Roseville Man Retires After 40 Years of Service to the Illinios National Guard Print
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Written by Sgt. Robert Adams, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 15:05

SPRINGFIELD, IL (10/02/2012)(readMedia)-- George Campbell of Roseville retired September 30 after 40 years of service to the Illinois National Guard, 20 of those as an enlisted Soldier in the Illinois National Guard where he retired as a first sergeant. The remainder of his service was as a state building and grounds laborer for the Macomb Armory.

Born and raised in Macomb, Campbell lived very close to the armory growing up.

"This building has been a major part of my life." Campbell said. "Before I joined, I went to the high school right behind the armory and walked by the armory every day. At the time I didn't realize how much of a major role it would play in my life."

Campbell's service did not stop when he retired from the Illinois National Guard in September 1992. He continued his service to the Illinois National Guard as an Illinois state building and grounds laborer for the Macomb Armory.

"I would put the looks of this armory up against any facility, George has done a fantastic job," said Master Sgt. Christopher Carlock of Astoria, with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment 44th Chemical Battalion.

In addition to Campbell's work at the armory, many people developed a close personal bond with Campbell and looked up to him.

"We will definitely feel a hole here with George being gone. I am personally going to miss having George here at the armory," said Carlock. "He was a spiritual leader for me and was a great friend to have around the facility."

Campbell sculpted some of the high-ranking officers that lead the Soldiers of the Illinois National Guard today. Campbell guided and mentored his troops while serving as the first sergeant for Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment. "George, who was my first sergeant, was always there for me when I was a private," said Lt. Col. Maurice Rochelle of Flossmoor with the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. "He was instrumental in helping me become the noncommissioned officer I was with Battery B."

Campbell plans on working part-time and spending more time with his family and traveling to the southern parts of the United States to listen to southern gospel vocal groups.

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