116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion Archive

  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Fredericksburg-based 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion returned to its engineer roots with a ceremony to mark its transformation to the 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion Oct. 15, 2016, at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia. The transformation is part of the U. S. Army’s reorganization of brigade combat teams to provide more engineer capabilities. “We’re […]

    Fredericksburg Guard battalion returns to engineer roots

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Fredericksburg-based 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion returned to its engineer roots with a ceremony to mark its transformation to the 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion Oct. 15, 2016, at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia. The transformation is part of the U. S. Army’s reorganization of brigade combat teams to provide more engineer capabilities. “We’re […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team demonstrated a high level of proficiency that met and exceeded expectations for their “ready year” during annual training June 4-18, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. With two battalions on federal mobilization and multiple companies having conducted training center rotations earlier in the year, […]

    116th IBCT Soldiers demonstrate training proficiency during AT

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team demonstrated a high level of proficiency that met and exceeded expectations for their “ready year” during annual training June 4-18, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. With two battalions on federal mobilization and multiple companies having conducted training center rotations earlier in the year, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — A squad of Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fredericksburg-based 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th IBCT took first place in the Sapper Stakes competition conducted by the Fort Bragg, North Carolina-based 37th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division May 7, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The team navigated multiple stations including emplacement of a wire […]

    Va. Soldiers take first place at 37th BEB Sapper Stakes competition

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — A squad of Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fredericksburg-based 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th IBCT took first place in the Sapper Stakes competition conducted by the Fort Bragg, North Carolina-based 37th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division May 7, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The team navigated multiple stations including emplacement of a wire […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard combat engineers put years of military training and experience to work when they helped a volunteer search and rescue crew evacuate an injured hiker off Old Rag Mountain April 24, 2016, in the Shenandoah National Park near Madison County, Virginia. Staff Sgt. Mark Culbertson, Staff Sgt. Andrew McElwain, Sgt. Daniel Robinson and former Sgt. […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers help evacuate injured hiker

    SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard combat engineers put years of military training and experience to work when they helped a volunteer search and rescue crew evacuate an injured hiker off Old Rag Mountain April 24, 2016, in the Shenandoah National Park near Madison County, Virginia. Staff Sgt. Mark Culbertson, Staff Sgt. Andrew McElwain, Sgt. Daniel Robinson and former Sgt. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers took first place in the U.S. Army Service Pistol Team Championship and excelled in numerous other team and individual categories at the 2016 All-Army Small Arms Championship held March 15-18, 2016, at Fort Benning, Georgia. “Team Virginia fired shoulder to shoulder with the best of the United States Army and Air National Guard,” […]

    Virginia National Guard pistol marksman excel at All-Army competition

    SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers took first place in the U.S. Army Service Pistol Team Championship and excelled in numerous other team and individual categories at the 2016 All-Army Small Arms Championship held March 15-18, 2016, at Fort Benning, Georgia. “Team Virginia fired shoulder to shoulder with the best of the United States Army and Air National Guard,” […]

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  • FORT POLK, LOUISIANA — Nearly 150 Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team traveled to Fort Polk, Louisiana, from Feb. 11 to March 1, 2016, to provide support to the Joint Readiness Training Center rotation 16-04. Soldiers assigned to the Hanover-based Battery A, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment and from the Fredericksburg-based Company […]

    116th IBCT Soldiers gain valuable experience supporting JRTC rotation at Fort Polk

    FORT POLK, LOUISIANA — Nearly 150 Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team traveled to Fort Polk, Louisiana, from Feb. 11 to March 1, 2016, to provide support to the Joint Readiness Training Center rotation 16-04. Soldiers assigned to the Hanover-based Battery A, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment and from the Fredericksburg-based Company […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – While training to become a 12B combat engineer, Staff Sgt. Christopher E. Rice was one of three Soldiers selected to escort acting Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning through a shoot house Nov. 17, 2015, at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Rice is a Virginia Guard Soldier who works as an assistant operations noncommissioned officer at the Fredericksburg-based […]

    Va. Guard Soldier escorts acting Secretary of the Army through shoot house

    SANDSTON, Va. – While training to become a 12B combat engineer, Staff Sgt. Christopher E. Rice was one of three Soldiers selected to escort acting Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning through a shoot house Nov. 17, 2015, at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Rice is a Virginia Guard Soldier who works as an assistant operations noncommissioned officer at the Fredericksburg-based […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged more than 550 personnel for possible flood response at key locations across the commonwealth starting Oct. 2, 2015, and the operation had increased participation from Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force units in addition to Virginia Army National Guard units. The state was spared the impact of Hurricane Joaquin, and […]

    Va. National Guard flood response a joint effort

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged more than 550 personnel for possible flood response at key locations across the commonwealth starting Oct. 2, 2015, and the operation had increased participation from Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force units in addition to Virginia Army National Guard units. The state was spared the impact of Hurricane Joaquin, and […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has more than 550 Soldiers and Airmen staged and ready at facilities in the areas of Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley and Southwest Virginia as of Friday evening, Oct. 2, 2015. Staging personnel and equipment in advance of the severe weather helps make sure the Guard can rapidly respond when needed, explained […]

    Va. Guard personnel staged and ready for possible flood response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has more than 550 Soldiers and Airmen staged and ready at facilities in the areas of Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley and Southwest Virginia as of Friday evening, Oct. 2, 2015. Staging personnel and equipment in advance of the severe weather helps make sure the Guard can rapidly respond when needed, explained […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Ten of the freshly-minted second lieutenants from Virginia National Guard Officer Candidate School Class 57 will report to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to begin their officer careers after their commissioning ceremony held Aug. 22, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. “The 10 newly-promoted second lieutenants assigned to the brigade are a diverse group with a […]

    116th IBCT welcomes a diverse group of new leaders

    STAUNTON, Va. — Ten of the freshly-minted second lieutenants from Virginia National Guard Officer Candidate School Class 57 will report to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to begin their officer careers after their commissioning ceremony held Aug. 22, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. “The 10 newly-promoted second lieutenants assigned to the brigade are a diverse group with a […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – In a ceremony held Aug. 22, 2015, 17 officer candidates enrolled in Class 57 of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School received their commissions in a traditional graduation ceremony held at Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The ceremony marked the end of an almost two year journey for the candidates as they […]

    Va. Guard OCS commissions 17 new officers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – In a ceremony held Aug. 22, 2015, 17 officer candidates enrolled in Class 57 of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School received their commissions in a traditional graduation ceremony held at Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. The ceremony marked the end of an almost two year journey for the candidates as they […]

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  • FORT A. P. HILL, Va. – The latest round of winter snow to hit Virginia would not stop six months of planning during the March drill. Equipment operators from Company A, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team had a delayed start because unsafe road conditions made it difficult to get to the readiness center. Engineers from […]

    Virginia National Guard engineers build ties with 82nd Airborne engineers

    FORT A. P. HILL, Va. – The latest round of winter snow to hit Virginia would not stop six months of planning during the March drill. Equipment operators from Company A, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team had a delayed start because unsafe road conditions made it difficult to get to the readiness center. Engineers from […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — More than 125 Virginia National Guard personnel are staged and ready for possible winter storm response operations at locations across the commonwealth Tuesday morning, Feb. 17, 2015. After Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon, Guard personnel begin moving into place and were staged and ready late Monday evening in order to support Virginia […]

    Virginia Guard personnel staged and ready for winter storm response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — More than 125 Virginia National Guard personnel are staged and ready for possible winter storm response operations at locations across the commonwealth Tuesday morning, Feb. 17, 2015. After Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon, Guard personnel begin moving into place and were staged and ready late Monday evening in order to support Virginia […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 300 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible assistance with the state’s severe winter weather response operations. The Virginia Guard plans to stage approximately 125 personnel Monday evening, Feb. 16, 2015, at readiness centers along the I-81 corridor […]

    Virginia Guard personnel preparing for possible winter storm response operations

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 300 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty for possible assistance with the state’s severe winter weather response operations. The Virginia Guard plans to stage approximately 125 personnel Monday evening, Feb. 16, 2015, at readiness centers along the I-81 corridor […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Department of Military had another busy year in 2014 and continued to balance the demands of both its federal and state missions. All over the world and here in the United Sates, the Virginia Army National Guard, Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force demonstrated that its forces were prepared and ready to rapidly respond […]

    Va. Guard, VDF demonstrated readiness throughout 2014

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia Department of Military had another busy year in 2014 and continued to balance the demands of both its federal and state missions. All over the world and here in the United Sates, the Virginia Army National Guard, Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force demonstrated that its forces were prepared and ready to rapidly respond […]

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  • FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Nearly a decade after a 2004 Iraq suicide bomb attack took the lives of Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason and Sgt. David A. Ruhren, their families, friends and fellow Virginia National Guard Soldiers joined together Dec. 6, 2014, in Fredericksburg, Va., in a ceremony held to remember their sacrifice and dedicate the Fredericksburg readiness center in their honor. […]

    Fredericksburg readiness center dedicated in honor of Va. Guard Soldiers killed in 2004 Iraq bomb attack

    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Nearly a decade after a 2004 Iraq suicide bomb attack took the lives of Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason and Sgt. David A. Ruhren, their families, friends and fellow Virginia National Guard Soldiers joined together Dec. 6, 2014, in Fredericksburg, Va., in a ceremony held to remember their sacrifice and dedicate the Fredericksburg readiness center in their honor. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard will host a memorial ceremony to honor at 9 a.m. Dec. 6, 2014, at the Fredericksburg Readiness Center. Mason and Ruhren were killed in action during a suicide bomb attack on Dec, 21, 2004, on Forward Operating Base Marez, in Mosul, Iraq. The attack killed 22 people, including 14 U.S. troops, and injured 70 […]

    Fredericksburg ceremony to honor Soldiers killed in 2004 Iraq bomb attack

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard will host a memorial ceremony to honor at 9 a.m. Dec. 6, 2014, at the Fredericksburg Readiness Center. Mason and Ruhren were killed in action during a suicide bomb attack on Dec, 21, 2004, on Forward Operating Base Marez, in Mosul, Iraq. The attack killed 22 people, including 14 U.S. troops, and injured 70 […]

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  • FORT A. P. HILL, Va. — Soldiers assigned to the Bowling Green-based Detachment 1, Company B, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted their first flight of the RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial system in Virginia Oct. 4, 2014, at Fort A. P. Hill, Va. Virginia Guard Airmen from the Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron reconstructed […]

    116th BSTB Shadow UAS detachment conducts first flight in Virginia

    FORT A. P. HILL, Va. — Soldiers assigned to the Bowling Green-based Detachment 1, Company B, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted their first flight of the RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial system in Virginia Oct. 4, 2014, at Fort A. P. Hill, Va. Virginia Guard Airmen from the Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron reconstructed […]

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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 […]

    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 […]

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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 […]

    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 […]

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