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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.