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.

DPAA Identifies Remains of Illinois Army National Guard Soldier from World War II
April 19, 2024
Illinois Army National Guard Pfc. Harry Jerele, 26, of Berkeley, Illinois. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced April 18 Jerele’s remains were identified Dec. 20 and will be returned to Illinois for burial at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Oct. 4.

College Student from Arlington Heights and Pekin Police Officer Top Honors in Illinois National Guard's Best Warrior Competition
April 16, 2024
Sgt. Terry Lair of Pekin, Illinois, was named the Illinois Army National Guard's "Noncommissioned Officer of the Year" at the Illinois Army National Guard's Best Warrior Competition from April 12-14 at the Sparta Training Area in Sparta, Illinois.

Illinois National Guard Friends Complete Marathon Challenge
April 1, 2024
Illinois Air National Guard Lt. Col. Kira Tierney of Middletown, the commander of the 183rd Force Support Squadron based in Springfield, and retired Illinois Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Rachelle McKay of Hartselle, Alabama have run six marathons, roughly 160 miles.

Chicago Business Consultant and Illinois National Guard Soldier Graduates from Ranger School
November 29, 2023
Illinois Army National Guard 1st Lt. Anton Hopkins graduated from Ranger School in October.

Soldier Inspired to Serve by Operation Desert Storm Ends Military Career as Illinois National Guard's Command Senior Enlisted Leader
November 21, 2023
Command Sgt. Maj. Dena Ballowe, the outgoing Illinois National Guard Command Senior Enlisted Leader, thanks family, friends, and fellow Illinois National Guard members, for their support during her time as the ILNG CSEL. Ballowe relinquished responsibility and authority as the CSEL to Command Sgt. Maj. Kehinde Salami, Sept. 8 at the Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. Ballowe retired Oct. 31 after 32 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard.

Combat Leader, Relationship Builder, and Master of Movie Lines: Major General Mark Jackson has Retired After 38 Years
November 6, 2023
Maj. Gen. Mark C. Jackson of Frankfort, Illinois, then a brigadier general, thanks the many people that aided his career during a promotion ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Aug. 5, 2017. Jackson retired after more than 38 years of service this year. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spreitzer)

Illinois National Guard NCO to Join Polish Bicycle Rally to Honor Fallen Allies
August 3, 2023
Illinois Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. David Schreffler (right) receives a plaque from his sister, Col. LaDonna Schreffler, after he reached 30 years of Air Force service.

Determined, Resilient and Smart: High-Flying General Retires After 38 Years of Service
June 29, 2023
Illinois Air National Guard Brig. Gen. James Silvasy retired after 38 years of service in June.