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.

 
(Left) Michael Zerbonia, Colonel of Operations for the Illinois State Police, listens to Staff Sgt. Joseph Arnold of Pleasant Hill, Illinois, as he describes the team-building exercise he is instructing to approximately 60 Illinois State troopers at the Illinois Military Academy in Springfield, Illinois, Oct. 9. Arnold is an intelligence analyst with the Illinois National Guard Counterdrug Task Force that conducted a team-building exercise during the troopers’ weeklong leadership training. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois Guardsmen conduct team-building exercise for state troopers
10 Oct 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Guardsmen with the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) Counterdrug Task Force conducted a team-building exercise toward the end of a weeklong leadership training course for approximately 60 Illinois State Troopers at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Oct. 9.

 
(Right) Col. Mark Jackson of Frankfort, Illinois, commander of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, shakes hands with President Bronislaw Komorowski, the president of Poland, in Orzysz, Poland, Oct. 2.  Jackson presented Komorowski a plaque on behalf of the 33rd IBCT. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick J. DeGeorge, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs) Illinois National Guard Soldiers complete Polish military exercise
6 Oct 2014

ORZYSZ, Poland – Soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard’s 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (33rd IBCT) in Urbana, Illinois, and the 244th Digital Liaison Detachment in Chicago, participated in the largest multi-national military training exercise in Polish history, Sept. 24 to Oct. 4.

 
Army Maj. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei (left), the 38th Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, presents the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award to Col. Peter Nezamis, Commander of the 126th Air Refueling Wing, at Scott Air Force Base, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The Illinois Air National Guard unit received the award for distinguishing itself for exceptionally meritorious service from Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2013. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens) 126th Air Refueling Wing presented its sixth Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
6 Oct 2014

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – The 126th Air Refueling Wing, assigned to the Illinois Air National Guard, received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) on Oct. 4, 2014, from the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, Army Maj. Gen. Daniel Krumrei, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

 
(Left) Paul Gutman, owner of Legacy Harley Davidson in Effingham, Illinois, stands with Staff Sgt. John K. Clinton of Greenup, Illinois. Gutman gave Clinton a full-time position at the dealership, Sept. 23. The organization started with a group of men from Effingham, Illinois, Boris Bonutti, Bob Lakin, Dennis Brown, Bob Ferguson and Gutman who had a deep sense of support for the military. (Courtesy photo) Operation Blackhawk, an organization for Soldiers
1 Oct 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In 2008, a group of five people came together for nothing more than to help Soldiers and their families. Operation Blackhawk began raising money to help servicemembers.

 
(Left) Cathy Byers, Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center, Decatur, Illinois, The Illinois Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei and Catherine Walters from Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault, Springfield, Illinois, sign a memorandum of understanding between the Illinois National Guard and rape crisis centers throughout the state of Illinois at Camp Lincoln, Sept. 30. Illinois National Guard collaborates with rape crisis centers
30 Sep 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Daniel M. Krumrei of Springfield, Illinois, Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard signed memorandums of understanding between the Illinois National Guard and multiple rape crisis centers throughout Illinois at Camp Lincoln, Sept. 30.

 
Master Sgt. Jeffrey D. Palmisano of Springfield, Illinois, receives a Meritorious Service Medal from Maj. Gen. Johnny R. Miller, Assistant Adjutant General-Army, during a retirement ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 28. Palmisano was recognized for his 34 years of service with the Illinois National Guard. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Springfield Soldier retires after 34 years of service
30 Sep 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Master Sgt. Jeffrey D. Palmisano of Springfield, Illinois, received a Meritorious Service Medal for his 34 years of service during a retirement ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 28.

 
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) Kincaid Soldier promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Two
30 Sep 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Thomas Watson of Kincaid, Illinois, assigned to Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) was promoted to the rank of chief warrant officer two during a promotion ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 29.

 
(Right) Command Sgt. Maj. Sean P. Carney of Lombard, Illinois, passes the 766th Engineer Battalion flag to Lt. Col. Craig A. Holan of Litchfield, Illinois, the outgoing commander, during a change of command ceremony in Decatur, Illinois, Sept. 27. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Jason T. Dorsey, Joint Force Headquarters) 766th Engineer Battalion in Decatur gets new commander, name
28 Sep 2014

DECATUR, Ill. – Lt. Col. Craig A. Holan of Litchfield, Illinois, relinquished command of the 766th Engineer Battalion to Maj. Douglas M. Masters of Naperville, Illinois, during a change of command ceremony Sept. 27 in Decatur, Illinois.

 
Gloria Miller places major general rank on her son, Johnny R. Miller of Tamms, Illinois, Assistant Adjutant General-Army, as Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General, pins rank on his hat during a promotion ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 27. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Jason T. Dorsey, Joint Force Headquarters) Tamms Soldier promoted to major general
28 Sep 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Johnny R. Miller of Tamms, Illinois, the Assistant Adjutant General-Army, was promoted to major general during a promotion ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 27.

 
(Right) Sgt. 1st Class Wes Sosa of Oregon, Illinois, a platoon sergeant with Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment in Dixon, Illinois, represents the United States in a multinational color guard during the opening ceremony for Anaconda 14 in Orsyz, Poland, Sept. 24.  Sosa is one of nearly 100 Illinois National Guard Soldiers taking part in the two-week multinational exercise. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick J. DeGeorge, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs) Illinois National Guard Soldiers arrive in Poland for training exercise
25 Sep 2014

ORZYSZ, POLAND – Nearly 100 Soldiers with the Illinois Army National Guard’s 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) and 224th Digital Liaison Detachment arrived in Poland, Sept. 24 to take part in a two-week training exercise, known as Anaconda 14, with Soldiers from Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and the Czech Republic.

 
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