CAMP WILLIAMS -- A Kaysville man will be promoted to brigadier general in the Utah National Guard at a 2 p.m. ceremony here today.
Col. Kenneth L. Gammon will receive the promotion nine months after he began his post as director of joint staff for the Utah National Guard.
"One of the things I appreciate from my leadership is the opportunity to make a difference for the Utah National Guard, our state and our nation," Gammon said.
He has been a member of the Utah Air National Guard for nearly 28 years. His new position is one that serves both the Army and Air National Guard.
Gammon said he hopes Utahns realize that the Utah National Guard is there to help with their personal needs, should they require assistance.
"I think it's important for people to know that Utah National Guard members are members of their community. The Utah National Guard and the National Guard as a whole is kind of unique in our military service," he said.
"We serve both a federal and a state mission."
Gammon said the federal mission of the National Guard is to support the president of the United States and deploy overseas.
"With our state mission, we support the governor of the state of Utah," he said, noting that the governor may call on the National Guard for state emergencies.
Gammon said the Guard has an extraordinarily important mission.
"I have deployed overseas and spent time in Iraq. Recently, my job has been to support the state mission."
His military assignments include director of operations and detachment commander for the 109th Air Control Squadron, of which he later assumed command.
He also served as commander of the 151st Mission Support Group, 151st Air Refueling Wing, of which he later became vice commander.
Gammon has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle. He was deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Southern Watch.
He served in Jocotenente, Italy, in support of Operation Joint Endeavor and was deployed to South America on numerous occasions to support counter-drug operations.
Gammon and his wife, Simone, will have been married for 25 years in November. They have twins, Kyle and Gabriela, who are in their senior year at Davis High School.
Gammon is a graduate of Layton High School.