Delegate Garrett presents resolution commending Lynchburg-based Va. Guard infantry battalion

Delegate T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, presents House Joint Resolution No. 320 from the Virginia General Assembly commending the Virginia National Guard's Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to Lt. Col. Mike Martin, commander of 1st Battalion, Oct. 11, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

Delegate T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, presents House Joint Resolution No. 320 from the Virginia General Assembly commending the Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to Lt. Col. Mike Martin, commander of 1st Battalion, Oct. 11, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

FORT PICKETT, Va. — Delegate T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, presented House Joint Resolution No. 320 from the Virginia General Assembly commending the Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Oct. 11, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. The resolution recognized the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion being presented the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award at a ceremony Oct. 21, 2013, and recognized as the most combat-ready Army National Guard battalion in the nation.

After making the presentation, Garrett talked with senior leaders from the battalion, then visited Soldiers conducting individual and crew served weapons qualifications during their drill weekend. Garrett thanked the Soldiers for their service and took the opportunity to learn more about the battalion’s equipment and capabilities.

“I saw first-hand during my visit to Fort Pickett how these Soldiers prepare themselves to defend our families, our Commonwealth and our country,” Garrett said. “We all benefit from their service and presenting this resolution was just a small way for the Commonwealth to say ‘thank you.’”

Lt. Col. Allan Carter and Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky Kiser represented the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion and received the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award recognizing them as the most combat-ready Army National Guard battalion in the country Oct. 21, 2013, at the Association of the United States Army Guard and Reserve Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

AUSA, along with the National Guard Association of the United States and Reserve Officers Association, presents the award each year to the most outstanding Army National Guard and Army Reserve units. The Chief of National Guard Bureau selects the Army National Guard winner. The 99th Regional Support Command received the award for the Army Reserve.

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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 320
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HJ320

Offered February 14, 2014
Commending the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

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Patrons– Garrett, Austin, Bell, Robert B., Byron, Campbell, Chafin, Cox, DeSteph, Fariss, Gilbert, Knight, Lingamfelter, Rust and Stolle; Senator: Newman

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WHEREAS, on October 21, 2013, the soldiers of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were presented the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award and recognized as the most combat-ready Army National Guard battalion in the nation; and

WHEREAS, the award is presented annually by the Association of the United States Army, the National Guard Association of the United States, and the Reserve Officers Association to the most outstanding Army National Guard and Army Reserve units in the country; and

WHEREAS, the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team successfully completed the eligibility criteria for the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award, which includes an evaluation of assigned personnel strength, the percentage of personnel qualified in their duty position, the number of personnel attending monthly drill weekends and annual training, individual weapons qualification and physical fitness test scores, the effectiveness of a maintenance program for all units, and achievement of the readiness objectives outlined by the United States Forces Command; and

WHEREAS, for the 2012 training year, the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team scored above 100 percent in personnel strength, 95 percent in military occupation specialty, 99 percent in individual weapons qualification, and 100 percent in assigned crew-served weapons qualification, and several of the battalion’s companies were recognized for training excellence; and

WHEREAS, the exceptional achievements of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team confirm that the battalion ranks among the best in the country and inspires confidence in the Virginia National Guard’s well-earned reputation for rapid response in times of domestic emergencies, disasters, and federal military operations around the world; and

WHEREAS, the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has worked diligently, has earned the distinction of receiving the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award, and epitomizes the National Guard’s motto, “Always Ready, Always There”; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team on the occasion of receiving the prestigious Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award as the most combat-ready Army National Guard battalion in the nation; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Lieutenant Colonel Allan Carter of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as an expression of the General Assembly’s congratulations on being recognized as the most combat-ready Army National Guard battalion in the nation and appreciation for its outstanding service to the citizens of the Commonwealth.