Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. announced Tuesday the reappointment of Maj. Gen. Brian L. Tarbet to serve as commander of Utah's 6,500 soldiers and airmen with the Utah National Guard, extending Tarbet's tenure through September 2012.

Highlights from his previous six years as commander include leading 4,500 National Guard troops from 25 states to provide security for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. He has also directed the mobilization and deployment of Utah Army and Air National Guard in support of the global war on terrorism.