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By Barbara Wilson, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has activated about 30 additional Illinois National Guard Soldiers in support of COVID-19 response operations.
These additional Soldiers, from the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Urbana, will provide medical support at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, near Joliet.
This brings the total number of Illinois National Guard service members directly supporting the COVID-19 response to about 430.
Soldiers and Airmen serving on COVID-19 response include:
The 183rd Wing, the 182nd Airlift Wing, the 65th Troop Command, based in Peoria, and the 108th Sustainment Brigade, based in Chicago, have approximately 30 liaisons and planners including geospatial planners and medical planners who are embedded with the State Emergency Operations Center, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management, and Communications, the Illinois State Police as well as serving at Illinois National Guard headquarters on Camp Lincoln in Springfield.