The mission of the Utah National Guard is to provide mission-ready military forces to assist both state and federal authorities in times of emergency or war. Since 1894, the Utah National Guard has effectively trained, equipped, and prepared its members to accomplish that mission successfully. We stand ready to protect our citizens from enemies both foreign and domestic, and to react quickly in the face of natural disaster or emergency. We are always ready and always there.

‚ÄčThe Utah National Guard is composed of two branches of the military, the Utah Army National Guard and the Utah Air National Guard. The Adjutant General is the military commander of both branches, and is appointed by the Governor. The Governor serves as the Commander in Chief. This duty can be shifted upon request to the President of the United States when forces are federalized for national missions.

Governor Spencer J. Cox
Commander in Chief
Utah National Guard


Major General Daniel D. Boyack
The Adjutant General
Utah National Guard



General Boyack is the Commander for both the Utah Army and Air National Guard where he is responsible for the command, control and operations of plans and programs affecting more than 7,500 Utah National Guard personnel.  formulating, developing, and operations of plans and programs affecting more than 7,500 Utah National Guard personnel.

As the Commander of the Utah National Guard, he is responsible for the training, preparation and deployment of Soldiers and Airmen in support of combat operations worldwide. General Boyack is the principal advisor on all National Guard issues, responsible for both the federal and state missions of the Utah National Guard and serves as the official channel of communication with the National Guard Bureau, Department of the Army, Department of the Air Force, Utah Emergency Management and State Partnership Program.

Boyack began his career with the Utah Air National Guard in 1994. He was commissioned through the Air National Guard’s Academy of Military Science in 2000.  He graduated in 2001 from Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, where he was selected as the Distinguished Graduate and awarded the Commanders Trophy. General Boyack is a veteran of several military operations. Prior to his current position, he served as the A3 Director of Operations, Headquarters, Utah Air National Guard. General Boyack serves as the Vice-Chair to the Director of the Air National Guard’s National Strategic Planning System Steering Committee.  He also serves as the Director of the National Guard Bureau Commander’s Leadership Course. He is also responsible for working with a wide variety of Federal, State and local authorities in all aspects of the operations, personnel, equipment and funding of the Utah Air National Guard.

Command Sergeant Major Spencer D. Nielsen
Senior Enlisted Leader

Utah National Guard

Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer D. Nielsen began his military career in the Utah Army National Guard enlisting as a cannon-fire-direction specialist with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 140th Field Artillery in Fillmore, Utah. He attended basic training and advanced individual training in 1994 at Fort Sill, Okla. His first active-duty position was as a unit training NCO for Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion 145th Field Artillery in 1998. Since then, he has served in the 65th Field Artillery Brigade; 97th Troop Command; 640th Regiment, Regional Training Institute; and UTNG Joint Forces Headquarters. He deployed twice in support of the Global War on Terrorism: Operation Noble Eagle from August 2003 through July 2004, and Operation Iraqi Freedom from June 2007 through June 2008.

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December 7, 2022

TAG and SEL holiday message 2021
December 16, 2021
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Portrait Maj. Gen. Michael Turley Adjutant General Utah National Guard

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December 16, 2020
Portrait Maj. Gen. Michael Turley Adjutant General Utah National Guard

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Brig. Gen Michael J. Turley