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NEWS | June 20, 2016

529th CSSB supports 116th IBCT during annual training

By Cotton Puryear | Virginia National Guard Public Affairs

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion provide general support to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team during annual training June 4-18, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The mission provided the 529th CSSB an opportunity to execute its doctrinal mission of providing sustainment support to maneuver formations, and they worked in coordination with the 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to provide maintenance and transportation capabilities to augment the capabilities of the 429th.

As part of Army 2020 redesign in sustainment force structure the 429th BSB decreases the capability of troop mobility on the battlefield, and 529th CSSB gains this capability. In addition, the 529th CSSB provided maintenance support to the 116th IBCT, enhancing its equipment readiness posture throughout the formation.

“This is the first time the 529th CSSB deployed to the field with the 116th IBCT with full intentions of supporting the brigade plan,” said Lt. Col. Matt Lutz, commander of the 529th. “The victory in this for our battalion is the coordination happening between the brigade and the 529th CSSB. We are forging new relationships with fellow battalions in the State and this is a win-win situation for all.”

Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 229th Military Police Company provided security support for field training exercises conducted by the 429th.

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