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Mission Statement 

​The 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. While serving in a state status the Governor serves as the Commander in Chief. This duty shifts to the President of the United States when forces are federalized for national missions.

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.

Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton
Adjutant General
Utah National Guard

2nd Lt. Carter briefs adjustments to the plan at the Objective Rally Point (ORP) in preparation for field interrogations, during a training exercise in Cache Valley National Forest, August 11, 2019.
Military Intelligence Soldiers Conduct Training in Northern Utah
By Sgt. First Class Dustin Waite | Sept. 30, 2019
Soldiers from B Company, and IC Detachment of the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion

Members of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) participate in a change of command and retirement ceremony on Camp Williams, Utah 14 September 2019. The unit received a new commanding officer and a new command sergeant major. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by, PFC. Jacob Jesperson)
19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) welcomes new leadership
By Sgt. James Bunn | Sept. 19, 2019
The 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) said farewell to two of senior leaders and welcomed two new

West Valley City receives Freedom Award
West Valley City receives Freedom Award
By Ileen Kennedy | Sept. 18, 2019
West Valley City was awarded the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award and held a

Governor's Day 2019
Soldiers and Airman Celebrate the 65th Annual Governors Day
By Staff Sgt. Nicholas Cloward | Sept. 14, 2019
Approximately 7,000 Air and Army National Guardsman stood in formation on Tarbet Field at Camp

Soldiers and participate in the 300th Miltary Intelligence Brigade Change of Command Ceremony,  August 10, 2019 at the Draper Utah National Guard Headquarters Bilding (U.S. Army Photo By Sgt. Nathan J. Baker)
300th MI Change of Command 2019
By Sgt. Nathan Baker | Aug. 20, 2019
Soldiers of the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade come to celebrate the successes of outgoing

Top down clockwise:
Ty'lene, Army Guard; Tayva, Air Guard; Tiara, Air Force;
Taryn, Navy; Tambra, Army Guard.
Five Sisters - Five Different Paths to Military Service
By Sgt. Nathaniel Free | July 9, 2019
Tiara Puro was 17 years old when her father handed her a recruiting brochure for the Utah Army

The Oak Springs Utah Fire started at the machine gun range of Camp Williams and burned approximately 200 acres before it was stopped at fire breaks, July 15, 2019. Three helicopters, thirteen brush trucks, two dozers, a grader, and over sixty personnel managed to contain the fire.
Utah Guard Quickly Subdues Wild Fire at Camp Williams
By Sgt. Nathaniel Free | July 7, 2019
CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah –The Utah National Guard responded to a fire that started during training at the

Major General Jeff Burton, the adjutant general; Allan Matheson, executive director of the Department of Environmental Quality; Joshua Emfield, deputy director for Congressman Curtis; Larry Ellertson, advisor to Congressman Curtis; Don Summit, engineer with Construction Facilities Management Office and other members of the Utah National Guard flew on a UH-60 Black Hawk to view the burn scar left from the Coal Hollow Fire on Loafer Mountain located at the south end of Utah County, June 19, 2019.
Utah Guard Revisits Coal Hollow Fire Area to Survey Burn Scars
By Ileen Kennedy | June 20, 2019
On June 19, 2019, a beautiful morning with blue sky and sunshine, the Utah National Guard flew a

Utah Army National Guard Soldiers SGT Amber Guel (front), of the 141st Military Intelligence Battalion and SFC Brian Andelin of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 300th Military Intelligence Brigade, participate in the Operational Skills Test during the 2019 Polyglot Games at the brigade’s 30th Annual Language Conference, March 2019.
Breaking the Language Barrier
By Chase Whitlock and Matthew Liptak | June 20, 2019
300th Military Intelligence Brigade Hosts Unique Joint ConferenceCOL Joseph Green wasn’t bragging

Soldiers from the United Kingdom and Canada perform Trooping the Colour in observance of the Queen’s birthday during Panther Strike, June 8, 2019 at Camp Williams, Utah. Panther Strike is an annual exercise organized by the 300 Military Intelligence Brigade, that is centered upon developing the skill level of active duty and reserve military intelligence Soldiers and units. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Nathan Baker)
Panther Strike 2019
By Sgt. 1st Class John Etheridge | June 18, 2019
Several hundred Soldiers from around the country and around the world arrived at Camp Williams, Utah

National Guard members will soon see changes to the program that allows them to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouse or children that will limit the time frame they can initiate that transfer. Set to go in effect July 12, Guard members will need to have served six years before they can transfer benefits and they must transfer the benefits by the time they hit 16 years of service. Additionally, Guard members extend their enlistment contract by at least four years to transfer benefits.
Changes in GI Bill transfer benefits coming July 12
By Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy | June 18, 2019
ARLINGTON, Va. – Provisions allowing Guard members to transfer some or all of their Post- 9/11 GI

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David Farnsworth, a medical provider, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Nicole Ligeza, a public health specialist, both assigned to the Utah Air National Guard, examine an X-ray during the humanitarian civic assistance component of exercise African Lion 2019 in Tata, Morocco, March 28, 2019. African Lion 2019 is a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-sponsored, U.S. African Command-scheduled, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa-led, joint and combined exercise conducted in the Kingdom of Morocco. African Lion offers an opportunity for participation in a multinational exercise to enhance professional relationships and allow support for interoperability of forces. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Danny Whitlock)
Utah Air National Guard participates in African Lion 2019
By Staff Sgt. Danny Whitlock | June 17, 2019
Approximately 80 members of the Utah National Guard participated in the humanitarian civic

U.S. Army Cpl. Jasmine McCarthy, a signals intelligence analyst and an Arabic linguist with the Utah National Guard participated in the humanitarian civic assistance portion of exercise African Lion 2019, March 25-April 3rd, 2019 in Tata, Morocco. African Lion is an annual, combined multilateral exercises designed to improve interoperability and mutual understanding of each nation’s tactics, techniques and procedures while demonstrating a strong partnership between nation’s militaries. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Martha Castleton)
Utah Soldier speaks the language
By Maj. Janine Smith | June 16, 2019
Learning a different language is no easy undertaking; sustaining it is even harder. One way to

Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Simper on his way to the top of the rock with adaptive resources, March 2019 Fort Carson, Colorado. (Photo credit: Fort Carson WTU)
Pushing Yourself to the Limit
By MaryTherese Griffin | June 12, 2019
You probably never realize how much you need your thumb until you can’t use it. Sgt. 1st Class

All Branches of Utah's military gathered for an evening at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day June 8, 2019.
Utah Military Ball 2019
By Spc. Elizabeth Johnson | June 9, 2019
This year’s Military Ball was held at The Grand America Hotel, June 8, 2019, commemorating the 75th

Col. Joseph Green Command Photo, Commander of the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade, Oct. 10, 2018.
Joseph Green: Fully Committed
By Sgt. Nathaniel Free | June 4, 2019
Friday, December 15, 1989: Panama names Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega the “maximum leader of the

Eighteen Soldiers from the 174th Cyber Protection Team stand on the stage of the Utah National Guard's Draper headquarters during their departure ceremony Jan. 2, 2019.
The Online Battle
By Sgt. Nathaniel Free | May 20, 2019
It was a hot Saturday afternoon in July 2005. U.S. forces quickly surrounded an internet café on the

Members of the 65th Field Artillery greet the awaiting crowd upon their return from a Middle East deployment Jan 31 to the Rolland R. Wright Air Base, Salt Lake City.
65th Field Artillery Brigade Home from Middle East
By Sgt. Nathaniel Free | May 20, 2019
More than 100 Soldiers from the Utah Army National Guard’s 65th Field Artillery Brigade, ‘America’s

Tech Sgt. Sean Price, a boom operator with the 151st Air Refueling Wing, Utah Air National Guard, stands with his wife Kelly, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and The Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard, Major General Jefferson Burton, April 22, 2019 at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, Salt Lake City, Utah. Price was presented with the Utah Cross award for providing lifesaving first aid to an injured driver. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Winn)
Utah Air Guardsmen awarded the Utah Cross
By Staff Sgt. Whitlock Danny | April 22, 2019
Tech. Sgt. Sean Price, a boom operator assigned to the 151st Air Refueling Wing, was awarded the

Soldiers from the Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Alpha), pass through southern Utah as they conduct convoy operations on Utah highways, March 9-10 in perpetration for their upcoming training exercise in Canada.
Soldiers Take to Utah Highways
By Lt. Col. Choli Ence | April 18, 2019
Soldiers from Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Alpha), conducted convoy operations, March 9-10, 2019, in perpetration for their upcoming training exercise in Canada.

Families and friends gather at the Roland R. Wright Air Base to greet the approximately 100 Soldiers from Echo Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, “Big Red” as they returned from a 10-month Middle East deployment April 9.
Utah Guard’s “Big Red” Artillery Battalion Returns from Middle East Deployment
By Ileen Kennedy | April 18, 2019
The crowd at the Roland R. Wright Air Base erupted in cheers as the police escorted plane taxied up to the large north hangar doors with approximately 100 Soldiers from Echo Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, “Big Red” returned from a 10-month Middle East deployment April 9.

Boy Scouts and volunteers unload food at the Community Action Services and Food Bank in Orem, March 16, 2019 during Scouting for Food.
Annual Scouting for Food Drive Brings Communities Together
By Capt. Laureen MacGregor and Sgt. Jordan Hack | April 16, 2019
Hundreds of Utah National Guardsmen, Boy Scouts and community leaders participated in the annual

Members of the Utah National Guard provide assistance following a nuclear fallout scenario exercise at Camp Williams in Bluffdale to showcase the Homeland Response Force’s capabilities on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The training involved drills on on responding to a 10-kiloton nuclear blast and included rescue, extraction, decontamination and medical attention.
Utah’s HRF Trains for the Worst
By By Sgt. Tim Berry | March 23, 2019
On a normal weekend, the sight of men and women donning full chemical suits and driving rescue