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An M109A6 Paladin howitzer crew prepare to fire at their target during a 640th RTI artillery training exercise April 16.

Camp Williams Resumes Artillery Exercises

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — For the first time since the Sept. 19 Herriman Fire, the Utah National Guard conducted live-fire artillery operations Apr. 15-16. In the aftermath of the Herriman Fire, which burned more than 4,500 acres (the total area affected on Camp Williams and in Herriman) Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, adjutant general of the Utah Guard, had directed that Camp Williams discontinue live-fire operations on its ranges until further notice.

Riggers pack a T-10 parachute on a makeshift packing table at Soroti Airfield in Uganda as part of Atlas Drop 11 April 12.

Atlas Drop Riggers Prep Chutes in Tough Conditions in Uganda

SOROTI, Uganda – U.S Army parachute riggers assigned to the 5th Quartermaster Detachment, 21st Special Troops Battalion, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, out of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and the Utah National Guard’s 197th Special Troops Company are currently in Soroti, Uganda, training with the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces in support of ATLAS DROP 11.

SGT Carter Raby, left, and SPC Jacob Mayne, 118th Sapper Company, work to patch a road near Yaquib Village, Khowst Province, March 24.

118th Sapper Company Delivers Security through Counter-IED Efforts

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan In late August 2010, Soldiers of the 118th Sapper Company arrived at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. A mere ten days and four missions later, they took the helm of Route Clearance Package 37.

Members of the Utah National Guard's 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) render honors to the flag in commemoration of 9/11.

Utah Special Forces Soldiers Remember 9/11 in Iraq

CAMP SYVERSON, Iraq — While the nation paused to remember our fallen countrymen today, a group of 15 Soldiers from the Utah National Guard’s 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) voluntarily spent Patriot Day raising and lowering American flags to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

An 85th Civil Support Team member communicates with a colleague at the Syracuse chemical incident July 25.

85th Civil Support Team Responds to Syracuse Hazmat Incident

SYRACUSE, Utah — Members of the 85th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team responded July 25 in support of local authorities at a hazardous-materials incident in Syracuse.

Eighty-three members of the Utah National Guard's 141st Military Intelligence Battalion are Eagle Scouts. The unit is preparing to deploy to Iraq to provide intelligence support to Iraqi security forces.

Eagles Soar in Utah Guard's 141st Military Intelligence Battalion

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — The Utah National Guard's 141st Military Intelligence Battalion will deploy to Iraq in a few weeks with 83 Soldiers who have earned Eagle Scout badges from the Boy Scouts of America. "It’s easy being a commander of Eagle Scouts, because you don't have to worry about them,” said Army Lt. Col. Matt Price, the battalion commander and a Scout leader for his sons, who include three Eagle Scouts.

Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Soldiers watch U.S. and Cambodian airborne troops during the friendship jump at Angkor Sentinel 2010.

Utah Soldiers Jump into History with Cambodians during Angkor Sentinel 2010

KAMPONG SPEU, Cambodia — For airborne Soldiers, getting the chance to jump with airborne forces from other countries is a highly coveted and sought-after event. Such was the case for 49 Utah Army National Guard Soldiers of the 197th Special Troops Company (Airborne), 97th Troop Command, and 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group.

LTCs William French,  and Milada Copeland pin colonel rank  on each other in an "elaborately choreographed" maneuver.

 

Utah Guard Wife and Husband Promoted to Colonel on Same Day

DRAPER, Utah — A Utah National Guard wife and husband, LTC Milada A. Copeland and LTC William C. French, both of Sandy,Utah, were promoted to colonel in a ceremony June 17 at the Utah Guard headquarters here.

 

Ashley Crandall, 2-211th Aviation, volunteers her time to help Team River Runner give wounded Warriors a whitewater kayak experience.

 

Rollin' on the River: Utah Guardmembers Help Wounded Warriors through Turbulent Water

ARLINGTON, Va. With some trepidation, Douglass Rink rolls his kayak over and disappears under the water. He frees himself, emerges a short time later and assures his instructor, "I was a scuba diver before."

 

French linguist SSG Annette Aldrige, 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, speaks with a Moroccan Army colonel in Agadir May 16.

 

Utah Guard Joins African Lion Exercise

AGADIR, Morocco — More than 150 members of the joint task force conducting Exercise African Lion 2010 arrived here to mark the beginning of the exercise May 14. The Utah National Guard along with Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen will participate in the largest exercise in U.S. Africa Command's area of activity.

 

LTC Eric Petersen finishes his race with a big smile, meeting his prerace prediction of a 2:58 race, and helps Utah to third place.

Utah Guard Marathon Team Clears Hurdles to Take Team Third at Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. — Three members of the Utah National Guard’s marathon team, LTC Eric Petersen, CPT DeAnne Trauba and Cadet Chris Odekirk, traveled to Nebraska to compete in the annual Lincoln-National Guard Marathon, held May 2.

Looking over the jumpmasters shoulder, photographer PFC Solomon captures the cargo floating gently to the ground near Camp Williams.

197th Special Troops Company Conducts First Unit Cargo Drop

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Utah Army National Guard Soldiers with the 197th Special Troops Company (Airborne) performed their first cargo-drop training over Camp Williams April 11. The drop consisted of 300 pounds of military rations and water wrapped in a canvas bundle and topped with a parachute.

Employers of Utah Guard Soldiers Get a 'Lift' to Fort Lewis

FORT LEWIS, Wash. — Twenty-nine civilian employers of members of the Utah Guard’s 144th Area Support Medical Company hopped aboard a ‘Boss Lift’ April 1-3 to Fort Lewis, Wash., to see their Soldiers in action as they prepared for a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan.

19th Special Forces Soldiers Learn Mountain Rescue in Morocco

OUKAIMEDEN, Morocco — In March of this year, as part of its ongoing State Partnership Program with Morocco, a Utah National Guard command visit coincided with a unit-level exchange between the 19th Special Forces Group and the 1st Ski Battalion of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces.

Specialist Steven Cope unfurls the colors of the 144th at the departure ceremony in the Utah Air National Guard Base hangar in Salt Lake City.

 

144th Area Support Medical Company Deploys to Afghanistan

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah National Guard’s 144th Area Support Medical Company deployed approximately 80 Soldiers March 20 for a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan.

 

Soldiers, Airmen and families attend Community Covenant signing in the Utah Senate chamber Feb. 23.

Legislators Sign Community Covenant in Support of Utah National Guard Members and Families

SALT LAKE CITY— In a show of support to Utah Military members and families, legislators signed a Community Covenant in the Utah House and Senate chambers at the State Capitol Feb. 23.

SSG DaleAnne Maxwell, foregroud, and SPC Ashley Baum, capture the opening ceremony for Cobra Gold 2010 in Thailand Feb. 1.

Utah Guard's 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Supports Cobra Gold 2010

UTAPAO AIR BASE, Thailand — Members of the Utah National Guard’s 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment returned home Feb. 12 after completing their mission to Thailand in support of the annual Cobra Gold exercise.

85th CST members check phosphine levels in the entryway of the Toone home Feb. 8.

85th Civil Support Team Plays Key Role in Response to Layton Hazardous-Gas Incident

LAYTON, Utah —The Utah National Guard’s 85th Civil Support Team assisted local authorities Feb. 7-9 to identify the poisonous gas that may have taken the life of 4-year-old Rebecca Toone and her 15-month-old sister Rachel.

Utah Guard SGT Shauna Rohbock pilots the USA 1 sled with brakeman Michelle Rzepka Feb. 4 in a training run at the Utah Olympic Park.

Utah Guard's SGT Shauna Rohbock: Sliding for Gold and Country

PARK CITY, Utah — As a member of the Utah National Guard and National Guard’s Outstanding Athlete Program, Olympic bobsledder SGT Shauna Rohbock not only represents her country in this year’s Olympics, she also stands for flag and country every day. Rohbock has been in the National Guard since 2000 and calls the decision to enlist "the best decision of my life."

Del Taco presents a $19,000 donation check to the Utah National Guard Charitable Trust Jan. 19.

Utah Del Taco Donates $19,000 to Utah National Guard Kids

DRAPER, Utah — For the second year in row, Utah Del, Inc. president Paul Hitzelberger formally presented a sizeable donation Jan. 19 to the Utah National Guard Charitable Trust on behalf of the Del Taco restaurants in Utah.

Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, center, poses with the Chris Anglesey family Dec. 13 at a dinner honoring families of Utah's wounded and fallen.

Utah Jazz Guard Williams Honors Families of Wounded and Fallen

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz point Guard Deron Wiliams hosted a dinner Dec. 13 to honor military families who have had a parent or spouse killed or wounded in Operation Iraq Freedom /Operation Enduring Freedom.

A member of the 85th Civil Support Team checks his equipment prior to entering a "contaminated" building at South Towne Expo Center in Sandy.

85th Civil Support Team Undergoes Federal Recertification

SANDY, Utah — Soldiers and Airmen of the Lehi-based Civil Support Team underwent federal recertification at a training exercise Dec. 9 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy.

SFC Shawn Blanke takes aim during the team relay at the West Yellowstone regional championships.

Utah National Guard Biathlon Team Dominates at Regional Championship

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. — Four Soldiers from the Utah National Guard biathlon team brought home three medals after the team traveled to the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park to compete in the CNGB Western Regional Biathlon Championship held here Dec. 10-12.

1st Lt. John Merlette of the Utah Guard’s 1993rd CCT, left, observes a U.S. Army Engineer explain a statement of work to local vendors in Kosovo.

Utah Guard's 1993rd Contingency Contracting Team: On the Job in Kosovo

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The 1993rd Contingency Contracting Team, a four-person ARNG unit from Utah, recently completed their training with the 409th CSB's Regional Contracting Office, Bavaria and relieved the 1933rd Contingency Contracting Team from California at Camp Bondsteel.

"Stand Your Ground," a painting by Don Troiani, depicts the Lexington Company of the Massachusetts Militia as they mustered on April 19, 1775.

National Guard Celebrates 373rd Birthday

ARLINGTON, Va. — The United States is a relatively young country, but four of the oldest military organizations in the world are in our country’s National Guard.

A Japanese swordsman treats participants of the welcome social to a sword demonstration before the start of Yama Sakura 57.

Yama Sakura Guardsmen Experience Japanese Culture

CAMP HIGASHI-CHITOSE, Japan — Tea ceremonies, paper folding and sword demonstrations aren't usually the first things to come to mind when you think of a command-post exercise with one of the U.S.’s strongest military allies.

SGT Shauna Rohbock,left, and her teammate, Michelle Rzepka, teamed up to win gold in Cesana, Italy.

Utah Guard's Shauna Rohbock Takes Bobsled Gold in World Cup Competition in Italy

CESANA, Italy — The U.S. women’s bobsled team is on its way to qualifying three sleds in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games after all three drivers finished in the top six standings in Cesana, Italy’s World Cup competition today.

MSG Doug Bernard, senior member of the Utah Guard biathlon team, heads toward the finish line of the 20K individual race March 4.

Utah Guard Biathletes Compete at CNGB Championships

JERICHO, Vt. — Bringing together a team of seasoned athletes and new-to-the-sport competitors was the order of the week for the Utah National Guard at the Chief of the National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships held March 2-7.

Coming home from deployment is not easy, and there is help available for those coping with depression, PTSD or other post-combat struggles.

Dealing with Post-Combat Issues: Mental Health Resources for Utah Guard Members and Families

DRAPER, Utah Whether gone for two months or two years, returning from combat is grueling.Utah National Guard members readjusting back into society need time to recover from the stress of a highly charged war zone.

Col. Jacques Aragones, commander of the French Army's 8th Marine Infantry Parachutist Regiment, lett, pins the Bronze French National Defense Medal on Spc. Kevin Nielsen, 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Dec. 7.

Deployed Utah Guard Soldier Awarded French Defense Medal

DRAPER, Utah — Specialist Kevin Nielsen, of Glenwood, Utah, currently deployed with the Utah National Guard’s 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, received the Bronze French National Defense Medal in a ceremony Dec. 7 in Afghanistan.

A Soldier in the Afghan National Army hands out coats to children in the Tag Ab Valley.

Eagle Project Saves Lives, Wins Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan Last winter brought the harshest winter conditions that Northern Afghanistan had seen in a decade, bringing reports of more than 900 deaths. When Braden Welburn, of Nephi, heard of this tragedy he was determined to help make sure that did not happen again this winter.

Ruqaya, left, and Shahad, five and ten years old, respectively, await surgery in Portland, Me., Dec. 1.

Saving Shahad and Ruqaya: Utah Guard Helps Iraqi Girls Get Lifesaving Surgery

PORTLAND, Me.  Unexpectedly, members of the Utah National Guard have developed a unique skill during wartime deployments; one that is not taught in any Advanced Individual Training school:  rescuing little children with congenital heart conditions.

Utah National Guardsman 1st Lt. William Biesinger, of Springville, Utah, with a young student at the Pol-e-charki School Nov. 17.

Security Force Team Supports Afghan High School

POL-E-CHARKI, Kabul Province, Afghanistan Soldiers from the New York National Guard delivered supplies to an Afghan school that family and friends had sent them. The school is located in a Kabul Province village east of the Afghani capital.

A National Guard Soldier prepares to load a 155 mm artillery round into a Paladin howitzer Nov. 14 at Camp Williams.

Artillery Soldiers Train at Camp Williams Live-Fire Exercise

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah “Mission!” the Soldier yells through the loud rumble of the Paladin’s engine. Other crew members load the howitzer with a round and take aim. Distance and direction are verified as a Soldier holding a lanyard anxiously waits for the magic word: “FIRE!”

Sgt. Michael Green stands at attention as the award citation is read by Rob Flygare, Romney Stadium public-address announcer.

Aggie Lineman and Utah Guardsman Succeeds on Gridiron and Battlefield

Sergeant Michael Green, a member of 19th Special Forces Group, Utah National Guard, is also an offensive lineman on the Utah State University football team. Green was recognized at halftime of the Utah State-Hawaii game in Logan Nov. 1, receiving the Army's Meritorious Service Medal in front of thousands of USU fans for exceptional service during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2003-2004.

A young trunk-or-treater shows how he really feels about too much mustard on his hotdog during a break at the event.

Utah Air and Army Guard Host Annual 'Trunk or Treat'

DRAPER, Utah  The Utah National Guard Family Programs Office held its annual "Trunk-or-Treat" Halloween party at the Utah National Guard Headquarters here on October 25. It was the fifth time for the yearly event and organizers estimate that it drew an audience of nearly 1,000 for three-hour bash.

Soldiers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. participate in CS 2008.

Cooperative Spirit 2008: Utah Guard Soldiers and NCOs Shine in International Exercise

HOHENFELS, Germany — Making international headlines from Sept. 11 to October 10 were nearly 1,800 active-duty Soldiers from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, training together in Germany as part of Cooperative Spirit 2008, an ABCA-sponsored exercise that tested the interoperability of the major English-speaking militaries of the world.

Brig. Gen. Michael Liechty, right, cases the colors of I Corps Artillery  with assistance from his brother, Command Sgt. Maj. James Liechty.

Utah National Guard's I Corps Artillery becomes the 65th Fires Brigade

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah In a smartly conducted ceremony that mirrored the precision required of Soldiers firing the big guns on the battlefield, the Utah National Guard’s I Corps Artillery was officially deactivated and transformed into the 65th Fires Brigade in a ceremony Sept. 14 on the Camp Williams parade field.

Two KC-135R Stratotankers fly over Rice-Eccles Stadium Sept. 13, one of the highlights of the festivities to celebrate Governor's Day.

Utah National Guard Hosts Governor's Day 2008 at Rice-Eccles Stadium

SALT LAKE CITY — A sea of military uniforms filled the University of Utah’s football field Sept.13 as thousands of Soldiers and Airmen marched into Rice-Eccles Stadium for the 2008 Governor’s Day parade of the Utah National Guard.

Spc. Jeremy Whipple qualifies on the weapons range at Fort Benning.

Utah Soldier Named Army National Guard Soldier of the Year

FORT BENNING, Ga. — Specialist Jeremy Whipple, of Utah’s Echo Company, 1st Attack Helicopter Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, was named the 2008 National Guard Soldier of the Year during a competition held August 11-13 at Fort Benning, Ga.

Brig. General Jefferson Burton, foreground, takes his turn on the outdoor controlled training course.

 

Utah Army Guard Soldiers Take Motorcycle Safety Seriously

DRAPER, Utah — In its three years of existence, the Basic Rider Course, a two-day, motorcycle training event made available to Utah Army National Guard members, has been a resounding success, according to Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andrew Jensen, director of the Utah Guard’s Ground Safety Office.

 

Soldiers and Marines, along with Afghan National Army soldiers assigned to Camp Blackhorse, detonate explosives near an enemy fighting position during combat operations near the Naghlu Reservoir in Kapicia Province.

Camp Blackhorse Soldiers Help Build Afghanistan's Future

KABUL, Afghanistan — Across Afghanistan, wherever U.S. forces are deployed, whether conducting combat operations alongside Coalition forces in the east and south or security and stability operations in the west and north, they do so from forward operating bases.

Utah Guard's Command Sgt. Maj. Bruce Summers, speaks to Soldiers of the 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, currently attached to the 4th Infantry Division and Multinational Division in Baghdad.

Utah Guard's Senior Leaders Visit Soldiers in Iraq

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq Soldiers from the 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Utah National Guard, attached to the 4th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division – Baghdad, received a surprise visit from their state adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Brian L. Tarbet, and the state’s senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Bruce D. Summers.

Kennecott Chief Operating Officer Kelly Sanders presents Maj. Gen. BrianTarbet a check for $10,000 for the UTNG Charitable Trust July 10.

 

Kennecott Makes Donation to Utah National Guard Charitable Trust

DRAPER, Utah — On behalf of its hundreds of employees, officials from Kennecott Utah Copper formally presented a donation to the Utah National Guard Charitable Trust in a ceremony July 10 at the Utah Guard’s Draper Headquarters.

 

A Utah Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker touches down at Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, July 1, after returning from a refueling mission.

 

Utah Air National Guard Fuels Fight in Afghanistan

MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyz Republic  The four blue-tailed KC-135 Stratotankers of the Utah Air National Guard's 151st Air Refueling Wing have been a scarce sight on the tarmac at Manas Air Base since deploying here in late June.

 

A close-up of the Silver Star medal awarded to 1st Lt. Tyler Jensen, the first Silver Star recipient in the Utah National Guard in decades.

 

Utah Guard Soldiers Awarded Silver, Bronze Stars for Valor

DRAPER, Utah — “Bittersweet.” That’s how 1st Lt. Tyler J. Jensen, 19th Special Forces Group, summed up his feelings June 19 about receiving the first Silver Star awarded to a member of the Utah National Guard in decades.

 

Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, accepts the Best of State statuette for the UTNG Charitable Trust.

Utah Guard's Charitable Trust Recognized as 'Best of State' for 2008

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah National Guard Charitable Trust was honored at the ‘Best of State’ 2008 awards gala May 31 for its work in assisting Utah’s military families in need.

Command Sgt. Maj. Lane Wayment, left, unfurls the colors of the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion with Lt. Col. Derek Tolman.

142nd Military Intelligence Battalion Assumes Their Mission in Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — In a transfer-of-authority ceremony held here May 25, the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Utah National Guard, assumed responsibility for military intelligence operations from the outgoing 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, an active-duty Army unit based at Fort Gordon, Ga.

Staff Sgt. Daron Hill, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, I Corps Artillery, was awarded the Purple Heart in a May 17 ceremony for injuries sustained during his deployment with I Corps Artillery (Forward) to Afghanistan when his vehicle was struck by a VBIED, or Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device.

I Corps Artillery Soldier Receives Purple Heart for Afghanistan Service

CAMP WILLIAMS, UtahStaff Sgt. Daron Hill, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, I Corps Artillery, was awarded the Purple Heart in a May 17 ceremony for injuries sustained during his deployment with I Corps Artillery (Forward) to Afghanistan when his vehicle was struck by a VBIED, or Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device.

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Berry, left, Maj. Tyler Smith, center, and Master Sgt. Kent McClure improvise a new compound door.

Utah ETT Makes a Big Difference from the Get-go in Afghanistan

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan — The Utah National Guard’s Embedded Training Team (ETT) hit the ground running in April of this year. After short stops in Kabul in order to reach their duty destination near Mazar-e-sharif, Afghanistan, the team had about a week to prepare for its first mission with its Afghan counterparts.

The National Guard truck driven by Bryce Christiansen Excavating catches the eyes of passers-by.

Dixie Businessman Drives National Guard Advertising in a Big Way

ST. GEORGE, Utah Local businessman Bryce Christiansen has a unique way of supporting the local community, and that support is benefiting the Utah National Guard. 

The array of awards to be presented to the 28 recipients of the General Douglas MacArthur Award at the Pentagon May 14.

Two Utah Guardsmen Receive Prestigious MacArthur Award at Pentagon Ceremony

WASHINGTON — Captain Shawn M. Fuellenbach and Chief Warrant Officer Robert K. Goldsberry of the Utah National Guard  were among a select group of Army officers honored May 14 at the 21st Annual General Douglas MacArthur Award ceremony held at the Pentagon.

Kenneth Berry's nine medals, awards and pins he received May 3 at the Utah National Guard's Camp Williams.

Kearns Veteran Finally Receives World War II Medals at Camp Williams Ceremony

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Sixty-three years after his brief military career, retired Army Sergeant Kenneth Berry, 83, of Kearns, received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and other medals and awards for his World War II service at a May 3 ceremony at Camp Williams.

 National Guard units from Utah and New Jersey were given the opportunity to adapt and overcome major obstacles for their deployment training. The exercises were designed specifically to simulate their mission of escorting VIPs throughout Kuwait and Iraq.

Utah Guard's 2-211th Aviation Hones Their Skills at Fort Sill

FORT SILL, Okla. — National Guard units from Utah and New Jersey were given the opportunity to adapt and overcome major obstacles for their deployment training. The exercises were designed specifically to simulate their mission of escorting VIPs throughout Kuwait and Iraq.

 

Chief Warrant Officer Tom Frickanisce uses a lensatic compass to orient his team on a map to plan a route to a rendezvous point at Fort Sill, Okla.

 

Evasion Training for the 2-211th Aviation before heading to Kuwait and Iraq

FORT SILL, Okla. — For flight crews, having to make a forced landing is one the worst things that could happen to them. Not being able to be picked up by their sister aircraft and having to evade enemy contact makes it worse.

 

Staff Sgt. Jennifer Butler, 640th RTI, emplaces a Claymore mine  during the Region 7 NCO of the Year competition this spring.

 

Two Utah Soldiers Named Region 7 Soldiers and NCO of the Year

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Two Utah Army National Guardsmen have been named the best among their fellow Soldiers to represent Region 7 at the national 2008 Soldier of the Year competition held August 10-13 at Fort Benning, Ga.

 

Staff Sgt. Kelly Collett, 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, is currently going through mobilization training at Fort Dix, N.J.

Broadcaster Gears Up for Second Deployment to Iraq

FORT DIX, N.J.— Take one combat engineer, mix with broadcast journalist and you might find an interesting combination embodied in a soldier of the 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment of the Utah Army National Guard.

1st Sgt. Robert Logan, 128th MPAD, talks about his Soldiers during predeployment training at the Public Affairs Office, Fort Dix, N.J.

The 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment's 'Top" NCO

FORT DIX, N.J.— After having been involved with Special Operations and Intelligence for more than 20 years, 1st Sgt. Robert A. Logan of the 19th Special Forces Group's Support Company, Camp Williams, Utah, has been assigned to lead the 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment of Draper, Utah, as their detachment “Top.” Logan and the 128th are headed to Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, left, bids farewell to Maj. Tyler Smith.

Embedded Training Team Departs for Afghanistan

DRAPER, Utah — Despite icy roads and temperatures in the teens, dozens of family members and friends gathered at Joint Forces Headquarters in Draper, Utah, on the morning of Jan., 23 to bid adieu to the Embedded Training Team.

Col. Don Summit, left, commander of the 115th Engineers, briefs Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet and a Russian officer on the status of forces.

Torgau 2007:  115th Engineer Group Trains in Germany with Russian Army

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Soldiers of the Utah Guard’s 115th Engineers, 300th Military Intelligence Brigade, I Corps Artillery and Joint Forces Headquarters spent Nov. 27 to Dec. 15 training with their Russian counterparts in Germany as part of an international military exercise called Torgau 2007.

Pfc. Trevor Barney, right, receives the Joint Service Achievement Medal from Gen. David Petraeus, commander of Multnational Forces-Iraq Nov 27.

Two Utah Guard Soldiers Receive Joint Award in Iraq

CAMP BUCCA, Iraq — Sergeant Thomas Payeur, of Kearns, and Pfc. Trevor Barney, of Richfield, both of 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, Utah National Guard, received the Joint Service Achievement Medal Nov. 27 for their role in the discovery of escape tunnels dug by enemy prisoners at Camp Bucca, Iraq.

Nyla Frandsen, left, wife of Brig. Gen. Bruce Frandsen, right, receives flowers and certificate of appreciation at his retirement ceremony.

Brigadier General Bruce Frandsen Retires after 32 Years in Utah Guard

DRAPER, Utah — At a ceremony on Thursday marking his retirement after 32 years in the Utah National Guard, Brig. Gen. Bruce C. Frandsen was given some advice for his leisure days to come: "Run 'er 'til she seizes."

Reigning Miss Utah Sgt. Jill Stevens, Utah National Guard, just after crossing the finish line of the Marine Corps Marathon Oct. 28.

Utah Guard's 'G.I. Jill' Runs in Marine Corps Marathon

ARLINGTON, Va. —  What’s another marathon, really, when you’re Jill Stevens? The 2007 Miss Utah is no stranger to the physical and mental discipline required to knock out 26.2 miles. She ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, on Oct. 28 finishing in about 3½ hours.

Col. Scot Olson, left, gives Dell Smith his "CSM Smith" hardhat as thanks for his support of Utah National Guard personnel and facilities.

CSM Dell Smith Retires after 36 years of Service

Command Sgt. Maj. Dell Smith of Springville, senior noncommissioned officer of the Utah Army National Guard, and his wife, Connie, were given an emotional two-hour send-off in honor of his retirement during an official ceremony at the Guard's Draper headquarters.

 

A Utah National Guard member, right, assists an employee of UNHS in unloading supplies for a local clinic in Montezuma Creek.

Utah National Guard Plays Key Role in September Pandemic Exercise

MONTEZUMA CREEK, Utah — Less than 24 hours after the Utah National Guard’s Joint Operation Center stood up Sept. 18 to support the State Health Department’s large-scale flu pandemic exercise, a single UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter circled this dusty desert town looking for the makeshift landing zone.

 

Lt. Col. Bernie Spoerri, left, helps Shawn Crane of ACT in Gunnison, Utah, gear up with 60-pound individual body armor.

ESGR and the Utah Guard Host Soldiers' Civilian Employers at Fort Bliss

FORT BLISS, Texas — "Overwhelming.” That is how Valerie Newson, a corporate manager in the auditing division of the Utah State Tax Commission, described her visit to Fort Bliss, Texas, to observe the training of one of her employees currently preparing for deployment to Iraq.

 

Air Guard personnel offload the vehicle containing specialized camera equipment bound for Huntington, Utah, to help locate six trapped miners.

Utah Air National Guard Assists with Equipment to Search for Trapped Miners

SALT LAKE CITY — At the request of Governor Jon Huntsman, the Utah Air National Guard assisted with airlifting a critical piece of equipment Aug. 9 to support rescue operations for six miners trapped in a Utah coal mine.

Soldiers from the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) receive training on the new Medical Communications Combat Casualty Care system.

New MC4 Digital System Helps Injured-Soldier Tracking Go Paperless

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — The 19th Special Forces Group is receiving training on a system that doctors say should make reporting field injuries more accurate.

Utah National Guard Tees Off for Special Olympics Utah

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah More than 140 golfers teed off in a best-ball, scramble-start tournament here in support of Utah’s Special Olympics athletes.

WO1 Hiram Nelson, center, receives his new warrant officer bar at his graduation from Warrant Officer Candidate School.

Warrant Officers - Specialized Tactical and Technical Experts

DRAPER, Utah — Over the past year, 22 Utah National Guard Soldiers who recently graduated from the Army’s Warrant Officer Candidate School have brought that advanced training and education back to their units.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The Utah National Guard had a chance to show their stuff to visiting foreign military attachés Apr. 13 at Hill Air Force Base during a weeklong visit to the Western United States.

 

Utah National Guard Showcases Soldiers and Capabilities to Foreign Military Officials

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The Utah National Guard had a chance to show their stuff to visiting foreign military attachés Apr. 13 at Hill Air Force Base during a weeklong visit to the Western United States.

 

Utah National Guard's CST Earns Federal Certification

LEHI, Utah — The 85th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team of the Utah National Guard formally announced its federal certification July 17 to state and National Guard officials during an open house at the Lehi Armory.

Dignitaries turn ceremonial first shovelfuls of dirt at the TASS building groundbreaking July 16.

640th RTI Breaks Ground for New Training Facility

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — The Utah National Guard broke ground for a new training facility at Camp Williams July 16.The new building will house the Total Army School System headquarters for the 640th Regional Training Institute.

 

The Neola Fire blackened more than 43,000 acres in Duchesne and Uintah Counties and the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in July 2007.

Utah Guard Soldiers Activated to Support Neola Fire Effort

NEOLA, Utah In the center of the picture were 100 members of the 115th Engineer Group. They had been activated that day by Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., to assist with the massive effort to fight a wildfire surrounding the small northeastern Utah town of Neola.

Oil painting by Kaziah Hancock of 2nd Lt. Scott Lundell, I Corps Artillery, Utah National Guard, killed in action in Afghanistan in November 2006.

Utah Artist Honors the Fallen

MANTI, Utah A professional Utah artist is making a difference in the lives of families who lost loved ones fighting the Global War on Terror. 

Guardsman participate in the EIS (excellence in shooting) competition on the final day of the MAC Region VII Championships held at Camp Williams, Utah.

Annual Marksmanship Competition Held in Utah

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — The Utah National Guard hosted the annual Marksmanship Area Competition (MAC) Region VII Championships here June 22-24.

Sgt. Jill Stevens smile ecstatically after being crowned Miss Utah.

Utah National Guard Soldier Crowned Miss Utah

DRAPER, Utah Sgt. Jill Stevens, a member of 1st Battalion, 211th Aviation, Utah National Guard, was crowned Miss Utah Saturday evening, June 30, at the annual pageant held at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City.

Boss Lift passengers Cija Doyle, left, and John Kelley, center, ride in the KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft en route to Camp Shelby, Miss.

Utah National Guard Gives Soldiers' Civilian Bosses a Lift

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. — The Utah National Guard and Employer Support to the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) treated 24 civilian employers of members of the 116th Convoy Security Company to a three-day experience June 20-22 at Camp Shelby, Miss.

Chief Paul Holton, 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, left, receives the Bronze Minuteman from Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet.

Utah National Guard Hosts 46th Annual Minuteman Awards Dinner

SALT LAKE CITY The Utah National Guard hosted its 46th Annual Minuteman Awards Dinner, June 13, at Salt Lake’s Little America Hotel.

A young supporter of the 1-145th Field Artillery says farewell to his Soldier June 12.

Off to Camp Bucca Iraq: The 1-145th Field Artillery Says Farewell

SALT LAKE CITY — ‘More than 400 Soldiers of First Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, and their families and friends came together June 12 for a heroes’ send-off at the Utah Air National Guard Base.

Capt. Jeremy Neville, right, receives the new colors of the 624th from Lt. Col. Milada Copeland, commander of the 115th Engineers.

New 624th Vertical Construction Company 'Goes to Work'

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — The Springville-based 489th Utilities Detachment  and 115th Engineer Detachment of the Utah National Guard consolidated as the 624th Vertical Construction Company in a ceremony at the Springville armory June 9.

Ileen Kennedy holds Shawn Bradley's size 18 custom made ACU boot.

NBA Stars turn to the Utah National Guard for Preparation of Deployment to the Middle East

DRAPER Two Utah sports celebrities were issued Army Combat Uniforms, boots and field caps Tuesday in preparation for a two-week trip they will take to the Middle East later this month.

Capt. Todd Lobato, 299th Range Control Squadron, left, receives award from FAA representative Bryan Neville.

Utah Guard Air Traffic Controller Honored by FAA

SALT LAKE CITY — Controlling the skies over the largest test range in the United States can be a daunting task, but members of the Utah Air National Guard have initiated a public program that ensures the safety of all aircraft both civilian and military.

Cpl. Michael Dixon, of Dugway, makes one last phone call at the top of the aircraft stairs as he boards the flight to Camp Shelby, Miss.

The 116th Convoy Security Company: The Newest Unit in the Utah Guard Heads Out

SALT LAKE CITY Family, friends and Utah National Guard leaders gathered May 21 at the Utah Air National Guard Base here to say farewell to a unit that did not exist just a few months ago.

SrA Andrew Howells begins the evening by singing the National Anthem.

Military Wives and Mothers Honored

SALT LAKE CITY The second annual Military Wives and Mothers Honor event was held May 18 at the Utah Air National Guard Base Dining Facility. Brig. Gen. Scott Harrison welcomed those in attendance and gave words of support to women whose husbands or children are deployed.

A 116th Soldier uses a backhoe to remove concrete slabs from the bed of a new patrol road west of Naco, Ariz.

Back to the Border for Utah Guard Engineers

DOUGLAS, Arizona — It’s been a year since Soldiers of the 116th Horizontal Construction Company were on the U.S.-Mexico border, being the first Guard unit nationwide to support Operation Jump Start.

Members of the CST set up a decontamination line.

Rapid Reaction: 85th Civil Support Team Trains with Local Emergency Responders in Utah's West Desert

WENDOVER, Utah — A 737 chartered commercial airliner left the airport here only to return for an emergency landing a short time later when a number of passengers became ill.  Six of the passengers complained of nausea, blurred vision and runny noses.

Utah Guardsmen greeted returning Soldiers coming home from the Philippines, along with family and friends at the SLC International Airport.

19th Special Forces Group Returns Home from Service in Philippines

SALT LAKE CITY — Nearly 100 members of Utah’s Special Forces returned from fighting the Global War on Terror in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from a unique location.

Soldiers, Airmen, Boy Scouts and volunteers work together at the Salt Lake Community Services Council Warehouse collecting food donations.

Scouting for Food - 2007

SALT LAKE CITY — Scouting for Food is a joint undertaking between Utah National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, Boy Scouts from all three Utah Scout councils, statewide food bank personnel and community volunteers.

Members of the 120th QM Det. pause in their training at Ft. Bliss to pose for the camera.

120th Quartermaster Transitions to Home Life after Iraq Duty

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — Transitioning into civilian life after redeployment is something every Soldier has to go through. The Springville-based 120th Quartermaster Detachment (Water Purification) recently drilled together for the first time since returning from serving in Iraq for 15 months.

Lt. Shawn Barrett and his wife April in front of a KC-135R.

Family Unity Cultivates Quality Pilots

SALT LAKE CITY Flying high above Utah’s West Desert, spouses of the Utah Air National Guard witnessed the refueling of an F-16 fighter jet from the pod of a KC-135R aircraft on a spouse orientation flight, which departed from the base in the early morning of Mar. 15.

Morocco boy is all grins as he gets to wear a Lt. Col.'s hat for a moment.

Rural Morocco Benefits from Utah Guard 'Traveling Medical Show'

TAN TAN, Morocco More than 40 Utah Guard Airmen and Soldiers, along with U.S. Marines, Navy and Air Force Reserves, joined forces with the Moroccan military during the last two weeks of April 2007 in the southern part of the African nation for a variety of training exercises dubbed Operation African Lion.

Elaine Dumler with the poster of CSM Dell Smith she affectionately referred to as "Flat Daddy" during her presentation. Copies of Elaine Dumler’s book, I’m Already Home . . . Again were given to each participant. Family Readiness conference attendees gather at the Yarrow Hotel in Park City, April 28 for training.

 

Family Readiness Conference and Youth Symposium - 2007

PARK CITY, Utah — Family Programs held the Utah National Guard Family Readiness Conference and Youth Symposium in Park City, Utah, April 28.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The Utah National Guard had a chance to show their stuff to visiting foreign military attachés Apr. 13 at Hill Air Force Base during a weeklong visit to the Western United States.

Utah National Guard Showcases Soldiers and Capabilities to Foreign Military Officials

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The Utah National Guard had a chance to show their stuff to visiting foreign military attachés Apr. 13 at Hill Air Force Base during a weeklong visit to the Western United States.

Utah's Gold Star Mothers attend a House session as the the Gold Star Family License Place legislation is voted on and approved.

 

Utah Airmen and Soldiers Benefit from 2007 Legislative Session

SALT LAKE CITY — Entering the final week of the Utah Legislative session, Col. Scot Olson had a pretty good idea that the Utah National Guard would fare well when it came time for legislators to sign the checks for this year’s budget.

 

Brig. Gen. Bruce Frandsen, left, discusses the border fence-building mission with a Utah Soldier in June 2006 near San Luis, Ariz.

 

Utah Guard General Takes on National Assignment

DRAPER, Utah — Brig. Gen. Bruce C. Frandsen, Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Utah National Guard, was appointed recently as deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

 

Soldiers Compete for the Soldier of the Year - 2007

 

Noncommissioned Officer/Soldier of the Year Competition - 2007

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah – Sixteen Utah National Guard members competed Mar. 30-31 for the titles of Soldier of the Year, Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year, and First Sergeant of the Year for 2007 at Camp Williams.

 

#25 NASCAR Driver Casey Mears flies in an Apache flown by a 211th Aviation pilot.

Casey Mears Earns Frequent-Flier Miles with the Utah Guard

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Casey Mears, driver of the #25 National Guard-sponsored car on the NASCAR circuit, swapped his driver's suit emblazoned with patches of the team's sponsors for a personalized, olive-drab flight suit during a recent visit to Utah.

 

The tally board in the Utah House shows support for a special Gold Star license plate.

Utah National Guard Legislative Liaison takes the Hill

SALT LAKE CITY — Amid the give and take of lawmaker and lobbyist in the State Capitol when the Utah House and Senate are in session, you will find Col. Scot Olson, legislative liaison for the Utah National Guard.

Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, left, receives the Utah National Guard Joint Medal of Merit Feb. 16 from Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Utah's Top Soldier Receives Award from His Commander

SALT LAKE CITY — Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, received the Utah Joint Medal of Merit in a ceremony at the Utah State Capitol Feb. 16.

Utah Guard Goes High Tech to Teach Students about Freedom

KEARNS, Utah — Conviction. Courage. Ambition. Freedom. These are a few of the themes touted by a new presentation for young teens, which is finding its way into junior high and middle schools around the state.

Maj. Pete Adams, left, prepares to present plaque of appreciaion to West Jordan Fire Chief Brad Wardle Feb. 6.

Thank You, Fire Station 53

WEST JORDAN, Utah — When Airport No. 2 lost its crash rescue team a few years ago, it left the Utah National Guard’s 211th Aviation looking off the tarmac for support. The Blackhawk battalion found the support it needed from the West Jordan Fire Department.

Governor Jon M. Huntsman and Jeanine Lundell at HB309 Press Conference.

Pending Legislation to Benefit Survivors of Utah's Fallen

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill waiving tuition for surviving family members of Servicemen and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice was formally introduced Feb. 2 during a press conference attended by Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., and members of the Utah National Guard.

Air Force Thunderbird

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Get Some 'Love' from the Utah Air National Guard

SALT LAKE CITY — Unlike Rex Grossman, the Chicago Bears quarterback who threw a pair of interceptions in Super Bowl XLI, Sunday, the Utah Air National Guard’s 191st Air Refueling Squadron went 12 for 12 two days earlier in its Big Game debut.

Warrant Officer Lynn Adams leaves the firing line and continues the race at the Western Regional Biathlon Championships.

Utah Guard Biathlon Team Wins Gold

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. — Despite injuries, deployments and the addition of new team members, the Utah Army National Guard Biathlon Team won team gold recently at the National Guard Bureau Western Regional Biathlon Championships in West Yellowstone, Mont.

Kimberly Gauer Becomes a Utah Guard First to Pioneer New Age Limits

Kimberly Gauer Becomes a Utah Guard First to Pioneer New Age Limits

DRAPER, Utah — Recruiting has achieved a first for Utah. Kimberly Gauer, 40, enlisted in the Utah National Guard as the first female over 40 since the Army raised the age limit for enlistees to 42. She is also one of the first ten females over 40 to ever join the military.

Governor Huntsman Shares His Perspective on Utah Troops in the Middle East

Governor Huntsman Shares His Perspective on Utah Troops in the Middle East

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., returned from a trip to Afghanistan in December.  The state’s chief executive, who is commander in chief of the Utah National Guard, is often referred to as “hands-on” commander by his Airmen and Soldiers.

A Parkview Elementary "Behavior Buck."

Utah National Guard Continues Support of Salt Lake's Parkview Elementary

SALT LAKE CITY — Donations made by Utah National Guard employees to a Westside elementary school are helping students learn a valuable lesson about money, and the interest is paying dividends for the community at large.

A 151st Air Refueling Wing Air Crew prepares the aircraft for a  night-refueling mission in December 2006 at Incirlik Air Base.

Members of the 151st Air Refueling Wing Have a Turkey Christmas

SALT LAKE CITY — Members of the Utah Air National Guard's 151st Air Refueling Wing—who have steadily trickled home since the New Year from a month-long deployment to Turkey—may have missed the holidays but not the importance of their mission.

Shari Gillins, second from left, with her family at Adam's departure for Afghanistan June 9.

Southern Utah Mom Supports Her Four Guard Kids

BEAVER, Utah — The 11-foot Christmas tree is decorated with red, white and blue ornaments, stars and carved wooden words—one says “Peace” and another says “Believe.” An angel rests at the top holding an American flag with three white doves.

Sgt. Brian Bochat, above left, 19th Special Forces Group, assists Santa with gifts at Camp Bautista, Jolo Island, Philippines, Dec. 14.

U.S. Special Forces Soldiers Conduct Holiday Operation for Filipino Kids

CAMP BAUTISTA, Jolo Island, Republic of the Philippines More than 100 Filipino children received gifts and a special visit from Santa Claus and his assistant, Sgt. Brian Borchat, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Utah National Guard.

A poster of Col. John Moore held by a family member at the unit's homecoming Dec. 2.

Home! HQ, 115th Engineers Returns from Iraq

SALT LAKE CITY — After a 14-month deployment, the Draper-based Headquarters, 115th Engineer Battalion, returned to Utah Dec. 2. All 40 Soldiers returned without serious injury, much to the relief of waiting family and friends at the Salt Lake Air Base.

A memorial display in Afghanistan honors the service of 2nd Lt. Scott Lundell, who was killed in action Nov. 25.

Lundell Memorialized by Leaders, Soldiers, Friends and Strangers

DRAPER, Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., commander in chief of the Utah National Guard, who was visiting troops in Afghanistan at the time, joined those in uniform to honor Lundell at a service held high in the Afghan steppe. 

2nd Lt. Scott Lundell served with I Corps Artillery in Afghanistan as a trainer for the Afghan National Army.

2nd Lt. Scott Lundell Honored in West Valley, Laid to Rest in Benjamin

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah 2nd Lt. Scott B. Lundell, 35, was buried at the Benjamin City Cemetery with full military honors Dec. 2 after services were held at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel in West Valley City.

2nd Lt. Scott B. Lundell deployed with I Corps Artillery to Afghanistan in June 2006.

Utah National Guard Soldier Dies in Action in Afghanistan

DRAPER, Utah 2nd Lt. Scott B. Lundell, I Corps Artillery, Utah National Guard, was killed in action Nov. 25 in Afghanistan after his dismounted patrol was engaged by enemy forces.

Maj. Gen. Maurice Watts was adjutant general of the Utah National Guard from 1964 to 1980.

 

Former Utah National Guard Adjutant General Passes Away

SALT LAKE CITY He defined his life by service. Maurice Watts, former adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, was remembered Nov. 25 in Cottonwood Heights.

 

A young 144th Soldiers is greeted by his wife and child at the Salt Lake Air Base Nov. 11.

144th Area Support Medical Company Returns from Iraq on Veterans Day

SALT LAKE CITYSoldiers of the Springville-based 144th Area Support Medical Company arrived at the Salt Lake Air Base where Governor Jon Huntsman and hundreds of family and friends eagerly awaited with American flags, yellow roses and welcome-home signs.

The 23rd Army Band and combined Granite School District high school choirs performed Nov. 11 at the University of of Utah's Huntsman Center.

 

Utah National Guard Hosts 51st Annual Veterans Day Concert

SALT LAKE CITY Toe-tapping. Inspiring. Thought-provoking. These words describe the night of spoken words and music at the Utah National Guard’s 51st annual Veterans Day concert at the Huntsman Center Nov. 11. 

 

Sgt. Shauna Rohbock, right, takes the oath of reenlistment with assistance from of Maj. Coy Bryant in Draper Nov. 2.

Olympic Medalist and Utah Guard Member Reenlists, Makes Sergeant

DRAPER, UtahThe Utah National Guard took gold when Spc. Shauna Rohbock reenlisted for three more years and was subsequently promoted to the rank of sergeant in a dual ceremony on Nov. 2.

Michael Duckworth, center, presents baby quilts to members of the U.S. Marine Corps and Utah Army and Air National Guards Nov. 1.

West Jordan Eagle Scout Presents Baby Quilts to Utah Military Families

DRAPER, UtahAn Eagle Scout project is touching the lives of deployed Utah service members and their families. Michael Duckworth, 12, of West Jordan presented 70 hand-made quilts to Utah National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet in a ceremony Nov. 1 at the Utah National Guard headquarters.

Maj. Paul Waldron, left, teaches basic law concepts to the legal staff of the 205th Corps, Afghan National Army, at Camp Shir Zai.

Afghan National Army Legal Staff Trained by Utah Soldier

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan Ten members of the legal staff of the 205th Corps, Afghan National Army, were grounded in basic law concepts recently at Camp Shir Zai, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Emily Porritt greets her Soldier, Sgt. Joseph Porritt, at the Salt Lake Air Base, after a 15-month separation for his service in Iraq.

120th Quartermaster Detachment Welcomed Home from Iraq

SALT LAKE CITY — During their homecoming Nov. 2 at the Salt Lake Air Base, emotions were as pure as the water the Springville-based 120th Quartermaster Detachment treated in Iraq.

Utah Air National Guard members salute their commander in chief, Gov. Jon Huntsman, at Governor's Day at Camp Williams Sept. 10.

Governor's Day 2006 Held at Camp Williams

SALT LAKE CITY — During their homecoming Nov. 2 at the Salt Lake Air Base, emotions were as pure as the water the Springville-based 120th Quartermaster Detachment treated in Iraq.

The incomparable tropical sunset of Sao Tome and Principe looking west across the Atlantic Ocean.

Utah National Guard Captain Makes Big Impression on Small Island

SAO TOME — From February to July 2006 I had the distinct honor and privilege serving as the Bilateral Affairs Officer to Sao Tome and Principe.

The Burton Boys, from left to right, Col. Andy, Pfc. Jason, and Sgt. David, all of 19th Special Forces Group, prior to takeoff for their jump July 19.

19th Special Forces Group Commander Has Eventful Last Day at Helm

CEDAR FORT and CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah —  For Col. Andy Burton, commander of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and his son Pfc. Jason Burton, Wednesday, July 19, was a day of firsts and lasts.

Jill Stevens, a member of the 1-211th Aviation, Utah National Guard, gets the news of her first runner-up finish at the 2006 Miss Utah Pageant.

Utah Guard Soldier Takes Second at 2006 Miss Utah Pageant

DRAPER, Utah — Soldiers attending Basic Training often have the phrase “One shot, one kill,” drilled into them. But the military adage recently made its way into an unlikely place: the 2006 Miss Utah pageant, thanks to Spc. Jill Stevens, a medic from the 211th Aviation, Utah National Guard. 

I Corps Artillery Soldiers take a break during a hot day of weapons training at Camp Shelby.

 

I Corps Works Hard, Plays Hard at Camp Shelby

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. — As America celebrated her birthday July 4, 2006, with parties and fireworks, so did I Corps Artillery Forward (ICA FWD).Teams had a couple of well-received days off. Several of the guys flew their wives out and were able to spend some quality time with them, and the unit held a barbecue that afternoon.

 

A Beaver convenience store gives some love to returning Soldiers of Service Battery, 2-222nd.

Utah National Guard's Triple Deuce Comes Home

CEDAR CITY, Utah — ‘Welcome home, Triple Deuce.’  — St. George Spectrum. ‘They’re home!’ — Richfield Reaper. ‘There’s no place like home.’ — Cedar City Daily News. ‘Welcome home, our hometown heroes.’ — Beaver Press. These were the local newspaper headlines from the four cities home to the units of  Second Battalion, 222nd Field Artillery.

A Utah Air National Guard KC-135 refuels an F-15 during the Northern Edge exercise in Alaska June 6.

151st Air Refueling Wing Supports Alaska's Northern Edge Exercise

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska — The 151st Air Refueling Wing, Utah Air National Guard, returned June 17 after two weeks participating in Northern Edge 2006, the largest military training exercise in Alaska.

Soldiers of I Corps Artillery, Utah National Guard, line up to board a charter jet to Camp Shelby, Miss., on the first leg of their deployment.

I Corps Artillery Deploys

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. — On the rainy Friday morning of June 9, the main body of approximately 120 Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, I Corps Artillery Forward (ICA FWD) assembled in a hangar at Salt Lake Air Base to bid farewell to wives, children, girlfriends, family and friends.

1st Lt. Phillip Smith, right, and Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Ewell, 115th Engineers,  Utah National Guard, prepare for a route-clearance mission.

Utah's 115th Engineers Mobile Observation Team: A First on the Battlefield

CAMP VICTORY, IRAQ — Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) are the enemy’s weapon of choice in Iraq, and to date they are the number-one killer of Coalition forces on the battlefield. Their ever-increasing sophistication is a challenge, but not an insurmountable one.

Sgt. Edward Rozak inside the 3K ROWPU checking gauges to ensure the best water quality for the camp.

120th Quartermaster Detachment Works behind the Scenes in Iraq

SOUTHERN IRAQ — The struggle for peace in the Middle East requires a large effort, and not all the work the military is doing makes the evening news. Some jobs are less glamorous than others but still essential. Two examples are the water and Class I missions being carried out by the 120th Quartermaster Detachment (Water Purification).

The border fence between the United States and Mexico bakes in the late-afternoon sun a few miles east of San Luis, Ariz.

Utah Guard Engineers Among First to Respond to Border Call

SAN LUIS, Ariz. — Less than three weeks following the president’s call, 55 members of the Utah National Guard arrived at Arizona’s southern border June 3 to spend two weeks extending the border fence, building a patrol road, and installing lighting.

Sgt. Michael Naretto prepares to cordon and search a suspected insurgent base.

Bleeding Fuchsia in Training to Avoid Bleeding Red in Battle

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah— For one long day, the Soldiers of the 300th MI Brigade Headquarters climbed out from behind their computers May 6 and become the land warriors of MICO H.

New members of the Family Programs Team, left to right, Laura Roberts, Kelly Barnes, and Stacey Mundy.

Faces Change, Service Remains the Same for Utah National Guard Family Programs

DRAPER, Utah — Recently the Utah National Guard Family Programs team has undergone personnel changes and added some new faces.

At the Audie Murphy Club award ceremony May 10, from left to right, Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher, 30th Medical Brigade; Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mellinger, Multinational Forces Iraq; Sgt.David Mabey, 144th ASMC; and Command Sgt. Maj. David Eddy, European Medical Command.

144th Area Support Medical Company Soldier Inducted into Elite Leader Club

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq — Sgt. David Mabey, Mapleton, who is serving in Iraq with the 144th Area Support Medical Company, Utah National Guard, was inducted May 10 into the Army's Audie Murphy Club.

Members of the 144th ASMC who assisted with a fallen comrade May 6 in Iraq.

144th Area Support Medical Company Assists with Fallen Comrade in Iraq

CAMP ECHO, Iraq — Stepping outside their comfort zone at Camp Echo, Iraq, Soldiers of the 144th Area Support Medical Company went far above and beyond the call of duty in caring for a fallen Soldier and his comrades May 6.

The silver medal presented to Spc. Shauna Rohbock in the women's bobsled event at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.

 

Winter Olympic Silver Medalist Reenlists in Utah National Guard

DRAPER, Utah — Winter Olympic silver medalist Spc. Shauna Rohbock, Joint Forces Headquarters, reenlisted in the Utah National Guard in a formal ceremony at the Draper headquarters building Apr. 24.

 

Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, cener, visits with Soldiers of the 2-222nd Field Artillery in Ramadi, Iraq.

Utah Guard Senior Leaders Visit Troops in Iraq

DRAPER, Utah — Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet and Command Sgt. Maj. Dell Smith traveled to Baghdad, Balad and Ramadi, Iraq, and met with Soldiers from the 115th Engineers, 120th Quartermaster Detachment, 141st and 142nd Military Intelligence Battalions, 144th Area Support Medical Company and 2-222nd Field Artillery. 

 

Gov. Jon Huntsman at the Baghdad Airport with the aircraft that brought him to Iraq.

Governor Huntsman Visits Iraq, Praises Utah Guard

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., returned from a trip to Iraq in March of this year. Huntsman, who is also the commander in chief of the Utah National Guard, shares his perspective on his three-day trip and what it means to command the 6,500 Airmen and Soldiers of the Utah National Guard, many of whom served in the Middle East.

CW2 David Adamson greets family members for the first time in 15 months after arriving at Salt Lake Air Base from Fort Bliss, Texas.

 

115th Maintenance Company Returns from Iraq Deployment

SALT LAKE CITY — When Utah National Guard officials arrived at the Salt Lake Air Base Apr. 14 at 5:30 a.m. in preparation for the 7:30 a.m. arrival of the 115th Maintenance Company, they were greeted by dozens of family members already lined up at the front gate.

 

Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Saunders, right, congratulates Col. Ed Willis, 640th Regional Training Institute, on receiving their Military Intelligence school accreditation Apr. 8.

640th Regional Training Institute Receives Military Intelligence Accreditation

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — The Army now has another place to train Military Intelligence Soldiers. Active- and Reserve-Component soldiers can now qualify in Utah as Human Intelligence Collectors, Counterintelligence Agents and Intelligence Analysts.

Life Flight transporst Spc. Matilde Ott  in a Swiss seat hoist during a training exercise.

Range Control Soldiers Get Carried Away with Life Flight Training

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah – Camp Williams Range Control conducted a MEDEVAC rehearsal Mar. 30 with Intermountain Health Care’s Life Flight team.

 

Sgt. 1st Class Kamron Wright, 115th Engineers, with one of many Special Search Dogs used to help detect improvised explosive devices in Iraq.

115th Engineers Perform Critical Mission in Iraq

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq — Headquarters Detachment, 115th Engineers, Utah National Guard, deployed to Iraq in January 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit operates the Explosive Hazards Coordination Cell (EHCC).

Spc. Timothy Fairhurst concentrates as he fires his M16.

2006 Soldier of the Year Competition

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah – Fourteen Utah National Guard members competed Mar. 23-25 for the titles of Soldier of the Year, Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year, and First Sergeant of the Year at Camp Williams.

A French student from West High School gives a two-minute speech during the impromptu competition to judges from the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade.

300th Military Intelligence Brigade Hosts Second Annual Language Olympics

DRAPER, Utah — Students from East, West and Highland High Schools competed  in the second annual Utah High School Language Olympics Apr. 7. at the Utah National Guard’s Draper headquarters.

Pvt. Devin Taylor, left, the newest member of the Utah National Guard, is sworn in by his commander in chief, Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Gov. Huntsman Swears in Fourth Taylor Brother to Guard

SOUTH OGDEN, Utah With three brothers already serving their state and country as members of the Utah National Guard, it seemed natural for Devin Taylor to enlist, too.

Dr. Ray Clifford, Brigham Young University, presents his perspective on the future of language as it affects the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade and other DoD components.

300th Military Intelligence Brigade Hosts Annual Language Conference

DRAPER, Utah Building a strong foundation in language and cultural expertise will help win the global war on terror. That was the underlying theme of a conference hosted by the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade.

Tonia Johnson receives a national Family Readiness Program award on behalf of the 130th EIS from Air Force officials Mar. 16 in St. Louis.

130th Engineer Installation Squadron Receives National Family Readiness Award

ST. LOUIS — The 130th Engineering Installation Squadron Family Readiness Program was recognized Mar. 16 as the best in the nation at the Engineering Installation Commander’s Conference in St. Louis.

Scouts deliver bags of food to the Spanish Fork Armory, one of dozens of drop-off points for the Scouting for Food drive Mar. 25.

Utah National Guard Supports Scouting for Food for 19th Consecutive Year

SALT LAKE CITY — Boy Scouts, Yellow Freight drivers and members of the Utah Army and Air National Guard blasted off hunger at this year’s Scouting for Food drive Mar. 25.

A Blackhawk helicopter of Alpha Company, 2-211th, departs West Jordan en route to Fort Hood, Texas, Mar. 23.

Alpha Company, 2-211 Departs for OIF Deployment

WEST JORDAN — “One more time.” Those words from Chief Warrant Officer Lynn Higgins captured the attitude and resolve of the 35 Soldiers of Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation, Utah National Guard, as they departed from Utah Mar. 23 for an 18-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

Katrina evacuee and newly minted Pvt. Moniqueca Hamilton with her recruiter Sgt. Charles Rhodes after her swearing-in ceremony Mar. 20.

New Orleans Evacuee Joins Utah National Guard

SALT LAKE CITY — A victim of nature’s wrath has embraced the organization that aided her state in its time of need.

Four reverse-osmosis water-purificaiton units (ROWPU), background, and 50,000-gallon water bag used by the 120th Quartermaster Detachment to provide potable water for deployed troops in southern Iraq.

120th Quartermaster Detachment Fulfills Diverse Mission in Iraq

CONVOY SUPPORT CENTER SCANIA, Iraq – The Utah National Guard’s 120th Quartermaster Detachment (Water Purification) has proven that adaptability and flexibility are important no matter what the size of the unit.

Chief Warrant Officer Ryan D. Eyre, 211th Aviation Regiment, and Sgt. Scott R. Campbell, 640th Regional Training Institute, both of the Utah National Guard, receive the Utah Cross award for separate acts of bravery.

Utah's Governor, Lawmakers Honor Two Utah National Guard Soldiers

SALT LAKE CITY In a ceremony in the Senate chamber on Utah’s Capitol Hill Feb. 23, Chief Warrant Officer Ryan D. Eyre, 211th Aviation Regiment, and Sgt. Scott R. Campbell, 640th Regional Training Institute, both of the Utah National Guard, received the Utah Cross award for separate acts of bravery.

Digit, the resident cat at the Utah State Veterans Nursing Home.

The Utah State Veterans Nursing Home: Another Utah Guard Success Story

SALT LAKE CITY The Utah National Guard is world famous for its ability to answer the call to serve overseas and here at home. One Utah Guard project, however, has received quite a bit less notoriety for the same level of superior performance and service, but that is soon to change.

A local Iraqi is met by his sheik on the day of his release from prison in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, Feb. 22.

Triple Deuce Coordinates Iraqi Prisoner Release

AR RAMADI, Iraq The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th Division, and Task Force 222nd Field Artillery coordinated and carried out the release of seven local Iraqi citizens being held at Abu Ghraib prison for various minor crimes against Coalition forces Feb. 22.

Utah Army National Guard Spc. Shauna Rohbock (right), a member the Army’s World Class Athlete Program, and Valerie Fleming started fast on the Cesana track and earned the silver medal in women’s bobsledding on Jan. 21 during the XX Winter Olympics in Italy. Rohbock was the driver for the USA-1 sled and was competing in her first Olympic Games.

Utah National Guard Soldier Takes Olympic Silver

ARLINGTON, Va. – A Utah National Guard Soldier earned a silver medal in women’s bobsledding Feb. 21 during her Olympic debut at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy.

Maj. Phil Swan, left, receives the Group Support Company colors Feb. 12 from Col. Andy Burton, commander of 19th Special Forces Group.

Change of Command for Group Support Company, 19th Special Forces Group

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Group Support Company, 19th Special Forces Group, Utah National Guard, conducted a change of command Feb. 12 at Camp Williams. At the ceremony, Maj. James Slagowski officially relinquished command to Maj. Phil Swan.

 Spc. Rich Hosay, 115th Maintenance Company, Utah National Guard, makes repairs on a military vehicle at LSA Anaconda.

National Guard Units from Three States Come Together

LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Iraq—For Utah’s 115th Maintenance Company, the only thing more diverse than the Soldiers is the smorgasbord of missions they perform in southern Iraq.

The Parkview marquee expressing thanks to the Utah National Guard for its donation of books to the school.

Utah Guard Donates Books to Salt Lake's Parkview Elementary

SALT LAKE CITY Smiles and giggles were everywhere at Salt Lake’s Parkview Elementary when the Utah National Guard delivered more than 400 donated books there Jan. 26.

Sgt. Scott Campbell rescued an injured motorist on a Nevada highway Jan. 22.

Utah Soldier Rescues Injured Motorist on Nevada Highway

PERSHING COUNTY, Nev. Soldiers never know when their training will be needed.  One Utah National Guard Soldier was returning home to Utah Jan. 22 from the Midwinter Enlisted Association Conference in Reno when a situation required his first aid skills.

Sgt. Alex Fajardo, 211th Aviation, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, leads the Utah Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance Jan. 16.

Soldiers Open Utah's 2006 Legislative Session

SALT LAKE CITY In tribute to the service that the Utah National Guard provides to our state and nation, Utah legislators invited the Guard to play a key role in the opening of the 2006 legislative session Jan. 16 on Utah’s Capitol Hill.

Chief Wallen holds an Apache helicopter as he answers students' questions.

Apache Pilot Shares Experiences of Afghanistan with Students

ST. GEORGE, Utah - CW5 Gary "Stretch" Wallen watched as anxious teenagers piled into a small auditorium. Snow Canyon High School invited the helicopter pilot Jan. 4 to share his experiences he had while deployed in Afghanistan.

Close-up of a gift rug presented to Chief Warrant Officer Michael Burn at his retirment ceremony Dec. 20.

Two Utah Guard Legends Retire after 30 Years of Service 

DRAPER, Utah Chief Warrant Officer Michael J. Burn and Col. Craig V. Morgan retired officially from the Utah National Guard in separate ceremonies at Draper Headquarters Dec. 20.

Spc. Ben Mecham, 144th ASMC, lends a helping hand to a local resident at Camp Scania, Iraq.

144th Area Support Medical Company Arrives in Iraq Nov. 16 

TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq After tearful goodbyes, three months of intensive training, pre-deployment leave and more tearful goodbyes, the 144th ASMC has finally arrived “on ground” in southern Iraq.

Marine Sgt. Douglas Steffy, C Company, 4th Light Armor Reconnaissance Battalion, grills up some  bacon and pancakes for hungry diners.

Camp Williams Marines Feed the Army for Toys for Tots 

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Waking up early is nothing new for the Marines.  But rising at zero-dark-thirty to feed the Army is unusual for members of C Company, 4th Light Armor Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Williams. 

Maj. Lamar Blair, right, unfurls the 2-211th battalion colors for the first time with assistance from Command Sgt. Maj. Danny Gordon.

Utah National Guard Activates New Unit: Second Battalion, 211th Aviation Group 

WEST JORDAN, Utah The Utah National Guard activated the new Second Battalion, 211th Aviation Group, in an official ceremony Dec. 3. at the West Jordan armory.

A sign honors fallen Soldier Sgt. 1st Class Ronald T. Wood and his returning comrades of the 1-148th Field Artillery along the parade route in Brigham City.

Brigham City and Logan Welcome the 1-148th Field Artillery Home from Iraq 

BRIGHAM CITY and LOGAN, Utah — Utah welcomed home the Soldiers of the Brigham City- and Logan-based Bravo Battery, 1-148th Field Artillery, Utah National Guard, at the Salt Lake Air Base Nov. 18.

Col. Dana Yetton, left, receives the 211th Aviation Group's colors from Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard.

Change of Command for 211th Aviation Group and 1-211th Aviation Battalion

WEST JORDAN, Utah The 211th Aviation Group of the Utah Army National Guard conducted two change-of-command ceremonies Nov. 18 at the West Jordan armory.

Utah National Guard Hosts 50th Annual Veterans Day Concert

SALT LAKE CITY The Utah National Guard honored veterans of all services again this year with a concert held at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Center Nov. 11.

Don Brown, Janus Database Administrator, studies the Janus screen, surveying the ongoing battlefield.

The Distributive Battle Simulation Program: the Modern-day Answer to Ancient Rome’s God of Gates

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — In a dimly lit room at the Salt Lake-Utah County line, a battle rages.  The sounds of freedom ring as artillery suppress the enemy through superior firepower.  The mechanized infantry move to higher ground as armored units sweep the area. 

Col. Paul Harrell presents Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Shuler with the Legion of Merit for his long service with the Utah National Guard.

Command Sgt. Major Karl Shuler Retires

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — After 34 years of devoted service, Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Shuler officially retired from the Utah National Guard Oct. 13 in a ceremony at Camp Williams.

A Pecan Island, La., home with severe damage from Hurricane Rita.

Task Force Utah Offers Helping Hand in Louisiana

ABBEVILLE, La. When the Utah National Guard’s Task Force Utah advance party arrived in Louisiana Sept. 25, no one knew where they would be assigned.

Members of the 19th Special Forces Group wade through a flooded area in Louisiana.

Utah National Guard Supports Hurricane Relief:  Guard Members and Local Citizens Tell the Story

ABBEVILLE, La. Approximately 500 Soldiers and Airmen of the Utah National Guard answered the call in September and October to assist with relief and reconstruction efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Flooding in downtown New Orleans encountered by members of the 85th Civil Support Team, Utah National Guard.

In their own words...  The 85th Civil Support Team Supports Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS The first tactical element from the Utah National Guard to be on the ground in support of Hurricane Katrina was a portion of the communications and operations section from the 85th Civil Support Team.

Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., center, and Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet salute passing troops at Governor's Day Sept. 10.

Utah National Guard Hosts Governor's Day 2005

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Governor’s Day 2005, an annual event sponsored by the Utah National Guard at Camp Williams, had a few never-before-seen twists Sept. 10.

Capt. Chris Patterson, new commander of the 128th, receives the unit colors from Col. Linda Higgins, commander of 97th Troop Command.

128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Holds Change-of-command Ceremony

DRAPER, Utah — Capt. Chris Patterson took over for Maj. Hank McIntire as commander of the 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Utah National Guard, at a change-of-command ceremony held at Draper Headquarters Aug. 27.

 

President George W. Bush meets members of the Utah Air and Army National Guards Aug. 22.

President and Mrs. Bush Visit Utah, Meet Air and Army Guard Members

SALT LAKE CITY — For only the second time in his administration, President George W. Bush visited Utah Monday, Aug. 22. The commander in chief was here to speak at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), held this year in Salt Lake City.

 

An injured civilian climber is carried out of Big Cottonwood Canyon by first responders and members of the 19th Special Forces Group Aug. 17.

Mountain Warfare Training Turns into Real-life Rescue for 19th Special Forces Group

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah A mountain warfare team from the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Utah National Guard, met reality head-on during their mountain rescue and mountaineer training Aug. 17 in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Soldiers of the 120th and 144th prepare to board a plane bound for Fort Bliss, Tex.

120th Quartermaster Detachment and 144th Area Medical Support Company Deploy

SALT LAKE CITY — Cheers and tears accompanied the 120th Quartermaster Detachment and 144th Area Medical Support Company as they departed from the Salt Lake Air Base Aug. 13 for deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Soldiers prepare to exit a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at International Parachute Competition  in Rhode Island Aug. 13.

19th Special Forces Soldier Places Second at International Parachuting Competition

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. Soldiers from throughout the world competed Aug. 13 at the 23rd Annual International Parachuting Competition in East Greenwich, R.I.

Lt. Col. Scott Robinson and Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Stearman remove the yellow ribbon from the battalion colors Aug. 6.

1-211th Holds Yellow Ribbon Ceremony

WEST JORDAN, Utah — The 211th Aviation Regiment conducted a Yellow Ribbon ceremony for the 350 Soldiers of the 1-211th Attack Helicopter Battalion at Copper Hills High School gymnasium Aug. 6.

85th CST members prepare to remove hazardous material from a building during a exercise in Ephraim July 19.

Certification: The 85th CST Feels the Heat, Stays in the Kitchen

EHPRAIM and SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — The heat was on for the Utah National Guard’s 85th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD CST) July 19 and 21.

Sgt. 1st Class Ronald T. Wood died July 16 when his humvee was struck by a roadside in Kirkuk, Iraq.

Utah Guard Soldier Dies, Two Others Wounded

DRAPER — Sgt. 1st Class Ronald T. Wood, Bravo Battery, 1-148th Field Artillery, based in Logan, Utah, died July 16 in Kirkuk, Iraq, when the humvee in which he was riding was struck by a roadside bomb.

Sgt. Drew Scown, foreground, and Staff Sgt. Scott Grant, Det. 3, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1-148thField Artillery, keep a watchful eye on a village.

Utah Guard Members Conduct Iraq Night Operations

NORTHERN IRAQ The advanced party for Alpha Company climbs aboard helicopters in the middle of the night on their way to a small village in northern Iraq. Coalition forces have received intelligence that possible AIF (Anti-Iraqi Forces) are in the village.

Artillery students at 640th RTI visit a local planetarium.

Artillery Surveyors Shoot for the Stars at Planetarium

SALT LAKE CITY — “I see Uranus,” joked Spc. Brad Burton, drawing out the syllables of the third-largest planet in our solar system during a recent visit to Salt Lake City’s Clark Planetarium.

Members of the 1-211th Aviation, grand marshall for Provo's July 4th Freedom Festival, wave to the crowd.

Provo Honors the 1-211th Aviation as July 4th Parade Grand Marshall

PROVO First Battalion, 211th Aviation, recently returned from service in Afghanistan, was honored as grand marshall of Provo’s Freedom Festival Parade July 4.

First Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, Utah National Guard, formally retired their old M198 howitzers and christened new artillery pieces in a ceremony at Dugway Proving Ground June 24.

1-145th Christens New Howitzers with Booms and Bubbly

DUGWAY — First Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, Utah National Guard, formally retired their old M198 howitzers and christened new artillery pieces in a ceremony at Dugway Proving Ground June 24.

Lt. Col. Richard Miller holds a loved one close as he prepares to board the bus for Los Vegas.

The Triple Deuce Leaves Utah

CEDAR CITY Utah said goodbye June 16 to a very spectacular Army National Guard unit:  The 2-222nd Field Artillery. The Triple Deuce has departed for a year-long tour in Iraq.

A Soldier of the 222nd Field Artillery stands ready behind his 50 cal. while monitoring the entry control point at Ft. Irwin, Calif.

Miller and Sons Go to War

FORT IRWIN, Calif.— Lt. Col. Richard Miller, commander of 2nd Battalion, 222nd Field Artillery, Utah National Guard, will soon be leading his unit in combat in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Detail of the hand-carved recruiting sign Hal Hardcastle presented to the Utah National Guard June 11.

Father of Local Guardsman Presents Hand-carved Sign for Fort Douglas Recruiting Office

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah National Guard officially accepted a hand-carved wooden recruiting sign June 11 from Hal Hardcastle, father of Guard recruiter Sgt. 1st Class Brett Hardcastle, at the Fort Douglas Museum in Salt Lake City.

Brig. Gen. Bruce Frandsen is pinned by his father Mel and his wife Nyla June 1.

Col. Bruce Frandsen Promoted to Brigadier General in the Utah Army Guard

DRAPER, Utah — Col. Bruce C. Frandsen, recently appointed as Assistant Adjutant General (Army) of the Utah National Guard, was promoted to brigadier general in a ceremony June 1 at Utah Guard headquarters in Draper.

After 38 years of devoted service to the Nation and Utah, Brig. Gen. Stanley J. Gordon, Assistant Adjutant General (Army) of the Utah National Guard retired officially at a ceremony and program held in the Draper headquarters.

Assistant Adjutant General (Army) Brig. Gen. Stanley J. Gordon Retires

DRAPER, Utah — After 38 years of devoted service to the Nation and Utah, Brig. Gen. Stanley J. Gordon, Assistant Adjutant General (Army) of the Utah National Guard retired officially at a ceremony and program held in the Draper headquarters June 2.

Col. Ruediger Tillmann Retires from Utah Guard after 36 Years

Col. Ruediger Tillmann Retires from Utah Guard after 36 Years

DRAPER, Utah — After 36 years of service in the Army National Guard, Col. Ruediger Tillmann, DDS, commander of 97th Troop Command  marked his official retirement from the military at a ceremony held at the Utah Guard’s Draper headquarters auditorium June 4.

Staff Sgt. Kristl Bray takes notes during a class on survey techniques at the 640th RTI.

Female Artillery Surveyors: A New Dimension for Today’s Army National Guard

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — As a sign of changing times, two female Soldiers trained as artillery surveyors recently at the Utah National Guard’s 640th Regional Training Institute (RTI).

Lt. Col. Jefferson S. Burton relinquishes command of the 1457th Engineer Battalion after almost 3 years as the Unit's Commander to Lt. Col. Robert T. Dunton

1457th Engineers Change Command

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — The 1457th Engineer Battalion of the Utah Army National Guard conducted a change of command May 15 at the Camp Williams parade field.  At the ceremony, Lt. Col. Jefferson S. Burton officially relinquished command to Lt. Col. Robert T. Dunton.

Command of the 640th RTI transfers from Col. Linda Higgins to Col. Edward Willis.  (From left to right) Col. Bruce Frandsen, Col. Linda Higgins, Col. Edward Willis, and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Spencer.

640th RTI Changes Command

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — The 640th Regional Training Institute (RTI) conducted a change-of-command ceremony May 15.  Col. Edward Willis, formerly the 115th Engineer Group commander, replaced Col. Linda Higgins, who is moving on to command 97th Troop Command.

Spc. Jorge Sanchez calls in fire from a grid coordinate.  He uses the radio to talk to the Fire Direction Control, and the binoculars to see the round's impact.

Dangerous Recruiter

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Recruiters have always been dangerous, and this one just became a lot more dangerous. Spc. Jorge Sanchez is learning the skills of a Forward Observer (FO), or 13F in Army lingo. FO’s are commonly known as the deadliest people on the battlefield.

Manuel Herrera embraces his family after being sworn in as the newest member of the Utah National Guard.

Soldier and Citizen the Same Day

DRAPER, Utah On the same day he became a U.S. citizen, Manuel Herrera also enlisted as the newest member of the Utah Army National Guard’s 144th Area Support Medical Company.

Clay Anderson runs determinedly as he closes the gap between himself and the finish line.

SUU ROTC Cadets Host 5K Fundraiser Run     Photo Gallery>>>

CEDAR CITY – The ROTC Club of Southern Utah University hosted its annual 5K (3.1 miles) fundraiser run April 16. Cadets held the event to raise money for the purchase of training equipment, and the community came in large numbers to show its support.

Peter Russo uses an otoscope to check a young Nicaraguan boy's ears for infection.

Navy MEDRETE Team Brings Hope and Health to Nicaraguan Village

A U.S. Navy-led joint forces medical team saw nearly 300 villagers on the opening day of the Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE) in the rural Nicaraguan state of Chinandega.

LCPL Neil Miskell, 4th Civil Affairs Group out of Washington, D.C., passes out notebooks to children of this remote village in Nicaragua.

Marine Civil Affairs Unit Brings School Supplies to Nicaraguans

Faded terra cotta tile crowned a grey brick schoolhouse at the intersection of two dusty roads in the village of Augusto Cesar Sandino, in northwestern Nicaragua. The one-room classroom had no electricity – the only light filtered through the windows that have no glass.

A M-109 A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer waits in the mist as the soldiers prepare for another fire mission.

RTI brings out the Big Guns

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — RTI (Regional Training Institute) instructors at Camp Williams conducted training for the 222nd Field Artillery and other units this week to bring the soldiers up to speed on their primary MOS in preparation for deployment.

An Afghani girl savors a lollipop given to her by Task Force Pirate Soldiers on Christmas Eve.

Christmas in Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan More than 200 troops based at Bagram Airfield shared toys, shoes and food in a Christmas Eve cultural exchange with a local village during Operation Goodwill on Friday, December 24.

Col. David Jack in Iraq on Christmas Day

Doc Jack's Christmas in Iraq

BALAD, Iraq December 25 is a rainy, overcast day in LSA Anaconda, Iraq.  Alert sirens have screamed, and lightning and thunder have perforated the night.  Perhaps this is the equivalent of snow, silver bells, and fireworks for this country.

A Trainee pays attention to the RTI Sergeant as they have an after actions review.

Regional Training Institute (RTI) Crafting Our Future NCO's ( A Photo Essay )

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC) students are provided the opportunity to acquire leadership skills and the knowledge to lead a squad or team sized element.

Members of the 1457th conducted M.O.U.T training exercises in Ft. Lewis, Washington while preparing to deploy.

Fictional Email Does Disservice to Meritorious Service

DRAPER, Utah An e-mail fictionalizing the1457th Engineer Battalion's deployment to Iraq has been circulating across the nation in recent months..

CW5 Pace sits with Asedullah in Jegdalek.  Pace is helping Asedullah get treatment for a heart condition in the U.S.

Moonlighting for Humanity

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Earlier this week, Soldiers of the 1-211th Attack Helicopter Battalion helped local civil affairs officials distribute clothing and basic goods to children in a nearby orphanage.

Lt. Col. Robert Dunton travels with an military police platoon on a mission to the marshlands in eastern Iraq.

Mission to the Marshes

TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq –Hello everyone from the city of Ur.  This weekend I went on a mission to the eastern edge of the Dhi Qar province to coordinate the construction of new Iraqi police station and check points along the highways.

Col. Jack in Baghdad on what was once Saddam's Throne.

Baghdad Bound

Col. Jack is the Utah National Guard State Surgeon and the commander of the Medical Command.  He is currently on a 120-day deployment in Iraq and serves at a base camp north of Baghdad.

A little Afghan girl named Halima who was helped by Utah Aviators.

Utah Aviators Help Young Afghan Girl to See

A five-year old Afghan girl sees better and brighter due to the caring actions of Utah aviators deployed to Afghanistan.   Earlier this month, a girl named Halima had a successful surgery to treat an eye condition called Strabismus.

Engineers Hold Awards Ceremony in Iraq

September 11 – The 115th Engineer Group held a De Fluery ceremony at the base of the Mesopotamia Ziggurat near the ancient city of Ur.  Bronze De Fluery medals were awarded to Lt. Col. Don Summit, Master Sgt. Elliot Aanerud and Chief Warrant Officer Rick Francom for a combined 83 years of dedicated service to the Engineer Regiment.

A crowd gathers around the new Recruiting Assault Vehicle

Full-Timers Conference A Resounding Success

On a recent drizzly November morning, 1,500 Utah National Guard full-time employees crowded into the vast South Towne Expo Conference Center. They were joined by an untold number of M-day Soldiers and Airmen, filling every available seat.

Chief Warrant Officer Markel S. Burn retired Thursday, November 4.

Utah Guard Legend Retires

After devoting 35 years to the Utah National Guard, Chief Warrant Officer Markel S. Burn retires Thursday, November 4.  Warrant officers generally function as “technical experts” in their field – which Burn did patently as a personnel technician – yet he will be remembered far and wide for cultivating the potential of people. 

SFC Rick Thalman was awarded the Bronze Star medal for meritorious service while in Iraq.

Credit is Due Where Credit is Due...Even if it's Overdue

Six months have gone by since the 1st Armored Division awarded Bronze Star medals to Soldiers of the 1457th Engineers while serving in Iraq.  Yet, three soldiers did not receive their Bronze Stars until this last Sunday.

Spc. Josh Lee received the Utah Medal of Valor by risking his life to save a woman from a burning vehicle.

A Hero at Home or Away

Spc. Josh Lee is a soldier in the Utah Army National Guard.  He has been deployed overseas with the 1457th Combat Engineer Battalion.   Josh recently returned home in May of 2004 with all of his friends and comrades.  None were left behind.  These words would stay with him the rest of his life.

Families of deployed soldiers released yellow balloons in remembrance of those currently serving overseas.

51st Governor’s Day - A Special Reunion

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — September 11, also known now as 9\11, has come to be a day to reflect on the tragedy that could have torn our nation apart.  But instead of breaking our spirits completely, the breaks were welded together with the undying resolve of the American people.

SPC Louise Holfert draws a crowd of young boys on a mission to An Nasiriyah.

Outside the Wire

Early one hot summer morning in Southern Iraq, two up armored HHMWVs were being prepared for a mission "outside the wire."  Water and extra fuel were loaded as well as the Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) and M2, or .50 caliber machine gun, the weapon of choice.

Funeral procession through one of the little towns locally. Note there are only men in the procession. It was peaceful.

This Week In Iraq

I just heard my first rocket attack close up. I was walking out of my quarters when I heard and felt a deep "whoomp!" which was profoundly resonating and shook my intestines.

Master Sgt. Williams riding in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter waiting to jump.

19th Special Forces Soldier wins International Parachuting Contest

Master Sgt. Roger Williams of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) has distinguished himself by winning the 22nd Annual International Parachuting Competition held on August 14th.

Chief Warrant Officer Grant Pearsoll inspects one of the engines on a C-12 aircraft.

Rotors to Wings: from Vietnam to OIF

Chief Warrant Officer Grant Pearsoll has always been about duty, honor and country. In fact, his devotion to those three things has carried the 55-year old Utah National Guard pilot through a military career spanning 37 years.

2nd Lt. David Jones, the camp director, tests his skills on the rock wall against the youth

Youth Camp 2004 

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — From June 28th to July 1st of this year, over 100 Utah youth took part in a four-day adventure at Camp Williams to build self reliance, teamwork and coping skills.

116th Army Engineers improving a road on a captured Iraqi depot.

Army Engineers Build "Road to Berm-a"

As part of their involvement with Operation Iraqi Freedom 2, the 116th Engineer Company ‘Devil Diggers’ have hauled gravel, built roads and improved defensive   positions.

Firefighting goats preparing to accomplish their mission.

National Guard Employs Firefighting Goats

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Fire fighting can be tough, so why not just prevent the fires in the first place?  That is the job of the Natural Resource Management crew located at Camp Williams

C.J., left, Shaun and Rolf implement their plan to escape their “prison cell” at the Leadership Reaction Course (LRC)

Introducing Tomorrow’s Soldiers to Today’s National Guard

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — For many modern-day youths, make-believe adventures vis-à-vis video games and DVDs dominate their leisure time.

SFC  Rohbuck with a young friend at the Girls school in Al Bathah.  May 6, 2004

The Rebuilding Continues

The 115th Engineer Group has been working with local contractors to rebuild boys and girls schools in the Dhi Qar province of southern Iraq.

Snow and freezing temperatures offer 85th CST soldiers a realistic Utah training scenario.

1st Sgt receives Mario Guerrero Award

The Mario Guerrero Award was presented to 1st Sgt Wade Francis of the 85th Civil Support Team (CST) at the Intermountain Hazmat conference that was held in Park City.

Charlie Company 3rd Platoon works to stabilize the 14th of July Bridge in Baghdad Iraq. Charlie Company of 1457th  Receives Itschner Award (05/18/04)
Charlie Company of the 1457th   Engineer Battalion was awarded the prestigious Itschner award for being the best National Guard Engineering company nationwide. They are led under the command of Capt. Gibb and 1st Sgt. Dimond.
Some soldiers from the 116th Enjoy some engaging conversation over dinner at the Camp Buckmaster dining facility. Winning What Counts (05/10/04)
At the end of another hot dusty day building roads in the desert of Iraq, you will find members of the 116th Engineer Company gathered around a cooked meal at the Camp Buckmaster dining facility.
Two happy campers standing in their operation area in the Middle East.  These two soldiers will be returning with the rest of the 1457th in early May.  1457th Coming Home After all! (04/22/04)
The 1457th Engineers received an unexpected change in their plans today. According to officials at the Pentagon this morning, the unit has officially been removed from the list of units being extended in Iraq.
Sundee Peterson is presented a plaque for her service to families in the 19th Special Forces.  (From left to right) 2nd Lt. David Jones, Sundee Peterson and Col. (R) Fred Allen Award For Service to Families(04/06/04)
The Association of the United States Army, Utah Chapter held a luncheon at the library to honor soldiers and supporters for recent service
A construction team from the 1457th Eng. uses a bulldozer to clear out rubble  in Iraq.  1457th Eng. Extended in Iraq(04/14/04)
The 1457th Engineer Battalion’s tour of duty has been extended, according to Pentagon officials. The unit has been mobilized since February 2003 and was expected to return home early next month
Some of the boys from the school in Aug Ash Shuyukh posing April Letter From Chap. Miller, in Iraq(04/09/04)
Ahhh, spring time in Iraq. The temperature is a rather cool and comfortable 108 degrees, the gnats and flies are humming, all the time. There are little birds flying all around, actually, they are these large beetle type bugs that are about four inches long
Two Engineer soldiers taking a break between their reconstruction projects to indulge their vice.  116th Engineers in Iraq Update (04/07/04)
The 116th Engineers touched down in Kuwait in early February, 2004. We have since traveled to Iraq. This past month has been filled with earthwork and grading operations in support of the LSA we are stationed at.
The six members of Detachment 50 pose with their families before leaving for Kuwait to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Smallest Army Guard Unit Activated (03/22/04)
The smallest unit in the Utah Army National Guard has been mobilized and is leaving for the Kuwait on Sunday, Mar. 28. Detachment 50, Operational Support Airlift, consists of six soldiers.
Chief Wiggles with the 900 toys the Stansbury Park Elementary Students donated to the Iraqi children. Utah School Kids Give Toys to Iraqi Children(03/18/04)
Students from a Utah elementary school gave away their favorite stuffed animals so that kids in Iraq could enjoy them. For many of the kids in Iraq these stuffed animals will be their only toys.
Some of the Iraqi children and teachers at a school that the 116th Engineers are working to rebuild. Letter From Chap. Miller, in Iraq(03/19/04)
My days are very full with trying to get situated in my office at the Religious Activities Center and with providing support to my unit, subordinate units and to subordinate unit chaplains
After landing in Morocco, the plane was unloaded by the flight crew and soldiers from the Moroccan military. Utah Sends aid after Morocco Earthquake (02/28/04)
After a 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Northeastern Morocco, Tuesday February 24, 2004, the Utah National Guard (UTNG) worked as quickly as possible to lend a helping hand
Spc. Jody Metzger, a student at Salt Lake Community College, studies for a biology test. Education Benefits  (03/05/04)
Are you going to college, or have you been thinking about it? There has never been a better time for members of the Utah Guard to go beyond their high school diploma
489th Detachment coming off plane greeted by Gov. Walker, senior Utah National Guard members and 300 family and friends. 489th Returns From Kuwait (02/06/04)
Fifty-two soldiers walked down the gangplank of an Utah Air National Guard KC 135 onto a runway crowded with welcome home banners, balloons, and cheering friends and family. After a year in Kuwait, the 489th Engineer Detachment (Utility) came home to Utah
Spc. Jennifer Kelly, Spc. Darrell Willson, and Spc. Scott Campbell cut the ribbon to open the new Soldier Center. Soldier Center Opens (02/05/04)
CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — The soldiers visiting and working at Camp Williams will now have another place to relax.  The new soldier center, building 622, was officially opened as a place for soldiers to go and blow off steam
Utah’s Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) John S. Edwards visited the troops, on January 13th, that are preparing to leave for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Utah Dignitary Visits Ft. Carson (02/04/04)
Utah’s Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) visited the troops that are preparing to leave for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom
Stephanie Teeples (left) and Marianne Davis (right) hold up a welcome sign as they wait with the families and media for the first group of soldiers to come off the plane. First Soldiers Return From Operation Iraqi Freedom (01/28/04)
Twenty-one soldiers from the 141st Military Intelligence Battalion returned to Utah on Tuesday, January 27th.  The returning soldiers are the first group of soldiers to return home from being part of Operation Iraqi Freedom 1
A spouse prepares for her husband to return home after deploying to Iraq. Spouse Reunion Briefing (01/27/04)
During the next few months over 1,000 Utah National Guard soldiers will be returning home from being deployed over seas
Staff Sgt. Jason Myers checks the alignments put in by gunner Spc. Mike Jones before Sgt. Rick Strong fires the round. Winter Fire Training (01/12/04)
CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — The 1/145th Field Artillery Battalion conducted field-training exercises in the snow the weekend of January 9-11th
Soldiers and family members load the busses and say last goodbyes before the soldiers leave for deployment. Utah Troops Leave for Middle East (01/08/04)
The last week of 2003 and the first week of 2004 were very busy for some members of the Utah National Guard. Approximately 500 soldiers spent that time making final preparations prior to departing for various duty locations in the Middle East
Lorin Wright helps Spc. Savoeuth Khuon and Cpt. Patrick Osmond load part of the pool table into the back of the truck. Sears Gives Guard Chills (01/05/2004)
Sears donated six small air-conditioning units, a pool table, a ping pong table, and all of the accessories for both tables.  “We wanted to donate things to make the troops downtime more pleasant."
Spec. Corrine Brinkerhoff, a cook in the 116th Engineer Company, is receiving one of the shots that she needs as part of the mobilization.  The shot is being given by Staff Sgt. Mark Evans, a member of the 19th Group Special Forces. Utah Soldiers Prepare for Mobilization (12/11/2003)
CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — The holiday season is typically a time for relaxing and spending time with family, but for many Utah Army National Guard soldiers the next few weeks will be spent preparing for mobilization
48th Annual Veterans' Day Concert (11/11/2003)
SALT LAKE CITY
Members of the 82nd Airborne Division’s All-American Chorus from Fort Bragg, North Carolina take center stage to perform at the 48th Annual Veterans Day concert at University of Utah’s Huntsman Center on November 11, 2003
Utah Scout Collects Books for Utah Soldiers (10/28/2003)
Aspiring Eagle Scout Matt Shumway collects and delivers over 2000 books to be sent to Utah Soldiers currently serving in Baghdad
thumbnail Utah Suits Up to Fight Terrorism (7/12/2003)
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah
Terrorists struck Hill Air Force Base on July 12, as an explosive device rocked a residential building and engulfed its occupants in smoke and fumes...

 

 
     

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