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Lt. Gov. Reynolds joins broad, bipartisan letter from state leaders in support of the National Guard PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:40

(DES MOINES) – Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is joining nearly 40 of her colleagues in asking President Obama to support the U.S. National Guard on the eve of an important congressional hearing. National Guard Bureau Chief General Frank Grass is scheduled to testify to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Defense on the proposed reductions tomorrow, Wednesday April 30. Lt. Governor Reynolds currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Lieutenant Governors Association.

“I am working with my peers across the country to highlight this vital state issue which requires serious review,” said Reynolds. “The Iowa National Guard has helped communities across the state effectively respond to disasters, like floods and tornadoes. Beyond that, the National Guard is an effective and efficient element of the U.S. total force and has aptly served our nation at home and abroad.”

Nearly forty of the seconds-in-command in the states and territories co-signed the letter noting various proposed National Guards cuts would return funding to a pre-9/11 level.  Lt. Governor Reynolds commends the entire Iowa delegation for their engagement on this important issue to the Iowa National Guard, including Congressmen Latham, King, Braley, and Loebsack for co-sponsoring legislation calling for an independent commission to thoughtfully explore the optimal force structure to meet emergency response and national defense needs.

Reynolds continued, “As a state leader, I respect the need to review, modernize, and balance budgets.  I would request that this scrutiny, though, include transparent, careful examination of the cost effectiveness of the National Guard and the essential nature of its service to states and territories.”

A copy of the letter co-signed by Lt. Gov. Reynolds can be found here.

This letter echoes continued engagement from Governor Branstad and 49 other governors and the nation’s Adjutants General to ensure the National Guard is appropriately valued in national policy discussions.

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Local Veteran visits Memorials in Washington DC as Snap-on Incorporated Hosts Third Solo Honor Flights for its Associates and Franchisees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Yana-Janell Scott   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 15:30

WASHINGTON D.C. April 28, 2013 – Snap-on Incorporated recently hosted its third “solo” Honor Flight for the company’s associates and franchisees who served in World War II, Korean and Vietnam wars.  Snap-on is the first company to partner with Honor Flight Network to send its own military veterans to visit the Washington DC memorials erected in their honor.

Snap-on formally announced its sponsorship of the “Honor Flight Network” with a $50,000 donation to the organization in 2013. As a result of that donation, more than 50 associates and franchisees participated in Honor Flights to view their memorials.

Bradley Nelson of Davenport, IA was among this honored group.

Due to the overwhelming number of veterans who applied to be a part of the two solo Honor Flights when they were initially announced, Snap-on made a second $50,000 donation to fund additional flights in 2014.

On Snap-on’s third solo flight, 26 veterans, accompanied by their guardians, visited the nation’s capital.

“This was an extraordinary experience for Snap-on to join with the Honor Flight Network in recognizing our veterans who have given so much. We salute these patriots by giving them a chance to visit the memorials in Washington D.C. dedicated to their service by a grateful nation. It means so much to those who’ve served. We’re delighted to have already conducted two Honor Flights and to make an additional donation sponsoring two more,” says Pinchuk.

“Snap-on is a great American company, and it’s a privilege for us to thank our veterans in this way.  They protected our freedom and helped make possible the America we love and enjoy today.  These Honor Flights give us the opportunity to show them that their sacrifice has not been forgotten.”

Two additional Snap-on-sponsored Honor Flights, each for 26 veterans and their guardians, are planned for June and October of this year.


About Snap-on Tools

Snap-on Tools is a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education. Snap-on Tools is one of the largest non-food franchise companies in the world, selling its products and services through franchisee, company-direct, distributor and Internet channels.  Snap-on Incorporated, which was founded in 1920, is a $3.1 billion, S&P 500 company located in Kenosha, Wis. with operations throughout the world.  For additional information, visit

Ceremony Honors Illinois National Guard's Fallen Servicemembers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 15:05

SPRINGFIELD, IL (04/29/2014)(readMedia)


• The Illinois National Guard and families of fallen servicemembers.


• A wreath laying ceremony honoring the Illinois National Guard Soldiers and Airman killed during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

• The memorial ceremony is open to the public. Following the ceremony, there will be a private event for the families of the fallen heroes.


• May 3 at 9 a.m.

• Illinois State Military Museum at Camp Lincoln, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Springfield.


• A total of 33 Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers and one Illinois Air National Guard Airman are among the 252 Illinois servicemembers killed since Sept. 11.

• Of the 34 casualties, 18 Soldiers were killed during the historic deployment of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT). The 33rd IBCT was mobilized from June 2008 to October 2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Illinois National Guard military police company receives reaction force training PDF Print E-mail
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Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Aleah M. Castrejon, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office   
Monday, 28 April 2014 10:31

SPRINGFIELD, IL (04/25/2014)(readMedia)-- SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Soldiers from the 233rd Military Police (MP) Company in Springfield, Ill., received National Guard Reaction Force (NGRF) training at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Ill., April 24. Soldiers were trained on proper techniques of deploying a taser, which included a real-life demonstration. The training also required Soldiers to subdue their opponent after being sprayed with Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray.

"The Soldiers accomplished non-lethal weapons training in support of the NGRF mission," said Chief Warrant Officer 3 John Chepulis, of Chatham, Ill., deputy director for the Illinois National Guard office of the provost marshal. The training gives their Commander options for supporting the mission from different angles."

The NGRF is designed to be a rapidly deployable element to support an all hazards event. They are capable of supporting law enforcement by providing site security, presence patrols, checkpoints, civil disturbances control, and force protection or security for a variety of events.

The training conducted by the 233rd MP Company is integral for ensuring success in the myriad of missions that an NGRF may be called upon to perform, said Chepulis.

The Illinois National Guard 33rd MP Battalion and subordinate military police companies will assume responsibility of the Illinois NGRF mission from the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery later this year. In preparation for the change, the Soldiers went through various training to include baton, taser and OC training.

Clergy and Community Friends Training PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:51

• Illinois National Guard Chaplains


• Illinois National Guard Chaplains are hosting upcoming seminars to serve local faith-based organizations throughout Illinois.

• The training is designed to raise awareness among community religious leaders about the challenges faced by servicemembers and their families, with a focus on deployment-related issues such as anger management, suicide prevention, military marriages, and church and community support for the military.

• The training is open to clergy and laity interested in understanding and learning how to support servicemembers, veterans and their families.

• Free lunch will also be served to those in attendance.


April 30 General Jones Armory, 5200 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

May 14 Illinois Military Academy, Camp Lincoln, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd.; Springfield, Ill. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

May 22 Shiloh Armory, 650 Armory Road; Shiloh, Ill. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

May 28 Joliet Armory, 2900 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, Ill. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

For registration information contact Chaplain (Capt.) Vince Lambert at (708) 824-5255

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