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  • 1. Georgia State The GSDF provides directly, and makes available through other Defense Force resources, a wide variety of training and educational opportunities, from military When ordered by the Adjutant operations to community emergencyGeneral, the Georgia State Defense response team training for its personnel.Force (GSDF) provides an organized, The strong working relationshiptrained, disciplined, rapid response, with both the Georgia Army and Airuniformed force. GSDF volunteers National Guard allows the GSDF torespond to needs and emergency remain relevant and ready to serve thesituations as defined by the Adjutant state and its citizens, now and long intoGeneral or the Governor, and assist the future. Brig. Gen. Jerry Bradfordlocal authorities where such missions do It has been said, “The spirit of Commanding Generalnot conflict. The Georgia State Defense patriotism burns brightest in the heart of Ga. State Defense ForceForce is authorized under the Official the volunteer.” Throughout our nation’sCode of Georgia, Title 38, and serves at history, it is that spirit of volunteerismthe will of the Governor and under the which has made America and its citizensdirection of the Adjutant General. strong. Prior-service veterans comprise That spirit burns no brighter than inapproximately 33 percent of the GSDF the citizens of the state of Georgia and,force. State Defense Force members most particularly, in those who serveact as a force multiplier to the Ga. in the Georgia State Defense Force.DoD, capable of immediate response These outstanding Americans serve thewhen called upon and assisting with Department of Defense and our felloweverything from search and rescue Georgians without compensation ormissions, to disaster relief efforts, to reward. The men and women of thehelping reunite redeploying Guardsmen Georgia State Defense Force epitomizewith their families. the fullest definition of “civil servant.” When called upon, the GSDFprovides a variety of support functionsfor the Georgia National Guard includingfamily support, legal assistance,medical and chaplaincy support, andtechnical assistance in a variety of areasincluding information technology andcommunications, emergency supportteams and in other specialized areas. The GSDF performs defensesupport to civil authority missionssuch as evacuation and control duringnatural disasters, perimeter safety, andmedical assistance at major publicevents. It also maintains liaison witha variety of local emergency, lawenforcement, and homeland securityagencies. Additionally, the GSDF canassist in military data recording and canassist GEMA with manning emergencyoperations centers.27 | Georgia Department of Defense
  • 2. Georgia State Defense Force members practicetheir search and rescue skills during one of theirmonthly drill sessions. 2011 Annual Report | 28

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