Homewood Soldier Assumes Responsibility As Illinois National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader
September 13, 2023
Command Sgt. Maj. Kehinde Salami, of Homewood, Illinois, the newly appointed Illinois National Guard Command Senior Enlisted Leader, thanks family, friends, and fellow Illinois National Guard members, for their support during the change of responsibility ceremony Sept. 8 at the Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois.

Bloomington Soldier Pins on Colonel Eagles
September 12, 2023
Newly promoted Illinois Army National Guard Col. Paul Metzdorff is administered the oath of office by Maj. Gen. Rodney Boyd, Assistant Adjutant General – Army and Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard, Sept. 8 during a promotion ceremony at the Astroth Community Education Center, Heartland Community College, Normal, Illinois.

65th Troop Command Conducts Change of Command
August 30, 2023
Maj. Gen. Rodney Boyd, Assistant General Adjutant General - Army and Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard, Brig. Gen. Justin Osberg, deputy assistant Adjutant General - Army,  and Col. Jason Osberg, 65th Troop Command commander take a group photo during the change of command ceremony Aug. 27, 2023 at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Peoria, Illinois.

Illinois National Guard Cyber Expert Rises to Lieutenant Colonel
August 8, 2023
Five-year-old George Steven rips the major rank from his mother's uniform during Lt. Col. Jaime Marlock's promotion ceremony. His father and her spouse, George Marlock, looks on.

Illinois Army National Guard Aviator Completes 31-Year Career with Final Flight
August 8, 2023
Illinois Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Josh Perrott walks through a water cannon salute following the completion of his final flight as an Army aviator Aug. 3. Perrott, who retires Nov. 1, has served 31 years in the Illinois Army National Guard.

Illinois National Guard NCO to Join Polish Bicycle Rally to honor Fallen Allies
August 8, 2023
Illinois Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. David Schreffler (center) poses with some of the Polish riders who participated in the Gold Star Mission’s Gold Star 500 bicycle ride last September in Illinois.

Illinois National Guard Gold Star Families Enjoy Fire Boat Tour, Each Other
August 1, 2023
Gold Star Father Tony Vazquez (left) hugs fellow Gold Star Father Ralph Grieco after the Chicago Fire Boat Architectural Tour on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

Helfrich assumes command of Normal-based 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
July 17, 2023
Col. Kevin Little, of Franklin, Illinois, outgoing Commander of the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, is presented with the Legion of Merit by Maj. Gen. Rodney Boyd, of Naperville, Illinois, Assistant Adjutant General – Army and Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard, during the change of command ceremony July 14 at the brigade’s headquarters on the campus of Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois

Ceremony Marks 160th Anniversary of Illinois Militiaman Firing First Shot at Gettysburg
July 12, 2023
Don McArthur-Self, a Civil War reenactor with the 8th Illinois Cavalry, talks about equipment Soldiers would use during the Civil War during the First Shot at Gettysburg commemoration July 1 at the DuPage County Historical Museum.

Native of Dixon Promoted to Major General with Army Central Command
July 10, 2023
Lt. Gen. Patrick Frank, U.S. Army Central commanding general, promotes Maj. Gen. Henry S. Dixon, U.S. Army Central's Deputy Commanding General, at a ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., July 07, 2023. Maj. Gen. Dixon’s spouse, MaryPat, watches as her husband receives his second star. Dixon was promoted to the rank of major general during the ceremony.

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