The Virginia Defense Force stood down 2nd, 3rd and 4th Regiments and stood up 1st Regiment during a ceremony held Sept. 29, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The regimental oversees six companies stationed across the state focused on providing civil support security and communications capabilities to the Virginia National Guard.
The mission of the VDF’s 1st Regiment is to provided trained and ready civil support security and interoperable communications capabilities to support the Virginia National Guard during emergency support operations. Col. (Va.) Michael K. Lawson commands the 1st Regiment with Lt. Col. (Va.) Peyton N. Owens serving as the deputy commander and Command Sgt. Maj. (Va.) Christopher C. Howlett serving as the regiment’s senior noncommissioned officer.
VDF line companies are made of platoons focused on civil support security and communications. The civil support security platoons provide capabilities such as traffic management, access control, gate sentry and vehicle searches, and the communications platoons utilize HF radios and tactical communication packages for data and voice messaging as well as incident management.
The line companies of the 1st Regiment are located in Fairfax, Warrenton, Winchester, Virginia Beach, Lynchburg and Cedar Bluff.