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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2016 Daniel J. Bower Commitment To Excellence Award was awarded to Charter Member & Former State Commander Thomas J. Matousek.

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AFFI Honor Guard Convention January 27-29, 2017

May 9, 2017 Medal of Honor Ceremony, Springfield

IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Colorado Springs, CO September 14-16, 2017

 

 

 

AFFI Honor Guard Districts & Training Dates

 

The Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard is divided into 9 Districts, much the same way that the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois State Association has the Stated divided by Districts.  These Districts are designed by geographical area for several reasons.  To begin, there is the Command Staff of the Honor Guard.  The Command Staff consists of the State Commander, who is similar to the Fire Chief of a Department.  They report directly to the President and Executive Board of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois State Association, as well as commanding the AFFI Honor Guard.  The State Commander is assisted by two Deputy Commanders, one from the upper and one from the lower part of the State.  In the event that there is a Line of Duty Death Activation and the State Commander is not available, one of the two Deputy Commanders will step in depending on which part of the State is in need of assistance.  The Secretary/Parliamentarian is responsible for taking care of meeting minutes during Conventions, as well as during any Commander's meetings.  They also are in charge of maintaining the books for the AFFI Executive Board.  The State Training Director is in charge of the Training Committee, which keeps track of trainings throughout the State.  They also meet regularly with the Training Committee to come up with new ideas for training evolutions. 

The next group of Districts are the 7 Districts that are divided up throughout the State based on geographic location.  Each District is led by a District Commander, who is in charge of that area of the State as well as reporting at the Command Staff meetings & Conventions.  They are assisted by a First Shirt, followed by Drill Captains who lead drills on different shifts during the year. 

District 8 is the Pipes & Drums, which covers the entire State of Illinois. After a member is inducted into the AFFI Honor Guard he may practice with District 8 and attend their drills but must also continue to fulfill their home District drill requirements. After four District 8 drills and showing competency on their instrument a member can then be inducted into District 8.  The 8th District Pipes & Drums holds at least monthly Drills, which are posted on this page.  Please check this page throughout the year to make sure your drill dates and times have not been changed or cancelled for any reason.

There are multiple trainings set up in each District, which are placed on this page to view.  Any active member can attend ANY Districts training.  For example, if your Department is based in District 5, but you live close to District 4, you can attend their drills.  You need to complete at least 2 trainings from the time Convention is over, until the following Convention to remain an Active AFFI Honor Guard Member.  If you are unable to attend, but wish to remain on the list for the Honor Guard, a $25 fee must be sent to the AFFI Office by the deadline for registration for that year's Convention in lieu of going to the Convention. 

Drill Captains usually set dates for training at Convention, and those dates are passed to the Web Master at that time.  However, some trainings are scheduled throughout the year so again, check back here often.  Also, signing up for the Newsletter will assist in being notified of any major drill announcements or activations.  If there is a LODD in your District, it is important that you are at that LODD if the Honor Guard is Activated by the AFFI President and family requested.  Please check this web site's home page if you have heard of an IL Union LODD for further updates, service announcements, and information. 

At the bottom of this page, there is a Google Calendar that you can have your events sync with your smart phone or Ipad.

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

 

Springfield Memorial Ceremony

NEW  in 2015, the training the day before the annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Springfield now 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 drill, that was a mistake on my part.  It is the drill the day before ONLY that counts.  The days of the training & the Memorial itself is still on each District as a reminder.

 

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

 

Command Staff

 


State Commander: Jeffrey H. Bruno 
Kankakee Local #653

Northern Deputy Commander: Jay Coburn
Matteson Local #3086

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: William Lambert
Lockport Local #1544

Northern Drill Captain: Joe Pryst
Skokie Local #3033

Southern Drill Captain: Bobby Williams
Metropolis Local #3367

 

 

 

1st District

 

 

1st District Commander: Steve Perry
Alton Local #1255


First Shirt: Matt Wiwczaroski
Granite City Local #253

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)



  • *Other Important Dates:

    • Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 Gold Shift IL Fallen Firefighter Memorial/Medal of Honor Springfield

    • September 14th-16th, 2017 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, Colorado Springs, CO

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:

 

  • Trainings will be held the 3rd Thursday of every month at Station 1 in DECATUR 09:00

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

 

 

 

*Other Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 Gold Shift IL Fallen Firefighter Memorial/Medal of Honor Springfield

  • September 14th-16th, 2017 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, Colorado Springs, CO

 

 

3rd District

3rd District Commander: Alan Meyer
 Champaign Local #1260

First Shirt: Chris Hanson
Champaign Local #1260

Drill Captain: Roy Lane
Urbana Local #1147

Drill Captain: Randy Smith
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 6, 2016 (Red Shift) 1300 Central Pikes & Axes, drill & ceremony, marching

 

·       Friday, November 11, 2016 (Veteran’s Day)

 

·         Friday - Sunday, January 27-29, 2017 25th Annual AFFI Honor Guard Induction Ceremony, Springfield, IL

 

·         Tues-Thurs., March ???, 2017  0930-1130 & 1300-1500 (HPW, Watson, Church?) Casket Guard detail

 

·         Saturday, May 27, 2017 (Gold Shift) 1030 Central Pike & Axes, Flag, drill & ceremony, marching

 

·         Monday, May 29, 2017 (Memorial Day)

 

·         Monday, July 18, 2017 (Black Shift) 1600 Central History, Local union responsibilities, retiree deaths

 

·         Monday, September 4, 2017 (Labor Day)

 

·         Sunday, September 10, 2017 (Black Shift) 1300 Central Flag etiquette, flag folding

 

·         Monday, September 11, 2017 (9/11 ceremony)

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



Pekin Training Dates located at: FD Training Room 3232 Court St. Pekin, Il 61554

 

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

 

Peoria Training Dates:

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Red Shift 13:00 will be at Station 16, 2105 W. Northmoor, Peoria IL 61614

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Gold Shift 13:00 505 N.E. Monroe, Peoria IL 61603

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 Black Shift 13:00 Station 11, 1025 W. Florence Ave., Peoria IL 61604

Champaign Local #1260 Training Dates:
 

* Unless noted, all training is scheduled for 16:00 hrs at Sta. 1

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

 

  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Red Shift Casket Guard
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Black Shift Flags
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Black Shift Pikes and Axes
  • Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Gold Shift Flags
  • Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Gold Shift Funerals and Bell Ceremony

*Other Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 Gold Shift IL Fallen Firefighter Memorial/Medal of Honor Springfield

  • September 14th-16th, 2017 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, Colorado Springs, CO

 

   

4th District

 

4th District Commander: Tim Moss
Oak Forest Local 3039

First Shirt: John Merino
Bolingbrook Local #3005
 

Drill Captain: Mike Bacon
Matteson Local #3086

Drill Captain: Joe Schuringa
Oak Forest Local #3039

Drill Captain: CJ Coburn
Matteson Local #3086

Drill Captain: Mike Nicholson
Matteson Local 3086

Drill Captain Mike Johnson
Bolingbrook Local #3005

Drill Captain: Sergio Calleros
Bolingbrook Local #3005

Drill Captain: Keith Carberry
Lockport #1544

Drill Captain: Tom Clifton
Lockport Local #1544

Drill Captain: John Matthews
Lockport Local #1544

Drill Captain: Wendell Thomas
Chicago Heights Local #711

Drill Captain: Mike Holtz
Lemont Local #3966

Drill Captain: Cory Murdoch
Park Forst Local # 1263


 

Training Sessions for 4th District:

  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 Red Shift  9:00 Plainfield Fire St. 2, 23748 W. 135th St, Plainfield Casket Mgt./Flag Folding D/C's Calleros, Matthews, Clifton

  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 Gold Shift 9:00 Lansing Fire, 2710 E. 170th St., Lansing. Pikes & Axes, Flag Posting D/C's Murdoch, Thomas, Coburn

  • Saturday, February 18, 2017 Black Shift 9:00 Homer Fire, St. 2, 16131 S. Bell Rd., Homer Glen. D/C, Mass Movements, Stations Drill.  D/C Holtz, Clifton, Johnson

  • Saturday, March 18, 2017 Red Shift 9:00 Park Forest Fire, 156 Indianwood Blvd, Park Forest. Flag Folding, D/C, Basic Marching D/C Bacon, Murdoch, Coburn.

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017 Gold Shift 9:00 South Holland Fire, 16230 Wausau Ave., South Holland. Pikes & Axes, Flag Posting D/C Schuringa, Carberry, Thomas.

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017 Black Shift 9:00 Orland Park Fire, 10728 W. 163rd Pl, Orland Park.  Multi-Dist Drill Mock Funeral. All D/C's

  • Saturday, September 6, 2017 Gold Shift 9:00 Lockport Fire St. 6, 19623 Renwick Rd, Crest Hill. D/C, Basic Marching, Casket Guard D/C's Carberry, Matthews, Clifton

  • Saturday, October 7, 2017 9:00 Black Shift 9:00 Oak Forest-Gaelic Park, 6119 w. 147th St., D/C, State of the District C Moss, F/S Merino          

*Other Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 Gold Shift IL Fallen Firefighter Memorial/Medal of Honor Springfield

  • September 14th-16th, 2017 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, Colorado Springs, CO


      

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: Jeff Gove
Des Plaines Local #4211

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: Johnny Abbatiello
Morton Grove Local #2178




 

Training Sessions for 5th District:

     
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 Black Shift  09:00 - Evanston FD St. 5, 2830 Central St., Evanston  D/C Hays
  • Saturday, January 7, 2017 Black Shift  09:00 - Evanston FD St. 5, 2830 Central St., Evanston  D/C Hays
  • Friday, February 17, 2017 Gold Shift  09:00- Morton Grove St. 4, 6250 Lincoln Ave D/C Abbatiello
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 Black Shift  09:00 - Evanston FD St. 5, 2830 Central St., Evanston  D/C Hays
  • Monday, April 10, 2017 Black Shift  09:00 - Morton Grove St. 4, 6250 Lincoln Ave D/C Abbatiello
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017 Black Shift  09:00 - Evanston FD St. 5, 2830 Central St., Evanston  D/C Hays
  • Saturday, June 3, 2017 Black Shift  09:00 - Evanston FD St. 5, 2830 Central St., Evanston  D/C Hays
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Black Shift  09:00 - Morton Grove St. 4, 6250 Lincoln Ave D/C Abbatiello
  • Saturday, October 7, 2017 Black Shift  09:00 - Evanston FD St. 5, 2830 Central St., Evanston  D/C Hays

     

    *Other Important Dates:

    • Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 Gold Shift IL Fallen Firefighter Memorial/Medal of Honor Springfield

    • September 14th-16th, 2017 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, Colorado Springs, CO

6th District

 

6th District Commander: Eric Bentley
Huntley Local #4106

First Shirt: Kris Kearns
Oswego Local #4773


Drill Captain: Matt Berg
Algonquin Local #3985

Drill Captain: John Paul Kilanski
Algonquin Local #3985
 

Drill Captain: Chris Diebold
Carol Stream #3192
 

Drill Captain: Steve Tomzik
Streamwood Local #3022

Drill Captain: John Raschke
Itasca Local #3461

Drill Captain: Art Rauch
Naperville Local #4302

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

 

Training Sessions for 6th District:

 

  • Monday, November 28, 2016 Gold Shift 09:00 Oswego Station 13511 Woolley Rd. Oswego, IL 60543 Flag Folding D/C Kris Kearns

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Black Shift 18:00 State of the District Huntley Commander Bentley

  • Saturday, January 14, 2017 Red Shift 09:00 Drill & Ceremony Algonquin D/C Berg

  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 Red Shift 09:00 Flag Posting & Retrieving Aurora STC Mensing

  • Saturday, March 25, 2017 Gold Shift 09:00 Casket Guard Bartlett D/C Tomzik

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Black Shift 09:00 Pikes & Axes St. Charles D/C Raschke

  • Saturday, May 20, 2017 Red Shift 09:00 Drill & Ceremony Oak Brook D/C Rauch

  • Thursday, June 8, 2017 Gold Shift 09:00 Flag Posting & Retrieving South Elgin D/C Tomzik

  • Saturday, July 15, 2017 Black Shift 09:00 Casket Guard Itasca D/C Rashke

  • Saturday, August 12, 2017 Red Shift 09:00 Pikes & Axes Naperville D/C Rauch

  • Wednesday,September 6, 2017 Gold Shift 09:00 Flag Posting & Retrieving Streamwood D/C Tomzik

  • Saturday, October 7, 2017 Black Shift 09:00 Drill & Ceremony Woodstock D/C JP Kilanski

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    *Other Important Dates:

    • Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 Gold Shift IL Fallen Firefighter Memorial/Medal of Honor Springfield

    • September 14th-16th, 2017 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, Colorado Springs, CO

 

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

    Training Sessions for 7th District:

 

  •     Monday, November 21, 2016 Red Shift  09:00 - 108 S 2nd, Rockford IL State of the District

  •     Friday, February 24, 2017 Black Shift 09:00  Mass Movements, Rockford YMCA 200 Y Blvd, Rockford

  •     Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Red Shift 09:00 Funeral Detail Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb

  •     Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Gold Shift 09:00 Tools & Flags Community Building (TBA)

  •     Thursday, August 17, 2017 Black Shift 09:00 Tools & Flags Sycamore St. 2, 2100 Frantum Dr., Sycamore

  •     Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Red Shift 09:00 Funeral Detail/Graveside Fitzgerald Funeral Home (TBD) 1860 S.
        Mulford Rd., Rockford

  •     Friday, October 27, 2017 Gold Shift 09:00 Open Training DeKalb (TBD)

*Other Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 Gold Shift IL Fallen Firefighter Memorial/Medal of Honor Springfield

  • September 14th-16th, 2017 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, Colorado Springs, CO

 

8th District Pipes & Drums

8th District Commander/Drum Major: Tom Murphy
DeKalb Local #1236

First Shirt/Drum Corporal : Brian Sleigher
 Lisle-Woodridge Local #2986

Pipe Major: Chris Coomes
Lombard Local #3009

Drum Sgt. : Andy Winckler
Naperville Local #4302

 

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:

 
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Red Shift 10:00 AM PFPD Headquarters Campus, 23748 W 135th St, Plainfield, IL 60544
     
  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Gold Shift 10:00 AM PFPD Headquarters Campus, 23748 W 135th St, Plainfield, IL 60544

 

 

 
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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