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NEWS | Oct. 31, 2019

Springfield Soldier retires after 25 years

Joint Force Headquarters - Illinois National Guard

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Master Sgt. Philip Squires of Springfield, Illinois, the Senior Human Resources non-commissioned officer, Illinois National Guard, retired during a ceremony at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, Oct. 30.

            Squires enlisted in the Illinois National Guard just after his 17th birthday in January 1994. After completing Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Squires served as a Personnel Management Specialist for the 644th Personnel Services Company.

            In 2003 Squires deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning from deployment Squires transferred to Joint Force Headquarters as a part of the G1 Personnel Directorate. Squires transferred to the 108th Sustainment Brigade in 2013, he deployed with the 108th to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in 2014.

            During the retirement ceremony Squires received the Meritorious Service Medal for his 25 years of dedicated service.

            Squires thanked those who helped him along the way, and shared stories of his service.

            “I was influenced by a lot of people over the years, I hope that I passed that influence along to the junior NCOs to help the next generation of Soldiers,” Squires said.