3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Archive

  • SANDSTON, Va. – Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris will serve as the new Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor beginning Dec. 1, 2014, according to an announcement made Oct. 22, 2014, by Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Command Sgt. Maj. Ferris will make a great addition to the senior leadership team of the Virginia National Guard,” Williams said. “He has decades of experience leading Soldiers in field and garrison environments, as well as in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. His experience, advice and counsel will be invaluable as the Virginia National Guard forges the way ahead to maintain readiness for both our federal and state missions in the challenging environment we now face.” Ferris currently […]

    Ferris selected as new Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor

    SANDSTON, Va. – Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris will serve as the new Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor beginning Dec. 1, 2014, according to an announcement made Oct. 22, 2014, by Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Command Sgt. Maj. Ferris will make a great addition to the senior leadership team of the Virginia National Guard,” Williams said. “He has decades of experience leading Soldiers in field and garrison environments, as well as in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. His experience, advice and counsel will be invaluable as the Virginia National Guard forges the way ahead to maintain readiness for both our federal and state missions in the challenging environment we now face.” Ferris currently […]

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  • WINCHESTER, Va. – Current and former members of the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team joined family and friends of Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley for a memorial ceremony to commemorate their loss and honor their memory Aug. 1, 2014, at the Winchester readiness center that was named in their honor. Beasley and Cherry, both infantrymen assigned to 3rd Battalion’s Headquarters Company, were killed when an improvised explosive device destroyed their vehicle Aug. 7, 2004, during a patrol near Ghazikel in eastern Afghanistan. “Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley were examples of the finest products created by America: dedicated, loyal and good natured,” said Brig. Gen. Blake […]

    Memorial service honors Va. Guard Soldiers killed in action 10 years ago

    WINCHESTER, Va. – Current and former members of the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team joined family and friends of Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley for a memorial ceremony to commemorate their loss and honor their memory Aug. 1, 2014, at the Winchester readiness center that was named in their honor. Beasley and Cherry, both infantrymen assigned to 3rd Battalion’s Headquarters Company, were killed when an improvised explosive device destroyed their vehicle Aug. 7, 2004, during a patrol near Ghazikel in eastern Afghanistan. “Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley were examples of the finest products created by America: dedicated, loyal and good natured,” said Brig. Gen. Blake […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – A memorial ceremony to commemorate the loss and honor the memory of Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley of the Virginia National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 2014, at the Winchester, Va., readiness center that was named in their honor. Beasley and Cherry, both infantrymen assigned to 3rd Battalion’s Headquarters Company, were killed when an improvised explosive device destroyed their vehicle Aug. 7, 2004, during a patrol near Ghazikel in eastern Afghanistan. Current and former members of 3rd Battalion will be on hand for the ceremony that is scheduled to include a wreath laying, candle lighting and remarks from Soldiers who […]

    Memorial service planned in Winchester for Va. Guard Soldiers killed in action 10 years ago

    SANDSTON, Va. – A memorial ceremony to commemorate the loss and honor the memory of Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley of the Virginia National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 2014, at the Winchester, Va., readiness center that was named in their honor. Beasley and Cherry, both infantrymen assigned to 3rd Battalion’s Headquarters Company, were killed when an improvised explosive device destroyed their vehicle Aug. 7, 2004, during a patrol near Ghazikel in eastern Afghanistan. Current and former members of 3rd Battalion will be on hand for the ceremony that is scheduled to include a wreath laying, candle lighting and remarks from Soldiers who […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team utilized high-tech gear to get high quality training during the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 17-26, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. With high-tech equipment, intense combat-like conditions and the help of active duty units, 116th IBCT troops and their leaders left their 2014 annual training better trained, motivated and informed than when they arrived two weeks earlier. Seventy platoons of the brigade and 10 of the Fort Bragg, N.C.-based 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division conducted approximately 1,300 training lane iterations during the rotation. Soldiers of the 116th IBCT participated in training lanes such as engineer route reconnaissance, air […]

    XCTC provides realistic “back to basics” combat training for 116th IBCT Soldiers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team utilized high-tech gear to get high quality training during the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 17-26, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. With high-tech equipment, intense combat-like conditions and the help of active duty units, 116th IBCT troops and their leaders left their 2014 annual training better trained, motivated and informed than when they arrived two weeks earlier. Seventy platoons of the brigade and 10 of the Fort Bragg, N.C.-based 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division conducted approximately 1,300 training lane iterations during the rotation. Soldiers of the 116th IBCT participated in training lanes such as engineer route reconnaissance, air […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Throughout Virginia, Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have been conducting continuous and rigorous training in preparation for the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 14-27, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. XCTC is an instrumented combat-readiness program that assesses the Soldier’s necessary skills prior to deployment. It will serve as a culminating training event during the brigade’s annual training as platoons are externally evaluated on many tasks necessary to build on for next year’s company validations, said Maj. Kurt Kobernik, operations officer for the 116th IBCT. The rotation will run for 10 days with up to 10 live-fire lanes and approximately 40 situational training exercise lanes, Kobernik said. All of the lanes will […]

    116th IBCT Soldiers to focus on platoon level exercises during annual training

    STAUNTON, Va. — Throughout Virginia, Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have been conducting continuous and rigorous training in preparation for the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 14-27, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. XCTC is an instrumented combat-readiness program that assesses the Soldier’s necessary skills prior to deployment. It will serve as a culminating training event during the brigade’s annual training as platoons are externally evaluated on many tasks necessary to build on for next year’s company validations, said Maj. Kurt Kobernik, operations officer for the 116th IBCT. The rotation will run for 10 days with up to 10 live-fire lanes and approximately 40 situational training exercise lanes, Kobernik said. All of the lanes will […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Units across the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assembled on Fort Pickett April 3-6, 2014, for continuous and rigorous training in preparation for the brigade’s Exportable Combat Training Center rotation in June. XCTC is an instrumented combat-readiness program that assesses the Soldier’s necessary skills prior to deployment. It will serve as a culminating training event during annual training June 14 – 29 as platoons are externally evaluated on many tasks necessary to build on for next year’s company validations. The rotation will run for 10 days with up to 10 live-fire lanes and approximately 40 situational training exercise lanes, said Maj. Kurt Kobernik, operations officer for the 116th IBCT. All of the lanes will build […]

    116th IBCT Soldiers prepare for external evaluations

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Units across the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assembled on Fort Pickett April 3-6, 2014, for continuous and rigorous training in preparation for the brigade’s Exportable Combat Training Center rotation in June. XCTC is an instrumented combat-readiness program that assesses the Soldier’s necessary skills prior to deployment. It will serve as a culminating training event during annual training June 14 – 29 as platoons are externally evaluated on many tasks necessary to build on for next year’s company validations. The rotation will run for 10 days with up to 10 live-fire lanes and approximately 40 situational training exercise lanes, said Maj. Kurt Kobernik, operations officer for the 116th IBCT. All of the lanes will build […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – More than 70 Virginia National Guard Soldiers are staged at readiness centers along the northern I-81 corridor, Leesburg and Fredericksburg, and they are ready to support state and local emergency response organizations March 3, 2014. An additional 20 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are on duty at the Joint Operations Center in Sandston, Logistics Operation Center at Fort Pickett and Virginia Emergency Operations Center in Richmond to provide mission command, administrative and sustainment support for units in the field. Photos of Soldiers preparing for possible missions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152245726603560.1073741997.173715018559 Photos of Soldiers preparing for possible mission on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/sets/72157641801392255/ Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency that authorizes state agencies to identify […]

    Virginia Guard Soldiers staged and ready for possible winter weather response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. – More than 70 Virginia National Guard Soldiers are staged at readiness centers along the northern I-81 corridor, Leesburg and Fredericksburg, and they are ready to support state and local emergency response organizations March 3, 2014. An additional 20 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force are on duty at the Joint Operations Center in Sandston, Logistics Operation Center at Fort Pickett and Virginia Emergency Operations Center in Richmond to provide mission command, administrative and sustainment support for units in the field. Photos of Soldiers preparing for possible missions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152245726603560.1073741997.173715018559 Photos of Soldiers preparing for possible mission on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaguardpao/sets/72157641801392255/ Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency that authorizes state agencies to identify […]

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  • COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– First Lt. Michael Kohn, a Virginia National Guard Soldier assigned to the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is among nine Soldiers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program named as members of the U.S. Olympic Team who will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, scheduled for Feb. 7 through 24 in Sochi, Russia. Kohn will make his Olympic coaching debut at the Sochi Games as Team USA assistant bobsled coach. He is a two-time Olympic competitor who won a bronze medal in four-man bobsled as a WCAP athlete at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. The U.S. Olympic Committee officially announced the team Jan. 27, 2014. […]

    Virginia Guard Soldier to serve as bobsled coach in 2014 Olympics

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– First Lt. Michael Kohn, a Virginia National Guard Soldier assigned to the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is among nine Soldiers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program named as members of the U.S. Olympic Team who will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, scheduled for Feb. 7 through 24 in Sochi, Russia. Kohn will make his Olympic coaching debut at the Sochi Games as Team USA assistant bobsled coach. He is a two-time Olympic competitor who won a bronze medal in four-man bobsled as a WCAP athlete at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. The U.S. Olympic Committee officially announced the team Jan. 27, 2014. […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted Expert Infantryman Badge testing June 10-14, 2013, at Fort Pickett, Va. Of the 110 Soldiers that began the testing, three made it to the final 12-mile timed ruck march on June 14. After successfully completing the final task, 1st Lt. Sean Gramm of 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment, Sgt. Benjamin Lehmer of 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT, and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Stemmler of the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, were awarded the badge by Col. John Epperly, commander of the brigade. Established in 1944, the badge was created as a sign of distinction and to motivate Soldiers to strive for excellence. The 100th Infantry Division in […]

    116th IBCT conducts Expert Infantryman Badge testing

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted Expert Infantryman Badge testing June 10-14, 2013, at Fort Pickett, Va. Of the 110 Soldiers that began the testing, three made it to the final 12-mile timed ruck march on June 14. After successfully completing the final task, 1st Lt. Sean Gramm of 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment, Sgt. Benjamin Lehmer of 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT, and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Stemmler of the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, were awarded the badge by Col. John Epperly, commander of the brigade. Established in 1944, the badge was created as a sign of distinction and to motivate Soldiers to strive for excellence. The 100th Infantry Division in […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Virginia — Troops of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team hosted four soldiers from the United Kingdom and Germany during their annual training at Fort Pickett, Va., June 8-22, 2013.  The servicemembers and their 116th IBCT counterparts are part of the Reserve Officer & Noncommissioned Officer Exchange Program, a Department of Defense program that provides Soldiers training associated with mobilization and enhancing their ability to work and communicate with soldiers of the host nation. As part of the program, foreign soldiers and their American counterparts spend two weeks in each country, training with units of the host country. Through the time the partnering troops have spent together, they have come to see many similarities and differences.  All agreed they […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers host British, German counterparts during annual training

    FORT PICKETT, Virginia — Troops of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team hosted four soldiers from the United Kingdom and Germany during their annual training at Fort Pickett, Va., June 8-22, 2013.  The servicemembers and their 116th IBCT counterparts are part of the Reserve Officer & Noncommissioned Officer Exchange Program, a Department of Defense program that provides Soldiers training associated with mobilization and enhancing their ability to work and communicate with soldiers of the host nation. As part of the program, foreign soldiers and their American counterparts spend two weeks in each country, training with units of the host country. Through the time the partnering troops have spent together, they have come to see many similarities and differences.  All agreed they […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, visited several Virginia National Guard training locations June 15, 2013, along with Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. During the tour, he visited the 29th Infantry Division as Soldiers were preparing for a command post exercise at annual training, met with families and family program leaders at a family day for aviation units stationed at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, toured Fort Pickett barracks facilities, observed live fire training at the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team annual training and wrapped up the trip with an orientation tour of the 192nd […]

    NGB Chief visits Virginia National Guard training sites

    SANDSTON, Va. — Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, visited several Virginia National Guard training locations June 15, 2013, along with Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. During the tour, he visited the 29th Infantry Division as Soldiers were preparing for a command post exercise at annual training, met with families and family program leaders at a family day for aviation units stationed at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, toured Fort Pickett barracks facilities, observed live fire training at the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team annual training and wrapped up the trip with an orientation tour of the 192nd […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — As part of the Virginia National Guard State Partnership Program, a group of Soldiers from the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team traveled to Dushanbe, Tajikistan in April for a six-day information exchange focused on introducing Tajik servicemembers to the U.S. Army Military Decision Making Process and developing leadership skills at the platoon and company levels. Capt. Adam Frost, Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Ferris, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Castrinos, Staff Sgt. Thomas Davis and Staff Sgt. Jimmy Gause from the 3-116th joined Lt. Col. Matthew Ritchie, Virginia Guard SPP Director for the mission April 9-17. The group worked with 25 warrant officers from the 1209th Tajikistan Peacekeeping Battalion at Shamsi Base, Dushanbe. The […]

    Winchester-based 3-116th Soldiers travel to Tajikistan to share military skills, experience

    SANDSTON, Va. — As part of the Virginia National Guard State Partnership Program, a group of Soldiers from the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team traveled to Dushanbe, Tajikistan in April for a six-day information exchange focused on introducing Tajik servicemembers to the U.S. Army Military Decision Making Process and developing leadership skills at the platoon and company levels. Capt. Adam Frost, Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Ferris, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Castrinos, Staff Sgt. Thomas Davis and Staff Sgt. Jimmy Gause from the 3-116th joined Lt. Col. Matthew Ritchie, Virginia Guard SPP Director for the mission April 9-17. The group worked with 25 warrant officers from the 1209th Tajikistan Peacekeeping Battalion at Shamsi Base, Dushanbe. The […]

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  • FORT A.P. HILL, Va. — Soldiers from the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepared to qualify for the Expert Infantry Badge and performed squad-level exercises May 17-19, 2013, at Fort A.P. Hill. The weekend’s training served as preparation for the battalion’s annual training in June, during which Soldiers will qualify for the EIB and perform squad live-fire exercises. “Historically, units drill the month before annual training at their home stations and prep administratively, but here 3rd Battalion is on the ranges, in the field, making maximum use of their training time,” said Brig. Gen. William R. Phillips, II, the Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander. Phillips observed the battalion’s training on May 18 and […]

    Soldiers prepare for Expert Infantry Badge and annual training

    FORT A.P. HILL, Va. — Soldiers from the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepared to qualify for the Expert Infantry Badge and performed squad-level exercises May 17-19, 2013, at Fort A.P. Hill. The weekend’s training served as preparation for the battalion’s annual training in June, during which Soldiers will qualify for the EIB and perform squad live-fire exercises. “Historically, units drill the month before annual training at their home stations and prep administratively, but here 3rd Battalion is on the ranges, in the field, making maximum use of their training time,” said Brig. Gen. William R. Phillips, II, the Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander. Phillips observed the battalion’s training on May 18 and […]

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  • LEESBURG, Va. — Soldiers of the Leesburg-based Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team received a resume building and career development workshop courtesy of the Loudoun County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1177, and the Military Alliance Group of Science Applications International Corporation Feb. 9, 2013, at their armory in Leesburg, Va. Raymond Houck, a member of VFW Post 1177 and MAG, gave a two-hour course to more than 40 infantry Soldiers on goal setting, resume writing, employer research and networking. “It’s good that they’re doing this,” says Spc. Nikita Vasilyev, an infantryman of Company C attending the workshop. “A lot of these guys are taking notes and learning valuable information, like how to format their skills and […]

    Loudoun County VFW conducts job training for Va. Guard Soldiers

    LEESBURG, Va. — Soldiers of the Leesburg-based Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team received a resume building and career development workshop courtesy of the Loudoun County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1177, and the Military Alliance Group of Science Applications International Corporation Feb. 9, 2013, at their armory in Leesburg, Va. Raymond Houck, a member of VFW Post 1177 and MAG, gave a two-hour course to more than 40 infantry Soldiers on goal setting, resume writing, employer research and networking. “It’s good that they’re doing this,” says Spc. Nikita Vasilyev, an infantryman of Company C attending the workshop. “A lot of these guys are taking notes and learning valuable information, like how to format their skills and […]

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  • ARLINGTON, Va. — Approximately 90 Soldiers from the Leesburg-based Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assisted Arlington County Police with pedestrian traffic flow near the Roosevelt and 14th Street Bridges Jan. 21, 2013, for the 57th Presidential Inauguration. In addition to helping maintain safety and security for one of largest tourist events to take place in the Washington, D. C. area, the mission also provided the unit with valuable training for missions both here in Virginia and overseas. Soldiers from Company C helped make sure that pedestrians leaving Washington, D. C. were able to successfully and safely make their way to public transit locations in Arlington on Inauguration Day, but the work started weeks […]

    Infantry Soldiers assist Arlington Police during 57th Presidential Inauguration

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Approximately 90 Soldiers from the Leesburg-based Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assisted Arlington County Police with pedestrian traffic flow near the Roosevelt and 14th Street Bridges Jan. 21, 2013, for the 57th Presidential Inauguration. In addition to helping maintain safety and security for one of largest tourist events to take place in the Washington, D. C. area, the mission also provided the unit with valuable training for missions both here in Virginia and overseas. Soldiers from Company C helped make sure that pedestrians leaving Washington, D. C. were able to successfully and safely make their way to public transit locations in Arlington on Inauguration Day, but the work started weeks […]

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  •   WINCHESTER, Va. – Lt. Col. Erik Gordon took command of the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team from Lt. Col. Paul Gilman in a change of command ceremony held Dec. 1, 2012, at the Cherry-Beasley Readiness Center. Gilman assumed command of 3rd Battalion in May 2010 after serving as commander of the Fort Pickett-based 1st Battalion, 183d Regional Training Institute beginning in August 2009. He earned his commission through ROTC at the University of Virginia, where he graduated in 1991. He began his military career as an engineer officer and served in the 229th Engineer Battalion as a platoon leader, executive officer, company commander and battalion operations officer. He transitioned to infantry […]

    Change of command ceremony held for Winchester-based Virginia Guard infantry battalion

      WINCHESTER, Va. – Lt. Col. Erik Gordon took command of the Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team from Lt. Col. Paul Gilman in a change of command ceremony held Dec. 1, 2012, at the Cherry-Beasley Readiness Center. Gilman assumed command of 3rd Battalion in May 2010 after serving as commander of the Fort Pickett-based 1st Battalion, 183d Regional Training Institute beginning in August 2009. He earned his commission through ROTC at the University of Virginia, where he graduated in 1991. He began his military career as an engineer officer and served in the 229th Engineer Battalion as a platoon leader, executive officer, company commander and battalion operations officer. He transitioned to infantry […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard returned to normal operations Nov. 1, 2012, and all personnel on state active duty supporting Hurricane Sandy recovery operations were released from duty and returned to their home stations. Guard personnel began assisting Virginia State Police and local emergency response organizations late in the day Oct. 29 at numerous locations across Virginia, and at the height of operations had approximately 670 personnel working across the commonwealth. During that time they transported 42 civilians to safety, conducted almost 60 reconnaissance patrols to assess damage and report on route trafficability and performed 10 debris reduction missions. “Law enforcement personnel and the Virginia National Guard were the unsung heroes of the Hurricane Sandy response,” said Governor […]

    Virginia Guard completes Hurricane Sandy response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard returned to normal operations Nov. 1, 2012, and all personnel on state active duty supporting Hurricane Sandy recovery operations were released from duty and returned to their home stations. Guard personnel began assisting Virginia State Police and local emergency response organizations late in the day Oct. 29 at numerous locations across Virginia, and at the height of operations had approximately 670 personnel working across the commonwealth. During that time they transported 42 civilians to safety, conducted almost 60 reconnaissance patrols to assess damage and report on route trafficability and performed 10 debris reduction missions. “Law enforcement personnel and the Virginia National Guard were the unsung heroes of the Hurricane Sandy response,” said Governor […]

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  • LEESBURG, VA – Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Leesburg-based Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team provided a color guard and fired a 21-gun salute in support of a dedication ceremony for a memorial to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Oct. 13, 2012, in Leesburg. The Loudoun County War Memorial Trust Fund Committee held the ceremony for the new memorial located on the eastern monument on south lawn of the Loudoun County Courthouse. Col. John Epperly, commander of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, provided remarks honoring the fallen Soldiers and Marine, and Veterans of Foreign War Loudoun County Post 1177 laid wreaths and unveiled the names on the memorial. “The Leesburg and Loudoun […]

    Virginia Guard supports dedication ceremony for Loudoun County memorial to Iraq and Afghanistan wars

    LEESBURG, VA – Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Leesburg-based Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team provided a color guard and fired a 21-gun salute in support of a dedication ceremony for a memorial to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Oct. 13, 2012, in Leesburg. The Loudoun County War Memorial Trust Fund Committee held the ceremony for the new memorial located on the eastern monument on south lawn of the Loudoun County Courthouse. Col. John Epperly, commander of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, provided remarks honoring the fallen Soldiers and Marine, and Veterans of Foreign War Loudoun County Post 1177 laid wreaths and unveiled the names on the memorial. “The Leesburg and Loudoun […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard brought more than 200 personnel on state active duty from June 30 to July 4 to support recovery operations in the wake of severe thunderstorms that struck across Virginia and caused wide-spread power outages. Soldiers distributed water and ice in Bedford, conducted reconnaissance patrols in the Fredericksburg and Lexington areas and Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force provided mission command and sustainment support in Sandston and Fort Pickett. “I was extremely pleased with the entire operation from how we alerted and staged our personnel to how we actually executed the missions,” said Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. “I think the Virginia Guard continues to be a rapidly […]

    Virginia National Guard personnel assist in the wake of severe thunderstorms

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard brought more than 200 personnel on state active duty from June 30 to July 4 to support recovery operations in the wake of severe thunderstorms that struck across Virginia and caused wide-spread power outages. Soldiers distributed water and ice in Bedford, conducted reconnaissance patrols in the Fredericksburg and Lexington areas and Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force provided mission command and sustainment support in Sandston and Fort Pickett. “I was extremely pleased with the entire operation from how we alerted and staged our personnel to how we actually executed the missions,” said Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. “I think the Virginia Guard continues to be a rapidly […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 1,800 Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group conducted annual training at Fort Pickett and Fort A. P. Hill from June 9-23 with a focus on individual Soldier skills as well as collective training to better prepare their units for both their state and federal missions. Each brigade has unique challenges because of their different mission sets, so leaders have to adapt their training plans in order to make sure units are prepared for their assigned missions. The Army’s Force Generation model, or ARFORGEN, establishes how Guard units plan their training with the first year after a mobilization being known as the “reset” year. In following years, the training echelon advances to team, squad, platoon and higher […]

    Virginia Soldiers sharpen their warrior skills during annual training

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 1,800 Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group conducted annual training at Fort Pickett and Fort A. P. Hill from June 9-23 with a focus on individual Soldier skills as well as collective training to better prepare their units for both their state and federal missions. Each brigade has unique challenges because of their different mission sets, so leaders have to adapt their training plans in order to make sure units are prepared for their assigned missions. The Army’s Force Generation model, or ARFORGEN, establishes how Guard units plan their training with the first year after a mobilization being known as the “reset” year. In following years, the training echelon advances to team, squad, platoon and higher […]

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