116th IBCT Archive

  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 20 leaders from the Virginia Army National Guard accepted the challenge offered by Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Smith, the Virginia Army National Guard’s state command sergeant major, to take the new Army Combat Fitness Test April 6, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The ACFT will become the U.S. Army’s official physical fitness test of […]

    VNG leaders tackle ACFT challenge

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 20 leaders from the Virginia Army National Guard accepted the challenge offered by Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Smith, the Virginia Army National Guard’s state command sergeant major, to take the new Army Combat Fitness Test April 6, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The ACFT will become the U.S. Army’s official physical fitness test of […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Yesenia R. Roque, National Guard Assistant Director for Army National Guard Personnel and Talent Management, visited Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team April 6, 2019, to see first hand how they are training on the Army’s new personnel and pay system. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System Army, […]

    NGB leader visits 116th IBCT training on Army’s new personnel and pay system

    STAUNTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Yesenia R. Roque, National Guard Assistant Director for Army National Guard Personnel and Talent Management, visited Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team April 6, 2019, to see first hand how they are training on the Army’s new personnel and pay system. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System Army, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Two recent events marking Women’s History Month and Virginia Women Veterans Week 2019 honored Virginia National Guard’s female Soldiers and veterans, including one woman serving with the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Sgt. Taylor Cunningham, who works full-time with the 1-111th, was recognized during the Military Through The Ages event […]

    Events honor Virginia National Guard’s women Soldiers and veterans

    RICHMOND, Va. — Two recent events marking Women’s History Month and Virginia Women Veterans Week 2019 honored Virginia National Guard’s female Soldiers and veterans, including one woman serving with the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Sgt. Taylor Cunningham, who works full-time with the 1-111th, was recognized during the Military Through The Ages event […]

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  • JAMESTOWN, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team showed off their firepower during the annual Military Through The Ages event March 16-17, 2019, at the historic Jamestown Settlement near Williamsburg, Virginia. The Thunder Soldiers were joined by about 500 re-enactors portraying armed forces from the modern era […]

    1-111th showcases firepower during Military Through the Ages event

    JAMESTOWN, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team showed off their firepower during the annual Military Through The Ages event March 16-17, 2019, at the historic Jamestown Settlement near Williamsburg, Virginia. The Thunder Soldiers were joined by about 500 re-enactors portraying armed forces from the modern era […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Just a few days before graduating from his initial training to become an infantryman, Virginia National Guard Soldier Pfc. Gavin Asbury was offered the chance to go to Ranger School. He’d tried to show initiative during his training, had scored high on his physical fitness assessments and exceeded the standard during his training at Fort Benning. His […]

    Virginia’s Newest Ranger recognized at Washington Capitals Game

    RICHMOND, Va. — Just a few days before graduating from his initial training to become an infantryman, Virginia National Guard Soldier Pfc. Gavin Asbury was offered the chance to go to Ranger School. He’d tried to show initiative during his training, had scored high on his physical fitness assessments and exceeded the standard during his training at Fort Benning. His […]

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  • FORT BENNING, Ga. — On Feb. 1, 2019, 1st Lt. Candice Bowen graduated from the U.S. Army’s Infantry Basic Officer Course and became the Virginia National Guard’s first female infantry officer. She joins a small group of other women who have successfully completed training at Fort Benning to become infantry Soldiers and officers since the career field was opened to […]

    Virginia welcomes first female infantry officer

    FORT BENNING, Ga. — On Feb. 1, 2019, 1st Lt. Candice Bowen graduated from the U.S. Army’s Infantry Basic Officer Course and became the Virginia National Guard’s first female infantry officer. She joins a small group of other women who have successfully completed training at Fort Benning to become infantry Soldiers and officers since the career field was opened to […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard cavalry Soldiers provided vehicle crew evaluators for their active-duty counterparts from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, during gunnery training Jan. 15 – 26, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Soldiers assigned to the Portsmouth-based 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team provided the evaluation support for the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, […]

    Saber Soldiers provide crew evaluations for active-duty cavalry squadron

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard cavalry Soldiers provided vehicle crew evaluators for their active-duty counterparts from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, during gunnery training Jan. 15 – 26, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Soldiers assigned to the Portsmouth-based 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team provided the evaluation support for the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s newly-built Joint Force Headquarters was officially named and dedicated for Roanoke native and D-Day veteran Sgt. John Robert “Bob” Slaughter Jan. 8, 2019, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined members of Slaughter’s family and distinguished guests to dedicate the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters. […]

    Virginia National Guard dedicates new headquarters to D-Day veteran

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s newly-built Joint Force Headquarters was officially named and dedicated for Roanoke native and D-Day veteran Sgt. John Robert “Bob” Slaughter Jan. 8, 2019, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined members of Slaughter’s family and distinguished guests to dedicate the Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters. […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s newly-built Joint Force Headquarters will be officially named and dedicated for D-day veteran Sgt. John Robert “Bob” Slaughter at 10 a.m. Jan. 8, 2019, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, will join members of Slaughter’s family and distinguished guests to dedicate the headquarters […]

    Virginia National Guard to dedicate new headquarters to D-Day veteran from Roanoke

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s newly-built Joint Force Headquarters will be officially named and dedicated for D-day veteran Sgt. John Robert “Bob” Slaughter at 10 a.m. Jan. 8, 2019, at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, will join members of Slaughter’s family and distinguished guests to dedicate the headquarters […]

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  • RIO DE JANEIRO — A Virginia National Guard Soldier assigned to the Manassas-based Delta Company, 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team competed in the World Military Taekwondo Championships Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro. Spc. Taylor MacLeod was the only Soldier from the Virginia National Guard on the 10-member Armed Forces Taekwondo Team […]

    VNG Soldier competes in World Military Taekwondo Championship

    RIO DE JANEIRO — A Virginia National Guard Soldier assigned to the Manassas-based Delta Company, 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team competed in the World Military Taekwondo Championships Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro. Spc. Taylor MacLeod was the only Soldier from the Virginia National Guard on the 10-member Armed Forces Taekwondo Team […]

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  • ARLINGTON, Va. — Two Virginia National Guard Soldiers killed Dec. 21, 2004, in a suicide bombing in Mosul, Iraq, were remembered by fellow Soldiers, family and friends with a  wreath laying Dec. 21, 2018, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason and Sgt. David A. Ruhren, both assigned to […]

    Unit, family, friends gather to remember fallen VNG Soldiers 14 years later

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Two Virginia National Guard Soldiers killed Dec. 21, 2004, in a suicide bombing in Mosul, Iraq, were remembered by fellow Soldiers, family and friends with a  wreath laying Dec. 21, 2018, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason and Sgt. David A. Ruhren, both assigned to […]

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  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia National Guard field artillery Soldiers past and present gathered for fellowship and recognition of outstanding duty performance at the annual Saint Barbara’s Day Celebration and Regimental Muster hosted by 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Dec. 8, 2018, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Six Soldiers received the Honorary Order of Saint Barbara and […]

    Field artillery Soldiers gather for Saint Barbara’s Day Celebration

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Virginia National Guard field artillery Soldiers past and present gathered for fellowship and recognition of outstanding duty performance at the annual Saint Barbara’s Day Celebration and Regimental Muster hosted by 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Dec. 8, 2018, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Six Soldiers received the Honorary Order of Saint Barbara and […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — Veterans of the 116th Infantry Regiment and Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team gathered for an evening of camaraderie at the 51st annual Regimental Muster Nov. 10, 2018, at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia.   “We gather at this muster to honor the service of members past and present,” said Col. […]

    Current, former members of the 116th come together at 51st annual Regimental Muster

    STAUNTON, Va. — Veterans of the 116th Infantry Regiment and Soldiers of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team gathered for an evening of camaraderie at the 51st annual Regimental Muster Nov. 10, 2018, at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia.   “We gather at this muster to honor the service of members past and present,” said Col. […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The new Army Combat Fitness Test has made its way to the Virginia National Guard. Approximately 25 Virginia Soldiers came together for a multi-day training event conducted by a mobile training team from the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School and held Nov. 6-8, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. While the training included Soldiers from across the […]

    Virginia Soldiers train and test on new Army Combat Fitness Test

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The new Army Combat Fitness Test has made its way to the Virginia National Guard. Approximately 25 Virginia Soldiers came together for a multi-day training event conducted by a mobile training team from the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School and held Nov. 6-8, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. While the training included Soldiers from across the […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Virignia National Guard personnel took part in Veterans Day observations across the commonwealth Nov. 10-12, 2018, to honor all Americans who served and are currently serving in the armed forces as well as commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. Senior leaders took part in ceremonies with elected officials, and Soldiers, Airmen […]

    Veterans recognized across the commonwealth

    RICHMOND, Va. — Virignia National Guard personnel took part in Veterans Day observations across the commonwealth Nov. 10-12, 2018, to honor all Americans who served and are currently serving in the armed forces as well as commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. Senior leaders took part in ceremonies with elected officials, and Soldiers, Airmen […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard deployed two medium tactical vehicles and four Soldiers to provide high water transport capabilities Oct. 12, 2018, in Danville, Virginia, after heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the area. The Soldiers spent one day on state active duty and assisted local officials with health and welfare checks. A VNG aviation crew of four […]

    Virginia National Guard provides high water transport capabilities in Danville, helicopter rescue on standby

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard deployed two medium tactical vehicles and four Soldiers to provide high water transport capabilities Oct. 12, 2018, in Danville, Virginia, after heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the area. The Soldiers spent one day on state active duty and assisted local officials with health and welfare checks. A VNG aviation crew of four […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard welcomed 14 new lieutenants to its ranks with the commissioning of Officer Candidate School Class 60 and 61B Aug. 25, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Class 60 was the traditional OCS program that runs nearly two years and taught by a cadre from the Fort Pickett-based 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional […]

    Virginia Army National Guard welcomes 14 new lieutenants

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia Army National Guard welcomed 14 new lieutenants to its ranks with the commissioning of Officer Candidate School Class 60 and 61B Aug. 25, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Class 60 was the traditional OCS program that runs nearly two years and taught by a cadre from the Fort Pickett-based 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, Regional […]

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  • FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – More than 600 members of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in a Warfighter exercise at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, July 14-28, 2018. “We have been training for this exercise for months and together we met all my training objectives,” said Lt. Col. Joseph DiNonno commander of the 116th IBCT. […]

    116th IBCT conducts Warfighter exercise

    FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – More than 600 members of the Virginia National Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in a Warfighter exercise at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, July 14-28, 2018. “We have been training for this exercise for months and together we met all my training objectives,” said Lt. Col. Joseph DiNonno commander of the 116th IBCT. […]

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  • FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. — Kentucky and Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team took first and second place as the top noncommissioned officers in the country at the 2018 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition held July 24-27, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Sgt. Jordy Brewer, a Kentucky Soldier assigned to Barbourville, […]

    116th IBCT NCOs finish first, second at National Best Warrior Competition

    FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. — Kentucky and Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team took first and second place as the top noncommissioned officers in the country at the 2018 Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition held July 24-27, 2018, at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Sgt. Jordy Brewer, a Kentucky Soldier assigned to Barbourville, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The following Virginia Army National Guard officers have been selected for command, according to a July 18, 2018, release from the Virginia Army National Guard personnel office: – Lt. Col. Kurt Kobernik will command the Fort PIckett-based Virginia Army National Guard Recruting and Retention Battalion – Maj. Lyndsey Hodgkins will command the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil […]

    Virginia Army National Guard command selections announced

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The following Virginia Army National Guard officers have been selected for command, according to a July 18, 2018, release from the Virginia Army National Guard personnel office: – Lt. Col. Kurt Kobernik will command the Fort PIckett-based Virginia Army National Guard Recruting and Retention Battalion – Maj. Lyndsey Hodgkins will command the Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil […]

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