Governor Bruce Rauner announced he has named Brigadier General Richard J. Hayes Jr. The Adjutant General of the IllinoisNational Guard. BG Hayes’ is currently the Deputy Adjutant General/Assistant Adjutant General for the Illinois Army National Guard. His experience spans 30 years in the U.S. Army and National Guard, as well as the private sector.
BG Hayes joined the Illinois National Guard as Deputy Adjutant General/Assistant Adjutant General in June 2013. He has been deployed both here in theUnited Statesand abroad. He led a battalion-sized relief task force inNew Orleansafter Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. BG Hayes also served inKosovo,Serbiaas Deputy Commander – Maneuver of a NATO task force. His joint experience includes assignments working with all U.S. military services as well as operational deployments and training with the armed forces of Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Romania, Lithuania, Germany, Singapore and Japan.