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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)

Lt. Col. Christopher McIntyre, a resident of Cantrall, Illinois, and native of Peoria, Illinois, receives the battalion flag from Col. Michael Glisson, 65th Troop Command Brigade commander, during the 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment change of command ceremony Oct. 18 in Peoria, Illinois. (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, receives the battalion flag from Col. Michael Glisson, 65th Troop Command Brigade commander, during the 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment change of command ceremony Oct. 18 in Peoria, Illinois. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)

(Left) Lt. Col. John Husemann of LaGrange Park, Illinois, receives the battalion flag from Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Taylor, during the 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment change of command ceremony Oct. 18 in Peoria, Illinois. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) (Left) Lt. Col. John Husemann of LaGrange Park, Illinois, receives the battalion flag from Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Taylor, during the 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment change of command ceremony Oct. 18 in Peoria, Illinois. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, an Illinois National Guardsman with Joint Force Headquarters, retired with 23 years of military service 10 years after her helicopter was shot down in Iraq.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, an Illinois National Guardsman with Joint Force Headquarters, retired with 23 years of military service 10 years after her helicopter was shot down in Iraq. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth and her husband Maj. Brian Bowlsbey of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, an Illinois National Guardsman with Joint Force Headquarters, retired with 23 years of military service. She announced her military retirement 10 years after her Blackhawk helicopter was shot down in Iraq and she lost both legs. (U.S. Army National Guard photo provided by Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth) Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth and her husband Maj. Brian Bowlsbey of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, an Illinois National Guardsman with Joint Force Headquarters, retired with 23 years of military service. She announced her military retirement 10 years after her Blackhawk helicopter was shot down in Iraq and she lost both legs. (U.S. Army National Guard photo provided by Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth)

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