California State Guard

Soldiers in Formations

State Military Reserve Symbol

Vision

The CASG is a seamless fully integrated State military operational force enhancing the civil support and federal readiness of the California Military Department and our interagency partners.

Mission

Organize, train, equip, deploy, and employ our Airmen, Soldiers, and Sailors, to deliver integrated staff, enhanced federal readiness, civil support, and historical contribution capabilities to the California Military Department, interagency partners, and the Governor.

Core Competencies

The California State Guard (CASG) is made up of primarily non paid members who train and serve the State in a military capacity. CASG members are also subject to call for Emergency State Active Duty (ESAD) by the Governor. When called to emergency duty, CASG members are compensated in accordance with State law and policy. CASG core competencies include medical, legal, liaison, operations, wildfire suppression support, maritime, and other civil support capabilities. The CASG also operates the California Military Museum Program offering important historical capabilities to the people of California. Additionally, the CASG also trains with and enhances the federal readiness of the California National Guard.

​If you are interested on learning more about the CASG please contact the CSMR at 916-854-4258 or our toll free line at 1-866-526-4543.

Major General Jay M Coggan Commanding General California State Military ReserveMajor General Jay M Coggan
Commanding General
California State Guard

Command Sergeant Major Daniel M. DeGeorge California State Military ReserveCommand Sergeant Major Daniel M. DeGeorge
Command Sergeant Major
California State Guard

Commanding General

In addition to serving as the Commanding General of the California State Guard, Major General (CA) Jay M. Coggan currently serves as the Chief Counsel – Cyber Operations for the California Military Department. In this capacity, he is responsible for legal issues in the realm of cyber defense for the California National Guard’s mission of defense support of civil authorities, and the protection of California’s critical infrastructure.

Prior to taking command of the California State Guard, Major General Coggan was the Commander of the State Guard’s Legal Support Command. As a designated subject matter expert by the California National Guard and National Guard Bureau regarding the (SCRA) Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and issues affecting deploying service members, he regularly briefed and trained Judge Advocate General (JAG) officers of all service branches, both in California and around the country.

Major General Coggan has been on State Active Duty since 2011, and other previous assignments included Staff Judge Advocate for Youth & Community Programs Task Force, and Command Judge Advocate for Camp San Luis Obispo.

Major General Coggan grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Connecticut, but left school in 1967 and enlisted in the United States Navy. Major General Coggan was trained as a combat air crewman, and during his service he was deployed with Navy Patrol Squadron One for three tours to Vietnam.

After returning from active service, Major General Coggan completed his college education in Connecticut, and then moved to California to attend law school.

He has been practicing law since 1979, and has been licensed in California, New York, and the District of Columbia. He is further admitted to practice before numerous United States District Courts in California, New York, Michigan, and Colorado and several Circuit Courts. The primary emphasis of his legal practice was business litigation with a focus in the areas of intellectual property and technology. 

Major General Coggan’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, United States Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (w/bronze star), Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action First Class Palm Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (w/two bronze stars), Vietnam Campaign Medal, California Legion of Merit, California Medal of Merit (w/two oak leaf clusters), California Commendation Medal, California Achievement Medal, California Service Medal, and the California State Service Ribbon.

Senior Enlisted Advisor

Command Sergeant Major DeGeorge enlisted in the United States Army May of 1983, serving as an Artilleryman for almost 11 years with duty locations in Germany, Korea, Kuwait and various locations throughout the United States.  In December 1993, he was Honorably Discharged as Sergeant.

In the spring of 2000, Command Sergeant Major DeGeorge reenlisted in the California Army National Guard (CA ARNG) as an artilleryman, joining the full-time State Active Duty force later that fall.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major in 2010.  He has served in numerous challenging positions including Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) Veteran Honors Program; Senior Chaplain Assistant California National Guard; Joint Staff Sergeant Major; Strategic Communications Sergeant Major; Military Department Sergeant Major; and Man Power and Personnel (J1) Sergeant Major for the California Military Department.

In 2014, Command Sergeant Major DeGeorge retired from the CA ARNG and immediately enlisted in the California State Guard.  Command Sergeant Major DeGeorge served in training command and was the senior chaplain’s assistant prior to his selection as Command Sergeant Major of the California State Guard in 2017.

Command Sergeant Major DeGeorge is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Chaplain’s Assistant Course, and Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course.  Command Sergeant Major DeGeorge holds qualifications in Air Assault, Strong Bonds and ASIST Training for Trainers.

Command Sergeant Major DeGeorge’s awards include:  Legion of Merit; California Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal, with one Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal, with one Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Achievement Medal, with six Oak Leaf Clusters and Air Force Achievement Medal, and Southwest Asia Medal, and Order of Saint Barbara.

Command Sergeant Major DeGeorge is married to his wife Jenivee and has six children, Katherine, Daniel Jr., Thomas, Sierra, Alexia, Bella and eight grandchildren.