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The Illinois Army National Guard is a whole new way to serve. It's all about a commitment to help communities in need. It's solid dedication to country. In war and in peace, it's a citizen-soldier tradition that spans more than 360 years. It's an elite team that shares similar core values, convictions and beliefs. This is what it means to be in the Illinois Army National Guard. The Illinois Army National Guard has a unique dual mission to serve both country and community. When the state Governor calls out the Guard in the wake of a natural disaster, we're there. Whether helping fight wildfires in the West, tornadoes in the Midwest or floods in the South, you'll find the Guard there, ready and prepared to help our communities and neighbors in need.
Illinois State Command Sergeant Major Sean P. Carney, poses for a picture in between the winners of the state Best Warrior Competition. (left) Air National Guardsmen Senior Airmen Jacob A. Mullen, (right) Army National Guardsmen Sgt. Ezra P. Hunter. Mullen took home the title of Soldier of the Year, while Hunter won Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. (U.S. Army Photos by Sgt. Stephen Gifford, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
Mapleton Airmen, Tunnel Hill Soldier win Illinois National Guard Best Warrior
By Spc. Kyle Odum | May 20, 2019
The Illinois Army National Guard hosted competitors from the Army and Air National Guards as well as Soldiers of the Polish Armed Forces during its Best Warrior Competition at the Marseilles Training Center, Marseilles, Illinois, April 4-7, 2019.

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth poses with the 108th Sustainment Brigade in Iraq. The senator served in the Illinois Army National Guard for more than 23 years. In 2004, she deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard. Her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade Nov. 12, 2004
United States Senator Visits the 108th Sustainment Brigade in Iraq
By Staff. Sgt. Robert Adams | May 20, 2019
U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth returned to Iraq in April to visit Soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard’s 108th Sustainment Brigade deployed there and to show her support for their service and mission in the region.

ILLINOIS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD UNIT NOTIFIED OF NORTHERN COMMAND MISSION
By Lt. Col. Bradford Leighton | May 20, 2019
The Illinois Army National Guard received notification that approximately 90 Soldiers and equipment from the 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment are slated to be activated for federal service in the spring of 2020.

Soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard’s Bilateral Embedded Staff Team A22 are recognized during a mobilization ceremony Nov. 7, at the Illinois Military Academy in Springfield, Illinois. The six-person team from various parts of Illinois will embed with the Polish Military Contingent in Afghanistan in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)
Specialized Illinois National Guard Unit Mobilizes for Afghanistan
By Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spreitzer | Nov. 7, 2018
A mobilization ceremony was held in Springfield Nov. 7 for six Soldiers who will deploy to

An Airman with the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron directs a vehicle off the ramp of a C-130 Hercules at the Marion Airport in Marion, Illinois, during the Prairie Assurance exercise Nov. 2. The Peoria, Illinois, based 169th ASOS is part of the 182nd Airlift Wing and was one of a handful of units that participated in the tactical communications exercise portion of Prairie Assurance Nov. 2. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Adams, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)
Illinois Ready: Prairie Assurance Exercise 2018
By Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spreitzer | Nov. 4, 2018
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Imagine sleeping peacefully in bed, you’re awakened by a subtle shaking. Not

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Pierce of Washington, Illinois, and Sgt. Andrew Hohimer of Manito, Illinois, conduct survey operations at the Corn Crib Stadium, Bloomington, Illinois, Sept. 25. The 5th Civil Support Team responded to a simulated attack on the stadium as a part of its external evaluation to measure the team’s ability to accomplish its mission. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephen Gifford, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)
Bloomington hosts evaluation for unique homeland defense unit
By Sgt. Stephen Gifford | Oct. 28, 2018
As dawn broke the Illinois National Guard’s 5th Civil Support Team (CST) responded to a simulated