116th IBCT Archive

  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Past and present Virginia National Guard field artillery Soldiers gathered for the traditional Saint Barbara’s Day celebration Dec. 9, 2017, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, hosted by the 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “The Order Saint Barbara is an honorary military society of the field artillery that links artillery men and […]

    Virginia Guard field artillery Soldiers gather for Saint Barbara’s Day celebration

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Past and present Virginia National Guard field artillery Soldiers gathered for the traditional Saint Barbara’s Day celebration Dec. 9, 2017, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, hosted by the 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “The Order Saint Barbara is an honorary military society of the field artillery that links artillery men and […]

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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. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for the Virginia National Guard Dec. 2 and 3, 2017, 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 […]

    Governor, First Lady host receptions at Virginia’s Executive Mansion

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe hosted receptions for the Virginia National Guard Dec. 2 and 3, 2017, 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 […]

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  • CLIFTON FORGE, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosts a closure ceremony at the former location of the Clifton Forge Readiness Center Nov. 29, 2017, to formally mark the transfer of the facility to Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Soldiers lowered and folded the U.S. and Virginia flags in front of the facility for the final time, and Maj. Gen. […]

    Va. National Guard hosts closure ceremony in Clifton Forge

    CLIFTON FORGE, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosts a closure ceremony at the former location of the Clifton Forge Readiness Center Nov. 29, 2017, to formally mark the transfer of the facility to Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Soldiers lowered and folded the U.S. and Virginia flags in front of the facility for the final time, and Maj. Gen. […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Veterans of the 116th Infantry Regiment and Soldiers currently assigned to 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team gathered for the 50th annual 116th Regimental Muster Nov. 11, 2017, in Staunton, Virginia. “I am humbled and honored to be here tonight to celebrate old friendships and create new ones,” said Col. E. Scott Smith, commander of the 116th IBCT. […]

    116th Infantry Regiment holds 50th annual Muster

    STAUNTON, Va. — Veterans of the 116th Infantry Regiment and Soldiers currently assigned to 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team gathered for the 50th annual 116th Regimental Muster Nov. 11, 2017, in Staunton, Virginia. “I am humbled and honored to be here tonight to celebrate old friendships and create new ones,” said Col. E. Scott Smith, commander of the 116th IBCT. […]

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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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  • ARTEMUS, Ky. — Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry based out of London, Kentucky, conducted a patching ceremony to mark their new affiliation with the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at the Command Sgt. Maj. Harold L. Disney Training Center Oct. 15, 2017, in Artemus, Kentucky. “On behalf of Col. Scott Smith, […]

    Kentucky Guard infantry battalion conducts patching ceremony with 116th Infantry

    ARTEMUS, Ky. — Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry based out of London, Kentucky, conducted a patching ceremony to mark their new affiliation with the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at the Command Sgt. Maj. Harold L. Disney Training Center Oct. 15, 2017, in Artemus, Kentucky. “On behalf of Col. Scott Smith, […]

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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team was recognized as the most combat-ready Army National Guard battalion in the country with the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award Oct. 9, 2017, at the Association of the United States Army Guard and Reserve Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Gen. Robert B. […]

    Lynchburg-based infantry battalion receives second national training readiness award

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team was recognized as the most combat-ready Army National Guard battalion in the country with the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr., Readiness Award Oct. 9, 2017, at the Association of the United States Army Guard and Reserve Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Gen. Robert B. […]

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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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  • BLACKSTONE, Va. — The first group of Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team departed for the U.S Virgin Islands Sept. 24, 2017, from Blackstone Army Airfield in Blackstone, Virginia, to join a multi-state, multi-agency response effort to recent hurricanes. The Soldiers will serve as a mission command headquarters and synchronize all National Guard […]

    First group of Virginia National Guard Soldiers departs for U.S. Virgin Islands

    BLACKSTONE, Va. — The first group of Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team departed for the U.S Virgin Islands Sept. 24, 2017, from Blackstone Army Airfield in Blackstone, Virginia, to join a multi-state, multi-agency response effort to recent hurricanes. The Soldiers will serve as a mission command headquarters and synchronize all National Guard […]

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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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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Lt. Col. Christopher Samulski and Command Sgt. Maj. Irving Reed accepted the Reckord Trophy for training excellence on behalf of the Soldiers of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Sept. 10, 2017, at the National Guard Association of the United States General Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. NGAUS presents the Reckord Trophy […]

    Lynchburg-based infantry battalion receives national training, marksmanship awards

    SANDSTON, Va. — Lt. Col. Christopher Samulski and Command Sgt. Maj. Irving Reed accepted the Reckord Trophy for training excellence on behalf of the Soldiers of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Sept. 10, 2017, at the National Guard Association of the United States General Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. NGAUS presents the Reckord Trophy […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A group of 14 Soldiers and Airmen participated in a regional marksmanship match Aug. 25-27, 2017, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. The match included shooters from two regions – Marksmanship Advisory Council Region I and II – and included approximately 120 shooters.  “These matches…provide the opportunity for Soldiers and Airmen to practice and improve their skills beyond the […]

    Virginia Guard Soldiers, Airmen shoot at regional match

    SANDSTON, Va. — A group of 14 Soldiers and Airmen participated in a regional marksmanship match Aug. 25-27, 2017, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. The match included shooters from two regions – Marksmanship Advisory Council Region I and II – and included approximately 120 shooters.  “These matches…provide the opportunity for Soldiers and Airmen to practice and improve their skills beyond the […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team live fired new M777A2 howitzers and upgraded M119A3 howitzers during their two weeks of annual training Aug. 17-31, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia, to complete their transformation into a composite field artillery battalion. As part of the battalion’s […]

    1-111th completes transformation with howitzer live fire

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team live fired new M777A2 howitzers and upgraded M119A3 howitzers during their two weeks of annual training Aug. 17-31, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia, to complete their transformation into a composite field artillery battalion. As part of the battalion’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 PICKETT, Va.  — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to Danville-based 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in vehicle obstacle courses, basic Soldier tasks and challenges during the Sustainment Rodeo, Aug. 6-10, 2017 at Fort Pickett, Virginia. “They call this a truck rodeo,” said Staff Sgt. Edward Ballou, assigned to South Boston-based Alpha Company, 429th BSB, […]

    Sustainment Rodeo shows off Soldier skills

    FORT PICKETT, Va.  — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to Danville-based 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in vehicle obstacle courses, basic Soldier tasks and challenges during the Sustainment Rodeo, Aug. 6-10, 2017 at Fort Pickett, Virginia. “They call this a truck rodeo,” said Staff Sgt. Edward Ballou, assigned to South Boston-based Alpha Company, 429th BSB, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to Portsmouth-based  2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team competed against each other in a multi-day training and testing event Aug. 6-9, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The competition used many of the tasks outlined in the Excellence in Armor Program with the goal of increasing combat readiness. It was […]

    Saber Soldiers demonstrate superior scouting skills during annual training

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to Portsmouth-based  2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team competed against each other in a multi-day training and testing event Aug. 6-9, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The competition used many of the tasks outlined in the Excellence in Armor Program with the goal of increasing combat readiness. It was […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to Fredericksburg-based 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assembled Sapper Fire Teams and competed against each other during a rigorous 72-hour Sapper Stakes competition, held Aug. 6-9, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The competition was held during the unit’s two-week annual training. One of the two teams from […]

    229th BEB Soldiers compete in Sapper Stakes

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to Fredericksburg-based 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assembled Sapper Fire Teams and competed against each other during a rigorous 72-hour Sapper Stakes competition, held Aug. 6-9, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The competition was held during the unit’s two-week annual training. One of the two teams from […]

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