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NEWS | Dec. 5, 2023

Illinois National Guard Noncommissioned Officer from Port Byron Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal

Illinois Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major Greg Jones of Port Byron, Illinois, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his work as senior noncommissioned officer of the Peoria-based 65th Troop Command Brigade.

            The 65th Troop Command Brigade oversees an artillery battalion, aviation battalion and other aviation companies, a civil support team, a digital liaison detachment, a public affairs detachment, a cyber defense team, military intelligence units, and an Army band. These units are spread throughout Illinois. Under Command Sgt. Maj. Jones’ tutelage, the 65th Troop Command’s units have maintained among the highest retention rates in the Illinois Army National Guard and the brigade was recognized for its personnel readiness at the Illinois Army National Guard’s Commander’s Guidance Seminar in November.  

The Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) is a decoration presented by the United States Armed Forces to recognize superior and exceptional non-combat service.