FROM BG (MS) Doug Hayhurst,
Commander of the Mississippi State Guard and
President of the State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS).
As summer comes to a close, the kids are back in school, summer vacations are completed and fall is just around the corner. The SGAUS Medical Academy under the direction of MAJ (Doctor) Julian Ungar-Sargon has been working hard to establish a recommended minimum standard across our State Defense Forces for our medical professionals. The SGAUS executive board approved the establishment of the Emergency Medical Badge and the requirements to earn the badge. One of those requirements is attendance of the Field Casualty Care Course (FC3). Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the members of the Indiana Guard Reserve (IGR) 19th Medical Regiment the first FC3 course was a huge success. Sixty soldiers from nine different states were in attendance Sept 7-8 2019. This is a great beginning as the medical academy takes its’ place alongside our other great academies.
I want to take this opportunity to thank MG Bruce Bowers the commander of the IGR, MAJ (Doctor) Julian Ungar-Sargon the medical academy commandant and all those whose hard work made this a great event.
To find out more information about the requirements to earn the Emergency Medical Badge and any upcoming training events please click on the Medical Academy tab on the SGAUS web page.
Another year is almost gone and it will be time for our annual conference and banquet. This year it is our honor here in Mississippi to be your host in Biloxi Mississippi on the beautiful Gulf Coast. We have been making plans to make this year the best possible, providing training events to increase our knowledge in many areas and to provide information to increase our effectiveness across the country. Several training events will take place on Thursday and Friday Nov 7 & 8 and then on Saturday we will have our general membership meeting. SGAUS is your association and needs your participation and input to provide the services your desire and need. On Saturday afternoon we will have a leadership conference where you will hear from some leading military, political and civilian dignitaries and be able to ask questions of them. Complete details are on the SGAUS web page, just click on the Upcoming Conferences tab.
We will culminate the conference with our annual formal military banquet Saturday evening. November 11th is Veterans Day and we will be honoring all our veterans during our banquet.
I encourage everyone who possibly can to make plans to attend as our annual event will not be complete without you there. I look forward to seeing you in November.
Brigadier General (MS)