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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!

Sgt. 1st Class Larry Groy’s sister, Sgt. Maj. Mary Groy, places his new rank on his uniform during the promotion ceremony Jan. 31 at the Illinois State Military Museum. Groy, who has served in the Illinois National Guard for 17 years, will serve as the Readiness Non-Commissioned Officer, 725th Transportation Company, based in Machesney Park, Illinois.
Siblings Promoted in Illinois National Guard
By Barb Wilson | Feb. 4, 2020
Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers and siblings, Sgt. Maj. Mary Groy and Sgt. 1st Class Larry Groy, were promoted to their respective ranks in a ceremony Jan. 31 at the Illinois State Military Museum, Springfield, Illinois.

Lt. Col. Darren Horton, Commander, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Illinois National Guard, highlights the work of Sgt. 1st Class Matthew P. Harris, of Petersburg, Illinois, to increase the RBB’s efficiency and strategic alignment. For his efforts, Harris was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in a ceremony Jan. 30 at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. (U.S. Army photo by Barbara Wilson, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office)
Petersburg Soldier Receives Award for Meritorious Service
By | Jan. 30, 2020
Illinois National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Matthew P. Harris, of Petersburg, Illinois, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in a ceremony Jan. 30 at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois.

Brig. Gen. Richard R. Neely, Adjutant General, Illinois National Guard and Director of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs, addresses attendees at the Cyber Law course held at Camp Williams, Utah, Jan. 27, 2020. 

(U.S. Army Photos by Sgt. Nathaniel Free, Utah National Guard - Released)
Adjutant General addresses Cyber Law Course
By | Jan. 30, 2020
Brig. Gen. Richard R. Neely, Adjutant General, Illinois National Guard and Director of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs, addressed attendees at the Cyber Law course held at Camp Williams, Utah, Jan. 27, 2020. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Nathaniel Free, Utah National Guard)

Illinois Army National Guard Offers $20,000 Bonus to Select Soldiers
By | Jan. 9, 2020
Illinois Army National Guard members serving their first military service obligation have 20,000 reasons to sign up for another six years of military service. But they’ll need to act fast to meet the deadline.

Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Solhjem, the 25th Chief of Chaplains, U.S. Army, congratulates Illinois Army National Guard Chaplain (1st Lt.) Michael A. Rivera, Jr., of Bloomington, Illinois, upon graduating from the Basic Officers Leaders Course, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Dec. 19. Rivera was awarded the Chaplain Emil Kapaun Excellence in Leadership Award, for displaying the attributes and competencies of an Army leader, and the Chaplain Corps’ sacred values.
Bloomington's Rivera Jr. Graduates Officers Course, Earns Leadership Award
By | Jan. 9, 2020
One of the Illinois Army National Guard’s newest Chaplains graduated from Basic Officers Leaders Course Dec. 19 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and earned the Chaplain Corps’ Chaplain Emil Kapaun Award for Distinguished Leadership.

The ESGR Patriot Award was presented to two employees with PNC Financial Services Group during a ceremony Dec. 17. Pictured are, from left Benjamin Rios, PNC Military EBRG champion, Staff Sgt. Giovanni Perez, PNC Retail Banking and Illinois National Guard Soldier, Sherry Jursa, PNC Retail Banking Manager and Patriot Award recipient, Brig. Gen. Mark Jackson, Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Illinois National Guard, Brian Ayala, PNC Retail Banking Manager and Patriot Award recipient, Scott Swanson, PNC Regional President of Illinois, 1st Lt. Emmanuel Cherry, PNC Retail Banking and Illinois National Guard Soldier, Lt. Col. Loren Easter, Illinois ESGR, Laurie Silvey, State Chair Illinois Committee ESGR and Bob Nachmann, Illinois ESGR Chairman. (Photo provided)
PNC Bank Supervisors Recognized for Support of National Guard Soldiers
By | Dec. 19, 2019
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) recognized Sherry Jursa and Brian Ayala from PNC Bank with the Patriot Award for their support of employees who also serve in the armed services during a ceremony Dec. 17 at the PNC Centre in Chicago.