Illinois National Guard

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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Staff Sgt. Daniel Hufford of Rantoul, Illinois, an instructor at Illinois’ 2nd Battalion, 129th Regional Training Institute’s Officer Candidate School in Springfield, Illinois was among 15 Army National Guard Soldiers to become signal support specialists April 26. The Soldiers were recognized during a graduation ceremony held at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.   Hufford and the other Soldiers learned vital information
technology skills during the two-phase, four-week long course. During the first
phase Soldiers learned skills relevant to install, troubleshoot and repair
commercial information technology equipment including computers, routers,
switches and computer hardware and software. Phase two focused on establishing
and maintaining battlefield communications through computer systems, radios and
satellite communications. The Soldiers also participated in a Capstone Field
Exercise to reinforce the skills they learned throughout the course at the end
of phase two.   Hufford
will continue to instruct at the 129th’s OCS, but will now also instruct at the
129th’s 25U Signal Support Specialist Reclassification course. Illinois Soldier becomes signal support specialist
27 Apr 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Staff Sgt. Daniel Hufford of Rantoul, Illinois, an instructor at Illinois’ 2nd Battalion, 129th Regional Training Institute’s Officer Candidate School in Springfield, Illinois was among 15 Army National Guard Soldiers to become signal support specialists April 26. The Soldiers were recognized during a graduation ceremony held at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.

 
<b>SPRINGFIELD, Illinois –</b> Col.
Mark Jackson, of Frankfort, Illinois, was selected May 12 as an inductee into
the 2016 inaugural class of the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC)
Hall of Fame. Jackson was invited to the
induction ceremony that will be held June 10 at the United States Army Cadet
Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky. <div><br></div><div>The
Hall of Fame induction is awarded to alumni whose character and distinguished
service epitomizes the qualities the Army ROTC embodies. A permanent record of Jackson’s service and
accomplishments will be added to the Hall of Fame and Illinois State
University’s ROTC program, from which he received his commission, will receive
a duplicate certificate to display. </div><div><br></div><div>Jackson
said he knew he was nominated in the fall of 2015 by Illinois State University
but he was completely shocked to have made it this far. </div><div><br></div><div>“This
has meant so much to me and I am deeply honored and blessed to be a honoree,”
Jackson said. “I could not have gotten
this far in my military career without God, my family, great non-commissioned
officers who believed enough in me to train me, wonderful commanders who saw
something in me to mentor me and the Soldiers who followed me.” </div><div><br></div><div>Jackson’s
induction coincides with the Army ROTC’s Centennial Commemoration Ceremony,
where the program will celebrate its 100th anniversary. </div><div><br></div><div>Jackson
was recently recognized on Feb. 27 when he earned the Legion of Merit, the
fourth highest honor for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, for exceptional
meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service and
achievements. </div><div><br></div><div>Jackson
previously commanded of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Urbana,
Illinois, and the 65th Troop Command Brigade in Springfield, Illinois. He currently serves on the Illinois National
Guard’s joint staff as the Director of Operations and Training. </div><div><br></div><div>He
also continues to develop relations with the Illinois National Guard’s Polish
counterparts as part of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program.</div> Frankfort Soldier inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame
19 May 2016

Col. Mark Jackson, of Frankfort, Illinois, was selected May 12 as an inductee into the 2016 inaugural class of the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC) Hall of Fame. Jackson was invited to the induction ceremony that will be held June 10 at the United States Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

 
QUINCY, Illinois – Illinois Army National Guard Staff
Sgt. Jason Lawrence of Warsaw, Illinois, a recruiter based in Quincy, Illinois,
was among the first people on the scene of a two-vehicle accident involving a
tractor trailer May 25. The accident occurred at Third
Street and Riverview Boulevard in Quincy and involved a sport-utility vehicle and
a tractor trailer. Police said that as a result of the accident, the semi went through
a guardrail and into a ravine. Lawrence said he was returning from a
meeting with a recruit when he witnessed the accident in his rearview mirror
and went back to help. “I turned around and went back to the
scene,” said Lawrence. “I told the driver of the Explorer to stay still, and
told another driver who stopped to call 911. After that I headed down to the
ravine to check on the semi driver.”Lawrence said the top of the truck’s cab
was gone, a tree was coming up through the engine compartment and the driver
was bleeding from cuts to his head and looking for his phone. “I calmed the driver down and convinced
him to stay still, then wrapped my shirt around his head and asked him to keep
pressure on it,” said Lawrence. “After about five minutes fire and rescue
arrived on scene and I got out of the way so they could do their jobs.”Quincy Police patrol officer Chris
Mueller was the officer who responded to the scene. Officer Mueller expressed
his gratitude for Lawrence’s quick response. “If not for Sergeant Lawrence’s quick
response on scene, the situation could have been much worse,” said Mueller.
“The driver of the semi was bleeding a lot, Sergeant Lawrence did a real good
job responding, I’d like to say thanks to him.”  Illinois Soldier assists at crash scene in Quincy
27 May 2016

QUINCY, Illinois – Illinois Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jason Lawrence of Warsaw, Illinois, a recruiter based in Quincy, Illinois, was among the first people on the scene of a two-vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer May 25.

 
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<i>By 1st Lt. Aaron Ritter,
Illinois National Guard Public Affairs </i></p><p><b>WASHINGTON –</b> Maj.
Gen. Richard Hayes, Jr., The Adjutant General, Illinois National Guard, and a
delegation of other Illinois National Guardsmen, travelled to Washington, D.C.
May 23-24 to accept awards for being one of the “most improved” Army
communities as part of the 2016 Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) Program. </p><p>The
ACOE program is designed to honor the top Army, National Guard and Reserve
organizations that achieve high levels of excellence providing services and
support to its Soldiers, families, the state and nation. </p><p>The
Illinois delegation was first honored May 23 at the National Guard Bureau where
they received special recognition for being the most-improved National Guard organization
to compete in the 2016 competition. Forty other states and territories were considered in 2016 with
Wisconsin taking the honor of being the overall National Guard winner. </p><p>On May
24, the Illinois National Guardsmen attended a second awards ceremony at the
Pentagon where winners from the Active, Reserve and National Guard components
were presented awards by Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Mark Milley. Illinois was again recognized as being one of
the “most improved” Army communities, alongside Joint Base Lewis McChord,
Washington, and Fort Drum, New York. </p><p>Hayes
said he is proud of the work and dedication put into this year’s assessment and
he said it’s the completed analysis that guides the Illinois Army National
Guard to improve itself. </p><p>“This
program serves as a mechanism and framework in which we improve how we operate
in a systematic, deliberate way,” Hayes said. “We are then able to take our findings and invest in successful
strategies that we can implement to make our operations more efficient.”</p><p>Hayes
said the ACOE directly pertains to readiness and Illinois’ ability to serve its
domestic and federal mission. </p><p>The ACOE
Program assists Army organizations assess its work systems, processes and
performance against a standardized framework of criteria using the Malcolm
Baldrige Framework for Excellence. </p><p>Each
year, the program kicks off with the Illinois Army National Guard formulating a
working group that includes representatives of varying specialties including recruiting,
operations, human resources, information technology and logistics. These specialists complete a 40-hour course
to learn about the Baldrige Criteria. </p><p>Over a
period of several months, the working group analyzes the ILARNG’s processes and
programs to discover more efficient ways it could operate. They then create a
report detailing their findings, which are later evaluated against Army
priorities and the Baldrige Criteria. </p><p>Illinois’
Strategic Plans and Policy Officer, Lt. Col. Michael Legler, of Pekin, Illinois,
who supervised the 2016 ACOE team, said the ACOE process is lengthy, but
worthwhile. </p><p>“ACOE gives us an opportunity to look at the
ILARNG and ask ‘where are we now in our processes and practices,’” Leger
said. “The next step is to identify
opportunities for improvement and to continually build upon the previous year’s
assessment, and so on, year after year.” </p><p>The
central concept is that organizational improvement is best achieved in an
environment where organizations employ well developed processes that are
aligned with the organization’s goals and competencies. </p><p>Illinois’
recognition as the most improved means the ILARNG demonstrated greater
year-over-year improvement in its organizational processes than any other
applicant. </p><p>For
its efforts, the Illinois National Guard received $5,000, which will assist
Illinois’ ACOE self-assessment underway for the 2017 competition. </p><p>Legler
said the competitive nature of the program and the associated awards are nice,
but it’s the process and self-analysis that lead up to the ceremonies are the
real purpose behind this program. He
said the packet also serves as means to give Illinois’ senior leaders a
“snapshot” of where the organization stands and what could be done to make it run
more smoothly. </p><p>“Throughout the ACOE process, it’s important
we have real honest self-assessment of our organization to learn about
ourselves and to look for areas where we can become even stronger,” Legler
said. “We will excel even more with
those candid and honest discussions.” </p><p>Legler
and his team, many of which were in the 2016 working group, are hard at work,
making the finishing touches to the 2017 ACOE submission packet. Legler said, if the work put into 2016 is any
indication of the dedication his team is putting forth, then he anticipates
there will be another spot on the stage for Illinois next year.</p> Illinois Army National Guard recognized for excellence in process improvement
1 Jun 2016

Maj. Gen. Richard Hayes, Jr., The Adjutant General, Illinois National Guard, and a delegation of other Illinois National Guardsmen, travelled to Washington, D.C. May 23-24 to accept awards for being one of the “most improved” Army communities as part of the 2016 Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) Program.

 
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –
Jacob Rhodes of Macomb, Illinois was promoted to the rank of captain during a ceremony at
Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois Dec. 12. </p><p>Rhodes enlisted in the Illinois
Army National Guard in 2011. He serves as the plans officer for the
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron 106th Cavalry Regiment based
in Kewanee, Illinois. </p><p>Rhode’s wife Mia pinned the rank of
captain on him during the ceremony. </p> Macomb Soldier promoted to Captain
15 Dec 2016

Jacob Rhodes of Macomb, Illinois was promoted to the rank of captain during a ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois Dec. 12.

 
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –
Jacob Rhodes of Macomb, Illinois was promoted to the rank of captain during a ceremony at
Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois Dec. 12. </p><p>Rhodes enlisted in the Illinois
Army National Guard in 2011. He serves as the plans officer for the
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron 106th Cavalry Regiment based
in Kewanee, Illinois. </p><p>Rhode’s wife Mia pinned the rank of
captain on him during the ceremony. </p> Macomb Soldier promoted to Captain
15 Dec 2016

Jacob Rhodes of Macomb, Illinois was promoted to the rank of captain during a ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois Dec. 12.

 
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SCOTT AIR FORCE
BASE-Amanda G. Stewarts of Nokomis, Illinois was
promoted to the rank of chief master sergeant
during a promotion ceremony at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville Jan. 8.</p><p>Stewart enlisted in the
Illinois Air National Guard in April 1990 as a material storage and
distribution specialist at the 183rd Fighter Wing in Springfield, Illinois. In
February 1994, she was selected for a full-time Illinois Air National Guard position
as a tools and parts attendant in Springfield, Illinois. </p><p>Stewart deployed in April 2002 to Bahrain and in February
2006 to Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. </p><p>In July 2008, Stewart transferred to
the 126th Air Refueling Wing at Scott Air Force Base. </p><p>Stewart will now serve as the Supply
Chain Management Squadron Superintendent for the 126th Air Refueling Wing at
Scott Air Force Base.</p> Nokomis Airman achieves top enlisted rank
26 Jan 2017

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE-Amanda G. Stewart of Nokomis, Illinois was promoted to the rank of chief master sergeant during a promotion ceremony at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, Illinois Jan. 8

 


SPRINGFIELD, Ill.– Pvt.
Jake Roustio of Granite City, Illinois was sworn into the Illinois Army
National Guard Jan. 19 at the St. Louis Entrance Processing Station. Roustio
enlisted as an 11B, infantryman. He is assigned
to Company M, Recruit Sustainment Program in Shiloh, Illinois.Once
he graduates from East Alton Wood River High School in May he will attend basic
combat training and advanced individual training. After finishing his training, Roustio will be
assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion,130th Infantry in Mount Vernon, Illinois. After
successfully completing his training, Roustio will be eligible to receive 100
percent free college tuition through the Illinois National Guard Grant, and for
the Select Reserve G.I. Bill and federal tuition assistance. The
Recruiting and Retention Battalion and Company M congratulate Roustio and
welcome him into the Illinois Army National Guard. Granite City native enlists in to the Illinois Army National Guard
26 Jan 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.– Pvt. Jake Roustio of Granite City, Illinois was sworn into the Illinois Army National Guard Jan. 19 at the St. Louis Entrance Processing Station.