Soldiers and Airman Celebrate the 65th Annual Governors Day

By Staff Sgt. Nicholas Cloward | 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment | Sept. 14, 2019

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah —

Approximately 7,000 Air and Army National Guardsman stood in formation on Tarbet Field at Camp Williams, Utah, for one of Utah's proudest traditions, the 65th annual Governor’s Day ceremony, Sep. 14, 2019.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert, commander in chief of the Utah National Guard, addressed the challenges of having the dual purpose of serving the state while accomplishing a federal missions as well.

"Today, regardless of the challenges that we face—and we certainly have them here in this state, through this country and throughout the world—I take courage in the knowledge that whatever task lies ahead, it's not as great as the power that I see before me here today," said Herbert.

Herbert took a moment to remind service members and their families of the true purpose of Governor’s Day: Not just to review the troops, but to honor service members and their families for their sacrifice. He also acknowledged the families of Utah's recently fallen Soldiers Maj. Brent Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden who was serving with the Special Operations Joint Task Force, and Capt. Corey Holmgren, a Chaplain with the 19th Special Forces Group.

 

"Thank you for preserving our freedoms, our liberties, and our way of life,” Herbert said. “We are proud of your service and your great example. May God bless you and your service. May God continue to bless the great state of Utah, and may God bless the United States of America."
 

Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, adjutant general, Utah National Guard, also honored the Soldiers that lost their lives this last year as he quoted from the Lays of Ancient Rome by Thomas Babington Macaulay:

 

Then out spake brave Horatius,

The Captain of the gate:
“To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers
And the temples of his gods…”


He also stressed the importance of staying ready, reliable, relevant, and responsive.

 

"Luck favors the prepared,” Burton said. “That's why we work so hard to ensure our formations are ready to go, should we be called upon."

Burton spoke about the pyramid Soldiers and Airman live with daily: their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. He also explained that a service member’s health is the responsibility of the individual and caring for oneself is most important. He asked them to maintain their physical fitness, emotional and mental health, and finally, find something spiritual to enrich their lives in the coming year.


After the pass in review, Guardsmen and their families were given the opportunity to enjoy food, activities, and most importantly time with their loved ones who serve and sacrifice alongside them.

-30-

In general, all media on the site is produced by U.S. DoD or Federal Agencies, and is in the public domain, i.e., not protected by U.S. copyright; however, other restrictions might apply, such as, but not limited to, the right to enforce trademarks, and the right of privacy/right of publicity, any of which might restrict use of some of the media. Media may not be used to imply endorsement of any product or service by the DoD. Proper credit of the producing journalist(s) is requested.

 

 

 

The Utah National Guard hosted biathlon athletes from Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Oregon for the Western Regional National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championship at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, in Midway, Utah, January 10-11, 2020. Biathlon is a unique race that combines Nordic skiing and precision marksmanship, which 
 translate directly to key battlefield proficiencies like shoot, move and communicate.
The 2020 National Guard Bureau Western Regional Biathlon Championship
By Capt. Rory Mele | Jan. 16, 2020
The ancient worship of Norse gods meets the modern warrior’s spirit of readiness at the 2020

The SafeUTNG app is now available in the Android and Apple app store, free to download.
In Safe Hands
By Sgt. Nathaniel Free | Jan. 10, 2020
A new suicide prevention and awareness app went live Dec. 6, 2019, designed to support Utah National

Members of the Utah National Guard's 640th Regiment, Regional Training Institute went head-to-head at a Best Warrior Competition held January 4-5, 2020, at Camp Williams, Utah, for a chance to claim the RTI's titles of NCO of the Year and Senior NCO of the Year. Staff Sgt. Sams ruck marches 8.5 kilometers through undulating terrain.
The Best Warriors of Fire and Sword
By Master Sgt. Clint Markland | Jan. 8, 2020
The 640th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, conducted a robust Best Warrior Competition on

Military commissaries, exchanges and recreation facilities now available to eligible Utah Veterans, beginning on Jan. 1, 2020. The Department of Defense recently announced expanded commissary, exchange and morale, welfare and recreation retail eligibility.
Utah Military Stores, Recreation Facilities Now Open to Veterans
By Utah’s Department of Veterans and Military Affairs | Jan. 1, 2020
The Department of Defense (DOD) recently announced expanded commissary, exchange and morale, welfare

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