Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
Contacting us is easy!
Office of the Assistant Commisioner
COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith
Mrs. Laura A. Branham
Phone: (609) 530-6987
Fax: (609) 530-7109
on the Web!
State Veterans Service
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
New Jersey Freedom Loans
What is a Freedom Loan?
* Up to $10,000
* Annual APR 6%
* Term: 5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
* Unsecured Loan (no collateral required)
Who is eligible to apply?
NJ residents who are:
* Members of the National Guard or Reserve
* Mobilized for one year or longer to fight in the Global
War on Terrorism (GWOT) – excluding routine training.
* Served 90 or more consecutive days in the
GWOT on federal or state active duty (excluding routing training)
and have received orders extending cumulative active duty
a year or longer.
How do I apply?
* Contact participating banks. Call or visit
your local branch office to obtain an application.
* Guardmembers, Reservists, or family members with Power of
Attorney must submit copies of current mobilization orders
with the bank’s Freedom Loan application.
Union of NJ
609-538-4061, ext. 401
Morris Bank & Trust
April Fool’s Day
quite true there's
a fool born every minute.
It's also quite true they
die that fast."
Daylight Saving Time begins
forward – Fall back.
Daylight Saving Time begins for
most of the United States at 2 a.m. this Sunday, 3 April
2005. All of your clocks should
be turned forward an hour, effectively moving an hour of
daylight from the morning to the evening.
|Welcome Home Ceremony held for Headquarters
On 24 March 2005, the NJ National Guard conducted a Welcome
Home ceremony for the HQs 50th Brigade at the Lawrenceville
Armory. Brig Gen Maria Falca-Dodson, the Deputy Adjutant
General, officially welcomed home the soldiers of the 50th
Brigade who deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of
Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Congressman Rush Holt, Lawrence
Township Mayor Pamela Mount, families, friends, fellow National
Guard soldiers and airmen, the local community, and DMVA
employees expressed their appreciation of these soldiers
with a tremendous showing of support. The NJ National Guard
is extremely proud of these soldiers! Their performance and
dedication to duty is in keeping with the highest traditions
of military service. Welcome Home!
“Faces of the Fallen” exhibit
opens in Washington, DC.
A new exhibit named “The Faces of the Fallen” opened
at the Women in the Military Service For America Memorial
at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery. Two hundred
artists from across the nation were commissioned to do three
or four portraits of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan
in the Global War on Terrorism. More than 1300 portraits
have been completed for this exhibition. The portraits were
all 6x8 inches, however, each artist was free to do their
own interpretation. Some portraits were done in oil, some
in watercolors, others were black and white renditions, while
still others were accomplished in three dimensions in tin
or ceramic. Portraits of the NJ National Guard’s four
fallen heroes are to be included in the exhibition. On the
evening of 22 March, a dedication ceremony was held as the
exhibit was opened to the families and invited guests. The
exhibit opened to the public on Wednesday, 23 March, and
will remain open until Veterans Day, 11 November 2005. BG & Mrs.
Frank Carlini represented MG Glenn K. Rieth and the NJ Army
National Guard at the dedication ceremony, where speakers
included Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard
Meyers and Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor.
At the conclusion of the exhibition, the families will receive
the portraits of their loved ones. All of the portraits can
be viewed on the web at www.facesofthefallen.org.
Legislation creates World War II Memorial Fund.
On March 28, 2005, Acting Governor Richard
J. Codey signed Senate Bill No. 2365 into law, creating
the World War II
Veterans Memorial Fund and allowing the Adjutant General
and Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs to proceed with
private fundraising for the project. Presently scheduled
for completion by Memorial Day 2006, New Jersey’s monument
to “The Greatest Generation” will be constructed
across from the State House in Trenton. A dedication ceremony
is being planned for this fall and financial donations, both
from within and without the department, are encouraged. Please
contact the Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs at 609-530-7045
or the Director of Veterans Services at 609-530-7049 for
DMVA welcomes new Director of Veterans Services.
Mr. Gary Englert joined DMVA’s staff as the new Director
of Veterans Services on Monday, 21 March 2005. Gary is a
highly decorated Vietnam veteran who served with the 23rd
Infantry Division (Americal). Long involved with veteran’s
issues, he is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
and the Vice-Commander VFW Post 376 in West Orange, New Jersey.
Prior to his appointment as director, he was the Superintendent
of Public Property for the Township of West Orange.
Acting Governor Codey announced TOPOFF 3 mock terror exercise.
“The public needs to know that an exercise is going
on.” Acting Governor Richard J. Codey announced this
week that NJ would test its domestic security preparedness
at all levels by participating in TOPOFF 3, a full-scale,
national terrorism response exercise that will take place
TOPOFF, short for Top Officials, is a
Congressionally mandated exercise sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security’s
Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness.
TOPOFF3 will be the most comprehensive terrorism response
exercise ever conducted in the United States. It will require
real officials to respond to simulated terror attacks, including
mock biological and chemical attacks in New Jersey and Connecticut,
and events in the United Kingdom and Canada. Agencies in
every New Jersey county will participate.
“New Jersey is uniquely on the front lines of the
war against terror, and we are better prepared than most
states in America. Next week we will put our preparedness
to a very thorough test, at every level from the local to
the state to the federal,” Codey said.
The public needs
to know that an exercise is going on. You might hear about
something strange at your local hospital,
see first responders in hazardous materials suits, or see
a large number of ambulances in your area. Don’t be
“If you come across something suspicious and you don’t
know whether it is real or part of the test, call 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ,
the hotline of the NJ Domestic Security Task Force and report
Members of the 119th Corps Support Battalion (CSB) currently
serving in Iraq, attended Easter Sunrise Services in the
birthplace of civilization.
Chaplain Jan Kozera assisted in the preparation of a memorable
Easter Sunrise Service for members of the 119th CSB and the
other soldiers on their post. Under tight security, Battalion
Commander, LTC Sharon Tootell, Executive Officer, MAJ John
Simms, and many of the soldiers of 119th CSB, their subordinate
units, and civilian government employees from surrounding
military camps attended services in the ancient city of Ur
(Mesopotamia). The sunrise service, which included music,
prayers, and a brief sermon, was held outside the archeological
site believed to be the home of the patriarch Abraham.
honored with New Jersey’s Distinguished
Service and Meritorious Service Medals.
On Thursday, 31 March 2005, a ceremony
to present the New Jersey Distinguished Service and Meritorious
was held at the Cherry Hill Armory. COL Shawn Keyes, Human
Resource Officer at Fort Dix, presented 85 New Jersey Meritorious
Medals and 93 New Jersey Distinguished Service Medals to
Camden and Gloucester County residents. Mr. William Meade
from the Veterans of Foreign Wars sang the National Anthem
to everyone’s delight. Division of Veterans Programs’ employee,
Ms. Kimberly Bruss, performed Mistress of Ceremonies duties,
and Ms. Michelle Johnson assisted with the program.
U.S. Army’s Freedom Team Salute Program
Freedom Team Salute program gives all Army Soldiers
- Active duty, Reservists, and National Guardsmen – the
opportunity to recognize and thank parents, spouses, and
employers for their support of our soldiers while they serve
and protect our freedom and the American way of life. Nominating
someone is easy – simply visit the website www.freedomteamsalute.us.army.mil and enter the name and address of the person who has supported
you. Freedom Team Salute honorees will receive an official
Army lapel pin, a U.S. Army decal, a Letter of Thanks and
Certificate of Appreciation signed by both the Chief of Staff
and the Secretary of the Army. The Army would also like to
show its appreciation to all of our veterans for their service
to our nation. Veterans can log onto the website and simply
enter their name and address. In 4-6 weeks, those nominated
will receive their Freedom Team Salute Commendation package.
Air National Guard’s Colonel Michael S.
Eleven days after Army Private
Michael S. Moore landed in Vietnam, he and his buddies
were crowded around a radio listening
to the Armed Forces Network broadcast news of the assassination
of President John F. Kennedy. Now, 42 years later, with New
Jersey Air National Guard eagles on his collar and more than
23 years commanding various units, he will be hanging up
his uniform. After Vietnam and a tour in Germany, Moore took
a break from the military. He later joined the Army Reserves,
transferred into the NJ Air National Guard’s 117th
Fighter Wing, and was commissioned into the officer corps.
Several years later he came to the 108th Air Refueling Wing,
where he commanded various flights, until he was named the
108th Mission Support Group commander seven years ago. Colonel
Moore retired from his civilian job in 1996 after 27 years
in the NJ State Police. Colonel Moore, who also served as
President of the New Jersey Officers Association, will now
relax and travel with his wife, Vivian.
Upcoming Job Fairs
Veterans Job Fair, Bergen County – A
Veterans Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, 5 April 2005,
from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. at VFW Post 4591, 513 Veterans Place, Hasbrouck Heights,
New Jersey 08604. The NJ Department of Labor, VFW Post 4591,
and the Bergen County Division of Veterans Affairs are sponsoring
the Job Fair, and more than 50 leading employers are registered
to participate. Please bring plenty of resumes, a copy of
your DD214 (separation/discharge), and dress to impress.
If you would like additional information, contact MSG (Ret)
John Bautz at 201-996-8950 or by email at email@example.com.
Veterans Job Fair, Iselin – The
NJ Department of Labor announced a Veterans Job Fair on
29 April 2005 at the American
Legion Post 471, 25 Brown Avenue, Iselin, New Jersey, from
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participation is free for veterans and
employers. Mr. Joe Battito, our Middlesex County Veterans
Service Officer, will represent DMVA at the job fair. If
you have any questions, please contact Veterans representative,
John Leary, at 732-937-6205
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
|Korean Service Medal
Teaneck & Liberty Road
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
Viet Nam Service Medal
NG Training Center
Sea Girt, NJ
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers
planned in support of our deployed troops and their families:
Baby Sitting Certification and Training – 2 April
2005 – Training provided by the American Red Cross
will be held at the Teaneck Armory, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost is $55 per person.
Pancake Breakfast – Steinert
High School Cafeteria, 2900 Klockner Road, Hamilton, NJ
-3 April Wachovia and the
Rotary Club of Hamilton/Washington Township are sponsoring
a Support the Troops Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, 3 April
2005, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Senator Peter Inverson,
Assemblyman Bill Baroni, and Hamilton Councilwoman Eileen
Thornton, proceeds will benefit the soldiers and families
of the NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center. Tickets
are $6.00. Call 609-631-9988 for tickets or further information.
“Children’s Day” – 3 April 2005
- The Teaneck Family Assistance Center has planned Children’s
Day for the children of our deployed soldiers. There will
be fingerprinting, fire and bike safety programs, soccer
games, and plenty to eat. If you are interested in attending,
please call SSG Loureiro at 201-883-8356.
CPR Training and Certification, 9 April 2005 – The
American Red Cross will provide CPR training and certification
at the Teaneck Armory on 9 April 2005, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost is $65 per person.
Pancake Breakfast – Waterfront Café, Carlstadt,
17 April 2005. The Waterfront Café – Steak and
Clam House, Paterson Plank Road, Carlstadt, NJ (right behind
the Continental Arena) will host a Pancake Breakfast to benefit
the families of our Army National Guard troops deployed out
of the Teaneck Armory. The event will be held from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the Nam Knights of America,
VVA Chapter 800, and the Jewish War Veterans of USA. Cost
is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for Seniors and children under
JT2DC (T3BL) Soldier’s
Association Golf Tournament – 25
April 2005. The event will begin with a 9 a.m. Shotgun Start
at the Fountain Green Golf Course, Fort Dix. Cost $80 per
person. Proceeds will assist the families of our deployed
soldiers. For additional information, contact CSM Tim Maskery
Sign up for a chance to send your solider Dunkin
Donuts coffee. Dunkin Donuts will send a case
of free coffee to your soldier if he/she is among the 50
selected in a monthly
lottery. Just go to www.dunkindonuts.com, click on “About
Us,” click on “Contact Us,” click on “Instore
Visits,” fill out the form, in the comments section
put the soldier’s rank, name and APO address, and say
that you would like to send your soldier coffee. Then click “Submit.” You
can mail a request to Dunkin Brands, 130 Royall Street, Camton,
MA 02021, Attention Customer Care or request the coffee by
phone at 781-737-3000 (Customer Relations).
Operation Uplink. Visit http://www.operationuplink.org/request.cfm to
request free phone cards for active duty military personnel
deployed away from home. At this site you can fill out a
request for a phone card to be sent to yourself or a loved
one. One card per request per servicemember will be honored
during a 60-day period.
Gifts from the Homefront. The “Gifts from the Homefront” program
was begun last year by the Army and Air Force and enables
people from all walks of life to rally around America’s
troops by purchasing gift certificates designed to lift the
morale of deployed troops around the world. The certificates,
which can be purchased by any individual or civic organization,
allow service members to purchase items of necessity and
convenience at PX and BX facilities around the world. “Gifts
from the Homefront” certificates can be addressed to “any
service member” or individual service members. Because
the gift certificates can be use for merchandise already
stocked at contingency locations, “Gifts from the Homefront” are
a safe alternative to traditional care packages that can
strain the military mail system and present force protection
issues. Those wishing to send a “Gift from the Homefront” can
simply log on to the AAFES website, www.aafes.com,
or call 877-770-4438 toll-free to buy gift certificates in
$20 denominations. From there, the “Gift from the Homefront” may
be sent toan individual service member designed by the purchaser
or distributed to “any service member” through
the USO, American Red Cross, Air Force Aid Society, or Fisher
Operation Mail Call. Operation Mail call is a program
initiated by New Jersey Assemblymen Jack Conners and Herb
Conaway that enables citizens to donate postage stamps for
use by our troops and their families. Over 23,000 stamps
have been donated to our National Guard soldiers and airmen
and Family Readiness Programs. If you would like to participate,
please mail or drop off your postage stamps to the 7th Legislative
District Office, Delran Professional Center, 8008 Route 130
North, Suite 125, Delran, NJ 08075.
American Hero Band - The
American Hero Band is a free wristband worn by Americans
to demonstrate their support
of the “Defenders of Freedom” who are Army National
Guard soldiers deployed across the globe. Engraved on the
metallic wristband are the words IN HONOR OF AN AMERICAN
HERO SERVING IN THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. These words are
flanked left by the Army National Guard logo and right by
the American flag. There is also an inscription of the National
Guard website, http://www.virtualarmory.com and a unique
serial number engraved inside this commemorative wristband.
If you are interested in getting The American Hero Band,
go to http://www.virtualarmory.com and
click on the American Hero Band banner.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment
available across the state for TDGs and Technicians. Earn
one day’s base pay and one retirement point for a few
hours work providing Military Funeral Honors for our Veterans.
If you are interested, please contact SFC Raymond Denson,
Military Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090 or by
e-mail at Raymond.Denson@nj.ngb.army.mil.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation
Scholarship Contest is available to graduating NJ high school
seniors. Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded on May 30,
2005 at the Memorial Day ceremony at the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.
To apply, students need to complete an application, submit
proof that they are continuing their education at a college/university
or trade/technical school, and submit a short essay about
his/her visit to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.
Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15,
2005. Application and information can be found at www.njvvmf.org or by calling 1-800-648-VETS.
American Legion Scholarship. If you have a son, daughter,
grandson, or granddaughter that is a senior in high school,
they may qualify to receive a scholarship through the American
Legion. For applications, please call Mr. Robert Luby at
908-996-6005 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSM Vincent Baldassari Memorial and USAA
Scholarship Awards Program. The Enlisted Association of
the National Guard of
New Jersey will sponsor five scholarships of $1000 ach for
children of members of the Association and drilling members
of the NJ National Guard (Army or Air) who are also members
of the Association. Additionally, USAA will sponsor one $1000
scholarship for a drilling member. Applicants must complete
the appropriate application in its entirety with all required
and prescribed documents. The deadline for application submission
is 15 April 2005. Additional details and application can
be found on the Department’s website, (click
here for PDF)
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
and Vietnam Era Education Center’s upcoming event
10am - 4pm
the 30th Anniversary of Operation Babylift, Vietnam
|NJ Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day ceremony
lecture by Vietnam Veteran Paul Drew
|Memorial Day Ceremony
For more information about any of these events,
please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office
at (732) 335-0033.
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located
adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the
Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
Corner – Ernie Razzano, Certified
The Effects of Caffeine
For all of you coffee drinkers out there,
did you ever wonder what caffeine actually does to you?
First, caffeine causes
the brain’s blood vessels to constrict. This effect
is why some headache medicines like Anacin contain caffeine – if
you have a vascular headache, the caffeine will close down
the blood vessels and relieve it. With increased neuron firing
in the brain, the pituitary gland sees all of the activity
and thinks some sort of emergency must be occurring, so it
releases hormones that tell the adrenal glands to produce
adrenaline (epinephrine). Adrenaline is the “fight
or flight” hormone, and it has a number of effects
on your body:
- Your pupils dilate.
- Your breathing tubes open up (this is why people
suffering from severe asthma attacks are sometimes injected
- Your heart beats faster.
- Blood vessels on the surface constrict to slow
blood flow from cuts and also to increase blood flow to muscles.
- Blood pressure rises.
- Blood flow to the stomach slows.
- The liver releases sugar into the bloodstream
for extra energy.
- Muscles tighten up, ready for action. This explains
why, after consuming a big cup of coffee, your hands get
cold, your muscles tense up, you feel excited, and you can
feel your heart beat increasing.
The problem with caffeine is the longer-term
effects, which tend to spiral. For example, once the adrenaline
you face fatigue and depression. So what are you going to
do? You take more caffeine to get the adrenaline going again.
As you might imagine, having your body in a state of emergency
all day long isn’t very healthy, and it also makes
you jumpy and irritable.
The most important long-term problem is the effect that
caffeine has on sleep. The half-life of caffeine in your
body is 6 hours. That means that if you consume a big cup
of coffee with 200 mg of caffeine in it at 3 p.m., by 9 p.m.
about 100 mg of that caffeine is till in your system. You
may be able to fall asleep, but your body probably will miss
out on the benefits of deep sleep. That deficit adds up fast.
The next day you feel worse, so you need caffeine as soon
as you get out of bed. The cycle continues day after day.
This is why 90% of Americans consume caffeine every day.
Once you get in the cycle, you have to keep taking the drug.
Even worse, if you try to stop taking caffeine, you get very
tired and depressed and you get terrible, splitting headache
as blood vessels in the brain dilate. These negative effects
force you to run back to caffeine even if you want to stop.
Upcoming events taking place at your local
30 March – 4
Home Design & Landscape Show -
Circus - Toms River Armory
Military Vehicle Show & Swap Meet - Dover Armory
Craft Fair -
Cat Show -
Sports Card and Comics Show -
Flea Market -
Cherry Hill Armory
Sports Card and Comics Show -
Sports Card and Comics Show -
Today in History
Today is Friday, 1 April 2005. It
is the 91st day of the year with 274 days remaining.
1621 - The Plymouth, Massachusetts, colonists created
the first treaty with Native Americans.
1748 – The ruins of Pompeii were
1889 – The
first dishwashing machine was marketed (in Chicago).
1927 – The first automatic record changer
was introduced by His Master’s Voice.
1938 – The
first commercially successful fluorescent lamps were introduced.
1938 – The
Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, NY.
1946 – Weight Watchers was formed.
1954 – The
U.S. Air Force Academy was formed in Colorado.
1963 – The soap opera, “General Hospital,” premiered
1982 – The U.S. transferred the
Canal Zone to Panama.
1987 – U.S. President Reagan told doctors
in Philadelphia, “We’ve declared AIDS public
health enemy No. 1.”
Support our Troops –
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness Center near
you. Call toll free at 888-859-0352 to assist the families
of our deployed soldiers and airmen.