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The Utah Army National Guard has qualified, for the second consecutive year, as a finalist in the Army's "Communities of Excellence Awards" program.

Utah's Army National Guard received a $100,000 second-place award in the competition in 1991 and is among five states named as finalists in competition for the award this year."The program is designed to recognize those states in which the National Guard has used resources, imagination and programs to improve the quality of life for their guardsmen and women and the communities to which their services are contributed," said Terry Haslam, program coordinator for the Utah National Guard.

The evaluation team ended its tour Tuesday at a luncheon hosted by Adjutant Gen. John L. Matthews and attended by Gov. Norm Bangerter, who signed a proclamation declaring March 15-21 as Army Communities of Excellence Week.