Dept of Military and
Gen Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Gen Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
us is easy!
of the Assistant Commissioner
(Ret) Michael B. Smith
Laura A. Branham
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
Benefits & Entitlements
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
Words of Wisdom
“Courage is the first of human qualities
because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.”
Annual Coat Drive is a great success!!
Special thanks to all of DMVA’s
employees who donated coats for our annual drive.
we collected 113 coats along with numerous hats, gloves,
and scarves, which will be delivered to local soup
kitchens and shelters.
Thank you for your generosity.
Coat Drive Chairpersons
Time is running out!! Annual
Toy Drive is in its final week.
annual Gifts for Kids Holiday Drive will end next week on
December 8th. Gifts are needed for all ages, however,
the greatest need each year is for children ages 10-17.
toys/gifts should be placed in the collection boxes located
in many of our facilities. If you have any questions, please
call Laura Branham or Terry Dearden at 609-530-6987/6893.
ChalleNGe Program changes its name.
On 23 November 2005, the ChalleNGe Program received approval
for a much-needed name change. The official name has been
changed from the “New Jersey National Guard ChalleNGe
Youth Program” to the “New Jersey Youth ChalleNGe
Academy.” This change not only standardizes New Jersey
in relation to other ChalleNGe states, it also signifies
the direction that NJ Youth ChalleNGe is moving towards.
Academy is a more accurate representation of NJ Youth ChalleNGe,
which is a national, award-winning academic institution.
This positive image will enable NJ Youth ChalleNGe to redouble
their efforts to save at-risk youth through effective marketing
For more information about New Jersey Youth
ChalleNGe, visit us on the web at: www.ngycp.org/state/nj or call toll-free: 1-800-997-5587. “New Jersey Youth
ChalleNGe Academy…reclaiming the youth of New Jersey,
one graduate at a time.
Captain Yaakov B. Bindell provides spiritual
support to Armed Forces in hurricane-ravaged Louisiana.
Captain Yaakov B. Bindell, a chaplain
with the 108th Air Refueling Wing, spent the month of October
in Louisiana where
he provided spiritual support for the Jewish members of the
armed forces during the “High Holy Days” – Rosh
Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Upon his arrival at Belle Chase
Naval Air Station, New Orleans, Louisiana, Captain Bindell
provided religious services and counsel for Jewish troops. “It
was a very fulfilling mission,” Chaplain Bindell said.
Chaplain Bindell worked with everyone
from Air National Guard members to local authorities, to
New Jersey State Troopers
who were there helping as well. Many troops spoke to Chaplain
Bindell of how important they felt their mission was. “(They
said that) this was the most fulfilling, giving mission they
had ever been involved with. They all had gleaming eyes and
felt like heroes,” said Chapalin Bindell.
Trenton Elks host their 14th Annual Veterans
The Trenton Elks hosted their 14th Annual Veterans
Day Dinner on Sunday, 21 November 2005, at their Lodge. What
year’s dinner unique is that The Adjutant General,
Major General Glenn K. Rieth, a member of the Trenton Elks,
and Brig Gen (Ret) Robert Dutko, State Chair of the New Jersey
Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and
a member of the Trenton Elks, were Co-Chairmen for this year’s
dinner. COL Ronald Cefalone, USPFO-NJ and the Elks’ Americanism
Chairman, worked closely with General Dutko to present a
wonderful afternoon for our veterans. This year the Elks
entertained veterans from the Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland
and Veterans Haven. The New York District USO presented a
dynamic USO show complete with World War II era costumes.
Following a delicious roast pork dinner, Thank You plaques
were presented to the Veterans for their contributions to
our nation and state. The Elks also presented COL (Ret) Stephen
G. Abel, Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs, with $1000
checks for each of the Veterans Memorial Homes.
Toys R Us plans Military Appreciation Weekend.
Toys “R” Us cordially invites you to a Military
Appreciation Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4,
2005. On Sunday, 4 December 2005, from 6-8 p.m., all Toys
R Us stores will close their doors to the public to allow
the Military and their families to enjoy a private shopping
evening! The families can participate in games, activities,
and meet Geoffrey the Giraffe! Contact Al Granda or Tina
Matreale (609) 625-3666 for more details. Grandaa@toysrus.com or Tmatreale@comcast.net.
Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans
Memorial Cemetery joins Audubon Cooperative Sactuary System.
General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery has
registered in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System
(ACSS), an international program administered by Audubon
International and designed to help landowners preserve
and enhance the environmental quality of their property.
ACSS provides an advisory service to help landowners develop
effective conservation and wildlife enhancement programs.
“The Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Business and
Corporate Properties gives people an opportunity to do something
good for the environment right where they live, work, and
recreate,” explained Jeremy Taylor, Staff Ecologist
for Audubon International. “We welcome Brigadier General
William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery’s commitment
to managing the property in an environmentally-sensitive
Joining and participating in the ACSS will
involve Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial
Cemetery in projects
that enhance wildlife habitat and conserve natural resources
for the benefit of the local community. These projects
include: enhancing the property for native wildlife, placing
boxes for cavity-nesting birds, conserving water and energy,
and recycling wastes. The ACSS provides a way to become
better stewards of the land and natural resources.
National Guard’s 108th Medical Group dedicates
new medical building.
The 108th Medical Group dedicated its
new building on October 23, 2005, in a ceremony held at
McGuire Air Force Base. The
new building was dedicated in memory of Colonel Aldo G.
Baldi, a former 108th MDG commander and a former New Jersey
Colonel Baldi’s widow, Marilyn, with her family beside
her, and Colonel Michael Cunniff, Commander, 108th Air Refueling
Wing, pulled the veil down to reveal to the world for the
first time the new name of Building 34-66 – The Colonel
(Dr.) Aldo G. Baldi Medical Building. Among the family members
attending the dedication ceremony were Major Michael Baldi
and Captain Alessandro Baldi, who are currently members of
the 108th Air Refueling Wing.
Speakers included Major General
(Retired) Richard Cosgrave, former commander of the New
Jersey Air National Guard, and
Brigadier General Maria Falca-Dodson, Deputy Adjutant General
for New Jersey.
In her remarks, Brig Gen Falca-Dodson noted
that the new medical building is the only Air National Guard
designed as a joint building, which was part of Colonel Baldi’s
vision for the new facility.
Warren Grove Range is recognized
for Environmental Excellence.
The Warren Grove Range (WGR)
was recognized recently by local news publication, The
Sandpaper. In her article, columnist
Heather Pharo lauded Warren Grove for their most recent
environmental excellence award that was announced in November
of this year.
Ms. Pharo visited the Range and interviewed Lt Col David
Haar, WGR commander, and Capt Richard Defeo, Environmental
Manager, both of whom described for her the benefits of
having Warren Grove Range as a neighbor in the Tuckerton
also interviewed Dr. Walter Bien, Drexel University Ecologist,
who further validated the Ecological benefits of this important
facility. Specifically, Dr. Bien noted the wetland mapping
project, fish surveys, and water quality surveys, all of
which have been proven that the military activity has not
negatively impacted aquatic life there. Instead, the work
that Dr. Bein and his students have done has prven that
endangered, threatened, and species that are relatively unknown
have been found in great numbers and thrive at Warren Grove
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Educational Center’s upcoming event schedule.
17 Dec, 6pm
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
"The Khe Sanh Veterans Book of Poetry" - Written by veterans
of the Battle of Khe Sanh during the 1968 Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War, these
about Khe Sanh, the war, friends, and the aftermath of war. Poetry reading
and author lecture by a contributor, Khe Sanh Vietnam Veteran Joe Belardo.
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.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
immediately 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 SGM Edward
Goetschius, Military Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090
or by e-mail at Edward.email@example.com.
US Army Veterans recognized – Freedom
The U.S. Army initiated the Freedom Team Salute
program six months ago to recognize and honor year-round
more than 11 million veterans and those who support Soldiers
today. This past Veterans Day, Freedom Team Salute expanded
so that U.S. Army veterans may be nominated by anyone wishing
to recognize their service. The mission of Freedom Team Salute
is to strengthen the Army community by honoring veterans
for their service and dedication to the U.S. Army. And by
providing Soldiers – Active, Guard, and Reserve – the
opportunity to recognize those who support them through a
simple nomination process. Nominating someone for a Freedom
Team Salute can be done online at http://www.freedomteamsalute.army.mil.
The commendations are mailed within 4-6 weeks.
members wanting to learn more about FTS outreach, provide
feedback on the program or to sign up as an FTS Ambassador
can log on to https://secureweb.hqda.pentagon.mil/ftspublic or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Armory Happenings – Listed below are
events taking place at your local armory.
|3 Dec (8:30am-4pm)
||Coin Operated Arcade Game Auction
Fitness Corner– Ernie Razzano, Certified
Fitness Trainer, email@example.com
Omega-3, 6, and 9 Fatty Acids
acids are one of three types of essential fatty acids (EFAs)
that people need to consume to stay healthy.
They are considered essential because the body can’t
produce them on its own; it can only get them through foods.
Omega-3 fatty acids include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), both found primarily in oily
cold-water fish such as tuna, salmon, and mackerel. A third
Omega-3, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), is found primarily
in dark green leafy vegetables, flaxseed oils, and certain
vegetable oils. Although ALA has different effects on the
body than EPA and DHA do, the body has enzymes that can
ALA to EPA. All three are important to human health.
healthful of the Omega-6s are those that contain linoleic
acid. These convert in the body to gamma linoleic
acid (GLA) and ultimately to prostaglandins, hormone-like
molecules that help regulate inflammation and blood pressure
as well as heart, gastrointestinal, and kidney functions.
Good dietary sources of Omega-6 fatty acids include cereals,
eggs, poultry, most vegetable oils, whole-grain breads,
baked goods, and margarine.
Interestingly, nutritionists are
now finding that Omega-6s and Omega-3s will only maintain
their status as good fats
when you get relatively balanced amounts of both. Unfortunately,
most Western diets today are heavy on Omega-6s, often at
the expense of Omega-3s. This means that, except as an
adjunct to certain health conditions, Omega-6 supplements
With regard to Omega-9, oleic acid, there
are no RDA recommendations for Omega-9. However, since
most Americans get 10 times too
much Omega-6 and most vegetable oils are mostly Omega-9,
there is no point in taking the combo Omega-3, 6, 9 supplements.
In addition, there are currently no studies to verify if
Omega-9 9inhibits the absorption of Omega-3 the way Omega-6
Titans ice hockey team will salute Veterans at their game
against the Long Beach Ice Dogs on December 7, 2005.
Be part of a special evening as the Trenton Titans offer
a special night of fun, affordable family entertainment in
a Salute to Veterans! Discounted tickets are being offered
for lower bowl seats that will let you see every shot, save,
and score at great savings. Discount food coupons are also
available. Come out and see the New Jersey National Guard
ChalleNGe Youth Program present the colors. For more information,
call Ed Levin at (609) 599-9500, ext 135.
Today is Friday, December 2, 2005. It is the
336th day of the year with 29 days remaining.
On this day in history…
1804 – Napoleon was crowned emperor
1816 – The first savings bank in the U.S. opens for
business – the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society.
1862 – Circus entrepreneur Charles
Ringling was born.
1901 – Gillette patented the first
1927 – Ford Motor Company unveils
the Model A, successor to the Model T.
1954 – U.S. Senate censures Senator Joseph McCarthy
for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor
and disrepute.” The censure was related to McCarthy’s
controversial investigation of suspected communists in the
U.S. government, military, and civilian society.
1961 – Fidel Castro declares he’s
a Marxist and will lead Cuba to Communism.
1964 – Ringo Starr’s tonsils
1974 – Cowhide, rather than just
horsehide, can be used to make baseballs.
1990 – The first parliamentary
election was held in newly unified Germany.
Military postal agency offers holiday mailing
“Pack it well” and “mail it early” are
two tips a military postal official offered for holiday mail
being sent to servicemembers overseas. The Defense Department
recommended the following mailing deadlines:
November 12 was the deadline for parcel post items headed
overseas to APO and FPO ZIP codes.
Deadlines for other mail classes continue with:
* November 26 for space-available mail
* December 3 for parcel-airlift mail
* December 10 for priority mail
* December 19 for express mail.
Here are additional mailing tips:
* Use nylon or reinforced packing tape on packages because
other tapes tend to come off
* Buzzing, ticking, or vibrating items
will be “red
flagged.” Remove batteries from electronics.
* Fill out customs labels completely.
* Use proper military address to help move the package through
* Boxes with hazardous substance or alcohol
make it through the system.
* Boxes should be strong and well-packed because of the
long distances traveled and the high volume of packages moving
Individuals who may not personally know a servicemember
overseas, but want to share the holiday spirit should visit
the www.americasupportsyou.mil website.
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness
Center near you.
If you are able to assist the families of our
deployed soldiers and airmen, please call our Family Readiness
Center at our
toll-free number 888-859-0352.