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Post by 0122358 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:57 pm

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I'll probably skip the IR tags. If I'm in a live fire situation with the WSG, there are a lot bigger problems to worry about! I got two Velcro nametapes, the Washington tape, patrol cap rank and reverse color flag for around $18 with shipping from 1800NAMETAPES.com. About half of the cost as from other online dealers.

Wait? does the WSG do any markmenship training? or is it just disaster response?
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Post by DrGonzo » Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:05 pm

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DrGonzo wrote:I'll probably skip the IR tags. If I'm in a live fire situation with the WSG, there are a lot bigger problems to worry about!
Wait? does the WSG do any markmenship training? or is it just disaster response?
There are a lot of training opportunities within the WSG, but their stated mission is not as an armed force. Hence my comment above. The WSG acts as liaisons within the Emergency Operations Centers and any other duties dictated by the Governor and the Adjutant General.
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Post by DropZedFred » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:59 pm

IR Tags are just for "Cool-factor", nothing else.

Currently there are only Emergency Management positions, but once the empty slots get filled, there will be an MP/Traffic Control branch too.

General Military Training (GMT) topics include small arms, marksmanship and other gun related things.
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Post by DrGonzo » Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:36 pm

Just completed ICS 100b, 200b and 700a. My brain hurts.
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Post by Seacoyote » Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:12 am

headache, right behind the eyes, enough to make a grown man cry, or maybe just me....if this sounds familiar, I would say you just took a bunch of FEMA courses. You got the easy ones out of the way. Good job.

On a side note about opportunities with the WSG. I just got my orders cut to attend training in Denver with the Selective Service System detachment. The National Guard is paying for my flight, rations and lodging. not so bad for us being a volunteer organization. Its not glamourous, no runnin' and gunnin'.... but when this mission is a success (Selective Service System support), word gets back to TAG...more missions and integration with NG happens...its a good thing. After We get back from Denver, there may be opportunities to perform boots on the ground, relevant missions to support the SSS. The detachment commanders and Director have the final say on that. However I am petitioning hard for further support from the WSG.

In 2010 I was in Charleston on business and got the opportunity to drill with the MP unit of the South carolina State Guard in Columbus, while they did MACDIS drills. This was an opportunity that I sought out and drove.

We do have the GIIEP mission, the soldiers selected are working with the NG and coordinating with CAP, free airplane rides, not so bad for a saturday afternoon. See the pictures in the Events section of our website.

restarting our support of Military Funeral Honors at Mt. Tahoma National Cemetary is a mission that is worthwhile, I did that for 1 year. It was moving and entirely relevant to the families that had lost loved ones due to old age or war.

ESGR (Employee Support of the Guard and Reserves) needs support.

There is a need for instructors, mentors, recruiters, folks that can put together a news letter, etc.....

In a small organization there is more need than able bodies.

There are opportunities within the WSG, we just need people to step up and say, I can do that.

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Post by StarDoc » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:03 pm

When is the drill in March?

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3rd and 4th - in two locations.

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Post by The Jinxmedic » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:49 pm

Good training again at the Seattle Armory. How was Camp Murray?

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The Jinxmedic wrote:Good training again at the Seattle Armory. How was Camp Murray?
Brutal, but useful. About 13 hours of class time over a day and a half for ICS 300. Good training, though, and the instructors were great.
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Post by DrGonzo » Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:47 am

Looking forward to tomorrow's drill. Rumor is that there are a few MEMS badges being awarded... :clap:
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Post by DropZedFred » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:09 pm

I'm diggin' mine!
The awards were a big surprise... :shock:
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Post by The Jinxmedic » Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:03 pm

So says "Two Badge Fred"... :lol:

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Post by DropZedFred » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:50 am

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Post by StarDoc » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:02 pm

well, after many years of thinking about it I have decieded to join the WSG, so I will see you all at the Nov drill.

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Post by airmandan » Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:53 pm

So is there any new information about the guard? Everything I've seen online seems a couple years old, and this thread is one of the first to pop up.

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Post by DrGonzo » Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:20 pm

WSG is growing strong and is heavily involved in a lot of different training and emergency management functions, especially during the Oso Mudslide. Recently the WSG Facebook page has been getting updated more often than the website with recent event photos. Visitors are always welcome to attend monthly drills, feel free to email wsgngwa@ng.army.mil to make the arrangements, or PM one of us and we'll put you in contact with a member of the Recruiting Team.

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Post by CQZ Jinxmedic » Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:44 pm

What DrGonzo said-

WSG is very active, and the mission has been growing pretty quickly. The primary mission is still to serve as qualified liaison officers (LNO) at emergency operations centers, but in the past two years we have also added an EMCOM (emergency communications) unit, airborne GIIEP teams (Geospatial Information Interoperability Exportable Portable) for both the east and west sides of the state, and are getting ready to stand up a new medical unit.

I would say we are about 80% prior service, but non-priors get trained up pretty well through the initial entry program. I was pleasantly surprised at how professional WSG is run- and the Commander, Colonel LaRue, is an excellent leader.
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Post by .milFox » Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:35 pm

So how does it work for your retired priors, anyway?

Got a bagful of ICS/NIMS quals and whatnot.

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Post by CQZ Jinxmedic » Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:40 am

You get to keep your previous grade, and then they try to slot you in to where your experiences and background can best be used.

For me, my aircrew background secured me a billet training up our GIIEP crews here on the west side.


Your ICS/NIMS quals give you a head start on your LNO qualification...
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Post by CQZ Jinxmedic » Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:39 am

Also, WSG should be hosting another 2-day Ham radio class soon at Camp Murray. It's a great class, lessons to license in a single weekend. Best part- guests are permitted to take it.

I will post here when I know the dates.
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Post by pasha » Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:33 pm

CQZ Jinxmedic wrote:Also, WSG should be hosting another 2-day Ham radio class soon at Camp Murray. It's a great class, lessons to license in a single weekend. Best part- guests are permitted to take it.

I will post here when I know the dates.
I am very interested in this. I just picked a couple of radios and I'm itching to get started.
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CQZ Jinxmedic wrote:Also, WSG should be hosting another 2-day Ham radio class soon at Camp Murray. It's a great class, lessons to license in a single weekend. Best part- guests are permitted to take it.

I will post here when I know the dates.
Interested.

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Post by CQZ Jinxmedic » Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:55 pm

Still waiting for a date on the next radio class...

There's some internal commo training scheduled for the February drill, but no word yet on the next mass-licensing event. Stay tuned.
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