The Tennessee State Guard is the all-volunteer arm of the Tennessee Military Department.  It is authorized by Tennessee Code Annotated 58-1-401.


The Tennessee State Guard, which is the all-volunteer arm of the Tennessee Military Department, is headquartered in Nashville and consists of approximately 500 personnel

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, but only those in professional occupations such as attorney, physician, engineer, etc.

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



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

Brig. Gen. Kenneth T. Takasaki

Commanding General Tennessee State Guard

Contact the State Guard

COL Charlie Shinn




CSM Dennis Ward



 Courses for State Guard Members.

MEMS Academy Student Handbook.

The Mission of the Tennessee State Guard:


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.

To Contact a Recruiter

To Contact the State Guard:  Media should contact the Public Affairs Directorate with any questions concerning the operations, mission and/or training of the Tennessee State Guard.

1st Regiment, Tennessee State Guard - HQ:  Jackson

Recruiting Officers:


MAJ Larry Smith - Paris, TN


Phone: 731-336-7351


1SG George Richardson - Memphis, TN


Phone: 901-277-2150

2nd Brigade Support Team, Tennessee State Guard - HQ:  Nashville

Recruiting Officers:


MAJ Richard Shanks-Nashville


Phone: 615-939-3260


SSG Larry Moulton- Nashville


Phone: 615-336-6778

3rd Regiment, Tennessee State Guard - HQ:  Knoxville

Recruiting Officers:


CPT Renee Follum


Phone: 865-256-4926


SSG Derrick Kite


Phone:  423-258-8347


2LT James Sells


Phone:  423-323-5129


4th Regiment, Tennessee State Guard - HQ:  Chattanooga

Recruiting Officers:


1LT Tad Wintermeyer


Phone:  423-355-1171


CPL Kenneth Rankin


Phone: 706-263-0693




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

After Hours Support

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