Gov. Spencer Cox poses for a photo with some of the recipients of the inaugural Service Members of the Year Awards on May 15, 2021 at the Murray Park Amphitheatre. The 2022 awards will be presented at an event schedule for the State Capitol at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 9.

SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Spencer Cox has announced the names of recipients of the second annual State of Utah Service Member of the Year Awards.

The purpose of the awards is to recognize outstanding performance from active duty service members, the Utah National Guard, reservists and Department of Defense civilians here in Utah.

Recipients from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Space Force have been invited to attend a presentation ceremony set for 1 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the State Capitol Rotunda.

The recipient of the outstanding enlisted member award will be Staff Sgt. Ciara Loman, Utah Air National Guard.

Master Sgt. Sierra Beers of the 419th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base will receive the award for outstand performance by a non-commissioned officer.

The recipient of the award for outstanding performance by a senior non-commissioned officer will be Master Henry Matsouka of the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB.

Master Sgt. Brian Carpenter of the 75th Air Base Wing at Hill AFB will received the award for outstanding performance by a First Sergeant.

The recipient of the award for outstanding performance by a member of an honor guard party will be Specialist Brian Jordan, Utah Army National Guard.

Chief Warrant Office 2nd Class Nicholas Pantuso of the Utah Army National Guard will receive the award for outstanding performance by a warrant officer.

The recipient of the award for outstanding performance by a company grade officer will be Capt. Ryan Landon of the Minuteman III Missile program at Hill AFB.

Major Ryan Button of the 75th Air Base Wing at Hill AFB will receive the award for outstanding performance by a field grade officer.

The recipients of awards for outstanding performance by a DoD civilian employee will be Anthony Bott, Tooele Army Depot; David Veglia, Ogden Air Logistic Complex at Hill AFB; and Dr. Carolyn Stwertka of the Ground Base Strategic Deterrent program at Hill AFB.

The GBSD program is a multi-billion dollar effort to replace the Minuteman III missiles now based in silos throughout the West.

Kearston Cutrubus will also receive the Military Service Award at the presentation ceremony.

Joining Cox at the awards ceremony will be Maj. Gen. Michael Turley, the state’s adjutant general; Executive Director Gary Harter and Deputy Director Brian Garrett of the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs; plus other state and military officials.







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