Belleville Native Enlists in Illinois Army National Guard

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Pvt. Franklin F. Turner III of Belleville, Illinois, poses at the St. Louis Military Enlistment Processing Station in St. Louis, Missouri, Aug. 9.

SPRINGFIELD, IL (08/11/2017) (readMedia)-- Pvt. Franklin F. Turner III, of Belleville, Illinois, was sworn into the Illinois Army National Guard Aug. 9, at the St. Louis Military Entrance Processing Station.

Turner enlisted as a 91S, Stryker Vehicle Maintainer, and is assigned to Company M, Recruit Sustainment Program in Shiloh, Illinois.

Upon completion of his initial training Turner will be assigned to the 445th Chemical Company, based in Shiloh, Illinois.

Turner is a 2012 graduate of Belleville East High School in Belleville, Illinois, and attends Southwestern Illinois College-Belleville.

After successfully completing his training, Turner will take advantage of the Illinois National Guard Grant, which 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 Turner and welcomed him into the Illinois Army National Guard.