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8 Utahns given Bronze Minuteman Awards

A Bronze Minuteman Award is shown during the Utah National Guard Forty-Ninth Annual Minuteman Award Dinner at Little America June 23, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A Bronze Minuteman Award is shown during the Utah National Guard Forty-Ninth Annual Minuteman Award Dinner at Little America June 23, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Keith Johnson, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah National Guard honored eight individuals on June 16 during its annual Bronze Minuteman Awards dinner, sponsored by the honorary Colonels Corps of Utah.

The eight individuals — Bob Dunn, Elizabeth Smart Gilmour, Alan and Jeanne Hall, retired Col. Gail Halverson, retired Gen. Robert Oaks, retired Col. Bruce Reading, and former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan — were honored for their service to and leadership among Utah’s citizenry.

The awards were presented by Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton, adjutant general of the Guard, and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Miller, senior enlisted leader of the Guard.

Dunn, vice president of development and government relations for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake, was honored for his nearly four decades of service to Utah’s youth.

Gilmour, who was abducted from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 and rescued nine months later, was honored for her contributions toward the passage of sexual predator legislation and the creation of the Amber Alert system.

Entrepreneur Alan Hall and his wife, Jeanne, were honored for their philanthropy and community involvement through their foundation, which provides food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, and compassionate care to the sick.

Halverson — aka “The Candy Bomber” — was honored for bringing much-need joy to the children of Germany with his candy drops following World War II.

Oaks was honored for his lifelong contributions to the U.S. military and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Oaks served as a general authority on the Second Quorum of the Seventy and later was called to the presidency of the Seventy.

Reading was honored for his 30 years of military service and his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America.

Sloan was honored for providing inspiration and entertainment to Utahns during his time as coach of the NBA franchise.