Full-Timers Conference A Resounding Success!

Written by Maj. Lorraine Januzelli  - Published - Nov. 18, 2004

   

Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet presents Master Sgt. Stephan Vogl with the 2003 Technician Outstanding Performance award.  Vogl is the Personnel NCO for the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade.

Photo by SFC Gregory Cullis

Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet presents Master Sgt. Stephan Vogl with the 2003 Technician Outstanding Performance award.  Vogl is the Personnel NCO for the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade.

On a recent drizzly November morning, 1,500 Utah National Guard full-time employees crowded into the vast South Towne Expo Conference Center.  They were joined by an untold number of M-day Soldiers and Airmen, filling every available seat.   Some attendees traveled across the state from St. George, Vernal or Blanding for the conference.   Reunions with co-workers from distant locales were abundant.  Despite the grey weather outside, a festive mood flooded the room as old colleagues chatted about new changes over pastries and tea. 

            The friendly discussions were a preamble to the main event, however.  These Soldiers and Airmen came together that morning to talk about the Guard – recent changes, increasing missions and responsibilities, the prospect of deployments, and to recognize those who distinguished themselves among their peers.

            The Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet addressed the group first, highlighting the accomplishments of Utah National Guardmembers since 9-11.  He presented staggering statistics – some 80% of Utah’s Guard had been mobilized already.   Why so many from Utah?  Because the Utah Guard had just the right kind of forces needed to fight the global war on terror – Special Forces, military intelligence, air refueling, and engineers.   The details of future deployments are not certain, but Tarbet emphatically stated that everything possible is being done to insure Utah Guardmembers are trained and ready if they are called.  He further committed to continue to address problems arising when Guardmembers join the active-component on the battlefield.  His commitment to each and every Soldier and Airmen was echoed by every presenter that followed.

Brig. Gen. Stanley Gordon jokes about his upcoming retirements this year during his presentation.

Photo by SFC Gregory Cullis

Brig. Gen. Stanley Gordon jokes about his upcoming retirements this year during his presentation.

            Deputy Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Stan Gordon, could not resist poking a little fun at himself during his presentation.  A Vietnam Veteran and long-time Utah Guard artilleryman, Gordon will retire at the end of this year.  He nearly brought down the house when he joked about everyone else being ready for him to retire today.   Funny but askew.  Next year’s Quarterly Review Boards will be more sedate without Gordon’s exacting analysis and jaunty humor on hand.

            During the conference, numerous Soldiers and Airman were recognized for their service to the Utah Guard over many years and, in some cases, decades.  Two full-time employees, Air Guard Master Sgt. Gary Kettle and Army Guard Master Sgt. Roger Williams both celebrated their 35th anniversary as Utah Guardsmen – long enough to experience a revolution in creating memos.

            By all measures, the conference was a resounding success.  Not simply because the presenters – all key Utah Guard leaders – briefed their topics with genuine enthusiasm and concern.   But also because the attendees – full-time AGR Soldiers and Airmen, technicians, state employees, and M-Day troops alike – care deeply about their work.  As the backbone of Utah’s Citizen-Soldiers force, these men and women are committed to taking care of them.  This conference was yet another tool for them to do just that.

 

Well over 1,500 full-time employees and M-day Soldiers and Airman came together at the 2004 Full-timers Conference

Photo by SFC Gregory Cullis

 

Well over 1,500 full-time employees and M-day Soldiers and Airman came together at the 2004 Full-timers Conference

held on November 9, 2004.

Almost 50 employees celebrated their twentieth anniversary with the Utah National Guard this year.

Photo by SFC Gregory Cullis

Almost 50 employees celebrated their twentieth anniversary with the Utah National Guard this year.