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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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Veterans Day Concert

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Freedom Academy

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Representatives from the Ministry of Health and Population, USAID and the Utah National Guard greet each other as medical supplies to help aid Nepal’s COVID-19 response are offloaded from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the Utah National Air Guard.
Utah Air National Guard transports life-saving equipment to Nepal
By Ileen Kennedy | Aug. 30, 2021
– As COVID-19 infections have continued to be reported around the world, many countries healthcare facilities have quickly became overwhelmed and run short on equipment and supplies to care for the large number of patients...

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Jeff Burton (center), the previous adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, receives the Bronze Minuteman award from Maj. Gen. Michael Turley (left), adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, and Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Brian Tarbet (right), commander Honorary Colonels Corps, Aug. 12, 2021, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Bronze Minuteman Award recognizes community leaders for their extraordinary support and leadership to the citizens of Utah. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John Etheridge)
Utah National Guard and Honorary Colonels recognize pillars of the community with Bronze Minuteman Awards
By By Sgt. 1st Class John Etheridge | Aug. 18, 2021
The Utah National Guard and the Honorary Colonels Corps honored six civic leaders at the 59th Annual Bronze Minuteman Awards dinner, Aug. 12, 2021, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City...

Freedom Academy delegates pose in front of the Utah State Capitol building Aug. 3, 2021 at the Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City, Utah. The Utah National Guard and the Honorary Colonels Corps has sponsored Freedom Academy since 1961. It is designed to teach young leaders the importance of freedom, that it comes with a price, and that leadership is essential to its survival. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Nathan Baker)
High-school seniors from across Utah gather to pass on torch of freedom
By Sgt. Nathan Baker | Aug. 9, 2021
Following a year-long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Utah National Guard invited high school student leaders from around the state to take part in the 59th Annual Freedom Academy held Aug. 1-6, 2021, at Camp...

Col. Shawn M. Fuellenbach, the incoming commander of the 65th Field Artillery Brigade passes the organizational colors to Maj. Gen. Michael Turley, the adjutant general, Utah National Guard, during a change-of-command ceremony Aug. 8, 2021, at Camp Williams, Utah. Fuellenbach took command of the 65th FAB from Col. Steven Fairbourn during the ceremony. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rebecca Call)
America’s Thunder welcomes new commander
By By Sgt. Rebecca Call | Aug. 9, 2021
The 65th Field Artillery Brigade said farewell to their outgoing commander and welcomed their incoming commander at a change-of-command ceremony Aug. 8, 2021, at Camp Williams, Utah...

Camp Rucker:  circa 1942
WWII Veteran, Warren Olsen, celebrates his 100th birthday
By Illen Kennedy | Aug. 2, 2021
World War II veteran, Warren Olsen, turned 100 at his residence in Logan, Utah, Aug. 2, 2021. Despite being 100, he still does his own laundry and cheers up other residents at the assisted living center where he resides...

A staff sergeant (name withheld for security) from the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) navigates the obstacle course during the U.S. Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp Navajo Military Reservation, Arizona July 21, 2021. The staff sergeant won the competition and was crowned U.S. Army National Guard Noncomissioned Officer of the Year and will move on to the Department of the Army competition later this year at Fort Knox, Kentucky. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class John Etheridge).
Two Utah Soldiers Compete in National Best Warrior Contest, One Wins Title
By Sgt. 1st Class John Etheridge | July 28, 2021
Fresh off their victories in the state and region levels, two Utah National Guard Soldiers competed in the U.S. Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition held July 19-23, 2021 at Camp Navajo Military Reservation, Arizona...

Capt. Melissa Stenquist
The Utah National Guard Celebrates Pride Month in June
By Sgt. 1st Class John Etheridge | June 28, 2021
During the month of June, the Utah National Guard celebrates Pride Month to commemorate LGBTQ+ service members and civilians for their dedicated service to both the Guard’s mission and to our nation. Pride Month brings the...

The Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Platoon, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), held a redeployment ceremony at the Aaron Butler Readiness Center, Camp Williams, Utah, June 23, 2021. The TUAS Platoon deployed from July 2020 to January 2021 in support of Special Operations Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve. Soldiers received Army Commendation Medals for their service during the deployment. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Brent Mangum, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne))
19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) holds Redeployment Ceremony Tactical Unmanned Aerial System Platoon
By Maj. Brent Mangum | June 24, 2021
A redeployment ceremony was held for the Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) Platoon, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at the Aaron Butler Readiness Center, Camp Williams, Utah, June 24, 2021...

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.