AFFI Honor Guard Training

Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard Training information.

 

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Honor Guard Oath

Written by Thomas J. Matousek Jr. Forest Park Local #2753

demoTO HONOR, TO CHERISH, TO REMEMBER, TO SALUTE, WITH OVERWHELMING PRIDE FOR YOU, MY COMRADE I WILL.

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2020 AFFI Honor Guard Convention in Naperville IL, February 7 - 9, 2020

Illinois Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial/Medal of Honor Ceremony; May 11 - 12, 2020, Springfield, Illinois

IAFF Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial; September 18 - 20, 2020, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

 

 

 

AFFI Honor Guard Districts

The Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard is set-up in a para-military fashion. It consists of the Principal Commanders, a Training Division, and eight Districts.  These Districts are divided geographically, much the same way the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Districts are divided; except for the 8th District which is the Pipes and Drums. The 8th District is made up of Pipers and Drummers from across the entire state.  We train together, primarily within our geographical districts, for ease and continuity. We also use District personnel for points of contact during an activation within any District.


The Principal Commanders oversee all activities of the Honor Guard.  The Principal Commanders consist of the State Commander, the Northern Deputy State Commander, and the Southern Deputy State Commander. The State Commander reports directly to the President of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois. He is also responsible for coordinating and commanding all AFFI Honor Guard activities and events.  The State Commander is assisted by the two Deputy State Commanders.  If the State Commander is not available, one, or both, Deputy Commanders will act in his place. 

The State Training Commander reports to the Principal Commanders and is responsible for training throughout the state.  Assisted by a First Shirt of Training, the Training Commander develops, organizes, and oversees training materials and sessions. It is his responsibility to ensure Honor Guard members are prepared to accomplish their duties in a proficient manner.

There are seven Districts divided geographically throughout the State.  Each District is led by a District Commander and assisted by a First Shirt. The District Commander reports to the Principal Commanders and serves as a point of contact for any LODD within their geographical region. Each District also has Drill Captains who deliver training to District members throughout the year.

District 8 is the Pipes and Drums. They are the only district that is not geographic; they cover the entire State. After members are inducted into the AFFI Honor Guard, they may attend District 8 trainings. Members must also continue to fulfill their home District training requirements. After the required amount of District 8 drills, members must demonstrate playing competency to be inducted into the District 8. 

Trainings

AFFI Honor Guard members shall attend, and participate in,the prior year’s Annual Honor GuardConvention/Induction Ceremony and two (2) AFFI HG District trainings, OR AFFI Honor Guard members shall attend three (3) AFFI HG District trainings.
a.Members who fail to meet the minimum training requirement listed above for two (2) consecutive years, without extenuating circumstances approved by the State Commander and/or his designee(s), shall be removed from the Honor Guard roster. Any member that has been removed from the roster due to not completing their trainings for two (2) consecutive years, must wait one (1) year to be reinstated into the guard. The one (1) year shall begin on November 1st after the member has been removed and end on November 1st of the following year. The member will then have to register for convention as a new inductee And attend the new inductee training at that convention. The member will not participate in the induction ceremony but will be re-listed on the roster as a member in good standing within both their district and the guard.

Members not attending the annual convention shall return their registration packet with their $25.00 annual fee to remain on the roster. Failure to do so will result in removal from the HG Roster and exclusion from receiving any LODD information sent out from the AFFI Office.

There are multiple trainings in each District throughout the year. All trainings are posted on this page. Any active member may attend ANY District’s training. For example, if your Local is based in District 5, but you live close to District 4, you may attend their drills. Trainings sometimes change during the year, so please check this page regularly to make sure you don’t miss anything.

At the bottom of this page, there is a Google Calendar that you can have your events sync with your smart phone or Ipad. You may also sign-up for the Newsletter. This will assist in members being notified of any major drill announcements or activations. Please check this web site's home page for further updates, service announcements, and information if you have heard of an IL Union LODD.

District Commanders, First Shirts, or Drill Captains, please notify the Web Master for any updates or changes to your drill schedules.

 

Springfield Memorial Ceremony

The training the day before the annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Springfield counts as a drill. I have added that date to each of your Districts drill dates as a reminder to your District that they can attend that drill for credit.  The Memorial itself does NOT count as a dril.  It is the drill the day before ONLY that counts. 

 

Training Requirements:

Prior to October 31st you must attend the folloing to go to the next year's convention:

Convention + 2 District Drills

No Convention = 3 District Drills

Please click and use the following for Drills:

Training Outlines

Drill Sign-in Sheet

If you have questions regarding your District drill, or eligibility to Convention please do NOT call the AFFI Office.  They will just direct you to your District Commanders.  Here are their e-mails:

District 1 Steve Perry

District 2 Robert Dunn

District 3 Alan Meyer

District 4 John Merino

District 5 Jeffrey Boetto

District 6 Eric Bentley

District 7 Phil Nedved

District 8 Andy Winkler

 

 

 

Command Staff

 


State Commander: Jay Coburn 
Matteson Local #3086

Northern Deputy Commander: Tim Moss
Oak Forest Local  Local #3039

Southern Deputy Commander: Curt Moffitt
Springfield Local #37

AFFI Honor Guard Secretary/Parliamentarian: Tom Willis
Lombard Local #3009

State Training Commander: Scott Mensing
Wheaton Local #3706

(E-Mail Scott Mensing with questions or training information,
copies of  training manuals, etc. by clicking here)

State Training First Shirt: Matt Wiwczaroski
Granite City Local #253

 

 

 

1st District

 



 

1st District Commander: Steve Perry
Alton Local #1255


First Shirt: Courtney Looft
Carbondale Local #1961

Drill Captain: Rodney Hall
Edwardsville Local #1700

Drill Captain: Bobby Williams
Metropolis Local #3367

Drill Captain: Mark Mayfield
Edwardsville Local #1700
 

Training Sessions For 1st District: (NOTE: Shift Colors are based on a 4 shift schedule, 3rd Shift/4th Shift)

 

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2019 Red Shift/Black Shift  11:00 -213 W. 7th St., Metropolis Drill & Ceremony/Knockdown Practice

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Gold Shift/Black Shift 11:00  - 3212 College Ave., Alton Pikes & Axes

    *Other Important Dates:

    • 2020 AFFI Honor Guard Convention in Naperville IL, February 7 - 9, 2020.

    • Illinois Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial/Medal of Honor Ceremony; May 11 - 12, 2020, Springfield, Illinois

    • IAFF Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial; September 18 - 20, 2020, Colorado Springs, Colorado

2nd District



 

2nd District Commander: Robert Dunn
Taylorville Local #3144

First Shirt: Tina M. German-Roberts
Decatur Local #505

Drill Captain: Jason Nolan
Decatur Local #505

Drill Captain: Gary Gundy
Decatur Local #505

Drill Captain: Jamie Kincaid
Springfield Local #37

Drill Captain: Don Briddle
Quincy Local #63

Drill Captain: Kurt Leonard
Springfield Local #37

 

 

Training Sessions For 2nd District:

Decatur Trainings will be held the 3rd Thursday of every month at Station 1 at 09:00. Dist 2 is Presenters at Medal Honor in May 2019.

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 Gold Shift

Springfield all to be held at 9 AM at Firefighters/Postal Lake Club 940 West Lake Shore Drive Springfield, Illinois  62712:

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019  Black Shift Chatham Fire Department #1 Fireman Square Chatham, Illinois 62629

*Other Important Dates:

  • 2020 AFFI Honor Guard Convention in Naperville IL, February 7 - 9, 2020.

  • Illinois Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial/Medal of Honor Ceremony; May 11 - 12, 2020, Springfield, Illinois

  • IAFF Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial; September 18 - 20, 2020, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

 

3rd District



3rd District Commander: Alan Meyer
 Champaign Local #1260

First Shirt: John Turner
Pekin Local #524

Drill Captain: Matt Ennis
Urbana Local #1147

Drill Captain: Zach Tish
Champaign Local #1260

Drill Captain: Adam Rupp
Peoria Local #50

Drill Captain: John Turner
Pekin Local #524

Drill Captain: Jim Buenrostro
Bloomington Local #49

Drill Captain: Matt Hill
Normal Local #2442

Drill Captain: Joe Brignal
Galesburg Local #555

Training Sessions For 3rd District:

 

Galesburg trainings held at 2233 Veterans Dr. Galesburg, IL 61401

 

 

·         Sunday, November 10, 2019 Gold Shift 12:00 Central (150 S. Broad St., Galesburg, IL 61401) Marching 

*Other Important Dates:

  • 2020 AFFI Honor Guard Convention in Naperville IL, February 7 - 9, 2020.

  • Illinois Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial/Medal of Honor Ceremony; May 11 - 12, 2020, Springfield, Illinois

  • IAFF Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial; September 18 - 20, 2020, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Urbana Training Dates: All training will be held at ILEAS, 1701 E. Main, Urbana, IL unless otherwise noted.

  • Friday, November 15, 2019 Red Shift 8:30 Drill & Ceremony - Formation



Pekin Training Dates located at: 11:00 FD Training Room 3232 Court St. Pekin, Il 61554 Park training room Corner of Coal Car Dr. and Dragon Dr.

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Red Shift

 

All Bloomington Trainings will be held at Located at 1750 General Electric Road in Bloomington 61704 G.E. Park/Union Park at 17:00 hrs. :

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Gold Shift

 

Peoria Training Dates:

 

  • Thursday, June 13, 2019 Gold Shift Peoria Fire Training Tower 15:00.

  Champaign Local #1260 Training Dates:
 

  * Unless noted, all training at Sta. 1, 307 South Randolph St. Champaign IL 61820

  • Saturday, November 2, 2019 Shift 3 08:00 Annual Meeting

 

  Normal Training Dates All trainings are at 1830hrs. at Normal Fire St 2 1300 E. College Ave.:

  • Tuesday, October 1, 2019  2nd Shift 18:30  Annual Meeting &  Review

 

*Other Important Dates:

  • 2020 AFFI Honor Guard Convention in Naperville IL, February 7 - 9, 2020.

  • Illinois Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial/Medal of Honor Ceremony; May 11 - 12, 2020, Springfield, Illinois

  • IAFF Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial; September 18 - 20, 2020, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

   

4th District



 

4th District Commander: John Merino
Bolingbrook Local#3005

First Shirt: Mike Johnson
Bolingbrook Local #3005
 

Drill Captain: Mike Bacon
Matteson Local #3086


Drill Captain: CJ Coburn
Matteson Local #3086

Drill Captain: Mike Nicholson
Matteson Local 3086


Drill Captain: Keith Carberry
Lockport #1544

Drill Captain: Tom Clifton
Lockport Local #1544

Drill Captain: CC DeBold
Bolingbrook Local #3005

Drill Captain: Wendell Thomas
Chicago Heights Local #711

Drill Captain: Mike Holtz
Lemont Local #3966

Drill Captain: Cory Murdoch
Park Forst Local # 1263

Drill Captain:  Brett Krasuski
Plainfield Local# 4560

Drill Captain: Tom Farr
South Holland Local #4109

Drill Captain: John Rauch Jr.
Lemont Local #3966


 

Training Sessions for 4th District:

  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 Gold Shift 9:00 23748 W. 135th St. Plainfield, IL 60544 Casket Guard Casket Management D/C Krasuski   D/C Murdoch

  • Monday, December 11, 2019 Black Shift 9:00 16230 Wausau Ave. South Holland, IL 60473  Pikes & Axes, Flag Posting D/C Farr  S/C Coburn

  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 RRed Shift 9:00 Lemont FPD Station 1, 15900 New Avenue, Lemont, IL  Drill & Ceremony, Flag Folding D/C Rauch D/C Holtz

  • Saturday, March 7, 2020 /span> BBlack Shift 9:00 Matteson Fire Station 1 3445 W. 211th St., Matteson, IL 60443 Drill & Ceremony, Basic Marching D/C Bacon S/C Coburn

  • Saturday, April 4, 2020 Red Shift 9:00 Frankfort FPD Station 3, 24420 S. LaGrange Rd., Frankfort, IL 60423 LODD Union Resp.  Casket Guard/Mgmt. D/C DeBold D/C Thomas

  • Saturday, June 13, 2020 Gold Shift 9:00 Orland Training Center, 10728 W. 163rd Pl. Orland Park Funeral procedures March to cemetery D/C Murdoch D/C Nicholson

  • Saturday, September 12, 2020 Black Shift 9:00 2710 E. 170th St., Lansing, IL 60438 Flag Posting/Flag Folding D/C Carberry D/C Clifton

  • Saturday, October 17, 2020 Gold Shift 9:00 Gaelic Park 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, IL Drill & Ceremony, State of the District             C Merino D/C Johnson

  • *Other Important Dates:

    • 2020 AFFI Honor Guard Convention in Naperville IL, February 7 - 9, 2020.

    • Illinois Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial/Medal of Honor Ceremony; May 11 - 12, 2020, Springfield, Illinois

    • IAFF Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial; September 18 - 20, 2020, Colorado Springs, Colorado


          

    5th District



    5th District Commander: Jeffrey Boetto
    Evanston Local #742

    First Shirt: Manny Lim
    Wood Dale Local #3594

    Northern Drill Captain: Joe Pryst
    Skokie Local #3033

    Drill Captain: Shawn Collins
    Buffalo Grove Local #3177

    Drill Captain: Scott Peterson
    Elk Grove Local #2340

    Drill Captain: Jason Hays
    Evanston Local #742

    Drill Captain: Alan Altschul
    North Main Local #2224

     
    Drill Captain:Paul Drawz
    Wood Dale Local #3594

    Drill Captain: Jay Huh
    Buffalo Grove Local #3177

    Drill Captain: Leon Lake
    Gurnee Local #3598

    Drill Captain: Rob Freund
    Wood Dale Local #3594

    Drill Captain: Scott Peirson
    Des Plaines Local #4211


    Training Sessions for 5th District:


  • Monday, March 16, 2020 Black Shift 9:00 Ohler's Funeral Home. 2099 Miner Des Plaines. Guard posting, flag and casket management. D/C Pierson

  • Friday, October 5, 2020 Gold Shift 9:00 GL Hills funeral home 745 Graceland Des Plaines. Guard posting, flag and casket management. D/C Peirson

  • *Other Important Dates:

    • 2020 AFFI Honor Guard Convention in Naperville IL, February 7 - 9, 2020.

    • Illinois Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial/Medal of Honor Ceremony; May 11 - 12, 2020, Springfield, Illinois

    • IAFF Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial; September 18 - 20, 2020, Colorado Springs, Colorado

6th District



 

6th District Commander: Eric Bentley
Huntley Local #4106

First Shirt: Kris Kearns
Oswego Local #4773

Drill Captain: Matt Paris
Tri-State Local #3165
 
Drill Captain: Steve Tomzik
Streamwood Local #3022

Drill Captain: John Raschke
Itasca Local #3461

Drill Captain: Art Rauch
Naperville Local #4302

Drill Captain: Scott Ritzert
Woodstock Local #4813

Drill Captain: Jason Halstead
Addison Local #4727


AFFI Honor Guard Historian: Valerie Feld
Darien-Woodridge Local #3437

 

Training Sessions for 6th District:

 

  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 Black Shift 09:00 Drill & Ceremony Naperville Fire Station 9, 1144 W. Ogden, Naperville D/C Rauch
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 Red Shift 18:00 State of District & LODD Activation Huntley FS 4, 4151 W. Algonquin Rd, Algonguin Com Bentley
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Black Shift 1800 State of the District Huntley C Bentley
  • Saturday, December 21, 2019 Red Shift 0900 Drill & Ceremony Wauconda D/C Halstead
  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 Gold Shift 0900 Casket Guard & Flag folding Lombard D/C Parris
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Black Shift 0900 Flag Posting & Retrieving South Elgin D/C Tomzik
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020 Red Shift 0900 Pikes & Axes Addison D/C Halstead
  • Saturday, April 11, 2020 Gold Shift 0900 Drill & Ceremony Woodstock D/C Ritzert
  • Friday, May 15, 2020 Black Shift 0900 Flag Posting & Retrieving Carpentersville D/C Halstead
  • Saturday, June 27, 2020 Red Shift 0900 Pikes & Axes Hoffman Estates D/C Raschke
  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 Gold Shift 0900 Drill & Ceremony Elmhurst D/C Parris
  • Saturday, August 22, 2020 Black Shift 0900 Flag Posting & Retrieving Bartlett D/C Tomzik
  • Saturday, September 19, 2020 Red Shift 0900 Casket Guard & Flag Folding Itasca D/C Raschke
  • Saturday, October 17, 2020 Gold Shift 0900 Drill & Ceremony Naperville D/C’s Rauch/Parris

 

 

*Other Important Dates:

  • 2020 AFFI Honor Guard Convention in Naperville IL, February 7 - 9, 2020.

  • Illinois Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial/Medal of Honor Ceremony; May 11 - 12, 2020, Springfield, Illinois

  • IAFF Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial; September 18 - 20, 2020, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

7th District



 

 

7th District Commander: Phil Nedved
 Rockford Local #413

First Shirt:Bill Reynolds
Sycamore Local #3046

Drill Captain: Michael Walden
Rockford Local #413

Drill Captain: Keith Fritz
 DeKalb Local #1236

Drill Captain: Rory Blanchard
Rockford Local #413

    Training Sessions for 7th District:

  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Red Shift/B 09:00 108 S. Second St., Rockford Drill & Ceremony

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 Gold Shift/C 09:00 Fire St. 1, 700 Pine St, Dekalb Tools & Flags

  • Thursday, January 23, 2020 Red Shift/B 09:00 YMCA 200 Y Blvd, Rockford, Drill & Ceremony

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Gold Shift/C 09:00 Fire St. 1, 700 Pine St, DeKalb Funeral Detail

  • Monday, April 20, 2020 Gold Shift/C 09:00 Fire St. 6, 3329 W. State St., Rockford Drill & Ceremony

  • Tuesday May 5-9, Milwaukee Honor Guard School, Milwaukee, WI

  • Monday, June 9, 2020 Black Shift/A 09:00 Fire St. 1, 700 Pine St, DeKalb Open Topic/Multi-Dist Drill

  • Friday, August 20, 2020 Gold Shift/C 09:00 Fire St. 6, 3329 W. State St, Rockford Tools  & Flags

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Black Shift/A Fire St. 1, 700 Pine St, DeKalb Funeral Detail

 

*Other Important Dates:

  • 2020 AFFI Honor Guard Convention in Naperville IL, February 7 - 9, 2020.

  • Illinois Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial/Medal of Honor Ceremony; May 11 - 12, 2020, Springfield, Illinois

  • IAFF Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial; September 18 - 20, 2020, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

8th District Pipes & Drums



8th District Commander/Drum Sgt.: Andy Winkler
Naperville Local #4302

First Shirt: Mike Dickinson
 Naperville Local #4302

Pipe Major: Chris Coomes
Lombard Local #3009

Drum Major/AFFI HG Sgt. at Arms: Mike Newton
Bolingbrook Local #3005


 

Click below to read the new AFFI Honor Guard 8th District Packet

AFFI Honor Guard Pipes and Drums Information Packet

For more practice music, click HERE


 

   Training Sessions for 8th District:


  • Saturday, November 23, 2019 Black Shift 10:00 AM Naperville, IL 
  • Tuesday,December 3, 2019 Red Shift 10:00 AM PFPD Headquarters Campus, 23748 W 135th St, Plainfield, IL 60544
  • Tuesday, January 21,  2020 Gold Shift 10:00 AM PFPD Headquarters Campus, 23748 W 135th St, Plainfield, IL 60544

    *Other Important Dates:

    • 2020 AFFI Honor Guard Convention in Naperville IL, February 7 - 9, 2020.

    • Illinois Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial/Medal of Honor Ceremony; May 11 - 12, 2020, Springfield, Illinois

    • IAFF Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial; September 18 - 20, 2020, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

 

 
Pipes and Drums of the Associated Firefighters Of Illinois perform amazing grace at 2011 state Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial
& Medal of Honor Ceremony.

 


Colorado Springs IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial 2005
The back row (r-l) Jim Collins-Naperville, John Adair-Naperville, Chris Coomes-Lombard and George Drobney-Downers Grove.  The front row (r-l) Mike Dickinson-Naperville,
Jeff Duhoski-University Park and Mike Newton-Bolingbrook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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