3rd Battalion 116th Infantry
The mission of the infantry is to close with the enemy by means of fire and maneuver to defeat or capture him, or to repel his assault by fire, close combat, and counterattack.
Taken directly from National Guard Sources.
The National Guard's primary federal mission is to maintain properly trained and equipped units available for prompt mobilization for war, national emergency or as otherwise needed. Its state mission is to provide trained and disciplined forces for domestic emergencies or as otherwise required by state law. This dual-status role was established by the U.S. Constitution and has been consistently reaffirmed by the Congress as a reflection of the philosophical and practical ideals of our nation's founders. Throughout this century, the external and internal roles of the Guard have been further clarified and restated by the Congress based on the concept that America's citizens can and will mobilize for the common defense.
To meet these missions, the Army National Guard is structured to support both international and domestic requirements. At the federal level, the Guard provides decisive land power for major war and essential combat support and service support units for contingency operations. At the state and community level, the Guard provides a return on this federal investment through domestic support capabilities embedded in its units.
The federal mission is to close with the enemy by means of fire an maneuver in order to destroy or capture him; or repel his assault by fire, close, combat, and counter-attack. In addition, the battalion is to conduct stability operations in an internal development environment in support of its state mission.
Federal Authority: At M-Day/H-Hour...mobilizes, deploys by air and surface to an intermediate staging base, assembles, road marches to the area of operations and effects passage of lines to conduct light combined arms operations.
To provide an organization manned, equipped, and trained to protect and serve our communities, Commenwealth, and Nation. The State contingency mission is to be prepared to assist the Commonwealth of Virginia in Civil Disturbance Control Operations and natural or manmade disasters, under competent order of the state (or federal) authority.