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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.

Brig. Gen. Michael J. Turley
Adjutant General
Utah National Guard

A new suicide prevention and awareness app is set to go live Dec. 6, 2019, designed to support Utah National Guard service members and families in crisis.
 
The SafeUTNG app will be free to download from the Android and Apple app stores and provides service members and their families with a safe, confidential platform to communicate with a crisis counselor 24/7.
In Safe Hands
By Sgt. Nathaniel Free | Dec. 4, 2019
A new suicide prevention and awareness app is set to go live Dec. 6, 2019, designed to support Utah

BYU professor Dave Wood Wood also serves as a behavioral health officer in the Utah Army National Guard.
BYU photo by Madeline Mortensen
Stronger for Having Served
By news.byu.edu | Nov. 11, 2019
More than one million American men and women are veterans of the War on Terror—that is, veterans who

The annual period for part-time Utah National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to enroll in or change their TRICARE health insurance plan began on Monday, November 11th and ends on Monday, December 9th.
Are You Covered? What You Need to Know About TRICARE Open Season
By Sgt. Nathaniel Free | Nov. 11, 2019
The annual period for part-time Utah National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to enroll in or change their

The Utah National Guard hosted a change-of-command and retirement ceremony for its top general officer and commander, the Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton, at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, Nov. 7, 2019.

The Governor of Utah, the Honorable Gary R. Herbert, provided remarks and oversaw the event. The ceremony was closed to the general public due to time and space restrictions. On Oct. 17, 2019, Herbert announced the selection of Brig. Gen. Michael J. Turley to serve as the adjutant general of the UTNG. Turley  took over for Burton effective Nov. 7, 2019.
Retirement of Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton
By Sgt. Nathaniel Free | Nov. 7, 2019
The Utah National Guard hosted a retirement ceremony for its top general officer and commander, the

The Utah National Guard hosted a change-of-command and retirement ceremony for its top general officer and commander, the Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton, at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, Nov. 7, 2019.

The Governor of Utah, the Honorable Gary R. Herbert, provided remarks and oversaw the event. The ceremony was closed to the general public due to time and space restrictions. On Oct. 17, 2019, Herbert announced the selection of Brig. Gen. Michael J. Turley to serve as the adjutant general of the UTNG. Turley  took over for Burton effective Nov. 7, 2019.
Brig. Gen. Michael J. Turley Assumes Command of the Utah National Guard
By Sgt. Nathaniel Free | Nov. 7, 2019
On Oct. 17, 2019, the Honorable Gary R. Herbert, Governor of Utah, announced the selection of Brig.

A Czech Republic soldier prepares to present awards during a during a ceremony in Prostejov, Oct. 25, 2019, marking a successful six-month tour to Western Afghanistan. During the ceremony, Special Forces Soldiers from the Czech Republic and Texas Army National Guard received awards, distinctions and badges of honor as an appreciation for their successful service abroad and excellent representation of their homeland. The Texas Military Department and the Czech Republic have participated in the U.S. Department of State’s Partnership Program cooperation since 1993 with the Nebraska National Guard, in support of the U.S. European Command Theater Security Cooperation Strategy. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Pena)
19th Special Forces Soldiers Honored by the Czech Republic
By Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Pena | Oct. 25, 2019
Soldiers assigned to 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces, Texas Army National Guard, were awarded the

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

Bulgarian and Ukrainian Special Operations Forces fast-rope from a U.S. Army MH-60M Blackhawk helicopter assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) near Yambol, Bulgaria June 17, 2019, as part of Exercise Trojan Footprint 19. Trojan Footprint is an annual U.S. Special Operations Command Europe-led exercise that incorporates Allied and partner special operations forces, this year's exercise brought together 1400 SOF from ten nations for training over land, sea and air across Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and the Black Sea.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Monique O’Neill)
Green Beret Citizen Soldiers make their mark at Trojan Footprint
By Sgt. 1st Class Whitney Hughes | Aug. 13, 2019
When most people imagine the U.S. Army National Guard, they might think of Soldiers responding to

On August 9, 2019, four Soldiers from the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) returned to Utah following a six-month tour to Panzer Kaserne, Germany in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve and the European Deterrence Initiative.
Colorado and Utah National Guardsman receive their German Jump wings while deployed
By Sgt. Jake Cox | Aug. 9, 2019
On August 9, 2019, four Soldiers from the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) returned to Utah

Members of the Polish Territorial Defense Forces receive training in checkpoint vehicle clearing techniques from members of West Virginia Army National Guard (WVARNG) Special Forces during Ridge Runner 19-02, June 24, 2019, in West Virginia. Ridge Runner is a WVARNG training program that provides various National Guard, active duty, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally nation armed forces with training in irregular and asymmetrical warfare tactics and operations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo illustration by Edwin Wriston.) (This photo has been altered for security purposes by blurring out faces.)
Special Forces Soldiers train with Polish, Latvian allies in West Virginia
By Capt. Holli Nelson | Aug. 3, 2019
West Virginia Army National Guard (WVARNG) Special Forces Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 19th

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

A U.S. Special Operations Forces soldier pulls security during a nighttime reconnaissance mission outside Enslwang, a simulated town at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, January 27, 2018. Roughly 4,100 troops from 10 nations are participating in Allied Spirit VIII, a multinational training exercise designed to test participants' readiness and capabilities.  (U.S. Army photo by Lt. Benjamin Haulenbeek)
Green Berets mentor U.S., Albanian and Lithuanian forces during Allied Spirit VIII
By Army Sgt. Karen Sampson, Joint Multinational Readiness Center | March 2, 2019
U.S. Army 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) served as Observer-Coach-Trainers during