LEESBURG, Va. — Approximately 50 Soldiers and family members from the Virginia National Guard’s Leesburg-based Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team are scheduled to perform community service projects June 2 at locations across the Loudon County area. The Soldiers are volunteering their time as a way to express their appreciation for the support they have received from the community for their missions both here in Virginia and overseas.
Work at the community service project locations is schedule from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the unit will host an open house at the Leesburg Armory from 1:30 to 6 p.m. The open house will feature static displays of equipment the Soldiers use in their mission as well as a climbing wall and the Rolling Thunder Humvee. The Virginia Defense Force will set up a mobile communications command post and local Scouting organizations will set up visitor stations.
The unit will also serve up hot dogs, chips and cake. The address for the unit armory is 41905 Loudoun Center Place, Leesburg, Va.
Children are encouraged to visit the different community service locations with their parents and get a Soldier to stamp their “Passport to Community Service” at each site. After getting as many stamps as they can, children are encouraged to visit the open house at the armory for a small prize. Passports are available at the armory or any of the service project locations listed below. You can also download the flier in PDF format at the following link: http://go.usa.gov/dcl
Members of local law enforcement including the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Leesburg Police, and Virginia State Police will also be on hand, and the Virginia Guard Soldiers will be challenging local law enforcement to a Tug of War contest.
For more information, contact 1st Lt. Kevin J. Hoffman, commander of Company C, at 571-344-8616 or Maj. Kurt Kobernik, executive officer for 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, at 540-280-4810. An information flier is available in PDF format at the following link: http://go.usa.gov/dc2
Scheduled locations for community service projects:
- Morven Park Equestrian Center at 41793 Tutt Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176
- Loudoun Interfaith Relief at 750 Miller Dr., SE #A1, Leesburg, VA 20175
- Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve at 20185 The Woods Rd, Leesburg, VA 20175
- St. David’s Episcopal Church at 43600 Russell Branch Pkwy, Ashburn, VA 20147
- Arcola Elementary School at 41740 Tall Cedars Pkwy., Aldie, VA 20105
Since September 11, 2001, more than 14,000 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have mobilized for federal active duty for homeland security missions and overseas duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Company C last mobilized for federal active duty in Iraq and Kuwait from September 2007 to April 2008, and individual Soldiers from the unit have taken part in multiple deployments. Soldiers from Company C have also served on state active duty in support of emergency response operations during severe weather situations.