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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!

Capt. Jordan Legris, commander, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, briefs members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force prior to the kick-off of the live fire exercise during Rising Thunder 19. Rising Thunder 2019 is an annual exercise between the U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force featuring units from the 7th Infantry Division, the Illinois Army National Guard's 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 108th Sustainment Brigade, and Japan's 25th Infantry Regiment. The exercise, held Aug. 28 – Sept. 13 at Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Washington, consists of company/platoon unilateral and bilateral training events in two phases, culminating with a bilateral live fire exercise. (U.S. Army photo contributed by 1st Lt. Andrew McCormick, Illinois Army National Guard)
Rising Thunder is a 'Run' Away Hit
By Sgt. Jeff Daniel, 211th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment | Sept. 13, 2019
The rumbling of diesel engines marked the start of the event. The cool faces of the soldiers showed their confidence in training from the previous week. Their will, their might, and everything they learned, came together as the combined arms live-fire exercise began at Rising Thunder 19, at the Yakima Training Center, Yakima, Washington.

Spc. James Tyler Short, a combat medic with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard, surveys the digital multipurpose range complex during Rising Thunder 19 at Yakima Training Center, Yakima, Washington, Sept. 3. Rising Thunder 2019 is an annual exercise between the U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and is part of Pacific Pathways 19-3. RT19 is a USARPAC-sponsored capstone event. U.S. Army Units participating include the 7th Infantry Division and the Illinois Army National Guard's 108th Sustainment Brigade and 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The exercise consists of company/platoon unilateral and bilateral training events in two phases, culminating with a bilateral live-fire exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Camacho Roberts) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Camacho Roberts)
Illinois Guardsman extends Short line of service
By Sgt. Camacho Roberts, 211th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment | Sept. 13, 2019
Spc. James Tyler Short, a combat medic with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard, comes from a long and strong lineage of family service to the United States Military.

Pfc. Kyle Brennan poses with a member of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense during Rising Thunder 19. Rising Thunder 2019 is an annual exercise between the U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force featuring units from the 7th Infantry Division, the Illinois Army National Guard's 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 108th Sustainment Brigade, and Japan's 25th Infantry Regiment. The exercise, held Aug. 28 – Sept. 13 at Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Washington, consists of company/platoon unilateral and bilateral training events in two phases, culminating with a bilateral live fire exercise. (U.S. Army photo contributed by Pfc. Kyle Brennan, Illinois Army National Guard)
Infantryman Finds Brotherhood in Illinois National Guard
By Sgt. Jeff Daniel, 211th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment | Sept. 13, 2019
Brotherhood can be a powerful thing. Many people have friends, even close friends. But for those who are part of a brotherhood, it can be life-changing. Especially for a young 18-year-old high school graduate seeking to change his life.

Aircraft with the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade provide support to the Illinois Army National Guard during Rising Thunder 19 in Yakima, Wash., Sept. 7, 2019. Rising Thunder 2019 is an annual exercise joining the U.S. Army and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and is part of Pacific Pathways 19-3. Rising Thunder 2019 is also a United States Army Pacific-sponsored capstone event featuring U.S. Army units from the 7th Infantry Division and the Illinois Army National Guard’s 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 108th Sustainment Brigade.
Illinois National Guard Transporters Deliver Success at Rising Thunder
By Spc. Shaylin Quaid, 211th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment | Sept. 11, 2019
A common saying in the Army is that every Soldier is Infantry, no matter their primary duty position. The truck drivers and maintenance personnel of the 1844th Transportation Company, based in East St. Louis, Illinois, take that to heart. While their primary duty is to ensure the prompt transport of troops and supplies, these Illinois Guardsmen have shown that they aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty to protect their convoys and fellow Soldiers.

Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Regiment sniper teams receives some pointers from a member of the sniper team from the Illinois National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment during Rising Thunder 19. Rising Thunder 2019 is an annual exercise between the U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force featuring units from the 7th Infantry Division, the Illinois Army National Guard's 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 108th Sustainment Brigade, and Japan's 25th Infantry Regiment. The exercise, held Aug. 28 – Sept. 13 at Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Washington, consists of company/platoon unilateral and bilateral training events in two phases, culminating with a bilateral live fire exercise.
Illinois, Japanese Snipers Hone Skills Together
By Sgt. Jeff Daniel, 211th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment | Sept. 11, 2019
As a crackle echoes through the sun-drenched valley, a strong male voice can be heard. “Hit.” Another crack. “Miss.” Another three rounds land, a voice with a strong Japanese accent asks, “how many targets did we hit?”

Staff Sgt. Buddy Seibert, of Vergennes, Illinois, a forward observer with the 2nd Battalion, 122nd Field Artillery Regiment, attached to  2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard, surveys the artillery assault course during Rising Thunder 19 at Yakima Training Center, Yakima, Washington, Sept. 3. The forward observers worked together with mortar infantrymen from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-130th Inf. Reg. to engage targets with artillery during the exercise. Rising Thunder 2019 is an annual exercise between the U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and is part of Pacific Pathways 19-3. RT19 is a USARPAC-sponsored capstone event. U.S. Army Units participating include the 7th Infantry Division and the Illinois Army National Guard's 108th Sustainment Brigade and 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The exercise consists of company/platoon unilateral and bilateral training events in two phases, culminating with a bilateral live-fire exercise.
Orchestra of Artillery: Illinois Guard Drops the Hits at Rising Thunder
By Sgt. Camacho Roberts, 211th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment | Sept. 11, 2019
Indirect fire infantrymen collaborate with forward observers to pound the battlefield. The impact of that teamwork is as solid as the thump to a bass drum. At Rising Thunder 19 at the Yakima Training Center, Yakima, Washington, teamwork is that bass line that keeps the band together.