AG announces new commanders for 116th IBCT, 183rd RTI, IOSC and Fort Pickett and other senior officer moves

vaguardlogoSANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced a series of senior officer moves March 12, 2014, that include new commanders for the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute, the Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center and the Information Operations Support Command. Long also announced the new chief of staff for the Virginia Army National Guard and the 29th Infantry Division.

Col. William J. Coffin will replace Col. Jeffrey N. Hice as the deputy commander of the 116th IBCT effective April 15, and then Coffin will assume command of the brigade from Col. John M. Epperly July 1. Epperly will become the M-Day Virginia Army National Guard G3 operations officer. Col. Marti J. Bissell will continue to serve as the full-time Army National Guard G3 operations officer and M-Day commander of 91st Troop Command.

Hice will be reassigned as the Virginia Army National Guard chief of staff to replace Col. Robert E. McMillin. McMillin will retire from the Virginia National Guard after 30 years of service including a tour of duty as the commander of 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment in Iraq, the state aviation officer and joint operations officer.

Coffin currently serves as the chief of staff for the 29th Infantry Division and will be replaced by Col. William L. Korsen, the current Fort Pickett garrison commander. Lt. Col. William P. Scott will assume command of Fort Pickett from Korsen effective April 1.

Col. Thomas L. Morgan, III, will take command of the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute effective Aug. 1, replacing Col. Douglas R. Messner. Messner will move to the Virginia National Guard joint staff as the J7.

Lt. Col. Adam C. Volant will take command of the Information Operations Support Cell from Col. Edward R. Morgan effective Aug. 1, 2014. Morgan will retire from the Guard with service including commanding the 276th Engineer Battalion in Iraq, the Warfighting Center J7 Reserve Director and the 29th Infantry Division G3.