California State Military Reserve Regional Support Command-South
Story by Staff Sgt. (CA) Veronica Fraga
Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, CA – 6 SEP 2014
CSMR Soldiers earning awards during the SEP. 6 UTA got a rare treat when Brig. Gen. (CA) Timothy E. Albertson stepped in to assist with awards presentations, which coincided with a command-wide Soldier welfare barbecue, hosted in honor of the late Chief Warrant Officer 2 Hazel “Nell” McCown.
The CSMR Commander was on station that day for a scheduled tour of RSC-S operations. His participation in presenting these awards was particularly resonant in light of CSMR command goals for increased operational alignment between CSMR and the California National Guard (CAANG). These Soldiers’ achievements reflect outstanding service over the past year, in support of the 40th Infantry Division and other CNG Major Subordinate Commands (MSC’s).
Brig. Gen. Albertson graciously helped officiate a graduation ceremony of the CSMR’s new Headquarters and Headquarters Company Platoon (HHC). CSMR Regional Support Command-South is piloting the HHC Platoon training program at JFTB that supports an expanded recruitment initiative and aims to prepare new CSMR Soldiers to hit the ground running on Day One of the Basic Orientation Course (BOC).
As part of this pilot program, BOC training resources at Los Alamitos focuses on increasing CSMR Soldiers’ basic military knowledge and skills, and enhancing their ability to provide integrated augmentation to California National Guard (CAANG) units responding to state emergencies.
Since its inception, the HHC Platoon program has graduated thirteen CSMR recruits, transitioning them into key career fields that include assignments in the 1st brigade MOB, CLS and Communication units as well as 2nd brigade State Military Police (SMP’s).