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EXTRA EXTRA !!!
The HEALTH AND WELLNESS BULLETIN for the Fall of 2018 is in !!!
Please go to the Medical Academy page or click below to read it:
Attention! ROTHCO Products Now in the SGAUS Store
SGAUS has partnered with Rothco, the world’s foremost supplier of military, tactical, outdoor clothing and gear. We have increased our store offerings from 68 to 1,375 items. Check us out at the SGAUS and/or Rothco store.
Founded in 1953, Rothco has provided the military clothing and outdoor retailer with top quality merchandise. Today Rothco serves over 10,000 dealers globally. While Rothco’s heritage is rooted in authentic military apparel and gear, Rothco also serves the Tactical, Public Safety, Survival & Preparedness, Outdoor & Camping, and Government Suppliers.
You must be a member of SGAUS to access the Rothco store though the SGAUS website. Price compare our products online, and you will see that our sales prices are below the retail prices of others.
Another value added service is provided to you as a member of SGAUS. Thank you for your support and your service in your State Defense Force.
Board of Directors, State Guard Association of the United States.
The National Association For Search And Rescue (NASAR) has been in existence since 1972. Originally started to represent the State Search and Rescue Coordinators, NASAR grew to represent all SAR volunteers and continues to support the State Search And Rescue Coordinators Committee (SSARCC). NASAR uses standards developed by ASTM, NFPA, DHS, FEMA, and other respected bodies to build education courseware, publications, and certifications. Government agencies and non-profit Search And Rescue Teams use NASAR’s material and certifications to build credentialing programs for their organizations and produce highly skilled searchers that work within their communities and are available for mutual aid regionally and nationally. NASAR is a Virginia Non-Profit and Federal 501(C)3 which welcomes your donations to assist us in training searchers for your community.
You may contact us at:
PO Box 232020
Centreville, VA 20120-2020
The Tennessee State Guard (TNSG) participated in the annual Tennessee Maneuvers (TNMAN) Cyber Security Exercise in support of the Tennessee National Guard. TNMAN was conducted during the week of 12 June 2017 throughout Tennessee, and TNSG’s support focused on the Communications Exercise component.
According to MSgt Robin Brown, Tennessee National Guard Public Affairs officer, the TNMAN exercise is conducted in conjunction with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and other state agencies, and took place in June and July of this year. Details of the TNMAN exercise can be found at the TNNG DVIDS site at https://www.dvidshub.net/image/3486425/tn-national-guard-joins-statewide-cyber-security-exercise
TNSG’s part of the exercise focused on supporting TN National Guard communications. TNSG personnel served as embedded communicators at armories that were staffed for TNMAN, and passed traffic as directed by TNNG. All units participating in the COMMEX passed communications traffic over WINLINK and HF voice/digital circuits in support of maintaining statewide communications.
TNSG soldiers from 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Regiments and 2nd Battalion Support Team participated in the statewide TNMAN exercise, making this an excellent exercise for the entire Tennessee State Guard.
“Cyber Shield is an opportunity for our Guardsmen to work with professionals from other states,” said Col. Curt Simonson, commander, 56th Theater Information Operations Group. “These cyber experts are the tip of the spear in the new front of cyber warfare.”
By working closely with interagency partners and the private sector, the National Guard seeks to strengthen network cybersecurity and the capability to support local responses to cyber incidents. Cyber Shield 17 is part of the National Guard’s ongoing effort to improve their ability to respond to real-world cyber incidents. This is the sixth iteration of this training exercise.
Washington participants included members from Joint Force Headquarters, the 56th Theater Information Operations Group and the Washington State Guard.
“Cyber Shield 2017 has been an amazing opportunity for our Washington guardsmen,” said Lt. Col. Charles Randolph, commander, 156th Information Operations Battalion. “This year’s exercise had particular focus around issues such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. Our cyber soldiers were able to gain exposure to and mitigate risks involving these issues, which could have severe effects to any state and the country.”
In cooperation with the U.S. Army Reserve, Cyber Shield is designed to conduct Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO), training, and assessment for Defensive Cyber Operations Elements (DCO-Es), Cybersecurity detachments or cells, and Cyber Protection Teams (CPTs).
Divided into two phases, the first week offers participants the opportunity to hone their skills through academic instruction covering everything from the legal aspects of cyber operations to the nature of cyber threats to hands-on technical training. Equally important, the soldiers and airmen are learning their roles as part of the larger cyberspace defense community.
During the second phase of Cyber Shield, exercise participants from cyber protection teams face off against trained antagonists, who simulate online adversaries. The teams try to defend their networks and mitigate the effects of attacks in a free-wheeling clash of cyberspace acumen.
The National Guard’s dual state-federal character makes it uniquely positioned to help civilian agencies and critical nongovernmental entities, such as public utilities, if an incident occurs. Because of their status as a state military force when not under federal mobilization orders, Guard units are available to respond to state-level emergencies at their governor’s discretion. The Washington State Guard fills a similar role with their status as a state military force.
“I’m extremely proud of the efforts from a combined force of both army and state guard personnel,” said Randolph. “Their skillsets, teamwork and professionalism were second to none.”
Andrew Baze with 156 IO BN CDR LTC Charles Randolph. LTC Randolph, 1LT McRee and SGT Baze work for Microsoft. The team brings the Industry partner expertise to Cyber Shield.
[Camp Murray, Washington] Recently two soldiers from the Washington State Guard’s Cyber Unit joined more than 800 other cyber experts at Camp Williams, Utah, for the National Guard’s premier cyber defense training event: Exercise Cyber Shield 17..
Cyber Shield is designed to assess participants’ ability to respond to cyber incidents. The yearly exercise includes members of the National Guard from 44 states, the Army Reserve, state and federal
New Mexico State Defense Force (NMSDF) Personnel Serve as Controllers and Evaluators in the Santa Fe Municipal Airport Full-Scale Exercise
SANA FE, N.M. – Members of the New Mexico State Defense Force (NMSDF) participated in the Santa Fe Municipal Airport Full-Scale Exercise held Saturday, April 8. The exercise provided an opportunity for participating agencies to test their individual and collective capabilities in an operational environment. During the full-scale exercise, members of the NMSDF filled both operational and evaluator roles.
The NMSDF is an internal security and emergency services reserve force that can be called upon by the Governor of New Mexico to serve in support of the New Mexico National Guard; additionally, it serves as a spoke in the wheel of local, state, and national preparedness.
SSG Otis Chappell, who served as the exercise staging controller, managed the flow of resources into the incident. In reflecting on his experiences, Chappell found the training valuable from the perspective that it highlighted the importance of interoperability, unified command, and the value of individuals working collectively in pursuit of a common mission. “The complexity of large scale incidents serves as a reminder of the need for continual training,” Chappell said.
Officer Candidate Mark Rowley, who served in the capacity as law enforcement controller, provides oversight for meeting of the commander’s directive that all NMSDF personnel will be qualified in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) by 30 June 2017
Rowley said, “The New Mexico State Defense Force has placed a priority on members becoming qualified as Military Emergency Management Specialists through the State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS) to ensure that members can respond to disasters and other emergencies and effectively work within a comprehensive emergency management operation. This is being accomplished through extensive training in the Incident Command System (ICS), the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and exercises and drills such as the full-scale exercise conducted today at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport.”
In 2016 the 26 members of the NMSDF donated over 4500 hours of service to the State of New Mexico. Although the educational spectrum runs from high school diploma through doctorial level—the average is four years of college education. Prior military service is not a requirement to join the NMSDF; however, roughly sixty-percent of the members have prior military service.
The Assistant Adjutant General of the NMSDF is Brig. Gen. David Torres; his requirements of those that serve include the commitment of each member to “uphold the standards of honor, integrity, and compassion.”
The Virginia National Guard has approximately 200 personnel staged and ready Jan. 7, 2017, at guard readiness centers through the Hampton Roads area.
Some soldiers and vehicles are prepositioned at firehouses and other emergency services facilities in the region in order to quickly deploy if needed as part of the state’s multi-agency response.
“I am incredibly proud of how quickly our forces were able to stage Friday night in order to be ready for possible missions Saturday morning, and most importantly they did it safely,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the adjutant general of Virginia. “Our state and local partners count on us to provide the capabilities they need in order to help the citizens of the commonwealth when faced with hazardous weather situations, and once again our soldiers, airmen and Virginia Defense Force troopers have demonstrated we are able to rapidly respond when we are needed. Our forces are standing by to assist local first responders in keep our fellow Virginians safe.”
Expected missions for the guard include using Humvees and light/medium tactical trucks to provide transportation for first responders through snow or help evacuate citizens in need of shelter. Soldiers are also organized into debris reduction teams with chain saws to help clear roads if needed.
Additional soldiers, airmen and Virginia Defense Force troopers are on duty in Sandston and Fort Pickett providing mission command, sustainment, incident management assistance and public information support.
Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Jan. 6, 2017, and urged residents of the commonwealth to prepare for impacts from a winter storm system, which potentially could result in significant snow accumulation, hazardous road conditions and high winds. This order authorizes state agencies to assist local governments in responding to this major winter storm that is expected to impact the commonwealth through the weekend.
STEWART ANGB, NEWBURGH, NY – 2016 AUG 12. Airmen of the 105th Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron gather in classrooms. Each one has a black, USAA pre-deployment kit. In one room, sergeants and airmen alike joke and pass the time. In the other, the sound of papers rustling and muted chatter can be heard as those preparing to deploy speak with lawyers from the New York Guard. It’s a fairly somber mood as the airmen prepare last wills and powers of attorney to give to their loved ones before deployment.
While stoic in nature, this Legal Services Operation, or LSO for short, provides a much-needed service. Airmen are provided with free legal services to help make the deployment transition easier and to make sure their affairs are in order. Volunteer lawyers from the New York Guard provide a full range of services for deploying troops overseas. These operations usually run all day and involve anywhere from eight to 10 lawyers and several support staff members.
The officer-in-charge, or OIC, is MAJ Steven Hartov; commander of Task Force 105. As the liaison between the NYG and AW 105, he arranges rooms, times, and personnel for these operations. Full cooperation is given to him to prepare what he needs and to make sure the operation runs smoothly. The NCOIC, SSG Jim Masi, coordinates the roles of the support staff, who provide everything from witnesses for document executions to technical support staff for network operations.
During these operations, lines can sometimes form as airmen wait to get their documents executed. During these times, the support staff converses with the airmen to set their minds at ease. In stark contrast to the mood inside the room where documents are being prepared, the mood outside in the hallway is more jovial. YouTube videos are being shared and conversations about cross-branch jargon happen. Despite this, the serious nature of what is going on in the next room is not lost.
The New York Guard will be holding another LSO, for airmen that did not have a chance to prepare documents this time around, on 2016 SEP 10. While the soldiers from the NYG did process roughly 40 plus airmen through in one day, the number deploying is much larger. With the aid of the JAGs from the NYG, those that will be sent overseas will have greater peace of mind knowing that their affairs have been set in order and their loved ones will be taken care of.
Photos and story by SPC Matthew Gussow, New York Guard
In support of the Maryland National Guard (MDNG), the Maryland Defense Force (MDDF) Band, widely known as “Maryland’s Musical Ambassadors,” performed three concerts of patriotic music. The MDDF Ceremonial Band performed at the Columbus Center in Baltimore for a reception, hosted by Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, the adjutant general of Maryland. MDDF Band performed two concerts. The first performance consisted of a Jazz Combo at Government House in Annapolis, Maryland which serves as the Maryland Governor’s residence. The second performance consisted of a Woodwind Quintet at the Baltimore Convention Center.
The Maryland Defense Force Band is a ceremonial unit of the MDDF that provides musical support to the Maryland Military Department and provides ceremonial support to the State of Maryland.
The Maryland Defense Force (MDDF) is the State’s uniformed volunteer military unit providing professional and technical assistance to the Maryland Military Department. Established in 1917, the MDDF consists of nearly 250 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.
(Camp Pendleton, CA)–With the recent re-organization of the California State Military Reserve (CSMR) happening across the state, and personnel numbers increasing at a slower rate than expected, soldiers are stepping up to fill gaps to complete missions. One example of this effort is the joint mission on 21 October 2016, where 25 soldiers from the 79th Support Brigade (headquartered in Kearney Mesa, CA) came together in a joint range mission to support the 1/18th Cavalry. This mission was led by Charlie Company Commander, CPT(CA) Daniel Derkum, with the support of HHC/ 79th Support brigade and it’s Alpha, Bravo and Charlie Company soldiers. The mission operations order detailed support of 530 members of the 1/18th Cavalry, assisting them on weapons qualification on the M4, M9 and M249 weapons.
When asked about how he felt about the joint mission, Derkum said, “I think it is fantastic that Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie Companies are working together. We’re looking for more soldiers to help the National Guard meet their missions successfully.” Prior to soldiers’ names being placed on the mission TDA, they each attended the PMI class conducted by the Charlie Company PMI instructors with soldiers from other companies in attendance. In tandem with recruiting efforts, this trend of working jointly across units and geographical areas validates the CSMR soldiers’ commitment, capability and dedication to meeting missions successfully in support of our State Guard. Soldiers, both National Guard and CSMR, trained and worked side by side, in support of this range mission.
SPC (CA) Michael Harrison remarked, “I never thought we would get this opportunity. This mission gives us an idea of what the other side does.” SPC (CA) Andre Tardiff agreed, ” I enjoyed it so much, I want to do it again. It makes me want to give and do even more.”
A command field visit was conducted by COL(CA) Joseph von Sauers, Commander of the 79th Support Brigade, along with COL(CA) Russell Nakaishik, Chief of Staff, and CSM(CA) Richard Moriarity, Command Sergeant Major.
“CSMR soldiers continue to train to meet and exceed standards in support of whatever mission they are called to do. This range mission in support of the 1/18th Cavalry proves that our soldiers are committed, dedicated and needed for the National Guard to succeed. We will be supporting 1/18th Cavalry’s upcoming 2017 Annual Training (AT) next June and encourage more soldiers to participate,” said CSM(CA) Moriarity of the 79th Support Brigade.
The California State Military Reserve (CSMR) is an all-volunteer State Defense Force. Our primary mission is to support the Soldiers and Airmen of the California National Guard (CNG) in its Homeland Defense, Homeland Security missions and service to California during times of State Emergencies.
Article written by 2LT Chin.