(Right) Col. Mark Jackson of Frankfort, Illinois, commander of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, shakes hands with President Bronislaw Komorowski, the president of Poland, in Orzysz, Poland, Oct. 2.  Jackson presented Komorowski a plaque on behalf of the 33rd IBCT. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick J. DeGeorge, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)
6 Oct 2014
(Right) Col. Mark Jackson of Frankfort, Illinois, commander of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, shakes hands with President Bronislaw Komorowski, the president of Poland, in Orzysz, Poland, Oct. 2. Jackson presented Komorowski a plaque on behalf of the 33rd IBCT. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick J. DeGeorge, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)


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(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.
Army Maj. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei (left), the 38th Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, presents the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award to Col. Peter Nezamis, Commander of the 126th Air Refueling Wing, at Scott Air Force Base, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The Illinois Air National Guard unit received the award for distinguishing itself for exceptionally meritorious service from Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens) 126th Air Refueling Wing presented its sixth Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
6 Oct 2014

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – The 126th Air Refueling Wing, assigned to the Illinois Air National Guard, received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) on Oct. 4, 2014, from the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, Army Maj. Gen. Daniel Krumrei, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
(Right) Col. Mark Jackson of Frankfort, Illinois, commander of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, shakes hands with President Bronislaw Komorowski, the president of Poland, in Orzysz, Poland, Oct. 2.  Jackson presented Komorowski a plaque on behalf of the 33rd IBCT. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick J. DeGeorge, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs) Illinois National Guard Soldiers complete Polish military exercise
6 Oct 2014

ORZYSZ, Poland – Soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard’s 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (33rd IBCT) in Urbana, Illinois, and the 244th Digital Liaison Detachment in Chicago, participated in the largest multi-national military training exercise in Polish history, Sept. 24 to Oct. 4.

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