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Col. Alexander Lawson poses with his wife, Susan. Lawson has retired after more than 28 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard. (Submitted photo) Col. Alexander Lawson poses with his wife, Susan. Lawson has retired after more than 28 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard. (Submitted photo)

Col. Colonel Alexander Lawson and the 2nd Battalion, 122nd Field Artillery pose for a battalion photograph during training in 2012. Lawson has retired after more than 28 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard. (Submitted photo) Col. Colonel Alexander Lawson and the 2nd Battalion, 122nd Field Artillery pose for a battalion photograph during training in 2012. Lawson has retired after more than 28 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard. (Submitted photo)

Col. Alexander Lawson, the director of information management for the Joint Force Headquarters, Illinois Army National Guard. Lawson  retired after more than 28 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard. (Submitted Photo) Col. Alexander Lawson, the director of information management for the Joint Force Headquarters, Illinois Army National Guard. Lawson retired after more than 28 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard. (Submitted Photo)

Col. Christopher Hall of Springfield, Illinois, retired after 27 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard. (Submitted photo) Col. Christopher Hall of Springfield, Illinois, retired after 27 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard. (Submitted photo)

Col. Christopher Hall of Springfield, Illinois, retired after 27 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard. (Submitted photo) Col. Christopher Hall of Springfield, Illinois, retired after 27 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard. (Submitted photo)

(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) (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)

Staff Sgt. Katie Jo Wiliams, of Altamont, Illinois, a recruiter with the Illinois National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command, pauses in her evening gown to show off her unorthodox footwear at the Miss Veteran America contest in Leesburg, Virginia, Oct. 11, 2014. Williams was competing in the finals event after making her way through regionals and the semifinals earlier this year. (Submitted photo) Staff Sgt. Katie Jo Wiliams, of Altamont, Illinois, a recruiter with the Illinois National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command, pauses in her evening gown to show off her unorthodox footwear at the Miss Veteran America contest in Leesburg, Virginia, Oct. 11, 2014. Williams was competing in the finals event after making her way through regionals and the semifinals earlier this year. (Submitted photo)

Staff Sgt. Katie Jo Wiliams, of Altamont, Illinois, a recruiter with the Illinois National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command, stands beside her boyfriend Chris Melton 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) Staff Sgt. Katie Jo Wiliams, of Altamont, Illinois, a recruiter with the Illinois National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command, stands beside her boyfriend Chris Melton 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)

Lt. Col. Christopher McIntyre, a resident of Cantrall, Illinois, and native of Peoria, Illinois, shakes hands with Lt. Col. John Husemann of LaGrange Park, Illinois, during the 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment change of command ceremony Oct. 18 in Peoria, Illinois. Husemann relinquished command of the battalion to McIntyre during the ceremony. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Lt. Col. Christopher McIntyre, a resident of Cantrall, Illinois, and native of Peoria, Illinois, shakes hands with Lt. Col. John Husemann of LaGrange Park, Illinois, during the 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment change of command ceremony Oct. 18 in Peoria, Illinois. Husemann relinquished command of the battalion to McIntyre during the ceremony. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)

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