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Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general, has appointed Larry M. Pinkerton, a retired colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard, to the position of commander of the State of Ohio Defense Forces (OHSDF). Pinkerton takes command upon the retirement of Brig. Gen. (OH) Richard J. Vasquez, who has led the organization since its inception in 2019.
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March 1, 2022
MDDF 121st Engineer Regiment Supports MDNG with ISR Program
For over 15 years the Maryland Defense Force (MDDF) 121st Engineer Regiment has been managing the Installation Status Review (ISR) program for the Maryland National Guard (MDNG). The ISR program is an annual facility inspection program of Army National Guard infrastructure. The ISR program is a critical part of the U.S. Army’s Installation Management Program and it supports budgetary and resource allocation decision making.
Every year each state adjutant general is required to submit completed ISR reports to the U.S. Army. The facilities that are reviewed are benchmarked against U.S. Army standards to determine their physical condition and readiness. Any facilities that are not equipped to carry out the National Guard’s mission are identified and construction or revitalization requirements are determined. Last year the 121st Engineer Regiment inspected 70 Maryland Army National Guard buildings as a part of this program and donated 1,050 hours towards this effort.
“Over the years the MDDF has identified facility issues that might have impeded the operational readiness and quality of life of MDNG soldiers. We’ve also had the opportunity to identify and help to resolve safety issues at MDNG armories,” shared Lt. Col. (MD) Isadore Beattie who leads this effort for the MDDF. “The Maryland National Guard relies on the MDDF to complete this critical work annually and we take immense pride in supporting the MDNG and serving the state,” said Col. (MD) Ed Hubner, commander of the 121st Engineer Regiment. “We have effectively unburdened the National Guard of this important work so that they can focus their energies elsewhere and we’re honored to do it,” Hubner continued. It is estimated that the MDDF has saved the State of Maryland $6.5 million dollars over the 15 years that the MDDF has managed the ISR program. The MDDF ISR reports have also helped to justify the construction or replacement of six armories across the State of Maryland.
“The ISR program is of value to the Maryland National Guard but it also serves as a training mission for the MDDF,” shared Brig. Gen. (MD) Gregory J. Juday, commanding general of the MDDF. “Conducting ISR missions helps the MDDF prepare for the performance of building damage assessments during an emergency if and when our services are requested by the state. This program is truly a win-win for the Maryland Military Department,” concluded Juday.
The Maryland Defense Force is the state’s uniformed volunteer militia branch that provides competent supplementary professional and technical support to the Maryland Military Department and the State of Maryland as needed. Established in 1917, the MDDF consists of nearly 200 personnel who perform legal, engineering, finance, medical, chaplain, field support, and ceremonial services for the State of Maryland. For more information: www.mddf.maryland.gov.
The 19th Medical Regimental Association and the Indiana Guard Reserve Association hosted the 2021 Field Casualty course on behalf of The State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS) during the weekend of October 9 in Columbus, Indiana.
Columbus Mayor James Lienhoop and the Columbus Municipal Airport provided the location for the course which was attended by Indiana Guard Reserve soldiers and soldiers from six other states including New York, Mississippi, Maryland, Texas, California and Tennessee.
Mayor Lienhoop and U.S. Sen. Todd Young welcomed the attendees at a Dining Out at the Elks Lodge with SGAUS President Maj. Gen. Jay Coggan as guest speaker.
LTC Ungar-Sargon, Chairman of the SGAUS Medical Academy was the course director who welcomed the 113 soldiers at the gala event. Brig. Gen. Patrick Thibodeau, Commander of the 81st Troop Command, welcomed the participants with inspiring words.
Saturday was filled with classroom lectures and presentations including how to handle triage, fractures, and neurological, cardiovascular and orthopedic scenarios.
A fitness run/jog/walk took place on Sunday morning at sunrise.
Sunday’s activities also consisted of field exercises with live helicopter exercises ending with a chopper tour of Columbus from the sky.
This was the second SGAUS National Field Casualty Course held in Indiana.
The 2021 Medical Academy’s Field Casualty Course (In residence) was successfully completed on 10 October 2021.
The 2021 Vaccination training course in-residence at Camp Atterbury (Indiana) was successfully completed on 21 March. 23 attendees have been issued completion certificates. Well done!!!
Memo Nov 2020
In anticipation of State Defense Forces being called up to assist in Vaccine distribution, we are encouraging member states to review and pass the SALT training link below.
LTC (IN) Julian Ungar-Sargon MD PhD
Chairman, Medical Academy
COVD Vaccine Distribution Training: Training on-line, SALT
Planning for Distribution of COVID Vaccine in the event of deployment to assist.
There is a need to determine which triage tools are compliant with MUCC principles. In fact, at the time the MUCC were developed, no single triage tool was available that was fully compliant with the MUCC. NEMSAC believes that compliance checklists, based on the four main categories of the MUCC, could be developed, transmitted, and widely disseminated among national, State, regional, and local EMS officials. Development, transmittal, and dissemination of compliance checklist(s), as well as technical assistance in evaluating compliance of State, regional and local EMS systems, could be carried out by a national EMS organization, such as the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO).
In developing proposed strategies to support the national adoption of MUCC, the Preparedness Committee examined recommendations made by the NEMSAC and the IOM’s Crisis Standards of Care committee as well as the National Prehospital Evidence-Based Guideline Model Process
National Disaster Life Support Foundation
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Mass casualty triage is a critical skill. Although many systems exist to guide providers in making triage decisions, there is little scientific evidence available to demonstrate that any of the available systems have been validated. Furthermore, in the United States there is little consistency from one jurisdiction to the next in the application of mass casualty triage methodology. There are no nationally standardized categories or color designations. SALT Triage is the product of a CDC Sponsored working group to propose a standardized triage method. The guideline, entitled SALT (sort, assess, life-saving interventions, treatment and/or transport) triage, was developed based on the best available science and consensus opinion. It incorporates aspects from all of the existing triage systems to create a single overarching guide for unifying the mass casualty triage process across the United States. SALT is compliant with the Model Uniform Core Criteria for Mass Casualty Triage currently contemplated as the proposed national standard for all mass casualty triage systems.
On July 8, 2013 all of the members of Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (members: DOT, DOD, HHS, DHS, and FCC) concurred with the following statement “The FICEMS recommends that state and local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems improve their mass casualty incident triage capabilities through adoption of triage protocols and systems that are based on the Model Uniform Core Criteria. Federal resources may be used to support development of capabilities which improve EMS system preparedness for mass casualty triage.”
FURTHER COVID 19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION PLAN UPDATES – Links Below
The SGAUS Summer 2020 newsletter is out. You can access it electronically via link below on this page; or go to the SGAUS web site’s home page, scroll down, and click on the right side section of the screen.
Link to the Newsletter: SGAUS Times Summer 2020 – Newsletter
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What’s Coming up and What’s Hot!!
The 2022 MEMS Student Guide is now available here in the web site. Please go to the PME Academy tab, and select MEMS Academy.
Online store Update
Members! SGAUS Store update: We still are experiencing some disruption in the supply chain from the manufacturers to our suppliers for some of our fastest flowing items like MEMS badges. All of these companies have them made in China. We should be caught up with the next replenishment order. I’ll let you know. So please be patient this is beyond our control. We’ll get you your items. Thank you. BG Santiago
NEW: The COVID-19 Points of Dispensing (POD) Operations course is now available for everyone (member or not) in the online SGAUS PME Academy.
You, or anyone, can reach the PME Academy from within this web site or directly at:
For non-members, please let them know they can access the course by logging in as “Guest”. The only limitation as “Guest” is that there s no completion certificate (don’t know the name of the person).
SGAUS Leadership and Committee Chairs Contact Info Page
A new page with email address information for SGAUS leadership and Committee Chairs was published to replace the previous.
Two new pages will be added to the “References” section. One as a page with links to services and information useful to US Armed Forces veterans. The other page will contain links to external resources and content for senior citizens. We’ll announce when the pages are published.
Chago Santiago, BG (TN)
We have received a limited quantity of MEMS saw-on badges (all three levels) in Air Force spice brown stitching on OCP camo pattern.
This should meet the needs of those SDF’s with Air components who have or are transitioning to the OCP pattern.
Article by James Moschgat, USAF (Ret.)
William “Bill” Crawford was an unimpressive figure, one you could easily overlook during a hectic day at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Mr. Crawford, as most of us referred to him back in the late 1970s, was our squadron janitor. Army Master Sergeant William J. Crawford (Ret.), poses for a photo for a Denver Post photographer shortly before a Fourth of July parade in Denver, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Beverly Crawford Kite.
While we cadets busied ourselves preparing for academic exams, athletic events, Saturday morning parades, and room inspections — or never — ending leadership classes—Bill quietly moved about the squadron mopping and buffing floors, emptying trash cans, cleaning toilets, or just tidying up the mess 100 college-age kids can leave in a dormitory.
Sadly, and for many years, few of us gave him much notice, rendering little more than a passing nod or throwing a curt, “G’morning!” in his direction as we hurried off to our daily duties. Why? Perhaps it was because of the way he did his job — he always kept the squadron area spotlessly clean, even the toilets and showers gleamed. Frankly, he did his job so well, none of us had to notice or get involved. After all, cleaning toilets was his job, not ours.
Maybe it was his physical appearance that made him disappear into the background. Bill didn’t move very quickly, and in fact, you could say he even shuffled a bit, as if he suffered from some sort of injury. His gray hair and wrinkled face made him appear ancient to a group of young cadets. And his crooked smile, well, it looked a little funny. Face it, Bill was an old man working in a young person’s world. What did he have to offer us on a personal level?
Maybe it was Mr. Crawford’s personality that rendered him almost invisible to the young people around him. Bill was shy, almost painfully so. He seldom spoke to a cadet unless they addressed him first, and that didn’t happen very often.
Army Master Sergeant William J. Crawford (Ret.), poses for a photo for a Denver Post photographer shortly before a Fourth of July parade in Denver, Colorado.
Our janitor always buried himself in his work, moving about with stooped shoulders, a quiet gait, and an averted gaze. If he noticed the hustle and bustle of cadet life around him, it was hard to tell. For whatever reason, Bill blended into the woodwork and became just another fixture around the squadron. The Academy, one of our nation’s premier leadership laboratories, kept us busy from dawn till dusk. And Mr. Crawford… well, he was just a janitor. That changed one fall Saturday afternoon in 1976. I was reading a book about World War II and the tough Allied ground campaign in Italy, when I stumbled across an incredible story. On September 13, 1943, a Private William Crawford from Colorado, assigned to the 36th Infantry Division, had been involved in some bloody fighting on Hill 424 near Altavilla, Italy. The words on the page leapt out at me, “in the face of intense and overwhelming hostile fire… with no regard for personal safety… on his own initiative, Private Crawford single-handedly attacked fortified enemy positions.” It continued, “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, the President of the United States…” “Holy cow,” I said to my roommate, “you’re not going to believe this, but I think our janitor is a Medal of Honor recipient.” We all knew Mr. Crawford was a World War II Army vet, but that didn’t keep my friend from looking at me as if I was some sort of alien being. Nonetheless, we couldn’t wait to ask Bill about the story. We met Mr. Crawford bright and early Monday and showed him the page in question from the book, anticipation and doubt on our faces. He stared at it for a few silent moments and then quietly uttered something like, “Yep, that’s me.” Mouths agape, my roommate and I looked at one another, then at the book, and quickly back at our janitor. Almost at once, we both stuttered, “Why didn’t you ever tell us about it?” He slowly replied after some thought, “That was one day in my life and it happened a long time ago.” I guess we were all at a loss for words after that. We had to hurry off to class and Bill, well, he had chores to attend to. After that brief exchange, things were never again the same around our squadron. Word spread like wildfire among the cadets that we had a hero in our midst — Mr. Crawford, our janitor, had been bestowed The Medal! Cadets who had once passed by Bill with hardly a glance, now greeted him with a smile and a respectful, “Good morning, Mr. Crawford.” Those who had before left a mess for the “janitor” to clean up, started taking it upon themselves to put things in order. Cadets routinely stopped to talk to Bill throughout the day and we even began inviting him to our formal squadron functions. He’d show up dressed in a conservative dark suit and quietly talk to those who approached him, the only sign of his heroics being a simple blue, star-spangled lapel pin. Almost overnight, Bill went from being a simple fixture in our squadron to one of our teammates. Mr. Crawford changed too, but you had to look closely to notice the difference. After that fall day in 1976, he seemed to move with more purpose, his shoulders didn’t seem to be as stooped, he met our greetings with a direct gaze and a stronger “good morning” in return, and he flashed his crooked smile more often. The squadron gleamed as always, but everyone now seemed to notice it more. Bill even got to know most of us by our first names, something that didn’t happen often at the Academy. While no one ever formally acknowledged the change, I think we became Bill’s cadets and his squadron. As often happens in life, events sweep us away from those in our past. The last time I saw Bill was on graduation day in June 1977. As I walked out of the squadron for the last time, he shook my hand and simply said, “Good luck, young man.” With that, I embarked on a career that has been truly lucky and blessed. Mr. Crawford continued to work at the Academy and eventually retired in his native Colorado, one of four Medal of Honor recipients who lived in the small town of Pueblo.
A wise person once said, “It’s not life that’s important, but those you meet along the way that make the difference.” Bill was one who made a difference for me. Bill Crawford, our janitor, taught me many valuable, unforgettable leadership lessons, and I think of him often.
Here are ten I’d like to share:
1.) Be Cautious of Labels. Labels you place on people may define your relationship to them and bind their potential. Sadly, and for a long time, we labeled Bill as just a janitor, but he was so much more. Therefore, be cautious of a leader who callously says, “Hey, he’s just an Airman.” Likewise, don’t tolerate the O-1, who says, “I can’t do that, I’m just a lieutenant.”
2.) Everyone Deserves Respect. Because we hung the “janitor” label on Mr. Crawford, we often wrongly treated him with less respect than others. He deserved much more, and not just because he was received the Medal of Honor. Bill deserved respect because he was a janitor, walked among us, and was a part of our team.
3.) Courtesy Makes a Difference. Be courteous to all around you, regardless of rank or position. Military customs, as well as common courtesies, help bond a team. When our daily words to Mr. Crawford turned from perfunctory “hellos” to heartfelt greetings, his demeanor and personality outwardly changed. It made a difference for all of us.
4.) Take Time to Know Your People. Life in the military is hectic, but that’s no excuse for not knowing the people you work for and with. For years a hero walked among us at the Academy and we never knew it. Who are the heroes that walk in your midst?
5.) Anyone Can Be a Hero. Mr. Crawford certainly didn’t fit anyone’s standard definition of a hero. Moreover, he was just a private on the day he earned his Medal. Don’t sell your people short, for any one of them may be the hero who rises to the occasion when duty calls. On the other hand, it’s easy to turn to your proven performers when the chips are down, but don’t ignore the rest of the team. Today’s rookie could and should be tomorrow’s superstar.
6.) Leaders Should Be Humble. Most modern day heroes, and some leaders, are anything but humble, especially if you calibrate your “hero meter” on today’s athletic fields. End zone celebrations and self-aggrandizement are what we’ve come to expect from sports greats. Not Mr. Crawford—he was too busy working to celebrate his past heroics. Leaders would be well served to do the same.
7.) Life Won’t Always Hand You What You Think You Deserve. We in the military work hard and, dang it, we deserve recognition, right? However, sometimes you just have to persevere, even when accolades don’t come your way. Perhaps you weren’t nominated for junior officer or airman of the quarter as you thought you should — don’t let that stop you. Don’t pursue glory; pursue excellence. Private Bill Crawford didn’t pursue glory — he did his duty and then swept floors for a living.
8.) No Job is Beneath a Leader. If Bill Crawford, a Medal of Honor recipient, could clean latrines and smile, is there a job beneath your dignity? Think about it.
9.) Pursue Excellence. No matter what task life hands you, do it well. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “If life makes you a street sweeper, be the best street sweeper you can be.” Mr. Crawford modeled that philosophy and helped make our dormitory area a home.
10.) Life is a Leadership Laboratory. All too often we look to some school or class to teach us about leadership when, in fact, life is a leadership laboratory. Those you meet everyday will teach you enduring lessons if you just take time to stop, look, and listen. I spent four years at the Air Force Academy, took dozens of classes, read hundreds of books, and met thousands of great people. I gleaned leadership skills from all of them, but one of the people I remember most is Mr. Bill Crawford and the lessons he unknowingly taught. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn.
Bill Crawford was a janitor. However, he was also a teacher, friend, role model, and one great American hero. Thanks, Mr. Crawford, for some valuable leadership lessons.
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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.