John Fulk Suggested by Kellie

John Fulk


SPRINGFIELD, IL (09/18/2018) John Fulk, a Bloomington resident, was promoted to Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard during a promotion ceremony at the National Guard training center in Marseilles, IL on September 16, 2018.  The ceremony was held during a break in training while the 108thSustainment Brigade prepares for a deployment later this year to Iraq.


Colonel Fulk has more than 28 years of military service and has been a member of the Illinois Army National Guard since 1998, currently serving as the Commander, Medical Detachment, Joint Force Headquarters, Springfield, IL.


He received a direct commission in 2001 and was first assigned as a Physician Assistant for 123rd Field Aertillery Battalion in Marion, IL.


He has commanded medical units at the company and battalion level and served as a medical officer on staff at battalion and brigade levels.


He deployed to Iraq in 2006 and served with 2/130 Infantry Battalion as the Battalion Surgeon.


In 2009, he deployed with Afghan Regional Security Integration Command – West and served as a Combat Advisor at Camp Stone in Afghanistan. 


The presiding officer for the promotion ceremony was Major General Michael Zerbonia, Commander, Illinois Army National Guard.

"John is an outstanding officer who is successfully applying the experience as the 108th Multifunctional Medical Battalion to his current assignment, ensuring the medical readiness of the Illinois Army National Guard,” Zerbonia said to the attendees.  

"It is an honor to be promoted with soldiers from my former brigade as you prepare for your deployment to Iraq,” Fulk said.“I am thankful for the support of my family and for this opportunity to continue to serve the state of Illiniois.”


Colonel Fulk grew up in Olney and attended Regents College and then graduated from the University of Nebraska Physician Assistant program.


His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal,  ArmyCommendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal.


In civilian life, he is a Physician Assistant at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, in Normal, IL.

John is the son of Kellie Bussard Cook and the late John A.Fulk.

Present for the ceremony was his wife Dr. Nona Fulk and two daughters Emily and Olivia.