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

 

Written by Maj. Hank McIntire

Published June 9, 2005

   

Brigadier General Bruce Frandsen is pinned by his father Mel and his wife Nyla, June 1st of 2005.

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

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

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.

 

At the ceremony Frandsen was joined by his wife, parents, extended family, colleagues, and dozens of supporters and well-wishers.

 

Maj. General Brian Tarbet presided at the ceremony, and Frandsen’s wife, Nyla, and father, Melvin Frandsen—himself a former assistant adjutant general in the Utah National Guard—pinned single silver stars on each of Frandsen’s epaulets.

 

Tarbet expressed his support of Brig. Gen. Frandsen’s new assignment and rank.

 

“I congratulate Brig. Gen. Frandsen on his promotion.  His family has a great heritage of service to the Nation and to Utah, and I look forward to his continued service,” Tarbet said.

 

After his pinning, Frandsen affirmed his commitment to his new responsibilities and lauded the Utah National Guard for its commitment to excellence.

Brigadier General Bruce Frandsen shakes hands at his promotion ceremony.

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

Brig. Gen. Bruce Frandsen shakes hands

at his promotion ceremony.

 

“I pledge myself to do the best that I can do in the next period of time, whatever that might be.”  Frandsen said. “The Utah National Guard is known across the Nation as a capable, professional, well-trained group of individuals who understand what the mission is, and they are prepared to do their mission whenever and wherever they are asked to perform.”

 

Nyla Frandsen was pleased and proud of her husband and acknowledged the challenges that lie ahead.

 

“It’s pretty exciting.  We never really thought we would get this far, but he’s been honest and hardworking and you get further when you do a good job,” she said. “I’m a little nervous, but it will be fun to meet new people and try new things.

 

Visibly proud of his son’s new rank and assignment, Melvin Frandsen offered his perspective on the day’s events.

 

“I had the privilege of swearing him into the Guard about 30 years ago.  It’s a neat experience today to see him stay in and get to this point,” he said.

 

The senior Frandsen also offered a little advice for the newest general in the Utah National Guard.

 

“The people you serve with are the people who will make you successful. You just need to take care of them and depend on them,” he said. “It’s a real privilege and a real stewardship to have this position and responsibility.  Don’t let it overcome you.”

 

Brig. Gen. Bruce Frandsen stands next to his father Mel, (Brig. Gen. ret.) and his brother Col. Ted Frandsen.

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

Brig. Gen. Bruce Frandsen stands next to his father Mel,

(Brig. Gen. ret.) and his brother Col. Ted Frandsen.