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  • Shot down over occupied France: How a Utah Guardsmen searches for answers to his family’s World War 2 legac

    It was around 8 a.m. when they began their approach. Shortly before getting to their target, anti-aircraft fire ripped between the number one and two engines. Badly damaged, the crippled bomber had to leave the formation. Along with the aircraft, B-17 pilot 1st. Lt. George “Frankie” Wilson, Jr was also badly injured. With on-board communications down, co-pilot Lt. Vernon C. Atkinson, went to tell the crew that they would have to bail out. As the crew began jumping out, Wilson quickly realized that he was too injured to jump from the incapacitated plane. Wilson went down with the plane, ensuring the crew had ample time to jump, while avoiding significant landmarks on the ground. On July 8, 1944, the heavily armed bomber exploded into an empty field in northern France.
  • Utah Air National Guard Fire Department assists local firefighters

    On February 22, 2019 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Firefighter Russell Pressley, a driver/operator with the Roland R. Wright Fire Department was dispatched to Salt Lake City when the station received a call that a tanker truck loaded with fuel had been involved in an accident along I-15 southbound.
  • Utah Air National Guard unveils strategic plan

    After more than a year of research and collaboration, the Utah Air National Guard (UTANG) unveiled its 2018-2028 Strategic Plan. The comprehensive document includes the organization’s mission and vision statements, as well as four specific goals.
  • UTANG Commander speaks at Department of Veterans Affairs event on challenges, opportunities as a woman in the profession of arms

    Brig. Gen. Christine Burckle, Utah Air National Guard Commander, served as keynote speaker for the Department of Veterans Affairs Celebrate Women Veterans event here on March 8, 2018. The annual event is held in conjunction with Women’s History Month. This year, the program took place on International Women’s Day, further amplifying its mission: to
  • President Trump visits Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base

    President Donald Trump visited Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base on Dec. 4, accompanied by Utah Senators Orin Hatch and Mike Lee during a brief trip to Utah where he signed two Presidential Proclamations.After arriving on Air Force One, Trump greeted Utah Governor Gary Herbert, as well as Maj. Gen. Jefferson Burton, The Adjutant General of
  • 151st ARW conducts change of command

    The Utah Air National Guard’s 151st Air Refueling Wing conducted a change of command ceremony on Nov. 4, in the north hangar at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base. Maj. Gen. Jefferson Burton, the Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard, passed the 151st ARW guidon from Col. Kristin Streukens, the former unit commander, to Col. Ryan Ogan,
  • Utah Airman competes, places at national contest for veterans

    The core values of the U. S. Air Force are integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. An Airman from the 151st Air Refueling Wing at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base here took this to heart as she competed and placed as second runner-up in the 2017 Ms. Veteran America Competition on Oct. 8, 2017, in Washington,
  • Utah CERFP Airmen compete in “Tough Blooder” race

    Approximately 40 Airmen from the Utah Air National Guard’s 151st Medical Detachment-1 participated in a training exercise and “Tough Blooder” race with their civilian counterparts from the Davis County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team and Franklin County Emergency Medical Services here on Oct. 13-15.The 151st Det-1 is the medical element of the
  • UTANG Airmen support Hurricane Irma relief efforts

     Six Airmen assigned to the 151st Communications Flight at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base here are slated to depart Sept. 7 for the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide communications support in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.The Airmen are part of a Joint Incident Site Communications Capabilities team,
  • UTANG Commander receives national patriotic award

    Brig. Gen. Christine Burckle, Commander of the Utah Air National Guard, was awarded the 2016-2017 American Legion Auxiliary Salute to Servicewomen Award at the organization’s national convention in Reno, Nev. Aug. 22. The American Legion Auxiliary works in concert with the American Legion to support veterans, the military, and their families by
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