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    Chicago Soldier selected as Illinois Army National...

    02.12.2021 | Story by Barbara Wilson
    Gen. Douglas MacArthur once said a true leader “does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” For Capt. John Ekblad, of Chicago, being a state nominee for the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award validates his hard work throughout his 19-year career in the Illinois Army National Guard.

    Five Soldiers Return From Afghanistan Marking End...

    12.28.2020 | Story by Barbara Wilson
    Five Illinois National Guard Soldiers who deployed in May as part of Bilateral Embedded Staff Team (BEST) A25 are returning home in time for Christmas, wrapping up combat missions with the Polish military in U.S. Central Command that has lasted more than 15 years.

    Army Combat Fitness Test Training Team Visits...

    10.23.2020 | Story by Barbara Wilson
    For the first time since 1980, the U.S. Army will use a different method to test the physical readiness of its active duty, Reserve and National Guard forces. On Oct. 1, the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) became the testing method of record. Gone is the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), which consisted of push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run. In its place is the ACFT, which consists of six events including the deadlift; standing power...

    World War II Medals Recovered in Texas Returned to...

    10.20.2020 | Story by Barbara Wilson
    The Illinois National Guard returned seven World War II medals recovered in Texas to an Illinois family in a brief ceremony at the Illinois National Guard armory in Machesney Park, Illinois, Oct. 20. “Today we return these medals belonging to a great American hero to his family,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Jackson, of Frankfort, Illinois, Director, Joint Staff, Illinois National Guard. “It’s an honor to be part of this on behalf of the...

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    Wing Tips - 12.04.2015

    Wing Tips - 12.04.2015

    December 2015 issue of Wing Tips, quarterly publication of the 126th Air Refueling Wing. Featuring Year in Review, Managing Holiday Stress,...
    Wing Tips - 09.11.2015

    Wing Tips - 09.11.2015

    Educational Benefits Issue: Find help for our education benefits Options of paying for school Med Group trains with the Navy NATO...
    Wing Tips - 06.03.2015

    Wing Tips - 06.03.2015

    The June 2015 version of Wing Tips. This is the quarter newsletter produced by the 126th Air Refueling Wing.
    Illinois Guardian - 06.04.2009

    Illinois Guardian - 06.04.2009

    To protect and defend; Land of the free because of the brave; Year of the NCO; This is why we do what we do; Our flag: symbol of strength, honor,...