The Illinois Army National Guard is a whole new way to serve. It's all about a commitment to help communities in need. It's solid dedication to country. In war and in peace, it's a citizen-soldier tradition that spans more than 360 years. It's an elite team that shares similar core values, convictions and beliefs. This is what it means to be in the Illinois Army National Guard. The Illinois Army National Guard has a unique dual mission to serve both country and community. When the state Governor calls out the Guard in the wake of a natural disaster, we're there. Whether helping fight wildfires in the West, tornadoes in the Midwest or floods in the South, you'll find the Guard there, ready and prepared to help our communities and neighbors in need.