Governor’s Day at the Utah National Guard
September 21, 2015
Governor Gary R. Herbert traveled to Camp Williams Saturday where he and Major General Jefferson S. Burton conducted the governor’s annual review of the Utah National Guard troops.
The annual review of the troops is an opportunity for the commander in chief, Gov. Herbert, to review the 7200 troops and personally meet the airmen and soldiers.
“Whenever disaster strikes, you men and women of the Utah National Guard can be counted on to do the job,” Gov. Herbert told the troops. “I can’t say enough about the tremendous service you render each and every day—not just as part of our military efforts around the world, in places like Iraq or Afghanistan, but also here at home, most recently in Hildale, which has been hit by flash floods this past week.”
Following the review, Gov. Herbert traveled to Hildale where members of the Utah National Guard had been dispatched and search and recovery efforts were underway. A team of 26 soldiers from the 2-222nd Field Artillery Battery were dispatched from St. George/Cedar City areas and 20 more reported from the Homeland Response Force to aid the flash flood victims.
The Utah National Guard reflects the highest standards of excellence and service. Many times these soldiers and airmen take a reduction in pay to leave their civilian jobs and serve full-time in the military, leaving behind loved ones to serve the nation when help is needed.
Gov. Herbert served in the Utah National Guard for six years as a staff sergeant working with target acquisition, artillery and ground survey. His feelings of gratitude for the men and women of the Utah National Guard run deeply.