SPRINGFIELD, IL (05/09/2018) (readMedia)-- Springfield, Ill. – Soldiers and Airmen of the Illinois National Guard gathered to celebrate the 295th birthday of the organization, at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, on May 9. The Adjutant General, Illinois National Guard, Richard J. Hayes Jr., of Springfield, Illinois, joined one of Illinois National Guard's newest recruits Pvt.

SPRINGFIELD, IL (01/05/2018) (readMedia)-- Story by: Sgt. Stephen L. Gifford, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs

SPRINGFIELD, IL (02/09/2018) (readMedia)-- Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Army National Guard Col.(ret) Robert Roth of Springfield, Illinois, was awarded the Legion of Merit for his 30 years of dedicated service in a ceremony at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, Feb. 6.

The Legion of Merit is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.

SPRINGFIELD, IL (02/08/2018) (readMedia)-- Story by Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams, Illinois National Guard, Public Affairs

SPRINGFIELD, IL (01/17/2018) (readMedia)-- Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois Army National Guard announced Jan. 16 that Col. Eric Little of Springfield, Illinois, was selected to serve as the National Guard Bureau Deputy Director of Programs, Analysis and Evaluations and will be promoted to brigadier general.

Little has served as the Illinois Army National Guard's Chief of Staff since March 2016.

Airmen from Springfield, Peoria and Scott Air Force Base

EDWARDSVILLE, IL (12/15/2017) (readMedia)-- Approximately 35 Airmen from the Illinois Air National Guard's Springfield-based 183nd Wing, Peoria-based 182nd Airlift Wing and the 126th Air Refueling Wing on Scott Air Force Base who were performing hurricane relief missions in Puerto Rico returned to Illinois last night (Dec. 14) aboard one of the 126th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135 aircraft.

SPRINGFIELD, IL (11/09/2017) (readMedia)-- Springfield, Illinois – The Illinois National Guard is sending a team of Soldiers to Afghanistan as part of a mission supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. The soldiers will train and work side-by-side with their Polish counterparts.

SPRINGFIELD, IL (11/05/2017) (readMedia)-- The 176th Cyber Protection Team was honored in a ceremony recognizing the group's official activation at the Illinois National Guard's Armory in Bloomington, Illinois on Nov. 5. Maj. Gen. Richard J. Hayes, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, presided over the ceremony that included nearly 20 military members, as well as Congressman Darin Lahood and State Representative Dan Brady.

SPARTA, IL (10/16/2017) (readMedia)


• Illinois Army National Guard's 661st Engineer Detachment Firefighting Team based in Sparta, Illinois.


• A mobilization ceremony is scheduled for a team of Soldiers who will deploy to Iraq.


• Oct. 18 at 11 a.m.

Media and public invited to events to help tell the story of Illinois' heroes Sept. 20-23

SPRINGFIELD, IL (09/18/2017) (readMedia)-- WHO:

• Illinois National Guard Veterans

• Illinois National Guard Survivor Outreach Services


• 34 Veterans will ride bicycles during a four-day endurance ride, traveling a 500-mile journey from Cairo, Illinois to St. Charles, Illinois, as part of the Gold Star 500.