Tag: Illinois National Guard

Approximately 190 Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers mobilize for overseas mission
February 8, 2023
U.S. Army soldiers from the 106th Aviation Regiment take part in a mobilization ceremony at the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Illinois, February 7, 2023. The 106th Aviation Regiment is part of the Assault Helicopter Battalion and is deploying to the Middle East.

Springfield Soldier Continues to Build on Illinois National Guard Career
January 13, 2023
Reegan Smith, daughter of newly promoted Col. Eric Smith, of Springfield, affixes the colonel rank on his uniform during a promotion ceremony Jan. 13 at Camp Lincoln, Springfield.

January 3, 2023
The Illinois National Guard’s 2nd Infantry Regiment enters the gates of Camp Lincoln, Springfield, in the late 1800s. Vendors used to gather at the gate of Camp Lincoln to sell to the thousands of Soldiers that trained at the facility. The Illinois National Guard will celebrate its 300th year in 2023 with communities across the state.

Normal-based Unit Arrives Home from Deployment to Djibouti
December 29, 2022
During the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade’s deployment to Djibouti, military forces from the United States, along with Spanish, and Republic of Korea militaries were able to interact with each other. Nearly 200 Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers serving on the deployment arrived home just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Illinois National Guard Receives Resiliency Training from Israel
December 15, 2022
Itai Biran, the Consul for Political and Commercial Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest in Chicago, welcomes members of the Illinois National Guard to the course at Camp Lincoln, Springfield. Biran talked about the importance of destigmatizing mental health issues.

Illinois National Guard, Colombian Military Partners Build Professional, Personal Relationships
November 16, 2022
Sgt. Jason Swick, of Quincy, assigned to the Effingham-based Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard takes part in basic rappelling training hosted by members of the Colombian Army Air Assault School during Exercise Southern Vanguard 23 on Nov. 6, 2022 at Tolemaida Military Base, Colombia.

Illinois National Guard, Colombia Military Kick Off Combined Military Training Exercise
November 16, 2022
Soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard stand in formation during the opening ceremony of Exercise Southern Vanguard 23 at Tolemaida Military Base, Colombia, Nov. 8, 2022.

Post Office Dedication Memorializes Fallen Maroa Soldier
October 25, 2022
Members and veterans of the 1544th Transportation Company who served with Illinois Army National Guard Spc. Jeremy Ridlen gather at the dedication ceremony of the Jeremy Ridlen Post Office at the Maroa, Illinois, Fire Department Oct. 25. Ridlen was killed in action May 23, 2004 in Iraq.

Illinois Army National Guard Puts Harmful Behaviors in Crosshairs
October 19, 2022
Staff Sgt. Brittany Klein and Pvt. 1st Class Connor Rijkse of the 933rd Military Police Company participate in a trust-building activity during Discrimination Prevention training at the North Central Army Reserve Intelligence Support Center, Fort Sheridan, Illinois, September 24, 2022.

Illinois Army National Guard Sergeant Major Retires After 31 Years of Service
October 18, 2022
Sgt. Maj. Jason S. Coffey, of Galion, Ohio, chief operations noncommissioned officer, 244th Digital Liaison Detachment, based in Chicago, presents a certificate of appreciation to his wife, Kristine, during a retirement ceremony Oct. 15 at the Northwest Armory in Chicago.

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