New Commander of Air National Guard

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SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Paul of Springfield to serve as the full-time Assistant Adjutant General – Air upon the retirement of Maj. Gen. William Cobetto of Hillsboro. With being the Governor, that makes Rauner also the Commander-in-Chief of the Illinois National Guard.

Brig. Gen. Paul is currently deployed overseas in support of United States Southern Command.  Upon his return, he will be the full-time Commander of the approximately 3,000 Airmen of the Illinois Air National Guard.  Currently those men and women are serving under Illinois National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard J. Hayes, who commands both the Illinois Army National Guard and the Illinois Air National Guard.

Paul graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs.  He served in the U.S. Air Force in various operational units including in Europe, Tactical Air Command/Air Combat Command, Air Force Materiel Command, and Pacific Air Forces.  He transitioned into the Illinois Air National Guard’s 183rd Fighter Wing in 2001.  

Maj. Gen. Cobetto, who has served admirably as the Assistant Adjutant General-Air since December 2011, will retire this fall after more than 30 years of service.

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