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Eastridge named Deputy Assistant Adjutant General

Col. Michael Eastridge, the Illinois National Guard Chief of the Joint Staff and former Commander of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, has been named as the Illinois National Guard's next Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, and received his federal recognition as brigadier general this week, with his promotion ceremony being held in April.

Maj. Gen. Rodney Boyd, the Commander of the Illinois Army National Guard who has been selected as the Adjutant General for Illinois and Commander of the Illinois National Guard, said Eastridge will be instrumental in advising him and the new Illinois Army National Guard Commander in the years ahead.

Eastridge enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard in 1988 and rose to the rank of staff sergeant before commissioning as a school lieutenant in 2000 through the Illinois Army National Guard's Officer Candidate School as the program's distinguished honor graduate.

Brandon Jones is a student news contributor for WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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