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Georgia State Defense Force - 5th Brigade

Welcome to the 5th Brigade.
SEE 5th Brigade Positions Available

Point of Contact for Recruiting Information:
SSG Barnes

LTC George "Robbie" Chavis III, Commanding
Georgia Garrison Training Center
926 Worcester Avenue
Fort Stewart, GA 31314

The 5th Brigade is composed of the:

  • 1st Battalion,
  • 2nd Battalion, Jackson, GA
  • 3rd Battalion, Statesboro, GA
  • Savannah River Detachment, Fort Gordon, Augusta, GA

5th Brigade Headquarters and Command Staff

LTC George "Robbie" Chavis III, Commander
MAJ Bob Surrusco, Executive Officer
CSM Frank Simmons, Command Sergeant Major
SGT Burzynski, S1 (Personnel):
  S-2 (Intelligence and Safety Officer)
SSG Barnes, S-3 (Plans & Operations)
CPT Paul Robards, S-4 (Logistics)
CPT Tukes, S-5 (Planning)
5th Medical Company LTC Eloy E Diaz (MD)
5th Brigade Battalions:  
1st Battalion MAJ James Moore
2nd Battalion 1LT Georgia Ritchie
3rd Battalion MAJ John Morgan

Area of Responsibility by County:

1st Battalion:
Coweta, Crawford, Dooly, Fayette, Harris, Heard, Lamar, Macon, Meriwether, Monroe, Peach, Pike, Spalding, Talbot, Taylor, Troup, Upson

2nd Battalion:
Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Butts, Dodge, Glascock, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Laurens, Pulaski, Putman, Treutlen, Twiggs, Washington, Wilkinson

3rd Battalion:
Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Candler, Chatham, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Jefferson, Jenkins, Liberty, Richmond, Screven


5th Brigade Positions Available

The newly re-organized 5th Brigade is responsible for all GSDF activities south of I-20 and the counties adjacent to and just north of Augusta. The Brigade is growing and taking on new responsibilities throughout Central Georgia. We are looking for good team players to fill the positions listed below. Prior military experience is not required.

Positions available in the Battalions and Companies

 (Positions are available throughout Central Georgia)

Soldiers - Entry level. We need many people, male or female, to join the GSDF and go through our Initial Entry Training program and learn to become hard working soldiers.  Growth opportunities are abundant.

Battalion Commander - Major (O4) or below. Must be a self starter with a high sense of urgency.  The ability, capability and willingness to communicate via email and telephone are required.  Strong interpersonal skills are a must.  Must be a team player and wish for the Battalion and Brigade to exceed expectations.

Battalion Officers - Captains (O3) and Lieutenants.  We have a variety of positions available in several Battalions including operations, training, personnel and supply.

Battalion and Company NCOs - We have tremendous leadership opportunities for NCOs, particularly E6 and below.

Positions available on the 5th Brigade Headquarters Staff

Public Affairs Officer - Can have any officer rank up to Lieutenant Colonel (O5).  Will initiate public relations activities throughout South Georgia including press releases, scheduling of presentations to civic clubs, special projects and coordination of Battalion PAO efforts.  Will work closely with the Brigade Commander and the GSDF PAO and his staff.

Chaplain - See GSDF Regulation 601-2, must meet regulations criteria for direct commission.

Recruiting and Retention Officer - Lieutenant or Warrant Officer to aggressively pursue the recruitment of personnel in South Georgia.  Will work closely with the GSDF Recruiting Officer and his team assigned to the 5th Brigade Area of Responsibility.

Recruiting NCO - E7 and below.  Will work closely with the Recruiting and Retention Officer.

Personnel Admin Sergeant - E7 or below.  Will assist the BDE S1 and Personnel Officer.

Personnel Admin Assistant - E4 or below.

IT Officer - Lieutenant or Warrant Officer. Will create and maintain a Brigade web site that will permit interactive relationships with all units of the 5th Brigade.

Operations NCO - E8 or below. Will work closely with the Assistant S3 (Plans & Operations Officer) to initiate or review Mission Request Forms, Operations Orders, Warning Orders and Fragos.  Will monitor mission activity of the Battalions. Will write or assist with the writing of Brigade FTX and other training scenarios.  Will ensure the operational readiness of all enlisted personnel within the BDE S3 shop.

BDE Schools Commandant - E8 or E7. Will be responsible for the creation of and ongoing operations and effectiveness of Brigade level IET and SLC training.  Will work closely with the Assistant S3 (Training Officer).

Communications and Equipment Operators and NCOs - All levels needed. 

Supply Officer - Major or Captain. Oversee the assets of the 5BDE HQ and ensure the accountability for assets within the battalions.

Property Officer - Lieutenant or Warrant Officer. Assist the Brigade S4 with securing and maintaining Brigade assets and supplies, and ensuring the proper accountability of same.

Positions available in the 5th Brigade Medical Company

Physicians - Any specialty.

Psychologist - CISD/field Mental Health screening.

Veterinarian - For field hygiene and decontamination.

RN and LPN - Any experience.

Treatment Technicians - Medics or Combat Life Savers.

Officers and NCOs - No medical experience required.

To join, transfer or request more information

Contact, or

SSG Barnes, 5th BDE S-3, at



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