Alton Native Enlists in Illinois Army National Guard

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Pvt. 1st Class Carlos Jimenez of Alton, Illinois, shakes hands with Sgt. 1st Class Mario Saenz at the St. Louis Military Enlistment Processing Station in St. Louis, Missouri, June 29.

SPRINGFIELD, IL (08/11/2017) (readMedia)-- Pvt. 1st Class Carlos Jimenez, of Alton, Illinois, was sworn into the Illinois Army National Guard June 29, at the St. Louis Military Entrance Processing Station.

Jimenez enlisted as an 88M, Transportation Specialist, and is assigned to Company M, Recruit Sustainment Program in Shiloh, Illinois.

Upon completion of his initial training Jimenez will be assigned to the 1844th Transportation Company, based in Quincy, Illinois.

Jimenez is a 2012 graduate of Stillman Valley High School in Stillman Valley, Illinois.

After successfully completing his training, Jimenez will take advantage of the Illinois National Guard Grant to attend Southern Illinois University, where he will pursue a degree in criminal justice. The grant pays 100 percent of college tuition while he works as a full-time student and a part-time Soldier. He will also be eligible for the Select Reserve G.I. Bill and federal tuition.

The Recruiting and Retention Battalion and Company M congratulated Jimenez and welcomed him into the Illinois Army National Guard.