"California State Military Reserve (CSMR; CASMR)" is a "State Defense Force", composed of Citizens who act as an auxiliary to the California State National Guard (which is Federally controlled), and the USA Federal Military. CSMR is not technically controlled by the Federal government, but is instead under the direct control of California's State government.
2013-03-09 "CASMR help Train Army National Guard"
69th Public Affairs Detachment Story by Sgt. Ian Kummer, posted at [http://www.dvidshub.net/image/882269/deputy]:
re-posted at [http://statedefenseforce.com/database/2013/03/09/casmr-help-train-army-national-guard/]:
California State Military Reserve Staff Sgt. Andrew Cater, the acting first sergeant of Alpha Company, Northern Regional Support Command, participates in a crowd control class given to members of the 69th Public Affairs Detachment and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 49th Military Police Brigade, in Fairfield Calif., March 2, 2013. CSMR soldiers’ skill sets are a crucial training asset to the California Army National Guard. (Army National Guard photo/Capt. Will Martin/Released)
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – What might otherwise have been a typical March afternoon in Northern California was broken by a head-on collision between the forces of order and disorder. A tight and highly disciplined wall of soldiers in riot gear marches into a swarm of angry protesters. The troops push the crowd back, gaining ground inch by inch.
Finally, the conflict is over. The road has been cleared. The objective has been met, the mission has been accomplished.
This was not a real-life civil disturbance, but an exhaustive riot control training event taught to California National Guardsmen with the 69th Public Affairs Detachment and the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 49th Military Police Brigade, by members of Alpha Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, Regional Support Command North, in Fairfield, Calif., March 2.
Crowd control is a crucial job skill for any Guard soldier. Anyone from any unit might be called upon to restore order to the local area in the event of a crisis, so many of these soldiers were not MPs. Vehicle operators, public affairs specialists, radio operators, and many other job specialties were represented. Most had very little or no experience with crowd control techniques.
Fortunately, they were taught by instructors from Alpha Company, volunteer soldiers with extensive and relevant law enforcement experience. Soldiers like Staff Sgt. Andrew Cater, the acting first sergeant of Alpha Company.
Cater, like most of his peers, has a long and varied work history, not only in law enforcement, but in other skill sets necessary to the California Guard.
“I have been a medical trainer for many years,” said Cater. “Even before I was in law enforcement I worked as an EMT [emergency medical technician] for 10 years.
After being approached by a coworker already in the CSMR in 2008, Cater immediately found a demand for his knowledge in the California Guard.
“One of our main functions is teaching the [combat lifesaver] course,” said Cater. “They told me ‘We could use someone like you.’”
While the CSMR found a need for Cater, Cater himself found a higher goal to fulfill in his service.
“The organization is changing,” said Cater. “I saw a potential for what it could be.”
His service to the CSMR is an asset to Cater, who learns and grows with his experience as a leader and a trainer.
“My civilian career is a benefit to [the CSMR], and my work at CSMR is a benefit to my civilian career, said Cater.
Cater envisions an increased need for service members like himself in the future. No first response organization can function properly without timely and accurate communication both internally, and with other first responders. With his work experience and contacts in the Guard and civilian agencies, Cater could facilitate such communication.
“In the event of a large scale incident, civilian law enforcement and emergency response would need assistance from the National Guard,” said Cater. “In my position, I could be a better liaison for both.”
The other members of Alpha Company agree that Cater performs admirably in his military role, and express confidence of his ability to take control of a situation.
“He’s always been a very good resource,” said Staff Sgt. Carlos Talamantez, the company operations noncommissioned officer. “Since I’ve been here, he’s always been in a leadership position.”
From the CSMR website [http://www.calguard.ca.gov/casmr/Pages/default.aspx]:
Welcome to the California State Military Reserve -
The California State Military Reserve (CSMR) is the State Defense Force of California authorized by United States Code (32 USC 109c) and the California Military and Veteran’s Code (CM&VC 550).
The mission of the California State Military Reserve is to provide an adequately trained and organized State military reserve force under the exclusive control of the Governor. The CSMR is meant to be capable of accomplishing those State emergency responsibilities normally assigned to the National Guard, when the Guard is federalized or otherwise not available.
In addition, the CSMR performs such military duties as the Governor directs within the parameters of applicable federal and state law. Typically those additional military duties include assisting civil authorities during domestic emergencies and assisting in the mobilization and demobilization process of the National Guard.
The CSMR is a volunteer operational force upon which the California National Guard depends. Its members are subject to call to state active duty by the Governor of the State of California.
"State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS)" [www.sgaus.org] [36 Thorn Oak, Suite 200, Dove Canyon, CA 92679] [949-888-5792] [email@example.com]
2012-08-24 "CASMR assists CA Army Guard"
photograph [http://www.flickr.com/photos/statedefenseforce/7849199906/in/set-72157631145769318]: Soldiers from The 1st Battalion, 2nd BDE, California State Military Reserve (State Defense Force) assisted Soldiers from The California Army National Guard with Range Operations, Chow Hall duties, & Logistics.
2012-08-24 "CASMR Troops undergo Base Security Training"
photograph [http://www.flickr.com/photos/statedefenseforce/7849140946/in/set-72157631145769318/]: Soldiers from The California State Military Reserve undergo training to certify for The Joint Forces Training Baes Security Force Training Program
From the CSMR website [http://www.calguard.ca.gov/casmr/Pages/Albertson_bio.aspx]:
CSMR Commander, State Military Reserve Brigadier General (CA) Timothy E. Albertson:
Brigadier General (CA) Timothy E. Albertson was appointed Commander of the State Military Reserve in January of 2013. He joined the State Military Reserve as the Director of Medical Services in February of 2011.
He was directly commissioned in the USAR as an Emergency Medicine physician and served with the 6253rd USAH. He has served in several units of the California Army National Guard as a flight surgeon including the 3/140th Aviation Battalion, Company G, 540th MSB of the 40th ID, the 146th CSH, and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Health Services, HHC 175th Medical Brigade. In addition, he was the State Aviation Medical Officer, Deputy Commander of Det 8 Medical Support Team and Commander and State Surgeon with the State Medical Detachment. He has been and continues as the State Medical Review Officer for drug testing issues for the California National Guard.
In 2004, he was requested to come to Baghdad, Iraq by the 30th Medical Brigade to participate in the first International Medical Specialty Conference. Later that year, he served as the Battalion Surgeon for the 1/185 AR, 81ST BCT in Iraq. Upon return, he was assigned to be the Assistant for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs where he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of the line.
General (CA) Albertson’s military education includes Army Medical Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Aviation Officer Advanced Course, Flight Surgeon Course, Army Command and General Staff Officer Course, Medical Review Officer Course, and the Army War College. His education includes BA from the University of California, San Diego, MS, PhD and MD from University of California, Davis, MPH from the University of California, Berkeley, and MSS from the Army War College. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology, Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He has published several books, book chapters and nearly 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
General (CA) Albertson’s military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Achievement Medal. In addition, he has been awarded the Combat Medical Badge, Senior Army Flight Surgeon Badge, Office of the Secretary of Defense Shield, the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Military Emergency Management Specialist Badge.
From the CSMR website [http://www.calguard.ca.gov/casmr/Pages/Collier_bio.aspx]:
Command Chief Master Sergeant, State Military Reserve CCM (CA) Charles W. Collier:
Command Chief Master Sergeant Charles (Chuck) W. Collier, Jr. was selected as the first Command Chief Master Sergeant of the California State Military Reserve on 1 June 2010. Prior to his appointment he served as Assistant to the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 146th Air Wing Support Unit, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station.
Command Chief Master Sergeant Collier was inducted into the United States Air Force on 23 August 1963. He performed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas as an Airman Third Class (Dorm Chief), then completed Basic Medical Training at Greenville AFB, MS, and Operating Room Specialist School at Gunter AFB, Alabama, prior to assignment with the 366th Medical Group, Barksdale, AFB, La. Where he served as an operating room technician; Airman In Charge (AIC), Emergency Room; and NCO In Charge, Orthopedic Clinic.
Having completing his USAF enlistment, followed by two years AF Reserve service as a Sergeant (E4), Command Chief Collier joined the144th Fighter Wing, Fresno, CA, first as a Legal Technician for the Judge Advocate General (JAG), and later transferred to the 144th USAF Clinic as a full-time Health Technician, reaching the grade of Master Sergeant (E-7). For two of the twelve years with the 144th Chief Collier was activated (1981-1982), as a Medical Inspector for the USAF Inspector General, in the Office of the AF Surgeon General, Air Force Inspection and Safety Center (AFISC), Norton AFB, CA. As a Medical he was teamed with senior medical personnel performing Health Management Medical Inspections (HSMI) for all Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve medical, and Air Evacuation Units covering the entire United States, Germany, Philippine Islands and Japan.
After release from his active duty tour, Command Chief Collier transferred to the 146th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES) and assigned as On The Job (OJT) Supt. In that role he was instrumental in providing that unit with an Excellent grade in their own HSMI, conducted by his former AFISC colleagues.
Several other positions held within the 146 AES, included Medical Training Supt, Standardization and Evaluations (STAN/EVAL) Supt, Flight Operations Supt, and Squadron Senior Enlisted Advisor.
In January, 2000, Command Chief Collier was activated and, assigned to Air Mobility Command Headquarters, Scott AFB, IL positioned as Air Evacuation (AE) Systems Analyst and Publications Editor. He was involved in the research, writing, editing and publishing of nine USAF (and Joint) AE Publications mandated for use worldwide from Jan 2000 through Dec 2001.
Concurrent during the years 1998 through 2003, Command Chief Collier was selected as a Senior Observer Controller (OC) for AE operations at the Joint Readiness and Training Center (JRTC), Ft. Polk, LA, and at Little Rock AFB, AR. This role required observation, control and evaluation of all AE operations during the exercises. Two of those assignments were during his assignment at Scott AFB. Other deployments and active duty assignments included Desert Shield/Storm and the Global War on Terrorism. He has held Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC) 90131, 90251, 70550, 90190, X90290 and X4N000. Command Chief Collier retired from the Air National Guard on 9 December 2003.
As a current member of the CSMR, Command Chief Collier has been deeply involved with the Military Emergency Management System (MEMS), completing online courses required for the basic, senior and master MEMS qualification badges and participated in Operation Golden Guardian 2008 as an Evaluator/Controller for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security.
Command Chief Master Sergeant is a graduate of the Air National Guard NCO Academy (The Honor Graduate) and the AF Sr. NCO Academy (Correspondence). He attended Humphrey’s College of Law, Fresno; holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from Fresno City College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology from California State University, Fresno, with graduate studies for his Master’s Degree in Criminology. He holds a Lifetime Teaching Credential, Administration of Justice/Police Science, State of California; and holds Peace Officers Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.), Basic and Intermediate Certificates.
Command Chief Master Sergeant has life memberships with the Air Force Association (AFA), Air Force Sergeant’s Association (AFSA), National Guard Association of the US (NGAUS), NCO Academy Graduates Association (NCOAGA); and has memberships with the Enlisted Air National Guard Association of the US (EANGUS), the Sergeants Major Association of California, Southern California Fraud Investigators Association, International Association of Special Investigation Units, Grand Terrace Area Chamber of Commerce, Lions Clubs International, Boy Scouts of America (Unit Commissioner, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster), Scottish-American Military Society (SAMS) (Vice Commander).
Command Chief Master Sergeant Collier’s military awards and decorations include the Master Aircrew Wings, Master Medical Badge, Basic Military Emergency Management System (MEMS) Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, AF Achievement Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award (with V and 4 attachments), Combat Readiness Medal (7 attachments) AF Good Conduct Medal, Air Reserve Forces Medal (4 attachments), National Defense Medal (2 attachments) Southwest Asia Service Medal (1 attachment), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Voluntary Service Medal, AF Longevity Ribbon (8 attachments), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M and Gold attachment), AF NCO Professional Military Education Award, AF Expert Marksmanship Award (1 Attachment), AF Training Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (K), California Commendation Medal, California Good Conduct Medal (3 attachments), California Service Medal (gold redwood cluster), Enlisted Trainer’s Excellence Ribbon (1 attachment), Enlisted Excellence Ribbon (1 attachment), National Guard Federal Service Ribbon, State Service Ribbon, Senior Enlisted Leadership Ribbon, Drill Attendance Ribbon (5 attachments), Governor’s Outstanding Unit Citation, CASMR Professional Development Ribbon, CASMR Emergency Training Ribbon, CASMR Drill Attendance Ribbon.
Command Chief Master Sergeant Collier, of a three generation military family, resides in the cities of Grand Terrace and Highland. His father was a Bronze Star recipient during the Normandy Invasion, WWII, his wife Kristi is a Chief Flight Nurse, having served in SW Asia, his youngest son, a US Marine, has served in Afghanistan.