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New commander for Guard team

The Virginia National Guard’s 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will conduct a change-of-command ceremony at Fort A.P. Hill todaySaturday.

A press release from the Virginia National Guard said Col. John Epperly, a Fredericksburg resident, will pass leadership of the Staunton-based command over to Col. William Coffin. Epperly will become operations and training officer for the Virginia Army National Guard.

The 116th IBCT, also known as the “Stonewall Brigade,” has approximately 3,400 soldiers and is the largest major command in the Virginia National Guard. The 116th has units throughout Virginia, including Fredericksburg.

—Dawnthea Price

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