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NEWS | Dec. 7, 2023

Pawnee Soldier Receives Illinois Military Medal of Merit

Illinois Army National Guard Capt. Crystal Rodrigues, of Pawnee, Illinois, was presented the Illinois Military Medal of Merit Dec. 5 at Joint Force Headquarters, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. 

Rodrigues was honored for her work as the Director of the Illinois State Partnership Program. 

“Thank you for your efforts in the State Partnership Program,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Alessia, of Sherman, Director of the Illinois National Guard Joint Staff. “It’s not an easy job when dealing with senior leaders but thank you for what you did for the program.” 

Rodrigues has accepted a full-time job in Hawaii but plans to remain in the Illinois National Guard as a traditional Soldier.