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**UPDATE** Camp Lincoln Buildings Locked Down After Suspicious Substance Found PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:59

UPDATE: Substance Found at Camp Lincoln Determined to Be Harmless

SPRINGFIELD, IL (09/04/2012)(readMedia)-- Approximately 240 Illinois National Guard employees were given the all clear three hours after authorities locked down two buildings on Camp Lincoln in Springfield after an envelope containing a suspicious substance was opened. The substance was determined to be harmless.

The lock down was a precaution and in accordance with Springfield Fire Department protocol.

"I'd like to thank the personnel here on Camp Lincoln and the Springfield Fire Department for their quick response and professionalism throughout the lock down and initial investigation," said Maj. Gen. Dennis L. Celletti of Springfield, the acting Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard. "Although this turned out to be a false alarm, the Soldiers, Airmen and civilian employees here on Camp Lincoln responded exactly as they were trained."

Three envelopes from the same source were delivered to Camp Lincoln. Two were not opened and turned over to emergency response and law enforcement authorities. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking the lead on criminal investigation with assistance from the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies.

Personnel with the Illinois Air National Guard's 183rd Fighter Wing Bio-Environmental Engineering team based in Springfield and the Illinois Army National Guard's 5th Civil Support Team (CST) based in Bartonville also responded to augment the Springfield Fire Department's response. Part of the 5th CST's mission is to support civil authorities with the identification of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and/or high yield explosive (CBRNE) agents or substance.

All questions regarding the investigation should be directed to Brad Ware, the media representative with the FBI office in Springfield at 217-522-9675.

 

ORIGINAL MESSAGE:

SPRINGFIELD, IL (09/04/2012)(readMedia)-- The Illinois National Guard locked down two buildings on Camp Lincoln in Springfield after an envelope containing a suspicious substance was opened.

The lock down is a precaution and in accordance with Springfield Fire Department protocol.

Three envelopes believed to be from the same, unknown source were delivered to Camp Lincoln. Two were not opened and turned over to the Springfield Fire Department and Sangamon County Sheriff's office, which are investigating the incident.

Personnel with the Illinois Air National Guard's 183rd Fighter Wing Bio-Environmental Engineering team based in Springfield and the Illinois Army National Guard's 5th Civil Support Team (CST) based in Bartonville have also responded to augment the Springfield Fire Department's investigation. Part of the 5th CST's mission is to support civil authorities with the identification of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and/or high yield explosive (CBRNE) agents or substance.

The safety and security of Illinois National Guard and Camp Lincoln employees is our top priority. The Illinois National Guard Provost Marshal's office, Springfield Fire Department and the Sangamon County Sheriff's office should be commended for acting quickly and appropriately.

 
Rep. Morthland to Host Veterans' Services Forum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Rich Morthland   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 07:31

Representative Rich Morthland (R-Cordova) is hosting a Veterans’ Services Forum for veterans and their families to discuss the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs’ effort to modernize services and facilities to better serve our returning Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans.

Time:            6 p.m.

Date:            Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Location:     Moline Public Library, 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL  61265

For more information contact: Rich Morthland 309-762-3008

 
Illinois National Guard officer candidates become second lieutenants PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Staff Sgt. Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:21

SPRINGFIELD, IL (08/28/2012)(readMedia)-- A crowd of more than 500 people gathered for 38 officer candidates who received their commission during the Illinois Army National Guard's Officer Candidate School (OCS) Commissioning Ceremony at Springfield High School in Springfield, Aug. 26.

"It's great to know we have a new generation of leaders stepping forward who are well trained to follow the great path our veterans have laid before us," said Maj. Gen. Dennis L. Celletti of Springfield, the Acting Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard.

Officer candidates from the traditional OCS Class 56-11 and accelerated OCS Class 56B lifted their right hands in front of fellow servicemembers, family and friends and repeated the Oath of Office to become second lieutenants.

To meet commissioning requirements, an officer candidate completes more than 500 hours of classroom and field instruction. Candidates are evaluated on leadership abilities, physical and mental tasks and tactical exercises.

"I'm very proud of my daughter," said 2nd Lt. Marivon Ampier's father John Niemeyer, a Vietnam veteran from St. Louis. "The ceremony was very professional and made me feel patriotic all over."

Each new lieutenant's gold bars were pinned on by family members, friends and fellow servicemembers most important to them.

Second Lt. Aaron Ritter of Oak Run, was pinned by his wife Sarah and his father Lou Ritter, a Vietnam veteran who served with the U.S. Army.

"I was glad he was able to be here," said Aaron. "I am proud of his service and look up to him as a father."

Following the pinning of their gold bars, the officers received their first salute from a subordinate.

Ampier of Fairview Heights, chose her father, who served as a technical sergeant with the Air Force and Aaron also received his first salute from his father.

Many of the Soldiers had a close relative or friend who served in the military and were a part of the ceremony.

At the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony, 2,198 Army officers have received their commissions from the 129th Regional Training Institute in Springfield.

"Don't worry about the next assignment or promotion," said Celletti. "It will be there if you continue to give 100 percent effort, maintain your civilian and military education and take care of your Soldiers as you would want to be taken care of."

 
Braley Announces Over $1.4 Million for Veterans Transportation Database PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Bowman   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:20

Funds will go toward creating a one call/one click resource for veterans

Dubuque, IA – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today announced that the Federal Transit Administration has obligated $1,461,800 to the Iowa Department of Transportation for the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Project. The funding will create a database that will hold veterans’ transportation information and combine it with other resources to create a comprehensive database to start a one-call/one-click resource. This will allow veterans, persons with disabilities, persons over 60, and the general public to access information about transportation and other human service resources available.

 

“The more resources veterans, the disabled, and the elderly have to assist them in transportation, the more ability they have to live a full and active life,” said Braley. “At the very least, we owe our veterans reliable transportation, and the assistance to the rest of the community will be a great asset to many groups. I am pleased this funding is coming to Iowa and hope the resource database will provide new information and assistance to these groups.”

 

Braley has worked hard to provide needed assistance to veterans. Less than a month ago the Andrew Connolly Veterans Housing Act, which he introduced, was signed into law by President Obama.

 

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DON'T LET OUR TROOPS BE FORGOTTEN ANYMORE! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Move America Forward   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 14:05
Friends this is a message that I never wanted to have to write, but today the time has come to be honest with each other and admit that something has gone terribly wrong. Despite our best efforts, our troops overseas in Afghanistan are still suffering from a lack of compassion and attention from back home, especially from the news outlets and the politicians who claim to care so much.

Candidate Obama promised to refocus America's resources on Afghanistan. But by the time President Obama sent 33,000 more troops to Afghanistan in December 2009 in a policy known as the "surge", years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan had drained Western resources and sapped resolve
- NBC 8/22/2012

The President just threw some more troops into Afghanistan to fulfill his campaign promise and then just forgot about them. He didn't want to appear soft on terror, he didn't want to admit that he intended to ignore our troops, but that's whats been happening.

When was the last time you heard any politician talk about the importance of supporting our troops and defeating the terrorists? They are few and far between.

Our responsibility is to keep the faith, to continue serving our troops and supporting them until their mission is complete and they can all come home! We sent them over there so now it's our duty to help them finish the job - so sponsor a MAF care package today and send some much needed support to our soldiers, marines, airmen, sailors and guardsmen serving over in Afghanistan.


SOLDIER LAMENTS: "NO ONE REALLY CARES. ALL THE 'SUPPORT THE TROOPS' STUFF IS BUMPER STICKER DEEP"

As much as we have worked hard to try to help our troops feel appreciated and supported while deployed overseas, we're not doing enough! Too many of our troops feel that Americans don't care about the mission or the men and women sacrificing for it!

"We're bored with it," said Matthew Farwell, who served in the U.S. Army for five years including 16 months in eastern Afghanistan, where he sometimes received letters from grade school students addressed to the brave Marines in Iraq — the wrong war.

"We all laugh about how no one really cares," he said. "All the 'support the troops' stuff is bumper sticker deep."
- NBC 8/22/2012

Never before in our nation's history have we as a nation put almost 12 years of time, effort, money, and most precious of all, American lives lost, into an effort like this conflict in Afghanistan. And yet, here today, we've lost the energy and fervor with which we supported our troops before. They noticed.



We must do better. We can't let this be OUR legacy as a generation. When this war began, and the anti-war protesters took to the streets, we stood by our troops, we got our American flags out and rallied to support the troops in the streets because we wanted to show the world that this would not be a repeat of the shameful way Americans treated their troops during Vietnam.

We didn't want the War on Terror to end up being a repeat of that sad chapter in American history. Now we're in danger of allowing that to happen to our troops in Afghanistan. We must show our support to correct this trend immediately! 


DON'T LET OUR TROOPS FEEL FORGOTTEN ANYMORE! WE NEED TO SEND  A SURGE OF SUPPORT TO REMIND OUR TROOPS THAT WE STILL SUPPORT THEM!

Each care package comes with tons of goodies that our troops love and appreciate, from coffee and cookies to beef jerky and gatorade. Our care packages have the comfort foods they need and personal care items like deodorant, sunblock, wet wipes and lip balm that help them deal with the tough environment!

SPONSORING A MAF CARE PACKAGE IS AN EASY, AFFORDABLE, AND TAX-DEDUCTIBLE WAY TO SHOW THE TROOPS THAT YOU CARE!

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