SPRINGFIELD -Gov. Pat Quinn announced today the reappointment of Maj. Gen. William L. Enyart as the 37th Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard. Enyart was previously appointed in 2007 and in 2009.
As the Adjutant General, Enyart will continue to advise the governor on military matters and to oversee the Illinois Department of Military Affairs. Enyart is also the senior officer commanding both the Illinois Army and Air National Guard. He is responsible for the daily operations of the Illinois National Guard and oversees its 13,500 men and women in uniform, 2,310 who are full-time, and for 300 civilian employees in the Department of Military Affairs. He also works closely with the leadership of the National Guard Bureau and the Departments of the Army and Air Force in Washington, D.C.
“Over the past four years, Maj. Gen. Enyart has led the Illinois National Guard through many significant challenges, including its largest overseas deployment since World War II, two state activations and direction of several important programs such as the State Partnership Program with Poland and the Lincoln’s Challenge Academy Program,” said Governor Quinn. “I am pleased that Maj. Gen. Enyart will continue to lead the Guard during these ongoing operations, especially as Illinois prepares its response and relief efforts for possible widespread flooding.”
Enyart has more than 35 years of military service, including serving in the U.S. Air Force before joining the Illinois Army National Guard in 1982. He has served as the deputy commanding general for the Illinois Army National Guard, judge advocate general corps and various staff positions in the Illinois Army National Guard. Enyart has earned numerous awards and decorations, serving abroad in Italy, Japan and Ukraine.
Enyart is an attorney licensed to practice in Illinois and Missouri, as well as the U.S. Federal Courts and the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Armed Services. He is also a certified military trial lawyer. Enyart earned his law degree at Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale after completing his undergraduate degree in journalism and political science at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.
“It is truly an honor to be reappointed as the Adjutant General,” said Enyart. “I look forward to continue working with Gov. Quinn and beside the fellow Soldiers and Airmen in the Illinois National Guard.”