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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.
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

Jacksonville-born Soldier retires after more than 33 years of service
By Courtesy Story | Aug. 23, 2018
After a 33-year military career spanning enlisted and officer service as well as both active duty

Debra Foster pins the rank of Colonel on her husband Chaplain Steve Foster during Foster’s promotion ceremony at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, on Aug. 21. Foster is the Senior Army Chaplain for the Illinois National Guard. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Stephen Gifford, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)
Illinois National Guard Promotes Top Chaplain
By Sgt. Stephen Gifford | Aug. 22, 2018
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Steve Foster of Riverton, Illinois, was promoted to the rank of Colonel in a

Pfc. Lexcee Breen of Eldorado, Illinois, a Soldier with the Forward Support Company 123rd Engineer Battalion based in Murphysboro, Illinois, was one of two Illinois National Guard Soldiers who graduated from the food service specialist reclassification course Aug. 20. at the Illinois Military Academy in Springfield, Illinois. The Soldiers completed a rigorous two-phase course consisting of more than 200 academic hours, five written exams and two hands-on evaluations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)
Army’s Newest Cooks Graduate at Camp Lincoln
By Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spreitzer | Aug. 22, 2018
After weeks of training, the Army’s newest cooks graduated from the Culinary Specialist