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.

Smith presented with Illinois Army National Guard "Staff Eagle"
January 10, 2024
Illinois Army National Guard Col. Eric Smith, the Commander of the 34th Division Sustainment Brigade, was presented with the "Staff Eagle" for serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (G4) in the Illinois National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters from July 2022 to September 2023.

Stafford, Michigan Native Promoted to Major in the Illinois National Guard
January 9, 2024
Maj. Vern Meissner, the commander of the Illinois Army National Guard’s headquarters company for Joint Force Headquarters – Illinois, addressed the crowd during his promotion ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield Jan. 6.

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.

From ROTC Cadet to Lieutenant Colonel, an Illinois National Guard Soldier from Chatham Gets Promoted
January 8, 2024
The Illinois Army National Guard’s staff officer in the Illinois Army National Guard Headquarters’ Plans, Operations, and Training Directorate (G3), Nicholas Krzensinki, was promoted to lieutenant colonel during a ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield on Jan. 4.

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.

Effingham Soldier promoted to Colonel
December 7, 2023
Maj. Gen. Rodney Boyd, Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Illinois National Guard, thanks the family of Col. Gregory Settle, of Effingham, Illinois, during Settle’s promotion ceremony.

Chicago Business Consultant and Illinois National Guard Soldier Graduates from Ranger School
November 29, 2023
Illinois Army National Guard 1st Lt. Anton Hopkins graduated from Ranger School in October.

Col. Kevin Jacobs to Become the Chief of Staff, First Black General in the Illinois Air National Guard
November 29, 2023
Col. Kevin Jacobs

Air Force Museum Exhibits Highlights Women's Achievements
March 30, 2021
Illinois Air National Guard Capt. Jennifer Weitekamp poses next to the Women in the Air Force exhibit honoring her accomplishment at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force March 5.

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