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’re ready; but are you fit e...

By Staff Sgt. (CA) Jim Tortolano First of two parts One of the missions of the California State Military Reserve to is augment and help train the California National Guard. Are you physically fit enough to take on those tasks? Although the CSMR is open to Soldiers from 18 on up into their 60s, the […]

Help make the news with the PAO

By Staff Sgt. (CA) Jim Tortolano How many times have you listened to people say “I never heard of the CSMR” or the state defense force concept? It’s the job of public affairs sections to not only raise the public awareness of the California State Military Reserve, but also to confer recognition on CSMR Soldiers […]

Spc. Kevin Cox honored as CSMR Soldie...

By Staff Sgt. Jim Tortolano A Soldier should always look like a Soldier, but even more importantly, live up to the Army values of duty, honor and selfless service. Spec. Kevin Cox of the California State Military Reserve, honored this week as Soldier of the Year for the CSMR, is not only is about as […]

New commander appointed for CSMR

By Staff Sgt. (CA) Jim Tortolano A leader in the military and medical worlds has been selected as the new commander of the California State Military Reserve. Brig. Gen. (CA) Timothy E. Albertson, 60, has been appointed to that post, effective Jan. 5. He will succeed Brig. Roland (CA) Candee who served for three year’s […]

New law could expand CSMR, impose age...

By Staff Sgt. Jim Tortolano A bill updating state law governing the California National Guard and the California State Military Reserve goes into effect on Jan. 1, and has a potentially major impact on the CSMR. Senate Bill 807, proposed by Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), was signed into law on Sept. 17 by Gov. Jerry […]

BBQs feed and honor CSMR Soldiers and...

By Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CA) Richard de La Torre and Staff Sgt. (CA) Jim Tortolano Fellowship, frankfurters and fun were the orders of the day on Sept. 8 at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, as the Regional Support Command-South of the California State Military Reserve held its annual BBQ and Family Day. […]

Chaplains will feed body and soul at ...

By Staff Sgt. Jim Tortolano Soldiers in the California State Military Reserve’s Southern Regional Support Command and their families can stick a fork into the old adage of “there is no free lunch.” The annual SRSC Picnic and BBQ will be held this Saturday (Sept. 8) at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos […]

From White House to Everest to CSMR

By Staff Sgt. Jim Tortolano If a picture is worth a thousand words, then perhaps it might take a thousand pictures to tell the story of Staff Sgt. Gene Arias, a renowned photographer whose journeys from the White House to Mt. Everest to Antarctica eventually landed him in the California State Military Reserve. Currently assigned […]