Staff Sgt. Jordan Schisler (left) of Monmouth, Illinois, a Survey Noncommissioned Officer with the Illinois National Guard’s 5th Civil Support Team stands with his Joint Hazards Assessment Team (JHAT) discussing the plan for their next patrol at the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago May 1. The 5th CST sent personnel to conduct a JHAT mission with partners from the Department of Energy, the Chicago Fire Department, and law enforcement for the duration of the NFL Draft in Chicago’s Grant Park. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois National Guard ensures safety at NFL Draft with civilian partners
3 May 2015

CHICAGO – Thousands of people gathered at Grant Park in downtown Chicago for the 2015 National Football League Draft from April 30 to May 2. Behind the lights, the vendors, and the regalia of the draft, the Illinois National Guard’s 5th Civil Support Team out of Bartonville, Illinois and their partners were on duty, silently protecting the masses from threats.

 
Col. Drew Dukett of Roodhouse, Illinois, commander of the 108th Sustainment Brigade, presents Brig. Gen. Daniel Mitchell, deputy commanding general of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command a Abraham Lincoln head bust during the 108th’s annual brigade ball Feb. 7 at the Westin Hotel in Lombard, Illinois. (Photo by U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Camacho) 108th Sustainment Brigade honors Soldiers, Families at annual ball
30 Apr 2015

More the 300 Soldiers and civilians attended the annual military ball for the 108th Sustainment Brigade in Chicago Feb. 7 at the Westin Hotel in Lombard, Illinois.

 
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Shamsuzzaman, of the Bangladesh Army discusses the Illinois Air National Guard with Maj. Gen. William Cobetto of Hillsboro, Illinois, Assistant Adjutant General-Air, Illinois National Guard, during the foreign defense attachés visit April 27 at the Pritzker Military Library and Museum in Chicago. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois National Guard hosts foreign military attachés
29 Apr 2015

The Illinois National Guard hosted foreign military attachés from more than 30 different countries April 27.

 
Members of the Springfield, Illinois Police Department SWAT clear a hallway April 23 at the Illinois National Guard base Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois during an active shooter exercise.The emergency exercise included Springfield Police Department, Springfield Fire Department, Sangamon County Sherriff’s Department, Sangamon County Office of Emergency Management and other civilian partners. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois National Guard, Springfield emergency responders, conduct shooter exercise
24 Apr 2015

The Illinois National Guard conducted an active shooter exercise April 23 to enhance cooperation between agencies during a variety of emergency scenarios. “We conduct an active shooter exercise annually to ensure that personnel on Camp Lincoln are aware of how to protect themselves in these types of scenarios,” said Capt. Jacob Beard of Jacksonville, Ill., Provost Marshal for the Illinois National Guard.

 
Brig. Gen. Michael Zerbonia of Chatham, Illinois, Illinois National Guard Land Forces Component Commander, administers the oath of office to Sgt. First Class Timothy Glass of Urbana, Illinois, and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Pepeich of Plainfield, Illinois during their commissioning ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy in Springfield, Illinois April 19. Glass and Pepich commissioned as second lieutenants after completing the 129th Regional Training Institute’s accelerated Officer Candidate School. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois Army National Guard commissions two officers
20 Apr 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Illinois Army National Guard’s 129th Regional Training Institute Officer Candidate School (OCS) commissioned two officers at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln April 19.

 
Capt. William Fitzsimons from Evanston, Illinois, the commander of Battery C 2nd Battalion 122nd Field Artillery based in Chicago, passes the guidon to Sgt. 1st Class LaCarl Baker from Chicago, the battery first sergeant during the battery's uncasing ceremony in Chicago April 12.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick J. DeGeorge, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs) Artillery Battery Uncases Colors
16 Apr 2015

Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion 122nd Field Artillery (2/122 FA) in Chicago gathered at the General Richard L. Jones Armory in Chicago April 12 for the uncasing of the colors for a new Battery C.

 
Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoops of Geneso, Illinois, a member of Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment out of out of Aurora, Illinois, crawls under barbed wire during the confidence course portion of the Best Warrior competition at Marseilles Training Area April 10. Stoops finished second in the competition. The Best Warrior Competition pits these Soldiers against each other in a multitude of events designed to test their physical fitness, mental toughness, and their competence at basic warrior skills. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Jason Dorsey, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois Soldiers compete for title of Best Warrior
15 Apr 2015

MARSEILLES, Illinois – The Illinois Army National Guard’s top Soldier said he was motivated to win by the love of his family and of a hometown still recovering from a devastating 2013 tornado.

 
Sgt. Diana Varga, of Chicago, a member with Foxtrot Company, Joint Forces Headquarters’ Recruit Sustainment Program in Crestwood, stands among the graduating class of Chicago Police recruits March 30. Varga is one of four Illinois National Guard Soldiers among the 107 recruits that graduated, dedicating themselves to serving the community and the city of Chicago. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Jason Dorsey, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers become Chicago’s finest
3 Apr 2015

CHICAGO – Four Illinois National Guard Soldiers were among the 107 recruits to graduate from the Chicago Police Department’s Academy March 30 at Chicago’s Navy Pier Grand Ballroom. The four Citizen-Soldiers were among eight other active military members to become Chicago police officers.

 
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director James Joseph of Carol Stream, Illinois, receives a “Guard 101” brief in the Illinois National Guard’s Joint Operation Center March 26 on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. The “Guard 101” brief is an orientation brief for state leadership that gives them an overview of the Illinois National Guard’s structure, capabilities, and request procedures in the event the state requires services. Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director visits Camp Lincoln
30 Mar 2015

   SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – James Joseph of Carol Stream, Illinois, Director of Illinois’ Emergency Management Agency, met with senior Illinois National Guard leadership and toured the state headquarters at Camp Lincoln March 26.

 
Sgt. Maj. David Hultquist of Delavan, Illinois, receives a noncommissioned officer sword from Command Sgt. Maj. Lester Edwards of Mechanicsburg, Illinois, during Hultquist’s retirement ceremony. Both are with the 108th Sustainment Brigade in Chicago. Hultquist recently retired after 29 years of service to his nation and the Illinois National Guard.  (U.S. Army photo courtesy of Sgt. Maj. David Hultquist) Delavan Soldier Retires after 29 years
27 Mar 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois <a name="_GoBack">- Sgt. Maj. David Hultquist of Delavan, Illinois, recently retired after 28 years of service to the Illinois Army National Guard (ILARNG).

 
Lt. Col. Mark Alessia (right) of Sherman, Illinois, 2nd Squadron 106th Cavalry Commander, presents the Draper Armor Leadership Award to Capt. Andrew Ward (middle) of O'Fallon, Illinois, Troop A, 2nd Squadron Commander, 106th Cavalry Regiment as 1st Sgt. Christopher Anderson of Springfield, Illinois, Troop A first sergeant looks on March 21 in Bloomington, Illinois.  This is the second consecutive year a unit from the 106th Cavalry received the award.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick J. DeGeorge, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs) 106th Cavalry Repeats as Top in the Nation
27 Mar 2015

Troop A 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment in Pontiac, Illinois won the Draper Armor Leadership Award this year making it the second year in a row that a troop from the battalion has won the award. Last year it was Troop B of Dixon, Illinois. Troop A was presented the award during the annual 106th Cavalry Ball in Bloomington, Illinois March 21.

 
Maj. Gen. Daniel Krumrei, The Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, presents the Distinguished Service Medal to Johnny R. Miller of Tamms, Illinois, the Assistant Adjutant General- Army, March 3 at the Illinois State Military Academy at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. Miller retired Feb. 28 after more than 32 years of service to the Illinois Army National Guard and the Army.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason Dorsey, Public Affairs, Joint Force Headquarters)
The Assistant Adjutant General-Army retires after 32 years of military service
26 Mar 2015

The sound of gunfire ripped through the fog as Soldiers ducked for cover while everything around them was pelted with bullets. Their commanding officer (CO) was injured and stranded out in the open. The Soldiers were ordered not to break ranks, but one Soldier could not leave his CO in harm’s way. Under fire, Sgt. Paul Wehrenburg grabbed his CO by the collar and drug him to a foxhole. The CO recovered from his wounds, but put Wehrenburg on report for not following orders. Eventually, the CO dropped the charges and instead put Wehrenburg in for the Bronze Star.

 
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25 Mar 2015

CAMP ATTERBURY, Indiana –Illinois National Guard Soldiers and Airmen participated in the 2015 Cyber Shield Exercise from March 9-20 in Edinburgh, Indiana. The exercise is part of the National Guard’s initiative to improve its readiness and ability to respond to cyber threats.

 
Illinois National Guard Recognizes National Medal of Honor Day
24 Mar 2015

March 25, marks National Medal of Honor Day. On July 12, 1862; President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill into law on behalf of Congress, creating the Army Medal of Honor.The bill stated, “to such noncommissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities during the present insurrection.” In 1863, the medal became a permanent military decoration available to all ranks and branches of the American Armed Forces. Today, the President in the name of Congress presents the Medal of Honor. One hundred and thirteen of the more than 3,400-awarded medals belong to Soldiers of the Illinois National Guard, previously known as the Illinois Militia.

 
Lt. Col. Craig Holan, of Litchfield, Illinois and the director of the Illinois National Guard’s Construction Facilities Management Office poses with John Carrato, ACEC-Illinois President,; Joan Freitag, with Hanson Professional Service Inc.; and John O'Neill, ACEC-Illinois Vice President.  All contributed to the design and construction of a hybrid geothermal project, which was recognized with an ACEC-IL Honor award.
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llinois National Guard recognized for property, construction management
20 Mar 2015

The Illinois National Guard’s Construction Facility Management Office (CFMO) recently received awards for two specific projects and for its overall management of construction and facility maintenance programs.

 
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