Brig. Gen. Michael Zerbonia, Land Forces Component Commander, places chief warrant officer two rank on Thomas Watson of Kincaid, Illinois, as his wife, Lissa, watches during his promotion ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 29. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)
30 Sep 2014
Brig. Gen. Michael Zerbonia, Land Forces Component Commander, places chief warrant officer two rank on Thomas Watson of Kincaid, Illinois, as his wife, Lissa, watches during his promotion ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 29. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)


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Brothers, Spencer Lange, 17, and Nicholas Lange, 18, of Gilberts, Illinois, graduates Lincoln’s Challenge Academy Class 43 at the top of their class. Spencer was named the valedictorian and Nicholas was named the salutatorian during the academy’s graduation ceremony at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois, Dec. 11.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office) Brothers defy odds, graduate at the top of their class- Lincoln’s Challenge Academy Class 43 graduates Dec. 11
12 Dec 2014

RANTOUL, Ill. – Brothers, Spencer Lange, 17, and Nicholas Lange, 18, of Gilberts, Illinois, were headed in the wrong direction before they arrived at Lincoln’s Challenge Academy (LCA), but hard work led them to the top of their graduating class. 
Illinois Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Scott Johnson, of Lemont, and his wife, Jamie, pose after being honored at the first ever Chicago Walk of Fame, held at the United Center, Nov. 20. Johnson accepted the honor on behalf of all local military who have served past and present. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Dustin Cammack, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office) Lemont Guardsman honored for bravery and determination
4 Dec 2014

CHICAGO – Illinois Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Scott Johnson, a Purple Heart recipient from Lemont, Illinois, was among the inaugural inductees to the first ever Chicago Walk of Fame, held at the United Center, Nov. 20. Johnson accepted the honor on behalf of all local military who have served, past and present.
Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Bowman of Plainfield, Illinois, Illinois Army National Guard Command Sergeant Major; Col. Joseph Schweickert of Peoria, Illinois, Illinois Army National Guard Chief of Staff; and Col. Tim Pheil, Army National Guard Assistant Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Cadet Command; give opening remarks during the Illinois Army National Guard (ILARNG) Recruiting and Retention Battalion 2014 Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) summit at the Illinois Military Academy in Springfield, Illinois, Nov. 18. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Reserve Officers' Training Corps 2014 summit
19 Nov 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Army National Guard (ILARNG) Recruiting and Retention Battalion hosted the 2014 Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) summit at the Illinois Military Academy in Springfield, Illinois, Nov. 18.
(Left) State Command Chief Warrant Officer 5, David W. Hammon of Petersburg, Illinois, congratulates Staff Sgt. Courtney McCormick of Jacksonville, Illinois, as the first Soldier to complete the necessary steps before obtaining the warrant officer rank using the new recruiting process at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, Nov. 12.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Jacksonville Soldier becomes first to complete new warrant officer process
13 Nov 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Staff Sgt. Courtney McCormick of Jacksonville, Illinois, completed the federal recognition board at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, Nov. 12 to become a warrant officer.  She was the first Soldier to complete the necessary steps before obtaining the warrant officer candidate rank using the new recruiting process.
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12 Nov 2014

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) A14 will be Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. at Camp Lincoln, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Springfield, Illinois.
Illinois Army National Guard Soldier and pianist Capt. Ian Gindes of Urbana, Illinois, plays a Salute to Veterans performance, a series of patriotic works in honor of members of the armed services at the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, Nov. 2. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois Soldier and pianist performs to honor veterans
3 Nov 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois Army National Guard Soldier and pianist Capt. Ian Gindes of Urbana, Illinois, played a Salute to Veterans performance, a series of patriotic works in honor of members of the armed services at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois, Nov. 2. 
(Right) Col. John E. Patterson of Jacksonville, Illinois, assumes command of the 183rd Fighter Wing in Springfield, Illinois, as he accepts the wing's flag from Daniel Krumrei, Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, Nov. 2. (U.S. Air National guard photo by Master Sgt. Shaun Kerr, 183rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs) 183rd Fighter Wing changes commanders
3 Nov 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Col. John E. Patterson of Jacksonville, Illinois, assumed command of the 183rd Fighter Wing in Springfield, Illinois, Nov. 2.
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31 Oct 2014

CHICAGO – More than 200 Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers who served in Kuwait returned home to their families today. Homecoming ceremonies for the 108th Sustainment Brigade were held Oct. 25 in Bridgeview, Illinois and Springfield, Illinois.

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