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Check out the Illinois National Guard's latest monthly publication, the Illinois National Guard Prairie Sentinel! Inside you'll find news and photos from around the ILNG! Click below to check it out!

Sgt. Danielle Ash, of Carlinville, Illinois, a food service specialist assigned to Company D, 634th Brigade Support Battalion, based in Galva, Illinois, adds seasonings to the braised beef and noodles prepared during the Region IV Phillip A. Connelly Award competition Aug. 4, 2020 at Marseilles Training Center, Marseilles, Illinois.
Illinois Army National Guard Unit Cooks Up Culinary Win in Army Food Service Award Competition
By Barbara Wilson, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office | July 28, 2021
Army Culinary Specialists with Company D, 634th Brigade Support Battalion, based in Galva, Illinois, have cooked up a win in the Department of the Army’s 53rd annual Philip A. Connelly Award for Excellence in Army Food...

Michael Zerbonia, Jr. (#26) played running back for the Mark Twain High School Tigers in Hannibal, Missouri. Zerbonia, Assistant Adjutant General – Army of the Illinois National Guard and Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard, will retire at the end of July after serving nearly four decades in the U.S. Army and Illinois Army National Guard.
‘General Z,’ Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard, took care of troops for 38 years
By Lt. Col. Brad Leighton, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office | July 27, 2021
Sweat poured from Mark Twain High School Tiger running back Mike Zerbonia Jr. His thick eyeglasses were fogging up, a clunky knee brace was strapped around his leg and his full head of hair was drenched in sweat – but he kept...

A Soldier in the Illinois Army National Guard demonstrates the Automated Record Fire Range at the Marseilles Training Center in Marseilles, Illinois, during a dedication event and capabilities demonstration, July 23. The $4.6 million federally-funded project updated the target systems and expanded the ARF by 10 firing positions.
ILNG Showcases Upgrades of Automated Record Fire Range at MTC
By | July 27, 2021
The Illinois National Guard (ILNG) hosted federal, state and local leaders to officially dedicate the upgraded Automated Record Fire (ARF) Range at the Marseilles Training Center (MTC) in Marseilles, Illinois, July 23...

Fahim Masoud, second from right, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Among those in attendance was retired Iowa Army National Guard CW3 James Ditter, right. Ditter sponsored Masoud to the United States on a student visa.
Fahim Masoud Realizes Dream of Military Service in Illinois Army National Guard
By Barbara Wilson, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office | July 9, 2021
When Fahim Masoud was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1988, the country was at war with the Soviet Union. Fast forward 17 years, Masoud graduated from high school and faced one of three options for his future – study in India...

October 1989, Potosi Bolivia, Lawson participated in a medical readiness exercise in support of Operation Restore Democracy, Lawson aids a small child needing care.  Lawson says “this was the moment he decided to live his life as a Citizen Soldier.”
Lawson Retires After 33 Years; Applies Life Lessons to Unexpected Adversity
By Maj. April McLaren, Illinois Army National Guard | July 6, 2021
When Brig. Gen. (retired) Chris Lawson retired in 2020 from the Illinois Army National Guard after 33 years, he had no idea what was in store the next 18 months. World-wide pandemic. Marriage. New wife with colon cancer. His...

Illinois Army National Guard Lt. Col. Michael Legler (right), of Pekin, Illinois, receives the Meritorious Service Medal from Maj. Gen. Michael Zerbonia, of Chatham, Illinois, Assistant Adjutant General – Army, during his retirement ceremony April 30 at the Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.
Michael Legler will continue serving service members, families in Family Programs role
By Barbara Wilson, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office | May 5, 2021
More than three decades after initially enlisting in the U.S. Army to give back to the country that has given so much to his family, Lt. Col. Michael Legler, of Pekin, Illinois, retired from the Illinois Army National...