What is the CSMR! CA Bear The California State Military Reserve is the official state defense force, and enables the Golden State to do more. It is a part of the California Military Department, along with the state’s National Guard and Air National Guard. Its mission is to augment the National Guard in a variety of support roles, and to specialize in homeland defense and emergency management missions. READ MORE ....


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Remembering Col. (CA) Bill Goldsmith,...

Meeting Col. Bill Goldsmith the first time when he joined the 40th ID (M) Support Brigade‘s medical section reminded me of encountering an elf or gnome. Short in stature, his  eyes had a perpetual twinkle that would squint when he laughed or smiled, wrinkling his nose;   his laugh descending to a soft cough or snort. He loved jokes, and had a [...]

Part II – Brig. Gen. (CA) Jack ...

Who joins us? I’ll tell you who joins. Three groups of people join. There’s a continues [surge of troops] like myself, Colonel Thornley, Sergeant Major Delaney – those are just one of [many who don’t] hang up their uniforms. CSMR Color Guard presents the National Colors at the 2015 Holiday Ball. Members of the detail: (lt to rt) Sgt. D [...]

Intel on terrorism supports communica...

In order to expedite data information pathways (DIPs) between units within the public safety community, the public/private sector, citizenry and the United States Government, it is required of CSMR Soldiers who participate in protecting human lives, property and resources to support-by-training terrorism awareness. In getting intelligence, un [...]

Blood and Liver

Blood has been a subject of religious worship, superstition, magic, fear and pride since man evolved. Blood sacrifice was an Aztec rutual in which the conscious victim’s heart was cut out. Blood’s function was unknown until its oxygen-carrying capacity was discovered in the nineteenth century. Before, weakness and death were seen with prolong [...]

No Bible – use a deck of cards!

A young soldier was in his bunkhouse all alone one Sunday morning over in Afghanistan. He knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week. As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out. Just then an Army SGT came in and said, “Why aren’t you with the rest of the platoon? The soldier replied, “I thought I would st [...]

Why did you come to the Holiday Ball?

Checking the “Who What When Where Why & How” Color Guard presents the national Colors at 2015 Holiday Ball. Pb Sgt. 1st Class (CA) Robert Davison PAO Regional Support Command (S). The December 2015 Christmas-Holiday Ball found the largest number of California State Military Reservists and their respective guests enjoying the evening at th [...]

Part I – Brig. Gen. (CA) Jack H...

“Talk about the history of who we are. We are the militia. An eleventh century Anglo-Saxon word meaning that the people who live on the land are obligated to defend the land. The militia grows here because when the first colonist came they didn’t regard it. They didn’t have a place for it. They got off the boat and [battled]. They said. “How [...]


These doctors, how they like to scare you with big words. Don’t panic if told you have Onychocryptosis. No one dies from it, but it may affect walking and marching. If you don’t wear shoes, you’ll never get an ingrown toenail. Fungus, yes, hookworm, possibly, tetanus from a rusty infected nail, calluses, yes, but no ingrown toenails. The nail [...]