Dept of Military and
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
on the Web!
for the day…
“Is life so dear or peace so sweet
as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God!
I know not what course others may take,
but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”
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
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
* 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
How do I apply?
* Contact participating banks. Call or visit
your local branch office to obtain an application.
Reservists, or family
members with Power of Attorney must submit copies of current
with the bank’s Freedom Loan application.
- Commerce Bank
- First Morris Bank & Trust
- Manasquan Savings Bank
- North Jersey Federal Credit Union
- Peapack-Gladstone Bank
- Pennsville National Bank
- Sovereign Bank
- Sun National Bank
Veterans honored at Medal Ceremonies
Medal Ceremony Held in the Elks and VFW Hall in Orange,
NJ - Approximately 134 veterans or surviving dependents were
awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service
Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Korean Service Medal in
a dual ceremony in Essex County on 6/30/04. CPT Patricia
Richter, Veterans Benefits Bureau Chief presided over the
ceremonies assisted by Karen Hansen. COL Edward Slavin served
as the medal presenter at both ceremonies.
New Jersey Air National Guard Member Wins NCO Award
Congratulations to the 177th Fighter Wing Services Flight
member SSgt Kenneth Johnson, who has been selected as the
Air Force ARC (Air Reserve Component) Services Non-Commissioned
Officer of the Year. This is an Air Force level award.
Unity Day Rescheduled
Unity Day has been rescheduled for Friday, 23 July 2004.
It will take place at the Drill Floor in the HQ New Jersey
National Guard at Fort Dix, NJ. The Fun Walk/ Run is at 0830
with the Presentation of Displays beginning at 1000 and ending
at 1400. We will also have our 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off
during the Celebration. If you are interested in the Cook-off
please contact CW2 Garrison at 609-562-0281.
Officer Candidate School, Class 47 Graduation
Class 47’s 30 graduates became second lieutenants
on 27 June 2004 at Sea Girt, New Jersey. This class is the
largest class to graduate OCS in many years. The ceremony
was well attended by families, friends, and local government
representatives. The Adjutant General BG Glenn K. Rieth spoke
to the class and wished them well as they embarked on their
new careers as officers. In addition to the OCS graduation,
the second annual OCS Wall of Achievement induction ceremony
took place. The OCS Wall of Achievement is bestowed to those
New Jersey OCS graduates who attain the rank of Colonel and
above. Five individuals were inducted and one honorary inductee
was added to the Wall of Achievement. Inductees present at
the ceremony were Col Robert A. Preston and Mrs. Christine
Caruso who accepted COL Frank Caruso’s award on his
behalf as he is currently deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Honorary inductee was COL Frank R. Carlini.
NJARNG OCS Class 47 Graduates:
|2LT Nicole Blaine Savage
||2LT Katie Boehly
||2LT Avery Colon
|2LT Jason Cornwell
||2LT John Craddock
||2LT Michael Cruz
|2LT Anthony Defoe
||2LT Felix Delacruz
||2LT Gregory Backer
|2LT John Ferrie
||2LT Phillip Gerstenbluth
||2LT Lyon Henry
|2LT David Keffer
||2LT Brian Konowitz
||2LT Julian Leone
|2LT Jared Liddell
||2LT Troy Miles
||2LT Jason Mull
|2LT Johnny Ortega
||2LT Eric Peduto
||2LT Fabian Perez
|2LT Kurt Perhach
||2LT Thomas Pfeiffer
||2LT Rene Roa
|2LT Christopher Roche
||2LT Gloria Sanchez
||2LT Benjamin Schwedes
|2LT Ismael Soler
||2LT John Stadelman
||2LT Michael Sterling
Our Veteran's Service Officers achieved the following in
1. Veterans seen at our offices, at outreaches, or in clinic
2. Claims filed in May - new, appealed, and
3. Funds generated for NJ Veterans through claims
filed previously. $5,754,321
Great News! Our VSO office is now officially
open at the Ft. Monmouth clinic. Don McNamarra, VSO for
will be there on Wednesday, 8:30 – 4:00. He can be
reached at (732) 532-4500.
The Ironhorse Cavalry Motorcycle
Riding Club joins the 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery
for a Family Readiness Group
A motorcycle “Poker Run” is
scheduled as a Family Support fund raising event on 11
July 2004, with registration
beginning at 9 a.m. at the Riverdale Armory, 107 Pompton
Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ. Registration fee is $20 per rider,
$10 per passenger, and $15 for non-riding personnel. Prizes
will be awarded for the Top Two Hands, Oldest/Youngest Biker,
Best Bike, Door Prizes, Food, Drinks, and Amusements. Point
of contact for the event is 1SG Norman Zubick, 973-631-6280,
or e-mail Ironhorse_cavalry@yahoo.com or visit their website
New Jersey State Employees- Your Member Contribution in
the PERS back to 5%
Effective June 26, 2004 (Pay Period #15) the member contribution
rate for State Employees in the Public Employees' Retirement
System (PERS) will return to the normal rate of 5%. The reductions
in member rates for the PERS and TPAF were authorized by
statute (N.J.S.A. 43:15A -24) and based on the existence
of surplus pension assets in the retirement systems. Also,
per statute, when there are no longer surplus pension assets,
the member rate for PERS and/or TPAF members will return
to the normal rate of 5%. Therefore, look for an adjustment
in you paycheck on P/P #15, 2004
Army unveils new combat uniform.
The Army has produced and
battle-tested more than 10,000 sets of its new Army Combat
Uniform (ACU). Eighteen changes
were made to the uniform, to include removing the color black
and adapting the digital print from the Marine Corps uniform.
The current colors are green and sandy brown. Patches, tabs
and name tapes are affixed with Velcro, eliminating the cost
of sewing them on. Soldiers can remove them before laundering,
which will add to their lifecycle. The black beret will be
the normal headgear, but a matching patrol cap may be worn
at commander’s discretion. At $88 per uniform, about
$30 more than the BDU, soldiers will eventually reap gains
in money and time by not having to take uniforms to the cleaners
or shine boots. The ACU will replace both versions of the
BDU and the desert camouflage uniform. The Army expects to
complete fielding of the ACU by December 2007.
The shore towns of Belmar, Manasquan and Sea Girt,
will provide free beach admission during the 2004 season
member of the New Jersey National Guard called to active
duty and their dependents upon presentation of a valid
military identification card at any beach entrance.
Veteran’s Fair held on Thursday
29 June 2004
Director of Veterans Programs (DVP), Bill Devereaux
and Guy Weiner, DMAVA VSO, represented the Department at the
event. Approximately 500 veterans and dependents were briefed
on benefits and given the 2004 copy of the New Jersey Veterans
Guide. The Vietnam Veterans of America of South Jersey assisted
at the DVP booth.
U.S. Army Adds Microsoft Software
The Army Small Computer Program allows Soldiers and their
families, National Guard members, Reservists and civilian
employees to buy personal computers and software at discounted
rates. On June 16, the ASCP added Microsoft software, including
Microsoft Office 2003, Windows XP, FrontPage 2003 and Microsoft
Publisher. Also available are Digital Image Pro, MS Press
book, X-Box games, and fun and games software. ASCP also
includes products from Apple, Dell, IBM, Hewlett Packard
and Micron. Items available range from top-of-the-line desktops
and notebooks to I-Pods, digital cameras and printers. For
information about ordering through the ASCP, visit them on
the web (https://ascp.monmouth.army.mil). To participate,
buyers need an AKO e-mail account and verification of being
employed by the Army.
NJ Army National
63rd Army Band announces its Summer Concert schedule.
The NJ Army National Guard’s
63rd Army Band will begin its summer concert series this weekend.
Concert – Croydon Hall, Middletown
Concert -- Toms River Library, Toms River
Parade – 4th of July Parade, Ewing Township
Concert – McLaughlin-Norcross Dell, Haddon Heights Park
Concert – Laurence Harbor Beach Front
Amphitheatre dedicated at Menlo Park
N.J. Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park dedicated the completed
Orchestra Band Shell of the Amphitheater on
Sunday, June 27, 2004. The Amphitheater was completed in
the spring of 2004. It will be used for ceremonies and events
to accommodate large groups of musicians and theatrical performers.
The amphitheater will touch the lives of the many organizations
that utilize it to bring that something "special” to
our residents. Financial support for this structure was facilitated
by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Joseph
Brandspiegel, CEO, welcomed over 200 invited guests who attended
the ceremony on a beautiful sunny day. He thanked Manny Almeida,
Past State VFW Commander and all Veterans Organizations who
participated in this wonderful event. After the ceremony,
all guests were invited to a delicious barbeque picnic that
was enjoyed by all.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor our State’s
|15 July -
11 am & 1 pm
|Distinguished & Meritorious Service
Korean War Commemorative Medal (pm)
|Athena Veterans Post
|28 July -
|Distinguished & Meritorious Service
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
For more information about any of these events, please call
the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732)
17 Sep -
National POW Recognition Day/Gold Star Mothers Day
11 Nov -
Veterans Day Program
Today in History…
is Friday, July 2nd and the 184th day of the year. There
are 183 days left in the year. On
- 1566 – French astrologer, physician,
and prophet Nostradamus died.
- 1776 – Richard Henry Lee’s resolution that
the American colonies “are, and of right ought to be,
free and independent States” was adopted by the Continental
- 1867 – First U.S. elevated railroad
began service in New York City.
- 1926 – U.S. Army Air Corps created;
Distinguish Flying Cross authorized.
- 1937 – American aviation pioneer
Amelia Earhart disappeared in the Central Pacific during
an attempt to fly
around the world at the equator.
- 1947 – An object crashed near
Roswell, NM. The U.S. Army Air Force insisted it was a
weather balloon, but eyewitness
accounts led to speculation that it might have been an alien
- 1957 – 1st submarine powered by liquid metal cooled
reactor completed-The Seawolf. 1st submarine designed to
fire guided missiles launched – The Grayback.
- 1964 – President Johnson signed the “Civil
Rights Act of 1964” into law. The act made it illegal
in the U.S. to discriminate against others because of their
- 1976 – North and South Vietnam
- 1980 – President Jimmy Carter
reinstated the draft.
things you may not know…
* Money isn’t made of paper; it’s
made of cotton.
* The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a “tittle.”
* Chocolate affects a dog’s heart
and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized
* Donald Duck comics were banned from
Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.
* Leonard da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with
the other at the same time.
* There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange,
purple, and silver.
* If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies,
you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money
in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
* Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during
World War II were made of wood.
Critical Days of Summer – Safe Grilling
Liquid petroleum (LP) gas or propane,
used in gas grills, is highly flammable. Each year about
30 people are injured
as a result of gas grill fires and explosions. Many of these
fires and explosions occur when consumers first use a grill
that has been left idle for a period of time or just after
refilling and reattaching the grill’s gas container.
To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, consumers should
routinely perform the following safety checks:
- Check the tubes that lead into the
burner for any blockage from insects, spiders or food grease.
Use a pipe
cleaner or wire to clean blockage and push it through to
the main part of the burner.
- Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness,
holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in
- Move gas hoses away from hot surfaces
and dripping grease. If you can’t move the hoses,
install a heat shield to protect them.
- Replace scratched or nicked connectors,
which can eventually leak gas.
- Check for gas leaks, following the
instructions, if you smell gas or when you reconnect the
grill to the LP gas container. If you detect a leak, immediately
turn off the gas and don’t attempt to light the grill
until the leak is fixed.
- Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, or
open flames away from a leaking grill.
- Never use a gas grill indoors. Use
the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any
building. Do not use
the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under
a surface that can catch fire.
- Always follow manufacturer’s
Appreciation Day –
Don’t forget to mark 21 August 2004 on your calendars – It’s
Family Appreciation Day for all members of the New Jersey
National Guard, employees of the Department of Military & Veterans,
and their families. A day of fun in the sun is planned at
the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt.
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 need
our support and assistance. Can we count on your help?
To reach any NJ National Guard Family
Assistance Center –
Call toll free 888-859-0352