Georgia SDF Ensures Emergency Communications Work Everywhere, Even in the Mountains

Last month The Georgia State Defense Force conducted their 2022 Annual Training. The training involved a library of courses and training including Search & Rescue, Evacuating casualties from Black Hawk helicopters, Medical training, as well as Emergency Communications. Most State Defense Forces have been assigned the mission of Emergency Communication by The The Adjutant General of the State (Senior National Guard General). This mission involves the force to quickly setup an emergency communication network throughout the state so if the cellular network and/or internet looses functionality the National Guard can still communicate to its troops in every corner of the State.

In order to ensure communications work in every part of Georgia, The Georgia State Defense Force teamed up with the Georgia Amateur Radio Emergency Service to test radio and satellite communications in the Appalachian Mountains.

Here are a few articles regarding the training mission:

GSDF Soldiers Test Radio and Satellite Communications

By Maj. Gregory Douds

Unit Public Affairs Representative


The Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) worked with the Georgia Amateur Radio Emergency Service to test radio and satellite communications in the north Georgia mountains on September 24, 2022. See page 6 of the Amateur Radio Relay League Georgia Section newsletter for details.


GSDF annual training occurred at Volunteer Training Site Catoosa, Tunnel Hill, Ga., September 22-25, 2022.


This portion of the annual training demonstrated that GSDF can maintain mission-critical communications via email, internet, and radio under adverse conditions when deployed to support the people of the state of Georgia during urban and wilderness search and rescue missions, adverse weather events, like hurricanes and tornadoes, and other humanitarian relief efforts.


The GSDF is an all-volunteer military component of the Georgia Department of Defense, along with the Georgia Air National Guard and Georgia Army National Guard.


Men and woman age 18 to 65 are eligible to join us in service. (Special age considerations are available upon request.)


Prior military experience is not necessary—we’ll train you.


Call 770-750-4232.





Here is an article from the Georgia Amateur Radio Emergency Service:

Source: Georgia State Defense ForceGeorgia Amateur Radio Emergency Service

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