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The J9 Directorate is a diverse group of professionals with distinctive skill sets that form the center of gravity to enhance our Guard families’ circle of life;  We are dedicated to providing guidance and direct actions that will produce healthy life choices and promote resiliency within our Guard family.

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What is J9?

Family Assistance Centers


A Family Assistance Center provides a "one-stop shopping” & resource to help family members cope with any issue they encounter as a military dependent.  MORE...

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J9 Director,

LTC Bobby Graves

Phone: 877-311-3264


J9 Deputy Director,

MAJ Tim Roberts

Phone: 615-347-9372


J9 Senior Enlisted Advisor,

1SG Carrie Knott

Phone: 615-313-0683


Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP)


Sexual Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) and Victim Advocates are available at all major DoD installations to assist victims (survivors) of sexual assault. SHARP serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim (survivor) care 24/7, 365 days a year.   MORE...

TRICARE Health Insurance


The TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance is an insurance that all active drilling guard members may purchase for themselves and their families if needed.  Military Technicians are not eligible to enroll in this benefit because they are eligible for insurance under the FEHB Health Insurance Program.    MORE...

Yellow Ribbon Program


The Yellow Ribbon Program was established by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, Section 582, which required the National Guard and Reserve Forces to establish a national combat veteran reintegration program.   MORE...

Combat Casualty Relief Fund


The Combat Casualty Relief Fund (CCRF) has been established to offer assistance to Soldiers/Airmen and their families as a means to offset financial hardships incurred as a result of combat related casualties incurred during a deployment while serving in the Tennessee National Guard.    MORE...

Strong Bonds


Strong Bonds is a unit-based, chaplain-led program which assists commanders in building individual resiliency by strengthening the Army Family.

For more info contact Chaplain (MAJ) Mark Phillips at (615) 313-0746.   MORE...

Spiritual Resiliency


People with spiritual resiliency have a better chance of enduring the pitfalls throughout life and using those experiences to improve their lives.   MORE...

ASAP Army National Guard Substance Abuse Program


 The purpose of the Substance Abuse Program is to deter substance abuse by providing prevention education and referral resources to ARNG Soldiers and by providing Commanders with the tools to assess the security and military fitness of their Unit.  MORE...

Military Child Education Coalition


Our purpose is to provide a unique opportunity for Tennessee Guard youth to attend a quality summer camp that may not otherwise be available to them.   More...

Youth Programs


“To promote and sustain the quality of life and resilience of NG children and youth by providing secure, timely, flexible, high-quality support services and enrichment programs.”   MORE...

Military OneSource


Service members, family members, service providers, and command-welcome to Military OneSource. Policies, procedures, timely articles, cutting-edge social media tools, and support. All in one place, empowering our military community.   More...

Survivor Outreach Services


Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things anyone can go through.  Survivor Outreach Services connects you with people who can move you forward to find strength.


Guard Your Buddy


Guard Your Buddy is a joint effort by the Tennessee National Guard, The Jason Foundation, Inc., and E4 Health to give the men, women, and families in the Tennessee National Guard anytime, anywhere access to critical life resources, on-demand counseling, and on-call suicide prevention.   MORE...

211 Help Line


One of the easiest ways to get help is by dialing 2-1-1, Tennessee’s community services help line. When you call, you’ll get a real person, one who is trained to help you sort out your needs, and then give you phone numbers and addresses of the closest places where you can get help.  MORE...

Ready and Resilient Campaign (R2C)


Ready and Resilient creates a holistic, collaborative and coherent enterprise to increase individual and unit readiness and resilience and to prevent suicide.  MORE...



ESGR promotes employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and assisting in the resolution of conflicts between employers and servicememebrs. It provides employment opportunities by partnering with Yellow Ribbon, public and private entities to train servicemembers and families on resume development, interview process, and job fairs.   MORE...

Paychecks for Patriots


The Tennessee Department of Labor has partnered with Dollar General and several major employers in Tennessee to connect veterans with jobs. The “Paychecks for Patriots” hiring fairs will be held in Tennessee Career Centers throughout the state and will feature local employers interested in putting veterans to work.    MORE...

Courage Beyond


Our mission is to empower warriors and their loved ones to courageously find a healthy and fulfilling life beyond war.  Phone: 866-781-8010    MORE...



eBenefits is a portal; a central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research, find, access, and, in time, manage their benefits and personal information.     MORE...

Military & Family Resource Map


Find National Guard Employment Programs and Family  Assistance Coordinators located throughout the State of Tennessee.   MORE...

Transition Assistance Advisors


Have you just returned from deployment? Do you have a service-related injury

or healthcare issue? Perhaps you're about to retire from service? Our Transition Assistance Advisor will ensure you have a hand to help you receive the benefits you've earned as a result of your service in the National Guard.



Financial Counseling


Whether it's setting up a budget, improving your credit score, or simply having some financial counseling, you can contact Jason Tate (financial counselor) at Joint Force Headquarters.


Phone:  615-313-0780          Email:  tn-pfc1@mflc.zeiders.com


Contact the Joint Public Affairs Office at:  615-313-0633




In Tennessee, if you or another Servicemember you know is in crisis, call (855) 435-7492 for assistance 24 hours a day,  7 days a week.


If this is a sexual assault issue, contact:



M-F 0700-1700hrs


Safe Helpline

(877) 995-5247

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