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State Guard

Tennessee State Guard

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

Headquarters, Headquarters Company

CW2 Louis DeMarco
615-512-4963
tnsg.hhc.recruiter@tnstateguard.org

3rd Regiment:  Knoxville

2LT David Burroughs
david.burroughs@tnstateguard.org
423-220-9334

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

SSG David Wood 
david.wood.tnsg@gmail.com
423-608-7886

4th Regiment:  Chattanooga

CPL Richard Tatum
tnsg.4th.recruiter@tnstateguard.org
423-544-7686

CPT Tad Wintermeyer
tnsg.4th.mems@tnstateguard.org
423-355-1171

 

State Guard Public Affairs:

CPT Steven Estes
816-383-0745
tnsg.hhc.pao@tnstateguard.org

 

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