Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
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
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Thought for the day..
are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance
but disappear when
you get up close to them.”
"Half of the American people never
read a newspaper. Half never voted President. One hopes it
the same half."
.. Gore Vidal
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
Salute the Troops Ceremony scheduled for
9 October 2004.
On behalf of Major General Glenn K. Rieth,
The Adjutant General for New Jersey, all Department of
Military & Veterans
Affairs' employees are cordially invited and encouraged to
attend the NJ National Guard's "Salute the Troops" ceremony
that will be held on 9 October 2004, 10 a.m., at the Sovereign
Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ (Doors will open at 9 a.m.). This
is our fifth NJ National Guard special Salute the Troops
ceremony, and we will be honoring more than 2,600
of New Jersey's citizen-soldiers being deployed in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom III.
Task Force 1-114th (M) Infantry USBATT
MFO Sinai wins Force Skills Competition.
Soldiers from every Company within New
Infantry participated in the Multi-National Forces and Observer’s
(MFO) Force Skills Competition and came in first place for
the coveted prize. Never in the history of the MFO has a
National Guard Battalion placed in such a high category of
achievement. Iowa came close with winning the “Physical
Kills” competition, but never has there been a Guard
unit who has achieved the “overall” medal for
Soldiers gutted out the grueling obstacle course, five-kilometer
run, steady shoot, 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
The soldiers from New Jersey proved they are both mission
ready and capable. The competition was tough; a battalion
from Columbia, and Fiji Islands meted out stiff measures,
and the 1-114th only won by less than a point! Incredible!
Other contingents that competed included First Support Battalion,
and forces from Australia, Great Britain, Hungary, New Zealand,
France, and Italy.
The event, from a military perspective,
is very similar to the Olympics, but with varying events
focusing on soldiers’ skills.
To win such a competition is awesome and everyone back home
should be extremely proud of the men and women of the 1-114th!
Successful Stand Down, South Jersey held on 24 September
Stand Down of South Jersey, Inc., assisted more than 100
homeless veterans last week at the Cherry Hill Armory. The
homeless veterans were provided with a wide range of services
that included medical, social services, food, clothing, shelter,
and employment services. Local, county, and state agencies
including the county police and new recruits, Salvation Army,
Vet Center, Project Hope, South Jersey Vietnam Vets, Elks,
South Jersey Aids Coalition, Department of Labor, Veterans
of Foreign Wars, County Department of Health, County legislative
services, welfare, and employment offices worked together
to provide assistance to the homeless vets. Members of the
NJ Army National Guard assisted with food services, the NJ
Air Guard provided medical services, and a countless number
of veterans organizations donated funds and volunteers, who
assisted in every area and helped to make this Stand Down
NJ Attorney General Harvey visits Fort Dix and
McGuire Air Force Base.
On Tuesday, 28 September 2004, State
Attorney General, Peter Harvey, accompanied by Dennis Quinn
and Larry O’Reilly
from the NJ Department of Law and Public Safety, toured the
Joint Training and Training Development Center at Fort Dix
and the NJ Air National Guard’s 108th Air Refueling
Wing at McGuire Air Force Base. The visitors were impressed
with the enormity of the federal mission for New Jersey’s
Army and Air National Guard, as well as the dedication of
our soldiers and airmen.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medals
Vietnam Service Medal
Atlantic Cape Community College
5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medals
Toms River Elks
600 Washington St., Toms River, NJ
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
|Salem County Community College
Veterans awarded Meritorious, Distinguished and Korean Service
Medals at 30 September ceremony.
Brigadier General Frank R. Carlini, Deputy
Commander JFHQ, presented 53 Distinguished Service & Meritorious Service
Medals to our State’s veterans in a ceremony held on
30 September 2004 at the National Guard Armory in Westfield,
New Jersey. BG Carlini also presented over 80 Korean Service
Medals to veterans at an afternoon ceremony at the Armory.
Mr. Bill Devereaux, Director of Veterans Programs, served
as Master of Ceremonies, and was assisted by Mr. Moise Abraham,
DMVa Veterans Service Officer, Mr. Richard Thompson, Union
County Veteran Service Officer, and Ms. Karen Hansen and
Ms. Kathy Hymes, Division of Veterans Programs’ employees.
Chaplain Charlie Brame opened the ceremonies with an invocation,
and Mr. Marcus Rayner of Congressman Mike Ferguson’s
Office presented Certificates of Appreciation to the veterans.
Tricare Prime allotments begin for retirees.
Military retirees enrolled in Tricare Prime now can choose
to have premiums deducted from their retired pay via allotments.
The allotments are being phased in between August and November.
The three Tricare regional representatives will handle all
transactions. This option went into effect in August for
the West region, September for the North, and is set for
October in the South with the first pay deductions starting
the following month. Visit www.tricare.osd.mil for regional
Upcoming Fall events at our local armories.
||NASCAR Card Show
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Craft Show & Sale
||Antique Show & Sale
||Breast Cancer Fundraiser
||NGTC – Sea Girt
||Sports Card & Comic Show
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Rug Show & Sale
||“Home for the Holidays” Gift
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
Author Lecture Postponed
Due to his sudden illness, the author
lecture by Vietnam Veteran James Parker Wollner about his
book, The Bamboo Shoot:
The Story of the 2nd Airboat Platoon, originally scheduled
for Saturday, October 2, at 1:00 p.m. at the Vietnam Era
Educational Center in Holmdel, has been postponed. Mr. Wollner’s
discussion and slide show presentation have been rescheduled
for Saturday, December 11, at 1 p.m.
11 Nov -
Veterans Day Program
11 Dec -
Author Lecture – James Parker Wollner – The Bamboo Shoot: The Story
of the 2nd Airboat Platoon
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.
Soldier Appreciation Day announced.
On Saturday, 2 October 2004, Operation
Shoebox and Northfield Community School will host an event
for community members
to show their support for the men and women of the military,
who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldier Appreciation
Day will be held in the Northfield Community School Cafeteria
from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The school is located at 2000
New Road in Northfield. There will be entertainment and complimentary
food and drinks. Who’s invited? All veterans, active
duty servicemen, and their families are welcome to attend.
Please call Linda at 609-383-1385 for more information.
Appreciation Night planned by Trenton Titans ice hockey
The Trenton Titans hockey team will host a Military Appreciation
Night for members of the military and veterans on October
22, 2004. The Titans will be playing the Reading Royals at
7:30 p.m. at the Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, NJ. Tickets
are FREE! If you are interested in attending, please contact
SGT David Clark, Fort Dix, 609-562-0951 or SSgt Barbara Harbison,
Semi-Annual Training Conference held at Fort Dix.
semi-annual NJ Army National Guard (NJARNG) training conference
was held on 25 September 2004 at Fort Dix, New
Jersey. In attendance were the Chief of Staff, NJARNG, J-Staff,
Commanders of 57th Troop Command, 254th Regiment, Training
and Training Technology Battle Lab, Acting Commander of j50th
Brigade, and their respective Command Sergeants Major. Topics
discussed at the conference included The Adjutant General’s
Command Training Guidance (CTG) for Training Year (TY) 2005/2006,
current Inactive Duty and Annual Training Issues, existing
and emerging training issues, reconstitution of returning
NJ National Guard units, Future Force Structure, and funding
issues for TY 05 and the future. The conference will result
in the formulation of a draft CTG for 2007/2008. Thanks to
everyone’s support and input, this year’s conference
was a great success!
Today in History...
Today is Friday, October 1st, the 275th day of the year
with 92 days remaining.
- 1880 – Thomas Edison began the
commercial production of electric lamps at Edison Lamp
Works in Menlo
- 1908 – Henry Ford introduced
the Model T automobile. The purchase price was $850.
- 1933 – Babe Ruth made his final
pitching appearance. He pitched 9 innings and hit a home
- 1940 – The Pennsylvania Turnpike
opened as the first toll superhighway in the United States.
- 1946 – First baseball playoff game for a league
championship was played – St. Louis Cardinals defeated
the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-2.
- 1971 – Walt Disney World opened
in Orlando, Florida.
- 1990 – U.S. President Bush addressed the
U.N. General Assembly and condemned Iraq’s takeover
- 1999 – The 50th anniversary of
the founding of the Peoples Republic of China was celebrated
Safety Tips -
Now that autumn is here, more and more people will be enjoying
the change of the leaves and the cooler temperatures. Unfortunately,
some autumn-related weather activities such as turning the
furnace back on and cleaning the chimney present their share
of hazards. Following are a few chimney and furnace safety
- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned on a regular
- When possible, burn seasoned woods (dryness of
the wood is more important than hard wood versus soft wood).
- Smaller, hotter fires will burn more completely
and produce less smoke than larger fires.
- Do not burn cardboard boxes or trash, as they
can spark a chimney fire.
- Install stovepipe thermometers, which
help monitor flue temperatures where wood stoves are in
use, then adjust
burning practices as needed.
Important Calendar Dates:
Salute to our Deploying Troops
Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, NJ
7 a.m.-12 p.m.
Pancake Breakfast – Support
Westfield Armory, 500 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, NJ
Proceeds of this
even will benefit the soldiers and families of NJ
Family Readiness Council and the Family Assistance
Center at Westfield.
Golf Tournament - Support the Troops
Oceanair Golf and Country Club
Proceeds will benefit the families of the DISCOM and
Artillery units of Toms River and Ocean County whose
finances have been affected by the deployment of National
Guard members who have been called to duty in Iraq
and Afghanistan. For more information call: 609-693-1941.
NJ Advisory Committee for Women Veterans Annual
McAters Restaurant, Somerset, NJ
Contact Karen Wallace for more information 609-530-6766
10 a.m. – 3
Veterans Information Fair
NJ National Guard Armory, Lawrenceville, NJ
- Left to their own devices, pearls grow naturally
only once in every 20,000 oysters.
- Only about 1 in every 15,000 pearls
that are sold today is a “natural” -- grown
without human intervention.
- A perfect cultivated black pearl of about 18 mm in
diameter will cost upwards of $10,000. Even today, cultivation
by hand only has a 30% success rate and takes about two years.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – Low
Back Pain (Part 5 of a 5 part series) by Ernie Razzano, Certified
Step 5: Strengthen Your Back and Abdomen
The back is supported on the outside by muscles and on the
inside by ligaments and tendons. They must be exercised to
strengthen them, but make sure you follow the previous four
steps before attempting to strengthen your back. Check with
your doctor, and ask which exercises you should or should
If you try to strengthen your back or
abdomen without becoming flexible first, you stand a chance
of straining your back.
If your back muscles are tight, and you try to do an abdominal
exercise, which requires forward flexion or bending of the
trunk, you’ll strain or sprain your back.
The abdominal muscles provide approximately fifty percent
of the support for the back. The area between the rib cage
and the pelvis is called the trunk. Your trunk is composed
of two major muscle groups, the abdominal muscles and the
back muscles. Consistent training, good form and good technique
can enhance the effectiveness of abdominal exercises.
Exercise the abdomen a few times a day — morning,
noon and evening. Lie on the floor instead of sitting on
the couch at night watching TV. Then, during every commercial,
do a few knee-to-chest stretches and abdominal crunches.
It really works! Consistent, moderate training is the key
to great success without a lot of effort or time. Don’t
make any excuses.
Try to remember to tighten your abdomen throughout the day,
as you stand, work or drive. A simple thing like keeping
your abdominal muscles tight really does make a big difference,
because it helps take the load off the back during the day.
If you have to lift for a living, or
if your job necessitates loading, bending, carrying, standing
or reaching all day — use
a belt. You’ve probably seen workers wearing them.
Remember, using a belt will never replace your abdominal-strengthening
program, but it will serve as support until your abdominal
muscles get strong enough to carry the load themselves.
Even when your abdominal muscles do get
okay to use a belt if you have a job that requires prolonged
heavy lifting. Just keep the belt loose when you are not
lifting, then cinch it down tight when you have to carry
or lift heavy objects.
During the acute phase (the first week
or so) of back pain, I recommend the use of a belt or support
most of the time,
except when sleeping or lying on ice. While you are driving,
sitting at work, or if you have to return to work when you
are still in pain, it’s okay to use a belt most of
the day. The constant pain created by not having abdominal
support is a big reason for a prolonged recovery after an
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
As the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers
and airmen around the globe, the families that are left behind
support and assistance. Can we count on your help? Please
call your local Family Readiness center and volunteer.
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center
Call toll free 888-859-0352