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Anderson joined the Guard when he realized "this might be the best chance in my life to serve my country and make music....
01/09/2024

Anderson joined the Guard when he realized "this might be the best chance in my life to serve my country and make music." He loves talking to his high school students about how they can use military benefits to help themselves and learn valuable skills. "I am proud to serve in the National Guard to serve my local community in my state through my passion for music. Being able to play for deployment ceremonies, retirements, and veterans memorials helps put into perspective how important service is to our nation. Being a small part of what I think is the greatest organization in history makes me proud to put on the uniform and makes me strive to do the best I can every time I put it on."

Click the link to read more stories: https://www.nationalguard.mil/Features/2024/Why-I-Serve/

Congratulations to Major Andrew Sanchez, the Illinois National Guard's newest field-grade officer.
01/08/2024

Congratulations to Major Andrew Sanchez, the Illinois National Guard's newest field-grade officer.

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. “I’m humbled to be here,” said Sanchez. “I think it’s a testament to everyone who has helped me through my career. I know it’s a big transition...

Congratulations to the Illinois Army National Guard’s Nicholas Krzensinki of Chatham, who was promoted to lieutenant col...
01/08/2024

Congratulations to the Illinois Army National Guard’s Nicholas Krzensinki of Chatham, who was promoted to lieutenant colonel!

The Illinois Army National Guard’s Nicholas Krzensinki of Chatham was promoted to lieutenant colonel during a ceremony at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield on Jan. 4. Krzensinki’s daughter, Madelyn and son, Eliot, removed his major rank and pinned on his new rank, lieu...

Congratulations to the Illinois Army National Guard's newest NCO, Sgt. Dejuan Patterson! Sgt. Patterson is deploying wit...
01/07/2024

Congratulations to the Illinois Army National Guard's newest NCO, Sgt. Dejuan Patterson! Sgt. Patterson is deploying with the 1863rd FMSD.

Dejuan Patterson of Chicago was promoted to sergeant in the Illinois Army National Guard just prior to deploying to Europe with the Chicago-based 1863rd Financial Management Support Detachment. Patterson’s promotion followed his unit’s mobilization ceremony at the Northwest Armory in Chicago Jan...

The Illinois National Guard has the best units in the United States Air Force because we have the best Airmen. Please jo...
01/06/2024

The Illinois National Guard has the best units in the United States Air Force because we have the best Airmen. Please join us in congratulating.... Airman of the Year: Senior Airman Isabel Wiggins, 126th Air Refueling Wing
Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Technical Sergeant Elise Biggs, 126th Air Refueling Wing
Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Senior Master Sergeant Donald Henry, 182nd Airlift Wing
First Sergeant of the Year: Master Sergeant Kenyetta Williams, 182nd Airlift Wing.
Also, a thanks to the 183d Wing for their support and coverage of this year's OAY ceremony!

CHICAGO-BASED FINANCE UNIT MOBILIZES FOR OVERSEAS MISSION  SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Approximately 25 Soldiers from the 18...
01/06/2024

CHICAGO-BASED FINANCE UNIT MOBILIZES FOR OVERSEAS MISSION

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Approximately 25 Soldiers from the 1863rd Financial Management Support Detachment, based in Chicago, are preparing to head overseas in support of Operation European Assure, Deter, and Reinforce following a mobilization ceremony at the Northwest Armory in Chicago Jan. 5.

“Every now and then you get to do something great in your life,” said Maj. Gen. Rodney Boyd, Assistant Adjutant General – Army of the Illinois National Guard and Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard. “This is one of those times. I always tell our Soldiers to go and make an impact.”

Boyd thanked the families of the unit’s Soldiers.

“Because of your support, we can do what we love to do and that’s wear this uniform and serve this great nation,” he said.

Boyd urged the Soldiers to support each other during the deployment and take care of each other, but to not forget about family back home.

“Stay in contact with your family,” he said. “Regardless of which theater you deploy to, your families are concerned about you.”

Boyd said that although the eyes of the world are not watching them, the Soldiers of the 1863rd represent the Illinois Army National Guard.

“At the end of the day, we are depending on you to go over there and do great things,” he said. “Make a name for yourselves as other units before you have. Wear that patch proudly while you’re there.”

Capt. Cameron Ward, the 1863rd’s Commander, said for many of the families, this deployment will be the longest time away from their Soldier.

“Time away from family is the hardest part of a deployment,” Ward told the families, urging them to stay in contact with their Soldiers.

The 1863rd is a relatively new unit, having been organized on Sept. 1, 2018 under what was then the 108th Sustainment Brigade and was redesignated this past year as the 34th Division Sustainment Brigade. The 1863rd received its federal recognition on Dec. 18, 2020.

While this is the first overseas mission for the unit, the 1863rd was activated by the state of Illinois in April 2020 to operate community testing sites in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

01/05/2024

Welcome to the mobilization ceremony for the 1863rd Financial Management Support Detachment! The Chicago-based unit is deploying to Europe.

01/05/2024

Joining the Guard while still in high school not only gives you a lead over other recruits, but you can get up to 2 years off your military commitment. Get the rest of your questions answered: https://bit.ly/3ZwxgCg

Proud of our history and thankful for the 8th Infantry Association for keeping it alive!
01/05/2024

Proud of our history and thankful for the 8th Infantry Association for keeping it alive!

Congratulations Staff Sgt. Travis Stamp!
01/04/2024

Congratulations Staff Sgt. Travis Stamp!

Congratulations to SSG Travis Stamp on winning the “Burn the Ships Challenge” today. He was presented with a flag to proudly display at his office! The phrase “burn your ships” dates back to 1519, when a Spanish expedition led by Hernán Cortés landed in Mexico. Cortés knew his crew was already exhausted after the long sea journey and ordered his men to “Burn the Ships” to eliminate the idea of a retreat. The idea was simple….. mission accomplishment is the only option!! This notion can be applied to so many aspects of our professional lives. SSG Stamp has proven that he is dedicated to the mission and the growth of our Team! Congratulations and keep up the good work! Thank you to CPT Carr for coming down to help us recognize this accomplishment!

Congratulations to the 7 outstanding Illinois Guardsmen recently featured on the National Guard Bureau's website, sharin...
01/03/2024

Congratulations to the 7 outstanding Illinois Guardsmen recently featured on the National Guard Bureau's website, sharing their inspiring stories of service. Illinois proudly stands among the top states recognizing these dedicated servicemembers for their unwavering commitment.

Meet the Illinois nominees:

Sgt. Wesley J. Anderson, 144th Army Band, Illinois National Guard
Maj. Sachin J. Bhalerao, Joint Forces Medical Detachment, Illinois National Guard
Master Sgt. Erin Connelly, 244th Digital Liaison Detachment, Illinois Army National Guard
Sgt. Jaycob Johnson, Kilo Company Recruit Sustainment Program, Illinois Army National Guard
Sgt. Steven Mason, Echo Company 1-106th Assault Helicopter Battalion, Illinois Army National Guard
Officer Candidate Eduardo Serna, 1970th Quartermaster Company, Illinois Army National Guard
Staff Sgt. Benjamin West, 144th Army Band, Illinois Army National Guard

Check out their incredible stories and dedication to service: https://www.nationalguard.mil/Features/2024/Why-I-Serve/

Illinois National Guard Soldier and OCS Candidate Becomes State Trooper(By: Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spreitzer, Joint Force ...
01/02/2024

Illinois National Guard Soldier and OCS Candidate Becomes State Trooper
(By: Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spreitzer, Joint Force Headquarters - Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois State Police Cadet Class 144 graduated from the academy in mid-December, among the class of new troopers were three Illinois National Guard servicemembers, including the class 144’s vice president, Jacob Harris.

Harris’ graduation as a state trooper is another in a long list of Soldiers that have also been Illinois State Troopers, including the past commander of the Illinois Army National Guard, Maj. Gen. (retired) Michael Zerbonia, who retired as an Illinois State Police colonel, as well as Maj. Gen. Mark Jackson, who retired from the Army as the Deputy Commanding General of
Operations for First Army and was a sergeant with the Illinois State Police.

Harris, a central Illinois native, enlisted in the Illinois National Guard in 2019 with the Co. B, 766th Engineer Battalion, based in Decatur, Illinois. Harris said he joined after riding in Gold Star Mission’s Gold Star 500 with Col. David Helfrich and retired Lt. Col. Chuck Kitson and said he wanted to do something more and be a “part of something greater than himself.”

Harris said the 28-week academy was grueling, and adding Officer Candidate School on top, was a huge challenge.

“It’s been grueling,” said Harris. “Going from the rigors of the academy with no break rolling directly into a physically demanding weekend at OCS once a month has been a challenge, but the academy has been very accommodating, and I have a great support system in place with my mentors, Colonel Helfrich and Colonel Kitson.”

Harris said he plans to branch as an engineer officer after graduating from OCS.

“I like being able to do something different on my drill weekends, something completely unrelated to my civilian job,” said Harris. “I like the engineers, so it’s one of my top three branch choices, along with infantry.”

Harris’ first assignment as a trooper will be in the Chicago area, but he said he’ll continue to press through OCS and stay in the Guard as long as it’s still something that brings him some joy.

“I’d really like to stay in for the long-haul,” said Harris. “I’ve got some great mentors that will help me make a career out of the Guard. As long as it doesn’t interfere with my professional goals and I’m having a good time doing it, I’ll keep at it.”

“Who knows? I may even make colonel one day,” Harris added.

Those interested in joining the Illinois Army National Guard may visit https://nationalguard.com/illinois for more information. Those interested in the Illinois Air National Guard may visit the recruiting sites of the three Illinois Air National Guard wings in Springfield: https://www.183wg.ang.af.mil/RECRUITING Peoria:
https://www.182aw.ang.af.mil/join/, or Scott Air Force Base:
https://www.126arw.ang.af.mil/Contact-Us/Questions/Recruiting-Joining-the-126-ARW/.
Illinois National Guard Soldiers and Airmen interested in pursuing a parallel career in the Illinois
State Police may visit https://isp.illinois.gov/JoinIsp for more information.

01/01/2024

Happy New Year 2024!

Great way to thank your supportive employer!
12/30/2023

Great way to thank your supportive employer!

*Attention Servicemembers

There is still time to spread holiday joy and recognize your employer with a Secretary of Defense Freedom Award nomination. Go to www.freedomaward.mil to nominate your employer!

As we close out 2023, it is important to recognize those supportive employers who continue to provide unparalleled support to you and your family members.

The Freedom Award is the highest honor the Department of Defense gives to employers for supporting National Guard and Reserve employees. The employers chosen exemplify what it means to go above and beyond federal requirements in support of military employees.

The nomination form takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. Nominations must be submitted by December 31, 2023.

Thank you for your service,

The Freedom Award Team

Thank you to the terrific students of Miss Marten’s 5th grade class for the holiday cards! Your thoughtful gestures mean...
12/28/2023

Thank you to the terrific students of Miss Marten’s 5th grade class for the holiday cards! Your thoughtful gestures mean a lot to the Soldiers and Airmen of the Illinois National Guard!

Lemont-Bromberek School District 113A

Marion VA Health Care System is looking for volunteers to do something unique — pick up the phone and call a Veteran.In ...
12/27/2023

Marion VA Health Care System is looking for volunteers to do something unique — pick up the phone and call a Veteran.

In a video posted to the Marion VA Health Care System page, Center for Development and Engagement Specialist Kimberly Coloni said, “There’s a lot of Veterans out there that are extremely lonely and they don’t have an opportunity to talk to anybody. They may only have the opportunity when they come to the Marion VA.”

According to Coloni, volunteers can help fill in the gap, by socializing with Veterans on the phone through the Compassionate Contact Corps.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, people who volunteer through the program can expect to call or video chat with a Veteran for about 15-60 minutes each week. Many volunteers are Veterans themselves, but that is not a requirement to volunteer.

According to the website, the Center for Development and Engagement was founded in 1946 to provide for Veterans while they’re being cared for in VA health care facilities. With over 7,400 national and community organizations supporting the program, it’s reportedly one of the largest centralized volunteer programs in the Federal government.

For more information about the program, call the Marion VA Health Care System Center for Development and Civic Engagement office at 618-993-4121.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ryan Little, of Pleasant Plains, Illinois, retired from the Illinois Army National Guard after 2...
12/26/2023

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ryan Little, of Pleasant Plains, Illinois, retired from the Illinois Army National Guard after 26 years of service, Dec. 21, at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois.

12/26/2023

A time for reflection, family and goal-setting, may the week-long celebration begin beautifully. Wishing you a joyful and meaningful Kwanzaa! 🧡

Merry Christmas from the Illinois National Guard! 🎄
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from the Illinois National Guard! 🎄

As we approach the holiday season, we want to take a moment to express our warmest wishes for a joyful and peaceful cele...
12/22/2023

As we approach the holiday season, we want to take a moment to express our warmest wishes for a joyful and peaceful celebration. This time of year is filled with love, laughter, and the joy of connecting with friends and family.

While we embrace the festive spirit, it's essential to remain vigilant and mindful of our surroundings. In the spirit of spreading goodwill, we encourage everyone to prioritize safety and be aware of potential risks without letting fear overshadow the joy of the season.

Remember to stay informed about your surroundings, practice situational awareness, and report any suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities. By working together, we can ensure a secure and happy holiday for everyone.

12/22/2023

Excellent job ANG Band of the Midwest (566th AFB)!

Congratulations to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ryan Little, who retired from the Illinois Army National Guard after 26 years...
12/21/2023

Congratulations to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ryan Little, who retired from the Illinois Army National Guard after 26 years of service. Little was honored during a ceremony Dec. 21 at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois.

Friends and family gathered at the Illinois Military Academy to honor his service, and share a few stories from throughout his career.

Little enlisted in the ILARNG in 1997, serving in the 3637th Maintenance Company. In 2003, he transferred to the 1644th Transportation Company to mobilize in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He deployed to Iraq with the 232nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion as a motor sergeant from December 2003 to January 2005.

In 2006, Little attended Warrant Officer Candidate School.

He has served in various military and technician assignments throughout his career, culminating in his assignment as the Senior Maintenance Warrant Officer, Joint Force Headquarters, as the Maintenance Assistance and Instruction Team (MAIT) Chief, performing visits throughout the ILARNG to teach, train and mentor commanders and staff in commander's maintenance programs.

Congratulations to Pvt. Aidan Lucas-Vandehei of Popular Grove, IL, on being recognized as the 'Soldier of the Cycle' dur...
12/21/2023

Congratulations to Pvt. Aidan Lucas-Vandehei of Popular Grove, IL, on being recognized as the 'Soldier of the Cycle' during Basic Combat Training (BCT). Aidan attended BCT at Fort Jackson, where he distinguished himself from approximately 250 soldiers in his class.

"I was influenced to enlist by my family that served, and the college benefits had a large share of my decision to join,' said Aidan. 'My advice for BCT is to grit your teeth, bite your tongue, and survive until the next meal."

Aidan is a (91F) Small Arms/Towed Artillery Repairer. After completing Advanced Individual Training, he plans to attend Northern Illinois University to study mechanical engineering.

Congratulations SFC Smith! 🎉
12/21/2023

Congratulations SFC Smith! 🎉

12/20/2023

Maj. Ian Gindes, Illinois National Guard Army G-1 Branch Chief Officer, is a concert pianist in his civilian life. He has been a musician for over thirty years and just released a new album titled "Rachmaninoff." He recently performed at a recital at PianoForte studios in downtown Chicago on Dec. 16. Gindes has used his music career to honor Soldiers and Airmen since his first tribute concert in 2004, shortly before leaving for basic training and his advanced individual training. Gindes encourages other creatives in the military to pursue their craft. (U.S. Army video by Staff Sgt. Katie Grandori, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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12/20/2023

Happy 4th birthday to the United States Space Force! 🚀

13 SOLDIERS GRADUATE FROM ILLINOIS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS STATE CERTIFICATION COURSEby: Sgt. Luigi ...
12/19/2023

13 SOLDIERS GRADUATE FROM ILLINOIS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS STATE CERTIFICATION COURSE

by: Sgt. Luigi Cabantog

Thirteen Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers graduated from the Illinois Army National Guard’s Military Funeral Honors (MFH) State Certification course Dec. 16 at Camp Lincoln, Springfield,

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