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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Chief Hazel “Nell” McCown BBQ

Los Alamitos JFTB, 6 SEP 2014 The Chaplains of the California State Military Reserve, Southern Regional Command, hosted the first annual Chief Hazel “Nell” McCown BBQ. The BBQ is funded by Chief McCown’s Seal Beach United Methodist Church family, who provided moneys for this BBQ and additional funds to assist SMR soldiers that may have […]

My Date Tonight

My date tonight was to be Chief Hazel Nell McGowan. Now, many of you know that Chief McGowan passed away last month. Even though she is not present, she wanted everyone to know that she was grateful for the many prayers for healing; but, we don’t always get that miracle. What she wanted to share, […]

Acknowledge another’s life

I would like to alert everyone that someone soon will be missing from among us. Someone is sick. Someone is dying. Someone will no longer be in our midst. All of us go about our duties and our time with the anticipation that people we see routinely will always be there. If it is someone […]

Chaplain’s Corner: You Can Get When Y...

Turning the other cheek! Memorial Day is one of a few patriotic holidays that we make a conscious effort to honor veterans, living and dead. Many of us celebrate the holiday with time off from work, gathering with friends and families, picnics, camping or taking advantage of all the wonderful Memorial Day sales. Some of […]

Chaplain’s Corner: How was 2012...

Happy New Year! Did you make any resolutions for the New Year? And…as you reflected on the events of 2012, how was it for you? Many of us can’t boast about any great happenings in 2012. Many of us failed or don’t remember what resolutions we may have made last New Year’s Day. Indeed, we […]

Chaplain’s Corner: Once and for...

It would be really great for us to be able to have medical treatment that would be the “once and for all” treatment to cure our ills; or a paycheck that would be the “once and for all” check that would pay all of our bills and keep us solvent for the rest of our […]

Chaplain’s Corner: The example ...

The image of an orange sky melting into an open amber plain served as the backdrop for a soldier carrying a wounded comrade into a waiting helicopter that would carry them both to safety. The image, even without words, is iconic of Viet Nam and the acts of heroism and selfless sacrifice by the men […]

Chaplain’s Corner: Does God ans...

Many of us watched the 2012 Summer Olympics and watched athlete after athlete say a little prayer before their competition. Some wore crucifixes around their next. Some looked up to the sky and in acknowledgment of a higher power. Competing athletes prayed, but there was only one gold medal winner. What happened to the prayers […]