SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Command Sgt. Maj. Dena Ballowe (right), Illinois National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader, talks to Chief Master Sgt. William Casson (left), from the 183d Wing, Springfield, Illinois, at Westlake Alternate Care Facility, Melrose Park, Illinois, May 6, 2020. Ballowe, along with Brig. Gen. Richard Neely, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, traveled to the upstate area to visit different sites where National Guard service members are on mission. Ballowe retired Oct. 31 after 32 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard.


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