Utah National Guard Hosts

46th Annual Minuteman Awards Dinner

 

By Maj. Hank McIntire

Published June 14, 2007

 

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The array of awards to be presented to Robert Pembroke, Kip Wadsworth, James Martin, Paul Warner, Paul Holton, and Dell Smith June 13.

Photo by Maj. Hank McIntire

The array of awards to be presented to Robert Pembroke, Kip Wadsworth, James Martin, Paul Warner, Paul Holton, and Dell Smith June 13.

 

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

Sponsored by the Honorary Colonels Corps of Utah, an organization of community leaders who promote goodwill and positive relations between the Guard and local communities, the event recognized Robert S. Pembroke, Kip Wadsworth, retired Brig. Gen. James G. Martin, retired Col. Paul M. Warner, Chief Warrant Officer Paul Holton and Command Sgt. Maj. Dell Smith for their individual devoted service to and leadership among the citizens of Utah.

In his welcoming remarks Utah National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet thanked the Honorary Colonels for their support of the Guard.

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

Photo by Maj. Hank McIntire

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

“You are great friends in a difficult and challenging time. Never have we had more to do, and never have we had more help from you who constitute the Honorary Colonels.”

Other speakers included retired Utah Air National Guard Brigadier General and former U.S. Senator Jake Garn, current president of the Honorary Colonels, and Utah Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert, who keynoted the program.

Garn praised award recipients for their distinguished record of service to the community and the military.

“I don’t think we have had a group who deserve this honor more than this one,” said Garn.

“Our country needs heroes, and I see no better class of people than those men and women who serve in our Armed Forces,” added Herbert. “I want to personally thank those who are recipients of this award tonight for their service and support of the military.”

Businessman Robert Pembroke, center, receives the Bronze Minuteman from Jake Garn, left, and Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet.

Photo by Maj. Hank McIntire

Businessman Robert Pembroke, center, receives the Bronze

Minuteman from Jake Garn, left, and Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet.

Master Sgt. Sterling Poulson of the Utah Air National Guard served as master of ceremonies as Tarbet and Garn presented Bronze Minuteman awards to the recipients.

The following are summaries of each recipient’s accomplishments and service to the citizens of Utah:  

Pembroke distinguished himself during 35 years as a successful businessman and executive. He received numerous sales and leadership awards as an employee at 3M and served for six years on their advisory council. Later in his career he assumed the presidency of A.H. Pembroke Company. He also developed and patented an automated file-management system, which he later sold to 3M for worldwide distribution. Pembroke also served in the Army Reserve for 12 years, earning the rank of captain, and as a member of the Honorary Colonels Corps he worked tirelessly to fund publication of the book Legacy: History of the Utah National Guard.

Businessman Kip Wadsworth, center, receives the Bronze Minuteman from Jake Garn, left, and Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet.

Photo by Maj. Hank McIntire

Businessman Kip Wadsworth, center, receives the Bronze

Minuteman from Jake Garn, left, and Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet.

Wadsworth is president of Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company, one of the premier contractors in Utah for heavy highway and bridge construction. He received the 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the construction category for the Utah region. In the last two years, he and his company have raised and contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Utah National Guard Charitable Trust for the benefit of Soldiers, Airmen and their families. The Trust helps support youth programs and assists family members of deployed Utah National Guard members with financial and other challenges that arise because of service in Iraq, Afghanistan and other distant locations.

Martin served more than 30 years in the Utah National Guard, concluding his military career as Assistant Adjutant General – Army. He spent his entire civilian career at Hercules and served as a director and member of the executive board for Hercules’ Utah operations. Martin also served as a representative for the U.S. government in the U.S.–Soviet technical negotiations which led to the INF Treaty and joint deactivation of Soviet SS-20 and U.S. Pershing II missile systems. Martin’s sense of community service resulted in membership on the Board of Directors for the Utah Winter Games and a state chairmanship of the Utah Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Members of the Honorary Colonels Corps and their guests watch the Bronze Minuteman awards ceremony June 13 at Salt Lake's Little America Hotel.

Photo by Maj. Hank McIntire

Members of the Honorary Colonels Corps and their guests watch the Bronze Minuteman awards ceremony June 13 at Salt Lake's Little America Hotel.

Warner served in the Navy, Naval Reserve and Utah National Guard for a total of 31 years. During his military service he served as legal counsel and judge advocate. In his civilian career Warner served for nearly eight years as U.S. Attorney for Utah and currently serves as a U.S. magistrate judge for the District of Utah. He is a recipient of the following awards: 2004 Honored Alumni of the Year at BYU Law School, the Utah State Bar’s 2004 Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award for the advancement of women in the legal profession, the 2003 Federal Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award and the NAACP’s 2002 Community Relations Award for Civil Rights.

Holton, better known as “Chief Wiggles,” is the founder of Operation Give, a humanitarian organization that collects and ships toys, school and medical supplies to the children of Iraq and Afghanistan. A 36-year veteran of the Utah National Guard, Holton served in Operation Desert Storm and Iraqi

Retired Brig. Gen. James Martin, center, receives the Bronze Minuteman from Jake Garn, left, and Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet.

Photo by Maj. Hank McIntire

Retired Brig. Gen. James Martin, center, receives the Bronze

Minuteman from Jake Garn, left, and Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet.

Freedom, respectively, was called to the Middle East in 1991 and again in 2004. While in Iraq, Chief Holton encountered a crying Iraqi girl in Baghdad and ran to his office in the Green Zone for a box of toys and trinkets. Since that time he has traveled around Iraq visiting children’s hospitals, orphanages, schools, and poor neighborhoods, handing out much-needed supplies. Operation Give continues to send items to Iraq where they are distributed to children all over the country. 

During his 36-year military career, Smith has served the Utah National Guard in a number of capacities. A product of Logan, Utah, he studied at Weber State and Utah State Universities. He has served as Personnel Staff Noncommissioned officer at 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery; Enlisted Personnel Manager for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel at State Headquarters; and for the last six years as State Command Sergeant Major. Smith’s career has always been focused on taking care of troops wherever he was assigned. He and his wife Connie dedicate countless personal hours in support to Family Assistance Centers and activities throughout the state. His willingness to do so displays a genuine interest in Soldiers and the Utah National Guard.

Command Sgt. Maj. Dell Smith, center, receives the Bronze Minuteman from Jake Garn, left, and Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet.

Photo by Maj. Hank McIntire

Command Sgt. Maj. Dell Smith, center, receives the Bronze

Minuteman from Jake Garn, left, and Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet.

Retired Col. Paul Warner, center, receives the Bronze Minuteman from Jake Garn, left, and Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet.

Photo by Maj. Hank McIntire

Retired Col. Paul Warner, center, receives the Bronze

Minuteman from Jake Garn, left, and Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The program from the 46th Annual Minuteman Awards Dinner.

Photo by Maj. Hank McIntire

The program from the 46th Annual Minuteman Awards Dinner.