California State Military Department
The California State Military Museum
Part of the Museum Systems of the United States Army and United States Air Force
Preserving California's Military Heritage
Sergeant Major Doris J. Drennan
Educational and Conference Facility
On 2 January 2008, the California State Military Museum opened the Sergeant Major Doris J. Drennan Educational and Conference Facility. Located on the museum's second floor, the facility is available for public use.
Facility Specifications
  • Size: 28 feet x 35 feet
  • Access: Private entry via stairwell. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible through the museum
  • Dedicated restroom.
  • Seating

  • Classroom seating with tables: 40
  • Lecture seating without tables: 75
  • Facility Rental Fees

  • $50 per hour during museum hours, including set up time.
  • $75per hour outside museum business hours.
  • $250 per day for rentals for than 8 hours. $1,400 per week (seven days). Includes equipment use.
  • Corporate members receive discounts for facility rentals. Go the the memberships page for further details.
  • Equipment Rental Fees

  • Ceiling mounted PowerPoint projector. Customer responsible for bringing their own laptop computer $25 per day rental.
  • 37-in flat screen television with VHS and DVD player. $50 per day.
  • Overhead projector. $15 per day
  • Table top telephone conference set: $15 per day
  • 30-cup coffee pot: $10 per day
  • Other Information

  • Catering, including coffee service, is the responsibility or the customer.
  • Non-governmental users must present a bond or proof of insurance prior to rent.
  • Any permits required by the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control is the responsibility of the customer.
  • Public partisan political events are not allowed. Request for non-public political events will be reviewed by the California State Military Department.
  • Organizations that would reflect badly upon the museum, the California State Military Department, the Armed Forces of the United States or allied nations, and or the governments of the State of California or the United States are not allowed. Museum reserves the right to refuse a request.
  • The site is part of a National Guard Armory and as such entry constitutes consent to search and seizure.
  • Several dining options are within walking distance.
  • Within walking distance of the Embassy Suites and the Holiday Inn.
  • Free, wireless, and unsecured internet avaible.

    Conference Configuration
    Reception Configuration
    This facility has been funded in part by grants from:
    2010 Sponsor
    2011 and 2012 Sponsors

    Sergeant Major Doris J. Drennan

    Sergeant Major Doris Jeanne Drennan was born in Denver, Colorado, on 26 March 1930 and enlisted in the Navy Air Reserve on 29 March 1969 at the Naval Air Station, Alameda, California. On 29 March 1973, Sergeant Major Drennan left the Navy Air Reserve and enlisted in the United States Army Reserve (USAR) and was assigned to the 6211th United States Army Garrison, Camp Roberts, California. During this period, she was promoted to Staff Sergeant. In 1974, Sergeant Major Drennan enlisted in the California Army National Guard as a member of the 111th Area Headquarters at Camp San Luis Obispo, California.

    On 8 July 1975, Sergeant Major Drennan was promoted to Sergeant First Class and in June 1977, she was attached to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion (Mechanized), 159th Infantry Regiment (Fifth California Infantry) as the Personnel Sergeant. In May of 1979, Sergeant Major Drennan was transferred to the Army National Guard Training Site, Camp Roberts, California, as the Personnel Management Supervisor. In 1981, Sergeant Major Drennan was promoted to Master Sergeant and transferred to the Office of the Adjutant General in Sacramento as the Personnel Data Analyst for the newly implemented Standard Installation Division Personnel System (SIDPERS). On 16 March 1989, Sergeant Major Drennan was promoted to Sergeant Major, becoming the first woman in the California Army National Guard to attain that rank.

    On 31 March 1990, after a long and outstanding career, Sergeant Major Drennan separated from the California Army National Guard and joined the USAR Control Group (Retired). Sergeant Major Drennan passed away on 4 October 2007 at the age of 77 in Reno, Nevada

    Sergeant Major Drennan's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, California Service Medal (2nd Award), California Enlisted Excellence Ribbon (3rd Award), California Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), California Commendation Medal (2nd Award) and California Governor's Outstanding Unit Citation.

    Updated 17 November 2011

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