Protecting California

And its citizens

Are you ready to respond?

A Rich History of Service

PROUDLY SERVING SINCE 1846

The California State Guard (CSG) is authorized as a state defense force under the provisions of the Title 32, United States Code, Section 109(c)[15] and the California State Military Reserve Act (codified in the California Military and Veterans Code).

ONE OF FOUR COMPONENTS OF THE CALIFORNIA MILITARY DEPARTMENT

The California State Guard has legal standing as part of California’s Active Militia, proudly represented by three components: Army, Air, and Maritime.

OVER 50 ACTIVE UNITS

From coastal regions, to those inland, CSG operates in everything from Maritime Coastal Command, Operations, Military Policing, Strategic Plans, Finance and Resource Management, and everything in between.

Our Missions

The California State Guard is a volunteer force that protects California and its citizens from natural and man-made disasters, including wildfires, floods, earthquakes, and pandemics. It was formed to provide California with a trained and organized force in the event of a state security or state emergency. The California State Guard volunteers train and prepare for these emergencies.

In the last few years, the California State Guard has kept California and its citizens safe in many ways, including but not limited to the following:

Wildfires

Assist with firefighting, support, relief, and shelter operations on several occasions, including: Camp Fire (2018) Paradise Fire (2018) Mendocino Complex (2017)

Pandemics

During the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, California State Guard members performed humanitarian tasks, such as the assembly, and distribution of: food medical equipment, sheltering tents.

Earthquakes

The California State Guard trains and prepares for natural disasters to include catastrophic earthquakes. California State Guard members play an integral role in the response to earthquakes, safety, and emergency management operations.

Floods

In 2019, California State Guard service members assisted in operations during the Russian River High Water Incident. They also served in 2017, assisting with Oroville Dam evacuations, when portions of the structure crumbled, threatening hundreds of thousands of residents nearby.

Severe Storms

The winter of 2016-2017 was one of the wettest that California had seen in years. California residents throughout the state were at serious risk of flooding and mudslides. California State Guard members were called to prepare local residents with evacuation, support, and emergency shelter.

Featured Service Members

California State Guard members have a rich history of experience, diversity, and compassion. While many come with a background of prior military service, many come as civilians looking to apply their skills to the California State Guard.

Regardless of the path they take, they all share a pride, and passion, to protect California, and its citizens.

SSG (CA) Brian Kirven

79th HHC Support Detachment & former US Marine Corps

Specialist (CA) Ana Quintanilha

California State Guard Medic / EMT – MA

COL (CA) Kirk Sturm

Professor at CAL Poly and Commander of the Military Museum Command

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