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Sgt. Jason Swick, of Quincy, assigned to the Effingham-based Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard takes part in basic rappelling training hosted by members of the Colombian Army Air Assault School during Exercise Southern Vanguard 23 on Nov. 6, 2022 at Tolemaida Military Base, Colombia. Exercise Southern Vanguard 23, involves Soldiers from U.S. Army South and the U.S. Army National Guard training alongside Colombian Army soldiers in varying terrain while conducting weapon familiarization lanes culminating in a bilateral military training operation. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Alan Brutus)
Illinois National Guard, Colombian Military Partners Build Professional, Personal Relationships
By Sgt. 1st Class Alan Brutus, U.S. Army South | Nov. 16, 2022
Bilateral exercises are an important part of building relationships between nations and enhancing the abilities of partner nation armies to work together through various missions and problem sets. Exercise Southern Vanguard...

Soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard stand in formation during the opening ceremony of Exercise Southern Vanguard 23 at Tolemaida Military Base, Colombia, Nov. 8, 2022. Exercise Southern Vanguard 23, involves Soldiers from U.S. Army South and the U.S. Army National Guard training alongside Colombian Army soldiers in varying terrain while conducting weapon familiarization lanes culminating in a bilateral military training operation. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class R.J. Lannom Jr.)
Illinois National Guard, Colombia Military Kick Off Combined Military Training Exercise
By Sgt. 1st Class Alan Brutus, U.S. Army South | Nov. 16, 2022
More than 300 U.S. and Colombian soldiers stood tall in formation on the parade field of Tolemaida Military Base, Colombia, during the opening ceremony of Exercise Southern Vanguard 23 (ExSV23). Exercise Southern Vanguard is...

Members of the 183d Wing complete checking their bags and move to the Personnel Deployment Function line during Exercise HYDRA COIL Nov. 5, 2022, at the 183d Wing, Springfield, IL. Exercise HYDRA COIL focused on demonstrating the 183d Wing’s ability to generate, employ and sustain forces at a Main Operating Base (MOB) to a Forward Operating Site (FOS) in an Agile Combat Employment (ACE) scenario.
183d Wing Exercise Bolsters Global Readiness
By Airman 1st Class Katherine Jacobus | Nov. 9, 2022
183d WING, SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The 183d Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, held an on-base exercise, Exercise HYDRA COIL, Nov. 4, 5 and 6, 2022. Exercise HYDRA COIL focused on demonstrating the 183d Wing’s ability to...

Maj. Elaine Nussbaum and Col. Kevin Little present a certificate of appreciation to Nussbaum’s mother, Therese, during Nussbaum’s Nov. 4 retirement ceremony at Illinois National Guard headquarters on Camp Lincoln, Springfield. Nussbaum, was a key leader in the famed Paris, Ill.-based 1544th Transportation Company and took care of her Soldiers for 22 years. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Justin Malone, Illinois National Guard)
‘MAMA BEAR’ COMBAT LEADER RETIRES FROM THE ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD AFTER MORE THAN TWO DECADES OF SERVICE
By Lt. Col. Bradford Leighton | Nov. 8, 2022
Maj. Elaine Nussbaum of Bloomington has a sing-song voice, infectious laughter, and a smile that stretches across her face and never seems to go away – even after working a 20-hour day.She is a 4-H Club alum, has competed in...

The family of fallen Illinois Army National Guard Spc. Jeremy Ridlen, mother, Cheryl, sister, Amanda and twin brother, Jason, are joined by U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis, Brig. Gen. Rodney Boyd, Assistant Adjutant General – Army and Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard, and Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Tuttle, during the unveiling of the plaque, dedicating the Maroa, Illinois, post office in honor of Ridlen, during a ceremony Oct. 25 at the Maroa Fire Department. Ridlen, who served in the 1544th Transportation Company, based in Paris, Illinois, was killed in action May 23, 2004, in Iraq.
Post Office Dedication Memorializes Fallen Maroa Soldier
By | Oct. 25, 2022
On May 23, 2004 Illinois Army National Guard Spc. Jeremy Ridlen, of Maroa, Illinois, was killed in action while serving with the 1544th Transportation Company deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.On Oct. 25,...

Staff Sgt. Brittany Klein and Pvt. 1st Class Connor Rijkse of the 933rd Military Police Company participate in a trust-building activity during Discrimination Prevention training at the North Central Army Reserve Intelligence Support Center, Fort Sheridan, Illinois, September 24, 2022. This training was part of Task Force Restore Trust, a program that aims to reduce harmful behaviors and improve the climate within Illinois Army National Guard units through impactful training.
Illinois Army National Guard Puts Harmful Behaviors in Crosshairs
By | Oct. 19, 2022
The Illinois Army National Guard supports the Secretary of the Army’s objective of maintaining positive command climates and reducing harmful behaviors within the organization. In February of 2022, Task Force Restore Trust...

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