GSDF State Defense Force Act as Friendly Force for Georgia Army National Guard’s 1-54th SFAB *UPDATED

The Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) has been assisting the Georgia Army National Guard’s 1-54th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB). The GSDF acted as the emulating friendly force during this training exercise with The Army National Guard exercises.

During the training exercises, GSDF soldiers dress up as role players and worked hand in hand with the Georgia Army National Guard soldiers from the 1-54th SFAB. By role-playing, the GSDF soldiers enhance the SFAB’s mission to train and advise military forces worldwide. This collaboration allows the SFAB to improve their skills in a realistic environment, preparing them for their global missions where they assist and train foreign security forces. The GSDF’s contribution as emulating a friendly force adds authenticity and challenges the SFAB soldiers to think critically and adapt their tactics accordingly.

The partnership between the Georgia State Defense Force and the Georgia Army National Guard’s 1-54th SFAB is beneficial for both organizations. The GSDF fulfills a crucial mission role, allowing the Army National Guard to add to their training and development. This arrangement ensures that every soldier receives ample training opportunities, enhancing their readiness and effectiveness. Moreover, the additional manpower provided by the GSDF better prepares the SFAB soldiers for their important mission of training and advising foreign security forces worldwide, ultimately contributing to the overall defense capabilities of Georgia.


Maneuver Advisor Team (MAT) 6113 completed their final collective training operation prior to pre-mobilization in order to refine internal and external SOPs when advising partner force staff in a LSCO (large-scale combat operations) environment.
We owe a special thank you to the Georgia State Defense Force for always answering the call to provide outstanding role-players during our operations.



















1-54th SFAB conducted a TCCC refresher course and developed their intel advising skills in a practical exercise during their IDT. 54 SFAB drills quarterly in order to prepare for persistent employment around the world. 54 SFAB provides combatant commanders dedicated personnel who are subject matter experts and resources to train and advise partner forces.


Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) Soldiers, dressed as role players, meet with Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG) Soldiers from the 1-54th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB), Fort Moore, Ga., June 5, 2023.
GSDF Soldiers role play during these exercises, which enhances the SFAB’s mission to train and advise around the globe.
The GSDF is a component of the Georgia Department of Defense, along with the Georgia Air National Guard and the GAARNG.
(Georgia State Defense Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kerry Hatcher)


Sources: Georgia State Defense Force1-54 SFAB Army National Guard54th Security Force Assistance Brigade Army National Guard

** Title and article modified as per requested by Georgia State Defense Force PAO

***Updated Later In the Day per requests by The Georgia State Defense Force PAO

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