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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!

Springfield Resident Retires After More Than 30 years Serving the State of Illinois and the Illinois National Guard
By | Feb. 25, 2021
Janet Estes, of Springfield, has retired from the Illinois Department of Military Affairs after more than 36 years of service to the State of Illinois, 30 years supporting the Soldiers and Airmen of the Illinois National...

The Illinois Army National Guard Bilateral Embedded Support Team (BEST) A25 stand alongside the Polish military contingent during the ILARNG BEST decommissioning ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Soldiers deployed with BEST A25 returned home Dec. 24.
Liaison Mission with Polish Military Started in Iraq and Shifted to Afghanistan
By Barbara Wilson, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office | Dec. 28, 2020
Five Illinois National Guard Soldiers who deployed in May as part of Bilateral Embedded Staff Team (BEST) A25 are returning home in time for Christmas, wrapping up combat missions with the Polish military in U.S. Central...

Col. Gerald Newman of Dixon, Illinois, receives his certificate of retirement from Maj. Gen. Michael Zerbonia, Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard. Newman, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, retired Dec. 5, after 35 years of service. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spretizer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)
Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan Led Unit That Won Secretary of Defense Logistics Award
By Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spreitzer | Dec. 8, 2020
A small group of friends and family gathered at the Illinois National Guard Armory in Dixon, Illinois, to celebrate the career of Col. Gerald Newman on Dec. 5.“It’s fitting that we’re here at the place it all started,” said...

Illinois Army National Guard Master Sgt. Clint Murphy, of Athens, Illinois, receives his First Sergeant rank from son, Van, daughter, Dylan, and wife, Jessica, during a pinning ceremony Oct. 23 at the Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. Murphy was appointed as the new First Sergeant for Company C, 634th Brigade Support Battalion, based in Springfield, Illinois.
Athens Soldier Appointed First Sergeant of Springfield-based Illinois Army National Guard Unit
By | Oct. 27, 2020
Illinois Army National Guard Master Sgt. Clint Murphy, of Athens, Illinois, was appointed as First Sergeant, Company C, 634th Brigade Support Battalion, based in Springfield, Illinois. Murphy was pinned at a ceremony Oct. 23...

Illinois Army National Guard non-commissioned officers and officers complete the spring-drag-carry event in the Army Combat Fitness Test conducted as part of the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge and Officer in Charge validation course at the Marseilles Training Center, Marseilles, Illinois, Sept. 22-25.
Army Combat Fitness Test Training Team Visits Illinois Army National Guard
By | Oct. 23, 2020
For the first time since 1980, the U.S. Army will use a different method to test the physical readiness of its active duty, Reserve and National Guard forces. On Oct. 1, the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) became the testing...

Lt. Col. Jason Osberg, of Champaign, Illinois, Commander, Bilateral Embedded Staff Team A25, presents Master Sgt. Adam Abdul, of Collinsville, Illinois, with his combat patch during the recent ceremony.
Deployed Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers Receive Combat Service Patch
By | Oct. 23, 2020
In a time-honored tradition, Soldiers from the Bilateral Embedded Staff Team A25, received combat patches for their overseas deployment during recent ceremonies in the U.S. Army Central Command area of responsibility...