Guardlife - Volume 30, No. 3
Compiled by the Guardlife Staff
Carlini Promoted To BG
Col. Frank R. Carlini (center) receives his general's
from his wife Gail (left) and Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth (right)
during a ceremony at the Joint Force Headquarters - New
Jersey (JFHQ-NJ), Fort Dix, Aug. 1. Brig. Gen. Carlini is
the Deputy Commander of the JFHQ-NJ. The General, a
Vietnam combat veteran, enlisted in the New Jersey Army
National Guard in 1975. His previous assignments include:
Operations Officer, 50th Armored Division; Commander,
1st Battalion, 114th Infantry; Executive Officer, 50th Brigade;
Plans, Operations and Training Officer, Commander
of the New Jersey Military Academy; and Chief of Staff for
the New Jersey Army National Guard. Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert
Open For Business
Congressman Frank LoBiondo (center),
District, New Jersey, prepares to cut the ribbon
officially dedicating the new Security Forces and Communications
Complex at the 177th Fighter Wing Sept. 28.
Observing are left to right Brig. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson,
Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, Brig. Gen. Eugene Chojnacki
and Col. Brian Webster, 177th Commander. The 27,000
square foot, $6.3 million facility will enable Communications
Flight and Security Forces to support Air Sovereignty
and Homeland Security missions. It was opened almost
two years to the day of the groundbreaking. Photo by Tech.
Sgt. Mark Olsen, 177FW/PA.
Main Receives Award
Members of B Company, 50th Main Support
Battalion, which is supporting the
1452nd Transportation Company in Iraq,
received certificates of appreciation and
commander’s coins from Brig. Gen. Mark
Hertling, Deputy Commander, 1st Armored
Division, for their support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom II. In addition, the unit has
been authorized to wear the 1st Armor
Division Combat patch. Photo courtesy
1st Lt. Donald McNamara.
Guard Serves Homeless Vets
Second Lieutenant Robert Washburn, Critical
Clinical Nurse, 177th Fighter Wing, discusses case
history with a veteran during a Stand Down at the
Cherry Hill Armory Sept. 24. Members of the New
Jersey Army National Guard assisted with food services,
while New Jersey Air National Guard doctors,
physician assistants and nurses provided medical
services and assisted more than 100 homeless veterans.
The veterans were provided with clothing,
shelter, employment, medical and social services.
Photo by Staff Sgt. Barbara Harbison, NJDMAVA/PA.
Jersey Guardsmen Win Sinai Force Skills
Courtesy DMAVA Highlights
For the first time an Army National Guard
unit has won the Multi-National Forces and Observer’s Force
Skills Competition. And
that unit happens to be New Jersey’s 1st Battalion, 114th
Soldiers from every Company within New
Jersey’s 1st Battalion,
114th Infantry competed in the event. The Competition is similar
Olympics, but with events focusing on soldiers’ skills. Soldiers
out the grueling obstacle course, five-kilometer run, steady
and swim during the physical portion of the competition, and
then had to follow up with the mentally challenging land navigation,
first aid and
general knowledge events.
The Columbian and Fiji Islands battalions
provided the Battalion
the toughest competition with the 1-114th winning by less than
Other contingents included the First Support Battalion, Australian,
British, French, Hungarian, Italian and New Zealand forces.
NJNG Participates In Army
By Maj. Jemal J. Beale, JFHQ-NJ/IG
Even the frigid October morning rain
the 20th Army Ten-Miler from unleashing more
than 16,000 runners into the heart of Washington,
D.C., Oct. 24.
Members of the New Jersey National Guard
Team who completed the event were: Team
Captain Master Sgt. Alex Estrada, RTSM, with a time
of 1:08:19; Staff Sgt. Donald Brandinelli, RTSM,
1:13:37; Sgt. 1st Class Mike Parmigiano, 250th Forward
Support Battalion, 1:15:39; 1st Lt. Sandra Tango,
50th Main Support Battalion, 1:28:29; Master Sgt.
Yvonne McGuire, Joint Force Headquarters–New Jersey,
Inspector General, 1:31:31; Maj. Jemal J. Beale,
Joint Force Headquarters–New Jersey, Inspector General,
1:40:20; Sgt. Sarah Bernal, 50th Main Support
Battalion, 1:42:41 and Staff Sgt. Barbara Harbison,
108th Air Refueling Wing, 1:53:37.
If you’re interested in joining the team please
contact Master Sgt. Estrada at Alexandro.Estrada@nj.ngb.army.mil or Maj. John Sheard at John.Sheard@nj.ngb.army.mil.