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Author, New Display to Highlight All Irish Regiment at Illinois Military Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:51

SPRINGFIELD, IL (02/27/2013)(readMedia)-- The Illinois State Military Museum will unveil a new display case showcasing battle flags from its collection of more than 1,000 battle flags from the Mexican War through to the current conflicts. The museum will kick off the new display with the all Irish 90th Illinois Regiment colors and host James B. Swan, author of "Chicago's Irish Legion, the 90th Illinois Volunteers in the Civil War" March 2.


• Illinois State Military Museum

• James B. Swan, author of “Chicago’s Irish Legion, the 90th Illinois Volunteers in the Civil War”


• The Illinois State Military Museum will host James B. Swan, author of “Chicago’s Irish Legion, the 90th Illinois Volunteers in the Civil War” to tell the stories of this little-known Illinois regiment and its flag. The museum will unveil a new display case showing the third version of the 90th Illinois regimental colors that will be on display through May.

• Recruits of the 90th Illinois Volunteer Infantry came from Springfield, Chicago and towns across northern Illinois, but the regiment was truly Irish with 70 percent of the officers and enlisted men who were born in Ireland. Under a regimental flag that prominently and proudly displayed the harp of Erin, the unit marched and fought in Gen. William T. Sherman’s XVth Corps across seven Confederate states and helped capture three Confederate state capitols.

• The military museum’s new display case is a significant addition and will showcase flags from its collection on a quarterly schedule.

• The museum is home to more than 1,000 battle flags from the Mexican War to the current conflicts.

WHEN: Saturday March 02, 2013 at 02:00PM Central Time (US & Canada)

WHERE:Illinois State Military Museum
1301 N. MacArthur Blvd
Springfield, Illinois 62702


• Admission and parking are free.

• For further information, please contact the Illinois State Military Museum at 217-761-3910

The Illinois State Military Museum displays the history of the Illinois National Guard from 1723 to the 21st Century. Located two blocks north of the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and North Grand Ave. in Springfield, Ill., the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Contact the museum at (217) 761-3910 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit Become a museum Facebook Fan at To learn more about Illinois National Guard history visit

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Written by Krista Zaharias   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:56

WASHINGTON—Following the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, the Council of Governors (CoG) finalized a consultative process with the Department of Defense (DoD) to maintain an ongoing dialogue that will ensure governors’ priorities are better incorporated into the budget process in future years.

“This is a remarkable achievement for all of us. NGA and the Council have worked tirelessly on this issue for several months, and this resolution allows all governors to be a part of the process,” said CoG co-chair Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. “As commanders-in-chief of the National Guard, it is critical that our voices are heard as part of this process. This agreement will help us avoid future unannounced spending changes that affect the safety and security of our citizens.”

Similar to what governors and DoD were able to achieve on the Dual Status Command agreement to coordinate state and federal military forces during an emergency, this budget consultative process is part of on-going collective efforts to improve how states and DoD work together.

“Improving collaboration and communication with the states and the U.S. Department of Defense is a significant step forward,” said CoG co-chair Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. “This agreement on the budget consultative process will help us foster an on-going dialogue so that working together, we can build a more resilient nation.”

The agreement:

  • Sets the expectation that all governors and their adjutants general will have the opportunity to discuss budget and programming issues or proposals affecting the National Guard in advance of their formal submission or implementation;
  • Establishes a requirements gathering process that will help ensure the National Guard is treated more equally in DoD’s budget process; and
  • Ensures that the CoG will receive regular updates on strategic budget matters affecting the National Guard and have the opportunity to discuss them before they are finalized or implemented.



The Council of Governors (CoG) consists of 10 governors appointed by the President to focus on matters pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense, synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States and other matters of mutual interest pertaining to the National Guard. CoG governors include: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer; Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy; Delaware Gov. Jack Markell; Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie; Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, co-chair; Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, co-chair; Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon; Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval; Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell; and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead.

In addition to the 10 council members, charter federal participants include the secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security, the President’s homeland security and counterterrorism advisor, the commander of U.S. Northern Command, the commandant of the Coast Guard and the chief of the National Guard Bureau.


Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s, most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit


182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria announces Outstanding Airmen of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by National Guard PAO Illinois   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:25

Seven Airmen recognized for achievements

PEORIA, IL (02/26/2013)(readMedia)-- The Illinois Air National Guard's 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria recognized seven outstanding Airmen for their achievements in 2012.

Awards were given based on performance, mission accomplishment, team building and leadership. Criteria included actions, initiatives and results that showed exceptional leadership and duty performance. Consideration was given for job effectiveness, job knowledge and support to deploying or deployed operations. Additionally, consideration was given for awards and recognition, significant individual accomplishments, unique job achievements, processed or implemented suggestions, and innovative problem solving.

Winners included:

• Senior Airman Alex Corwin of Metamora, 182nd Maintenance Squadron, Outstanding Airman of the Year for the Illinois National Guard

• Airman 1st Class Ryan Porter of Glasford, 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Airman of the Year

• Staff Sgt. Tyler Relph of Morton, 182nd Civil Engineering Squadron Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

• Senior Airman Robert Shall of Morris, 182nd Communications Flight Airman of the Year

• Senior Airman Jared Weller of Rockford, 169th Airlift Squadron Airman of the Year

• Senior Airman Gwendolyn Merz of Dunlap, 264th Combat Communications Airman of the Year

• Airman 1st Class Justin Miller of El Paso, 182nd Civil Engineering Squadron Airman of the Year

Terrorists Bomb World Trade Center - 20 Year Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Danny Gonzalez   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:05
20 Year Anniversary-Terrorists Bomb WTC in 1993

20 years ago, terrorists first attacked the World Trade Center in New York City. It was not the first time terrorists had attacked American targets, nor would it be the last, but it was a pivotal moment in the War on Terror that we must NEVER FORGET.

The attack was organized by Khaled Sheikh Mohammed and fellow jihadist conspirators who detonated a truck bomb armed with over 1,340 lbs. of explosives in the lower garage levels in an attempt to knock  the North Tower (Tower 1) into the South Tower (Tower 2), destroying both towers and murdering the thousands of innocent people inside. Though the terrorists failed that day, six innocent people were killed and over a thousand more injured. Many more could have been killed.

The murderers who perpetrated this first attack are the same radical jihadists who our troops are still fighting today. Today, please take a moment to remember and pray for those innocent people who lost their lives in terrorist attacks.

Despite attacks like this one in 1993, and similar attacks like the bombing of the Marine barracks in 1982, the USS Cole in 2000, and many other provocations, America really did not take the War on Terror seriously until after 9/11. It took an enormous and tragic loss of life for the sleeping giant of America to finally wake up and realize that we are in a war for survival against radical Islam.

After 9/11, President George W. Bush finally mobilized the full might of the US military to go after the terrorists wherever they hide, so that our country never lets our guard down again. We must NEVER FORGET attacks like the first WTC in 1993, because those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Never forget about the terrorists and their ambitions to destroy our country and our way of life, or our troops who are fighting on the front lines protecting us.

On this anniversary of one of the most famous terrorist attacks in the history of the War on Terror, send some support to our Marines on the front lines fighting the terrorists!

Illinois Guardsmen understand signficance of Black History Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sgt. Jesse Houk, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 08:48

SPRINGFIELD, IL (02/25/2013)(readMedia)-- Illinois has a special connection to the Black History Month celebration. After all, the Great Emancipator, President Abraham Lincoln, served in the Illinois Militia and began his political career in Illinois. With the support of like-minded people, he challenged public opinion and sparked a civil rights revolution still felt today. African-American Soldiers in Illinois played important roles in most major conflicts since the Civil War.

"African-Americans have overcome many obstacles within the military," said Adriana Schroeder, the Illinois National Guard's command historian. "The first obstacle was actually being able to pick up arms and fight. The second was to have black leadership within their all black units. The third struggle was integration into the military to where African-Americans fought alongside white Soldiers."

The 29th U.S. Colored Infantry was formed during the Civil War to guard wagons and train depots, said Schroeder. They fought in one of the final battles of the Civil War, in the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg, Va.

In World War I the African American 8th Infantry was re-designated the 370th Infantry and fought under the French. It was the only unit entirely commanded by black officers. The 8th Infantry continued its proud history during World War II, reorganized into the 2-184th Field Artillery, by being a vital part of capturing the Rhine River town of Wesel.

The lineage of the 8th Infantry lives today with the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

"I have to applaud the efforts of so many because although we have a unique and rich history we didn't get there by ourselves," said Command Sgt. Maj. Howard O. Robinson, of Olympia Fields, the Illinois National Guard's senior enlisted adviser. "I think about the Great Emancipator and others who fought for equality. We have made significant progress, but if it wasn't for those civil rights leaders and many brave whites who believed in the cause, equality in the military wouldn't be where it is today."

Robinson witnessed, firsthand, the progress black Soldiers have made over the years. His father served in the all-black 761st Tank Battalion in Patton's 3rd Army as a tank sergeant. His uncle served as a noncommissioned officer in the Korean War and another uncle served in Vietnam, later becoming a brigadier general.

Robinson, an African-American, who split his youth between inner-city Chicago with his parents and rural Hunnewell, Mo., with his grandparents and two aunts, is a living example of the achievements our country celebrates in February.

"I have seen improvements in equality," said Robinson. "We are a diverse organization and there are opportunities out there. We want to make sure everyone has a fair stake in our organization."

Robinson said equality within the military, and even his own success, would not have been possible if it were not for white Soldiers believing in their black counterparts and opening the necessary doors.

Robinson joined the Illinois Army National Guard in 1983 and worked his way up the ranks. As he did, he saw things that needed improvement and worked to resolve those issues.

"I felt like instead of complaining about it, I needed to position myself to really do something about it," said Robinson. "That was the turning point in me becoming a part of the solution."

Robinson now looks to assist younger Soldiers in accomplishing their goals much like key individuals throughout his career helped him. Although the Illinois National Guard celebrates Black History Month, every person who puts on the uniform is equally valued.

"Today, every Soldier bleeds red, white and blue for America no matter the color of their skin," said Schroeder.

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