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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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. We determine that with the New Year we are going to do more, be better; start all over […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 What a marvelous thought! In fact, one of the defining messages of God is that we need […]

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 Spiritual Insight The position of Military Chaplain is as old, […]

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 […]

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 […]