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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.
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jennifer Pritzker, founder of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago, salutes the color guard as they retire the colors following a rededication of the Victory Monument in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, July 5. The event was held to commemorate the 8th Illinois, an all African-American unit that fought in the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. During World War I the unit’s Soldiers were awarded several medals of valor including 21 Distinguished Service Crosses – the second highest award for act of heroism, and 68 Croix de Guerre, the French award for acts of valor.
Chicago community, Guardsmen Rededicate WWI Monument
By Sgt. Christopher Garibay, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment | July 10, 2019
The Illinois National Guard, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, the 8th Infantry Association, the Chicago Military Academy at Bronzeville, the World War I Centennial Commission, Friends of the Victory Monument Memorial and several dignitaries took part in the rededication of the Victory Monument in Chicago on July 5 honoring the World War I service of the Illinois National Guard’s storied all African-American 8th Infantry Regiment.

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Mysterious bones in Military Footlocker positively identified as Illinois National Guard Soldier five decades after murder
By Barbara Wilson | June 19, 2019
Twenty-five years after human remains found in military footlocker, and five decades after disappearance, mysterious bones are positively identified as Illinois National Guard veteran.

Illinois National Guard Soldier Sgt. Patrick Wells of West Union, Illinois receives a certificate of completion of the 92G Culinary Specialist Reclassification Course from Lt. Col. Michael Hough, Commander, 2nd Battalion, 129th Regiment (RTI). Wells was selected as the Distinguished Honor Graduate for Phase II. He was among 15 Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers from 10 states to graduate from the course June 18
Soldiers graduate from National Guard Culinary Specialist Reclassification Course
By Barbara Wilson | June 19, 2019
Two Illinois National Guard Soldiers were among the 15 Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers representing 10 states to graduate from the Culinary Specialist Reclassification Course June 18.

Illinois National Guard Soldiers move sandbags to construct a sandbag levee in East Cape Girardeau, Illinois to control flooding in the small Alexander County, Illinois community. Soldiers from the 1844th Transportation Company, East St. Louis, Illinois; 933rd Military Police Company, Ft. Sheridan, Illinois and 708th Medical Company, North Riverside, Illinois, have been working in East Cape Girardeau since Monday to assist with flood control. They are among 200 Soldiers activated for State Active Duty by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker June 4 to assist with flood duty from the Metro-East area south along the Mississippi River.
Illinois National Guard Soldiers on Flood Duty in East Cape Girardeau, Illinois
By Barbara Wilson | June 12, 2019
Illinois National Guard Soldiers are on flood duty in East Cape Girardeau, Illinois.

Soldiers of Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery conduct sandbag operations in Grafton, Illinois. They are among more than 200 Soldiers from the Illinois National Guard who have been conducting flood operations since being activated by the Governor for State Active Duty.
Illinois National Guard Soldiers conduct Sandbag Operations in Grafton
By Barbara Wilson | June 7, 2019
Illinois National Guard Soldiers from Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment conduct Sandbag operations in Grafton, Illinois - reinforcing barriers with sandbags.

Illinois Army National Guard Maj. Michael Hart of Springfield, Illinois has loaned several pieces of his personal World War II artifact collection for the D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemorative exhibit at the Illinois State Military Museum. The exhibit opens June 6 and runs through Dec. 31. Hart is serving as a guest curator for the exhibit.
Military Museum opens D-Day Anniversary Exhibit
By Barbara Wilson | June 6, 2019
The Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield, Illinois has opened a D-Day Anniversary exhibit featuring many World War II artifacts from Maj. Michael Hart, the guest curator for the exhibit. The exhibit opens June 6 and will continue through Dec. 31, 2019. During the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, it is important to share the rich history of World War II service of the Illinois National Guard.