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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Posts in category Chaplain’s Corner

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 a fin [...]

Life is sacred …

Chaplain’s Corner message for October “The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends and family, in one’s backyard”. – Abraham Maslow Home sweet home! What a marvelous thought! In fact, one of the defining messages of Go [...]

DUTY: Fulfill Your Obligations

This Month’s Army Value – Duty Principles Team/Family Battle Buddy/Significant Other Unit Cohesion/Community Practical Steps Know Your Job and that of the one above you Get to know your team members beyond a UTA Don’t wait to be asked Take care of family and community Soldier Values - Duty Spiritual Insight The position of Milita [...]

LOYALTY: Bearing true faith and alleg...

Principle Loyalty is bearing true faith and allegiance to the US Constitution, the Army/CSMR, your unit, and other soldiers. In the Army/CSMR, we need to be able to trust one another; we need to know we can count on someone to remain true to the United States and our unit. We can easily take that same value and apply it to our relationships. [...]

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 [...]