A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner:
Governor Names TAG of Illinois National Guard
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has named Brigadier General Richard J. Hayes Jr. The Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard. BG Hayes’ is currently the Deputy Adjutant General/Assistant Adjutant General for the Illinois Army National Guard. His experience spans 30 years in the U.S. Army and National Guard, as well as the private sector.
BG Hayes joined the Illinois National Guard as Deputy Adjutant General/Assistant Adjutant General in June 2013. He is responsible for developing and coordinating all policies, programs and plans that affect Illinois’ more than 10,000 Army National Guard members. He is responsible for the overall readiness, operation, training, maintenance and logistical support, as well as, the management, welfare, morale, discipline and safety of the Soldiers of the Illinois Army National Guard.
BG Hayes has been deployed both here in the United States and abroad. He led a battalion-sized relief task force in New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. BG Hayes also served in Kosovo, Serbia as Deputy Commander – Maneuver of a NATO task force. His joint experience includes assignments working with all U.S. military services as well as operational deployments and training with the armed forces of Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Romania, Lithuania, Germany, Singapore and Japan.
Prior to his full-time work with the Illinois National Guard, BG Hayes spent 27 years in the private sector working in the engineering and construction industries. His last civilian role was as CEO of Albin Carlson & Company, which is a large heavy civil construction firm based in Addison, Ill. BG Hayes has been recognized as a leader in the heavy civil and electric infrastructure sectors.
BG Hayes earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, and his MBA from Touro University. He is a graduate of the US Army War College and the National Defense University Joint Forces College Advance Joint Professional Military Education program.