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Area students join Army National Guard

Pvt. Seth Buckert (left) of Sterling enlisted into the Army National Guard Jan. 31 at the Chicago Military Enlistment Processing Station in Chicago. Staff Sgt. Bobby Kibodeaux of Company C congratulated and welcomed him. Photo submitted by Kibodeaux.
Pvt. Seth Buckert (left) of Sterling enlisted into the Army National Guard Jan. 31 at the Chicago Military Enlistment Processing Station in Chicago. Staff Sgt. Bobby Kibodeaux of Company C congratulated and welcomed him. Photo submitted by Kibodeaux.

SPRINGFIELD – Pvt. Seth Buckert of Sterling and Pvt. Austin Handel of Rock Falls recently joined the Illinois Army National Guard.

Buckert was sworn in Jan. 31 and Handel on Feb. 20 at the Chicago Military Entrance Processing Station. 

​Buckert enlisted as an 88M, motor transport operator, and is assigned Company C, Recruit Sustainment Program in Machesney Park.

He will be assigned to the 1644th Transportation Company in Rock Falls.

He is a junior at Sterling High School.

Handel enlisted as a 31B, Military Police, and is assigned to Company C Recruit Sustainment program in Machesney Park. He will be assigned to the 333rd Military Police Company in Freeport.

He is a junior at Rock Falls High School.

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