After 40 years of service, Soldier hangs his boots
20 Aug 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After serving nearly 40 years, Command Sgt. Maj. Sixto Lopez of Berwyn, Illinois, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Chicago, will retire from the Illinois Army National Guard in September.

 
(Left to right) Sgt. Maj. Vernon K. Wilfinger of East Peoria, Illinois, Col. Michael Glisson of Festus, Missouri, and Command Sgt. Maj. John C. Cycotte of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Trivoli, Illinois, all with the 65th Troop Command Brigade, salute the colors during the Change of Responsibility ceremony at Camp Lincoln, in Springfield, Illinois, Aug. 9.  Wilfinger will become the temporary command sergeant major of the 65th Troop Command Brigade as Cycotte ends a career spanning more than a quarter of a century with the Illinois National Guard. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Charlie Helmholt, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) 65th Troop Command Brigade Command Sergeant Major to retire
19 Aug 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – John C. Cycotte of Trivoli, Illinois, command sergeant major of the Illinois National Guard’s 65th Troop Command Brigade will retire the end of August, after more than a quarter of a century in uniformed service to our nation.

 
The Illinois Army National Guard’s 129th Regional Training Institute Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Camp Lincoln in Springfield commissioned 18 Soldiers as second lieutenants during the OCS graduation ceremony at Springfield High School, Aug. 17. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois Army National Guard commissions 18 new lieutenants
18 Aug 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Army National Guard’s 129th Regional Training Institute Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, commissioned 18 Soldiers as second lieutenants during the OCS graduation ceremony at Springfield High School, Aug. 17.

 
Matt, her husband (left), her son Ben and her daughter Rebecca, stand with Mary L. Dixon of Chapin, Illinois, as she is promoted to sergeant major, during a ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Aug. 15. She will work as the force health protection chief operations sergeant for the 108th Multi-Functional Medical Battalion in Chicago. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) After twenty years of service, Chapin Soldier promoted to sergeant major
15 Aug 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After 20 years of military service, Mary L. Dixon of Chapin, Illinois, with the 108th Multi-Functional Medical Battalion in Chicago, was promoted to the rank of sergeant major during a ceremony at the Illinois State Military Museum at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Aug. 15.

 
Illinois National Guard Soldier becomes Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Illinois
13 Aug 2014

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Capt. David Tanner of Williamsport, Indiana, with Joint Force Headquarters in Springfield, Illinois, accepted a position as the Illinois National Guard’s new Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Aug. 1.

 
Maj. Nathan Westby (left), outgoing commander of the 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in Springfield, Illinois, and Col. Michael Glisson, commander of the 65th Troop Command Brigade pass the unit colors as part of the 139th’s change of command ceremony, Aug. 9. Westby is retiring after more than 24 years in the military and multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Charlie Helmholt, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) Retiring commander finds inspiration in soldiers he commands
13 Aug 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As his military career draws to a close, Maj. Nathan A. Westby, commander of the 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in Springfield, Ill., said his main career inspiration has been the Soldiers he worked with and for.

 
Soldiers shoot the pistol during the Illinois Army National Guard Adjutant General’s Rifle and Pistol Match August 8, at the Marseilles Training Center in Marseilles, Illinois. More than 100 Soldiers from around the state meet to compete at the 2014 annual marksmanship event. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office) The 2014 Adjutant General’s Rifle And Pistol Match
13 Aug 2014

Soldiers from around the state met at the Illinois National Guard Marseilles Training Center in Marseilles, Illinois, to compete in the Adjutant General’s (TAG) Rifle and Pistol Match, Aug. 8 to 10.

 
A Special Forces Soldier with the Illinois National Guard’s Company A, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Chicago, conducts a static line jump from a CH-47D Chinook from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 238th General Support Aviation Battalion in Peoria, Illinois, at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 8. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder/Released) Illinois Special Forces Soldiers conduct Airborne training
12 Aug 2014

FORT MCCOY, Wisc. – With great weather for Airborne training, approximately 30 Special Forces (SF) Soldiers with the Illinois National Guard’s Company A, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Chicago, conducted day and night static line and military free fall operations at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 8.

 
placeholder imgage Freedom Salute Ceremony for Springfield-based Team that Deployed to Afghanistan
12 Aug 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Approximately 20 Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers will be recognized Aug. 16 by the National Guard Bureau Freedom Salute Campaign for their sacrifice and service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The ceremony for the Bilateral Embedded Staff Team (BEST) A12 will be at 1 p.m. Camp Lincoln, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Springfield, Illinois.

 
(Left to right) Lt. Col. Curt Ashby of Mount Zion, Illinois; Lt. Col. Loren LeGrand of Galena, Illinois; Brig. Gen. Johnny R. Miller, Illinois Army National Guard Assistant Adjutant General-Army; Lt. Col. Maurice Rochelle of Springfield, Illinois; and Lt. Col. Jeffery Camp of Bradenton, Florida; all with Joint Force Headquarters in Springfield, Illinois; stand for a photograph after graduate from the U.S. Army War College graduation at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in July, a two-year school, which teaches them to be skilled critical thinkers and complex problem solvers. (Photo courtesy of Brig. Gen Johnny R. Miller) Illinois National Guard Soldiers graduate from U.S. Army War College
8 Aug 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Four Illinois National Guard Soldiers graduated from the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in July. Lt. Col. Curt Ashby of Mount Zion, Illinois; Lt. Col. Loren LeGrand of Galena, Illinois; Lt. Col. Maurice Rochelle of Springfield, Illinois; and Lt. Col. Jeffery Camp of Bradenton, Florida; all with Joint Force Headquarters in Springfield, Illinois; completed a two-year school, which taught them to be skilled critical thinkers and complex problem solvers.

 
Lt. Linden Allen of Chicago, former executive officer with the 1244th Transportation Company and recently named commander of the 1644th Transportation Company in Rock Falls, Illinois, received recognition as the Reserve Component Transportation Corps Regimental Officer of the Year for 2013. Transportation Corps Soldiers and civilians, gathered at the annual Army Transportation Ball held at the Richmond Marriott in Richmond, Virginia, to honor the accomplishments of the award recipients, July 25. (Courtesy photo) Illinois Guardsmen receive reserve component transportation corps recognition
1 Aug 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Two members of the Illinois National Guard’s 1244th Transportation Company received recognition as the Reserve Component Transportation Corps Regimental Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) and Officer of the Year for 2013. Transportation Corps Soldiers and civilians, gathered at the annual Army Transportation Ball held at the Richmond Marriott in Richmond, Virginia, to honor the accomplishments of the award recipients, July 25.

 
(Right) Col. Drew Dukett of Roodhouse, Illinois, speaks to Grzegorz Olszak, Polish Ambassador to the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Bahrain (center) and Polish Land Forces Col. Arthur Maraszkiewicz (left) at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, July 14. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Robert R. Adams, 108th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs) Illinois Soldiers and Polish Officials honor 21-years of state partnership
23 Jul 2014

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – Illinois National Guard (ILNG) Soldiers with the 108th Sustainment Brigade (SB) and officials with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland came together to honor the 21-year anniversary of their state partnership July 14, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Kuwait, July 15. 

 
Outgoing Commander Lt. Col. Clayton E. Kuetemeyer of Chatham, Illinois (left) and incoming commander Lt. Col. Neil Putnam (right), a native of New Haven, Connecticut, perform an Inspection of Troops, during a change of command ceremony for the Illinois Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment in Fort Riley, Kansas, June 26. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Zachary B. Zimerman, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment receives new commander
1 Jul 2014

FORT RILEY, KANSAS - Lt. Col. Neil Putnam, a native of New Haven, Connecticut, assumed command of the Illinois Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment from Lt. Col. Clayton E. Kuetemeyer of Chatham, Illinois in Fort Riley, Kansas, June 26.

 
placeholder imgage Parking Lot Improvements Underway at Crestwood Armory
22 Jul 2014

Crestwood, Ill – Construction is scheduled to begin this week at the Illinois Army National Guard’s Crestwood armory parking lot, 13838 S. Springfield Ave in Robbins, Ill.

 
Capt. Ian Gindes of Urbana, Illinois, with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 33rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion in Machesney Park, Illinois, a professional concert pianist, will perform at Steinway Hall in New York City, July 25, as part of the Alexander and Buono Festival.  (Photo provided by Capt. Ian Gindes, Illinois Army National Guard) Illinois National Guard pianist performs in New York City
21 Jul 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Outside of his military duties, Capt. Ian Gindes of Urbana, Illinois, with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 33rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion (BSTB) in Machesney Park, Illinois, is a professional concert pianist. 

 
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