(Left) Paul Gutman, owner of Legacy Harley Davidson in Effingham, Illinois, stands with Staff Sgt. John K. Clinton of Greenup, Illinois. Gutman gave Clinton a full-time position at the dealership, Sept. 23. The organization started with a group of men from Effingham, Illinois, Boris Bonutti, Bob Lakin, Dennis Brown, Bob Ferguson and Gutman who had a deep sense of support for the military. (Courtesy photo) Operation Blackhawk, an organization for Soldiers
1 Oct 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In 2008, a group of five people came together for nothing more than to help Soldiers and their families. Operation Blackhawk began raising money to help servicemembers.

 
(Left) Cathy Byers, Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center, Decatur, Illinois, The Illinois Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei and Catherine Walters from Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault, Springfield, Illinois, sign a memorandum of understanding between the Illinois National Guard and rape crisis centers throughout the state of Illinois at Camp Lincoln, Sept. 30. Illinois National Guard collaborates with rape crisis centers
30 Sep 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Daniel M. Krumrei of Springfield, Illinois, Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard signed memorandums of understanding between the Illinois National Guard and multiple rape crisis centers throughout Illinois at Camp Lincoln, Sept. 30.

 
Master Sgt. Jeffrey D. Palmisano of Springfield, Illinois, receives a Meritorious Service Medal from Maj. Gen. Johnny R. Miller, Assistant Adjutant General-Army, during a retirement ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 28. Palmisano was recognized for his 34 years of service with the Illinois National Guard. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Springfield Soldier retires after 34 years of service
30 Sep 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Master Sgt. Jeffrey D. Palmisano of Springfield, Illinois, received a Meritorious Service Medal for his 34 years of service during a retirement ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 28.

 
Brig. Gen. Michael Zerbonia, Land Forces Component Commander, places chief warrant officer two rank on Thomas Watson of Kincaid, Illinois, as his wife, Lissa, watches during his promotion ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 29. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Kincaid Soldier promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Two
30 Sep 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Thomas Watson of Kincaid, Illinois, assigned to Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) was promoted to the rank of chief warrant officer two during a promotion ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 29.

 
(Right) Command Sgt. Maj. Sean P. Carney of Lombard, Illinois, passes the 766th Engineer Battalion flag to Lt. Col. Craig A. Holan of Litchfield, Illinois, the outgoing commander, during a change of command ceremony in Decatur, Illinois, Sept. 27. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Jason T. Dorsey, Joint Force Headquarters) 766th Engineer Battalion in Decatur gets new commander, name
28 Sep 2014

DECATUR, Ill. – Lt. Col. Craig A. Holan of Litchfield, Illinois, relinquished command of the 766th Engineer Battalion to Maj. Douglas M. Masters of Naperville, Illinois, during a change of command ceremony Sept. 27 in Decatur, Illinois.

 
Gloria Miller places major general rank on her son, Johnny R. Miller of Tamms, Illinois, Assistant Adjutant General-Army, as Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General, pins rank on his hat during a promotion ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 27. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Jason T. Dorsey, Joint Force Headquarters) Tamms Soldier promoted to major general
28 Sep 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Johnny R. Miller of Tamms, Illinois, the Assistant Adjutant General-Army, was promoted to major general during a promotion ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 27.

 
(Right) Sgt. 1st Class Wes Sosa of Oregon, Illinois, a platoon sergeant with Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment in Dixon, Illinois, represents the United States in a multinational color guard during the opening ceremony for Anaconda 14 in Orsyz, Poland, Sept. 24.  Sosa is one of nearly 100 Illinois National Guard Soldiers taking part in the two-week multinational exercise. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick J. DeGeorge, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs) Illinois National Guard Soldiers arrive in Poland for training exercise
25 Sep 2014

ORZYSZ, POLAND – Nearly 100 Soldiers with the Illinois Army National Guard’s 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) and 224th Digital Liaison Detachment arrived in Poland, Sept. 24 to take part in a two-week training exercise, known as Anaconda 14, with Soldiers from Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and the Czech Republic.

 
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) New state Army aviation officer promoted to lieutenant colonel
18 Sep 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After 18 years as a commissioned officer, Clarence D. Pulcher III of Morton, Illinois, state Army aviation officer, was promoted to lieutenant colonel during a promotion ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy in Springfield, Illinois, September 18.

 
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) Illinois National Guard Soldiers place in marksmanship competition
17 Sep 2014

FORT BENNING, Ga. – Illinois National Guard Soldiers placed in the All Army Long Range Championship at Fort Benning, Georgia, September 8-11.

 
(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) Illinois National Guard generals receive Gold Polish Army Medal
12 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior Illinois National Guard leaders were awarded the Gold Polish Army Award and celebrated Polish Armed Forces Day at the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9.

 
(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) Chicago based unit receives Army Award for Maintenance Excellence
12 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Illinois Army National Guard’s 108th Special Troops Battalion based in Chicago received a national-level Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME) Sept. 10 during the 10th Annual United States Army Combined Logistics Excellence Award ceremony in Washington, D.C.

 
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) 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade names best warriors
9 Sep 2014

MARSEILLES, Ill. – The 44th Chemical Battalion in Galesburg, Illinois, swept the brigade level Soldier and noncommissioned officer (NCO) of the year competition at Marseilles Training Center, July 27.

 
(Left) Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, speaks to Soldiers during a  town hall-style meeting at Camp Lincoln, in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 4. Krumrei was part of a panel of Illinois Army National Guard leaders that addressed issues related to the postponement of September drill training and other fiscal constraints.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Adjutant General addresses Soldiers’ concerns regarding fiscal constraints
4 Sep 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Army National Guard conducted a town hall-style meeting at Camp Lincoln, in Springfield, Illinois on Sept. 4 to address issues related to the postponement of September drill training and other fiscal constraints.

 
Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, pins Chief warrant officer three (CW3) rank on Christopher Arnold of Auburn, Illinois, during a promotion ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 3. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Auburn Soldier promoted to Chief warrant officer three
4 Sep 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Christopher Arnold of Auburn, Illinois, with Joint Force Headquarters in Springfield, Illinois, was promoted to the rank of Chief warrant officer three (CW3) during a ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 3.

 
Master Sgt. Jason Bennett of Chicago, a security forces craftsman with the 183rd Fighter Wing in Springfield, Illinois, briefs a group of Illinois National Guard military police and security forces members before the Governor's Reception at the National Guard Association of the United States Conference in Chicago, Aug. 24. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard) Illinois Guard conducts national special security event
28 Aug 2014

CHICAGO – More than 270 Soldiers and Airmen from the Illinois National Guard provided support and security to the 136th National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) Conference held at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Aug. 22 to 25.    

 
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