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Check out the Illinois National Guard's latest monthly publication, the Illinois National Guard Prairie Sentinel! Inside you'll find news and photos from around the ILNG! Click below to check it out!

Col. Gerald Newman of Dixon, Illinois, receives his certificate of retirement from Maj. Gen. Michael Zerbonia, Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard. Newman, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, retired Dec. 5, after 35 years of service. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spretizer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)
Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan Led Unit That Won Secretary of Defense Logistics Award
By Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spreitzer | Dec. 8, 2020
A small group of friends and family gathered at the Illinois National Guard Armory in Dixon, Illinois, to celebrate the career of Col. Gerald Newman on Dec. 5. “It’s fitting that we’re here at the place it all started,” said Newman. “My military career started right here in an office upstairs. It makes sense that it comes to a close here too.” The retirement of a senior officer is typically a large event, but Col. Newman kept the event small and adhered to all the current COVID-19 safety protocols.

Illinois Army National Guard Master Sgt. Clint Murphy, of Athens, Illinois, receives his First Sergeant rank from son, Van, daughter, Dylan, and wife, Jessica, during a pinning ceremony Oct. 23 at the Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. Murphy was appointed as the new First Sergeant for Company C, 634th Brigade Support Battalion, based in Springfield, Illinois.
Athens Soldier Appointed First Sergeant of Springfield-based Illinois Army National Guard Unit
By | Oct. 27, 2020
Illinois Army National Guard Master Sgt. Clint Murphy, of Athens, Illinois, was appointed as First Sergeant, Company C, 634th Brigade Support Battalion, based in Springfield, Illinois. Murphy was pinned at a ceremony Oct. 23 at the Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois.

Illinois Army National Guard non-commissioned officers and officers complete the spring-drag-carry event in the Army Combat Fitness Test conducted as part of the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge and Officer in Charge validation course at the Marseilles Training Center, Marseilles, Illinois, Sept. 22-25.
Army Combat Fitness Test Training Team Visits Illinois Army National Guard
By | Oct. 23, 2020
For the first time since 1980, the U.S. Army will use a different method to test the physical readiness of its active duty, Reserve and National Guard forces. On Oct. 1, the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) became the testing method of record.

Lt. Col. Jason Osberg, of Champaign, Illinois, Commander, Bilateral Embedded Staff Team A25, presents Master Sgt. Adam Abdul, of Collinsville, Illinois, with his combat patch during the recent ceremony.
Deployed Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers Receive Combat Service Patch
By | Oct. 23, 2020
In a time-honored tradition, Soldiers from the Bilateral Embedded Staff Team A25, received combat patches for their overseas deployment during recent ceremonies in the U.S. Army Central Command area of responsibility.

Lincoln’s ChalleNGe Academy Has More Cadets Test Positive for COVID-19
By | Oct. 22, 2020
Following the recommendations of the Champaign - Urbana Public Health District, Lincoln’s ChalleNGe Academy has re-tested the cadets who had tested negative last week for COVID-19.

Kathy Andersen, of Roscoe, Illinois, great niece of the late Homer Stanger, accepts Stanger’s returned medals from Brig. Gen. Mark Jackson, of Frankfort, Illinois, Director, Joint Staff, Illinois National Guard, during a brief ceremony Oct. 20 at the Illinois Army National Guard armory in Machesney Park, Illinois. Stanger’s medals were located in the Wise County Sheriff’s Department evidence locker in Decatur, Texas and sent to the Illinois National Guard for the presentation.
World War II Medals Recovered in Texas Returned to Illinois Family
By Barbara Wilson, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office | Oct. 20, 2020
The Illinois National Guard returned seven World War II medals recovered in Texas to an Illinois family in a brief ceremony at the Illinois National Guard armory in Machesney Park, Illinois, Oct. 20.