Photo by SFC Gregory
Ruediger Tillmann salutes Maj. Gen. Brian
after receiving the Legion of Merit.
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.
Immediately prior to the retirement ceremony, the 97th
Troop Command held a change-of-command ceremony in which
Col. Linda P. Higgins assumed command of the unit, taking
over for Tillmann who had been at the helm for five years.
Tillmann, a military intelligence officer, enlisted in the
Guard in 1969 as a vehicle mechanic. He was commissioned as
a second lieutenant in 1975.
Tillmann’s career included command of the
following units: 300th Military Intelligence
Brigade, 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion;
and Company A, 142nd Military Intelligence
Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet had high
praise for Col. Tillmann, a colleague and fellow Soldier for
nearly 30 years.
“He is one of
the finest officers I have ever met, and he has done much to
build the present-day excellence of the Utah National
Guard. His career embodies the best in the tradition of the
Citizen-Soldier, and he will be greatly missed by this
organization,” Tarbet said.
emotional ceremony, Tillmann reflected on his service in the
military and the quality of individuals in the Utah Guard.
“It’s great to be an American, fighting
for freedom and to live where we can do as we please,”
Tillmann said. “If I were to describe the Utah National
Guard in single words they would be words like Honor,
Integrity, Trust, Loyalty and Family.”
wife, Wendy, was also very appreciative of what the Guard
represents and indicated their plans for the future.
“It’s bittersweet to leave the Utah Army
National Guard. My husband and I have loved this
organization and all the people in it.” Mrs. Tillmann said.
“We will continue to help in the community and be involved
in any way we can.”
continue his civilian career as a dentist in Murray.
Photo by SFC Gregory
Col. John Cockrell stands with his retiring
commander and friend Col. Ruediger Tillmann.