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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Part I – Brig. Gen. (CA) Jack H...

“Talk about the history of who we are. We are the militia. An eleventh century Anglo-Saxon word meaning that the people who live on the land are obligated to defend the land. The militia grows here because when the first colonist came they didn’t regard it. They didn’t have a place for it. They got […]

CSMR Commander joins Soldiers in memo...

California State Military Reserve Regional Support Command – South Story by Staff Sgt. (CA) Veronica Fraga Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, CA – 6 SEP 2014 The Saturday morning buzz of activity was typical for a CSMR Unit Training Assembly (UTA), but the heightened sense of anticipation was something new. Soldiers across the facility […]

NCO Corps, recommended reading from C...

This interesting article, written by Sgt. Shawn E. Pelletier from Fort Lewis, Washington, appeared in the NCO Journal dated July 2010. To read the .pdf file select the highlighted text. From the Field  The NCO Corps: Service, professionalism, leadership

This is a Drill!

RSS Alert, Warning and Notification System Drill (AWNSD) Headquarters California State Military Reserve, Regional Support Command (South), has ordered an Alert, Warning & Notification System Drill (AWNSD) to strengthen its Military Incident Response Team (MIRT) efforts and demonstrate its preparedness to execute its primary missions. Supporting the California National Guard (“CANG”), the California Military Department […]

Three-Year Plan

I want to wish the Soldiers of the Regional Support Command South (RSS) happy holidays and an even better New Year. Even more so, I want to thank each RSS Soldier — from senior leaders to our newest recruits — for your superb efforts and results during this past year. Your accomplishments this year are […]

In Search of Those Ready to Serve the...

The California State Military Reserve is looking for more men and women who are ready, willing and able to proudly share their knowledge, experience and devotion. The CSMR’s Regional Support South is announcing the start of its “Commitment to Serve,” a recruitment campaign across Southern California and beyond that begins this fall. The goal: get […]

Command changes moving into place for...

A slate of new names and faces will begin rotating this month into some of the top command posts for various units of the California State Military Reserve’s Regional Support South. Col. Donald Thornley, a former Marine, will continue serving as commander of the RSS, which is based at the Joint Forces Training Base Los […]