SPRINGFIELD — The first woman to be promoted to brigadier general in the Illinois National Guard is retiring.
Alicia Tate-Nadeau made history in 2015 when she became the guard’s first woman promoted to brigadier general.
The Delavan native is retiring after 32 years in the military.
Tate-Nadeau joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She says the school’s dean of women encouraged her.
She served in a variety of military positions around the world.
She was feted at a Camp Lincoln ceremony last week. She says her most difficult task came early in the Iraq War when she served as National Guard public affairs officer. She says it was a “privilege to serve” the families and military members who served.