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Maj. Gen. Richard Hayes, Jr. (right), The Adjutant General, Illinois National Guard accepts the Illinois Army National Guard’s award for being the “most improved” National Guard organization from Maj. Gen. Richard Gallant, Special Assistant to the Director of the Army National Guard during the 2016 Army Communities of Excellence award ceremony held at the National Guard Bureau May 23.  Pictured to the left is Lt. Col. Michael Legler, Strategic Plans and Policy Officer, who was in charge of the 2016 ACOE team from Illinois. Illinois Army National Guard recognized for excellence in process improvement
1 Jun 2016

Maj. Gen. Richard Hayes, Jr., The Adjutant General, Illinois National Guard, and a delegation of other Illinois National Guardsmen, travelled to Washington, D.C. May 23-24 to accept awards for being one of the “most improved” Army communities as part of the 2016 Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) Program.
Staff Sgt. Jason Lawrence of Warsaw, Illinois, an Illinois National Guard recruiter based in Quincy, Illinois, was among the first to respond to an afternoon crash May 25 in Quincy, Illinois. (Courtesy photo) Illinois Soldier assists at crash scene in Quincy
27 May 2016

QUINCY, Illinois – Illinois Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jason Lawrence of Warsaw, Illinois, a recruiter based in Quincy, Illinois, was among the first people on the scene of a two-vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer May 25.
Col. Mark Jackson (U.S. Army photo) Frankfort Soldier inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame
19 May 2016

Col. Mark Jackson, of Frankfort, Illinois, was selected May 12 as an inductee into the 2016 inaugural class of the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC) Hall of Fame. Jackson was invited to the induction ceremony that will be held June 10 at the United States Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Hufford of Rantoul, Illinois, an instructor at Illinois’ 2nd Battalion, 129th Regional Training Institute’s Officer Candidate School in Springfield, Illinois shakes hands with Col. Paul Fanning of Chestnut, Illinois, commander of the 129th Regional Training Institute, as he receives his course completion certificate during the 25U Signal Support Specialist Reclassification course graduation ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy in Springfield, Illinois, April 26. Hufford will continue to instruct at the 129th’s OCS, but will now also take on additional instructor duties at the 25U reclassification course. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois Soldier becomes signal support specialist
27 Apr 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Staff Sgt. Daniel Hufford of Rantoul, Illinois, an instructor at Illinois’ 2nd Battalion, 129th Regional Training Institute’s Officer Candidate School in Springfield, Illinois was among 15 Army National Guard Soldiers to become signal support specialists April 26. The Soldiers were recognized during a graduation ceremony held at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.
Pictured here (left to right): Sgt. 1st Class David Perdew of Rushville, Illinois, Sgt. 1st Class Shelby Stockton of Petersburg, Illinois Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kyle Gleason of Lincoln, Illinois, Staff Sgt. Jacob Blount of St. Louis, Missouri, and Staff Sgt. Brian Hornung of Mendota, Illinois. Illinois National Guard Shooting Team Earns Army-Wide Championship
22 Apr 2016

Thick fog filled the cool morning air at the 260-acre range complex at Fort Benning, Georgia on March 12 where approximately 200 competitors prepared to embark on a four-day competition that would challenge the Soldiers, both physically and mentally.
A member of the Illinois Army National Guard Counter-Drug Task Force, speaks with a state drug interdiction agent about the capabilities of the UH-72 Lakota helicopter as part of orientation training conducted at the Central Illinois Regional Airport, in Bloomington, Illinois, March 29.  (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Aaron Ritter, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois National Guard and law enforcement train to combat drugs from the air
19 Apr 2016

Civilian drug interdiction agents from several agencies participated in training with Detachment 1, Company B, 1st Battalion, 376th Aviation Regiment on March 29 at the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Illinois. The focus of the training was to help local agents become familiar with the aerial support the task force has to offer them.
Spc. Tycjan Sieradzki of Algonquin, Illinois, a Soldier with the 244th Digital Liaison Detachment based in Chicago, works his way through the confidence course at Marseilles Training Center in Marseilles, Illinois, April 9 during the Illinois Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition. Sieradzki took top honors as the Illinois Army National Guard’s Soldier of the Year after three other enlisted competitors in this year’s competition. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois Soldiers compete for title of Best Warrior
12 Apr 2016

MARSEILLES, Illinois – Nine Soldiers from units across the state came to Marseilles Training Center in Marseilles, Illinois, to prove they have what it takes to be called Illinois’ Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year April 7 to 10.
Sgt. Kyle Wolber of Villa Park, Illinois receives congratulations from Col. Paul Fanning of Chestnut, Illinois, commander of the 129th Regional Training Institute during the Food Service Specialist (92G) qualification course graduation ceremony March 28 on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. Wolber was recognized as the phase two distinguished honor graduate achieving a 100 percent grade point average for the phase. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Three Illinois Soldiers become food service specialists
29 Mar 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Three Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers and 11 Soldiers from other states’ National Guard units graduated from the 129th Regional Training Institute’s Food Service Specialist (92G) qualification course at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois March 28.
   

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