Gov. JB Pritzker activates Illinois National Guard to help with Inauguration

By Staff Report, News Desk

Gov. JB Pritzker ordered the activation of approximately 200 Illinois National Guard members to go to DC in support of the Inauguration, according to a release sent out by the Illinois National Guard on Tuesday.

“Supporting the presidential inauguration is a great opportunity for the Illinois National Guard to be part of history and represent the state of Illinois,”Maj. Gen. Richard Neely, the Adjutant General of Illinois and Commander of the Illinois National Guard said. “Our Soldiers and Airmen are highly trained and I have full confidence in their abilities to support local and federal agencies as needed.”

According to the release, approximately 100 Army National Guard Military Police Soldiers from the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade’s 33rd Military Police Battalion will support the inauguration. The battalion is based in Bloomington with subordinate units in Springfield, Freeport and Fort Sheridan. 


About 45 Security Forces Airmen from the 183rd Wing based in Springfield, the 126th Air Refueling Wing based at Scott Air Force Base, and the 182nd Airlift Wing based in Peoria and  30 Airmen from the Illinois Air National Guard will be activated to provide communication, logistics, and religious support according to the release.

About 10 Soldiers with the 5th Civil Support Team, based in Bartonville, will support the District of Columbia National Guard’s 33rd Civil Support Team, the release said.

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