3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Archive

  • CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – D-Day veteran and American war hero, Carl D. Proffitt Jr., died June 30, 2015, at the age of 96. At his funeral, held a week later at Cherry Avenue Christian Church in Charlottesville, Va., Virginia National Guard Soldiers, family, friends and community members turned out to bid farewell to a man, nicknamed “Chubby,” who left an indelible mark on the community and the nation. Chubby, a Charlottesville native who earned his nickname from an aunt who declared him a “cute, chubby baby,” was born Nov. 23, 1918, less than two weeks after the signing of the armistice that ended the fighting of the First World War. He enlisted in the Virginia National Guard in 1939, determined to […]

    Virginia Guard D-Day veteran laid to rest in Charlottesville

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – D-Day veteran and American war hero, Carl D. Proffitt Jr., died June 30, 2015, at the age of 96. At his funeral, held a week later at Cherry Avenue Christian Church in Charlottesville, Va., Virginia National Guard Soldiers, family, friends and community members turned out to bid farewell to a man, nicknamed “Chubby,” who left an indelible mark on the community and the nation. Chubby, a Charlottesville native who earned his nickname from an aunt who declared him a “cute, chubby baby,” was born Nov. 23, 1918, less than two weeks after the signing of the armistice that ended the fighting of the First World War. He enlisted in the Virginia National Guard in 1939, determined to […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service for duty in Southwest Asia in support of ongoing overseas contingency operations, according to an announcement made July 8, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 450 Soldiers will begin serving on federal active duty Sept. 8, 2015, and the mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months. “The Virginia National Guard continues to play an important role in providing forces to fight our nation’s wars and defend the ideals of freedom all around the world,” Williams said. The battalion is headquartered in Winchester and […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers from Winchester-based infantry battalion to mobilize for overseas duty

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service for duty in Southwest Asia in support of ongoing overseas contingency operations, according to an announcement made July 8, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Approximately 450 Soldiers will begin serving on federal active duty Sept. 8, 2015, and the mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months. “The Virginia National Guard continues to play an important role in providing forces to fight our nation’s wars and defend the ideals of freedom all around the world,” Williams said. The battalion is headquartered in Winchester and […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Spc. Adam Sotelo of the Virginia National Guard was named Soldier of the Year at the Region II Best Warrior Competition May 31, 2015, after a three-day competition at Fort Pickett. Va. He is an infantryman from Arlington and assigned to the Winchester-based Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and is currently enrolled in the police academy with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. Sgt. Robert Cunningham, of the West Virginia National Guard’s 119th Engineer Company (Sapper), earned the title of Noncommissioned Officer of the Year at the competition, and both Soldier and NCO will go on to represent the region at the national-level Best Warrior Competition to be […]

    116th IBCT Soldier earns top spot at Region II Best Warrior Competition

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Spc. Adam Sotelo of the Virginia National Guard was named Soldier of the Year at the Region II Best Warrior Competition May 31, 2015, after a three-day competition at Fort Pickett. Va. He is an infantryman from Arlington and assigned to the Winchester-based Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and is currently enrolled in the police academy with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. Sgt. Robert Cunningham, of the West Virginia National Guard’s 119th Engineer Company (Sapper), earned the title of Noncommissioned Officer of the Year at the competition, and both Soldier and NCO will go on to represent the region at the national-level Best Warrior Competition to be […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — “Leadership, the most essential element of combat power, gives purpose, direction, and motivation in combat. The leader balances and maximizes maneuver, firepower, and protection against the enemy.” This is the first lesson of the Ranger handbook, establishing the virtue as the foundation for the 60-day course. The school has a grim and proud reputation as the United States Army’s premiere combat leadership course. Only the most dedicated and capable Virginia National Guard Soldiers are asked to prepare for the Fort Benning-based school. Those who persevere through the course return to their units not just with a tab, but proven knowledge on how to lead Soldiers into battle however difficult the circumstances may be, and distribute their […]

    Ranger-qualified Soldiers serve as a force multiplier for Leesburg infantry company

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — “Leadership, the most essential element of combat power, gives purpose, direction, and motivation in combat. The leader balances and maximizes maneuver, firepower, and protection against the enemy.” This is the first lesson of the Ranger handbook, establishing the virtue as the foundation for the 60-day course. The school has a grim and proud reputation as the United States Army’s premiere combat leadership course. Only the most dedicated and capable Virginia National Guard Soldiers are asked to prepare for the Fort Benning-based school. Those who persevere through the course return to their units not just with a tab, but proven knowledge on how to lead Soldiers into battle however difficult the circumstances may be, and distribute their […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Spc. Adam Sotelo was named the 2014 Virginia National Guard Soldier of the Year, and Sgt. John Fracker was named Noncommissioned Officer of the Year March 29, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. Sotelo, an Arlington resident assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Fracker, who resides in Boones Mill and is assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT, earned the honors after competing in the two-day Best Warrior Competition at Fort Pickett. Eighteen Soldiers and noncommissioned officers representing the Virginia Army Guard’s major subordinate commands were evaluated on the Army Physical Fitness Test, marksmanship, land navigation, various Army Warrior Tasks and an appearance board. […]

    116th IBCT Soldier, NCO earn top honors at Va. Guard Best Warrior competition

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Spc. Adam Sotelo was named the 2014 Virginia National Guard Soldier of the Year, and Sgt. John Fracker was named Noncommissioned Officer of the Year March 29, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. Sotelo, an Arlington resident assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Fracker, who resides in Boones Mill and is assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th IBCT, earned the honors after competing in the two-day Best Warrior Competition at Fort Pickett. Eighteen Soldiers and noncommissioned officers representing the Virginia Army Guard’s major subordinate commands were evaluated on the Army Physical Fitness Test, marksmanship, land navigation, various Army Warrior Tasks and an appearance board. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has approximately 70 Soldiers staged and ready at facilities in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley for possible response operations due to heavy snow or potential flooding March 5, 2015. Almost 60 Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are staged in Winchester, Staunton, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg, and approximately 12 Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion staged in Gate City and linked up with local emergency response officials in Wise, Clintwood and Cedar Bluff. Forces were alerted late Wednesday afternoon. “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage forces in key locations in the Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley areas to assist local first responders […]

    Va. National Guard staged and ready in Winchester, Staunton, Gate City, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg for snow or flood duty

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has approximately 70 Soldiers staged and ready at facilities in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley for possible response operations due to heavy snow or potential flooding March 5, 2015. Almost 60 Soldiers from the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are staged in Winchester, Staunton, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg, and approximately 12 Soldiers from the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion staged in Gate City and linked up with local emergency response officials in Wise, Clintwood and Cedar Bluff. Forces were alerted late Wednesday afternoon. “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage forces in key locations in the Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley areas to assist local first responders […]

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  • FORT A. P. Hill, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Charlottesville-based Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion and the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team joined Soldiers from the 75th and 78th Training Division, U.S. Army Reserve, First Army Division-East, 1st Medical Training Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and Sailors from the Expeditionary Medical Facility, U.S. Navy Reserve to participate in Warrior Exercise “Arctic Lightning” Jan. 24, 2015, at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. The 78th Training Division’s WAREX “Arctic Lightning” is specifically designed to gauge a USAR unit’s readiness to mobilize and deploy. Approximately 4,000 Soldiers from military police, transportation, engineer and medical units participated in the exercise at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Aberdeen Proving […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers demonstrate medical skills during Warrior Exercise

    FORT A. P. Hill, Va. — Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Charlottesville-based Company C, 429th Brigade Support Battalion and the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team joined Soldiers from the 75th and 78th Training Division, U.S. Army Reserve, First Army Division-East, 1st Medical Training Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and Sailors from the Expeditionary Medical Facility, U.S. Navy Reserve to participate in Warrior Exercise “Arctic Lightning” Jan. 24, 2015, at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. The 78th Training Division’s WAREX “Arctic Lightning” is specifically designed to gauge a USAR unit’s readiness to mobilize and deploy. Approximately 4,000 Soldiers from military police, transportation, engineer and medical units participated in the exercise at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Aberdeen Proving […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Thirteen Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in Exercise Viking Star, a multinational force training exercise conducted Sept. 13-28, 2014, in Denmark. The exercise involved fellow NATO forces from both Denmark and Britain and occurred at a military base on Denmark’s western coast. National Guard Soldiers operated under tactical control of the British Newcastle-based Queen’s Own Yeomanry Regiment. The QOY is a light-armored reconnaissance unit of approximately 500 Soldiers who moved with all of their equipment to Denmark to conduct annual training and validate their regiment’s training objectives. Danish active duty military personnel provided logistical support while volunteers from the Danish Home Guard served side by side with Virginia Army National […]

    Va. Guard infantry Soldiers train in Denmark

    STAUNTON, Va. — Thirteen Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in Exercise Viking Star, a multinational force training exercise conducted Sept. 13-28, 2014, in Denmark. The exercise involved fellow NATO forces from both Denmark and Britain and occurred at a military base on Denmark’s western coast. National Guard Soldiers operated under tactical control of the British Newcastle-based Queen’s Own Yeomanry Regiment. The QOY is a light-armored reconnaissance unit of approximately 500 Soldiers who moved with all of their equipment to Denmark to conduct annual training and validate their regiment’s training objectives. Danish active duty military personnel provided logistical support while volunteers from the Danish Home Guard served side by side with Virginia Army National […]

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  • 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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