State Guard

A Tennessee State Guard patch.

The Tennessee State Guard, which is the all-volunteer arm of the Tennessee Military Department, is headquartered in Nashville and consists of approximately 250 personnel,  It is authorized by Tennessee Code Annotated 58-1-401.


Mission:
The purpose of the Tennessee State Guard is to provide a professional complement of personnel to support the State mission of the Tennessee National Guard, by assisting the Tennessee Army National Guard as a force multiplier, and at the direction of the Adjutant General, to assist civil authorities with disaster relief, humanitarian causes, ceremonial service, religious and medical support for the well being and safety of the citizenry of Tennessee.


Requirements to join:

  • Must be a resident of the State of Tennessee
  • Must be between age 18 and 66
  • Must have high school diploma or GED
  • Background check required
  • Prior military service preferred, but not required*.
  • Education requirements for commission
Currently the TNSG is looking for prior-service personnel who received an honorable discharge from any branch of U.S. military. * Civilians will be considered also

Commitment requirements:

  • Drills are held 1 day a month
  • Annual Training 3 days a year
  • TO&E slots available for special-needs veterans
  • No enlistment contracts 

State Guard Recruiters:

1st Regiment:  Jackson

MAJ Larry Smith - Paris, TN
lsmith@lismith.com
731-336-7351

1SG George Richardson - Memphis, TN
pmmrgeorge@msn.com
901-277-2150

2nd Brigade Support Team:  Nashville

1LT Michael Auffinger
michael.auffinger@gmail.com
615-318-5254

SGT Adam Fredette
Adam_Fredette@hotmail.com
585-472-2583

3rd Regiment:  Knoxville

MAJ Larry Edgell 
lprdgell@gmail.com
423-470-0738

SSG Derrick Kite
KITE2710@charter.net
423-258-8347

MAJ James Sells
jimsells@btes.tv
423-646-3134          

4th Regiment:  Chattanooga

PFC Richard D. Tatum
rtatum.tnsg@gmail.com
423-521-9822

CPL Kenneth Rankin
kenrankin34@hotmail.com
706-263-0693

PVT Austin S. Crider
austincritter@yahoo.com
423-458-8991

 

State Guard Public Affairs:

COL Charlie Shinn
615-478-9304
COLShinnG3@gmail.com

CW2 Louis DeMarco
615-512-4963
ldemarco.tnsg@gmail.com

 

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