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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen received awards for their outstanding performance during the Adjutant General’s 2017 Rifle Match May 21, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Sixty-five participants competed in a variety of individual and team events May 19-20, hosted by the Fort Pickett-based 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regional Training Institute. The state-level competition included events such […]

    Va. Guard Soldiers, Airmen awarded for rifle marksmanship excellence

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen received awards for their outstanding performance during the Adjutant General’s 2017 Rifle Match May 21, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Sixty-five participants competed in a variety of individual and team events May 19-20, hosted by the Fort Pickett-based 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regional Training Institute. The state-level competition included events such […]

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  • FORT STORY, Va. — Rappel masters of the Fort Pickett-based 1st Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute helped candidates from the Commonwealth ChalleNGe rappel down a 40-foot tower April 8, 2017, at Fort Story, Virginia. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is the Virginia component of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a five and a half month residential program which focuses on preparing […]

    Rappel masters help ChalleNGe cadets overcome fears

    FORT STORY, Va. — Rappel masters of the Fort Pickett-based 1st Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute helped candidates from the Commonwealth ChalleNGe rappel down a 40-foot tower April 8, 2017, at Fort Story, Virginia. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is the Virginia component of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a five and a half month residential program which focuses on preparing […]

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  • YORKTOWN, Va. — Soldiers of the 29th Division Band provided ceremonial detail for the dedication ceremony of the American Revolution Museum April 1, 2017, in Yorktown, Virginia. The Virginia National Guard Soldiers, along with Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, were on hand to celebrate the recently-opened museum. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Col. Thierry Casanova, […]

    29th Division Band supports Yorktown museum opening

    YORKTOWN, Va. — Soldiers of the 29th Division Band provided ceremonial detail for the dedication ceremony of the American Revolution Museum April 1, 2017, in Yorktown, Virginia. The Virginia National Guard Soldiers, along with Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, were on hand to celebrate the recently-opened museum. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Col. Thierry Casanova, […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 101 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 46 March 4, 2017, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Virginia State Senator Bryce Reeves, who represents the 17th District, was the guest speaker. Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Director of the Joint Staff for the Virginia National Guard, […]

    Commonwealth Challenge graduates get back on track

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduated 101 cadets during a commencement ceremony for Class 46 March 4, 2017, at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Virginia State Senator Bryce Reeves, who represents the 17th District, was the guest speaker. Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Director of the Joint Staff for the Virginia National Guard, […]

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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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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Veterans of the 116th Infantry Regiment and Soldiers of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team gathered at the 48th annual Regimental Muster for an evening of camaraderie and fellowship Nov. 14, 2015, in Staunton, Va. Senior leaders also provided updates on the recent activities of the 116th and the Virginia National Guard. The muster was held at […]

    116th Infantry veterans and Soldiers gather for annual muster

    STAUNTON, Va. — Veterans of the 116th Infantry Regiment and Soldiers of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team gathered at the 48th annual Regimental Muster for an evening of camaraderie and fellowship Nov. 14, 2015, in Staunton, Va. Senior leaders also provided updates on the recent activities of the 116th and the Virginia National Guard. The muster was held at […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Ten of the freshly-minted second lieutenants from Virginia National Guard Officer Candidate School Class 57 will report to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to begin their officer careers after their commissioning ceremony held Aug. 22, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. “The 10 newly-promoted second lieutenants assigned to the brigade are a diverse group with a […]

    116th IBCT welcomes a diverse group of new leaders

    STAUNTON, Va. — Ten of the freshly-minted second lieutenants from Virginia National Guard Officer Candidate School Class 57 will report to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to begin their officer careers after their commissioning ceremony held Aug. 22, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. “The 10 newly-promoted second lieutenants assigned to the brigade are a diverse group with a […]

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  • FORT DRUM, N.Y. — More than 1,600 Soldiers of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and more than 1,000 pieces of their heavy equipment traveled to Fort Drum, N.Y., June 6, 71 years after the brigade landed on Omaha Beach. In the largest movement of brigade assets since World War II, the Staunton-based 116th IBCT Headquarters and five of its […]

    116th IBCT sets out for Fort Drum in largest movement since WWII

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. — More than 1,600 Soldiers of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and more than 1,000 pieces of their heavy equipment traveled to Fort Drum, N.Y., June 6, 71 years after the brigade landed on Omaha Beach. In the largest movement of brigade assets since World War II, the Staunton-based 116th IBCT Headquarters and five of its […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — In June, Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team had the privilege of traveling to Fort Drum, N.Y., to participate in the first Multi-echelon Integrated Brigade Training exercise run by First Army Division East. The brigade’s headquarters and five of its battalions moved more than 1,600 Soldiers and 1,000 pieces of heavy equipment to Fort […]

    116th IBCT Soldiers selected for first-ever MIBT with First Army

    STAUNTON, Va. — In June, Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team had the privilege of traveling to Fort Drum, N.Y., to participate in the first Multi-echelon Integrated Brigade Training exercise run by First Army Division East. The brigade’s headquarters and five of its battalions moved more than 1,600 Soldiers and 1,000 pieces of heavy equipment to Fort […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Over the years Soldiers of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have built a solid program with their Raven unmanned aerial system. The Raven is a lightweight aircraft designed for low-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence. It replaces the need for putting forward reconnaissance troops, conserving combat power and reducing risk to […]

    Lynchburg battalion builds solid UAS program

    STAUNTON, Va. — Over the years Soldiers of the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have built a solid program with their Raven unmanned aerial system. The Raven is a lightweight aircraft designed for low-altitude surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence. It replaces the need for putting forward reconnaissance troops, conserving combat power and reducing risk to […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — “Leadership, the most essential element of combat power, gives purpose, direction, and motivation in combat. The leader balances and maximizes maneuver, firepower, and protection against the enemy.” This is the first lesson of the Ranger handbook, establishing the virtue as the foundation for the 60-day course. The school has a grim and proud reputation as the […]

    Ranger-qualified Soldiers serve as a force multiplier for Leesburg infantry company

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — “Leadership, the most essential element of combat power, gives purpose, direction, and motivation in combat. The leader balances and maximizes maneuver, firepower, and protection against the enemy.” This is the first lesson of the Ranger handbook, establishing the virtue as the foundation for the 60-day course. The school has a grim and proud reputation as the […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — “Net call Stonewall Six, who is on the line?” These words were spoken Feb. 8, 2015, over the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s multi-million dollar communications system by Col. William Coffin in his first commander’s call since taking command of the brigade in August. The call lasted approximately 20 minutes, during which Coffin was able to communicate […]

    Communications are vital to 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team warfighters

    STAUNTON, Va. — “Net call Stonewall Six, who is on the line?” These words were spoken Feb. 8, 2015, over the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s multi-million dollar communications system by Col. William Coffin in his first commander’s call since taking command of the brigade in August. The call lasted approximately 20 minutes, during which Coffin was able to communicate […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Thirteen Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in Exercise Viking Star, a multinational force training exercise conducted Sept. 13-28, 2014, in Denmark. The exercise involved fellow NATO forces from both Denmark and Britain and occurred at a military base on Denmark’s western coast. National Guard Soldiers operated under tactical control of […]

    Va. Guard infantry Soldiers train in Denmark

    STAUNTON, Va. — Thirteen Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in Exercise Viking Star, a multinational force training exercise conducted Sept. 13-28, 2014, in Denmark. The exercise involved fellow NATO forces from both Denmark and Britain and occurred at a military base on Denmark’s western coast. National Guard Soldiers operated under tactical control of […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and their deputy commander, Lt. Col. David Jones, presided over memorial ceremonies during Battle Days, Oct. 4-5, 2014, at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Point Pleasant, W. Va. The memorial celebrations served as remembrance of the Battle of Point Pleasant that took place at the site Oct. 10, 1774. […]

    116th IBCT takes part in remembrance of the Battle of Point Pleasant

    STAUNTON, Va. — Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and their deputy commander, Lt. Col. David Jones, presided over memorial ceremonies during Battle Days, Oct. 4-5, 2014, at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Point Pleasant, W. Va. The memorial celebrations served as remembrance of the Battle of Point Pleasant that took place at the site Oct. 10, 1774. […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team utilized high-tech gear to get high quality training during the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 17-26, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. With high-tech equipment, intense combat-like conditions and the help of active duty units, 116th IBCT troops and their leaders left their […]

    XCTC provides realistic “back to basics” combat training for 116th IBCT Soldiers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team utilized high-tech gear to get high quality training during the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 17-26, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. With high-tech equipment, intense combat-like conditions and the help of active duty units, 116th IBCT troops and their leaders left their […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps is one of the oldest branches of the Army, dating back to July 29, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized one chaplain for each regiment in the Continental Army, with the pay equaling that of a captain. The chaplains of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Virginia Army National Guard […]

    116th IBCT Chaplains minister to Soldiers during annual training

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps is one of the oldest branches of the Army, dating back to July 29, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized one chaplain for each regiment in the Continental Army, with the pay equaling that of a captain. The chaplains of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Virginia Army National Guard […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — When most people think of the Army, they picture infantrymen operating in the field, firing their weapons and sustaining themselves on packages of meals ready to eat. But how did those troops get to the field? Or get fuel to continue driving their Humvees, or ammo to continue firing their weapons? How do they safely nourish […]

    Soldiers of 429th BSB make 2014 AT possible for 116th IBCT

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — When most people think of the Army, they picture infantrymen operating in the field, firing their weapons and sustaining themselves on packages of meals ready to eat. But how did those troops get to the field? Or get fuel to continue driving their Humvees, or ammo to continue firing their weapons? How do they safely nourish […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Throughout Virginia, Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have been conducting continuous and rigorous training in preparation for the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 14-27, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. XCTC is an instrumented combat-readiness program that assesses the Soldier’s necessary skills prior to deployment. It will serve as a culminating training […]

    116th IBCT Soldiers to focus on platoon level exercises during annual training

    STAUNTON, Va. — Throughout Virginia, Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have been conducting continuous and rigorous training in preparation for the brigade’s eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation June 14-27, 2014, at Fort Pickett, Va. XCTC is an instrumented combat-readiness program that assesses the Soldier’s necessary skills prior to deployment. It will serve as a culminating training […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Units across the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assembled on Fort Pickett April 3-6, 2014, for continuous and rigorous training in preparation for the brigade’s Exportable Combat Training Center rotation in June. XCTC is an instrumented combat-readiness program that assesses the Soldier’s necessary skills prior to deployment. It will serve as a culminating training event […]

    116th IBCT Soldiers prepare for external evaluations

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Units across the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assembled on Fort Pickett April 3-6, 2014, for continuous and rigorous training in preparation for the brigade’s Exportable Combat Training Center rotation in June. XCTC is an instrumented combat-readiness program that assesses the Soldier’s necessary skills prior to deployment. It will serve as a culminating training event […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Headquarters Company of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team added to its field-grade officer ranks Aug. 3, 2013, with the promotions of Maj. Brian Gallavan and Lt. Col. Chris Samulski in Staunton, Va. The officers’ wives had the honor of pinning on their husbands’ new ranks. “It was great to have my family with me today,” said […]

    New field-grade officers help lead 116th IBCT into a big year

    STAUNTON, Va. — Headquarters Company of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team added to its field-grade officer ranks Aug. 3, 2013, with the promotions of Maj. Brian Gallavan and Lt. Col. Chris Samulski in Staunton, Va. The officers’ wives had the honor of pinning on their husbands’ new ranks. “It was great to have my family with me today,” said […]

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