National Guard Brigade To Change Command

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

August 2, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Va. (AP) - A Staunton infantry brigade with the Virginia National Guard is marking a change of command.

The change of command is scheduled Saturday for the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort A.P. Hill.

Col. William J. Coffin will take command of the brigade from Col. John M. Epperly. He has been the 116th's commander since June 2012.

Coffin is a Malden, Massachusetts, native who lives in Staunton and works full-time for the Virginia National Guard. Epperly is a Fredericksburg resident. He will become the guard's operations and training officer.

The 11th is also known as the "Stonewall Brigade." Authorized at 3,400 soldiers, it is the largest major command in the Virginia National Guard.

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