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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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Gov. Spencer J. Cox and Maj. Gen. Michael J. Turley conduct a pass and review during the 67th annual Governor’s Day at Camp Williams, Utah, Sept. 24, 2022. The humvee is driven by Sgt. Spencer Fayles with the 144th Area Support Medical Company, the 2022 All-Guard National Soldier of the Year. The time-honored tradition of Governor’s Day has been celebrated by the Utah National Guard since 1954 and allows the governor to inspect and speak to his troops. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Ariel J. Solomon)
Utah National Guard celebrates 67th Governor’s Day after two year hiatus
By Capt. Megan Tidwell | Sept. 26, 2022
Utah National Guard Airmen and Soldiers celebrated the 67th annual Governor’s Day after a two-year hiatus Sept. 24, 2022, at Camp Williams, Utah...

Soldiers from the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) arrive at Dugway Proving Ground in support of an agile combat employment joint exercise on Sept. 8, 2022. This joint force exercise incorporates more than six military’s entities across three branches creating innovative operational concepts to allow quick response to an ever-changing wartime horizon. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Danny Whitlock)
Utah Air National Guard Completes Joint Agile Combat Employment Exercise
By Master Sgt. Colton Elliott | Sept. 8, 2022
As the Department of the Air Force continues to prioritize Agile Combat Employment , Airmen from the 151st Air Refueling Wing conducted its first joint Multi-Capable Airmen exercise at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah on Sept. 8,...

Approximately 10 Soldiers from Target Acquisition Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 65th Field Artillery Brigade, “America’s Thunder,”  are recognized during a departure ceremony Sept. 1, 2022, in the Scott Lundell Readiness Center auditorium at Camp Williams, Utah. The Soldiers will deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom under U.S. Africa Command.
Soldiers from the Utah National Guard’s 65th Field Artillery Brigade deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
By Ileen Kennedy | Sept. 2, 2022
Approximately 10 Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 65th Field Artillery Brigade, “America’s Thunder,” will deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom under U.S. Africa Command. The Target Acquisition...

A Soldier from the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion engages an adversary as a part of an Oleoresin Capsicum or OC spray qualification event during an evaluation exercise, Aug. 20-21, 2022, for the Utah National Guard Response Force in Salt Lake CIty, Utah. During the OC spray qualification, a trainee gets sprayed in the eyes with OC and must engage two adversaries using baton techniques and drag a simulated casualty to safety. The NGRF is a quick response security force composed of Utah National Guard Soldiers designed to augment law enforcement when directed by the governor. The NGRF is comprised of approximately 300 Soldiers primarily from the 142nd MI. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Sgt. John Etheridge)
142nd MI Battalion conducts evaluation exercise for National Guard Response Force
By 1st Sgt. John Etheridge | Aug. 25, 2022
The 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 300th MI Brigade, conducted an evaluation exercise Aug. 20-21, 2022, for the Utah National Guard Response Force at the North Salt Lake Armory. During the exercise, Soldiers of the...

Col. Paul Peters (center) relinquishes command of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) by passing the unit colors first to Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Riggs (left), who then passed it to Col. Brian “Tony” Pazzaglia (right), during a change-of-command ceremony held at the Aaron R. Butler Readiness Center on Camp Williams, Utah, Aug. 20, 2022. Change-of-command ceremonies are a time-honored military tradition to mark the formal transfer of authority and responsibility from one unit commander to another. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jacob Jesperson/Released)
“I Promise You Unwavering Devotion”: Col. Pazzaglia Assumes Command of 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
By Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Free | Aug. 22, 2022
Col. Paul Peters relinquished command of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) to Col. Brian “Tony” Pazzaglia during a change-of-command ceremony held at the Aaron R. Butler Readiness Center on Camp Williams, Utah, Aug...

(From left to right) Air Force Master Sgt. Abraham Beh, Tech. Sgt. John Geister, Air Force Staff Sgt. Donovan Nielson, and Air Force Master Sgt. Sgt. Francisco Vasquez hoist the trophy of the Sgt. 1st Class James E. Thode Ruck March, August 19, 2022. Their team placed first among all other teams in the competitive category.
10th annual Thode Ruck March draws more than 100 participants
By Sgt. First Class Richard Stowell | Aug. 22, 2022
A rainbow appeared west of the hills just as participants started the 10th Annual Sgt. 1st Class James E. Thode Ruck March at Camp Williams, August 19, 2022...

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Sherratt secures the brigade colors during the 65th Field Artillery Brigade change-of-command ceremony at Camp Williams, Utah, Aug. 13, 2022. During the ceremony, Col. Shawn Fuellenbach relinquished command to Lt. Col. Jason Wilde. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rebecca Call)
65th Field Artillery Brigade “America’s Thunder” holds change-of command-ceremony
By Sgt. Rebecca Call | Aug. 13, 2022
The 65th Field Artillery Brigade, Utah Army National Guard, conducted a change-of-command ceremony at Camp Williams, Utah, Aug. 13, 2022. During the ceremony, Col. Shawn Fuellenbach relinquished command to Lt. Col.(P) Jason...

Col. Shahram Takmili passes the organizational colors to Brig. Gen. Charlene Dalto representing the relinquishing of command during the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade change-of-command ceremony, Aug. 6, 2022, at Camp Williams, Utah. During the ceremony, Col. Shahram Takmili relinquished command to Col. Cody Strong. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Derrik Cowley)
300th Military Intelligence Brigade conducts change of command ceremony
By Sgt. Alejandro Lucero | Aug. 8, 2022
The 300th Military Intelligence Brigade, Utah Army National Guard, conducted a change-of-command ceremony at the Lundell Readiness Center on Camp Williams, Utah, Aug. 7, 2022. During the ceremony, Col. Shahram Takmili...

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
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:
Brig Gen (Ret) E. J. “Jake” Garn


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.