116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

The 116th IBCT is authorized approximately 3,500 Soldiers and is the largest major command in the Virginia National Guard. The 116th has units throughout Virginia from Winchester to Pulaski along I-81, from Staunton to Virginia Beach along I-64, from Danville to Lynchburg to Warrenton along Route 29 as well as Fredericksburg, Manassas and Leesburg. An infantry battalion based in Barbourville, Kentucky, is also aligned with the 116th for training and readiness oversight. A brigade combat team is the basic deployable unit of maneuver in the U.S. Army and carries with it support units necessary to sustain its operations away from its parent division. The 116th consists of three infantry battalions, a cavalry squadron, a field artillery battalion, a brigade support battalion and brigade engineer battalion.

The 116th IBCT conducts echeloned collective training up to company level in order to sustain company/troop/battery training proficiency during training year 2021. The brigade’s focus will remain on the mission essential tasks of Movement to Contact, Conduct an Area Defense, as well as Conduct an Air Assault in order to maintain preparedness to deploy world-wide to conduct expeditionary decisive action in support of multi-domain operations in training year 2021. The 116th IBCT remains continuously postured to execute National Guard Civil Support on minimal or no-notice while integrated with joint and inter-agency partners.

In preparation for the eXportable Combat Training Center rotation and the Division Warfighter, the 116th IBCT conducted a command post exercise in January 2019 at FT Pickett, Virginia.  This event exercised the brigade and battalion staffs’ ability to exercise mission command from their tactical command posts and included response cells and JCATs simulation for added realism.

Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 116th IBCT and enabler units from Guard units in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and New York honed their combat skills during the eXportable Combat Training Capability Rotation 19-4 July 13 through August 2, 2019, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

Soldiers in the brigade took part in nearly 490 iterations of platoon-level situational training exercise lanes focused on mission essential tasks such as attack and defense, movement to contact, area and zone reconnaissance, security screen, emplacing obstacles, building individual and vehicle fighting positions, tactical resupply, vehicle recovery and mass casualty response. Soldiers conducted more than 40 lane iterations at the company level.

The brigade conducted 60 live-fire exercises at the platoon level and seven at the company level, firing a variety of weapons systems including individual Soldier weapons, crew-served weapons, mounted machine gunnery, mortars and 105mm and 155mm field artillery.

With the support of the Virginia National Guard’s Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, the brigade conducted 10 air movements and five air assault missions with aviation crews logging nearly 300 flight hours.

Integration of enabling units from other states not normally affiliated with the brigade proved to be excellent training, and units conducted sustainment operations in the field throughout the rotation. Organic and enabler sustainment units managed the more than 2,000,000 rounds expended, distributed 165,000 gallons of water, more than 57,000 MREs and nearly 285,000 pounds of ice to units. Food service specialists prepared more than 83,000 hot meals and maintenance personnel completed nearly 3,900 services on vehicles and equipment.

While XCTC was being conducted, food service specialists assigned to the 429th Brigade Support Battalion competed in the regional Phillip A. Connelly Food Service Competition with the hope of being selected to compete at the national level.

Shortly following XCTC, the 116th IBCT Headquarters provided a response cell consisting of 51 personnel to the 29th ID’s Warfighter Exercise at FT Indiantown Gap, PA.

The 116th IBCT continued its partnership with Finland’s Karelia Brigade, conducting leader exchanges and hosting a contingent from their brigade staff at XCTC. (Updated Dec. 6, 2019)

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116th IBCT News

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepare for their upcoming federal active duty mobilization by conducting air operations training on UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with air crews assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division July 10, 2021, in Pulaski, Virginia. Soldiers who recently graduated from Air Assault and Pathfinder Schools passed along their newly-acquired skills to help build operational knowledge within the unit.
Va. Guard Soldiers assigned to Lynchburg-based infantry battalion to mobilize for overseas duty
July 29, 2021
The Virginia National Guard’s Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has received a mobilization order to enter federal active duty to provide a security force in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, according to an announcement made July 29, 2021, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. 

Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct a live-fire range with the M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle during a new equipment training and fielding July 14, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The Soldiers zeroed the new rifles before firing at targets up to 800 yards away. The M110A1, a 7.62-millimeter rifle, provides greater range and accuracy than the M4 rifle and is outfitted with a scope and sound suppressor. (U.S. National Guard photo by Mike Vrabel)
116th IBCT trains on new Squad Designated Marksman Rifle
July 26, 2021
Virginia and Kentucky Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team trained on and fielded new M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifles July 12-15, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

Lt. Col. Alyssa Astphan
Logistics officer balances family with military career
June 30, 2021
Lt. Col. Alyssa Astphan grew up in a military family. Her father served, her uncle served, and before them, her Lebanese grandfather served in World War II with a local militia and both the French and British Armies. Continuing her family's legacy of military service always seemed like a given. From the time she knew about the concept of careers, she knew hers would be spent in the military.

The Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band provides the color guard during the ceremony observing the 77th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy June 6, 2021, at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. (U.S. National Guard photo by Cotton Puryear)
Ceremony remembers 77th anniversary of D-Day
June 17, 2021
The valor, fidelity and sacrifice of D-Day participants were remembered June 6, 2021, at the observance of the 77th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team train on the M3E1 Multi-purpose Anti-armor Anti-personnel Weapon System June 4, 2021, at Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett, Virginia. The training, hosted by MTC’s New Equipment Training / New Equipment Fielding facility, consisted of classroom learning and a live-fire range with the MAAWS, an 84-millimeter recoilless rifle also known as the Carl Gustav. In addition to VNG Soldiers assigned to the 116th IBCT, Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment participated in the weapons training and fielding event.
116th IBCT Soldiers train on new recoilless rifle system
June 15, 2021
Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team trained on the M3E1 Multi-purpose Anti-armor Anti-personnel Weapon System during a course held at Maneuver Training Center Fort Pickett’s New Equipment Training / New Equipment Fielding facility June 1 - 11, 2021, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. 

1116th IBCT Organization

Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
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Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team https://www.facebook.com/1stBattalion116thInfantry/

  • Bedford-based Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment
    • Farmville-based Detachment 1, Alpha Company
  • Lexington-based Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment
  • Christiansburg-based Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment
  • Pulaski-based Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment
    • Martinsville-base Detachment 1, Delta Company
  • Lynchburg-based Golf Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion

Portsmouth-based 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team https://www.facebook.com/2nd183rdCav/

  • Virginia Beach-based Alpha Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment
  • Suffolk-based Bravo Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment
  • Virginia Beach-based Charlie Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment
  • Franklin-based Delta Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion
    • Portsmouth-based Detachment 1, Delta Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion

Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team https://www.facebook.com/3rdBattalion116thInfantry/

  • Charlottesville-based Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment
    • Harrisonburg-based Detachment 1, Alpha Company
  • Woodstock-based Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment
  • Leesburg-based Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment
  • Warrenton-based Delta Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment
  • Winchester-based Hotel Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion

Norfok-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team https://www.facebook.com/1stBattalion111thFieldArtillery/

  • Hanover-based Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment
  • Norfolk-based Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment
  • Hampton-based Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment
  • Norfolk-based Foxtrot Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion

Fredericksburg-based 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

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  • Fredericksburg-based Alpha Company, 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion
  • Bowling Green-based Bravo Company, 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion
  • Fredericksburg-based Charlie Company, 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion
  • Manassas-based Delta Company, 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion
  • Fredericksburg-based Echo Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion

Danville-based 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

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  • South Boston-based Alpha Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion
  • Richmond-based Bravo Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion
  • Charlottesville-based Charlie Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion