? is the CSMR!

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.
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Posts in category Chaplain’s Corner

Rescue at Cabanatuan

One of the most notorious enemy POW camps in World War II was the Cabanatuan Camp in the Philippine Islands. Many U.S. Army survivors of the infamous 1942 Bataan death march were eventually imprisoned at Cabanatuan. By the end of 1944 some 2,650 Americans had already died at the POW camp. It still housed about 500 POWS in January 1945 when a [...]

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, with each of us, is that she discovered [...]

Life – a continuing progression

I have always wondered why we celebrate New Year’s as a closure of the Old and the beginnings of the New? We do in one sense end a calendar year and start a new physical year. We also literally leave the past behind with all its issues both good and bad. Some of us make resolutions to do better in the New Year and some of us do not (me inclu [...]

Find a deeper meaning in Holiday Seas...

As we enter this special season of Christmas and Hanukkah our thoughts are often filled with images of times past. Experiences with loved ones we shared that remain in our hearts, along with memories of joyous moments filled with laughter. Copyright 2009 Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau While there may have been some unpleas [...]

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 we don’t know or someone not in our circle, we probably [...]

A Spirited New Partnership

Chaplain builds deep ties for CSMR and 224th It’s a good-works-in-progress situation for CH Maj. Christopher Fowler who has absolute faith in its future value. Fowler, the acting command chaplain for the California State Military Reserve, believes that the growing relationship between the CSMR and the California National Guard’s 224th Sustai [...]