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Chief Warrant Officer (4) Peggy Bates hugs friends after her retirement ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Il Aug 7. Bates retired after 38 years of military service. She enlisted in the ILARNG in August of 1984 as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic with 3637th Maintenance Company in Springfield, IL. CW4 Bates spent the next 22 years as an enlisted Soldier serving in numerous positions to include Parts Clerk, Technical Inspector, Maintenance Control NCO, Operations NCO, and First Sergeant for 3637th Maintenance Company and the 65th Troop Command. She began her Warrant Officer career in 2006 as an Engineer Equipment Maintenance Warrant Officer for B 634th Brigade Support Battalion and converted to a Property Accounting Warrant Officer in 2008. She has served as a Federal Technician for over 37 years. Bates’ dedication to the ILARNG and the technician program enhanced the logistics community within the entire state. (U.S. Army photo by Illinois Army National Guard Sgt. Trenton Fouche)
Chief Warrant Officer (4) Peggy Bates Retires After 38-Year Career
By Sgt. Trenton Fouche | Aug. 9, 2022
The year -1984. The original Apple Macintosh personal computer was released. Michael Jordan, NBA draft’s number 3 pick, was Rookie of the Year and a young Bull; but Magic and Bird still ruled the hardwood. Prince’s “Purple...

1st Sgt. Ryan Crews gave his farewell speech during his retirement ceremony Aug. 7, at the Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln, Springfield. Over his 34 year career, he served in a variety of command and staff positions including as a platoon sergeant, a brigade communications (S-6) noncommissioned officer-in-charge, a signal support systems specialist (25U) instructor, first sergeant of the 406th Signal Company, first sergeant of C Co., 766th Brigade Engineer Battalion, and lastly as the state tactical communications senior noncommissioned officer-in-charge.
Illinois Army National Guard Senior Leader, Former Mount Vernon Police Captain, Retires After 34 Years of Military Service
By | Aug. 8, 2022
Illinois Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Ryan Crews of Mount Vernon retired after 34 years of military service during an Aug. 7 ceremony at Illinois National Guard headquarters on Camp Lincoln, Springfield...

The 709th Medical Company Area Support stand at attention during the mobilization ceremony Aug. 6 at Monroe Elementary School in Peoria. Approximately 55 Soldiers from the unit will deploy in support of Operation Inherent Resolve to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
Bartonville-based Medical Company Deploys for Overseas Mission
By | Aug. 8, 2022
The Illinois Army National Guard’s 709th Medical Company Area Support (MCAS), based in Bartonville, received a rousing farewell at a deployment ceremony Aug. 6 at the Monroe Elementary School in Peoria, as approximately 55...

Lt. Col. Joseph Crispen (right), accepts the 183d Force Support Squadron (FSS) guidon from Col. Shawn Green, Commander, 183d Mission Support Group (left), as he accepts command of FSS. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patrick Kerr)
Lt. Col. Joseph Crispen Assumes Command of 183d Force Support Squadron
By Master Sgt. Patrick S. Kerr | Aug. 6, 2022
Lt. Col. Joseph Crispen assumes command of the 183d Force Support Squadron (FSS), during an assumption of command ceremony held at the 183d Wing, Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. The assumption of command ceremony is a...

Newly promoted Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tim Milligan, of Illiopolis, Illinois, Warrant Officer Strength Manager, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Illinois Army National Guard, thanks family, friends, and colleagues for their support throughout his military service, during a promotion ceremony Aug. 3 at the Illinois State Military Museum, Springfield, Illinois.
Illiopolis Soldier Promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Four
By | Aug. 5, 2022
Illinois Army National Guard Soldier Tim Milligan, of Illiopolis, Illinois, was promoted to chief warrant officer four Aug. 3 in a ceremony at the Illinois State Military Museum, Springfield, Illinois.During the ceremony,...

Illinois Army National Guard Col. Sarah D. Smith, of Edwardsville was selected as one of four nationwide recipients of the 2022 Federally Employed Women (FEW) Military Meritorious Award. Smith also serves as a Circuit Judge in the Third Judicial Circuit, Madison County, Illinois.
ILARNG Colonel, Madison County Circuit Judge Receives FEW's 2022 Military Meritorious Service Award
By | Aug. 3, 2022
Col. Sarah Smith of Edwardsville, the State Judge Advocate of the Illinois Army National Guard, has been selected as one of four nationwide recipients of the 2022 Federally Employed Women (FEW) Military Meritorious Award...