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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The CSMR is Reaching Out to Local Age...

Training at the Port of Long Beach In its continuing search for new opportunities to provide quality training and assistance to the California National Guard, the California State Military Reserve is starting conversations with various law enforcement entities across Southern California. In its latest outreach effort, the CSMR’s Regional Support South has been talking with […]

The Shivering in the Sun Was a Sign: ...

By Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CA) Rick de la Torre Photos by Staff Sgt. (CA) Gene Arias Military training such as CPR classes and combat lifesaver courses can teach a Soldier a lot of hands-on skills to use during traumatic circumstances on the battlefield or elsewhere. They learn what should be done, for example, if […]

Drill, Baby, Drill: Helping Cadets G...

by Capt. (CA) Ron Alexander and Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CA) Rick de la Torre They were looking for perfection and the youths were trying hard to provide it. The job of finding flawless formations and turn-on-a-dime drill routines was the work of the day for some 10 California State Military Reserve troops at the […]

The JAGs have a way of making it coun...

By Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CA) Rick de la Torre There are only about two dozen of them but the way they get around and get the job done would make any casual observer think there were a lot more. They are the lawyers for the California State Military Reserve’s JAG Corps, South Detachment, who continue […]

A few cheers for the coin of the real...

By Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CA) Rick de la Torre So you are in your favorite post tavern, or perhaps at an off-base pub, ready to order a tasty cold beverage after a weekend drill day with the California State Military Reserve. And then, to your surprise, a fellow Reservist heartily greets you, takes out […]

A Soldier more than able and ready to...

By Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CA) Rick de la Torre He has the fit-and-ready look in an Army combat uniform just like other squared-away troopers of the 20-something generation who serve as CSMR Soldiers around the state. But for Sgt. Zachary Foster of the California State Military Reserve, there is a little something extra about […]

Decades of service; NCO says it’...

By Chief Warrant Officer 2 Rick de la Torre Ending a career in uniform that has spanned a half-century, Command Sgt. Maj. Robert E. Crebbs will be calling it quits in February when he says good-bye to the CSMR, an organization he has helped shape into a more relevant state defense force. Crebbs, the top […]

Fun, formality rank high at CSMR Mili...

By Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CA) Rick de la Torre It was an evening of sparkling elegance and yuletide camaraderie for Soldiers and guests at the annual CSMR Holiday Ball that was also touched with the glamour of Hollywood. The Dec. 8, 2012 gathering, which drew close to 280 attendees to the gleaming Phoenix Club […]