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Utah National Guard to conduct Camp Williams change of command

Published: Thursday, July 12 2012 4:48 p.m. MDT

Members of the Utah National Guard direct artillery fire from a command center as the Utah National Guard's 640th Regional Training Institute conducted artillery training exercises Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Camp Williams.

Lennie Mahler, Deseret News

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CAMP WILLIAMS — The Utah National Guard will conduct a change of command for Camp Williams Saturday, 10 a.m., at the Camp Williams headquarters building (Building 8000).  

Col. Edward M. Willis will relinquish command to Col. Clark R. Roberts.    

Willis, of South Jordan, took command of Camp Williams in 2010. He joined the Montana National Guard in 1983 and was commissioned in 1985. He transferred to the Utah National Guard in 1989. In his career he served as a company commander, operations officer, battalion commander and group commander.

He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He is retiring from the military after 29 years of service but will continue his civilian employment as a biology teacher at Riverton High School.    

Roberts, a Roy resident, joined the Utah Army National Guard in 1983 and received his commission as an officer in 1985. He deployed in 2005-2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a manager of the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command’s worldwide linguist contract for Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Northern Africa and Guantanamo Bay.

He is an auditor with the Air Force Audit Agency at Hill Air Force Base. During his career he has served as a plans and intelligence officer, operations officer, liaison officer, company commander and battalion commander. In his new assignment he will oversee Camp Williams operations as post commander.

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