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

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...

U.S. Army Sgt. Spencer Fayles, a combat medic with the 144th Area Support Medical Company, representing the Utah National Guard in the All Guard National Best Warrior Competition, fireman carries an instructor through a simulated war zone during a grueling valor run in Tullahoma, Tennessee, July 26, 2022. The 3.4 mile valor run honored select Medal of Honor recipients at six different stations all designed to mimic actions taken deserving of the award–putting each competitor through similar circumstances. Fourteen of the nation’s best National Guard junior enlisted Soldiers and noncommissioned officers participate in an intensive, six-day competition throughout Tennessee to determine who will be named the Army National Guard's best-of-the-best. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jordan Hack)
“Iron sharpens iron” – Utah Guardsman fosters competitive spirit at national Best Warrior Competition
By Staff Sgt. Jordan Hack | Aug. 2, 2022
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. - Summer heat and southern humidity set the stage for the 2022 All Guard National Best Warrior Competition, July 25-29. Fourteen of the Army National Guard’s best Soldiers arrived in Tennessee fresh off a...

Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, headquartered at the Utah National Guard’s Spanish Fork Armory has continuously supported the Spanish Fork Flag Retirement Ceremony for the past 24 years. 

Members of the Utah National Guard, Boy and Girl Scouts, civil air patrol, naval sea cadets and other youth groups volunteer to be a part of this dignified U.S. flag retirement of the symbol of our country. 

Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Nielsen, senior enlisted leader for the Utah National Guard, was the keynote speaker and has participated in all 24 years of the ceremony.
Utah National Guard supports the 24th annual Spanish Fork Flag Retirement Ceremony
By Ileen Kennedy | July 15, 2022
Streams of people entered the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds. Some in patriotic red, white and blue colors, others in military, scout, police and fire uniforms. There were local city and county officials and Spanish Fork City...

Delegates visit the Roland Wright Air National Guard Base, July 13, 2022, during Freedom Academy. Since 1961, the Utah National Guard and Honorary Colonels Corps have sponsored Freedom Academy and provided a challenging and engaging environment designed to teach young leaders the importance of freedom and that leadership is essential to its survival. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ariel Solomon)
Utah Guard hosts 60th annual Freedom Academy
By Staff Sgt. Timothy Beery | July 15, 2022
Nearly every year, 61 years running, the Utah National Guard has hosted Freedom Academy, an immersive week-long experience tailored and designed to promote the ideals and principles of the United States of America to high...

The Utah National Guard held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Special Operations Forces Live-Fire Shoot House (SOF LFSH) at Camp Williams, Utah, July 11, 2022.
 
Soldiers from the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) perform a demonstration of advanced urban combat during the opening of the SOF LFSH. 
 
The SOF LFSH will primarily support U.S. Army Special Operations Forces in initial and advanced training related to close-quarter battle and urban combat scenarios. It will also support Utah Army National Guard Soldiers, as well as law enforcement agencies, in training on advanced urban combat skills to include advanced marksmanship techniques, close-quarter battle, and urban movement techniques. This live-fire shoot house facility will give Soldiers a premier facility to improve and hone combat techniques which will allow them to fight and win in any environment they are deployed.
Utah National Guard opens new Special Operations Live-Fire Shoot House
By Ileen Kennedy | July 11, 2022
The Utah National Guard’s new Special Operations Forces Live-Fire Shoot House (SOF LFSH) located at Camp Williams, Utah, officially opened, July 11, 2022...

U.S. Air Force National Guard Master Sgt. Derin Creek and Staff Sgt. Cody Bialcak, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Techinicians, safely remove over 500 depleted uranium rounds on June 23, 2022 at Tooele Army Depot, UT. The Utah Air National Guard Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron was tasked to execute an Emergency detonation of several depleted uranium rounds that had been compromised. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Perez)
Utah Air National Guard EOD flight responds to an emergency
By Staff Sgt. Nicholas Perez | June 30, 2022
Members of the 151st Civil Engineering Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight were tasked with inspecting and detonating contaminated and compromised depleted uranium rounds found at the Tooele Army Depot on June 23,...

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Utah National Guard, receive their foreign jump wings after jumping with Moroccan and Tunisian Special Operations in the friendship airborne operation in African Lion 22, June 27, 2022. African Lion 22 is U.S. Africa Command's largest, premier, joint, combined annual exercise hosted by Morocco, Ghana, Senegal, and Tunisia, June 6 - 30. More than 7,500 participants from 28 nations and NATO train together with a focus on enhancing readiness for U.S. and partner-nation forces. AL22 is a joint all-domain, multi-component, and multinational exercise, employing a full array of mission capabilities with the goal to strengthen interoperadurbility among participants and set the theater for strategic access. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Mackenzie Willden)
Utah and Moroccan Paratroopers Exchange Jump Wings
By Maj. Brent Mangum | June 27, 2022
Paratroopers from the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Utah National Guard, and the Royal Moroccan Army received foreign jump wings during a wing exchange ceremony at Agadir, Morocco, June 27, 2022...

A Soldier in 3rd Platoon, 116th Engineer Company, 1457th Engineer Battalion, Utah National Guard guides an excavator operator while installing a new cattle guard at Dinosaur National Monument, June 13, 2022. The cattle guard replacement was one of several projects the company did at the monument as part of their annual training. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Rich Stowell)
Utah National Guard Engineers Train at Dinosaur National Monument
By Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stowell | June 22, 2022
Soldiers from the 1457th participated in an annual training exercise they won't soon forget.Engineers from the 116th Engineer Company and support personnel for the Forward Support Company– about 125 Soldiers in all–...

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The Utah National Guard FEMA Region VIII Homeland Response Force held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Collapsed Structure Venue Site which included a demonstration and static display of capabilities May 10, 2022 at Camp Williams, Utah. 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. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Sgt. John Etheridge)
Utah National Guard’s Region VIII Homeland Response Forces conducts readiness validation exercise
By Capt. Laureen MacGregor | Aug. 4, 2022
The Utah National Guard’s Region VIII Homeland Response Force will conduct its 2022 readiness validation exercise at Camp Williams, Utah, from Aug. 3-7, 2022...

The Utah National Guard held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Special Operations Forces Live-Fire Shoot House (SOF LFSH) at Camp Williams, Utah, July 11, 2022.
 
Soldiers from the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) perform a demonstration of advanced urban combat during the opening of the SOF LFSH. 
 
The SOF LFSH will primarily support U.S. Army Special Operations Forces in initial and advanced training related to close-quarter battle and urban combat scenarios. It will also support Utah Army National Guard Soldiers, as well as law enforcement agencies, in training on advanced urban combat skills to include advanced marksmanship techniques, close-quarter battle, and urban movement techniques. This live-fire shoot house facility will give Soldiers a premier facility to improve and hone combat techniques which will allow them to fight and win in any environment they are deployed.
Utah National Guard opens new Special Operations Live-Fire Shoot House
By Ileen Kennedy | July 10, 2022
The Utah National Guard will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Special Operations Forces Live-Fire Shoot House (SOF LFSH) at Camp Williams, Utah, July 11, 2022...

Utah National Guard ships AH-64D Apaches to Morocco for African Lion 22
Utah National Guard ships AH-64D Apaches to Morocco for African Lion 22
By Lt. Col. Jaime Thomas | June 17, 2022
The 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, Utah National Guard, will package and send four AH-64D Apache helicopters to Morocco onboard a C-5 Galaxy, in support of African Lion 22, a U.S. Africa Command...