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 Staff Sgt. 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.    

 
Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, answers a question from an audience member as Gen. Frank J. Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau and Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke, director of the Air National Guard, listen during the National Guard Association of the United
States leadership town hall meeting in Chicago, Aug. 24. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens, 126th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs)
National Guard examines its past, future
27 Aug 2014

CHICAGO – More than 3,500 people attended this year’s National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) conference in Chicago, Aug. 22 to 25. The conference is a yearly event aimed at focusing the nation’s attention on the needs and accomplishments of the Army and Air National Guard.


 
Sue Krumrei, wife of Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, gives the opening remarks during a spouse’s luncheon at the 2014 National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) Conference in Chicago, Aug. 24. The luncheon, themed “Spouses Serve Too,” gave attendees a chance to mingle and get to know other military spouses. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Rob Fafoglia, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) Military spouses from around the nation gather for luncheon
26 Aug 2014

The luncheon, themed “Spouses Serve Too,” gave attendees a chance to mingle and get to know other military spouses at the 2014 National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) Conference in Chicago, Aug. 24.

 
Sgt. Maj. Sixto Lopez of Berwyn, Illinois, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, will retire in September after nearly 40 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard. (Courtesy photo) After 40 years of service, Soldier hangs his boots
20 Aug 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After serving nearly 40 years, Command Sgt. Maj. Sixto Lopez of Berwyn, Illinois, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Chicago, will retire from the Illinois Army National Guard in September.

 
(Left to right) Sgt. Maj. Vernon K. Wilfinger of East Peoria, Illinois, Col. Michael Glisson of Festus, Missouri, and Command Sgt. Maj. John C. Cycotte of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Trivoli, Illinois, all with the 65th Troop Command Brigade, salute the colors during the Change of Responsibility ceremony at Camp Lincoln, in Springfield, Illinois, Aug. 9.  Wilfinger will become the temporary command sergeant major of the 65th Troop Command Brigade as Cycotte ends a career spanning more than a quarter of a century with the Illinois National Guard. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Charlie Helmholt, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) 65th Troop Command Brigade Command Sergeant Major to retire
19 Aug 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – John C. Cycotte of Trivoli, Illinois, command sergeant major of the Illinois National Guard’s 65th Troop Command Brigade will retire the end of August, after more than a quarter of a century in uniformed service to our nation.

 
The Illinois Army National Guard’s 129th Regional Training Institute Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Camp Lincoln in Springfield commissioned 18 Soldiers as second lieutenants during the OCS graduation ceremony at Springfield High School, Aug. 17. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois Army National Guard commissions 18 new lieutenants
18 Aug 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Army National Guard’s 129th Regional Training Institute Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, commissioned 18 Soldiers as second lieutenants during the OCS graduation ceremony at Springfield High School, Aug. 17.

 
Matt, her husband (left), her son Ben and her daughter Rebecca, stand with Mary L. Dixon of Chapin, Illinois, as she is promoted to sergeant major, during a ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Aug. 15. She will work as the force health protection chief operations sergeant for the 108th Multi-Functional Medical Battalion in Chicago. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) After twenty years of service, Chapin Soldier promoted to sergeant major
15 Aug 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After 20 years of military service, Mary L. Dixon of Chapin, Illinois, with the 108th Multi-Functional Medical Battalion in Chicago, was promoted to the rank of sergeant major during a ceremony at the Illinois State Military Museum at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Aug. 15.

 
Capt. David Tanner of Williamsport, Indiana, with Joint Force Headquarters in Springfield, Illinois, accepts a position as the Illinois National Guard’s new Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Aug. 1. (Courtesy photo) Illinois National Guard Soldier becomes Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Illinois
13 Aug 2014

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Capt. David Tanner of Williamsport, Indiana, with Joint Force Headquarters in Springfield, Illinois, accepted a position as the Illinois National Guard’s new Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Aug. 1.

 
Maj. Nathan Westby (left), outgoing commander of the 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in Springfield, Illinois, and Col. Michael Glisson, commander of the 65th Troop Command Brigade pass the unit colors as part of the 139th’s change of command ceremony, Aug. 9. Westby is retiring after more than 24 years in the military and multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Charlie Helmholt, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) Retiring commander finds inspiration in soldiers he commands
13 Aug 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As his military career draws to a close, Maj. Nathan A. Westby, commander of the 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in Springfield, Ill., said his main career inspiration has been the Soldiers he worked with and for.

 
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