Utah National Guard honors former U.S. senator

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Air National Guard honored former U.S. Sen. Jake Garn Saturday for his service as both a lawmaker and former guard member.

The Guard unveiled a display cabinet at the 151st Air Refueling Wing headquarters building in Salt Lake City honoring Garn's achievements.

The cabinet includes pictures, cartoons and other memorabilia. The display will remain in the building permanently.

Guard members erupted in a round of applause after Garn finished sharing some of his stories from his time in the service.

Utah National Guard honors former U.S. senator

Garn flew missions in Vietnam before the war fully erupted, and later went on to orbit the earth in space on the shuttle Discovery.

"It's a great honor that I don't think I deserve, because all my life I've loved flying airplanes and you shouldn't be honored for doing something like that," Garn said.

Garn is the only person in aviation history to have three sets of pilot's wings -- for the Navy, Air Force and NASA.

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