VIRGINIA

Welcome to the Commonwealth of Virginia with the slogan; Virginia is for Lovers, although we all know Virginia is for Anglers. The Commonwealth of Virginia offers so much to all anglers from awesome hospitality and an ability to find a fishing spot within an hour’s drive anywhere in the Commonwealth whether anglers are in search of an excellent bank, pier, or boat fishing. The Commonwealth of Virginia is home to many species of fish with State records for Largemouth Bass weighing in at 16lbs. 4oz. at Connor Lake May 20 th , 1985, Small Mouth Bass weighing in at 8lbs. 1oz. at New River March 12 th , 2003, and Spotted Bass weighing in at 6lbs.10oz. at Flannagan Reservoir March 31, 1976. In 1985, the State adopted a new set of guidelines for recording state record Spotted Bass and the new state record is currently 4lbs.12oz. at Claytor Lake.  According to The Department of Wildlife Resources, the Commonwealth of Virginia offers outstanding and extremely diverse angling opportunities listing Virginia with over 27,300 miles of fishable streams and over 176,000 acres of public lakes. The Commonwealth currently holds 39 World Records with the International Game and Fishing Association ranging from various categories of All Tackle, length, weight, and other variables.

17 years old and no direction in life, I enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Security Policeman aka: Security Forces. I was able to deploy around the world experiencing the many different cultures society has to offer. Quite honestly, the USAF was the best decision I have ever made as it has opened many avenues that have guided me throughout my career, making me the person I am today. During my 11 th year of enlistment, I was offered a position with a local law enforcement agency in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I retired as Captain with the agency and started a new adventure and another career with the Federal Government, currently serving as the Chief of the Law Enforcement Liaison Office with the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency.

DAVE HICKS

VA BRIGADE COMMANDER