Pins Brigadier General
April 17, Brig. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson (center), Deputy Adjutant General,
became the first woman general in the New Jersey National Guard. Her husband
Lt. Col. William "Dr. Buck" Dodson (right) and Brig. Gen. Glenn
K. Rieth (left), The Adjutant General of New Jersey, pin the Brigadier
General star on Col. Falca-Dodson. The ceremony was held at the Training
and Training Technology Battle Lab at Fort Dix. Brig. Gen. Falca-Dodson
was appointed by Governor James E. McGreevey as the Deputy Adjutant General
of New Jersey on Mar. 1, 2002. She previously served as the Commander
of the 108th Medical Squadron, 108th Air Refueling Wing. Photo by Tech.
Sgt. Mark Olsen, 177FW/PA.
Sworn In By Brother
Lt. Anthony W. Perez was sworn in as an officer during a ceremony Feb.
12. What is unusual is that his brother, Capt. Johnny Perez, swore him
in from Fort Wainwright, Alaska (2,888 miles away). The brothers raised
their right hands and completed the oath, and then Capt. Perez watched
as 2nd Lt. Perezs first insignia of rank, once worn by Capt. Perez,
were pinned to his uniform. Compiled by By Spc. Nikki St. Amant, Bayonet
staff. Photo by Sgt. Kim Dooley, Bayonet assistant editor.
Picks Top Troops
Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Adkins (center) presents Staff Sgt. William
D. Collier (left), and Spc. Raymond Ostrowski (right) with the 2004 New
Jersey Army National Guard Outstanding Non-Commissioned Officer and the
2004 New Jersey Army National Guard Outstanding Enlisted Soldier awards.
Staff Sgt. Collier is currently assigned to E Company, 1st Battalion,
114th Infantry Regiment and Spc. Ostrowski serves with A Company, 2nd
Battalion, 102nd Armor. The award's basic criteria includes being or in
the process of being MOS qualified, within Army height and weight standards
and weapons qualified. Once selected, they then compete against other
units within the command, regional and national levels.
To Command Cav
Col. James Rosenberg (right) accepts the 5th Squadron, 117th Cavalrys
colors from Col. Frank Caruso (left), Commander, 50th Brigade, at the
Change of Command ceremony at the Joint Force Headquarters New
Jersey May 2. Col. Michael V. Shute is the outgoing commander. Prior to
taking command, Lt. Col. Rosenberg served in a variety of positions within
the National Guard during his 26 years of service to include: tank platoon
leader, tactical intelligence officer, company commander, battalion intelligence
officer, battalion training officer, personnel officer and brigade personnel
officer. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Declan Callan, NJDMAVA/PA.
Gets New Commander
Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Trainor (right), 50th Armored Brigade, New Jersey
Army National Guard, presents the Brigades colors to (l-r) Col.
Stephen Hines (outgoing commander), Maj. Gen. Joseph Taluto, Commander,
42nd Infantry Division and Lt. Col. Frank Caruso (incoming commander)
during a Change of Command ceremony Apr. 4, at the National Guard Armory
in Lawrenceville. Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Druz, JFHQ-NJ/PA.
Graduate From CGSOC
members of the New Jersey Army National Guard graduated from the United
States Army Command and General Staff Officers Course (CGSOC). The
CGSOC educates field grade officers in the values and practice of the
profession of arms, with emphasis on tactical and operational skills required
for warfighting at the division and corps levels. (Front Row, l-r)
Maj. Deborah Kennedy, Maj. John Metzler and Maj. Theresa Acocella. (Back
Row l-r): Maj. Mark Boogaard, Maj. Robert Jarvis, Maj. Jemal J.
Beale, Maj. William Peace. Not pictured: Maj. Ricci Anderson. Photo Courtesy
Maj. Jemal J. Beale.
Governor James E. McGreevey (right) shakes hands with Lt. Gen. Stephen
Blum (center), Chief, National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C., Apr. 15.
Brig. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth (left), The Adjutant General of New Jersey hosted
the Region 1, Northeast Adjutants General meeting. Ten adjutants general
from across the northeast discussed issues affecting the National Guard.
Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA.
May 14 at 2 p.m., the New Jersey National Guard opened a Family Assistance
Center (FAC) at the National Guard Armory in Woodbury. Cutting the ribbon
are (l-r) Brig. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General of New Jersey;
Heather Altman, Woodbury FAC coordinator; Lt. Col. Tommie Bellamy, Commander,
1st Battalion, 114th Infantry, and Leslie Clark, Mayor of Woodbury. This
was the eighth FAC in New Jersey to be opened to support families of deployed
New Jersey Army National Guardsmen. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA.
On Mar. 13, the annual Command Sergeants Major Seminar was held at the
Training and Training Technology Battle Lab. Back row (l-r): Command Sgt.
Maj. Joseph Tatem, Master Sgt. Tim Maskery, Command Sgt. Maj. James Marshall,
Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Crossley, Command Sgt. Maj. Howard Wright, Command
Sgt. Maj. Jerome Jenkins, Command Sgt. Maj. William Kryscnski, Command
Sgt. Maj. Stephen Barna, Command Sgt. Maj. James Blazakis, State Command
Sgt. Maj. Richard Adkins Jr.; Command Sgt. Maj. David Kenna and Command
Sgt. Maj. Robert Trainor. Front Row (l-r): Command Sgt. Maj. Cora Byrd,
Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Marino, Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Thomas, Command
Sgt. Maj. Eloyd Britt and Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Bammert. Photo by
Staff Sgt. Barbara Harbison, NJDMAVA/PA.
Master Sgt. Joe Burkel, 108th Air Refueling Wing Marksmanship Team, topped
the field at the Highpower Rifle Match at HH Range in Winslow May 16.
Shooting a 474 out of a possible 500 points enabled Master Sgt. Joe Burkel
to walk away with first place honors. The 108th's Marksmanship Team competes
in matches on weekends from March through October. Photo courtesy 108th