Utah National Guard Major General Michael Turley to Attend State of the Union as Romney’s Guest

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today announced that Major General Michael J. Turley, adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, will attend the State of the Union as his honored guest.

“The Utah National Guard embodies our state’s core values of patriotism and dedication to service,” Senator Romney said. “Under the leadership of Major General Turley, these outstanding men and women have answered the call of duty to protect Utahns and Americans in times of emergency and responded valiantly to threats around the world. I am honored to have him as my guest to tonight’s State of the Union address.”

Maj. Gen. Michael J. Turley, a West Jordan resident, enlisted as a United States Marine in 1985 and was commissioned a U.S. Army Engineer Officer in 1997 after graduating from Army Officer Candidate School. His most recent assignment was commander, 204th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. Prior to this assignment, he was deputy director, Joint Training and Exercises Directorate-J7 and Chief-Joint Resources and Readiness Division-J74, NORAD and U.S. Northern Command. He is also a graduate of the United States Army War College as a Hoover National Security Fellow in residence at Stanford University for the academic years 2016-2017.