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Governor Quinn Appoints New Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Wilson   
Friday, 21 December 2012 15:40

Daniel M. Krumrei to Lead and Advocate for Illinois Servicemembers and their Families

SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn today named Daniel M. Krumrei as the new Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard and Director of the Department of Military Affairs. The former Colonel has served as Command Staff Chaplain for the Illinois Army National Guard since 2005 and has been instrumental in fulfilling Governor Quinn’s longtime commitment to serving Veterans and their families.

“General Krumrei has served in the National Guard for more than 35 years and has made it his mission to ensure that our servicemembers get the support they need to be successful in the military and in their civilian lives,” Governor Quinn said. “His extensive experience at all levels of the Guard and with people of all faiths will be invaluable as we work to keep the Illinois National Guard the most effective force in the nation.”

Krumrei (pronounced KRUM-ROY) joined the National Guard in 1977 and has held all ranks from private to colonel, serving in a wide variety of roles including field artillery, nuclear/biological/chemical weapons specialist, and chaplain. Since joining the Illinois Army National Guard (ILNG) in 1992 as a chaplain, he has helped make assisting servicemembers and their families a priority of the ILNG. He has built strong relationships with the faith and mental-health communities that work with Guard members before, during and after deployments by implementing models of support that are celebrated and imitated nationwide. Krumrei will lead the ILNG at a time when more servicemembers are returning home permanently from overseas deployments, heightening the need for transition services such as job training and counseling.

“Over the last three decades, I have had the privilege of counseling thousands of servicemembers and have built a deep understanding of the challenges facing our soldiers and airmen – their struggles with transitioning, with family, and with balancing civilian work and military requirements,” Krumrei said. “Like them, I know personally what it is to leave your family, your friends, your community, and your job for the combat theater. I am grateful to Governor Quinn for this opportunity to lead our National Guard, and to help our National Guardsmen meet every challenge they encounter with courage and confidence.”

General Krumrei holds a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Army War College and a Master’s of Divinity from Phillips Graduate Seminary, as well as numerous service awards and decorations. Among these is the Kuwait Liberation Medal, earned during a deployment to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. As a civilian, he has served as senior pastor of the Parkway Christian Church – Disciples of Christ in Springfield since 1998. Krumrei resides in Springfield with his wife Sue, an art teacher at Franklin Middle School. They are the parents of three adult children – Ben, Kate and Jessi.

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Loebsack Statement on the 2013 Defense Policy Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 21 December 2012 09:14

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was voted on by the House of Representatives.  Loebsack authored a bipartisan amendment that blocked retirement of the Iowa National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing in the House-passed version of the bill and fought against allowing the proposed cuts to move forward in the final bill. For the first time, Loebsack did not sign the conference report and opposed passage of the bill. Click here to view Loebsack’s floor speech.

“The men and women of the 132nd have fought for our nation time and again and are one of the most experienced and cost-effective units in the country.  When the Pentagon initially announced their short-sighted plan to retire the F-16s, I spearheaded the bipartisan effort to stop it because they could not demonstrate why it was a good deal for taxpayers or our national security. They still have not provided that justification.  I strongly opposed this decision and therefore could not support the bill.

“I am also strongly opposed to a provision that would affect the Pentagon’s civilian workforce, possibly including positions such as those at Rock Island Arsenal.  The men and women at Rock Island Arsenal work every day in support of our troops and make essential and cost-effective contributions to our national security.  While savings and efficiencies can be found in the defense budget, arbitrary reductions without strategy or analysis, like what this proposal calls for, undermines national security efforts like those at Rock Island Arsenal and hurts good jobs and the local economy in the Quad Cities.

“While I cannot support the underlying bill because of these misguided proposals, I am proud to have worked to include many provisions that will support our military families, National Guard and Reserve, and the Rock Island Arsenal.”

Specific Loebsack initiatives in the bill include:

Stops BRAC

  • Congressman Loebsack fought against the approval of new BRAC rounds since the proposal was first announced.  The final bill prevents DOD from carrying out new BRAC rounds.

Rock Island Arsenal Workload

  • Congressmen Loebsack worked to include language that directs DOD to identify the critical manufacturing capabilities provided by arsenals and determine the amount of work that is required to maintain them in peacetime which will be incorporated into a national security strategy for our industrial base.  It also requires the creation of a strategic workload plan to maintain arsenals’ critical capabilities.

Housing Benefits Fix for National Guard

  • Also included in the NDAA, was Loebsack’s legislation that prohibits reductions in the rate of Basic Allowance for Housing for members of the National Guard who transition from full time National Guard duty to active duty or from active duty to full time National Guard duty. Under current policy, some National Guardsmen who make this transition see their benefits reduced at a time when they and their families can least afford it because of a policy that changes how their benefits are calculated.  This issue was raised with Loebsack by the Iowa National Guard Officers and Enlisted Associations and he acted to fix it.

National Guard Counterdrug Schools

  • The legislation reauthorizes the National Guard Counterdrug Schools like the Iowa Guard runs at Camp Dodge (the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center). The Center provides critical training to local law enforcement from across Iowa and the country to help keep drugs off of our streets.

Travel Benefits for National Guard and Reserve Retirees

  • The legislation includes a provision similar to bipartisan legislation Loebsack co-introduced to allow expansion of full Space Available travel benefits on military aircraft to “gray area” retirees (National Guard members or Reservists who are eligible for retirement but under the age of 60) and surviving spouses. This issue was also raised with Loebsack by the Iowa National Guard Officers and Enlisted Associations, and Loebsack has worked on a bipartisan basis to provide these benefits.

Pay Raise for troops

  • As a member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, Loebsack worked to provide a 1.7 percent pay increase in pay for our troops.

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Galesburg Army National Guard Unit Returns from Deployment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 13:01

GALESBURG, IL (12/20/2012)(readMedia)-- Christmas is coming early for approximately 115 Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers who served in Kuwait and will return to Illinois this weekend. The homecoming ceremony for the 444th Chemical Company will be Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Galesburg National Guard Armory, 362 N. Linwood Road in Galesburg.

The Soldiers were mobilized in February and trained for a brief time at Camp Shelby, Miss., before deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Stationed at Camp Virginia, Kuwait, the unit operated as a base command cell supporting units stationed at the base and operations in the region.

The command cell implemented base improvements that saved more than $500,000 in government contracts and increased the billeting capability of Camp Virginia by more than 4,000 Soldiers. The 444th was instrumental in transitioning Camp Virginia from a short-term stop for Soldiers heading into theater into a long-term billeting area.

The 444th also conducted more than 3,000 patrols and secured 71 unexploded ordnances without loss of life or equipment.

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Limbaugh steps up to help support the troops PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Danny Gonzalez   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:55
If you went to check right now at rushlimbaugh.com you would see "From Melanie Morgan at Move America Forward" at the top of the page. Rush Limbaugh has noticed our plight after care packages intended for the troops were stolen just days ago.

Rush has always been a big supporter of the troops, and of Move America Forward as one of the premiere organizations out there providing support for the men and women on the front lines. He's also been a huge supporter of other troop-support groups such as the Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation. Rush has helped us every year by appearing on our Troopathon event which we broadcast every summer.

Having support from Rush to help us recover from this unfortunate crime is an amazing benefit for MAF as well as our troops in Afghanistan. Thank you Rush!


If you haven't already heard, Grinches tried to ruin Christmas for some of our brave troops in Afghanistan, stealing already packed and ready to deliver care packages in the dark of the night. But thanks to public outcry and the overwhelming generosity of everyday Americans like you, we are making up for the stolen care packages and working on another shipment as we speak.

There are only 6 days left until Christmas. Our brave men and women in Afghanistan need your support.

 
Lt. Governor Simon: The holidays are a reminder to honor our veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:09

ANNA – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Borggren will highlight the importance of veterans’ facilities that provide needed care to the men and women who have served our country by visiting the Anna Veterans Home on Thursday to celebrate the holidays with its residents.

“Our veterans deserve the thanks and appreciation of a grateful state and country, and I am proud to celebrate the holidays with residents in Anna,” said Simon, chair of the state’s military base retention and reuse committee. “Despite our state’s fiscal climate, it is important that we make sure veterans continue to receive the care they have earned.”

There are four veteran homes throughout Illinois, located in Anna, LaSalle, Manteno and Quincy. Each home provides residents with a sense of community, as well as medical care and support. Given the state’s serious fiscal climate, veterans homes have not been immune to annual budget cuts. During fiscal year 2013, the homes housed 44 fewer veterans, and 36 staff positions were cut.

DATE: Thursday, December 20

TIME: 2:30 p.m.

PLACE: Anna Veterans Home, 792 N. Main St., Anna

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