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Command Sgt. Maj. Kehinde Salami, of Homewood, Illinois, the newly appointed Illinois National Guard Command Senior Enlisted Leader, thanks family, friends, and fellow Illinois National Guard members, for their support during the change of responsibility ceremony Sept. 8 at the Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. Salami assumed responsibility and authority as the CSEL from Command Sgt. Maj. Dena Ballowe, of Carlinville, Illinois, who was appointed as CSEL in 2019.
Homewood Soldier Assumes Responsibility As Illinois National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader
By | Sept. 13, 2023
In a ceremony steeped in military tradition, Command Sgt. Maj. Dena Ballowe of Carlinville relinquished responsibility as the Illinois National Guard Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) to Command Sgt. Maj. Kehinde Salami...

Newly promoted Illinois Army National Guard Col. Paul Metzdorff is administered the oath of office by Maj. Gen. Rodney Boyd, Assistant Adjutant General – Army and Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard, Sept. 8 during a promotion ceremony at the Astroth Community Education Center, Heartland Community College, Normal, Illinois.
Bloomington Soldier Pins on Colonel Eagles
By | Sept. 12, 2023
Nearly 22 years after graduating from the Illinois Army National Guard Officer Candidate School, Illinois Army National Guard Soldier Paul Metzdorff, of Bloomington, was promoted to colonel in a ceremony at the Astroth...

Maj. Gen. Rodney Boyd, Assistant General Adjutant General - Army and Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard, Brig. Gen. Justin Osberg, deputy assistant Adjutant General - Army,  and Col. Jason Osberg, 65th Troop Command commander take a group photo during the change of command ceremony Aug. 27, 2023 at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Peoria, Illinois. The Change of Command Ceremony is a time-honored military tradition that symbolizes the transfer of authority and responsibility from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander. This transition ensures the continuity and effectiveness of the unit’s mission, operations, and commitment to service.
65th Troop Command Conducts Change of Command
By Spc. Dasianelle Burton, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment | Aug. 30, 2023
Col. Jason Osberg of Champaign, Illinois, relinquished command of the 65th Troop Command to Col. Max Casteleyn of Mundelein, Illinois, in a ceremony Aug. 27 at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Peoria...

Five-year-old George Steven rips the major rank from his mother's uniform during Lt. Col. Jaime Marlock's promotion ceremony. His father and her spouse, George Marlock, looks on. Col. Lenny Williams, the Illinois Army National Guard Chief of Staff, presided over Marlock's promotion and spoke about her importance to the organization during Marlock's promotion ceremony on Aug. 6 at the Illinois National Guard headquarters on Camp Lincoln in Springfield.
Marlock, a Lake St. Louis (Missouri) resident and native of Moline, Illinois, is the G6 (information technology and cyber) Branch Chief. She enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard 20 years ago and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 2008 through the Guard's 129th Regional Training Institute's Officer Candidate School based in Springfield.
Illinois National Guard Cyber Expert Rises to Lieutenant Colonel
By | Aug. 8, 2023
Jaime Marlock is on the rise in both her careers...

Illinois Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Josh Perrott walks through a water cannon salute following the completion of his final flight as an Army aviator Aug. 3. Perrott, who retires Nov. 1, has served 31 years in the Illinois Army National Guard.
Illinois Army National Guard Aviator Completes 31-Year Career with Final Flight
By | Aug. 8, 2023
For Chief Warrant Officer 4 Joshua Perrott, of Bethany, Illinois, military service began as a way for him to earn benefits for school and became something he really loved to do...

Illinois Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. David Schreffler (center) poses with some of the Polish riders who participated in the Gold Star Mission’s Gold Star 500 bicycle ride last September in Illinois. Schreffler is participating in the Polish Veterans Bike Rally from Aug. 8-12 to honor both Polish and American fallen service members. The rally, sponsored by the Polish Association of Families of Fallen Soldiers, will travel 538 kilometers (almost 335 miles) throughout Poland from the city of Siedlce to Rzeszów, with stops in Terespol, Chełm, Zamość, and Stalowa Wola. It is expected to include about 60 cyclists and is modeled on Gold Star Mission’s annual Gold Star 500 in Illinois. Last year, the Polish had 16 participants in the Gold Star 500 including seven Polish Army Soldiers, six students and three Polish Gold Star Family members.
Illinois National Guard NCO to Join Polish Bicycle Rally to honor Fallen Allies
By | Aug. 8, 2023
When Senior Master Sgt. David Schreffler started riding with Gold Star Mission it was a great way to combine two of his greatest passions, bicycle riding and a desire to honor and remember fallen U.S. service members...