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Springfield Battalion Mobilizes for Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:31

Approximately one dozen Soldiers mobilize Feb. 17 as part of Operation Resolute Support

SPRINGFIELD, IL (02/12/2015)(readMedia)-- A deployment ceremony is scheduled for approximately one dozen Soldiers who will deploy to Afghanistan. The ceremony for the 232nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion based in Springfield, Illinois will be Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. at Camp Lincoln, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Springfield, Ill.

The unit will train for a brief time in Fort Hood, Texas before deploying to Afghanistan for approximately nine months as part of Operation Resolute Support.

The battalion will assist in planning, supervising and executing logistics within Afghanistan and assisting with the drawdown of U.S. Forces and equipment.

News media attending the event should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.

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Governor Forms Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lance Trover   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 11:54

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner signed Executive Order 15-14 today, which establishes the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.

The commission will examine the current criminal justice system and sentencing structure to develop comprehensive and evidence-based strategies to improve public safety. It will analyze all aspects of the current system from the initial arrest to re-entry into the community. Some areas the commission will specifically examine are ensuring there is uniformity in sentencing structure, sentencing practices, community supervision and the use of alternatives to prison.

“Illinois is in desperate need of criminal justice reform. Our prisons are overcapacity and too many offenders are returning to prison,” Gov. Rauner said. “We need to take a comprehensive, holistic approach to our justice system.”

The Department of Corrections (DOC) is operating at more than 150 percent of the inmates it was designed to house, which threatens the safety of inmates and staff. It also undermines the DOC’s ability to rehabilitate. Many of those inmates often return to prison; the recidivism rate in Illinois hovers around 50 percent.

 
Illinois Army National Guard Infantryman Receives Order of Saint Maurice Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 10:35

REND LAKE, ILLINOIS (02/10/2015)(readMedia)-- Maj. Gregory Settle of Chatham, Illinois, and Waltonville, Illinois, native, received the National Infantry Association's Order of Saint Maurice award Feb. 7 during the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regimental ball in Rend Lake, Illinois. Settle's assignment is the Illinois National Guard's International Affairs Officer (J5) in Springfield, Illinois.

Settle earned the award for his time with 2-130th, based in Marion, Illinois. During his 19 years with the battalion, his most recent position was battalion executive officer and Active Guard Reserve (AGR) officer in charge.

"Major Settle is a natural leader, aggressive in perseverance yet grounded in humility. His dedication and integrity are beyond reproach, and his guidance is frequently sought after by peers and subordinates," said his recommendation to the National Infantry Association by Maj. Casey Kline of Marion, Illinois, with 2-130th. "A fighting leader and veteran of multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan...Major Settle has been decorated for valor and commended for dedication on numerous occasions."

Fellow recipients in the audience joined Settle during the award presentation. Those Soldiers were Col. Rodney Thacker of Chatham, Illinois, Director of Plans, Training and Operations for the Illinois Army National Guard; Col. Mark Jackson, of Frankfort, Illinois, Illinois National Guard Director of Homeland Security (J3); Col. Henry Dixon of Chicago, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Commander; and Master Sgt. Gary Villalobos of Santa Maria, California, senior military science instructor with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

"It is a great honor to receive this prestigious award in the presence of other award recipients," Settle said. "These gentlemen are true leaders and examples of what an Infantryman is capable of. I am humbled to stand beside them."

According to the award citation, "the Order of St. Maurice Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the Infantry in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient's seniors, subordinates and peers. These individuals have also demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, an outstanding degree of professional competence, and have served the United States Army Infantry or the Infantry community with distinction."

 
ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD RECRUITING COMMAND WORKS WITH POLAND PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 13:21

WARSAW, POLAND (02/10/2015)(readMedia)-- Five Soldiers with the Illinois Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion in Springfield, Illinois travelled to Warsaw, Poland from 26 to 30 January for a workshop aimed at best practices between the partner nations at Poland's Armed Forces Operational Command.

Brig. Gen. Andrzej Tuz, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Armed Forces Operational Command, addressed the group on the opening day to share ideas and build upon the partnership between Poland and Illinois. The workshop focused on adapting Illinois' models for recruiting, retention, marketing, and attrition management to Poland's Armed Forces recruitment. In 2008, Poland ended mandatory conscription into its armed forces. Poland started its National Reserve Forces in 2010, and has experienced the challenges associated with recruiting.

"We see the same challenges here," said Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Donaldson, of Chatham, Illinois, Recruiting and Retention Battalion Command Sergeant Major. "They understand where they are currently and where they want to go, but also understand that it will take time to get there."

Personnel from the Polish Armed Forces Operational Command gave a general overview of their force structure and function of not only the active component, but also the National Reserve Forces. Personnel discussed how Poland's Operational and General Commands operate as part of the Ministry of National Defense.

Aleksandra Szmitkowska and Grzegorz Romanski of the Ministry's Department of Education and Defense Promotion discussed recruiting ideas and campaigns and how they are seeking quality over quantity when it comes to recruits. Donaldson and Maj. Darren Horton, of Williamsville, Illinois, Recruiting and Retention Battalion Enlisted Accessions Officer in Charge, followed by giving a presentation on retention, sponsorship programs in the Illinois National Guard, and the importance and effectiveness of proper retention counseling.

Sgt. Maj. Allen Morrison, of Rochester, Illinois, Enlisted Accessions Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, gave an overview of the Illinois National Guard's recruiting strategy and target audience. Lt. Col. Daniel Reichen, of Springfield, Illinois, Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander, said his Polish counterparts were receptive to the idea of leveraging high schools and centers of influence within that demographic to increase recruiting.

"We sell ourselves as the component of choice. Our partners were very interested in how we take a 'community first, nation always' approach to marketing the Guard," said Reichen.

Reichen said the U.S. military, the Illinois National Guard, and Poland all face the same challenges.

"We're always trying to do the same three things: man, train, and equip the force. Our partners in Poland have the same goals and are looking for the best practices to do the same," he said.

Reichen said the workshop was successful and a great partnership opportunity, but said future opportunities to work with the Polish National Reserve Forces should not be limited to recruiting practices.

"I think that the next step is not only talking the recruiting piece, but how we man and train personnel in the reserve component, involving the personnel and operations branches in a workshop may be incredibly useful to our partners," he said.

 
NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIERS GRADUATE SIGNAL COURSE PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 February 2015 11:35

SPRINGFIELD, IL (02/05/2015)(readMedia)-- Story by Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office

Thirteen Army National Guard Soldiers received certificates of completion for their success during the Illinois Army National Guard's 129th Regional Training Institute Signal Support System Specialist (25U) Reclassification Course Feb. 4 at a ceremony held at the Illinois Military Academy at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. Three of the 13 graduates were from the Illinois Army National Guard.

Three of the four spots for honor graduates were Illinois Guardsmen. These Soldiers were Sgt. First Class Anthony Flam of Chicago with the Headquarters and Headquarters Service Battery, 2nd Battalion, 122nd Field Artillery Regiment in Chicago; Sgt. First Class Shawn Cannamore of Metropolis, Illinois with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment in Marion, Illinois; and Spc. Richard Crosby Sanders of Collinsville with the Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment in Litchfield, Illinois.

The Soldiers learned information technology vital skills during the two-phase course held over a four-week period, such as installing and troubleshooting communication systems.

Signal Support Systems Specialists are primarily responsible for working with battlefield signal support systems and terminal devices.

 
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