8th Infantry Illinois National Guard Association


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Newburn, Luther

First Sergeant (Retired)

Following a career of 42 years of service, 1SG Newburn retired from the position of First Sergeant of Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion 178th Infantry on November 23 November 1992.

In October 1950, he enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard as a member of Cannon Company – Provisional Battalion, 178th Regimental Combat Team. 1 June 1953, 1SG Newburn was promoted to the rank of Corporal E-4 and on 26 March 1954 he attained the rank of SGT/E-5; on 6 February 1956 Newburn reached the rank of SSG-E6 and was promoted to PSG-E7 on 22 November 69. An administrative change of rank to SFC-E 7 came on 1 April 1971 and on 1 February 1976 he became 1SG of Combat Support Company, 1st Bn 178th Infantry.

1SG Newburn’s military education includes the following Resident Schools: Jungle Warfare Training (1966), Senior NCO School (1979), S2 Combat Operations (1982), Battalion Training Management System (1983), First Sergeant’s Course (1985), Supply Management (1986), and Battle Skills Course (1986). He also completed the following extension courses: Army Pre-Commission Course (1957), Reconnaissance Selection Operation Position (1961), Field Artillery Firing and Field Artillery Communication Battery (1961).

1SG Newburn’s awards, decorations and citations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), National Defense Medal (2OLC) Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (4), Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserved Medal (2), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3 OLC), Long and Honorable Service Ribbon (5), State Active Duty Ribbon (9 awards), and Letters of Commendation.

Civilian affiliations include: 8th Infantry ILNG Association (Treasurer/Financial Secretary), American Legion Dorie Miller Post 915, American Veterans Association, Life Member of NGAI, J.T. Graham Guardsmen’s Bowling League, and Governor’s State University Alumni Association.

Taking advantage of the Illinois State Scholarship fund available because of his military service, 1SG Newburn enrolled and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Governor’s State University in 1990. Because he encouraged and mentored so many young soldiers to pursue both military and academic interests, he became known as “The Education Sergeant.” 1SG Newburn leaves a legacy of the “Be, Know, Do,” philosophy of military leadership. He set the standards! His message to the soldiers of the 1/178 INF BN is “Drive on Cold Steel! Drive on!”



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