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Episode 1

 In this episode, we meet a local hero in the fight against COVID-19, a member of our very own Utah National Guard family.

On the morning of April 16th, 2020, Master Sgt, Dan Harris, a Utah National Guard recruiter, shared a photo of his wife, Eva, on social media. She was standing in the passenger drop-off area of the Salt Lake International Airport, wearing a face mask, an Intermountain Healthcare jacket and jeans, one hand on her luggage. She’s smiling.

The caption read:

"This is my hero, she is the most caring, selfless, genuine, and hard-working person I know. She could not sit on the sideline during this pandemic and not use her enormous nursing skills to help those in need. She volunteered to go right into our country’s COVID-19 epicenter to lend a hand. Her patients are going to be extremely lucky to have her. Our neighborhood lined the streets this morning to send her off because they have all experienced the awesomeness that is my wife. I love you Eva Harris! Thank you for being such a great example to our kids."

Chaplain (Col.) Larry Bazer, deputy director, National Guard Bureau-Office of the Joint Chaplain, leads Soldiers participating in the Utah National Guard Chaplain Conference   
at Camp Williams, Utah, April 10, 2021. The mission of military chaplains is to build the spiritual readiness of the nation’s warfighters by providing world-class religious support. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Bryton Bluth)
Joint Forces Headquarters conducts annual chaplain sustainment training
By Staff Sgt. Nicolas A. Cloward | April 14, 2021
As the sun rose over Mount Timpanogos ,the cold air surrounding Camp Williams began to dissipate deeper into the valley. Chaplains and religious affairs specialists slowly began to fill the foyer of Sunrise Hall. Some greeted...

U.S. Airmen from the 151st Air Refueling Wing load on to a KC-135 Stratotanker at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, Salt Lake City, Ut. April 6, 2020. The Guardsmen are deploying to support the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Colton Elliott)
151st Air Refueling Wing Deploys
By Tech. Sgt. Colton Elliott | April 7, 2021
– Four KC-135 Stratotankers and approximately 120 Airmen assigned to the 151st Air Refueling Wing, Utah Air National Guard, deployed from Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base April 5-6, 2021, in support of Operation...

Master Sgt. Gabriel Hernandez engages his target during the 9mm firearm portion of the Utah National Guard Best Warrior Competition on Camp Williams, Utah, March 22, 2021. The Utah National Guard Best Warrior Competition tests Soldier’s physical endurance, military knowledge, and mental perseverance to determine the state’s Soldier of the Year, Non-commissioned Officer of the Year and Senior NCO of the Year. (U.S. Army National Guard photo taken by Spc. Alejandro Lucero)
UTNG Best Warrior Competition Selects Top Soldiers
By Spc. Alejandro Lucero | March 30, 2021
Twenty-two Soldiers battled frigid temperatures, as well as mental and physical challenges as they competed for the title of Soldier of the Year, Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and Senior NCO of the Year during the Utah...

Tech. Sgt. Erik Bornemeier, a medical technician assigned to the 151st Medical Group, Detachment 1, receives the Utah Cross from The Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard Maj. Gen. Michael J. Turley on March 15, 2021 at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, Utah. The Utah Cross is the second highest state award that an Utah National Guard military member can receive. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Colton Elliott)
Utah Guardsman receives Utah Cross for aiding crash victim
By Tech. Sgt. Colton Elliott | March 16, 2021
A Guardsman from the 151st Air Refueling Wing, Utah Air National Guard, was presented the Utah Cross by the Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Michael J. Turley on March 15, 2021...

Lt. Col. Kimberly Lawson prepares for an airborne operation.
UTNG Celebrates International Women’s Day and Women’s Heritage Month
By Maj. Tambra West | March 8, 2021
Today, the Utah National Guard celebrates International Women’s Day, and celebrates Women’s History Month through the month of March. Women’s History Month honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American...

Photo of 1959 National Guard Members at the Fillmore Armory. Note style of windows and doors in the background. (Courtesy photo)
Fillmore Armory: A perfect way to bring a community together
By Jamie Brand | March 4, 2021
The first dance on the new, much anticipated, hardwood floor occurred on Memorial Day 1938. The newly constructed Fillmore Armory (Millard County) was a perfect way to bring a community together, built for both military...

Utah National Guard medical teams administer COVID-19 vaccinations
By Ileen Kennedy | Feb. 10, 2021
The Utah National Guard, in cooperation with the Utah Department of Health, expanded its support of the COVID-19 mission in January by administering vaccinations to Guard members and the civilian population...

Capt. Jeffrey Dallin Belnap snaps photo of Jupiter, a stuffed animal that belongs to his daughter at home, behind the U.S. Capitol building during a Utah National Guard mission to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 15, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states traveled to Washington, D.C. to supplement federal and district authorities responsible for securing the U.S. Capitol for the 59th presidential inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Jeffrey Dallin Belnap)
Jupiter Capit-Owl
By Sgt. Jordan Hack | Feb. 10, 2021
Capt. Jeffrey Dallin Belnap, Public Affairs Officer with Utah’s 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, has been serving in Washington D.C. as one of the Utah National Guard’s 350 Soldiers sent to the nation’s Capitol to help...