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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Brig. Gen. Timothy Albertson

By Staff Sgt. (CA) Jim Tortolano

A leader in the military and medical worlds has been selected as the new commander of the California State Military Reserve.

Brig. Gen. (CA) Timothy E. Albertson, 60, has been appointed to that post, effective Jan. 5. He will succeed Brig. Roland (CA) Candee who served for three year’s as the commanding officer of the state’s state defense force.

In making the appointment, Adjutant General Maj. Gen. David Baldwin of the California National Guard said Albertson “is an extraordinary leader with an impressive record of accomplishments. He lives the Army values and brings a wealth of military experience to the CSMR.”

Brig. Gen. Albertson is also Dr. Albertson. In his civilian life, he is the chair of the department of internal medicine at UC Davis in Sacramento, which is the university’s largest department, comprising 11 divisions and more than 500 physicians and staff. He is a professor of medicine, pharmacology, toxicology, anesthesia and emergency medicine.

For the past 23 years, he has served in the CNG in a variety of roles, including CSMR Director of Medical Services, and as assistant for mobilization and reserve affairs to the deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs/force health protection and readiness.

In 2004 he was deployed to Iraq as battalion surgeon for a CNG armor unit providing security there.

In his message of appointment, Maj. Gen. Baldwin said “I would like to thank Brig. Gen. Candee for his impressive and dedicated service to the CSMR and California National Guard. The organization has benefitted immeasurably from his exceptional leadership.”

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