March 12, 2018: Brig. Gen. William P. Robertson was appointed as the Acting Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday, March 2, 2018. Robertson has more than thirty-seven years of experience at the Illinois Air National Guard. He is the Chief of Staff for the agency. He is responsible for ensuring combat readiness and mission capability for the 126th Air Refueling Wing at Scott Air Force Base, the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, and the 183rd Wing in Springfield. He was previously the Commander of the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria from August, 2004, to October, 2017. Robertson started his military career in 1980 by enlisting as a Security Policeman with the 182nd Tactical Air Support Group. He later became a Pilot and worked in many positions, including Forward Air Controller, Air Liaison Officer and Aircraft Commander. Robertson has more than twenty years of command experience. During Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, Robertson was the Commander of the 486th Air Expeditionary Wing Operations Group. Robertson was trained by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Northern Command as a Dual Status Commander. A Peoria native, Robertson received a B.S. in criminal justice from Bradley University and an associate degree in police science technology from Illinois Central College. He is a graduate of the Air War College and the Air Command and Staff College.