Illinois National Guard units return in time for vacation | State and regional


SPRINGFIELD – More than 250 Illinois National Guard soldiers returned home in November and December, just in time to celebrate the holidays with their families.

Twenty soldiers from the Bloomington-based 176th Cyber ​​Protection Team returned home just before Christmas, according to a press release. The unit had served at Fort Meade, Md., Since October 2020.

The 233rd Military Police Co., based in Springfield, has deployed two separate teams to the Middle East, a staff security team of five soldiers and approximately 60 soldiers for base security and military law enforcement operations. . About 65 soldiers returned to their families just before Christmas after a nearly 10-month deployment, the statement said.

About 55 soldiers from the 616th Engineer Utilities Detachment move from Beardstown to Macomb after the unit returned from the Middle East in November. Based primarily in Kuwait, the unit provided construction and repair to base camp facilities and ensured compliance with local construction and utility standards, among other tasks.

The largest unit, the 1970th Quartermaster Co. based in North Riverside, was discharged home on November 5 after serving on a federal mission on the US-Mexico border for about a year.

CNN reports that the explosion in Omicron-linked coronavirus cases is filling hospitals in the United States.

Contact Robyn Skaggs at (309) 820-3244.


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