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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You, the taxman and the CSMR

 By Sgt. Gregory Solman Because non-paid active duty in the California State Military Reserve is regarded by the Internal Revenue Service as a form of volunteer service, some of the expenses associated with CSMR service can be deducted from individual returns (by those who itemize) “exactly as any other charitable work,” says Sgt. Wahba Farag, […]

Col. Breslow reflects on the CSMR he ...

By Sgt. Gregory Solman Col. Marc Breslow, the outgoing commanding officer of the Regional Support Command-South, inverts the motto of combat units with whom he’s served to describe the California State Military Reserve he joined in 2001. “It was,” he says, “high drag, low speed.” “We were still a pretty sleepy organization,” Breslow says. “We […]

Staff Sgt. Alex Christenson is NCO of...

By Sgt. Gregory Solman For most soldiers in the CSMR, NCO of the Year honors—along with the California Commendation Medal and the California Achievement Medal—would seem like the apotheosis of a long career. But Staff Sgt. Alex Christenson—1st Squad Leader in A Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade (AS) RSC (S)—lends the impression that he’s just […]

CSMR emergency role growing

By Sgt. Gregory Solman RSC-S Public Affairs    Capt. Frank Quiambao sees a future for CSMR. “My vision is that the State Military Reserve would participate actively in preparedness and emergency response,” he says. “CSMR would be plugged in to the plans. I’m making a pro-active attempt to do it.” As lines of authority run, […]

A brand new base coming

By Sgt. Gregory Solman RSC-S Public Affairs    No one passing through the gates of the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos can get far without seeing the unmistakable signs of a makeover––but into what? And how will be the status of the CSMR units that call the base home change, if at all? […]