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.

 
placeholder imgage Specialized Illinois National Guard unit to mobilize for Afghanistan
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.

 
(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.

 
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. 

 
placeholder imgage Chicago-based Illinois National Guard Brigade Returns Home from Kuwait
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.

 
Illinois National Guard breaks ground in Kankakee
30 Oct 2014

KANKAKEE, Ill. – The Illinois National held groundbreaking ceremony for a $53.3 million Army Aviation Support Facility and Readiness Center in Kankakee, Oct. 29.

 
Illinois National Guard colonel retires after 28 years
23 Oct 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After 28 years of service, Col. Alexander D. Lawson will retire from the Illinois Army National Guard as the director of information management.

 
Col. Christopher Hall of Springfield, Illinois, retired after 27 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard. (Submitted photo) Illinois Guardsman retires after 27 years of service
19 Oct 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Col. Christopher Hall of Springfield, Illinois, retired after more than 27 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard, the last five and a half as Illinois’ United States Property and Fiscal Officer (USPFO).

 
(Right)Staff Sgt. Katie Jo Wiliams, of Altamont, Illinois, a recruiter with the Illinois National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command, stands alongside fellow competitors (from left) Melody Ware, Elizabeth Lauras, and Kimikko Thomas at the Miss Veteran America contest in Leesburg, Virginia, Oct. 12, 2014. Williams was competing in the finals event after making her way through regionals and the semifinals earlier this year. (Submitted photo) An end, but not the end for Illinois Guardsman
20 Oct 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A long journey for military women across the country has come to an end. Staff Sgt. Katie Jo Wiliams, of Altamont, Illinois, a recruiter with the Illinois National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command, based in Springfield, Illinois, made it to the finals of the Ms. Veteran America 2014 contest, and into the top 25 before landing just shy of the top 10.

 
Lt. Col. Christopher McIntyre, a resident of Cantrall, Illinois, and native of Peoria, Illinois, receives the battalion flag from Col. Michael Glisson, 65th Troop Command Brigade commander, during the 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment change of command ceremony Oct. 18 in Peoria, Illinois. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment in Peoria gets new commander
19 Oct 2014

PEORIA, Ill. – Lt. Col. John Husemann of LaGrange Park, Illinois, relinquished command of the 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment to Lt. Col. Christopher McIntyre, a resident of Cantrall, Illinois, and native of Peoria, Illinois, during a change of command ceremony Oct. 18 in Peoria, Illinois.

 
Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth and her husband Maj. Brian Bowlsbey of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, an Illinois National Guardsman with Joint Force Headquarters, retired with 23 years of military service. She announced her military retirement 10 years after her Blackhawk helicopter was shot down in Iraq and she lost both legs. (U.S. Army National Guard photo provided by Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth) Duckworth Retires
14 Oct 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, an Illinois National Guardsman with Joint Force Headquarters, announced her military retirement 10 years after her Blackhawk helicopter was shot down in Iraq and she lost both legs.

 
Staff Sgt. Kellye Brestan of Bloomington, Illinois, an Illinois Army National Guard recruiter, performs the Yoke carry during the North American Strongman Nationals, in Reno, Nevada Oct 4, where she placed third. She carried the 500 pounds for 60 feet in 12 seconds. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Kellye Brestan) Illinois Army National Guard Soldier excels in Strongman Competition
10 Oct 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Staff Sgt. Kellye Brestan of Bloomington, Illinois, recruiter for the Illinois Army National Guard, placed third in the North American Strongman (NAS) National Competition in Reno, Nevada, Oct. 4 and 5.

 
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