Tag: Illinois National Guard

Two Illinois Army National Guard Officers to be Inducted into University of Illinois ROTC Hall of Fame
February 21, 2024
Illinois Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Henry Dixon, the Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Central Command, will be inducted into the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign Army ROTC Hall of Fame in May.

Illinois National Guard Honors Former Guardsman, President Abraham Lincoln
February 12, 2024
Brig. Gen. Mark Alessia renders a salute after placing a wreath at the tomb of President Abraham Lincoln on behalf of the President of the United States Feb. 12, as part of the 90th annual American Legion Pilgrimage to Lincoln’s Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois.

Top Enlisted Leader Soars Higher
February 6, 2024
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Ben Reed, a base civil engineer with the 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, poses for a portrait after an interview at the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Illinois, Feb. 2, 2024.

Athens Soldier Promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Five
January 12, 2024
Newly promoted Chief Warrant Officer 5 Brandon Defenbaugh, of Athens, Illinois, the safety officer for the Illinois Army National Guard, thanks family and friends for their support during his more than 30 years of service during a promotion ceremony Jan. 11 at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois.

Chicago South Suburbs Native Promoted to Major
January 9, 2024
The Illinois Army National Guard’s Andrew Sanchez of Chicago was promoted to major during a ceremony at Camp Lincoln in Springfield on Jan. 6.

Chicago South Side Native Promoted to Sergeant in the Illinois National Guard, Deploying to Europe
January 8, 2024
Sgt. Dejuan Patterson, a native of Chicago’s South Side and former active-duty Marine canine handler, was promoted to sergeant in the Illinois Army National Guard at the Northwest Armory in Chicago Jan. 5 during a deployment ceremony for the 1863rd Financial Management Support Detachment.

Chicago-based Finance Unit Mobilizes for Overseas Mission
January 8, 2024
Soldiers in the 1863rd Finance Management Support Detachment, based in Chicago, salute during the mobilization ceremony Jan. 5 at the Northwest Armory in Chicago.

Illinois National Guard Continued to Achieve in its 300th Year
December 29, 2023

Pleasant Plains Soldier Retires after 26 Year Career
December 26, 2023
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ryan Little thanks family and friends for their support throughout his 26 years of service in the Illinois Army National Guard during a retirement ceremony Dec. 21 at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. Little will retire from the Illinois Army National Guard Dec. 31.

Vietnam Veterans of Quincy, Illinois, Army National Guard Unit Present Memorial Plaque to Modern Unit
December 18, 2023
The 180 names of the Soldiers who served in Vietnam with the Illinois Army National Guard's 126th Supply and Services Co. of Quincy, Illinois, are inscribed on a plaque that was presented by the Vietnam Veterans of that unit to the modern 126th Quartermaster Co. on Dec. 17 as part of the unit's family holiday party.

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