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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.
PENSACOLA, Fla – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $100 million in funding proposals to support Florida’s National Guard and establish the Florida State Guard, a civilian volunteer force that will assist the National Guard in state-specific emergencies. Also see Establishing The Florida State Guard
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.
Introducing the promotional videos from the New York Guard, Ohio Military Reserve, Puerto Rico Air State Guard, South Carolina State Guard, Tennessee State Guard, and the Washington State Guard. These videos applies to all State Defense Forces nationwide. Service, Sacrifice – Citizen Soldier Volunteer. When we are needed … we will be there!
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If your State has a video, please send to email@example.com