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Illinois Air Guard Supports Partner Poland
April 10, 2024
Members of the 126th Air Refueling Wing stand with Polish Air Force counterparts after touring the 33rd Air Base maintenance facility March 25, 2024, in Powidz, Poland. The Illinois Air National Guard wing visited Poland as a part of the State  Partnership Program.

Team Ramstein, Air National Guard, USA rotate through Poland
September 26, 2023
Polish soldiers assigned to the 16th Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, from Kraków, Poland, board a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules at the John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice, during Aviation Detachment Rotation 23-4, Sept. 14, 2023. ADR is a bilateral training exercise with the Polish military to enhance allied interoperability, maintain joint readiness, and assure regional allies of NATO capabilities.

4 Air National Guard Locations Chosen for C-130J Upgrades
September 15, 2023
A new C-130J Super Hercules aircraft arrives at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 6, 2021, ushering in a new era of aviation for the 123rd Airlift Wing. The state-of-the-art transports are among eight the wing will receive over the next 11 months to replace eight aging C-130H aircraft, which were built in 1992 and have seen duty all over the world.

182nd AW Leads C-130 Hercules Operations at Air Defender 23
June 15, 2023
U.S. Airmen with the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois National Guard, deplane a C-130 Hercules aircraft to prepare for exercise Air Defender 2023 at Wunstorf Air Base, Wunstorf, Germany, May 31, 2023. Exercise AD23 integrates U.S. and Allied air power to defend shared values, while leveraging and strengthening vital partnerships to deter aggression around the world.

ACE Exercise Expands Illinois Air Guard’s Capabilities
March 1, 2023
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Chase Bridges, a pilot, goes through the first station of the aircrew contamination control area to safely remove contaminated gear at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, Feb. 9, 2023. The 126th Operations Group, Illinois Air National Guard, forward-deployed a Total Force team to Georgia for Agile Combat Employment training.

Illinois Air Guard Civil Engineers help Cherokee Nation Veterans
August 10, 2022
Members of the 126th Civil Engineer Squadron and 301st CES work together to install vapor wrap on a house before a rain storm comes, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma,  Aug. 5, 2022.

Air Force museum exhibit highlights women's achievements
March 29, 2021
Illinois Air National Guard Capt. Jennifer Weitekamp, the first female sniper in the U.S. military, is among Air Force women featured in an exhibit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Weitekamp is shown next to the Women in the Air Force exhibit March 5, 2021.

Illinois Air Guard C-130s join the fight against COVID-19
April 13, 2020
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Evan Spotloe, foreground, a loadmaster, and Staff Sgt. Seth Johnson, a flight engineer, both with the 169th Airlift Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, help load medical isolation pods into a C-130H Hercules in Eugene, Ore., April 8, 2020. Two 182nd Airlift Wing C-130 aircrews airlifted 250 isolation pods in a cross-country overnight homeland defense mission delivery to Chicago for use in an alternate medical facility.

Illinois Guard helps build care facility at McCormick Place
April 10, 2020
Members of the Illinois Air National Guard assemble an alternate care facility at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago April 8, 2020. Sixty Guard members were activated to support the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to set up the facility for COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms who do not require intensive care.