Illinois National Guard

28 Jan 2013
Public Affairs Office
Athens Soldier Takes Command Of Chicago-Based Unit

MARSEILLES Lt. Col. Ron Jeanblanc of Athens took command of the 108th Special Troops Battalion (STB) in Chicago during a change of command ceremony Jan 25 at Marseilles Training Center in Marseilles.

Jeanblanc takes the reigns from Lt. Col. Matthew Voyles of Woodstock, who served as the 108th STB commander for the past two years. Voyles will go on to serve as the officer-in-charge of support operations with the 108th Sustainment Brigade in Chicago.

Jeanblanc enlisted into the active Army in June 1986. He later joined the Illinois Army National Guard and achieved the rank of sergeant first class before receiving his commission as second lieutenant through the Illinois Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School.

Jeanblanc has supported missions and operations in Korea, Thailand, Germany and Poland. He recently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.