AMMAN, JORDAN – Army Maj. Gen. Michael R. Zerbonia of Chatham, Illinois, the commander of the Illinois Army National Guard, visited Illinois National Guard and Jordan Armed Forces Soldiers participating in exercise Eager Lion 18, on April 18.
During his visit, Zerbonia discussed the importance of partnerships and joint exercises like Eager Lion.
“In the future, it’s not going to be one army doing things,” he said. “It’s important to build these relationships and inter-operability now.”
Nearly 50 Illinois National Guard Soldiers, as well as more than 3,500 additional U.S. Service members are training with Jordan Armed Forces in the two-week JAF led bilateral exercise.
Zerbonia said his first experience working with the JAF was four years ago at an earlier Eager Lion rotation.
“They are great soldiers,” said Zerbonia. “It makes me feel good to know that if we ever need them, they will be there to stand beside us.”
Congratulations to the graduates of the MOS reclassification course for 25U, Signal Support Systems Specialist, at the Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. Graduates of the course came from Illinois and nine other states.
Approximately 20 Dupo high-school students watched a demonstration before taking on the High Ropes Course April 20 at the Sparta Training Center in Sparta, Illinois.
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Dupo Highschoolers take on the High Ropes Course in Sparta
Video created by Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams, Public AffairsMusic provided by bensound.comPosted by Illinois National Guard on Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Our condolences to the family and friends of Howard Miller of Ohio, IL, a former member of the Illinois Air National Guard.
Our condolences to the family and friends of Jacob Benjamin Walter. Jacob joined the Illinois National Guard between his Junior and Senior year in High school having served for a total of 8 years before being honorably discharged in 2017.
Congratulations to Wesley A. Alvey, a member of the Illinois Army National Guard and the other new hires to the Springfield Police Department!
The National Trainer Course for Funeral and Honors was held at Camp Lincoln April 19. Soldiers graduating the course will go on to train other Soldiers to become members of the Illinois National Guard Funeral and Honors Team.
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National Trainer Course for Funeral and Honors
The National Trainer Course for Funeral and Honors was held at Camp Lincoln April 19. Soldiers graduating the course will go on to train other Soldiers to become members of the Illinois National Guard Funeral and Honors Team.Video filmed and edited by Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams, Public AffairsMusic provided by bensound.comPosted by Illinois National Guard on Thursday, April 19, 2018
The Illinois Army National Guard's Child and Youth Program/Family Programs office is hosting an Operation KUDOS 5k and Color Run Saturday, April 29, 2018 at Southwind Park in Springfield, Illinois.
Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and, Maj. Gen. Ronald Paul, Assistant Adjutant General – Air, Illinois National Guard, met with Piotr Janicki, the Consul General of Poland in Illinois, Bogdan Pukszta, the executive director of the Polish American Chamber of Commerce in Illinois, and various members of the Polish American Congress and Polish Slavic Union at the Kedzie Armory in Chicago to mark the 25th anniversary of the Illinois National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Polish Armed Forces. Since its inception in 1993, the ILNG’s partnership with Poland has grown into a premier model for SPP program in the Guard. Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti presented Mr. Janicki and Mr. Puksztsa with a gubernatorial proclamation making August 15, 2018 State Partnership with Poland Day in Illinois.(U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Maj Gen. Richard J. Hayes, Jr., the Adjutant General for the Illinois National Guard, visited Poland to celebrate and commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Illinois National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP) with the Polish Armed Forces. Since its inception in 1993, the ILNG’s partnership with Poland has grown into a premier model for SPP program in the Guard. Governor Rauner presented officials from the Polish Armed Forces and the Polish government with a gubernatorial proclamation making August 15, 2018 State Partnership with Poland Day in Illinois.
Our condolences to the family and friends of Leonard Seward Sr., a veteran of the IIllinois Army National Guard and U.S. Army.
The Illinois National Guard is proud of our 25-year State Partnership Program with the Polish Armed Forces. Governor Bruce Rauner is helping us mark the 25th year of our partnership in Poland while Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti helped us celebrate in Chicago.
April 12 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, it corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar and is the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Today the Illinois National Guard pauses to remember the 6 million innocent people murdered in the Holocaust. We remember those victims, survivors, and families impacted by the Holocaust.
The Illinois National Guard is proud to have played an important part in ending this terrible tragedy. The Illinois Army National Guard's 106th Cavalry served in Europe during World War II under the 45th Infantry Division. On April 29, 1945 the unit was a part of the force that liberated Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany.
Soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard converged on Marseilles Training Center in Marseilles, Illinois, form April 5 to April 8, 2018 to compete for the title of Illinois’ Best Warrior. The four-day competition begins with an Army Physical Fitness Test. Then, Soldiers are tested physically and mentally for the next three days through weapons qualification, land navigation, essays and boards, a confidence course and finally, a 10-mile, timed ruck march. The winners are named Best Warrior and claim the title of Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and move on to compete at the regional level with hopes to make it to the national and all-Army competitions. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)
Maj. Gen. Richard J. Hayes, the Adjutant General, Illinois National Guard, took part in ceremonies as part of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) with the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago. This holiday is a commemoration of those that fought during World War II in the fight for Bataan. Hayes appeared with Gina A. Jamoralin, Philippine Consul General, to honor the sacrifices of the brave men and women in 1942.
The 3637th Maintenance Company held promotion ceremonies at Camp Buehring, Kuwait during the unit’s deployment.
18 Soldiers of the 3637th Maintenance Company were promoted during the first eight months of the unit’s deployment.
The following Soldiers were promoted from Private 1st Class to Specialist: Shon Calvert of Mount Olive, Illinois; Marcus Cunningham of Lincoln, Illinois; Mikena Goessman of Sesser, Illinois; Arthur Hudson of Chicago; Andrew Lebon of Pana, Ilinois; Abigail Munos of Gillespie, Illinois; Austin Padfield of Pawnee, Illinois; Bradley Selvaggio of Williamsville, Illinois; Mallory Sinkhorn of Taylorville, Illinois; Courtney Tavernor of Springfield, Illinois; Elvis Valentin of Chicago.
These Soldiers were promoted from Specialist to Corporal: Baile Althoff of Quincy, Illinois; Adrian Biela of Des Plains, Illinois; Scott Howard of Harvel, Illinois; Adam Reynolds of Morton, Illinois.
Adam William of Mt. Pulaski, Illinois was promoted from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant.
Drew Greer of Franklin, Illinois was promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant.
The 3637th Maintenance Company, of Springfield, Illinois, deployed in support of Operation Spartan Shield in September, 2017. The unit will return to Illinois during the summer of 2018.
Four Calhoun County friends followed through on plans to enlist in the Illinois Army National Guard. Pvt. Keaton Rose, of Golden Eagle, Illinois; Pvt. Allen Stinebaker, Pvt. Daniel Sabol, and Private 1st Class Terry McBride, all three of Kampsville, Illinois, were sworn into the Illinois Army National Guard at the St. Louis Military Entrance Processing Station.
Rose enlisted as a 12N Horizontal Construction Engineer. Stinebaker joined as a 91D Power Generator Equipment Repairer. Sabol enlisted as a 35M Human Intelligence Collector. Rose joined as an 88M Motor Transport Operator. Rose, Stinebaker, Sabol and McBride are assigned to Company M, Recruit Sustainment Program in Shiloh, Illinois.
Rose is a 2017 graduate of Brussels High School, Brussels, Illinois. At Calhoun High School, Hardin, Illinois, Stinebaker is a Senior, while Sabol and Mcbride are 2017 graduates.
Sgt. 1st Class Mario Saenz of Company M, congratulated Rose, Stinebaker, Sabol, and McBride and welcomed them into the Illinois Army National Guard.