Seven-Year-Old Made Honorary First Sergeant in Illinois Army National Guard for Courage Against Cancer
June 13, 2024
Seven-Year-Old Jamir Gibbs of Marion, Illinois, stands in front of the formation with 1st Sgt. Beau Detrick of November Company, Recruit Sustainment Program, Illinois Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command. Jamir was promoted to "Honorary First Sergeant" of November Company during a ceremony on June 8 at the Illinois Army National Guard's Marion Readiness Center in honor of his courageous fight against cancer.

Approximately 550 Illinois National Guard Soldiers Activated for Overseas Mission
June 12, 2024
Soldiers with Company A, 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard, huddle around Sgt. 1st Class Paul Minder, platoon sergeant, Company A, before a mobilization ceremony in Peoria, Illinois, June 4, 2024.

Marion Soldier Promoted to First Sergeant
June 4, 2024
Newly promoted First Sgt. Beau Detrick, of Marion, the senior enlisted leader for Company N, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Illinois Army National Guard, thanks friends and family for their support during a promotion ceremony May 24 at the Illinois State Military Museum, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois.

Springfield Soldier Promoted to Major
June 4, 2024
Newly promoted Maj. Tarah McClain, Executive Officer, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Illinois Army National Guard, thanks her family, friends, and fellow Soldiers for their support throughout her career during a promotion ceremony May 31 at the Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln, Springfield.

Illinois ESGR Awards Banquet Honors Employers who Support Their National Guard, Reserve Employees
May 21, 2024
ESGR State Chair Laurie Silvey presents Jennifer Brumbick of East St. Louis School District 189 - James Avant Elementary School (#eaststlouis) with the Pro Patria Award, one of the highest level Illinois ESGR awards.

Colonel Shawn Strahle of Chatham to Command Springfield's 183rd Wing
May 20, 2024
Col. Shawn Strahle of Chatham has been selected as the Commander of the Illinois Air National Guard’s 183rd Wing based in Springfield. Strahle, who has served as the wing’s deputy commander since September 2023, will assume command of the wing on June 1 from Col. Robert Gellner of Sherman.

Veterans of only Illinois Army National Guard unit to deploy to Vietnam present plaque to Illinois State Military Museum
May 20, 2024
Vietnam Veteran Bill Waters talks about the attack on Chu Lai on the second day the 126th Supply and Services Co. was in Vietnam.

Cuba, Illinois, Soldier who taught lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan, retires with 20 years of service
May 20, 2024
Master Sgt. David Berry speaks during his retirement ceremony.

Boyd Assumes Leadership of Illinois National Guard During Change of Command Ceremony
May 7, 2024
Maj. Gen. Rodney Boyd, the 41st Adjutant General of Illinois, assumes command of the Illinois National Guard from Governor JB Pritzker during a change of command ceremony May 4 at Glenwood High School in Chatham, Illinois.

Illinois National Guard Soldier Recognized for Valor in Stopping Multiple Murder Suspect
April 26, 2024
Winnebago County presented Illinois Army National Guard Spc. Michael Gambino, a military policeman with the Freeport-based 333rd Military Police Company, with two awards for valor on April 25.

Illinois Army National Guard trucks line up prior to June's parade. 

The temperature was 23-degrees Fahrenheit, but it was a warm June Day in Auburn, Illinois, Dec. 17 as the Illinois National Guard joined hundreds of first responders and community groups from across the region to give 3-year-old June Peden-Stade a parade.  The Make A Wish Foundation reached out to the City of Auburn with June's wish this week and supporters flocked in from all over Central Illinois to make the parade a reality, including 10 trucks and about 20 Soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard's 232nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion; Charlie Company of the 634th Brigade Support Battalion; Battery B of the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery; and the 3637th Maintenance Company - all based in Springfield.

Illinois National Guard Helps Make 3-Year-Old June Peden-Stade's Wish for a Parade a Reality