Gillespie Native Enlists in Illinois Army National Guard

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Pvt. Jacob Goodson of Gillespie, Illinois, shakes hands with Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Reif, a recruiter with Illinois National Guard at the St. Louis Military Enlistment Processing Station.

SPRINGFIELD, IL (08/30/2017) (readMedia)-- Pvt. Jacob Goodson, of Gillespie, Illinois, was sworn into the Illinois Army National Guard March 21, at the St. Louis Military Entrance Processing Station.

Goodson enlisted as a 25B, Information Technology Specialist, and is assigned to Company M, Recruit Sustainment Program in Shiloh, Illinois.

Upon completion of his initial training Goodson will be assigned to Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion 130th Infantry, based in Marion, Illinois.

Goodson is a 2017 graduate of Gillespie High School in Gillespie, Illinois.

After successfully completing his training, Goodson 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 Goodson and welcomed him into the Illinois Army National Guard.