Soldiers shoot the pistol during the Illinois Army National Guard Adjutant General’s Rifle and Pistol Match August 8, at the Marseilles Training Center in Marseilles, Illinois. More than 100 Soldiers from around the state meet to compete at the 2014 annual marksmanship event. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office)
13 Aug 2014
Soldiers shoot the pistol during the Illinois Army National Guard Adjutant General’s Rifle and Pistol Match August 8, at the Marseilles Training Center in Marseilles, Illinois. More than 100 Soldiers from around the state meet to compete at the 2014 annual marksmanship event. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office)


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Illinois National Guard breaks ground in Kankakee
30 Oct 2014

KANKAKEE, Ill. – The Illinois National held groundbreaking ceremony for a $53.3 million Army Aviation Support Facility and Readiness Center in Kankakee, Oct. 29.
Illinois National Guard colonel retires after 28 years
23 Oct 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After 28 years of service, Col. Alexander D. Lawson will retire from the Illinois Army National Guard as the director of information management.

Lawson, a native of Hamilton, Illinois, said his decision to join the military was fueled by the desire to provide for his family.

(Right)Staff Sgt. Katie Jo Wiliams, of Altamont, Illinois, a recruiter with the Illinois National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command, stands alongside fellow competitors (from left) Melody Ware, Elizabeth Lauras, and Kimikko Thomas at the Miss Veteran America contest in Leesburg, Virginia, Oct. 12, 2014. Williams was competing in the finals event after making her way through regionals and the semifinals earlier this year. (Submitted photo) An end, but not the end for Illinois Guardsman
20 Oct 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A long journey for military women across the country has come to an end. Staff Sgt. Katie Jo Wiliams, of Altamont, Illinois, a recruiter with the Illinois National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command, based in Springfield, Illinois, made it to the finals of the Ms. Veteran America 2014 contest, and into the top 25 before landing just shy of the top 10.
Col. Christopher Hall of Springfield, Illinois, retired after 27 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard. (Submitted photo) Illinois Guardsman retires after 27 years of service
19 Oct 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Col. Christopher Hall of Springfield, Illinois, retired after more than 27 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard, the last five and a half as Illinois’ United States Property and Fiscal Officer (USPFO).
Lt. Col. Christopher McIntyre, a resident of Cantrall, Illinois, and native of Peoria, Illinois, receives the battalion flag from Col. Michael Glisson, 65th Troop Command Brigade commander, during the 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment change of command ceremony Oct. 18 in Peoria, Illinois. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment in Peoria gets new commander
19 Oct 2014

PEORIA, Ill. – Lt. Col. John Husemann of LaGrange Park, Illinois, relinquished command of the 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment to Lt. Col. Christopher McIntyre, a resident of Cantrall, Illinois, and native of Peoria, Illinois, during a change of command ceremony Oct. 18 in Peoria, Illinois.
Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth and her husband Maj. Brian Bowlsbey of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, an Illinois National Guardsman with Joint Force Headquarters, retired with 23 years of military service. She announced her military retirement 10 years after her Blackhawk helicopter was shot down in Iraq and she lost both legs. (U.S. Army National Guard photo provided by Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth) Duckworth Retires
14 Oct 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, an Illinois National Guardsman with Joint Force Headquarters, announced her military retirement 10 years after her Blackhawk helicopter was shot down in Iraq and she lost both legs.
Staff Sgt. Kellye Brestan of Bloomington, Illinois, an Illinois Army National Guard recruiter, performs the Yoke carry during the North American Strongman Nationals, in Reno, Nevada Oct 4, where she placed third. She carried the 500 pounds for 60 feet in 12 seconds. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Kellye Brestan) Illinois Army National Guard Soldier excels in Strongman Competition
10 Oct 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Staff Sgt. Kellye Brestan of Bloomington, Illinois, recruiter for the Illinois Army National Guard, placed third in the North American Strongman (NAS) National Competition in Reno, Nevada, Oct. 4 and 5.
(Left) Michael Zerbonia, Colonel of Operations for the Illinois State Police, listens to Staff Sgt. Joseph Arnold of Pleasant Hill, Illinois, as he describes the team-building exercise he is instructing to approximately 60 Illinois State troopers at the Illinois Military Academy in Springfield, Illinois, Oct. 9. Arnold is an intelligence analyst with the Illinois National Guard Counterdrug Task Force that conducted a team-building exercise during the troopers’ weeklong leadership training. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois Guardsmen conduct team-building exercise for state troopers
10 Oct 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Guardsmen with the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) Counterdrug Task Force conducted a team-building exercise toward the end of a weeklong leadership training course for approximately 60 Illinois State Troopers at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Oct. 9.

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