MEDIA ADVISORY: Awards ceremony for Illinois Army National Guard unit deployed to Afghanistan in 2017

Six Soldiers who deployed to Afghanistan last May, returned in December and will be recognized March 3

SPRINGFIELD, IL (02/28/2018) (readMedia)-- WHO:

• Bilateral Embedded Support Team (BEST-A19)


• An awards ceremony for six Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers who served in Afghanistan.


• March 3

• 10 a.m.

• Illinois Military Academy at Camp Lincoln, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd., in Springfield, Illinois.


• The Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers were part of the Bilateral Embedded Support Team (BEST A19) mobilized in May for Afghanistan.

• The troops are from: Rock Island, Hanover Park, New Berlin, Bloomington, Mount Prospect and Bryant, Illinois.

• The team deployed to Afghanistan and embedded with the Polish Land Forces in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

• Illinois National Guard Soldiers have been deploying side-by-side with the Polish Armed Forces in every rotation to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. It is one of the oldest and largest of the more than 60 partnerships, matching National Guards in each state with other NATO nations.

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