The Utah National Guard’s Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, known as “the Animals,” were happy to continue the 24-year tradition of supporting the Spanish Fork Flag Retirement Ceremony last week at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds. “This event is special to me because I started my military career in this community,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Nielsen, senior enlisted leader for the Utah National Guard, and longtime Spanish Fork resident. “It’s great to be a part of this, for all of the 24 years of this flag retirement's existence. I’m glad we take responsibility to pay honor to our country and to our flag at this event each year and I hope we do it for generations to come.” The Utah National Guard is a capable, skilled, community-based force comprised of approximately 7,300 trained citizen-Soldiers and Airmen who are always ready to support the community and operations worldwide. (U.S. Army video by Staff Sgt Jordan Hack)
The Utah National Guard’s 65th Field Artillery Brigade, “America’s Thunder,” made a lot of noise and kicked up a ton of dust for Western Strike 22 at Orchard Combat Training Center, Idaho, during the first part of June. The 65th FAB’s subordinate units and partners were able to get in on the action also. Approximately 2,000 National Guard Soldiers from California National Guard , Iowa National Guard , North Carolina National Guard , and Utah National Guard along with active-component Soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Texas participated in the exercise. For nearly 10 days the sound of rumbling thunder could be heard non-stop as thousands of rounds of artillery, rockets and explosives were expended in the desert southeast of Boise. The exercise was gauged a success, increasing the participating units readiness and lethality, but just as important — it was a lot of fun! #WesternStrike22 #AlwaysReady #NationalGuard
The Utah National Guard prepares for upcoming fire season by training with the Unified Fire Authority at Camp Williams Utah, May 19, 2022. ( U.S. Army National Guard video by 1st Sgt. John Etheridge)
The Utah National Guard FEMA Region VIII Homeland Response Force held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Collapsed Structure Venue Site May 10, 2022. The CSVS is one of only three military owned Urban Search and Rescue training venues west of the Rocky Mountains. This CSVS will allow both military search and extract and civilian search and rescue teams the opportunity to train together and build those necessary partnerships needed in an “all hazards” response.
The Utah Army National Guard hosted their annual Maintenance Symposium March 21-23, 2022, at Camp Williams, Utah, that included a three day multi-state best mechanic competition. (U.S. Army National Guard video by Sgt. 1st Class CaHugh Giles)
Today marks the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. We honor and remember the nearly 3000 innocent people killed during the terrorist attacks and their survivors; the first responders and citizens who selflessly put themselves in harm's way to save lives; and those who served and sacrificed in defense of our nation during the Global War on Terror. In the video, Maj. Gen. Michael Turley, adjutant general, Utah National Guard, and Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Nielsen, senior enlisted advisor, Utah National Guard, commemorate the anniversary and discuss the sacrifices, challenges and effects of the nearly two decades of continuous combat operations on the Utah National Guard, its service members, their families and the community.(U.S. Army video edited by Sgt. 1st Classs John Etheridge)
Last week, members of the United States Utah Air National Guard’s 151st Air Refueling Wing, in coordination with U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)'s Denton Program for private donations, transported lifesaving equipment and humanitarian supplies to Kathmandu, Nepal, to help reduce human suffering and assist with Nepal’s COVID-19 response. #MissionElevated #InThisTogether
Employers of Utah National Guard Soldiers with the 145th Field Artillery Battalion visit Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah, to participate in a Boss Lift hosted by the ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve). (U.S. Army National Guard video by Staff Sgt. Jordan Hack)
After serving their state and communities for over a year, approximately 140 Airmen and Soldiers serving as part of the Utah National Guard COVID-19 Response Task Force demobilized June 15-16, 2021 at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, as well as at the 640th Regiment, Regional Training Institute at Camp Williams, Utah. (U.S. Army National Guard video by Staff Sgt. Jordan Hack)
“The ultimate end-state goal far all leaders and all members of the Utah National Guard,” says Maj. Gen. Michael J. Turley, the adjutant general, Utah National Guard, “is to prevent sexual assault, sexual harassment, and you can do that by protecting your teammate.” April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and this year’s SAAPM theme is “Building Cohesive Teams through Character, Trust & Resilience. Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission.” #SAAPM #missionelevated
2020 has been unprecedented for the Utah National Guard responding to domestic operations. Over 1,500 Soldiers and Airman of the Utah National Guard have served their communities this year by supporting Utah government agencies in COVID-19 response, civil protection, and wildland fire-fighting. As we celebrate the National Guard’s Birthday today, over 400 Utah National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are currently activated and serving the state on the front lines of COVID-19 response. 2020 truly is the Year of the Guard!
This suicide prevention and awareness app went live December 2019, and has already reported preliminary success. The app, known as SafeUTNG, was designed to support Utah National Guard service members and families in crisis. It’s free to download from the Android and Apple app stores, providing service members and their families with a safe, confidential platform to communicate with a crisis counselor 24/7. In a span of only two months since going live, the app has been downloaded nearly 800 times from the Apple and Google Play markets (541 downloads from Apple, 253 downloads from Google Play). From these downloads, behavioral health providers from the University Neuropsychiatric Institute received 15 tips, which resulted in 42 confidential in-app chats and 817 threads. A thread is the online equivalent of a conversation. Each tip had an average of 65 conversations. The SafeUTNG app can be download via Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.universityofutahhealth.safeutng&hl=en_US or Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/safeutng/id1488643677

Gov. Spencer J. Cox and Maj. Gen. Michael J. Turley conduct a pass and review during the 67th annual Governor’s Day at Camp Williams, Utah, Sept. 24, 2022. The humvee is driven by Sgt. Spencer Fayles with the 144th Area Support Medical Company, the 2022 All-Guard National Soldier of the Year. The time-honored tradition of Governor’s Day has been celebrated by the Utah National Guard since 1954 and allows the governor to inspect and speak to his troops. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Ariel J. Solomon)
Utah National Guard celebrates 67th Governor’s Day after two year hiatus
By Capt. Megan Tidwell | Sept. 26, 2022
Utah National Guard Airmen and Soldiers celebrated the 67th annual Governor’s Day after a two-year hiatus Sept. 24, 2022, at Camp Williams, Utah...

Soldiers from the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) arrive at Dugway Proving Ground in support of an agile combat employment joint exercise on Sept. 8, 2022. This joint force exercise incorporates more than six military’s entities across three branches creating innovative operational concepts to allow quick response to an ever-changing wartime horizon. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Danny Whitlock)
Utah Air National Guard Completes Joint Agile Combat Employment Exercise
By Master Sgt. Colton Elliott | Sept. 8, 2022
As the Department of the Air Force continues to prioritize Agile Combat Employment , Airmen from the 151st Air Refueling Wing conducted its first joint Multi-Capable Airmen exercise at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah on Sept. 8,...

Approximately 10 Soldiers from Target Acquisition Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 65th Field Artillery Brigade, “America’s Thunder,”  are recognized during a departure ceremony Sept. 1, 2022, in the Scott Lundell Readiness Center auditorium at Camp Williams, Utah. The Soldiers will deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom under U.S. Africa Command.
Soldiers from the Utah National Guard’s 65th Field Artillery Brigade deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
By Ileen Kennedy | Sept. 2, 2022
Approximately 10 Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 65th Field Artillery Brigade, “America’s Thunder,” will deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom under U.S. Africa Command. The Target Acquisition...

A Soldier from the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion engages an adversary as a part of an Oleoresin Capsicum or OC spray qualification event during an evaluation exercise, Aug. 20-21, 2022, for the Utah National Guard Response Force in Salt Lake CIty, Utah. During the OC spray qualification, a trainee gets sprayed in the eyes with OC and must engage two adversaries using baton techniques and drag a simulated casualty to safety. The NGRF is a quick response security force composed of Utah National Guard Soldiers designed to augment law enforcement when directed by the governor. The NGRF is comprised of approximately 300 Soldiers primarily from the 142nd MI. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Sgt. John Etheridge)
142nd MI Battalion conducts evaluation exercise for National Guard Response Force
By 1st Sgt. John Etheridge | Aug. 25, 2022
The 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 300th MI Brigade, conducted an evaluation exercise Aug. 20-21, 2022, for the Utah National Guard Response Force at the North Salt Lake Armory. During the exercise, Soldiers of the...

Col. Paul Peters (center) relinquishes command of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) by passing the unit colors first to Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Riggs (left), who then passed it to Col. Brian “Tony” Pazzaglia (right), during a change-of-command ceremony held at the Aaron R. Butler Readiness Center on Camp Williams, Utah, Aug. 20, 2022. Change-of-command ceremonies are a time-honored military tradition to mark the formal transfer of authority and responsibility from one unit commander to another. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jacob Jesperson/Released)
“I Promise You Unwavering Devotion”: Col. Pazzaglia Assumes Command of 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
By Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Free | Aug. 22, 2022
Col. Paul Peters relinquished command of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) to Col. Brian “Tony” Pazzaglia during a change-of-command ceremony held at the Aaron R. Butler Readiness Center on Camp Williams, Utah, Aug...

(From left to right) Air Force Master Sgt. Abraham Beh, Tech. Sgt. John Geister, Air Force Staff Sgt. Donovan Nielson, and Air Force Master Sgt. Sgt. Francisco Vasquez hoist the trophy of the Sgt. 1st Class James E. Thode Ruck March, August 19, 2022. Their team placed first among all other teams in the competitive category.
10th annual Thode Ruck March draws more than 100 participants
By Sgt. First Class Richard Stowell | Aug. 22, 2022
A rainbow appeared west of the hills just as participants started the 10th Annual Sgt. 1st Class James E. Thode Ruck March at Camp Williams, August 19, 2022...

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Sherratt secures the brigade colors during the 65th Field Artillery Brigade change-of-command ceremony at Camp Williams, Utah, Aug. 13, 2022. During the ceremony, Col. Shawn Fuellenbach relinquished command to Lt. Col. Jason Wilde. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rebecca Call)
65th Field Artillery Brigade “America’s Thunder” holds change-of command-ceremony
By Sgt. Rebecca Call | Aug. 13, 2022
The 65th Field Artillery Brigade, Utah Army National Guard, conducted a change-of-command ceremony at Camp Williams, Utah, Aug. 13, 2022. During the ceremony, Col. Shawn Fuellenbach relinquished command to Lt. Col.(P) Jason...

Col. Shahram Takmili passes the organizational colors to Brig. Gen. Charlene Dalto representing the relinquishing of command during the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade change-of-command ceremony, Aug. 6, 2022, at Camp Williams, Utah. During the ceremony, Col. Shahram Takmili relinquished command to Col. Cody Strong. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Derrik Cowley)
300th Military Intelligence Brigade conducts change of command ceremony
By Sgt. Alejandro Lucero | Aug. 8, 2022
The 300th Military Intelligence Brigade, Utah Army National Guard, conducted a change-of-command ceremony at the Lundell Readiness Center on Camp Williams, Utah, Aug. 7, 2022. During the ceremony, Col. Shahram Takmili...

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Over 7,000 Army and Air National Guardsmen in formation on Tarbet Field to participate in Utah's 65th annual Governor's Day ceremony Tarbet field during a military capabilities display on Camp Williams, Utah, Sept. 14, 2019. During the event the crowd was shown a display of military might and capabilities that the Utah Guard has to offer, from ground movements, to cannon fire and flyovers.
Utah National Guard hosts 67th Governor’s Day
By Staff Sgt. Nicholas Perez | Sept. 22, 2022
The Utah National Guard will host the 67th annual Governor’s Day, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at 10 a.m., at Camp Williams, Utah...

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Utah Army National Guard Colonel Paul Peters to be promoted to Brigadier General
By Ileen Kennedy | Sept. 16, 2022
Col. Paul Peters, former commander of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Utah National Guard, will be promoted to brigadier general in an official ceremony Sept. 19, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. at the Utah National Guard...

An  F-16 Falcons refuels from a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 151st Air Refueling Wing Aug. 17, 2022 above Utah's west desert.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Perez)
Utah Air National Guard to conduct unprecedented Joint Force exercise
By Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Perez, | Sept. 7, 2022
The Utah Air National Guard will conduct an unprecedented Joint Force exercise at the Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base and Dugway Proving Ground, Sept. 7-8, 2022...