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Chief of Staff, Illinois Air National Guard

Brigadier General Kevin E. Jacobs is the Illinois Air National Guard Chief of Staff. He is responsible for the command, control, and operations of plans and programs affecting more than 3,000 Airmen of the Illinois Air National Guard. His broad range of responsibilities include ensuring the combat readiness and domestic operations response capabilities of the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Scott Air Force Base, the 182d Airlift Wing, Peoria Illinois, and the 183d Wing, Springfield, Illinois. These organizations are comprised of flying wings, command and control facilities, and logistics and mission support units, all providing mission ready personnel to meet United States Air Force and State of Illinois requirements.

General Jacobs received his commission in 1994 after graduating as a distinguished graduate from the Academy of Military Science and was assigned to the 217th Engineering and Installation Squadron at O’Hare Air Reserve Station, Illinois, as an Information Systems Engineer. During the fall of 1994, General Jacobs was reassigned to the 126th Civil Engineering Squadron and during the seven years that followed, he held key positions such as the Engineering Officer, Operations Officer, and Commander. In 2001, he deployed in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH as the Plans and Programs Officer for the 363rd Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia. Beginning in 2004, General Jacobs served in a number of Command positions throughout the 126th Mission Support Group such as the Commander of the 126th Services Flight, Commander of the 126th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and in 2012, the 126th Deputy Mission Support Group Commander and Group Commander. In 2016, General Jacobs was selected as the Inspector General of the 126th Air Refueling Wing where he was responsible for the operation, management, and administration of the Wing Commander’s Inspection Program. In 2017, General Jacobs was assigned as the Director of Staff – Air, Joint Force Headquarters, Illinois Air National Guard, Springfield, Illinois, where he oversaw the daily operations of the headquarters staff and directed activities of his staff members in the areas of strategic planning, policy implementation, personnel services, logistics recruiting and retention, facilities, security, and force protection, along with homeland security and homeland defense. Prior to his current position, General Jacobs was assigned as the Commander, 126th Air Refueling Wing responsible for over 900 total force personnel and 8 primary assigned KC-135R aircraft.


EDUCATION
1989 Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
2001 Squadron Officer School (SOS), Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Ala.
2005 Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2005 Mortuary Management Course, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2008 Logistics Readiness Officer School, Lackland AFB, Texas
2011 Unit Environmental Coordinator Course, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2012 Master of Science, Environmental Management Engineering, Webster University, Webster Groves, Mo.
2013 Air War College (AWC), Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2014 Air Force Emergency Operations Center Director Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2016 Commanders Readiness Reporting Course, Kirkland AFB, N.M.
2017 Nuclear Leadership Core Course, Scott AFB, Ill.
2021 Commanders Leadership Course, Joint Base (JB) Andrews, Md.
2021 Joint Domestic Operations Course (DOMOPS), USNORTHCOM, Colorado Springs, Colo., by correspondence
2022 Defense Support of Civil Authorities Course (DSCA), USNORTHCOM, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2022 Joint Task Force Commander Course (JCTC), USNORTHCOM, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2023 Dual Status Commander Course (DSC), USNORTHCOM, Colorado Springs, Colo.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1994 - September 1994, Information System Engineer, 217th Engineering and Installation Squadron, O’Hare Air Reserve Station (ARS), Ill.
2. October 1994 - September 1998, Engineering Officer, 126th Civil Engineering Squadron, O’Hare ARS, Ill.
3. October 1998 - February 1999, Interim Commander, 126th Civil Engineering Squadron, Scott Air Force Base (AFB), Ill.
4. February 1999 - August 2004, Operations Officer, 126th Civil Engineering Squadron, Scott AFB, Ill. (October 2001 – November 2001, Plans & Program Officer, 363rd Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia)
5. August 2004 - March 2007, Commander, 126th Services Flight, Scott AFB, Ill.
6. April 2007 - March 2012, Commander, 126th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Scott AFB, Ill.
7. March 2012 - September 2016, Deputy Commander, 126th Mission Support Group, Scott AFB, Ill.
8. October 2016 - November 2017, Wing Inspector General, 126th Air Refueling Wing, Scott AFB, Ill.
9. December 2017 - January 2020, Director of Staff – Air, Joint Force Headquarters, Illinois Air National Guard, Springfield, Ill.
10. January 2020 - May 2023, Commander, 126th Mission Support Group, Scott AFB, Ill.
11. May 2023 - November 2023, Commander, 126th Air Refueling Wing, Scott AFB, Ill.
12. November 2023 - Present, Chief of Staff – Air, Joint Force Headquarters, Illinois Air National Guard, Springfield, Ill.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 9, 1994
First Lieutenant July 21, 1996
Captain Aug. 2, 1998
Major Aug. 8, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Oct. 13, 2007
Colonel Jan. 27, 2018
Brigadier General Nov. 3, 2023

(Current as of January 2024)

The date of publication indicated on this biography reflects the most recent update. It does not necessarily reflect the date of printing.

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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Maj. Gen. Henry Dixon
Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Central
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