Frontline News spotlights the Soldiers of the Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF)
and their contributions to the state and its communities. The GSDF is a
component of the Georgia Department of Defense, along with the
Georgia Air National Guard and Georgia Army National Guard.
Ready to Serve!
The History of Volunteer Training Site – Catoosa
Georgia State Defense Force Col. Don Lankford Speaks About the Origins of GSDF's Involvement
Pfc. Dennis Pham is in the Right Place, at the Right Time, with the Right Knowledge
Soldiers Earn the Award of Merit from the Crown Prince of the Nation of Laos and the Royal Lao Airborne After Rescuing a Stranded Paratrooper
Georgia State Defense Force Soldiers to Compete in Nationally Renowned Andrew Sullens Marksmanship Competition | Brunswick Ammunition Manufacturer Makes Donation
Command Sgt. Maj. Rod Akers, co-founder of the Georgia State Defense (GSDF) 1ST Engineer Battalion, retires.
Soldiers graduate the basic leadership course, now ready to service as NCO's
Soldiers conclude a field training exercise in Tunnel Hill, Georgia.
General Brig. Gen. Mark D. Gelhardt Sr. delivers Memorial Day speech at the Marietta National Cemetery
Sen. Rick Williams and Rep. Karen Mathiak Thank Soldiers for their Service
GSDF conducts Initial Entry Training (IET) in Ellenwood, Georgia
Soldiers train with amid simulated smoke during a 3 day training exercise
Georgia State Defense Force Commanding General Brig. Gen. Mark D. Gelhardt Sr. delivers a Memorial Day address.
GSDF Brigadier General Delivers Address, GSDF Soldiers Support Observances
Soldiers Conduct Walking Patrols During The Big Shanty Festival
An Interview with 1st Lt. Guillermo Sadir, Branch Chief, GSDF Recruiting
Maj. Clark Howard retires after serving 21 years in the Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) during a ceremony held at Georgia National Guard headquarters, Clay National Guard Center, Marietta, Ga., Jan. 7, 2023. Maj. Howard, a well-known syndicated media personality, inspired one-third of the GSDF Force to join its ranks.
Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick O’Leary retired as Command Sergeant Major of the Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF), November 5, 2022, after spending 48 years in uniform. Command Sgt. Maj. O’Leary is a U.S. Army veteran. He served 26 years and 7 months in the Army. In 2000, he joined the GSDF. He served 22 years in the GSDF.
Soldiers pratice for real world disasters with amateur radio operators.
Ready Reserve Commander Loves a Challenge
Hurricane Season 2022
GSDF Continues a Memorial Day Tradition
Georgia State Defense Force Appoints New Historian
1st Brigade Holds Annual Training and Best Soldier Competition
Basic Officer Leadership Course Graduation
Alpha Class Leads!
Georgia State Defense Force: COVID-19 Pandemic Response—Feeding South Georgians
Georgia State Defense Force Soldiers Serve Up a Win During Community Cook Off
Charlie Class Graduation Personifies Perseverance
Pickens County Search and Rescue Mission
GSDF Responds To Hurricane Matthew
GSDF Supports Hurricane Relief In Augusta
Annual Training 2016
GSDF Joins Multiagency Training Exercise
Real-World Readiness: GSDF Soldiers Erect 50-Patient Mobile Field Hospital
New Officers Graduate From Officer Candidate School
TRADOC Graduates Soldier Leadership Course Class
Water Survival Training
Captain Judson Hill's Service to State and Country
GSDF’s Largest Brigade Positioned to Continue Legacy of Excellence
Latest News from the Chaplain Corps
No Greater Love
GSDF Soldiers Join Memorial Day Observance Honoring the Fallen
Georgia State Defense Force Supports Military-Civilian Event
LAKE LANIER, Buford, Ga. March 19, 2016 – Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) Soldiers debarking a boat at the scene of a mock airplane crash area during the Lake Lanier Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX). The GSDF, Civil Air Patrol, and United States Coast Guard Auxiliary participated in this Multi-Agency Search and Rescue Mission. Georgia State Defense Force photo by Sgt. Kennedy
Command and Staff Course Graduation
Georgia State Defense Force Receives Multiple Mentions in State Guard Association’s National Newsletter
Soldiers Recognized for Life-Saving Actions
Members of the GSDF gather near the National Guard-themed rug at Clay National Guard Center. The rug is displayed in the GSDF headquarters building.
National Wreaths Across America Day
IET Charlie Class: One Of The Best
Search and Rescue: Mission Accomplished
The Great Assault on Kennesaw Mountain 5K
GSDF Supports Hurricane Relief Efforts
Military Police Field Training Exercise
GSDF Soldiers Support State Marksmanship Clinic
Getting Out, Being Seen, Spreading the Word
CSM Parmenter Retires After 10 years of Service
Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Ago
Soldier proud to serve the Georgia State Defense Force
Georgia Army National Guard Commander Promoted
GSDF Soldiers Recognized By State Command Sergeant Major
Simmons Promoted to Brigade Command Sergeant Major
GSDF Provides Support To 78th Aviation Troop Command
TRADOC Change of Command
Warrior Task Training Award
Brigade Commander Speaks To Rotary Club
1st Brigade Georgia State Defense Force participates in Defender Northwest
GSDF Medical Emergencies Training
New Funeral Honor Guard Members
Operation Patriot Bandoleer
Fourth Batallion/First Brigade Lends a Memorial Day Hand
Third Battalion/First Brigade Carry the Colors on Memorial Day
Memorial Day 2015
GSDF Soldiers Participate In Some Gave All 5K
Operation Roughrider Colt
IET Alpha Class Graduation
First Aid Recertification
Georgia State Defense Force Award
BLANKETS CREEK PARK, Canton, Georgia, March 28, 2015, By PV2 Michael Chapman – Members of the Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) were recently called upon to support the 2nd Annual Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation Half Marathon and Ruck Run.
FLORENCE REGIONAL AIRPORT, Florence, S.C., March 11, 2015, By 2LT Allan Hayes –Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) troops played key roles in training and assisting Georgia Army National Guard (GAANG) soldiers with transportation, communications, and maintenance operations during a simulated disaster drill March 6-11 in Georgetown, South Carolina.
PINE MOUNTAIN, Georgia, March 13, 2015 – On March 8, 2015, members of the Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) Headquarters, 4th Battalion, 5th Brigade conducted Search and Rescue Training in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
YELLOW RIVER PARK, Snellville, GA, March 8, 2015, By SGT Lisa Kennedy – Francis Bacon said, “Knowledge is Power.” Soldiers of the Third Battalion / First Brigade trained day and night at their recent Field Training Exercise
CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Georgia, November 2, 2014, By SGT Lisa Kennedy - Over 50 missions, ten of those OPFORs totaling 38 days.
GEORGIA GARRISON TRAINING CENTER, Fort Stewart, Georgia, February 25 – March 1, 2015, By 2LT Ted Burzynski – Soldiers from the Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) provided support to the Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG) Marksmanship Unit during the 2nd Annual Andrew Sullens Marksmanship Competition.
CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Georgia, January 26, 2015, By PV2 Michael Chapman The Georgia General Assembly designated January 26, 2015 as National Guard Day at the State Capitol.
Public Affairs Office Holds First Drill Of 2015
CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Georgia, January 10, 2015, By PV2 Michael Chapman - The Public Affairs Office (PAO) of the Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) held its first drill of 2015 on Saturday, January 10.
Color Guard Serves at Toys for Tots Event
A Heart Large Enough
1st Brigade Wins McGuinn Cup
Successful Exercise at 2014 Annual Training
Soldiers Receive Civil Disturbance Training
UPARs Train With Georgia DOD
GSDF Soldiers Earn the Georgia Commendation Medal
GSDF at Georgia State Capitol
Joint Training Exercise Proves To Be Great Success
GSDF Troops Get High Praise from BG John King
GSDF Soldiers Conduct Warrior Task Testing for Georgia Army National Guard
1st Brigade’s 4th Battalion Rises to New Heights
Exercise Provides Essential Land Navigation Training
GSDF Library Display Encourages Recruitment
Third Battalion Welcomes Home Wounded Soldier
Opposing Force Training
911th Support Battalion Helps Units of the 78th Homeland Response Force
Henry County EMA Conducts Exercise with Georgia State Defense Force
The warm temperatures and mountainous terrain did not slow down training for members of the Third Battalion when they held a weekend-long Field Training Exercise (FTX) along with the rest of the First Brigade during their March drill.
Do You Know Our History?
CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, GA, February 3, 2013, By CPL Eric Tedder - In 1733, James Oglethorpe established Georgia, the thirteenth American colony.
CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Georgia, November 5, 2012, By SGT Lisa Kennedy – Under the leadership and guidance of LTC Michael Hayden, the Third Battalion has been named “Battalion of the Year” for the First Brigade. This honor is based on a number of criteria including the unit's knowledge, skills, strengths, and contributions to the Georgia State Defense Force. Known as the “Thundering Third”, the battalion is based in Monroe, Georgia and operates in a 17 county area of northeast Georgia.
2012 Annual Training Exercises
GEORGIA GARRISON TRAINING CENTER, Hinesville, Georgia, November 4, 2012, By 2LT Allan Hayes – COL Lou Coroso, overall commander for Annual Training, addresses troops at the final formation of Annual Training. The exercises ran from 29 October to 04 November 2012.
CPL Muth documents the vital statistic of the casualty prior to extraction. Also pictured MSG Sperin (76th SPT BDE) and CPT Waters (3BN 5BDE). Photo and Story by SGT Ted Burzynski
CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Georgia, November 3, 2012, By SGT Lisa Kennedy – Third Battalion soldiers SSG Jason Loefer and PVT Benjamin Ankrah search in heavy foliage for a missing airplane during a training exercise at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The search and rescue exercise was part of the 2012 Georgia State Defense Force Annual Training.
CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Georgia, July 14, 2012, By WO1 Jim Zegers – Troops from the Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) Public Affairs Office assisted in a MOC (Media Operations Center) Training Exercise with the 124th MPAD (Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) from the Georgia National Guard.