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"Supporting the Troops of the Utah National Guard"


The distinguished members are a dedicated group of civic and community leaders of Utah that promote the objectives of the Utah Army and Air National Guard.  We stand for the freedoms that our country enjoys and defends.

We support patriotic programs such as the Freedom Academy that enriches our youth, the Annual Minuteman Awards Banquet that recognizes community leaders in our state, the Veterans Day Concert that entertains the public with a free annual concert showcasing patriotic vocal and instrumental music, and the annual Governor’s/Family Day Parade held at Camp Williams.

The Honorary Colonels Corps of Utah is not affiliated with any political party.  We are a non-profit organization that creates goodwill.

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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...

Updated 03 October 2017

Hon Col Jerry R. Acton
BG Dallen S. Atack
Hon Col Dwight L. Baldwin
Hon Col Eugene W. Banks
Hon Col Michael Barnes*
Hon Col Lane Beattie
Hon Col George A. Becker
Hon Col Mark Buchi
Hon Col Joe C. Burgess
MG Jefferson S. Burton*
Hon Col Kenneth Burton
Hon Col John E. Cameron
Hon Col Kent A. Cameron
Hon Col James E. Charnholm
Brig Gen (Ret) Ronald E. Chytraus
Hon Col Howard S. Clark
Hon Col Sheryl Cox
Hon Col Bart O. Davis
Hon Col Gerald “Skip” Daynes
Brig Gen (Ret) Ralph L. Dewsnup
Hon Col Michael S. Drury
Hon Col Ezekiel Dumke, Jr.
Col Raymond J. Etcheverry
Hon Col David P. Felt
Hon Col Tage I. Flint
Brig Gen David R. Fountain
BG (Ret) Bruce C. Frandsen
BG (Ret) Melvin V. Frandsen
Hon Col William C. French
Brig Gen Kenneth L. Gammon
Brig Gen (Ret) E. J. “Jake” Garn*
Hon Col Mary Ann Garner
Hon Col Brian Garrett
BG (Ret) Stanley J. Gordon
Hon Col Ron Greenleaf
Hon Col Myrna T. Griffone
Hon Col David F. Gunn*
Hon Col James H. Hadfield
Maj Gen (Ret) John M. Hafen
Hon Col John L. Hansen*
Brig Gen (Ret) Scott B. Harrison
Hon Col Gary R. Harter
Hon Col John K. Haws
Brig Gen (Ret) Jon C. Heaton
Hon Col Ronald E. Henriksen
Honorable Gary R. Herbert
Hon Col Duane C. Hill
Brig Gen (Ret) David Hooper
Honorable Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
Hon Col D. Arlo Johnson
Hon Col Dennis F. Johnson
Hon Col Fred P. Lampropoulos
Hon Col Kurt L. Larsen
BG (Ret) James B. Lee
BG (Ret) Michael R. Liechty
Hon Col Richard K. Linton
Brig Gen (Ret) Larry Lunt
BG (Ret) James G. Martin
Hon Col Dennis N. McFall
Hon Col D. Kent Michie
MG (Ret) James M. Miller
Hon Col June M. Morris
Brig Gen (Ret) David W. Noall
Hon Col Michael J. Norton
Hon Col Bill T. Peters
Hon Col Don L. Peterson
BG (Ret) Val L. Peterson

Hon Col Raymond Peterson
BG Val L. Peterson
Hon Col Taft E. Price
Hon Col Lynn Richard Raybould
Hon Col Bruce Reading
Hon Col Jason B. Reading*
Brig Gen (Ret) Lyle M. Rich
Hon Col Lon R. Richardson, Jr.
Hon Col Lynn V. Ritchie
Hon Col Kim Robinson
Hon Col Weston R. Saunders
Hon Col Antonio L. Savoca
Hon Col Lawrence A. Schmidt*
Hon Col Patrick A. Shea
Hon Col Robert Simmons
Hon Col Dell K. Smith
Hon Col Robert L. Stayner
Hon Col Paul Swenson
MG (Ret) Brian L. Tarbet
Hon Col Reudiger Tillmann
Hon Col Robert S. Voyles
Hon Col Kip Wadsworth
Hon Col M. Walker Wallace
Hon Col Paul M. Warner
Hon Col R. Kim Watts
Hon Col Dolores Wheeler
Hon Col Paul Whitehead, M.D.
Hon Col Edward M. Willis
MG (Ret) Patrick D. Wilson
Hon Col David Winberg
Brig Gen (Ret) Brent E. Winget
Hon Col Andrew M. Wood
Hon Col Richard Workman
Hon Col Wallace A. Wright
Hon Col Dale O. Zabriskie

*Board Member

Emeritus Members:

Hon Col Lewis Billings
Hon Col Patrick Byrne
Hon Col Victoria Davison
Hon Col Rex Falkenrath
Hon Col Michael J. Frodsham
Hon Col Robert H. Garff
Hon Col Jake W. Garn
Hon Col Kay Hall
Hon Col Clark D. Jones
Hon Col Peter C. Knudson
Hon Col Linda M. Kruse
Hon Col Boyd A. Lindquist
Hon Col John E. Lindquist
Hon Col Allan M. Lipman
Hon Col Vickie McCall
Hon Col Richard Nelson
Hon Col William H. Nelson
Hon Col Robert Pembroke
Hon Col Keith O. Rattie
Hon Col Lynelle D. Raymond
Hon Col Harris Simmons
Hon Col David Spafford
Hon Col Michael G. Sullivan
Hon Col Rex Thornton
Hon Col Linda Wolcott
Hon Col Michael T. Young


History of the Honorary Colonels Corps of Utah

The Honorary Colonels Corps was organized by Brigadier General Lewis T. Ellsworth, President of Surety Life Insurance Company, who donated personal funds to create the organization in 1958. Major General Maxwell E. Rich was the Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard at that time. Original membership consisted of 17 individuals. General Ellsworth remained commander of the Corps for approximately 25 years.

General Ellsworth was succeeded as commander by Mitchell Melich, Chris Johnson, and the present commander, Brig Gen (Ret) E. J. “Jake” Garn. Major General Jefferson S. Burton is presently the Adjutant General, and may act as the chairperson of the Corps when necessary.

The Corps was created as a civic organization for the purpose of creating good will and social welfare for the State and promoting the interests of the Utah National Guard. It supports the objectives and actions of the National Guard to help further the best interests of the State. The Corps also works with the Governor of Utah on such affairs and projects as appropriate.

The Honorary Colonels Corps is a non-profit organization, and no part of the net earnings goes to benefit any individual. The Corps does not attempt to influence legislation nor participate in any political activities. At the present time, dues are $200 per year and no additional fund raising is conducted.

Members include individuals who have distinguished themselves in the fields of government services, military affairs, business, the arts, the sciences, or other worthwhile fields of endeavor. Governors are automatically inducted as members of the Corps, and remain in the Corps after they leave office. At the present time, we also have 26 current and retired general officers of the Utah National Guard as Corps members, and three mayors.

The Honorary Colonels sponsor an annual Awards Banquet to recognize community leaders who have supported the National Guard or who have been active in promoting programs in the public interest throughout the State and Nation.

The Corps provides financial support to the Freedom Academy held at Camp Williams in August of each year. The program is designed to instill patriotism and democratic principles in student-body officers and other selected students from high schools throughout the state. After a week with their peers, students are encouraged to return to their respective schools and organize Freedom Week activities for the benefit of their student bodies.

The Honorary Colonels join in the Governor's Day activity in September of each year where tribute is paid to the Governor/Commander in Chief and the men and women of the Utah National Guard. The Corps also sponsors the annual Veterans Day Concert where the Utah National Guard's 23rd Army Band joins with the Granite School District choirs to present a free concert to the public.

The Honorary Colonels' room, located at the National Guard headquarters building in Draper, was completed in 1987 and donated to the Guard in April 1997. This room is used for Board meetings and other special events.