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03/24/2023

The 126 Operations Group spent time in Georgia enhancing their skills as multi-capable Airmen. 126th Public Affairs Specialist Ken Stephens sat down and talked to a few Airmen who participated in the Agile Combat Employment training. Click the link to watch it on Youtube https://youtu.be/_ZcvhOVt5E8 or download it on your favorite podcast app now.

126th Air Refueling Wing Recruiting Air National Guard AFMS - Scott - 126th Medical Group Air National Guard (ANG) 375th Air Mobility Wing Commander Illinois National Guard

The Illinois National Guard has maintained a three-decade long relationship with Poland and its Armed Forces as part of ...
03/23/2023
Army establishes permanent garrison in Poland

The Illinois National Guard has maintained a three-decade long relationship with Poland and its Armed Forces as part of the State Partnership Program. Illinois National Guardsmen continue to train extensively with members of Poland's Armed Forces and stand committed to strengthening Poland's defense capabilities.

POZNAN, Poland – In order to meet U.S. Army in Europe and Africa requirements, to improve command and control capabilities, and to manage forward operat...

Photos from 126th Air Refueling Wing's post
03/23/2023

Photos from 126th Air Refueling Wing's post

“I’m a part of a local sheriff's department. My job there is to serve and protect. I can grab a rifle both in-state and ...
03/22/2023

“I’m a part of a local sheriff's department. My job there is to serve and protect. I can grab a rifle both in-state and downrange. I’m also trained to de-escalate situations. I feel it’s my obligation to bring that to the unit; to serve and protect.” - Senior Airman Harold Wilson 126th Force Support Squadron Services Journeyman

Senior Airman Harold Wilson 126th Force Support Squadron Services Journeyman

What skills do you have outside of your job that are beneficial to the Air Force”

“I’m a part of a local sheriff's department. My job there is to serve and protect. I can grab a rifle both in-state and downrange. I’m also trained to de-escalate situations. I feel it’s my obligation to bring that to the unit; to serve and protect.”

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ari Freeman)

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126th Air Refueling Wing Recruiting Air National Guard
AFMS - Scott - 126th Medical Group Air National Guard (ANG)

Photos from 126th Air Refueling Wing's post
03/22/2023

Photos from 126th Air Refueling Wing's post

We send our condolences to the family of Michael Patrick Euteneuer, who passed away at the age of 55, on February 28, 20...
03/22/2023
Obituary information for Michael Patrick Euteneuer

We send our condolences to the family of Michael Patrick Euteneuer, who passed away at the age of 55, on February 28, 2023, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Mike was a veteran of the Illinois National Guard and a wonderful person, full of compassion for others. He is survived by his loving wife, Marnie (nee Napolitan), his 2 cherished daughters, Anna (24) and Ava (21) and his best friend, Leo the Great Dane/Mastiff. Michael was the beloved son of Diane Durbin, and the late Donald Euteneuer; loving brother to his sister Lisa (Mark) Davidson and stepsister Tricia McCarthy; dear son-in-law to Marlene Rizzo and the late Paul Napolitan; loving brother-in-law to Nicole (Keith) Sommers, and Dana (Joe) Lien. He cherished his nieces and nephews; Isaac, Charlie, Grace, Ben, Annette, Sophie, Andrew and Demi.

View Michael Patrick Euteneuer's obituary, contribute to their memorial, see their funeral service details, and more.

03/21/2023

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of President Harry S. Truman’s Executive Order of the Desegregation of the Armed Fo...
03/21/2023
Guard Recognizes Milestones that Brought Positive Change

This year marks the 75th anniversary of President Harry S. Truman’s Executive Order of the Desegregation of the Armed Forces; the 75th anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948; and the 50th anniversary of the elimination of the draft — creating an all-volunteer military.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Guard will recognize three anniversaries this year that legally established racial integration in the military, opened more opportunities for women to serve and ended the

03/21/2023
03/21/2023
Our condolences to the family and friends of Michael Weller, who served for 21 years including tours in Iraq and Afghani...
03/21/2023
Michael Weller Obituary (2023) - Troy, IL - Edwardsville Intelligencer

Our condolences to the family and friends of Michael Weller, who served for 21 years including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a long-time member of the Illinois Army National Guard's 634th Brigade Support Battalion.

View Michael Todd Weller's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.

Our condolences to the family and friends of Col. (Dr.) Larry Foster. Col. Foster, a dentist, served in the Illinois Nat...
03/21/2023
Obituary for Dr. Larry D. Foster at Hultgren Funeral Home, Wheaton

Our condolences to the family and friends of Col. (Dr.) Larry Foster. Col. Foster, a dentist, served in the Illinois National Guard for 30 years. While in the guard he was sent on medical missions all over South and Central America, was deployed once to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq.

Larry D. Foster, D.D.S., age 66, a long time Wheaton resident, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 12, 2023, after a long battle with colon cancer, surrounded by his family. Son of George and Thelma Foster Robison, Larry was born on May 18th, 1956, in Oak Park, IL

Soldier Profile: Sgt. 1st Class Georgi GeorgievSgt. 1st Class Georgi Georgiev (left) is shown with Consul General of Bul...
03/20/2023

Soldier Profile: Sgt. 1st Class Georgi Georgiev
Sgt. 1st Class Georgi Georgiev (left) is shown with Consul General of Bulgaria in Chicago Svetoslav Stankov, Col. David Helfrich, and Maj. Anthony McClain on March 3 during the Bulgarian Liberation Day celebration.
Georgiev was originally born in Ruse, Bulgaria, one of two border crossing cities with the country of Romania. He grew up in a low-income family up until the age of 17. His mother won the green card lottery in 1998. After a two-year process of getting through various interviews, exams, and background checks his family was awarded U.S. Visas. He came to Chicago with his sister and mother in the summer of 2000.
He went to high school for one year on the north side of Chicago, where he started learning a lot about American culture and customs. He started visiting a lot of different colleges and universities in the Midwest, where he quickly found out how expensive higher education was in the United States.
As a new member of American society he had to find a way to pay for his college education since his family did not come from money. On top of that they had spent every penny they had just to come to the U.S. He started working at the high school part time and then got a second job working at McDonalds to start saving money for college.
On the way to school there used to be an Army National Guard recruiting office with a big banner saying $50,000 for college education. He walked in one day after school to gather more information on what his options were. His whole goal was to find a way to pay for college and not put more pressure on his mother. She used to work three jobs at one point when the family first came to the U.S., falling asleep at the dinner table from pure exhaustion.
After he graduated from high school he started going to DeVry University and the bills started racking up pretty quickly. After his first tri-semester he went back to the recruiting office to enlist and get all the help he could for his college education.
He entered the National Guard in September 2002 as a 13B – Cannon Crew Member. He was assigned to Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 122nd Field Artillery Regiment based in the General Richard L. Jones Armory on the South Side of Chicago. The unit was activated in 2003 to go to Germany. At the time he was still not a citizen and therefore could not get a security clearance. Without the clearance he could not deploy.
Late 2003 orders for overseas deployments were coming out like hot bread. A few folks from the 2-122nd FA that stayed behind got activated to fill the ranks of Headquarters Headquarters Co., 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment. He deployed with the Blackhawks as a 11C – Indirect Fire Infantry - in Jan 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit sent to Ft. Steward to help the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team pass their pre-mob certification to deploy with 3rd Infantry Division. The unit spent a few months, plus a month at the National Training Center in Ft. Irwin, Calif., before it finally shipped out to Kuwait.
The unit spent a week in Kuwait before it finally got to Baghdad. Georgiev’s stay at Camp Liberty was life changing and he said wouldn’t do it with anyone else but the same people he went with the first time. The unit did everything from sitting on observation posts, VIP escorts, cordon and search, raids, mounted and dismounted patrols, vehicle recoveries, and anything else a typical infantryman would do in a combat zone. The time in Baghdad was high paced with a lot of pressure. Surviving multiple IED encounters and small arms fires really taught Georgiev to see things a bit differently from anyone else who had not experienced that. Oct 5th 2005 was especially memorable as that was the day his vehicle got a direct hit from a pressure plate activated IED. Till this day Georgiev and his squad tries to get together to celebrate their “Alive Day.”
The unit moved the last six months of the deployment to Al Taqaddum and assumed the role of force protection at one of the main gates. Georgiev handled all of the Iraqis that worked on post and got a completely different view and appreciation for the people of that beautiful country.
He returned back to the U.S. in June 2006 and went back to Bravo Batter, 2-122nd FA. Soon after that he reclassed as a 13D – Field Artillery Tactical Data System Specialist - as the unit needed NCOs in the Fire Direction Center section. He stayed there for another year or two before he set his sights on becoming an intel professional.
In late 2008 he transferred to C Co., 341st Military Intelligence (Linguist) Battalion in downtown Chicago. By 2010 he was able to get the security clearance necessary to get reclassed to a 35M – Human Intelligence Collector.
He soon a civilian job with a company called Varonis Systems out of Manhattan, NY. He was flying from New York to Chicago to do drills until it became more of a burden than anything else. He left the Guard in September 2010. As he focused on his civilian career and started a family, he kept in touch with his Army friends and over time he started missing the comradery and “embracing the suck” with his former peers.
After five years with Varonis, he was able to move back to Chicago, get promoted to a team lead and senior systems engineer. He started working with a lot more federal customers and especially focusing on DoD because of his military background. In 2015 his former 35M classmate and full-time training NCO, SFC Crouch, told him about the new incentives to bring back prior service members.
In August 2015 he re-enlisted in the IL ARNG as a 35M Bulgarian linguist. He was back with C Co 341st MI and this time he told myself that he will try to make the Army work for him and not the other way around.
Keeping with his goals he’s been able to do five different partner nation exercises in various capacities. The first one he attended was Anakonda 16 in Poland. He was in charge of almost a dozen linguists that supported various partner nations and U.S. units across Poland. He was also the LNO for the Bulgarian Army taking part of the exercise. It was by far, the most fun he’s had during multi national training exercises.
From there he was able to take part in Eager Lion 2018 in Jordan as part of the S2 section. He repeated the training exercise in 2019 as well. He was able to participate in Bright Star 21, which was in Egypt as the BDE S2 NCOIC. The last mission was Eager Lion 22 as the S2 NCOIC. He will be participating in Thracian Sentry 23 with the Tennessee National Guard. The training will be taking place in Bulgaria, where he can finally practice his language and help the U.S. Army build some long lasting relationships.
In July 2022 he was promoted to sergeant first class. He took over as the platoon sergeant of a multifunctional platoon at D Co. 766th Brigade Engineer Battalion. He plans to retire from the National Guard as at least a first sergeant but if he has the opportunity he wouldn’t mind retiring as a sergeant major.

The Illinois National Guard celebrated Bulgarian Liberation Day with Consul General of Bulgaria in Chicago Svetoslav Sta...
03/20/2023

The Illinois National Guard celebrated Bulgarian Liberation Day with Consul General of Bulgaria in Chicago Svetoslav Stankov March 3. From left are Sgt. 1st Class Georgi Georgiev, Col. David Helfrich, Stankov, and Maj. Anthony McClain. The Tennessee National Guard shares a State Partnership with Bulgaria.

USO Special DeliverySunday, May 7, 2023 / 11am-1pm / Steak 48 in ChicagoWe want to celebrate you, your growing family, a...
03/20/2023

USO Special Delivery
Sunday, May 7, 2023 / 11am-1pm / Steak 48 in Chicago

We want to celebrate you, your growing family, and your new little one! This shower is open to expecting (pregnant) and new (6 months postpartum or less) moms. Currently serving active duty, reserve, and National Guard service members and military spouses.

(Get more information and register on the EVENTS tab at Illinois.USO.org)

03/20/2023

Help us improve our National Guard!

Take this short survey by 23 March to help Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, better understand and focus on the issues that matter most to you. https://ngpa.us/24225

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03/19/2023

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March 18, 1925:Murphysboro Tornado ResponseOn the evening of March 18, 1925, a tornado devastated the community of Murph...
03/18/2023

March 18, 1925:
Murphysboro Tornado Response

On the evening of March 18, 1925, a tornado devastated the community of Murphysboro. The 108th Medical Regiment, medical detachments of the 129th, 130th and 106th Cavalry with elements of the 130th Infantry Battalion responded to the Governor’s request for aid. Fifty-one officers and 528 enlisted Soldiers quickly created order out of chaos. They worked with local law enforcement to patrol the area for survivors, provide security and administered medical care. The state active duty ended on April 13th.

March 18, 1931:Guardsmen Respond to Prison Riot at StatevilleAt 2p.m., a riot started at the Penitentiary located at Sta...
03/18/2023

March 18, 1931:

Guardsmen Respond to Prison Riot at Stateville
At 2p.m., a riot started at the Penitentiary located at Stateville. The warden realized it was beyond the control of the Guards. At 2:22 he called the Military Department for assistance in quelling the disturbance. Four companies of the 129th responded with 13 officers and 205 Soldiers. The state active duty lasted until March 23.

03/18/2023

From Maria Olczyk, the wife of Sgt. Steven Olczyk:
March 19, 2023, marks the 41st Anniversary of the KC-135 Air Refueling Tanker explosion that occurred over Wonder Lake, Illinois, killing 23 men and women of the 928th Air Force Reserves Aerial Port Wing and 4 crew members of the 126th Air Refueling Wing of the Illinois National Guard, both units stationed at O’Hare. My family and I will go to the crash site on Sunday, March 19. We will scatter 27 red roses in memory of our 27 heroes. As each rose is placed, we will read the name of each of the fallen. Please remember all of them in your thoughts and prayers. This is another Day of Remembrance: at 9:10 pm on that fateful night, the Control Tower at O’Hare lost contact with Happy 33, the call letters for the aircraft. Let us also remember with gratitude, those on the search and recovery teams. They were young men and women and their lives were changed forever.

SPRINGFIELD SOLDIER EARNS ‘MAJOR’ PROMOTION IN ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARDSPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Illinois Army National Gua...
03/17/2023

SPRINGFIELD SOLDIER EARNS ‘MAJOR’ PROMOTION IN ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Illinois Army National Guard Soldier Anthony McClain, of Springfield, took a “major” step forward in his 27-year military career when he was promoted to major in a ceremony March 17 at the Illinois Military Academy on Camp Lincoln in Springfield.

“You want Soldiers like Tony to achieve these ranks because they work so hard,” said Maj. Gen. Rodney Boyd, Assistant Adjutant General - Army and Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard. “Tony is ready to live up to the new challenges which come with the new rank.”

Boyd thanked McClain’s family for supporting him throughout his career, especially his wife, Tarah, who also serves in the Illinois National Guard.

“Being a husband-and-wife team with both serving in the military cannot be easy and thank you to the support system which allows them both to serve,” he said.

Boyd said he and McClain have known each other for several years, and, with both serving as logisticians, their paths have crossed along the way.

“When I met Tony I liked him immediately, and not just because he’s from the South Side of Chicago and a White Sox fan,” Boyd said. “When you give Tony an assignment, and he presents it back to you after completion, he is very thorough.”

Boyd said he has worked with McClain closely the last 18 months on diversity, equity and inclusivity issues within the Illinois National Guard, since becoming the Assistant Adjutant General – Army.

“On occasion due to scheduling conflicts, Tony has stepped up and briefed some of my meetings oftentimes to general officers,” Boyd said. “He doesn’t let rank affect him, he just goes out and does it.”

McClain enlisted in the military in 1996, spending the next 14 years as an enlisted Soldier before receiving his commission through the Illinois National Guard Officer Candidate School in 2010. He has served in a variety of leadership and staff positions in the Illinois National Guard. He was appointed as the Security Cooperations Officer in March 2021. As the Security Cooperations Officer, McClain is responsible for the overall planning, coordination, and ex*****on of the State Partnership Program with Poland and the Homeland Defense Cooperation with the Israeli Homefront Command.

He was also appointed the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the ILNG in October 2021. As the DEI director, he provides strategic leadership and administrative oversight for maintaining a range of successful practices and initiatives for supporting an organizational climate that values and prioritizes equality, diversity and inclusiveness within the Illinois National Guard and Department of Military Affairs.

“This has been a long road. I know this promotion comes with increased responsibility and I appreciate the opportunity to serve this great organization,” McClain said. “I appreciate the opportunity to be instrumental in strengthening our relationship both at home and abroad.”

McClain thanked the leaders who he has worked alongside and those who challenged him throughout his career.

“You are all great contributors to my motivation and success,” he said.

McClain thanked his wife, Tarah, for her support.

“I appreciate your love and support,” he said. “Words cannot express how much I appreciate you as a wife, mother, and friend.”

He also thanked his family, calling his children, Amelia, Olivia, Joshua, and Stephon, his motivation.

McClain said even though he’s moving from company-level leadership to becoming a field-grade officer, his reasons for serving won’t change.

“I will continue to take care of people and do my part to take care of this organization,” he said. “I will work to move the organization forward and represent the Illinois National Guard honorably.”

03/17/2023

Calling all Master Sergeants and promotable Technical Sergeants

If you’ve ever considered becoming a First Sergeant, we will be conducting a First Sergeant board Saturday of the April RSD.
Specific times and location will be communicated to each candidate.

Applicants must:
•Meet mandated AFECD requirements dated 31 Oct 2022
•Meet physical fitness requirements IAW AFI 36-2905

WHAT TO SUBMIT: All interested applicants must submit the following documentation:
•Resume – include information pertaining to past/present military and civilian work experience
•EPRs – Last 3
•Record Review – available on the Virtual MPF (All Pages)
•Current Air Force Fitness Test Results

Applications must be submitted by 29 March 2023. Email applications to Command Chief Master Sergeant Paul J. Stewart
Uniform for the board will be service dress.

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