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The Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) was federally recognized on October 19, 1973 in a ceremony officiated by Major General La Vern E. Weber, Director of the United States Army National Guard. Major Leayle Galiber was appointed acting Adjutant General and took command of the first two units to be activated, a Headquarters Detachment and the 661st Military Police Company both on St. Croix. [1]

U.S. Virgin Islands National Guard
Active19 October 1973–present
Country United States
Allegiance U.S. Virgin Islands
BranchNational Guard
Role"When directed by the Governor, service members will serve and protect the interests of the Territory and its citizens."
Size1,000 -/+
Garrison/HQSt Croix, United States Virgin Islands
Motto(s)"The Guardians of the Eastern Front"
Civilian leadershipPresident Donald Trump (Commander-in-Chief)
Governor Albert Bryan Jr.
State Military LeadershipThe Adjutant General-Nominee Kodjo S. Knox-Limbacker
Colonel of
the Regiment
Director of Joint Staff, Lt Col Glenda M. Mathurine-Lee
Emblem of the Joint Forces Virgin Islands National GuardJF Virgin Islands National Guard - Emblem.png

The U.S. Virgin Islands National Guard consists of the:


An officer from the Washington, DC police department deputizes members of the Virgin Islands National Guard who have just landed at Andrews AFB

The Virgin Islands National Guard has authorized several state decorations for wear by its personnel, including [4]:

  • Virgin Islands Distinguished Service Medal (VIDSM)
  • Virgin Islands Meritorious Service Medal (VIMSM)
  • Virgin Islands Commendation Medal (VICOM)
  • Virgin Islands Long and Faithful Service Medal (VILFSM)
  • Virgin Islands Emergency Service Ribbon (VIESR)