Photos: Va. Guard senior leaders visit Task Force Normandy

Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris, Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor. talks with Soldiers assigned to the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Oct. 8, 2015, at Fort Bliss, Texas, during a senior leader visit to observe their training for a federal active duty mobilization to Qatar. (Photos by Adam Holguin, Fort Bliss Mobilization and Deployment, DPTMS, Public Affairs)

Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris, Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor. talks with Soldiers assigned to the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Oct. 8, 2015, at Fort Bliss, Texas, during a senior leader visit to observe their training for a federal active duty mobilization to Qatar. (Photos by Adam Holguin, Fort Bliss Mobilization and Deployment, DPTMS, Public Affairs)

SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard senior leaders visit Soldiers assigned to the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Oct. 8, 2015, at Fort Bliss, Texas, as the conduct training for a federal active duty mobilization to Qatar. Soldiers from the battalion, also known as Task Force Normandy, are scheduled to conduct security operations. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Col. William J. Coffin, commander of the 116th IBCT, presented challenge coins to individual Soldiers for outstanding duty performance. Also joining the visit were Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Virginia National Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Command Sgt. Maj. Alan M. Ferris, Virginia National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor, and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas H. Yancey, 116th IBCT Command Sergeant Major.

More than 450 Soldiers from Task Force Normandy marked the start of their federal active service at a departure ceremony Sept. 9, 2015, at Fort A. P. Hill, Va. The battalion is made up of units from around the state, and they are scheduled to deploy to Qatar where they are expected to conduct security missions in support of contingency operations in the region. The mobilization is expected to be for about 12 months.

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Photos by Adam Holguin, Fort Bliss Mobilization and Deployment, DPTMS, Public Affairs