Department Of Military Affairs www.il.ngb.army.mil
1301 North MacArthur Blvd
Springfield, IL 62702
To oversee and manage the daily operations of the
Illinois National Guard (ILNG) and its related
activities, and to function as the liaison between the
federal and state government on all military affairs.
To provide well-trained and well-equipped personnel
and units that are continually ready to support
national military strategy, state requirements and
local community needs.
• Provide well-trained, fully-equipped, joint war
fighting forces for use in national defense and
state emergencies or defense.
• Maintain federal and state training facilities,
armories and flying bases in a cost-effective
• Maximize federal funds to support operations,
training and homeland security functions.
• Support the families of service members and
promote positive community relationships.
Summary of Agency Operations
In addition to fulfilling the function described in its
mission, the department also administers the
Lincoln's ChalleNGe Academy, the Military Funeral
Honors Program and the Illinois Military Family Relief
Agency Resources Employed
FY 2008 FY 2009 FY 2010
Actual Enacted Recommended
General Funds 15,112.0 19,051.0 17,785.1
Other State Funds 6,432.0 6,432.0 6,432.0
Federal Funds 27,297.6 27,150.6 27,959.0
Total 48,841.6 52,633.6 52,176.1
Actual Estimated Recommended
Headcount (FTE) 232.0 229.0 234.0
Appropriations ($ thousands)
• Responded to Mississippi River flooding. The
ILNG responded to the Mississippi River flood by
providing two standing Joint Task Forces (JTF),
for the first time, for a single event. Over 1,700
National Guard soldiers and airmen mobilized to
protect Illinois communities by supporting flood
response operations on a 200-mile stretch of the
Mississippi River. The National Guard members
provided much-needed equipment and
manpower for the flood relief efforts.
• Mobilized soldiers in the largest federal
mobilization since World War II. The Army
National Guard mobilized 3,400 soldiers, the
majority of which belonged to the 33 Infantry
Brigade Combat Team (IBCT). The 33 IBCT is
the only National Guard Brigade Combat Team to
depart a mobilization station above 110 percent
strength. During this same period, the Air
National Guard deployed over 800 members to
various locations around the world.
• Continued Lincoln's ChalleNGe Academy.
Lincoln's ChalleNGe Academy (LCA) was one of
the first ChalleNGe programs established in the
United States. This program was established in
1993 by the Illinois National Guard in cooperation
with the Department of Defense. It is located on
the former Chanute Air Force Base in east
central Illinois. During calendar year 2008, the
program graduated over 650 students, with over
70 percent receiving the GED.
• Administered the Illinois Military Family Relief
Program. Over $1.5 million in grants has been
processed since the beginning of fiscal year 2009
to over 3,100 eligible service members and
families, increasing the total to nearly $8 million
to over 14,000 eligible service members and
families since the program's inception in fiscal
• Participated in State Partnership for Peace
Program. The 183d Fighter Wing in Springfield
deployed over 75 members to Poland for up to
120 days to assist the Polish Air Force with the
acceptance of their F-16 jets and the setup of
their maintenance shops. The agency continued
to solidify a relationship with the Polish Armed
Forces through numerous command visits by the
adjutant general and other leaders. Army Guard
members continue to deploy with and support
Polish forces in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
KEY BUDGET INITIATIVE
• Provide a well-trained, fully equipped guard.
The central priority of the agency is to continue to
provide well-trained, fully equipped units and
individuals as an integral part of the nation's
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