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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.

Tennessee State Guardsmen in formation

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

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COL Charlie Shinn





CSM Dennis Ward




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 Courses for State Guard Members.

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Tennessee State Guardsmen
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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

1st Regiment, Tennessee State Guard Map

Recruiting Officers:


MAJ Larry Smith - Paris, TN

Email: lsmith@lismith.com

Phone: 731-336-7351


1SG George Richardson - Memphis, TN

Email: pmmrgeorge@msn.com

Phone: 901-277-2150

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

2nd Brigade Support Team, Tennessee State Guard Map

Recruiting Officers:


MAJ Richard Shanks-Nashville

Email: shanks.tnsg@gmail.com

Phone: 615-939-3260


SSG Larry Moulton- Nashville

Email:  llmoulton1@gmail.com

Phone: 615-336-6778

3rd Regiment, Tennessee State Guard - HQ:  Knoxville

3rd Regiment, Tennessee State Guard Map

Recruiting Officers:


CPT Renee Follum

Email: rchagnon@utk.edu

Phone: 865-256-4926


SSG Derrick Kite

Email:  KITE2710@charter.net

Phone:  423-258-8347


2LT James Sells

Email: jimsells@btes.tv

Phone:  423-323-5129


4th Regiment, Tennessee State Guard - HQ:  Chattanooga

4th Regiment, Tennessee State Guard Map

Recruiting Officers:


1LT Tad Wintermeyer

Email:  tad@wintermeyerlaw.com

Phone:  423-355-1171


CPL Kenneth Rankin

Email:  kenrankin34@hotmail.com

Phone: 706-263-0693




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




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