Monday, June 11, 2012

The Battle of Secessionville: Defense in depth and a failure of reconnaissance


By 1st Lt. William Carraway
Media Relations Officer, Public Affairs Office
June 11, 2012

In June 1862, Charleston S.C. was a prime target, both symbolically and strategically. With Forts Sumter, Moultrie, and others guarding the water approach, the Union Army would have to negotiate a network of Confederate earthworks if they were to attempt to seize Charleston by land. 

Major General David Hunter, a 35-year veteran, had served in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican-American War. Emboldened by his success at Ft. Pulaski, where rifled cannons had overwhelmed the fort’s masonry structure, Hunter landed two Union divisions on the southern tip of James Island south of Charleston. Hunter planned to move north, flank the harbor defenses, and sever the railroad west of Charleston, the town’s sole remaining supply line. If successful, the Union would have a base of operations to launch strikes into the heart of the Confederacy.

Preparing our families is one of our duties as Guardsmen


By Maj. John Alderman,
State Public Affairs Officer, Georgia National Guard
June 11, 2012

Would you be prepared if gravity suddenly reversed itself?

I know being prepared for emergencies is part of being a good Guardsman, but every time I approach the topic of getting my family ready for emergencies, it seems like I eventually get into such a series of what-ifs that it becomes harder to visualize exactly what I should be doing to prepare. What checklist do I use? What emergencies should we prepare for first? How do we keep spare change from falling out of our pockets if gravity really does reverse?

Paralysis by analysis? Maybe. But whatever the reason, I’ve set out to do better by attacking this elephant one bite at a time.

I’ve considered where we are as a family, and what we should do immediately to meet basic readiness guidelines – and what we can do continuously to improve that readiness over time. So we’re going to follow this plan: assemble basic emergency supplies, confirm some basic emergency plans, and set our family’s proper attitude toward preparedness.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

48th BSTB takes on officer professional development

By Lt. Col. John “Opie” Davis
Commander, 48th Brigade Special Troops Battalion
June 4, 2012

As Commander of the 48th Brigade Special Troops Battalion Commander, I, along with Command Sergeant Major Roy Marchert, recently conducted an internal Officer Professional Development session at Clay National Guard Center. The intent was to educate, mentor, coach, and develop Company Commanders and Battalion Staff on how the State Headquarters interacts with major commands (MACOMs) and National Guard Bureau.

The session supplements the training company commanders receive when taking command, and provides interaction with each of the designated personnel: G-1 and State Education officer, G-3, G-4, G-5, G-8, USPFO, Warehouse, CFMO, Recruiting and Retention, Maj. Gen. Butterworth (Georgia's Adjutant General), Maj. Gen. Moore (Georgia Air National Guard Commander) and Brig. Gen. Jarrard (Assistant Adjutant General - Georgia Army National Guard).

This unique officer professional development gave the 48th BSTB company commanders and battalion staff the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how the Georgia Army National Guard interacts with MACOMs and NGB, and works to prepare and train the Soldiers and Airmen of the state of Georgia.