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CSM Anderson named UTNG senior enlisted leader, taking over from CSM Miller

DRAPER, Utah – Command Sgt. Maj. Eric W. Anderson was officially named the Utah National Guard senior enlisted leader during a change-of-responsibility ceremony at the Guard’s Draper headquarters, April 13.

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael M. Miller passed responsibility as the senior enlisted leader of the Utah Guard to Anderson during a ceremony symbolizing the passing of responsibility from one command sergeant major to another.

Anderson has served in various leadership positions in the Utah Guard, most recently as the command sergeant major of the Land Component Command. Prior to his time at LCC he served as the command sergeant major of the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, the 640th Regiment (Regional Training Institute) and the UTNG Operations and Training Directorate, otherwise known as the G-3.

“I want you to know that I love the Utah National Guard, I love the state of Utah, and I love the United States of America,” he said. “I believe in what we stand for, and I am ready to do what needs to be done to defend and protect this way of life.”

Anderson took a moment during his comments to address directly the UTNG noncommissioned officer corps regarding the NCO’s role of being a leader of Soldiers.

“It’s our sacred duty and responsibility to provide our Soldiers and Airmen with the absolute best training available. I expect the NCO corps to stand up to that task. Major General Burton has made his combat readiness priorities very clear to us; I am here to help him achieve those goals and it will take all of us working together to make this happen.”

Miller, the 9th UTNG senior enlisted leader, has served in the position since 2012. He expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve in all the capacities with which he’s been entrusted over the course of a career spanning 30 years.

“It has been a distinct honor and privilege to belong to the profession of arms the last 30 years,” said Miller. “I have also been fortunate to serve as the senior enlisted leader the last five years, which allowed me to be a part of a phenomenal team of enlisted warriors from both the Utah Air and Army National Guard.”

During his remarks, Miller recognized the sacrifice of his wife, Heidi, and their children.

“Any success I’ve enjoyed has been due to the commitment, sacrifices and support of my family. Heidi, you are my rock…and my giant.”

Prior to assuming the role of senior enlisted leader, Miller served as the state Operations and Training Directorate sergeant major and the command sergeant major of 97th Troop Command and the Homeland Response Force. He will officially retire from the Utah Guard later this year.

“What our Warriors, families, and employers sacrifice on a daily basis is amazing and I treasure and am humbled by their commitment, competence, and character,” said Miller. “The Utah National Guard is a first-class organization because of its members who serve in the defense of our state and nation. As I embark on a new mission, at home with my family, I will never forget the awesome opportunity I had to serve on the Utah team.”

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