Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to double the state’s unarmed guard forces, which were stretched thin by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. For more information … https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Gov-Abbott-Wants-to-Double-State-Guard-in-Wake-of-Harvey-456890523.html
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska –After their historical first-time activation for duty outside of Alaska, four Alaska State Defense Force Soldiers will return next week from a Puerto Rico deployment where they assisted with relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. For more information … https://www.dvidshub.net/news/255803/alaska-state-defense-force-soldiers-make-history-and-deploy-out-state
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SGAUS 2017 Annual Conference Corporate Sponsors
On behalf of the Executive Board and all the members, we wish to express our gratitude for the great partnership our Corporate and individual sponsors have established with our Association. Please take the time to view the list and visit their web sites by following the link below.
Hart County, Ga., Sep. 18, 2017 – “Today, the Chamblee Police Department along with its local/state law enforcement and non-law enforcement partners con-ducted a search of approximately 218 acres of hunting property located in Hart County, Georgia” read the press release from the Chamblee Police Department issued on September 18, 2017.
Members of the GSDF review maps and establish search parameters before embarking on a daylong, multi-agency search and rescue mission in east Georgia, September 18, 2017.
The search was related to an ongoing investigation of a missing person. When the person in question disappeared under suspicious circumstances in October 2016, she left her workplace in a hurry. She vanished without any means of identification or money and, most importantly, she left behind her seven-year-old son.
A person outside the family reported her missing in December 2016. With the purpose of uncovering any evidence to locate the missing person or to reveal what might have happened to her, a search was conducted in Hart County with the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia State Defense Force, Hart County Sheriff’s Office, local metro Atlanta law enforcement agencies, and other non-law enforcement volunteers.
The extensive search of the hunting property in east Georgia was a crucial part of the ongoing investigation. “Chamblee Police Department was relying heavily on the Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) for their experience in Grid Searching Missions”, said Lieutenant Jason D. Waasdorp of the Chamblee Po-lice Department in a statement. Waasdorp also said, “We would like to extend our gratitude and deepest respect for the Soldiers of the Georgia State Defense Force.” “Being able to contribute the Search and Rescue expertise our Soldiers have gained was a privilege,” said equally impressed Georgia State Defense Force Captain James R. LeMay. “We were able to use our skills in a very effective way. We felt the teams we worked with were amongst the best Law Enforcements Agencies in the State and we are looking forward to working with partners like this in the future,” Capt. LeMay said.
A massive effort to help answer the questions that surround the disappearance of the woman in question was made. The Chamblee Police Department, multiple agencies, and many external volunteers demonstrated their capabilities and it is hoped that some of those questions can be answered soon.
By Pfc. Andreas Alsdorf, email@example.com
Medical Training Academy
SGAUS is planning to institute a Medical Academy. There will be an organizational meeting at the upcoming SGAUS Meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC. The meeting will be held on Saturday 23 Sep 2017, 1000-1200. All Medical personnel attending the SGAUS convention are encouraged to participate in this initial meeting. Personnel invited include physicians, dentists, nurses, advanced nurse practitioners, veterinarians, medical service corps officers, behavioral health professionals, physicians assistants, EMTs, and paramedics as well as any other interested parties. The purpose of this meeting is to determine the types of medical organizations existing in the various State Defense Forces and to develop plans for appropriate medical training which can and should be offered by SGAUS as well as to develop a sharing of concepts and cooperation between medical activities of the various state defense forces. This initial meeting will last approximately 2 hours. Register NOW at … Register.
If you wish to discuss your state defense force organization, audio visual equipment to allow short power point slide presentations will be available. If you know you are going to attend and especially if you would like to add to the formal discussion, please contact:
David J Cohen MD, FACS
BG, TXSG (ret)
Chair, SGAUS Medical Academy
Cell phone: (210) 241-4675
Improving Unit Partnership
During the April 9, 2017 regular scheduled drill, COL Edward L. Vaughan, 156th Airlift Wing Commander and COL(PR) Jesus Delgado, 1st Air Base Group Commander signed a Memorandum of Understanding solidifying the working relationship between the Puerto Rico Air National Guard and the Puerto Rico Air State Guard.
“Our partnership with the Puerto Rico Air State Guard is stronger today than ever.” said Vaughan. “In every way the 1st Air Base Group has been able to help us, they’ve done an outstanding job. Their dedication to our community and the 156th Airlift Wing is vital to our mission readiness. While State Guard Airmen work side by side the 156th AW Airmen on our regular scheduled drills, there were legal hurdles to mutual aid that weren’t solved. This MOU resolves a lot of those issues and shows our commitment to the outstanding relationship between the 156th AW and the 1st ABG, now and for years to come.”
COL(PR) Delgado said “For all of us in the 1st Air Base Group, signing this MOU is the culmination of years of efforts to formalize our relationship with the 156th AW. This is a historic milestone, and the beginning of a new era of partnership and joint work amongst us. Thanks to COL Vaughan, COL Figueroa, and all the 156th AW leadership and Airmen for believing and trusting in the integrity and capabilities of the 1st ABG’s Airmen.”
For more information … http://sgaus.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/156AW-and-1AB-MOU.pdf
Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) Training and Conference will be held at the 2017 State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on 22 September. This will be the first training and conference for SGAUS UPAR personnel, and it will be modeled on trainings held for the Military Emergency Management Specialist (MEMS) and Judge Advocate Generals (JAG). Content for this full day training will cover topics such as National Incident Management System (NIMS) Basic Guidance for Public Information Officers, best practices for State Defense Force (SDF) PAOs at headquarters and unit level, recommendations for table top exercises for UPAR personnel, and additional trainings and information.
The rationale for the training is to heighten awareness of duties of UPAR personnel in SDFs. In the 21st century the role of the UPAR with respect to public information, especially with a rapidly changing social media environment and the role that SDFs play in disaster relief, is increasingly important. To function professionally the UPAR should begin to work toward an attitude of a professional information officer, and training and best practices of UPAR will be shared to help achieve this end. SDFs can improve in getting the story of SDFs and their mission to all Americans, and these techniques can be learned and practiced. The way to do this is to begin the development of a professional UPAR corps. Doing so will have a positive affect on public perception, influencing state legislators and recruitment as well as creating a sense of community among SDF forces.
Examples of content that will be discussed include how to run social media inside an SDF unit (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram); write articles for SGAUS and SDF magazines and newsletters; shoot photo’s, post-process pictures, and maintain an archive; shoot and edit video and upload to DVIDS and maintain an archive; produce commemorative items (t-shirts, poker chips, photo books, coins, and other paraphernalia); and keep a history of the unit.
Register NOW at … Register.
More information on the UPAR Conference and Training can be had by contacting 1LT Steven Estes at LTSteven.Estes@icloud.com.