Tag: Illinois National Guard

Illinois National Guard NCO to Join Polish Bicycle Rally to honor Fallen Allies
August 8, 2023
Illinois Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. David Schreffler (center) poses with some of the Polish riders who participated in the Gold Star Mission’s Gold Star 500 bicycle ride last September in Illinois.

Illinois National Guard Gold Star Families Enjoy Fire Boat Tour, Each Other
August 1, 2023
Gold Star Father Tony Vazquez (left) hugs fellow Gold Star Father Ralph Grieco after the Chicago Fire Boat Architectural Tour on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

Helfrich assumes command of Normal-based 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
July 17, 2023
Col. Kevin Little, of Franklin, Illinois, outgoing Commander of the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, is presented with the Legion of Merit by Maj. Gen. Rodney Boyd, of Naperville, Illinois, Assistant Adjutant General – Army and Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard, during the change of command ceremony July 14 at the brigade’s headquarters on the campus of Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois

Ceremony Marks 160th Anniversary of Illinois Militiaman Firing First Shot at Gettysburg
July 12, 2023
Don McArthur-Self, a Civil War reenactor with the 8th Illinois Cavalry, talks about equipment Soldiers would use during the Civil War during the First Shot at Gettysburg commemoration July 1 at the DuPage County Historical Museum.

Native of Dixon Promoted to Major General with Army Central Command
July 10, 2023
Lt. Gen. Patrick Frank, U.S. Army Central commanding general, promotes Maj. Gen. Henry S. Dixon, U.S. Army Central's Deputy Commanding General, at a ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., July 07, 2023. Maj. Gen. Dixon’s spouse, MaryPat, watches as her husband receives his second star. Dixon was promoted to the rank of major general during the ceremony.

St. Joseph Soldier Promoted to Sergeant Major
July 10, 2023
Newly promoted Illinois Army National Guard Sgt. Maj. James Ressel of St. Joseph, Illinois, thanks family, friends, and colleagues for their support throughout his 27-year career, at a promotion ceremony July 7 at the Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois.

ILNG Headquarters turns 117, Local Business Leaders Learn How to Participate in Government Contracting Programs
July 6, 2023
Lt. Col. Mark Williams, supervisory contract specialist, U.S. Property and Fiscal Office for Illinois, presents a brief overview of the basic requirements for a business to participate in government contracting programs during the Camp Lincoln 117th anniversary commemoration July 6.

Illinois Army National Guard Soldier Selected for All-Army Women's Softball Team
June 28, 2023
Illinois Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Mary Joan  Patten, a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 766th Brigade Engineer Battalion, based in Decatur, during training with the Illinois Army National Guard. On July 18, Patten will report to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to compete in the All-Army Women’s Softball training camp as the only National Guard member. (Photo courtesy of Sgt. 1st Class Mary Joan Patten)

Illinois National Guard Officer Promoted to Brigadier General, Selected as Assistant to General Counsel-Air for National Guard Bureau
June 20, 2023
Brig. Gen. Marty Green

Springfield Officer Takes Command of Illinois Army National Guard’s Training Brigade
June 12, 2023
Illinois Army National Guard Col. Shawn Nokes accepts the 129th Regiment guidon from Maj. Gen. Rodney Boyd, the Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard. Nokes of Springfield assumed command of the 129th Regiment (Regional Training Institute) at the unit's headquarters in the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield on June 10.

Illinois Army National Guard trucks line up prior to June's parade. 

The temperature was 23-degrees Fahrenheit, but it was a warm June Day in Auburn, Illinois, Dec. 17 as the Illinois National Guard joined hundreds of first responders and community groups from across the region to give 3-year-old June Peden-Stade a parade.  The Make A Wish Foundation reached out to the City of Auburn with June's wish this week and supporters flocked in from all over Central Illinois to make the parade a reality, including 10 trucks and about 20 Soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard's 232nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion; Charlie Company of the 634th Brigade Support Battalion; Battery B of the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery; and the 3637th Maintenance Company - all based in Springfield.

Illinois National Guard Helps Make 3-Year-Old June Peden-Stade's Wish for a Parade a Reality