SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- After nearly 36 years of military service and five years as the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, Maj. Gen. William Enyart of Belleville is retiring from the Illinois National Guard.
"Being the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard is the best job I've ever had," Enyart said. "The Soldiers, Airmen and families of our troops have made my job an enjoyable experience. I will greatly miss all of the people who make this the best National Guard in the country".
Enyart is the 37th Adjutant General of the state of Illinois, a position appointed by the governor. He is responsible for daily operations of the 13,000 service members in the Illinois Army and Air National Guard. Enyart is also the Director of Military Affairs.
"I thank Maj. Gen. Enyart for his more than 35 years of military service including the last five years leading 13,000 men and women of the Illinois National Guard," Governor Pat Quinn said. "Illinois has the best National Guard in the United States and has had the best leader."
Quinn has named Maj. Gen. Dennis Celleti of Springfield as the acting Adjutant General until a new Adjutant General and Director of Military Affair is selected.