Ralph Northam today participated in a special kickoff event marking the beginning of Virginia Women Veterans Week and honoring the service and sacrifice of women veterans. Taking place from March 17–23, 2019, this is the second year that the Commonwealth will devote the third full week in March to recognizing all of the women who have served in the armed forces. Virginia Women Veterans Week coincides with Women’s History Month, which serves as an annual declared observance of the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.
Governor Northam Signs Legislation Easing Transitions for Military Families
Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation to ease transitions for military families relocating to the Commonwealth.
Virginia Joins Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia was selected as one of seven states to participate in the inaugural Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF). The challenge is hosted by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The other six states participating in the Governor’s Challenge are Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire, and Texas.
Governor Northam Statement on Death of Army Captain Andrew Ross
Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement today on the death of United States Army Captain Andrew Ross of Lexington, Virginia.
59 Schools Earn Virginia Purple Star Awards for Meeting Needs of Military Children and Families
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity for Military Children are recognizing 59 schools as “Purple Star” schools. The Purple Star designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated their commitment to meeting the needs of military-connected students and their families.
Governor Northam Celebrates Grand Opening of New State Veterans Office at the Pentagon
Governor Ralph Northam today attended the grand opening for the new Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) office at the Pentagon in Arlington. The space was secured earlier this year and construction of the office was recently completed. The office will help the thousands of Virginia veterans, transitioning service members, and their families who work at the United States Department of Defense (DoD) headquarters identify and receive state and federal benefits. The Virginia Department of Veterans Services operates 31 benefit offices, including the Pentagon location, throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Governor Northam Recognizes Businesses for Commitment to Hiring Virginia Veterans
Governor Ralph Northam today recognized businesses and government agencies for their ongoing commitment to creating employment opportunities for Virginia’s military veterans at the 2018 Virginia Workforce Conference, hosted by the Virginia Chamber Foundation.
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Transferring Department of Military Affairs to Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Twenty transferring oversight of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) from the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs. With the majority of the budget for the Virginia National Guard coming from federal funds and the need to increase recruitment and retention opportunities, the agency transfer is occurring at a crucial time to meeting end strength goals.
Governor Northam Announces Partnership to Promote Hiring at Newport News Shipbuilding
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia is initiating a unique partnership with Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division to support a major hiring initiative. Newport News Shipbuilding anticipates hiring almost 7,000 people, including the creation of 2,000 new jobs, in the City of Newport News over the next five years.
Governor Northam Announces $1.9 Million Troops to Teachers Grant
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to expand the Commonwealth’s efforts to recruit retired and retiring veterans for second careers as teachers.
Governor Northam Announces Recipients of 2018 Governor’s Awards for Public Service
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Public Service Awards during a ceremony at the Executive Mansion. The awards honor state employees in seven categories who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Governor Northam Announces the Virginia Department of Defense Contract Spending Impact Tool
Governor Ralph Northam today announced the release of the latest update of the Virginia Department of Defense (DoD) Contract Spending Impact Tool, featuring supply-chain mapping of DoD contract awards.
Governor Northam Designates May 6 – 12 as Virginia Public Service Week
Governor Ralph Northam has proclaimed the week of May 6 – 12, 2018 as Public Service Week in Virginia to celebrate the commitment and dedication of 713,000 individuals who serve the Commonwealth in federal, state and local jobs.
Governor Northam Designates March 29th & 30th To Honor Service of Virginia’s Vietnam War Veterans
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will honor and celebrate the service of Virginia’s Vietnam War Veterans on March 29th and 30th.
Virginia Celebrates First Women Veterans Week in the Commonwealth
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Virginia’s inaugural Women Veterans Week will be celebrated March 18-24. Women Veterans Week will be celebrated the third full week of March in succeeding years, as a time to honor the service and
Governor Northam Statement on Single Public Meeting in Virginia to Discuss Offshore Drilling Plan
Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement today reiterating his opposition to the Trump administration’s plans to expand offshore drilling off of all U.S. waters and calling on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to host
Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Administration Appointments
Governor-elect Ralph Northam today announced key appointments for senior leadership positions within his administration.