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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If A Dog Were Your Teacher

Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage Author Unknown If a dog were your teacher; These are some of the lessons you might learn… When loved ones come home, always run to greet them Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pu [...]

No Bible – use a deck of cards!

A young soldier was in his bunkhouse all alone one Sunday morning over in Afghanistan. He knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week. As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out. Just then an Army SGT came in and said, “Why aren’t you with the rest of the platoon? The soldier replied, “I thought I would st [...]

Happy New Year!

Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage HOW DO WE DO NEW WHEN WE ARE OLD…ER? Each December 31st we look at what happened during the year and assess our: Finances Health Relationships Accomplishments etc. Dave Coverly Speed Bump 2004-12-31 We determine that with the New Year we are going to do more, be bet [...]

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Living a Life of Thanksgiving to the Lord Two friends bumped into one another on the street one day. One of them looked extremely sad, almost on the verge of tears. His friend asked, “What has the world done to you, my friend?” The fellow said, “Let me tell you. Three weeks ago an uncle died and left me $10,000. That’s a lot of money”, [...]

Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Chaplain’s Corner … Deuteronomy 15:10-11 – “You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your [...]

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 [...]