Governor's Day 2006

Held at Camp Williams

 

Written by Maj. Patrick Osmond

Published November 8, 2006

 

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

Photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Evans

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

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Governor’s Day 2006, held Sept. 10, saw attendance reach a record high as both Service members and their loved ones attended this annual event. An estimated 10,000 people saw the commander in chief of the Utah National Guard, Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., preside over the event and personally review his troops.

 The 23rd Army Band, led by Chief Warrant Officer Mike Cottam, provided patriotic music and set the tone for an inspirational tribute to Guard members, families and the Nation.

 At an awards ceremony at Camp Williams Parade Field, the following individuals were recognized for their accomplishments during this past year:

  - SrA Mark Craig, 299th Range Control Squadron - Air National Guard Airman of the Year

Gov. Jon Huntsman congratulates award recipients from the Utah National Guard at a Governor's Day ceremony.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde

Gov. Jon Huntsman congratulates award recipients from

 the Utah National Guard at a Governor's Day ceremony.

  - TSgt. Gregory Taylor, 130th Engineering Installation Squadron -  Air National Guard Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

  - Master Sgt. Robert Wright, 299th Range Control Squadron - Air National Guard Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

  - Sgt.James Carlson, 1-145th Field Artillery, Army National Guard Soldier of the Year

  - Sgt. 1st Class Wyatt Davis, 640th Regimental Training Institute - Army National Guard Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

  - 1SG Kevin Martinez, 1-145th Field Artillery  - Army National Guard First Sergeant of the Year

Soldiers pay respects to their leaders during the Governor's Day parade at Camp Williams Sept. 10.

Photo by Spc. Casey Staheli

Soldiers pay respects to their leaders during the

Governor's Day parade at Camp Williams Sept. 10.

Other awards included the Meritorious Unit Commendation, presented to the 141st Military Intelligence Battalion, and the Outstanding Air National Guard Unit for the 109th Air Control Squadron.

After the ceremony which included flyovers by a Utah Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker and Utah Army National Guard AH-64 Apache Helicopters and a cannon salute by the 1-145th Field Artillery, Huntsman gave some brief remarks and praised Airmen, Soldiers and families of the Utah National Guard. 

“This tradition is a very important one. It not only honors those in uniform, but it honors the families as well. We have thousands in this state, and we can’t forget that for every person who deploys overseas there is a loved one left behind. Those who are manning the home front are the unsung heroes of today’s modern conflict.”

Once official events concluded, attendees were treated to a variety of activities to include obstacle courses, climbing wall, rappel tower, equipment displays, zip line, BB-gun range and food court.

A young visitor to Governor's Day events at Camp Williams reaches the top of the climbing wall.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Cavett Ishihara

A young visitor to Governor's Day events at

 Camp Williams reaches the top of the climbing wall.

Utah National Guard officers salute their commander in chief and adjutant general as they pass in review at Camp Williams.

Photo by Spc. Casey Staheli

Utah National Guard officers salute their commander in chief and adjutant general as they pass in review at Camp Williams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Soldier from the 640th Regional Training Institute points out the features on a piece of equipment to two Governor's Day visitors.

Photo by Sgt. Brock Jones

A Soldier from the 640th Regional Training Institute points out

the features on a piece of equipment to two Governor's Day visitors.

The 23rd Army Band provides the music for the Governor's Day parade at Camp Williams Sept. 10.

Photo by Sgt. Brock Jones

The 23rd Army Band provides the music for the

Governor's Day parade at Camp Williams Sept. 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gov. Jon Huntsman waves to the crowd as he and Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet circle the parade field to review the troops.

Photo by Spc. Jody Metzger

Gov. Jon Huntsman waves to the crowd as he and

Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet circle the parade field to review the troops.

Members of the 1-145th Field Artillery provide a cannon salute to Gov. Huntsman at Governor's Day.

Photo by Sgt. Brock Jones

Members of the 1-145th Field Artillery provide a

cannon salute to Gov. Huntsman at Governor's Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soldiers of the Utah Army National Guard pass in review at Camp Williams parade field Sept. 10.

Photo by Sgt. Brock Jones

Soldiers of the Utah Army National Guard pass in

 review at Camp Williams parade field Sept. 10.

Apache helicopters of the 211th Aviation fly over the Governor's Day parade as Utah Air National Guard members salute the governor.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde

Apache helicopters of the 211th Aviation fly over the Governor's Day parade as Utah Air National Guard members salute the governor.