The Illinois Department of Military Affairs directly supports the Illinois National Guard and oversees the Illinois State Military Museum, the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund and Lincoln's Challenge Academy.  

COL (ret.) James Smith is the current Chief of Staff for the Illinois Department of Military Affairs.

To contact us or learn more about the agency, please use the tabs below.

Joint Force Headquarters provides personnel, transportation and logistical support for all units of the Illinois Army National Guard in executing mobilization plans to ensure members efficiently reach their mobilization stations. JFHQ, with approximately 750 Soldiers, consists of: 

Joint Force Headquarters

Regional Training Institute

Medical Detachment

The 65th Troop Command provides mission command to assigned units focusing on personnel, logistics, and training.  The 65th Troop Command coordinates and provides resources and support to assigned units, Soldiers, and families in preparation for, conduct of, and in recovery from their state and federal missions.  Additionally, serves as the primary Joint Task Force performing defense support to civil authorities.