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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In Search of Those Ready to Serve the...

The California State Military Reserve is looking for more men and women who are ready, willing and able to proudly share their knowledge, experience and devotion. The CSMR’s Regional Support South is announcing the start of its “Commitment to Serve,” a recruitment campaign across Southern California and beyond that begins this fall. The goal: get […]

Assist by CSMR, Airtime for Air Guard...

They see themselves mainly as dedicated Airmen who appreciate the chance to serve their country with dignity and determination. But for the sisters Cuyan,after some intense media exposure thanks to the California State Military Reserve,the public is likely to view them with a bit more stateliness: as exemplary service members working hard to honor their […]

Korean War Vets stay in touch!

CSMR help Korean War Vets tell their story It was billed as one last gathering for veterans of the California National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division who deployed in support of the conflict sometimes described as the “forgotten war.” “Oh, yeah,” said a reflective Rudy Kollar, 85, of Washington state, as he slowly looked over table-top […]

A Spirited New Partnership

Chaplain builds deep ties for CSMR and 224th It’s a good-works-in-progress situation for CH Maj. Christopher Fowler who has absolute faith in its future value. Fowler, the acting command chaplain for the California State Military Reserve, believes that the growing relationship between the CSMR and the California National Guard’s 224th Sustainment Brigade will continue to […]

Command changes moving into place for...

A slate of new names and faces will begin rotating this month into some of the top command posts for various units of the California State Military Reserve’s Regional Support South. Col. Donald Thornley, a former Marine, will continue serving as commander of the RSS, which is based at the Joint Forces Training Base Los […]

2d BDE SMP sharpen SECFOR troop readi...

 CSMR provide Provost Marshall Office objectives, policies and directives When Soldiers are on duty as part of a base security force, they know how to rely on their training to handle the variety of difficult situations that might arise on post. Sometimes those situations for SECFOR (Security Force) Soldiers can be more than just difficult, […]

CSMR Plays a Role in Start of Arizona...

You may have heard by now that the state of Arizona has taken the first steps in establishing its own state defense force. What you may not have heard is how the California State Military Reserve is due a bit of credit for the Arizona initiative. In 2011, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer quietly signed into […]

Conservation program pays off

 A Victory Gardening: CSMR Helps Give Cal Guard Armory a Winning Look There was something nice that CSMR Soldiers from around the state noticed when they arrived for a recent training event at the California National Guard Armory in Long Beach. The troops, who were attending a CSMR Recruiters School on May 18-19 at the […]