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ESGR State Chair Laurie Silvey presents Jennifer Brumbick of East St. Louis School District 189 - James Avant Elementary School (#eaststlouis) with the Pro Patria Award, one of the highest level Illinois ESGR awards. The school was nominated by one of its teachers, Army Reserve Lt. Col. Nina McLean who received a tremendous amount of support from the school and its leadership during a recent deployment. Brig. Gen. Dan McDonough, the Assistant Adjutant General - Air of the Illinois National Guard and Commander of the Illinois Air National Guard, was the keynote speaker for the Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Awards Banquet, May 17, at the Marriott in Normal, Illinois. The banquet honored employers throughout the state who have helped their National Guard and Reserve employees serve and defend their communities and nation. By supporting their service members, these employers are also defending our nation, McDonough said.
Illinois ESGR Awards Banquet Honors Employers who Support Their National Guard, Reserve Employees
By | May 21, 2024
Brig. Gen. Dan McDonough, the Assistant Adjutant General - Air of the Illinois National Guard and Commander of the Illinois Air National Guard, was the keynote speaker for the Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and...

Col. Shawn Strahle of Chatham has been selected as the Commander of the Illinois Air National Guard’s 183rd Wing based in Springfield. Strahle, who has served as the wing’s deputy commander since September 2023, will assume command of the wing on June 1 from Col. Robert Gellner of Sherman.
Colonel Shawn Strahle of Chatham to Command Springfield's 183rd Wing
By | May 20, 2024
Col. Shawn Strahle of Chatham has been selected as the Commander of the Illinois Air National Guard’s 183rd Wing based in Springfield...

Vietnam Veteran Bill Waters talks about the attack on Chu Lai on the second day the 126th Supply and Services Co. was in Vietnam. The Illinois State Military Museum's Armed Forces Day Military Vehicle Show on May 18 included a special presentation by veteran of the Quincy, Illinois-based 126th Supply and Services Co. The unit was the only Illinois Army National Guard unit to deploy to Vietnam. The unit deployed in September 1968 and returned to a parade and celebration in Quincy in August 1969. On May 18, Veterans of the unit presented the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield with a plaque containing the names of the 183 Soldiers who were activated in 1968 from
Veterans of only Illinois Army National Guard unit to deploy to Vietnam present plaque to Illinois State Military Museum
By | May 20, 2024
The Illinois State Military Museum's Armed Forces Day Military Vehicle Show on May 18 included a special presentation by veterans of the Quincy, Illinois-based 126th Supply and Services Co. at the museum in Springfield,...

Master Sgt. David Berry speaks during his retirement ceremony. A man of few words, Berry encouraged his fellow Soldiers to re-enlist. Master Sgt. David Berry of Cuba, Illinois, enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard in 2004 - a dozen years after graduating from Rushville High School in 1992. He would serve for 20 years including two combat tours overseas. Berry, a motor transport noncommissioned officer, deployed to Iraq from 2006 to 2007 with the 1744th Transportation Co. and then to Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009 with Co. E, 634th Brigade Support Battalion.  After returning from his second deployment, Berry would teach the lessons he learned to a new generation of Soldiers as a chief instructor in the Springfield-based 129th Regiment (Regional Training Institute.) He retired May 18 at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.
Cuba, Illinois, Soldier who taught lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan, retires with 20 years of service
By | May 20, 2024
Master Sgt. David Berry of Cuba, Illinois, who enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard in 2004 - a dozen years after graduating from Rushville High School in 1992 - retired from the Army after 20 years of service on May...

Maj. Gen. Rodney Boyd, the 41st Adjutant General of Illinois, assumes command of the Illinois National Guard from Governor JB Pritzker during a change of command ceremony May 4 at Glenwood High School in Chatham, Illinois.
Boyd Assumes Leadership of Illinois National Guard During Change of Command Ceremony
By | May 7, 2024
In a ceremony steeped in military tradition, Maj. Gen. Rich Neely, of Springfield, relinquished command of the Illinois National Guard to Maj. Gen. Rodney Boyd, of Naperville, during a change of command May 4 at Glenwood High...

Illinois Army National Guard Spc. Michael Gambino of the 333rd Military Police Co. was honored for Valor by Winnebago (IL) County Sheriff Gary Caruana and County Board Chairman Joe Chiarelli last night (April 25) at the county board meeting. Gambino, a Winnebago County Deputy Sheriff, apprehended a man accused of murdering four people and wounding several others on March 27. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Charlie Michaels, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)
Illinois National Guard Soldier Recognized for Valor in Stopping Multiple Murder Suspect
By | April 26, 2024
Winnebago County presented Illinois Army National Guard Spc. Michael Gambino, a military policeman with the Freeport-based 333rd Military Police Company, with two awards for valor on April 25. Gambino, a Winnebago County...

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