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Chief of Joint Staff and the Director of Strategic Plans and Policies (J5), Illinois National Guard

Colonel Timothy J. Newman is the acting Chief of the Illinois National Guard Joint Staff and the Director of Strategic Plans and Policies (J5).  

He enlisted into the Illinois Army National Guard in 1999 and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment then based in Marion.  In 2001, he entered Officer Candidate School at the 129th Regiment (Regional Training Institute) in Springfield and commissioned as an Engineer Officer in 2002.  He gained a second branch as Logistics Officer in 2014.  

Colonel Newman’s assignments include serving as a Combat Engineer Platoon Leader in the 135th Engineer Company in Lawrenceville.  In 2005, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Combat Engineer Platoon Leader assigned to A Company, 876th Engineer Battalion, 2-28th BCT in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq.  Upon returning from Iraq, he took command of the former 135th Engineer Company and transformed the unit into the 631st Engineer Support Company.  In 2009, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Ghazni Province, Afghanistan with the Bilateral Embedded Support Team as a Brigade Battle Captain serving with the Polish Army in the 1st AR BDE (Polish).  After returning, he served as an Assistant Engineer Operations Officer and Plans Officer on the staff of the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and in 2011, he transferred to the 766th Engineer Battalion serving as the battalion operations officer.  In 2014, he deployed to Kuwait, again in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, as the brigade support operations officer (SPO) with the 108th Sustainment Brigade.  In 2015, he served as an engineer plans officer with the facilities branch in Joint Force Headquarters - Illinois, as well as a team chief and engineer plans officer for the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.  In late 2015, he stood up the 1886th Engineer Facility Detachment, a new unit for the Illinois Army National Guard, serving as the lead facilities/contract construction management engineer before being selected to take command of the 766th Brigade Engineer Battalion in September 2016.  In late 2019, he left battalion command to serve as the mobilization readiness division chief within the Plans Operations and Training Directorate (G3) in Joint Force Headquarters - Illinois.  In 2020, he took command of the 108th Sustainment Brigade in Chicago. In mid-2023, he left command to serve as the J5, Director of Strategic Plans and Policies.  

Colonel Newman’s military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star (1st oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (2nd oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (1st oak leaf cluster), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (7th oak leaf cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device and Silver Hour Glass, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (4th Award), NATO Medal, Abraham Lincoln Medal of Freedom (3rd Award), Illinois Long and Honorable Service Medal (4th Award), Illinois Military Attendance Ribbon (11th Award), Illinois State Active Duty Ribbon, North Carolina Commendation Medal, Bronze Polish Army Medal, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation (2nd Award), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2nd Award), Pennsylvania Governor’s Unit Citation Army and Combat Action Badge.  He is also a national recipient of the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.

Colonel Newman is the Assistant Dean of Facilities for the University Library at the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and master’s degrees in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign, and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.  Colonel Newman resides with his wife, Evie, and son, Jameson, in Fisher, Illinois.

Updated March 2024
 

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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