Press Release 23-018, Aug. 21, 2023
Contact: Lt. Col. Chris Kroeber, 801-716-9063
For Immediate Release
Governor Cox Announces New Adjutant General for Utah National Guard
DRAPER, Utah — Governor Spencer Cox appointed Brig. Gen. Daniel Boyack as the Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard effective immediately. Brig. Gen. Boyack’s appointment follows the announcement over this past weekend from Major General Michael Turley of his decision to retire from the Utah Army National Guard and step down as Adjutant General.
“Brig. Gen. Boyack is a fine example of military training, discipline, and leadership, and I’m grateful for his willingness to take on this new responsibility. I have every confidence that he will serve Utahns and his fellow Guardsmen and women admirably,” Gov. Cox said. “We appreciate Gen. Turley’s many years of service to our state and nation and wish him well.”
Boyack, is a Bluffdale resident, most recently serving as the commander and assistant adjutant general for the Utah Air National Guard. In this role, he is responsible for the command, control and operations of plans and programs affecting more than 1,400 Utah Air National Guard personnel. These responsibilities include ensuring combat readiness and mission capability of the 151st Air Refueling Wing and three Air Combat Command units: the 151st Intelligence Reconnaissance Surveillance Group, the 109th Air Control Squadron and the 130th Engineering Installation Squadron and the newly created KC-135 Test Detachment.
Boyack also serves as the vice chair to the director of the Air National Guard’s National Strategic Planning System Steering Committee and director of the National Guard Bureau Commander’s Leadership Course. He’s earned numerous commendations including a Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal with service star, and others.
Boyack began his career with the Utah Air National Guard in 1994 and currently serves as a Drill Status Guardsman while employed as a pilot with a major airline. He has a bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Argosy University.
Turley, a West Jordan resident, served as Adjutant General since November 7, 2019, with 39 years of service, he resigned in August 2023. Turley enlisted as a United States Marine in September of 1984 and was commissioned a U.S. Army Engineer Officer in 1997 after graduating from Army Officer Candidate School. Prior to his appointment as Adjutant General, he was commander, 204th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. He was deputy director, Joint Training and Exercises Directorate-J7 and Chief-Joint Resources and Readiness Division-J74, NORAD and U.S. Northern Command. He was also a U.S. Army War College Fellow in Residence, National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution-Stanford University for the academic years 2016-2017.
The Adjutant General is the commanding general of the Utah National Guard and is appointed by the governor who is the Utah National Guard’s commander in chief.
For more information, please contact Lt. Col. Chris Kroeber, Utah National Guard Public Affairs Officer at (801) 716-9063.
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