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Maj. Gen. Peter Nezamis is presented with a certificate of retirement by Maj. Gen. Rich Neely, the Adjutant General of Illinois and Commander of the Illinois National Guard, during a retirement ceremony June 17 at the 126th Air Refueling Wing, based at Scott Air Base, Belleville, Illinois. Nezamis will retire later this summer after more than 37 years of service spanning the Michigan Air National Guard and Illinois Air National Guard.
Belleville Resident to Retire from National Guard after 37-Year Career
By | June 27, 2022
After more than 37 years of service spanning the Michigan Air National Guard and the Illinois Air National Guard, Maj. Gen. Peter Nezamis, of Belleville, Illinois, Assistant Adjutant General – Air and Commander of the...

Spc. Jeremy Ridlen, of Maroa, Illinois.
President Signs Legislation to Rename Maroa Post Office After Fallen Illinois Guardsman
By | June 21, 2022
The Maroa, Illinois, post office will bear the name of a fallen Illinois National Guardsman who was killed in action while serving in Iraq in 2004.Illinois Army National Guard Spc. Jeremy Ridlen, of Maroa, Illinois, was among...

Brig. Gen. Rodney Boyd, of Naperville, Illinois, Assistant Adjutant General – Army and Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard, talks with former Illinois Army National Guard Soldier Randall Romines, brother of Sgt. Brian Romines, following the Sgt. Brian Romines Memorial Highway dedication ceremony, June 6, in Anna, Illinois.
Highway 146 From Anna to Vienna Honors Fallen Illinois National Guard Soldier from Southern Illinois
By Barbara Wilson, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office | June 7, 2022
A ceremony renaming a 15 mile stretch of Highway 146 from Anna to Vienna, Illinois, the Sgt. Brian Romines Memorial Highway was held June 6, in Anna, 17 years after the Illinois Army National Guard Soldier from Simpson,...

U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel McDonough, the commander of the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, was selected to lead the Illinois Air National Guard.
McDonough Selected as Commander of Illinois Air National Guard
By | June 1, 2022
Maj. Gen. Rich Neely, the Adjutant General of Illinois and Commander of the Illinois National Guard, has selected Colonel Dan McDonough, the Commander of Peoria’s 182nd Airlift Wing, as the next Assistant Adjutant General –...

Erin Nilles, second from left, of Venedy, Illinois, a 2022 graduate of Okawville High School, Okawville, Illinois, was selected as a scholarship recipient in the amount of $2,500 at the annual National Guard Association of Illinois banquet and awards ceremony in Springfield, Illinois, May 20. Nilles will attend Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and study to become a dental hygienist. Pictured are from left, Lt. Col. Michael Okoniewski, 126th Air Refueling Wing, Nilles, Col. Timothy Newman, 108th Sustainment Brigade, and Lt. Col. Andrew Adamczyk, Deputy Director, Strategic Planning and Policy, Illinois National Guard and president of the NGAI. Okoniewski and Newman serve on the NGAI scholarship committee.
Duckworth Named Legislator of Year by National Guard Association
By | May 25, 2022
The National Guard Association of Illinois honored U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth as the NGAI Legislator of the Year during its annual banquet and awards ceremony at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre, Springfield, Illinois,...

Illinois Army National Guard Col. Nick Johnson of Evanston.
Evanston Colonel Retires After 32 Years of Service
By | May 25, 2022
A dream that began with playing with toy Army men as a child and continued as the Hyde Park Academy Junior ROTC battalion commander ended this month after more than three decades in the Illinois Army National Guard including...