Delegate Ramadan visits artillery training at Fort Pickett

Lt. Col. John Winkler, commander of 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, briefs Delegate David I. Ramadan on the capabilities of his unit April 5, 2014, at Fort Pickett.(Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. John Winkler, commander of 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, briefs Delegate David I. Ramadan on the capabilities of his unit April 5, 2014, at Fort Pickett.(Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia Delegate David I. Ramadan, representing the 87th district in Loudoun and Prince William counties, observes live fire artillery training conducted by Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Norfolk-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team April 5, 2014, at Fort Pickett. After visiting the firing battery and fire direction center, Ramadan toured the logistical support area operated by Company G, 429th Brigade Support Battalion and enjoyed a meal prepared by Company G food service personnel.

Soldiers from the 116th IBCT were at Fort Pickett for the April drill weekend to prepare for the Exportable Combat Training Center rotation planned for annual training in June at Fort Pickett. The XCTC rotation will focus on section, squad and platoon external evaluation and validation.

“There is no way you can describe the level of training, no way you can describe the hard work that goes into it or the readiness of these troops unless you come and see it,” Ramadan said. “We don’t get to appreciate what the National Guard is doing and their level of readiness, the level of service and what we get for the buck. It is an incredible amount of work these men and women are putting together for a small investment by the state that guarantees our safety. Every member of the legislature should come and spend a day with the Virginia National Guard to appreciate what an asset they are to Virginia.”

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