Spc. Timothy Wharton II a chemical specialist, with the 404th MEB, negotiates the high jumper obstacle during the Best Warrior Competition July 26 at Marseilles Training Center. Illinois National Guard Soldiers competed in the Best Warrior Competition at the brigade level, competing against each other in 11 events such as, day and night land navigation, weapons qualification, physical fitness test, road march and a confidence course, July 2014.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Marie Schult-Slosser, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs)
9 Sep 2014
Spc. Timothy Wharton II a chemical specialist, with the 404th MEB, negotiates the high jumper obstacle during the Best Warrior Competition July 26 at Marseilles Training Center. Illinois National Guard Soldiers competed in the Best Warrior Competition at the brigade level, competing against each other in 11 events such as, day and night land navigation, weapons qualification, physical fitness test, road march and a confidence course, July 2014. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Marie Schult-Slosser, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs)


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Clarence D. Pulcher of Morton, Illinois, state Army aviation officer, is promoted to lieutenant colonel by his daughters, (left) Aryanna and Ryleigh, while his wife Amber and Brig. Gen. Richard Hayes, Illinois National Guard Deputy Adjutant General and Director of the Joint Staff observe, during a promotion ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy in Springfield, Illinois, September 18. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office) New state Army aviation officer promoted to lieutenant colonel
18 Sep 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After 18 years as a commissioned officer, Clarence D. Pulcher III of Morton, Illinois, state Army aviation officer, was promoted to lieutenant colonel during a promotion ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy in Springfield, Illinois, September 18.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brandon Gibbs of Pleasant Plains, Illinois, with Company B, 634th Brigade Support Battalion, in Champaign, Illinois, fires at his target during the 2014 All Army Long Range Championship at Fort Benning, Georgia, September 10. (Courtesy photo) Illinois National Guard Soldiers place in marksmanship competition
17 Sep 2014

FORT BENNING, Ga. – Illinois National Guard Soldiers placed in the All Army Long Range Championship at Fort Benning, Georgia, September 8-11.
(Left) U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno presents the 108th Special Troops Battalion’s Army Award for Maintenance Excellence to Capt. Alison Jacobs of Rochester, Illinois, the logistics officer with the 108th Special Troops Battalion, Chicago, as Kathleen S. Miller, Acting Deputy Chief of Staff,G-4 and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, Washington, D.C., and Brig. Gen. Jack Haley, Chief of Ordnance Commandant U.S. Army Ordnance School, pose for a photograph during the 10th Annual Chief of Staff of the Army's Combined Logistics Excellence Awards ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virgina, Sept. 9, 2014. Thirty-six U.S. Army logistics units stationed in 17 states were honored during the ceremony.(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) Chicago based unit receives Army Award for Maintenance Excellence
12 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Illinois Army National Guard’s 108th Special Troops Battalion based in Chicago received a national-level Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME) Sept. 10 during the 10th Annual United States Army Combined Logistics Excellence Award ceremony in Washington, D.C.
(Left to right) Brig. Gen. Jarostaw Strozyk, Polish Defense Attaché, Maj. Gen. Daniel Krumrei, the Illinois National Guard Adjutant General, Ryszard Schnepf, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Celletti and Maj. Gen. William Cobetto, the Illinois National Guard Assistant Adjutant General-Air, pose for a photo during the Polish Armed Forces Day reception at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Douglas Coop, Illinois National Guard) Illinois National Guard generals receive Gold Polish Army Medal
12 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior Illinois National Guard leaders were awarded the Gold Polish Army Award and celebrated Polish Armed Forces Day at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9.
Spc. Timothy Wharton II a chemical specialist, with the 404th MEB, negotiates the high jumper obstacle during the Best Warrior Competition July 26 at Marseilles Training Center. Illinois National Guard Soldiers competed in the Best Warrior Competition at the brigade level, competing against each other in 11 events such as, day and night land navigation, weapons qualification, physical fitness test, road march and a confidence course, July 2014.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Marie Schult-Slosser, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs) 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade names best warriors
9 Sep 2014

MARSEILLES, Ill. – The 44th Chemical Battalion in Galesburg, Illinois, swept the brigade level Soldier and noncommissioned officer (NCO) of the year competition at Marseilles Training Center, July 27.
Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, pins Chief warrant officer three (CW3) rank on Christopher Arnold of Auburn, Illinois, during a promotion ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 3. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Auburn Soldier promoted to Chief warrant officer three
4 Sep 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Christopher Arnold of Auburn, Illinois, with Joint Force Headquarters in Springfield, Illinois, was promoted to the rank of Chief warrant officer three (CW3) during a ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 3.
(Left) Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, speaks to Soldiers during a  town hall-style meeting at Camp Lincoln, in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 4. Krumrei was part of a panel of Illinois Army National Guard leaders that addressed issues related to the postponement of September drill training and other fiscal constraints.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Adjutant General addresses Soldiers’ concerns regarding fiscal constraints
4 Sep 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Army National Guard conducted a town hall-style meeting at Camp Lincoln, in Springfield, Illinois on Sept. 4 to address issues related to the postponement of September drill training and other fiscal constraints.
Master Sgt. Jason Bennett of Chicago, a security forces craftsman with the 183rd Fighter Wing in Springfield, Illinois, briefs a group of Illinois National Guard military police and security forces members before the Governor's Reception at the National Guard Association of the United States Conference in Chicago, Aug. 24. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard) Illinois Guard conducts national special security event
28 Aug 2014

CHICAGO – More than 270 Soldiers and Airmen from the Illinois National Guard provided support and security to the 136th National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) Conference held at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Aug. 22 to 25.    

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