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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Multicam to replace the ACU?

By Staff Sgt. Jim Tortolano If you’re an “old Soldier” in the California State Military Reserve – that is, if you joined more than five years ago or so – you may remember the big changeover from the woodland pattern Battle Dress Uniform to the pixelated Army Combat Uniform. You may need to made another […]

CSMR trains Cal Guard in a quiet riot...

  By Chief Warrant Officer 2 Rick de la Torre and Staff Sgt. Jim Tortolano The headlines and the TV news programs have been full of coverage of large-scale demonstrations in the streets of America’s cities. Some are orderly and peaceful, but others can turn angry confrontations between protestors and law enforcement. To assist local […]

Camp Roberts to get a facelift

By Staff Sgt. Jim Tortolano Camp Roberts, located on the rugged central coast, is an historic military post familiar to generations of both National Guard and State Military Reserve soldiers. But, having opened in 1941, the 42,000-acre post has been showing its age in recent years.  CNG and CSMR troops visiting the facility north of […]

Soldiers taught their role in anti-te...

By Staff Sgt. Jim Tortolano RSC-S Public Affairs The best defense that America has against terrorism may turn out to be …. You. “The threat of terrorism is real,” says Capt. Roy Twaddell in his course on “Anti-Terrorism, Level One,” being taught to CSMR Soldiers at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. “Vigilance […]