Answering the Call—with Pride
The motto of the National Guard—“Always Ready, Always There”—aptly captured the esprit de corps of the Illinois National Guard members who recently faced an adversary—invisible to the naked eye—unlike any others they had encountered in former missions. This past March, Governor J. B. Pritzker activated the Illinois National Guard in an historic effort: to establish the first State of Illinois drive-thru community-based testing site (CBTS) in Chicago in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lieutenant Colonel Brian C. Gahan (M.A.S. CHE ’02) oversaw the operation.