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Capt. William Fitzsimons from Evanston, Illinois, the commander of Battery C 2nd Battalion 122nd Field Artillery based in Chicago, passes the guidon to Sgt. 1st Class LaCarl Baker from Chicago, the battery first sergeant during the battery's uncasing ceremony in Chicago April 12.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick J. DeGeorge, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)
16 Apr 2015
Capt. William Fitzsimons from Evanston, Illinois, the commander of Battery C 2nd Battalion 122nd Field Artillery based in Chicago, passes the guidon to Sgt. 1st Class LaCarl Baker from Chicago, the battery first sergeant during the battery's uncasing ceremony in Chicago April 12. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick J. DeGeorge, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)


 
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placeholder imgage Chicago-based Illinois National Guard Aviation Unit Mobilizes for Kuwait
22 May 2015

CHICAGO– A deployment ceremony is scheduled for approximately 25 Soldiers who will deploy to Kuwait this summer. The ceremony for Detachment 2, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment in Chicago and Detachment 8, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment in Chicago will be May 28 at 11 a.m. at Chicago’s Army Aviation Support Facility #2, 5400 W. 63rd St. in Chicago.
placeholder imgage Decatur based Illinois Army National Guard Airlift Detachment home from Africa
13 May 2015

DECATUR, Ill. – Approximately 10 Illinois Army National Guardsmen who served in Africa with Detachment 36, Operational Support Airlift based in Decatur, Illinois have returned home.
U.S. Army photo of Lt. Ben Morin taken prior to his deployment to the Phillipines. (Submitted photo.) First U.S. Tank Commander to Engage Enemy Forces in World War II Dies
13 May 2015

MAYWOOD, Ill. – 1st Lt. Benjamin Morin, the first U.S. tank commander to engage enemy forces in World War II and the last surviving officer of the National Guard’s famed 192nd Tank Battalion, has died at a retirement home for Catholic priests in Michigan.
Students of the 1st Battalion, 129th Regional Training Institute’s Motor Transportation Operator (88M) class stand during the benediction of their graduation ceremony May 8. During the course, the 10 graduates were trained and evaluated on the Army’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs) to include driving on and off-road,  driving with and without a trailer, convoy operations, maintenance, crew drills, and proper loading and hauling. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Five Illinois Soldiers Graduate from Motor Transport Operator School
13 May 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Five Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers graduated May 8 from the 129th Regional Training Institute’s Motor Transport Operator reclassification course at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.
placeholder imgage Specialized Illinois National Guard unit to mobilize for Afghanistan
11 May 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.– A deployment ceremony is scheduled for five Soldiers who will deploy to Afghanistan as part of an embedded staff team. The ceremony for the Bilateral Embedded Staff Team (BEST) A15 will be May 15 at 11 a.m. at Camp Lincoln, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Springfield, Illinois.
Spc. Stephanie Moore of Chicago with the 405th Brigade Support Battalion based in North Riverside, Illinois grabs some food from one of the food tables at the Multicultural Day Fest May 6 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. The Illinois National Guard’s Multicultural Fest provided an opportunity for Guardsmen to learn more about other cultures, traditions and lifestyles while enjoying foods from different cultures. Soldiers come together at Camp Lincoln for Multicultural Day
8 May 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Soldiers on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois came together May 6 to celebrate cultural diversity during the Multicultural Day Festival.
Lt. Col. Rodney Boyd (left) of Chicago, incoming commander of the 108th Sustainment Brigade based in Chicago, receives the brigade colors from Brig. Gen. Michael Zerbonia of Springfield, Illinois during a change of command ceremony at the Northwest Armory in Chicago Feb. 8. Col. Drew Dukett of Roodhouse, Illinois relinquished command of the 108th Sustainment Brigade to Boyd. (U.S. Army photo by Michael Camacho, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Chicago’s 108th Sustainment Brigade makes leadership changes
5 May 2015

When it was time for Col. Drew Dukett to rotate out of command of the 108th Sustainment Brigade, the Illinois National Guard didn’t have to look far for a replacement. Lt. Col. Rodney Boyd, the brigade’s operations officer, took command of the 108th on Feb. 8 during a ceremony at Chicago’s Northwest Armory.


Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mark Hebenstreit of Springfield, Illinois (right) stands with Col. Joseph Schweikert of Peoria, Illinois (left) after being presented the Army Commendation Medal for his service and contributions during National Guard Association of the United States’ 2014 conference in Illinois. (Courtesy photo) Two Soldiers Receive Army Commendation Medal
5 May 2015

Two Soldiers were presented with the Army Commendation Medal May 4 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.
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