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  • Chicagoland launches first Total Force Air and Space Force recruiting office

    A ribbon cutting ceremony for the nation’s first Total Force Air and Space Force recruiting office was held in Gurnee, Illinois, July 27, 2021. The Gurnee Mills Mall storefront station will provide recruiting services for the active duty Air Force, Illinois Air National Guard and Space Force — all components of the Department of the Air Force. Each component supports aspects of the department’s core missions, but offers varying options of benefits and service experiences dependent on a recruit’s personal and professional desires and goals. 
  • Illinois Air Guard C-130s join the fight against COVID-19

    What could have been a three-day trek across 2,150 miles of interstate highway was shortened to overnight delivery by Air National Guard C-130H Hercules aircraft joining Illinois’ fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Two aircrews assigned to the 182nd Airlift Wing departed their Peoria air base for the West Coast April 7 to pick up and transport 250 medical isolation pods from the Oregon manufacturer to Chicago Midway International Airport the next day. The negative-pressure tents are for use in an alternate medical facility assembled inside Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center. Transporting them fit the C-130’s tactical airlift mission set, which allows for a wide variety of oversized cargo and flexible design configurations.
  • Celebrated wing commander promoted, named Illinois ANG chief of staff

    The commander of Peoria’s 182nd Airlift Wing has been promoted to the rank of brigadier general and will now serve as chief of staff for the Illinois Air National Guard. Brig. Gen. William “Robbie” Robertson led more than 2,800 Airmen as the wing commander during his unprecedented 13-year command. During this time, the unit earned five Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards and achieved the highest C-130 Hercules mission capable rates in Air Mobility Command and the Air National Guard nine out of the last 10 years.
  • New commander takes the controls at the 182nd Airlift Wing

    The commander of the 182nd Operations Group took command of the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing during a change of command ceremony Nov. 4 in Peoria, Illinois. Col. Daniel McDonough received the unit’s guidon from outgoing-commander Col. William “Robbie” Robertson, a tradition symbolizing the transfer of authority, during a drill weekend commander’s call with the unit’s Airmen.
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