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Clarence D. Pulcher of Morton, Illinois, state Army aviation officer, is promoted to lieutenant colonel by his daughters, (left) Aryanna and Ryleigh, while his wife Amber and Brig. Gen. Richard Hayes, Illinois National Guard Deputy Adjutant General and Director of the Joint Staff observe, during a promotion ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy in Springfield, Illinois, September 18. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office) Clarence D. Pulcher of Morton, Illinois, state Army aviation officer, is promoted to lieutenant colonel by his daughters, (left) Aryanna and Ryleigh, while his wife Amber and Brig. Gen. Richard Hayes, Illinois National Guard Deputy Adjutant General and Director of the Joint Staff observe, during a promotion ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy in Springfield, Illinois, September 18. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office)

The competitors pose with their trophies after the 2014 All Army Long Range Championship at Fort Benning, Georgia, September 8-11. (Back row) Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Mix of Marseilles, Illinois, with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Chicago; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Landon of Creal Springs, Illinois, with the 3637th Support Maintenance Company in Springfield, Illinois; Sgt. 1st Class William Thorpe of Millstadt, Illinois, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry, in Marion, Illinois. (Front row) Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brandon Gibbs of Pleasant Plains, Illinois, with Company B, 634th Brigade Support Battalion, in Champaign, Illinois; Capt. Hunter Douglas, Arkansas National Guard; Staff Sgt. Daniel Griffin, Arkansas National Guard. (Courtesy photo) The competitors pose with their trophies after the 2014 All Army Long Range Championship at Fort Benning, Georgia, September 8-11. (Back row) Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Mix of Marseilles, Illinois, with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Chicago; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Landon of Creal Springs, Illinois, with the 3637th Support Maintenance Company in Springfield, Illinois; Sgt. 1st Class William Thorpe of Millstadt, Illinois, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry, in Marion, Illinois. (Front row) Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brandon Gibbs of Pleasant Plains, Illinois, with Company B, 634th Brigade Support Battalion, in Champaign, Illinois; Capt. Hunter Douglas, Arkansas National Guard; Staff Sgt. Daniel Griffin, Arkansas National Guard. (Courtesy photo)

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brandon Gibbs of Pleasant Plains, Illinois, with Company B, 634th Brigade Support Battalion, in Champaign, Illinois, fires at his target during the 2014 All Army Long Range Championship at Fort Benning, Georgia, September 10. (Courtesy photo) Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brandon Gibbs of Pleasant Plains, Illinois, with Company B, 634th Brigade Support Battalion, in Champaign, Illinois, fires at his target during the 2014 All Army Long Range Championship at Fort Benning, Georgia, September 10. (Courtesy photo)

(Left to right) Brig. Gen. Jarostaw Strozyk, Polish Defense Attaché, Maj. Gen. Daniel Krumrei, the Illinois National Guard Adjutant General, Ryszard Schnepf, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Celletti and Maj. Gen. William Cobetto, the Illinois National Guard Assistant Adjutant General-Air, pose for a photo during the Polish Armed Forces Day reception at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Douglas Coop, Illinois National Guard) (Left to right) Brig. Gen. Jarostaw Strozyk, Polish Defense Attaché, Maj. Gen. Daniel Krumrei, the Illinois National Guard Adjutant General, Ryszard Schnepf, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Celletti and Maj. Gen. William Cobetto, the Illinois National Guard Assistant Adjutant General-Air, pose for a photo during the Polish Armed Forces Day reception at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Douglas Coop, Illinois National Guard)

(Right) Brig. Gen. Jarostaw Strozyk, Polish Defense Attaché, presents the Gold Polish Army Medal to Maj. Gen. William Cobetto of Hillsboro, Illinois, the Illinois National Guard Assistant Adjutant General-Air, during the Polish Armed Forces Day reception at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Douglas Coop, Illinois National Guard) (Right) Brig. Gen. Jarostaw Strozyk, Polish Defense Attaché, presents the Gold Polish Army Medal to Maj. Gen. William Cobetto of Hillsboro, Illinois, the Illinois National Guard Assistant Adjutant General-Air, during the Polish Armed Forces Day reception at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Douglas Coop, Illinois National Guard)

(Right) Ryszard Schnepf, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, pins the Gold Polish Army Medal on Maj. Gen. Daniel Krumrei of Springfield, Illinois, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, during the Polish Armed Forces Day reception at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Douglas Coop, Illinois National Guard) (Right) Ryszard Schnepf, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, pins the Gold Polish Army Medal on Maj. Gen. Daniel Krumrei of Springfield, Illinois, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, during the Polish Armed Forces Day reception at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Douglas Coop, Illinois National Guard)

(Left) U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno presents the 108th Special Troops Battalion’s Army Award for Maintenance Excellence to Capt. Alison Jacobs of Rochester, Illinois, the logistics officer with the 108th Special Troops Battalion, Chicago, as Kathleen S. Miller, Acting Deputy Chief of Staff,G-4 and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, Washington, D.C., and Brig. Gen. Jack Haley, Chief of Ordnance Commandant U.S. Army Ordnance School, pose for a photograph during the 10th Annual Chief of Staff of the Army's Combined Logistics Excellence Awards ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virgina, Sept. 9, 2014. Thirty-six U.S. Army logistics units stationed in 17 states were honored during the ceremony.(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released) (Left) U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno presents the 108th Special Troops Battalion’s Army Award for Maintenance Excellence to Capt. Alison Jacobs of Rochester, Illinois, the logistics officer with the 108th Special Troops Battalion, Chicago, as Kathleen S. Miller, Acting Deputy Chief of Staff,G-4 and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, Washington, D.C., and Brig. Gen. Jack Haley, Chief of Ordnance Commandant U.S. Army Ordnance School, pose for a photograph during the 10th Annual Chief of Staff of the Army's Combined Logistics Excellence Awards ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virgina, Sept. 9, 2014. Thirty-six U.S. Army logistics units stationed in 17 states were honored during the ceremony.(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)

Spc. Timothy Wharton II a chemical specialist, with the 404th MEB, negotiates the high jumper obstacle during the Best Warrior Competition July 26 at Marseilles Training Center. Illinois National Guard Soldiers competed in the Best Warrior Competition at the brigade level, competing against each other in 11 events such as, day and night land navigation, weapons qualification, physical fitness test, road march and a confidence course, July 2014.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Marie Schult-Slosser, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs) Spc. Timothy Wharton II a chemical specialist, with the 404th MEB, negotiates the high jumper obstacle during the Best Warrior Competition July 26 at Marseilles Training Center. Illinois National Guard Soldiers competed in the Best Warrior Competition at the brigade level, competing against each other in 11 events such as, day and night land navigation, weapons qualification, physical fitness test, road march and a confidence course, July 2014. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Marie Schult-Slosser, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs)

Spc. Brandon Rakers a heavy equipment operator from Quincy, Illinois, with the 766th Engineer Battalion, clears the incline wall obstacle during the Best Warrior Competition July 26 at Marseilles Training Center. Illinois National Guard Soldiers competed in the Best Warrior Competition at the brigade level, competing against each other in 11 events such as, day and night land navigation, weapons qualification, a physical fitness test, a road march and a confidence course. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Marie Schult-Slosser, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs)

Spc. Brandon Rakers a heavy equipment operator from Quincy, Illinois, with the 766th Engineer Battalion, clears the incline wall obstacle during the Best Warrior Competition July 26 at Marseilles Training Center. Illinois National Guard Soldiers competed in the Best Warrior Competition at the brigade level, competing against each other in 11 events such as, day and night land navigation, weapons qualification, a physical fitness test, a road march and a confidence course. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Marie Schult-Slosser, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs)

Sgt. Spencer Cushing a food service specialist from South Beloit, Illinois, with the 405th Brigade Support Battalion does pushups as Sgt. Alexander Carbajal, with the 766th Engineer Field Support Company, grades as part of the Best Warrior Competition, July 25 at Marseilles Training Center. Illinois National Guard Soldiers competed in 11 events in order to be named the Best Warrior (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Marie Schult-Slosser, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs)
Sgt. Spencer Cushing a food service specialist from South Beloit, Illinois, with the 405th Brigade Support Battalion does pushups as Sgt. Alexander Carbajal, with the 766th Engineer Field Support Company, grades as part of the Best Warrior Competition, July 25 at Marseilles Training Center. Illinois National Guard Soldiers competed in 11 events in order to be named the Best Warrior (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Marie Schult-Slosser, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs)

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