<p>      Our goal is to eliminate sexual assault in
the National Guard. To accomplish this
we NCOs need to step up to the plate to educate and inform our Soldiers on the
importance of respecting each other. We
all need to focus on our Army values. NCOs need to take an active lead in supporting the SHARP program. Every
Soldier in the Illinois National Guard must understand sexual assault is the
complete violation of integrity, dignity, respect and honor.</p><p>    The number of
reported cases has increased. This tells us our efforts are moving in the right
direction. Soldiers are beginning to tell us what is going on in their units. They
are coming forward and letting us know of things that have happened to them
years ago. Why is that? They are beginning to trust their leadership will act
to fix the problem. Leaders have to look
their Soldiers in the eyes and tell them the abuse of their fellow Soldiers is
not tolerated. As NCOs, we have to follow through and remember the NCO Creed.
We are responsible for the welfare of ALL of our Soldiers and we will take care
of our fallen comrades.</p><p>    What breaks my heart and infuriates me at the
same time is that I have seen cases where NCOs are the predators who have
abused our Soldiers. These individuals have used our profession and culture to
gain the trust of others and turned that trust into a weapon to victimize those
we are supposed to protect. We must hold
them accountable and they must goAs
NCOs, we must lead the way here as well. You want to be a leader? Then lead. Nothing happens in our units that
we as NCOs do not know about. When Soldiers
are abused, it usually means others have looked the other way. Any trust that
existed in that unit is now lost.  Be
aware of what is going on and show the fortitude I know you all have. Step up
and help us fix the problem.</p><p><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>I have watched
so many of you do incredibly brave things over the last decade; watched you all
sacrifice everything to take care of your Soldiers in dangerous situations. Do
it now as well. We have to take it
personal; we are Family.</p><p>    You and your
Soldiers at the section and squad levels are the solution. Culture begins to
change with you. You have to own this. NCOs are the backbone of this
organization. Know the resources available to you to be successful: </p><p>SGM Diane Rogers, SARC/Sexual Assault Response
Coordinator</p><p>CPT Alanna Wood,VAC, Victim Advocate Coordinator </p><p>Sharp Cell: 217.299.9407</p><p>Army SHARP Website: <a href="http://www.army.mil/sharp">http://www.army.mil/sharp</a></p><p>Some of the best tools can be found here. Center for the
Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE): <a href="http://cape.army.mil">http://cape.army.mil</a></p><p>CSM Mark Bowman</p><p>CSM, Illinois Army National Guard
</p> A Question of TRUST
   What can I, as a Soldier and NCO do to prevent Sexual Harassment and Assault of a fellow Soldiers? After we have all had annual SHARP training and listened to all the speeches, Soldiers are still victimized by people they have been TRAINED to trust the most. Most of our victims are young and still within their first two years of service. Most of our Soldiers may not have been victimized by these crimes, but they know somebody who has. They know we are dedicated to address and fix the problem, to find the predators, and to prosecute them for the crimes they have done. Many do not feel we are doing enough, fast enough.

 
<p>

PEORIA, Ill. - Two air
transportation journeymen with the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Illinois returned
home Friday, Feb. 6, after nearly five-month deployment to Southwest Asia in
support of Operation Enduring Freedom. </p><p>The deployed
personnel are members of 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, a component of the
182nd Mission Support Group. As part of the 455th Expeditionary Logistics
Readiness Squadron, they provided passenger service duties at the Department of
Defense’s busiest aerial port, averaging 70 aircraft movements per day. During
their deployment, the Airmen screened nearly 4,000 passengers on 902 flights,
and shipped 56 tons of troop mail to three forward operating bases. </p><p>“We are very proud
of our Airmen who demonstrated the integral part the Air National Guard plays
in the Total Air Force concept,” said Lt. Col. Edie O’Bryan of Mapleton,
Illinois, 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron commander. “Their dedication, hard
work and devotion to duty illustrated the capabilities of our drill status Guardsman
to serve their country while continuously being supported by the civilian
sector. We also appreciate, and could not accomplish our mission without the
support of our families. I am pleased to have both of them back home safely and
reunited with their families.”</p><p> The 182nd Airlift
Wing flies the C-130 aircraft, which is primarily used to transport cargo,
personnel and aeromedical evacuees. Since Sept. 11, 2001 the 182nd has deployed
more than 4,000 members to support operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Many of the wing’s members have deployed
numerous times. The wing has flown more than 17,500 hours in direct support of
Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. This deployment cycle is one of
many in the wing’s history of supporting the Global War on Terrorism. </p><p>For more
information, call the Public Affairs office at the number above.
</p> Air transportation Airmen return from overseas mission
Two air transportation journeymen with the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Illinois returned home Friday, Feb. 6, after nearly five-month deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 
<p>The Board of Directors of NGAI has established a scholarship program to support members' families. The scholarship is open to dependents (both children and spouses) of NGAI members in good standing. The program will award one $2,500.00 scholarship to an IL Army National Guard dependent, one $2,500.00 scholarship to an IL Air National Guard dependent and one $2,500 scholarship to an at large dependent. In addition, a fourth $1,000.00 scholarship sponsored by USAA Insurance and Financial Services Company through the Enlisted Association of the national Guard of the United Stataes (EANGUS,) will be awarded to a dependent of an enlisted IL National Guard NGAI member. </p><p>All four scholarship winners will be selected from the pool of Prairie Minuteman Scholarship applicants. Application procedures can be found at www.ngai.com/services.aspx. Applications need to be received at NGAI offices by 5 March 2015 in order to be considered this year.</p> Prairie Minuteman Scholarships
The Board of Directors of NGAI has established a scholarship program to support members' families. The scholarship is open to dependents (both children and spouses) of NGAI members in good standing. The program will award one $2,500.00 scholarship to an IL Army National Guard dependent, one $2,500.00 scholarship to an IL Air National Guard dependent and one $2,500 scholarship to an at large dependent. In addition, a fourth $1,000.00 scholarship sponsored by USAA Insurance and Financial Services Company through the Enlisted Association of the national Guard of the United Stataes (EANGUS,) will be awarded to a dependent of an enlisted IL National Guard NGAI member.

 
<p>

PEORIA,
Ill. - Nine Sustainment Services Flight
Airmen with the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria,
Illinois, returned home Jan. 17 after a seven-month deployment to Southwest
Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
</p><p>
“We
are very proud to welcome home our services personnel who deployed in support
of our missions overseas,” said Col. William P. Robertson of Peoria, Illinois.  “Our services personnel are second to none.
They provided top-notch support that exceeded expectations of the command
overseas.”

</p><p>The
Airmen are members of 182nd Force Support Squadron, a component of the 182nd
Mission Support Group.
</p><p>
“I
am very proud of each one of them as they continue to raise the bar each time
they do the mission,” said Robertson.  “It's
not easy to leave your civilian job and family to answer a call to duty.  I am sure they are ready for a break and to
get back to their families.  My thanks to
those families who sacrificed along with their deployed loved ones.  We can't do it without their support, the
support of their civilian employers and the support of our community.”

</p><p>As
part of the Sustainment Services Flight, they provided life-sustaining
functions as well as food services, fitness and lodging services for the
deployed location. The team coordinated six Armed Forces entertainment and USO
events, including 80 distinguished visitor tours for the 700 Airmen assigned to
the location. Additionally, they provided lodging operations, which consisted
of managing over 850 bed spaces including 100 distinguished visitors and 200
aircrew beds, using 92 percent of the installations capacity.
</p><p>
“This
deployment demonstrated the value of the Air National Guard capability to our country
and the fact that our members deploy globally serving our nation’s call,” said
Col. Cory K. Reid of Bartonville, Illinois, 182nd Mission Support Group
commander.  “They performed flawlessly.
Now we are able to welcome them safely back home and congratulate them on a job
well done.”

</p><p>The
182nd Airlift Wing flies the C-130 aircraft, which is primarily used to
transport cargo, personnel and aeromedical evacuees. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the
182nd has deployed more than 4,000 members in support of operations Enduring
and Iraqi Freedom.  Many of the wing’s
members have deployed numerous times. The wing has flown more than 17,500 hours
in direct support of OEF and Operation Iraqi Freedom. This deployment cycle is
one of many in the wing’s history of supporting the Global War on Terrorism.

</p> Sustainment Services Flight Airmen return from overseas mission
PEORIA, Ill. - Nine Sustainment Services Flight Airmen with the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Illinois, returned home Jan. 17 after a seven-month deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

 
<p>

Do Well 

 

</p><p>Much information comes to the The
Adjutant General in bits, pieces, dribbles and drops. On occasion, it is
challenging to organize, synthesize and interpret all the information so a
coherent Vision is developed, a plan worked and success achieved. Long ago I
learned, ‘in order to know where you’re going, you’ve got to know where you are.’
To that end – getting to the future - I asked leadership for a list of things
we in the Illinois National Guard do well. What I received was . . . a book . .
. over an inch thick. I read every page. While we are always ready to be where
needed, what follows may give you an understanding of the excellence of where
we are as we begin Calendar Year 2015. 

 

</p><p><b>Army</b> 

</p><p>The 129th Regional Training Academy
achieving accreditation as an “Institute of Excellence”; leading the nation in
DMOSQ; Army Award for Maintenance Excellence; Supply Excellence Award;
Transportation Corps Officer/NCO of the year; second in the nation in Federal
Information Security Management Act Training; first place - NGB 2013 Media
Contest; 33rd IBCT with four of the top five battalions nationwide the past two
years; second in the nation for Purchasing and Contracting Small Business; the
ILARNG had a 6 percent gain in personnel readiness; consistently first or
second nationally in our end strength. 

 

</p><p><b>Air</b> 

</p><p>National Engineering Installation
awards winners; one of only three units to receive an “Outstanding;” outstanding
ANG Security Forces Support Staff NCO – first in the U.S; Benchmark ASOC
Intelligence program for the U.S. Air Force. 

 

</p><p><b>Joint</b> 

</p><p>Still the “Gold Standard” for the
State Partnership Program; Counter-Drug NCOIC Civil Operator of the Year; increased
partnering capabilities with state and federal agencies; radically increasing
our domestic operations and home land security footprint; 90+ percent rating
for our Family readiness. 

 

</p><p><b>State and Contract Employees</b> 

</p><p>Repeatedly, in times of fiscal
uncertainty – both state and federal – I see their dedication and hard work to
take care of Soldiers, Airmen, and Families. Only one employee administers what
former Governor Quinn called “the most efficient, cost effective program in
state government.” The Illinois Military Relief Fund has approved more than
29,000 grants totaling more than $15.6 million. 

 

</p><p>The Illinois State Military Museum –
a staff of two state employees and numerous volunteers - maintains more than
12,000 historical items. Many of those items are one-of-a-kind and
irreplaceable. Selfless service is a core value shared by both the Army and Air
Force. IDMA has 48 employees who have served the ILNG for more than 20 years. Thirteen
of the 48 have served for more than 30 years. Mrs. Debra Kieffer has worked at
Camp Lincoln for 38 years - the department’s longest serving employee. 

 
</p><p>
I see them going above
and beyond to make sure we all accomplish the mission of helping our neighbors,
protecting our state, and defending our nation.

</p><p><b>National Special Security Event (NSSE)</b> 

</p><p>Perhaps the best
example of the Illinois National Guard coming together to achieve outstanding
success is found in our hosting 4,000+ of our ‘closest friends’ at the NSSE
event in Chicago this past summer. That event demanded the highest level of
cooperation, best talents, incredibly hard work and long hours from our Soldiers,
Airmen, civilians, volunteers and Families. According to many others from
around the country, Chicago was the best-organized, most professional, and
‘politest’ NGAUS National event of their experience. </p><p>

This listing is nowhere
near exhaustive; it is simply exemplary. 

</p><p>YOU did it. We are
doing it. We will even get better at doing what we do. Because of you, the ILNG
– Army and Air – is Ready, Responsive, Accountable, Resilient and Relevant. Day
by day we are becoming premiere, wherein others ask US, ‘how is it done?’ 

</p><p>On behalf of our
neighbors, our state and our nation, I thank you and your Families, for your
service and sacrifices. We are strong – and as you look around, you too will
see – we are getting stronger. 

 

</p><p>Thank you.

 

 

</p> Where We're At and Where We're Going

Do Well  

Much information comes to the The Adjutant General in bits, pieces, dribbles and drops. On occasion, it is challenging to organize, synthesize, and interpret all the information so a coherent Vision is developed, a plan worked and success achieved. Long ago I learned, ‘in order to know where you’re going, you’ve got to know where you are.’ To that end – getting to the future - I asked leadership for a list of things we in the Illinois National Guard do well. What I received was . . . a book . . . over an inch thick. I read every page. While we are always ready to be where needed, what follows may give you an understanding of the excellence of where we are as we begin Calendar Year 2015.


 
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