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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SOWG fosters “Inclusive Society”; CSM...

Special Olympics Word Games supports the opportunity to share the dreams and hopes of thousands of young athletes who have traveled meaningful distances to compete against one another and at the same moment build a bridge to the general public. Their performances will bring attention to their training, motivation and discipline from thousands of fans […]


From 23 July to 2 August, Special Olympics athletes, from all over the world, convened in the Los Angeles region to participate in a myriad of sports, at many different venues. This extraordinary 10 day plus event was filled with excitement, color, camaraderie, competitiveness, joy and hope. For us, CSM soldiers, it was an exercise […]

Officer Profile: Capt. Dan Derkum

NAME: Capt. Dan Derkum AGE: 52 LIVES IN:  Lake Forest, CA JOINED CSMR:  2007 CSMR DUTY: Deputy Commander, Special Olympics Word Games CSMR HONORS AND TRAINING: CA-ARNG California Medal of Merit (CAMM) CA-ARNG California Commendation Medal (CACM) PRIOR MILITARY SERVICE: None. CIVILIAN OCCUPATION:  General Contractor FAMILY:  Wife (Lori), Children (4): Adam (graduated from USMC OCS July 2015), Eric […]


According to the Centers of Disease Control, fewer than half the people in the USA get the flu vaccine. Keep in mind that the flu kills an average of more than 30,000 people per year. Flu season is traditionally November – April with peak flu season in January – February . However, for any given flu season, one […]

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What is the danger of buying a car “as is?” It means the dealer doesn’t trust the car. You shouldn’t trust it either. Often, a car dealer will say, “We’ll take care of the car if it has a problem,” but then “as is” gets written on the contract. Do not expect them to keep […]