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Director, Manpower and Personnel (J-1), National Guard Bureau

Major General Eric Little has more than 30 years of Military Service. He joined the Illinois Army National Guard in 1989 and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in August of 1992, after completing the Federal Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. BG Little earned a Bachelors in Management from the University of Illinois, Springfield. He holds a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Touro University.

General Little currently serves at the Pentagon as the Director, Manpower and Personnel (J-1), National Guard Bureau, his previous appointment was as Vice Director of Programs and Resources/Comptroller (NG-J8), where he provided oversight and direction for resources necessary to support the National Guard Bureau (NGB), the Army National Guard (ARNG), and Air National Guard (ANG) across the 54 states and territories of the United States. 

Prior to being assigned to NGB, General Little served in numerous critical positions at all echelons of command and staff within the ILARNG, culminating as the Chief of Staff. As the ILARNG Chief of Staff, he served as the state's senior federal Army National Guard Management Officer and as the principle executive assistant and advisor to The Adjutant General, Illinois. He oversaw all military personnel, training, and logistics programs through the functional directorates. He also was the installation   Commander, responsible for security and operations at all Illinois ARNG facilities and training areas.

General Little has held command at the Company, Battalion, and Brigade level. He has served as a Battalion Training Officer, Battalion Officer-in-Charge, Logistics Management Officer, Director of the Property and Fiscal Office, and as the United States Property and Fiscal Officer.

General Little is a 2013 graduate of The United States Army War College and 2017 Senior Leader Seminar attendee. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, and Combat Action Badge. BG Little has supported operations in Panama and Germany, and deployed to Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009.

General Little lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Tammi, and together they have four adult children.
 

Governor Pritzker
Governor of Illinois
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Maj. Gen. Richard Neely
Adjutant General, Illinois National Guard; Director, Department of Military Affairs
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Illinois National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader
Senior Enlisted Leader - Illinois National Guard
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Major General Rodney Boyd was appointed as the Assistant 
Adjutant General for the Illinois Army National Guard on July 
1, 2021. His previous assignment was as the Assistant Chief of 
Staff, J4 (Wartime), United States Forces Korea. 
As the Assistant Adjutant General, he serves as the principal 
assistant to the Adjutant General in all matters pertaining to 
supervision and management of the Illinois Department of 
Military Affairs and the Illinois Army National Guard, which 
consists of 10,000 citizen-Soldiers.
Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Illinois National Guard
Commander - Illinois Army National Guard
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Brig. Gen. Justin Osberg
Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, Illinois Army National Guard
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Director of the Joint Staff, Illinois National Guard
Brigadier General Mark G. Alessia
Director of the Joint Staff, Illinois National Guard
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COL Randolph Edwards
Chief of Staff, Illinois Army National Guard
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State Command Chief Warrant Officer
State Command Chief Warrant Officer, Illinois National Guard
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State Command Sergeant Major
State Command Sergeant Major - Illinois Army National Guard
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AAG-Air
Assistant Adjutant General - Air, Illinois National Guard
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Col. Kevin Jacobs
Chief of Staff, Illinois Air National Guard
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Director of Staff - Illinois Air National Guard
Director of Staff - Illinois Air National Guard
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Chief Master Sergeant Marlon Burton
State Command Chief Master Sergeant - Illinois Air National Guard
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William D. "Willie" Cobetto
Chief of Staff - Illinois Department of Military Affairs
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Col. Brian Creech
United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Illinois
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Illinois Air National Guard officer Marty Green of Springfield, a native of Canton, was promoted to brigadier general on June 4 during a ceremony at the Illinois National Guard’s headquarters on Camp Lincoln. 
He was selected as the Assistant to the General Counsel-Air for the National Guard Bureau, a “one-star” general position. Green will play a crucial part in overseeing legal matters within the National Guard Bureau. He has extensive experience in providing legal counsel both in the military and in his civilian employment as the Senior Vice President and Legislative Counsel for the Illinois CPA Society. 
“This isn’t about me or just one individual,” said Green. “It’s about ensuring the betterment of this organization. I’m proud to represent the Illinois Air National Guard and ensure that we continue to do a great job taking care of our people.”
Maj. Gen. Rich Neely, the Adjutant General of Illinois and Commander of the Illinois National Guard, said Green will represent Illinois well at the national level. 
“He will undoubtedly make significant contributions to the legal affairs of the organization, solidifying his position as a respected leader within the Illinois Air National Guard and the National Guard Bureau as a whole,” Neely said.  
Green previously served as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate for Air Mobility Command, where he played a pivotal role in advising and assisting with legal matters. Simultaneously, he fulfilled the position of State Staff Judge Advocate for the Illinois Air National Guard, showcasing his dedication to both local and national legal affairs.
“This promotion highlights the Illinois National Guard’s commitment to excellence and its contribution to the broader National Guard mission,” Neely said. “This should serve as an inspiration to fellow servicemembers and demonstrate the potential for professional growth and development within our organization.”
Assistant to the General Counsel-Air
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Maj. Gen. Donald "DK" Carpenter
Director, Lightning Sustainment Center, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Office, Wright-Patterson AFB
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Chief of Joint Staff and the Director of Strategic Plans and Policies (J5), Illinois National Guard
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Maj. Gen. Henry Dixon
Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Central
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