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Illinois National Guard gets new assistant adjutant

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By Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois National Guard says Gov. Pat Quinn has named Brig. Gen. Richard J. Hayes as its assistant adjutant general.

The guard says Hayes will serve as the primary assistant to Adjutant General Daniel M. Krumrei in supervising the guard's 13,000 soldiers and airmen.

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Hayes is from Buffalo Grove. He has been an Army officer for 26 years. He led the Illinois guard's assistance to the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina and has deployed to Kosovo as a peacekeeper. Hayes is also an executive at an engineering and construction company.

The guard also announced Tuesday that Krumrei has appointed Col. Michael Zerbonia of Chatham as the guard's land forces commander.

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