placeholder imgage Freedom Salute Ceremony for Springfield-based Teams that Deployed to Afghanistan
3 Mar 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Two teams of Soldiers will be recognized March 8 by the National Guard Bureau Freedom Salute Campaign for their sacrifice and service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Approximately 20 Soldiers will be recognized at 2 p.m. at Camp Lincoln, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Springfield, Illinois.

 
Bryon Lynch plays the guitar during the song “Total Praise” during the Lincoln’s ChalleNGe Academy Black History Month celebration Feb. 28 in Rantoul (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Brad Leighton, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Lincoln’s ChalleNGe Academy Celebrates Black History With Local Churches
2 Mar 2015

RANTOUL, Ill. – The Civil Rights Movement drew support from people of many different ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs, but the African-American Christian churches played a special part from the freedom songs veiled as hymns to the Baptist minister Martin Luther King Jr., who gave his life in the pursuit of justice.

 
2nd Lt. Ross Cooper of Gillespie, Illinois, platoon leader with the 3637th Maintenance Compnay throws a kick at Spc. Roberto Leal of Streamwood, Illinois, a wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 1244th Transportation Companyduring the Adjutant General’s Combatives Tournament Feb. 22. The annual tournament pits Soldiers from across the state against each other to hone their combat skills.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Soldiers grapple for superiority in The Adjutant General’s Combatives Tournament
26 Feb 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill - Soldiers from all over the state converged on Camp Lincoln Feb. 22 for the annual Adjutant General’s Combatives Tournament hosted by the Illinois Army National Guard’s Modern Army Combatives Team.

 
Dillon Brewer removes lieutenant colonel rank on his father, Mark Brewer of Springfield, Illinois, assigned to Illinois Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters during a ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Feb. 23. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office) Springfield Soldier promoted to colonel
25 Feb 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Mark Brewer of Springfield, Illinois, assigned to Illinois Army National Guard’s (ILARNG) Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ), was promoted to the rank of colonel during a ceremony at the Illinois State Military Museum at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Feb. 23.

 
5th Civil Support Team members acting meet with Macomb Fire Department Lt. Steve Welch, of Macomb, Illinois, the reception, staging, and onward integration officer during the 2015 Western Response exercise in Macomb Feb. 20. The exercise allowed local authorities to establish an emergency operations center and integrate state-level assets into their response tiers. (Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois National Guard 5th Civil Support Team exercises with local first responders
25 Feb 2015

MACOMB, Ill. – In the mid-morning hours a freight train carrying chemical agents passes through the sleepy college town of Macomb, Illinois. Without warning, near a railhead, the train derails sending three tanker cars full of potentially harmful sodium cyanide crashing to the earth. This scenario is the backdrop for Western Response 2015, a multi-agency exercise in Macomb, Illinois.

 
Col. Paul Fanning (left) of Chestnut, Illinois, commander of the 129th Regional Training Institute (RTI) passes the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (HHD) unit colors to 1st Lt. Anthony McClain of Springfield, Illinois, during a change of command ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Feb. 21. During the change of command ceremony, Capt. Dayton Loyd, of Carbondale, Illinois, relinquished command of the 129th RTI's HHD to McClain. Camp Lincoln's 129th Regional Training Institute makes leadership changes
25 Feb 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –The Illinois National Guard’s 129th Regional Training Institute (RTI) held a change of responsibility ceremony and a change of command ceremony for its Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (HHD) Feb. 21, at the Illinois Military Academy at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.

 
Soldiers of the 404th Manuever Enhancement Brigade (MEB), listen in on a battle update during the 2015 Warfighter exercise. The 404th MEB recently took part in the 2015 Warfighter Exercise at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Warfighter is a two-week strategic exercise including more than 3,000 service members from the Army and Air National Guard, Army Reserves, Active Army, and Canadian Forces.(U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Sgt. Dan LoGrasso, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) 404th MEB brings power and technology to its command post
19 Feb 2015

It's a moonless night. Icy wind rips its way across the cold, muddy gravel and slaps itself tirelessly against the sides of a large tan tent ringed by grumbling generators and pale yellow lights. This dusty dome is home-away-from-home for the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) based in Normal, Ill., which is pushing to the finish of the 2015 Warfighter exercise – a two-week strategic exercise conducted from Jan.26 – Feb.13 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The exercise included more than 3,000 servicemembers from the Army and Air National Guard, Army Reserves, Active Army and Canadian Forces.

 
Mike Lang with the Illinois Lottery Commission presents a check for $2.5 million to David Brown an advanced account with the Department of Military Affairs and his daughter Laurie both of Springfield, Illinois Feb. 17 at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. Department of Military Affairs Accountant Wins $2.5 million from Illinois Lottery
17 Feb 2015

David Brown of Springfield, Ill., an advanced accountant with the Illinois Department of Military Affairs and his daughter, Laurie, won $2.5 million after she bought them a $10 instant lottery ticket on Feb 5.

 
U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs/ Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy Snyder, of Athens, Illinois, received the Meritorious Service Medal Jan. 10 in Springfield, Illinois. Snyder was presented the award for her exemplary service while assigned as the Chief Public Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer for the Illinois National Guard. Athens Soldier receives Meritorious Service Medal
12 Feb 2015

SPRINGFIELD –1st Class Kassidy Snyder of Athens, Illinois, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal Jan. 10 by Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General for the Illinois National Guard. Snyder received the award for her exemplary service while assigned as the Chief Public Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer for the Illinois National Guard.

 
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12 Feb 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill – A deployment ceremony is scheduled for approximately one dozen Soldiers who will deploy to Afghanistan. The ceremony for the 232nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion based in Springfield, Illinois will be Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. at Camp Lincoln, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Springfield, Ill.

 
(front center) Maj. Gregory Settle of Chatham, Illinois, and Waltonville, Illinois, native, received the National Infantry Association’s Order of Saint Maurice award Feb. 7 during the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment ball in Rend Lake, Illinois. Also pictured are previous award recipients (left to right) Col. Rodney Thacker of Chatham, Illinois, Director of Plans, Training and Operations for the Illinois Army National Guard; Col. Mark Jackson, of Frankfort, Illinois, Illinois National Guard Director of Homeland Security (J3); Col. Henry Dixon of Chicago, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Commander; and Master Sgt. Gary Villalobos of Santa Maria, California, senior military science instructor with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. (Courtesy photo) Illinois Army National Guard Infantryman Receives Order of Saint Maurice Award
10 Feb 2015

REND LAKE, Illinois – Maj. Gregory Settle of Chatham, Illinois, and Waltonville, Illinois, native, received the National Infantry Association’s Order of Saint Maurice award Feb. 7 during the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regimental ball in Rend Lake, Illinois. Settle’s assignment is the Illinois National Guard’s International Affairs Officer (J5) in Springfield, Illinois.

 
placeholder imgage Illinois Army National Guard Infantryman Receives Order of Saint Maurice Award
10 Feb 2015

REND LAKE, Illinois – Maj. Gregory Settle of Chatham, Illinois, and Waltonville, Illinois, native, received the National Infantry Association’s Order of Saint Maurice award Feb. 7 during the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regimental ball in Rend Lake, Illinois. Settle’s assignment is the Illinois National Guard’s International Affairs Officer (J5) in Springfield, Illinois.

 
Lt. Col. Daniel Reichen, of Springfield, Illinois, Illinois Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander, signs the guest book of Poland’s Armed Forces Operational Command in Warsaw, Poland. Five recruiters spent three days discussing recruiting and retention strategies for Poland’s National Reserve Forces. (Photo by Polish Master Chief Petty Officer Arkadiusz Dwulatek) Illinois National Guard Recruiting Command works with Poland
10 Feb 2015

Five Soldiers with the Illinois Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion in Springfield, Illinois traveled to Warsaw, Poland from 26 to 30 January for a workshop aimed at best practices between the partner nations at Poland’s Armed Forces Operational Command.

 
Graduates of the Illinois Army National Guard’s 129th Regional Training Institute Signal Support System Specialist Reclassification Course pose for a photo after the graduation ceremony Feb. 4 at the Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. Pictured left to right (back row) is Staff Sgt. Joshua Koch of Wisconsin; Sgt. Aaron Zwissler of Indiana; Spc. Christopher Moriarty of West Virginia; Sgt. First Class Anthony Flam of Illinois; Spc. Demarquis Holmes of Michigan; Sgt. Jordan Netley of Iowa; Staff Sgt. Timothy Wood of Missouri (front row) Spc. Justin Armstrong of Florida; Spc. Denise Fernando of California; Staff Sgt. Adriane Morey of Kentucky; Spc. Jarrod Tittle of Missouri; Spc. Richard Crosby-Sanders of Illinois; Sgt. First Class Shawn Cannamore of Illinois.(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) National Guard Soldiers graduate from signal course
5 Feb 2015

Thirteen Army National Guard Soldiers received certificates of completion for their success during the Illinois Army National Guard’s 129th Regional Training Institute Signal Support System Specialist (25U) Reclassification Course Feb. 4 at a ceremony held at the Illinois Military Academy at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. Three of the 13 graduates were from the Illinois Army National Guard.

 
Sgt. Maj. Vernon K. Wilfinger of East Peoria, Illinois, with the 65th Troop Command in Springfield, Illinois, retires this month after more than 32 years of service including 30 years as an active duty Soldier in the Illinois Army National Guard. (Courtesy photo) East Peoria Soldier retires after more than 32 years of service
4 Feb 2015

EAST PEORIA, Ill. – Sgt. Maj. Vernon K. Wilfinger of East Peoria, Illinois, retired this month after more than 32 years of service including 30 years as an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Soldier in the Illinois Army National Guard.

 
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