Tara L. DeJanovich, a resident of Springfield and native of Winchester, Illinois, was recently promoted to colonel in the Illinois Air National Guard.

DeJanovich, the Deputy United States Property and Fiscal Officer (USPFO) for the Illinois National Guard, is now one of only two female colonels serving in the Illinois Air National Guard, the other being Col. Asheleigh Gellner, the Vice Commander of the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria.

“I’ve been told ‘no’ many times throughout my career,” DeJanovich said. “If you have the desire to do something, and you’re told ‘no,’ keep working hard and keep going because that’s persistence – to keep bettering yourself with whatever that goal is.”

DeJanovich enlisted in the Air National Guard in May 1996 and was trained as a Financial Services Apprentice. In December 2000, she deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia and deployed again in October 2004 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.