SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Command Sgt. Maj. Dena Ballowe (left), Senior Enlisted Leader of the Illinois National Guard speaks to the Airman of the Year 2021 (OAY 21) nominees during the OAY21 Award Ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois Jan. 8, 2022. Ballowe retired Oct. 31 after 32 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard.


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