Illinois Army National Guard Soldier Danielle Price, of Crete, Illinois, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in a ceremony Feb. 27 at the Illinois State Military Museum, Springfield, Illinois.
“Danielle has lived and been many things in life, a daughter, a wife and a mother,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Zerbonia, Assistant Adjutant General – Army and Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard. “She has served as a cadet, platoon leader and logistician and she has grown in each assignment.”
Price joined the Illinois Army National Guard as a Reserve Officers Training Corps Simultaneous Membership Program Cadet in 2001 while attending college at Illinois State University.
“I once had to write a crucible essay which highlights a significant experience or event which shaped me as a leader,” Price said. “For me my crucible was my choice to become an ROTC cadet when my parents could no longer afford my college tuition. Serving in the military was the furthest thing from my mind. I have never once regretted my decision.”
Price has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University.
During her more than 17 years of military service, Price has served in a variety of command and staff positions, including platoon leader, Company A, 133rd Signal Battalion, Commander, 933rd Military Police Company, S-3 108th Sustainment Brigade, and Deputy Commander, 129th Regiment (Regional Training Institute). Price was recently selected as the 129th Regiment (RTI) Officer in Charge.
“With each position, Danielle prepared for the next job,” Zerbonia said. “She continues to knock it out of the park.”
“Failure was not an option,” Price said. “I had the love and support of my parents. My mom was always in my corner. It took my dad a little longer to understand my choice but he became my biggest cheerleader.”
Price said she would not take back any of the experiences she’s had during her military career.
“I look forward to greater things to come,” she said. “I am humbled by the opportunity to continue to serve.”