Governor pays tribute to fallen soldiers

Gov. Gary R. Herbert met with the families of the 13 fallen soldiers from Utah who lost their lives in 2015 and paid tribute to them, and to their loved ones, during a special ceremony held Friday at the State Capitol.

Of all my duties as governor, there is none more significant than honoring those whose courage and sacrifices make our freedom possible,” Gov. Herbert told the families. “I find consolation in my firm conviction that we will one day be reunited with them. May we always remember and honor those we celebrate today.”

The governor joined fallen soldiers’ families and friends in observing a moment of silence for the Utah soldiers who passed away in 2015:

Private First Class Colten R. Lowe, U.S. Army;

Staff Sgt. Darby Black, U.S. Army;

Lt. Colonel Ihor Balaban, Utah National Guard;

Sergeant First Class Baltazar E. Chicas, Utah National Guard;

Private First Class David Norton, U.S. Army Reserve;

Staff Sergeant Steven M. Lybbert, U.S. Air Force;

Specialist Clinton R. Peterson, U.S Army Reserve;

First Lieutenant Bruce D. Richards, U.S. Army;

Staff Sergeant Timothy M. Julander, Utah Air National Guard;

Airman First Class Alic M. Collier, U.S. Air Force;

Captain Jordan B. Pierson, U.S. Air Force;

Corporal Austin C. Oram, U.S. Marine Corps; and

Seaman Apprentice Deric A. Chenworth, U.S. Navy.  

The families of the 13 fallen soldiers were honored on the House floor by Rep. Justin Fawson directly following the ceremony with Gov. Herbert and Maj. General Jefferson Burton. Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox and Utah Dept. of Veteran and Military Affairs Executive Director Gary Harter also participated in the ceremony.