New Director of Joint Staff appointed to Illinois National Guard

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The Illinois National Guard is been appointed a new Director of the Joint Staff.

Col. Michael J. Glisson was appointed to take over the position, pushing the col. to a promotion to brigadier general, according to a statement from Governor Bruce Rauner’s Office.

As Glisson steps into the role, Brig. Gen. Alicia Tate-Nadeau, who is the previous director of the joint staff, is being appointed to the Assistant Adjutant General – Army.

“I’m pleased to announce this key appointment within the Illinois National Guard and congratulate Col. Glisson on his pending promotion,” said Governor Rauner.

Ruaner noted that the Director of the Illinois National Guard Joint Staff works with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to be ready for any situations that may rise up around the state.

Before this new position, Glisson had been the Commander of the 65th Troop Command Brigade since June 2013.  He joined the Illinois National Guard in February of 1990.  He was deployed to Afghanistan from 2008 – 2009 as the director of Afghan National Security Forces Development.

“Being selected as the Director of the Joint Staff and for promotion to brigadier general is a true honor and privilege,” Glisson said. “I’m looking forward to working as a team with leaders both within the Illinois National Guard and outside our ranks. A great number of challenges lie ahead, but I’m confident that by working as a team we can overcome any obstacles and protect our state and defend our nation.”

Along with Glisson’s resume comes a long list of awards, including a Bronze Star Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Afghan Campaign Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, and more.