<P>In 2011, I attempted suicide as a member of the Illinois Army National Guard. Unfortunately, I was ridiculed and the subject of the unit rumor mill for my actions and I was told I only attempted to "get attention" by members of my unit. I contacted the Illinois Inspector General's (IG) Office and filed a complaint regarding my circumstances. Together with the Adjutant General and command staff they devised a plan to add ASIST (Army Suicide Intervention Skills Training) as a priority for yearly training guidance by 2014. </P>
<P>According to the chaplain corps, as of  July 21, 2014, 459 personnel have been trained, to include suicide intervention officers and have been placed in most units throughout Illinois. As a fellow suicidal Soldier I urge all my brothers and sisters in arms to take advantage of these resources that have been provided. To those of you who have been given this training, I ask you take your duty seriously and know you have the power to make a difference and save a fellow Soldier's life. To the IG office, the office of the Adjutant General and command staff, I say thank you for for providing your leaders with the tools to help your Soldiers in their darkest moments. Your actions reflect great credit upon yourselves, the Illinois Army National Guard and the United States Army. </P>
<P>Sincerely,</P>
<P>SGT Melissa Jones</P> A Soldier's personal thank-you for the ASIST program

 
<P>CAMP HINDS, MAINE - The 126th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) recently returned from a training mission to Camp Hinds in Raymond, Maine.   </P>
<P>The 300 acre Boys Scouts of America (BSA) camp, maintained by the local Pine Tree Council, provides mentorship and service to hundreds of young men who attend every single year.   </P>
<P>The 126 CES took part in the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program. The program brings all facets of DOD together to provide necessary training while providing a service to local communities.  </P>
<P>While at Camp Hinds they constructed an expeditionary encampment for future Marine and Army Reserve units, as well as other Air National Guard units, to use during the five-year improvement program for the camp. </P>
<P>In the allotted two-week training period, the 126 CES established a six-tent camp complete with power, lighting, and climate controlled HVAC units for over 75 personnel. An elevated, plywood flooring system was constructed for each tent and meticulously leveled to provide adequate support and comfort for future tenants, said 1st Lt. Matthew Boice, who oversaw the project for the Guard unit.  </P>
<P>The tent area also included a 15 foot high recreational tent complete with power and cable television, as well as an additional high ceiling tent for vehicle maintenance, said Boice. </P>
<P>“To serve the raw sewage needs of the encampment, the 126 CES constructed a 450 sq. ft. septic field with perforated drains and a stone cap with adequate surface drainage.  In addition, approximately 400 lineal feet of PVC piping along with a 1,000 gallon septic tank, a 2,000 gallon septic tank and a 1,000 gallon grease trap were all installed to serve the needs of the camp,” said Boice.   </P>
<P>Above ground, the civil engineers installed trailer showers to meet the needs of the campers during their stay.  In order to get sufficient water to the showers, a supply line was installed that directly tied to the local well for the Boy Scout Administration building, allowing for 6,000 gallons of potable water to the camp per day, said Boice.  </P>
<P>In order to meet laundry needs, a portion of an existing maintenance facility was converted to a fully functioning laundry area for camp personnel and services.  This involved running all new electric, water supply, and sewage piping to and from that area.  </P>
<P>The erected facilities allow the DOD to send personnel to the camp without using existing BSA facilities and disrupting the operation of the Boy Scouts during their stays over the summer months and for seasons to come.  Throughout the project the 126 CES exceeded the expectations of the Boy Scout leadership at the camp.  </P>
<P>The facilities that where constructed mark the beginning of an overhaul that the camp was in desperate need of.  </P>
<P>A visit from the 126th Mission Support Group Commander, Col. Jonathan Boehning, capped off the trip. Boehning was as equally impressed as the Boy Scout staff, but was not surprised at the quality work that he was accustomed to from the 126 CES.   </P>
<P>“As a testament to their skill, the 126 CES was selected as the initial unit to start the project and establish the infrastructure for all follow-on units.  I am extremely proud of the work accomplished by our Civil Engineers,” said Boehning. </P>
<P>Expeditionary type construction on such a scale is similar to a mission, known as Prime Beef, that is seldom seen outside of deployed environments.  Such a unique project was a great opportunity for the 126 CES to train on these vital expeditionary systems and implement methods that are an integral part of the Prime Beef mission. </P> 126th Civil Engineers conduct training in Maine
CAMP HINDS, MAINE - The 126th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) recently returned from a training mission to Camp Hinds in Raymond, Maine.

 
<P>By Chief Warrant Officer 5 David Hammon, State Command Chief Warrant Officer</P>
<P>As we continue the transition from the war-fight back to our origins as a constitutional militia, we must move forward with a deliberate action plan that will continually develop our force, our warrant officers, and our Soldiers. </P>
<P>It is imperative we continuously refine our technical skills, create multi-year training plans with built in performance measures, and execute these plans with fiscal stewardship. As key stakeholders in the security of our state and our nation, we must be ready to respond to multiple complex catastrophes. </P>
<P>As we strive for balance between the active Army and the National Guard, we can’t overlook the fact Illinois warrant officers shoulder the same responsibilities as our active duty counterparts and more times than not, at a higher level of effectiveness. All of this is concurrent with supporting the home front and a civilian career. </P>
<P>At less than 3 percent of the total Army, the warrant officer still has an immense responsibility to the success of the organization. </P>
<P>Balance things in equal amounts or equal amounts of importance. Family – Job - Soldier.</P> Continuously refine skills, maintain balance
As we continue the transition from the war-fight back to our origins as a constitutional militia, we must move forward with a deliberate action plan that will continually develop our force, our warrant officers, and our Soldiers.

 
<P>By <SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Calibri', 'sans-serif'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"><FONT size="3" face="times new roman,times,serif">Michael Mira</FONT> </SPAN></P>
<P>Jasper R. Dover was one of more than 300,000 Soldiers from Illinois who served in the Armed Forces during World War I. The 24-year-old farmer from Grand Chain enlisted in Company K, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Division. Jasper enlisted for several reasons, among them a desire to “see what war was” and to go to France. Shortly after Dover's enlistment, the 33rd Division moved to Camp Logan, Texas for training prior to leaving for France. It was at Camp Logan that the members of the 33rd Division began to get accustomed to military life. Jasper recalled that “it wasn't long till I found out I had a boss.” His wish to get to France was fulfilled when the 33rd Division arrived there in May 1918. </P>
<P>Although he got to France he did not get to see much of the countryside as “we were in combat service most of the time.” Corporal Dover saw combat with the rest of Company K along the Meuse and Argonne front on September 26, 1918. When asked his opinion of German soldiers, Dover said “they were good fighters at that time it took the world to whip them.” After the 33rd Division was discharged in Rockford, Illinois, Dover returned to Grand Chain and resumed his career as a farmer. </P>
<P>Dover is one of more than 6,000 World War I veterans who took the time to complete a survey sent out by the Military History Institute, now part of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, Pa. This veteran survey program continues today and strives to capture the stories of individual Soldiers who have served in the U.S. Army over time. USAHEC preserves their experiences and sacrifices so future generations can learn from the events of the past. For more information, please visit <A href="http://www.usahec.org">www.usahec.org</A></P>
<P>. </P> Jasper R. Dover
Jasper R. Dover was one of more than 300,000 Soldiers from Illinois who served in the Armed Forces during World War I. The 24-year-old farmer from Grand Chain enlisted in Company K, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Division. Jasper enlisted for several reasons, among them a desire to “see what war was” and to go to France. Shortly after Dover's enlistment, the 33rd Division moved to Camp Logan, Texas for training prior to leaving for France. It was at Camp Logan that the members of the 33rd Division began to get accustomed to military life. Jasper recalled that “it wasn't long till I found out I had a boss.” His wish to get to France was fulfilled when the 33rd Division arrived there in May 1918.

 
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 363.0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'; mso-bidi-font-size: 14.0pt">Story and photos by Spc. Rachel Brown, 232nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion</FONT></SPAN></I></P>
<P>SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Soldiers of the 232nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) stood tall March 2 at the change of command ceremony as Lt. Col. Maxime Casteleyn of Mundelein, Ill., prepared to take command of the unit at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Ill.</P>
<P>Col. Michael Glisson of Festus, Mo., 65th Troop Command Brigade (TCB) commander, passed the unit’s regimental colors from Lt. Col. Melissa R. Beauman of Glenarm, Ill., to Casteleyn to signify relieving authority of the unit. </P>
<P>Beauman commanded the 232nd CSSB since Aug. 1, 2012. Her new job is the deputy G1 at Camp Lincoln. Originally, from Pittsburgh, Pa., Beauman has more than 15 years as a commissioned officer and nine years as an enlisted Soldier. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. She began her officer career as the operations officer for the 232nd CSSB and later as the S1. Her assignments include S1, S3 and S4 for the 65th TCB and executive officer for the recruiting and retention command. She was the 1344th Transportation Company commander before deploying with the 1144th Transportation Battalion to Kuwait from April 2007 to April 2008 as the battalion executive officer. </P>
<P>Glisson presented Beauman with a Meritorious Service Medal and gave her a signed photograph of the Gettysburg Address for her accomplishments while in command. The 232nd CSSB members presented Beauman a gift of the framed battalion colors and separate company guidons, to show their appreciation for her hard work and guidance to the battalion.</P>
<P>Casteleyn comes from the 1st Battalion, 129th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, where he was battalion commander since Jan. 1, 2013. Casteleyn earned his commission through Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in 1997 with a Bachelor in Arts in economics and business from Virginia Military Institute. He also holds a masters degree in management from Colorado Technical University. He has held a variety of command and staff positions to include fire support officer, platoon leader, battalion S2, assistant operations officer and battery executive officer while assigned to the First Infantry Division in Germany. He commanded the 1644th Transportation Company while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2005. He also served as the support operations officer of the 1144th Transportation Battalion, while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007 to 2008. In 2011, he deployed again as the brigade S4 of Task Force White Eagle (BEST A7) in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Upon his return, he served as the battalion executive officer of the 108th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, participating in task force transportation for the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.</P>
<P>Casteleyn’s awards include the Bronze Star (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Polish Army Bronze Medal, and Combat Action Badge. He is married to Maggie Casteleyn and they have two sons, Andrew and Ryan. </P> Change of Command for 232nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Soldiers of the 232nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) stood tall March 2 at the change of command ceremony as Lt. Col. Maxime Casteleyn of Mundelein, Ill., prepared to take command of the unit at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Ill.

 
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