13 August Meeting -
Crisis Management - FEMA and the Military
By: CSM Grady Gayton, USA Retired
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Gayton joined the Army in 1976, following High School. He reported to Ft. Bliss TX for Basic Training and AIT. After graduation, he reported to Fort Campbell KY 1st 502nd Infantry Battalion, 101st Airborne (Air Assault). He attended Air Assault School while assigned to the 101st ABN and participated in multiple exercises both CONUS and OCONUS.
In 1977, he transferred to Hunter Army Air Field with the 24th Infantry Division, as the (16P10), Redeye Runner and Unit ArmorCSM Grady Gayton graduated from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy in 2006 and Excelsior College, Albany, NY with an Associates in Business and Administrative Management, 2012. He has continued his military education completing his Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) and the National Defense University (NDU).Retired from Military 31 Jul 2013, he is now working as an Independent Contractor for Department of Defense and other U.S. Government Agencies.
His most recent military assignment prior to retirement was serving as the CSM for the FEMA Region IV, 78th Homeland Response Force (HRF). The HRF is part of the Title 32 and Title 10 CBRN Enterprise, currently being developed throughout the 10 FEMA Regions. Prior to this assignment, he was the J3/7 Sergeant Major for Joint Forces Headquarters (JFHQ-GA), Georgia Department of Defense where he was responsible for assisting the J3 in advising the Adjutant General (TAG), and the Commander, Joint Task Force Georgia (CJTF-GA) in direction and control of all domestic operations. Between, 2007-2011, CSM Gayton served as the Chair, J3 Senior Enlisted Advisor for FEMA Region IV and the NGB Co-chair for the J3/7 Functional Advisory Council, Senior Enlisted Working Group (SREWG). He served as the Battalion CSM for 1st Battalion 121st Infantry and TF 1st Battalion 108th Armor, during OIF III/IV [Operation Iraqi Freedom].
CSM Gayton will explain the military relationship with FEMA to us, and also speak about the Military to Civilian Transition regarding some of the challenges our young service members face as they transition from years of Combat Operations to either the Low Operational TEMPO within the services or the civilian sector.
A native of Tate, GA, he is married to Beverly of 38 years, and has three children.
Kennesaw Trip Recap
18 July 2014
Twenty-three members and guests rendezvous at the Southern Museum - home of the civil war locomotive "The General". We were escorted by two very knowledgeable guides who explained the exhibits to us, and answered all our questions. We started our tour with a movie about the great locomotive chase of 1862 setting the stage for the rest of our visit.
A good time was had by all, and the visit was topped off with a delicious Bar-B-Que lunch at the Big Shanty Smokehouse.
Stay tuned for future trips currently in the planning stage.