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Brig. Gen. Stanley J. Gordon displays some
mementos given him on his day of retirement.
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.
At the ceremony Utah
National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet
presented Gordon with the Legion of Merit. The citation read
in part, “For exceptionally meritorious service while
serving in positions of great responsibility and trust . . .
His vision and superb leadership have substantively
contributed to the overall readiness of the National Guard
and the United States Army.”
Following the awarding of the medal, friends, colleagues,
and fellow Soldiers presented Gordon with farewell gifts and
shared humorous and tearful memories about him which have
accumulated over a long and successful career.
As did those who preceded
him in the program, Tarbet paid a touching, personal tribute
to the man who served as his second in command for nearly
“We don’t have a better
Citizen-Soldier than Stan Gordon. He has been an impact
player the whole time,” Tarbet said.
During his remarks, Tarbet
asked Gordon and all Soldiers in the room E-6 and below to
“This is your
general,” he said to the Soldiers. “To train you, to pay
you, to promote you—that’s what Stan Gordon is all about.”
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Gen. Brian Tarbet pins Brig. Gen. Gordon with the
Legion of Merit.
Gordon, in his remarks,
acknowledged that his accomplishments are in large measure a
by-product of the great Soldiers and civilians he has worked
“It’s been absolutely
delightful to work with a professional team that knows what
it’s doing,” Gordon said. “Since 9/11 we’ve gone from a
peacetime Guard to a high-tempo organization. And you did it
without missing a beat.”
To the Soldiers whom Tarbet
asked to stand Gordon said, “You are the future. You’re the
ones that we worry about.”
As the ceremony concluded a
six-piece ensemble from the Utah National Guard’s 23rd
Army Band played “The Liberty Bell March,” “This Is My
Country” and “Russian March” as friends and well-wishers
formed a receiving line to congratulate Gordon.
At the luncheon following
the ceremony, Gordon’s wife Darcie praised her husband’s
military service and underscored his commitment to the Guard
“I’m very proud of him. He’s
held up his end so that others could do the job that they
needed to do,” she said.
Gordon, an artillery officer, was commissioned from the
University of Utah ROTC program in 1967 and served 11 years
in the Active Army to include a tour in Vietnam as a member
of the 4th Infantry Division.
In his career Gordon served as commander of various units to
include A Battery, 1st
battalion (Target Acquisition), 26th Field
Artillery; 1st Battalion, 140th Field
Artillery and 1st Corps Artillery.
Gordon has held other
positions of responsibility to include Operations Officer;
Executive Officer; Director of Plans, Operations, Training
and Military Support and Director of Information Management
for the Utah State Area Command.
Gordon is a graduate of
Command and General Staff College and the Air War College.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star,
Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
and the Army Commendation Medal with three bronze oak leaf
Gordon served as Assistant
Adjutant General (Army) from October 2000 to May 2005
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shadowbox of a life's worth of accomplishments in
military was displayed for Brig. Gen. Gordon on
his day of
retirement from the Utah National Guard.