An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

NEWS | Dec. 3, 2022

New Command Chief Warrant Officer for Utah Army National Guard

By Maj. Chris Kroeber

The Utah Army National Guard will welcome its new command chief warrant officer during a change-of-responsibility ceremony scheduled to occur at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5, in the Draper headquarters’ auditorium.

During the ceremony, Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Brian Searcy will relinquish the role of command chief of the Utah Army National Guard to Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 William Erickson.

Erickson, a Pleasant Grove resident, has served in the Utah Army National Guard for more than 36 years, most recently as the Utah National Guard Active Guard Reserve personnel manager. Prior to this assignment, Erickson served as the warrant officer strength manager, officer personnel manager, and the Joint Force Headquarters deputy for the Army personnel directorate. He has served in numerous positions of leadership at all levels of command.

Erickson joined Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 140th Field Artillery, “Animals,” as a cannon crewmember in March 1986, and has been an active member of the Utah National Guard since. He deployed in support of Operation Noble Eagle in 2002 to Tooele, Utah; in support of Hurricane Rita relief in Louisiana in 2005; and for Operation Enduring Freedom to Herat, Afghanistan in 2013.

"The Utah National Guard has a long history of producing high quality warrant officers that serve the citizens of the state of Utah and our nation. I am grateful to work with these highly skilled Soldiers and leaders that manage, operate, troubleshoot, train, and maintain the Army’s complex systems,” said Erickson. “The Army warrant officer will face new challenges as the Army transitions to large-scale combat operations, advanced systems, and a return to self-sustainment versus contracting. My focus will be to recruit the best Soldiers to become warrant officers, to retain existing warrant officers, and to build a resilient and ready warrant officer cohort that will be critical through this transition."

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Brian Searcy, a Draper resident, was appointed as the Utah Army National Guard command chief warrant officer on June 16, 2018, where he currently serves. He is also the chair of the Army National Guard Warrant Officer Advisory Council. He was selected by Lieutenant General Jon A. Jensen to be the Command Chief Warrant Officer for the Army National Guard in November.

Searcy enlisted in the Utah Army National Guard on Jan. 20, 1988, in Service Battery, 222nd Field Artillery, as a cannon crewmember. In February 1992, he transferred to Delta Company, 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion and reclassified as an interrogator and Spanish linguist and served as an interrogation section sergeant. In February 1995, he was a Spanish linguist for the Utah Counterdrug Program. In February 1998, Searcy transferred to Charlie Company, 141st Military Intelligence Battalion. On April 30, 1999, he was appointed to warrant officer 1 as a human intelligence collection technician. On Sept. 1, 2005, he transferred into Joint Forces Headquarters Utah and reclassified as a property accounting technician. On June 1, 2006, Searcy became the overseas duty training officer for Training Branch in the Active Guard Reserve program. May 3, 2012, he became the force integration readiness officer, and in 2013 assumed responsibilities of the mobilization readiness officer.

Searcy deployed in January 2003 with 141st Military Intelligence Battalion, Forward 1, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and served as interrogation chief, Joint Interrogation Debriefing Center for Iraq Survey Group and Defense Intelligence Agency.

Searcy is married to Caroline, and is the father of three children, Brayden, Hailey and Jace.

“I am honored and humbled to have served as the command chief warrant for the Utah Army National Guard for the past four-and-a-half years. It has been a rewarding opportunity,” said Searcy. “I’m grateful for all the support I received from both the members and leaders of the Utah National Guard. The Utah National Guard has remarkable Soldiers and Airmen. Additionally, I’m very grateful to my wife, Caroline, and my children for the sacrifices they have made so that I can serve and continue to serve in a new capacity in the Army National Guard.”

The ceremony will be streamed on the Facebook Live at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5.

Previous Story
Next Story

Utah National Guard members repel with the help of their civilian counterparts during a Utah National Guard FEMA Region VIII Homeland Response Force training exercise on Camp Williams, Utah, Nov. 5, 2022. The event featured multiagency interoperability training for the Utah National Guard and civilian partner agencies to provide initial and follow-on care to stranded and injured citizens in the event of a natural or human-caused emergency. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Alejandro Lucero)
Utah National Guard Hosts Multi-Agency Disaster Response Exercise
By Capt. Megan Tidwell | Nov. 5, 2022
The Utah National Guard’s Domestic Operations Office; in conjunction with the state of Utah Emergency Operation Center, Division of Emergency Management, conducted a multi-agency training event at Camp Williams in Bluffdale,...

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented the Seven Seals and Patriot Awards to select civic leaders at a ceremony on Oct. 26, 2022. Gov. Spencer Cox received both the ESGR’s Seven Seals Award and the Patriot Award. Mr. Gary Harter, executive director for the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, and Mr. Jon Pierpont, chief of staff to the governor and former executive director of the Utah Department of Workforce Services, also received the ESGR Seven Seals Award.
ESGR Presented Awards to Civic Leaders
By Maj. Chris Kroeber | Oct. 27, 2022
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented the Seven Seals and Patriot Awards to select civic leaders at a ceremony on Wednesday. Gov. Spencer Cox received both the ESGR’s Seven Seals Award and the Patriot Award. Mr...

Sgt. Maurice Manns II with the 204th Maneuver  Enhancement Brigade, emerges for a breath during the swimming portion of the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge , conducted at Camp Williams, Utah Oct. 16, 2022. This year’s competition offers an opportunity for competitors to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge. The Utah National Guard Best Warrior Competition is an annual event that brings together Soldiers and Airmen from the major commands to compete for the title of Soldier/Airman-of-the-Year, Noncommissioned Officer-of-the-Year and Senior NCO-of-the-Year. The Army winners of this competition will represent the Utah Army National Guard at the Region VII Best Warrior Competition next spring.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ariel J. Solomon)
UTNG Best Warrior Competition Presents Top Competitors
By Spc. Shae Cox | Oct. 24, 2022
Twenty-three Soldiers and Airmen battled mental and physical challenges as they competed for the title of Soldier/Airman of the Year, Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, and Senior NCO of the Year, during the Utah National...

The Utah National Guard Honor Guard conducts Funeral Honors for the surviving family of U.S. Army Air Corps Sgt. Elvin L. Phillips, an Airman who was killed 79 years ago during World War II. Family from several states, friends, first responders, and service members gathered to render respect during the funeral at Utah Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park in Bluffdale, Utah, Oct. 11, 2022. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Jordan Hack)
Utah Honor Guard Provides Funeral Honors for WWII Airman
By Staff Sgt. Jordan Hack | Oct. 13, 2022
Soldiers and Airmen in the Utah National Guard Honor Guard conducted funeral honors for Phillips at Utah Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park in Bluffdale, Utah, Oct. 11, 2022. Family, friends, other service members, and first...

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...

Brig. Gen. Joseph Green, assistant adjutant general, Utah National Guard shares his experience involving hardships and explains how trauma impacts Guard units and families. Green said although he understands some obstacles may hinder the SAPR and VA mission, he is always available to support Utah Guard members.
UTNG SAPR program brings sexual assault awareness through prevention and education efforts
By Staff Sgt. Ashley Ellison | Aug. 26, 2022
The Utah National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program hosted two three-day leadership summits at the Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, July 25-28, and Aug. 23-25, 2022. More than 50 UTNG Soldiers...

Utah Air National Guard Airman dies during routine deployment
By Maj. Chris Kroeber | Dec. 1, 2022
An Airman assigned to the 151st Air Refueling Wing died Nov. 29, of medical complications while on a routine deployment to Guam...

Service members and their supporters from across the state gathered at the Tabernacle on Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah November 8, 2019 for the Utah National Guard’s 64th Annual Veteran’s Day Concert commemorating the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. The 23rd Army Band joined forces with a combined Granite School District high school choir of some seven hundred students in a celebration of music to “honor the men and women of the ‘greatest generation’, their commitment and sacrifices, and the pivotal role they played” in the nation’s identity.
Utah National Guard to host Annual Veterans Day Concert commemorating the Korean War
By Maj. Chris Kroeber | Nov. 9, 2022
The Utah National Guard will host the 67th annual Veterans Day Concert. This free and open-to-the-public concert will be held at the Tabernacle on Temple Square, beginning at 7 p.m., Nov. 11, 2022.This Veterans Day Concert...

Soldiers with 2nd General Aviation Support Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, observe Intermountain Riverton Hospital emergency room personnel treat a patient transported to the hospital on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a simulated large-scale earthquake exercise on Nov. 5, 2022.
This exercise provides an opportunity for military, state, and civilian agency partners to conduct joint disaster response training.
Utah National Guard to conduct multi-agency disaster response exercise
By Maj. Chris Kroeber | Nov. 6, 2022
The Utah National Guard’s Domestic Operations Office in conjunction with the Utah State Emergency Operation Center, Division of Emergency Management, is conducting a multi-agency training event at Camp Williams in Bluffdale,...

CALLING ALL UTAH MILITARY AND VETERAN FAMILIES! 
WE'RE SO THANKFUL FOR YOU AND WE'RE SHOWING OUR GRATITUDE WITH THIS SPECIAL EVENT
Saturday, November 5, 2022
11 AM - 2 PM
Utah National Guard's Salt Lake Readiness Center
1640 North 2200 West, Salt Lake City, UT, 84116
Join Blue Star Families of Utah, Feed the Children, the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, and Discover 
for this drive-through event to receive food, hygiene, and household items in addition to other gifts. 
Open to Active-duty, Guard, and Reserve military, Veterans, caregivers, and Gold Star Families.
3rd annual Vets Vittles event to distribute food and items to military and veteran families
By Maj. Chris Kroeber | Nov. 2, 2022
Blue Star Families of Utah’s 3rd annual ‘Vets Vittles’ event, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, will be held at the parking lot of the Utah National Guard’s Salt Lake Readiness Center, located at 1640 North 2200...

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented the Seven Seals and Patriot Awards to select civic leaders at a ceremony on Oct. 26, 2022. Gov. Spencer Cox received both the ESGR’s Seven Seals Award and the Patriot Award. Mr. Gary Harter, executive director for the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, and Mr. Jon Pierpont, chief of staff to the governor and former executive director of the Utah Department of Workforce Services, also received the ESGR Seven Seals Award.
ESGR Presented Awards to Civic Leaders
By Maj. Chris Kroeber | Oct. 26, 2022
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented the Seven Seals and Patriot Awards to select civic leaders at a ceremony on Wednesday. Gov. Spencer Cox received both the ESGR’s Seven Seals Award and the Patriot Award. Mr...

JROTC cadets compete on the Leadership Reaction Course at Camp Williams, Utah, as part of the Wildcat Challenge, Sept. 30, 2022.
UTNG’s Recruiting Battalion and Wildcat Battalion ROTC program host the Wildcat Challenge for all JROTC high school programs in the state
By Capt. Lauren Macgregor | Oct. 4, 2022
The Utah National Guard’s Recruiting Battalion and the Wildcat Battalion, comprised of Weber State University and Utah State University ROTC programs, to host its 2022 Wildcat Challenge at Camp Williams, Utah, on Sept. 30...

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...

Col. Paul Peters
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...