3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Archive

  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard welcomed 14 new lieutenants to its ranks with the commissioning of Officer Candidate School Class 60 and 61B Aug. 25, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Class 60 was the traditional OCS program that runs nearly two years and taught by a cadre from the Fort Pickett-based 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional […]

    Virginia Army National Guard welcomes 14 new lieutenants

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard welcomed 14 new lieutenants to its ranks with the commissioning of Officer Candidate School Class 60 and 61B Aug. 25, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Class 60 was the traditional OCS program that runs nearly two years and taught by a cadre from the Fort Pickett-based 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The following Virginia Army National Guard officers have been selected for command, according to a July 18, 2018, release from the Virginia Army National Guard personnel office: – Lt. Col. Kurt Kobernik will command the Fort PIckett-based Virginia Army National Guard Recruting and Retention Battalion – Maj. Lyndsey Hodgkins will command the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil […]

    Virginia Army National Guard command selections announced

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The following Virginia Army National Guard officers have been selected for command, according to a July 18, 2018, release from the Virginia Army National Guard personnel office: – Lt. Col. Kurt Kobernik will command the Fort PIckett-based Virginia Army National Guard Recruting and Retention Battalion – Maj. Lyndsey Hodgkins will command the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – After four days of intense competition at the Virginia National Guard Best Warrior Competition, Sgt. Jake Moyer was named the Virginia National Guard’s Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, while Spc. Miguel Bustillo was named the Soldier of the Year Feb. 25, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Moyer is assigned to 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th […]

    Moyer, Bustillo named Virginia National Guard Best NCO, Soldier

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – After four days of intense competition at the Virginia National Guard Best Warrior Competition, Sgt. Jake Moyer was named the Virginia National Guard’s Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, while Spc. Miguel Bustillo was named the Soldier of the Year Feb. 25, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Moyer is assigned to 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced the following officers were selected for battalion command: – Lt. Col. Robert W. Leseman will command the Fairfax-based 124th Cyber Battalion, 91st Cyber Brigade – Lt. Col. Steele E. McGonegal will command the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team – Maj. […]

    AG announces battalion command selections

    SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced the following officers were selected for battalion command: – Lt. Col. Robert W. Leseman will command the Fairfax-based 124th Cyber Battalion, 91st Cyber Brigade – Lt. Col. Steele E. McGonegal will command the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team – Maj. […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Senior leaders from state government and the Virginia National Guard welcomed home the final group of Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as they returned from hurricane recovery duty in the U.S. Virgin Islands Oct. 17, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. The Soldiers provided mission command for the joint task force that consisted of just […]

    Final group of Va. Soldiers return from U.S. Virgin Islands

    RICHMOND, Va. — Senior leaders from state government and the Virginia National Guard welcomed home the final group of Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as they returned from hurricane recovery duty in the U.S. Virgin Islands Oct. 17, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. The Soldiers provided mission command for the joint task force that consisted of just […]

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  • ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – Almost 2,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are conducting recovery operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, focusing on providing much-needed supplies to citizens and assisting local authorities with security after hurricanes battered the region. The Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team serves as the mission command headquarters for Joint Task Force […]

    Multi-state National Guard team assisting with U.S. Virgin Islands recovery

    ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – Almost 2,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are conducting recovery operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, focusing on providing much-needed supplies to citizens and assisting local authorities with security after hurricanes battered the region. The Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team serves as the mission command headquarters for Joint Task Force […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard indirect fire infantrymen trained on the newly-fielded M326 120mm Mortar Stowage Kit, or MSK, and executed fire missions Sept. 16, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The M326 MSK is a trailer-mounted system allowing Soldiers to quickly emplace, fire and stow the fully-assembled, 300-pound 120mm mortar. The two-week course consisted of classroom work, field training […]

    Virginia Guard indirect fire infantrymen train on new mobile kit for 120mm mortars

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard indirect fire infantrymen trained on the newly-fielded M326 120mm Mortar Stowage Kit, or MSK, and executed fire missions Sept. 16, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The M326 MSK is a trailer-mounted system allowing Soldiers to quickly emplace, fire and stow the fully-assembled, 300-pound 120mm mortar. The two-week course consisted of classroom work, field training […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Instructors assigned to the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute taught Virginia’s first-ever Crew-Served Weapons Course Sept. 11-15, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Twenty-eight Soldiers from units across the state attended the course, which focused on the M249 light machine gun and the M240B machine gun while aiming to improve machine gun proficiency across the force.  “It’s […]

    Virginia hosts first Crew-Served Weapons Course at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Instructors assigned to the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute taught Virginia’s first-ever Crew-Served Weapons Course Sept. 11-15, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Twenty-eight Soldiers from units across the state attended the course, which focused on the M249 light machine gun and the M240B machine gun while aiming to improve machine gun proficiency across the force.  “It’s […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard welcomed 29 new second lieutenants from Officer Candidate School Classes 59 and 60B Aug. 26, 2017, at a commissioning ceremony held at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, administered the oath of office to the graduates, and Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary […]

    Virginia Guard OCS commissions 29 new officers

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard welcomed 29 new second lieutenants from Officer Candidate School Classes 59 and 60B Aug. 26, 2017, at a commissioning ceremony held at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, administered the oath of office to the graduates, and Governor Terry McAuliffe and Secretary […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — After a week of hands-on training, 254 Soldiers began testing for the Expert Infantryman Badge Aug. 6, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. EIB testing was hosted by the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and was a key event in the brigade’s two-week annual training, held July 29 – Aug. 12, 2017. “All in all, over […]

    116th IBCT conducts EIB testing, focuses on individual skills

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — After a week of hands-on training, 254 Soldiers began testing for the Expert Infantryman Badge Aug. 6, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. EIB testing was hosted by the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and was a key event in the brigade’s two-week annual training, held July 29 – Aug. 12, 2017. “All in all, over […]

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  • FORT A.P. HILL, Va. — For the first two weeks of June 2017, Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment came together at Fort A.P. Hill for annual training. There, the Soldiers focused on improving individual and unit readiness with events including a personnel recovery exercise and machine gun familiarization classes and live fires, […]

    Va. Guard aviation battalion trains at Fort A.P. Hill

    FORT A.P. HILL, Va. — For the first two weeks of June 2017, Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment came together at Fort A.P. Hill for annual training. There, the Soldiers focused on improving individual and unit readiness with events including a personnel recovery exercise and machine gun familiarization classes and live fires, […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged nearly 200 personnel to be ready for duty at key locations across Northern Virginia to assist with the state’s multi-agency response to possible heavy snow March 14, 2017. When snow totals amounted to far less than forecasted, Soldiers were able to stand down, and the Virginia Guard returned to routine operations later in the day. […]

    Va. National Guard staged for possible snow response operations across Northern Virginia

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard staged nearly 200 personnel to be ready for duty at key locations across Northern Virginia to assist with the state’s multi-agency response to possible heavy snow March 14, 2017. When snow totals amounted to far less than forecasted, Soldiers were able to stand down, and the Virginia Guard returned to routine operations later in the day. […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to multiple units in the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted training on weapons, medical and patrol tasks that are required to earn the Expert Infantryman Badge March 4, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The purpose of the EIB is to recognize Infantrymen who have demonstrated a mastery of critical […]

    Infantry Soldiers train for Expert Infantry Badge testing

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to multiple units in the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted training on weapons, medical and patrol tasks that are required to earn the Expert Infantryman Badge March 4, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The purpose of the EIB is to recognize Infantrymen who have demonstrated a mastery of critical […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for the Virginia National Guard Dec. 10 and 11, 2016, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, to recognize the Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year and their families as well as families of those personnel who are currently […]

    Governor, First Lady host receptions recognizing federal active duty service

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for the Virginia National Guard Dec. 10 and 11, 2016, at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, to recognize the Soldiers and Airmen who returned from federal active duty deployments this year and their families as well as families of those personnel who are currently […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe ceremonially presented the Governor’s National Service Medal to Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen representing units that served on federal active duty in the Middle East and Cuba conducting combat operations and security support. The presentation took place after the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2016, at the Virginia War Memorial in […]

    Governor recognizes Va. Guard’s federal service on Veterans Day

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe ceremonially presented the Governor’s National Service Medal to Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen representing units that served on federal active duty in the Middle East and Cuba conducting combat operations and security support. The presentation took place after the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, 2016, at the Virginia War Memorial in […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Soldiers and spouses weren’t the only ones going through post-mobilization training during Yellow Ribbon weekend for the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team September 17-18, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. In the teen room at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, children of Soldiers were conducting their own post-deployment training that didn’t involve slide […]

    Children of returning Soldiers build lifelong resiliency skills

    RICHMOND, Va. — Soldiers and spouses weren’t the only ones going through post-mobilization training during Yellow Ribbon weekend for the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team September 17-18, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. In the teen room at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, children of Soldiers were conducting their own post-deployment training that didn’t involve slide […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran presented the Governor’s National Service Medal to Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Sept. 17, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, in recognition of their federal active duty service from September 2015 to July 2016. Senior Virginia […]

    Task Force Normandy Soldiers recognized for federal duty

    SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran presented the Governor’s National Service Medal to Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Sept. 17, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, in recognition of their federal active duty service from September 2015 to July 2016. Senior Virginia […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The last groups of Soldiers assigned to the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, returned to Virginia July 27, 2016, after serving on federal active duty since September 2015. More than 450 Soldiers from units based in Winchester, Woodstock, Leesburg and Suffolk provided security for installations […]

    Task Force Normandy Soldiers return to Virginia after federal active duty

    SANDSTON, Va. — The last groups of Soldiers assigned to the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as Task Force Normandy, returned to Virginia July 27, 2016, after serving on federal active duty since September 2015. More than 450 Soldiers from units based in Winchester, Woodstock, Leesburg and Suffolk provided security for installations […]

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  • CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar – Two Virginia Army National Guard units charged with the responsibility for security at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, conducted a Relief In Place/Transfer of Authority ceremony July 11, 2016. Soldiers from the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as the Red Dragons, assumed responsibility for the mission from the […]

    Red Dragons take over security mission in Qatar

    CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar – Two Virginia Army National Guard units charged with the responsibility for security at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, conducted a Relief In Place/Transfer of Authority ceremony July 11, 2016. Soldiers from the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as the Red Dragons, assumed responsibility for the mission from the […]

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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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