116th IBCT Archive

  • CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — A multi-unit effort resulted in the addition of a UH-1 Huey helicopter to the historical artifacts on display at the site of the new Virginia National Guard headquarters building March 10, 2018, at Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to Fort Pickett’s Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site prepared the […]

    Virginia Soldiers truck UH-1 from Pickett to new headquarters site

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — A multi-unit effort resulted in the addition of a UH-1 Huey helicopter to the historical artifacts on display at the site of the new Virginia National Guard headquarters building March 10, 2018, at Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to Fort Pickett’s Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site prepared the […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Lt. Col. Joseph DiNonno will succeed Col. Scott Smith as the commander of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and a change of command ceremony is scheduled for June 10, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced DiNonno’s command selection Jan. 4, 2018. DiNonno currently serves as […]

    DiNonno to command 116th IBCT, change of command scheduled for June 10, 2018

    SANDSTON, Va. — Lt. Col. Joseph DiNonno will succeed Col. Scott Smith as the commander of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and a change of command ceremony is scheduled for June 10, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced DiNonno’s command selection Jan. 4, 2018. DiNonno currently serves as […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Approximately 800 Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted training on individual skills and squad-level tactics March 2-4, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The Red Dragons conducted  a number of training events, including individual weapons qualification, heavy weapons familiarization, sniper sustainment and qualification, […]

    Red Dragons conduct individual, squad-level training at Pickett during March drill

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Approximately 800 Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted training on individual skills and squad-level tactics March 2-4, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The Red Dragons conducted  a number of training events, including individual weapons qualification, heavy weapons familiarization, sniper sustainment and qualification, […]

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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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  • NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Thanks to a sharp-eyed employee at the Virginia War Museum in Newport News, Virginia, another treasure trove of historic flags has been found. While conducting an inventory of a seldom-used storage compartment at the museum, the museum worker quickly realized that the contents of the cabinet contained the World War I Regimental flags for the 111th […]

    Treasure trove of historic flags found in Virginia War Museum

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Thanks to a sharp-eyed employee at the Virginia War Museum in Newport News, Virginia, another treasure trove of historic flags has been found. While conducting an inventory of a seldom-used storage compartment at the museum, the museum worker quickly realized that the contents of the cabinet contained the World War I Regimental flags for the 111th […]

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  • CAMP DODGE, Iowa — Approximately 200 Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team spent two weeks in January training at the Sustainment Training Center at Camp Dodge, Iowa. Soldiers from Alpha, Bravo and Charlie Companies made the trek to icy Iowa, along with a few Soldiers and leaders from the Headquarters […]

    429th BSB trains at Iowa’s Sustainment Training Center for AT

    CAMP DODGE, Iowa — Approximately 200 Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team spent two weeks in January training at the Sustainment Training Center at Camp Dodge, Iowa. Soldiers from Alpha, Bravo and Charlie Companies made the trek to icy Iowa, along with a few Soldiers and leaders from the Headquarters […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard put more than 100 personnel on state active duty in the Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore areas Jan. 3, 2018, to provide assistance to state and local authorities when heavy snow hit the region. Over the following three days, Soldiers transported first responders and essential emergency services employees through heavy snow, assisted with […]

    Va. National Guard supports winter storm response with transportation and aerial resupply

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard put more than 100 personnel on state active duty in the Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore areas Jan. 3, 2018, to provide assistance to state and local authorities when heavy snow hit the region. Over the following three days, Soldiers transported first responders and essential emergency services employees through heavy snow, assisted with […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has nearly 100 personnel staged and ready to assist with the state’s multi-agency response to possible heavy snow Jan. 3, 2018, at key locations in the Hampton Roads area. Expected missions include using Humvees and light/medium tactical trucks to provide transportation for first responders through deep snow as well as providing debris reduction […]

    Va. National Guard staged and ready for possible snow response operations in Hampton Roads

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has nearly 100 personnel staged and ready to assist with the state’s multi-agency response to possible heavy snow Jan. 3, 2018, at key locations in the Hampton Roads area. Expected missions include using Humvees and light/medium tactical trucks to provide transportation for first responders through deep snow as well as providing debris reduction […]

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  • NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — In early December 1917, 150 Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 117th Military Police Company had already spent two months in France, arriving there eight months before the 29th and 80th Divisions and just seven months after President Woodrow Wilson declared war. One hundred years later, on Dec. 2, 2017, at the Virginia War Museum […]

    Virginia National Guard & Virginia War Museum remember WWI

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — In early December 1917, 150 Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 117th Military Police Company had already spent two months in France, arriving there eight months before the 29th and 80th Divisions and just seven months after President Woodrow Wilson declared war. One hundred years later, on Dec. 2, 2017, at the Virginia War Museum […]

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  • 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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