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
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of the Assistant Commissioner
(Ret) Michael B. Smith
Laura A. Branham
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Here is our featured
Job of the Week
Signal Systems Support Specialist, 31U
support systems specialist supervises, installs, employs,
maintains, troubleshoots, and assists users with
battlefield Signal support systems and terminal devices;
integrates Signal systems and networks; performs unit level
maintenance on authorized Signal equipment and associated
electronic devices; trains and provides technical assistance
to users of Signal equipment; and operates and performs
preventive maintenance checks and services on assigned vehicles
Performs Signal support functions, to include
providing technical assistance and training for user owned
automation and communication equipment.
If you’re interested
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State Veterans Service
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
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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
To honor workers far and
near Our nation passed a bill
To grant all men a day
A Sabbath – if you will.
praise is due our labor force
For each achievement made
furthered the economy
Our country’s growth and
A time for picnics and parades
revel in the sun
Before the summer’s days
And Autumn has begun!
Have a Happy Labor Day!
In light of the devastation
in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama
it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome
danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while
continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows
is good; that everything is meaningful, even if in a sense
beyond our understanding, and that there is always tomorrow."
NJ Guard supports Hurricane
Katrina relief effort.
Under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC),
Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, Chief, National Guard Bureau, has
authorized the National Guard in all 50 states and four territories
to provide essential personnel and critical equipment support
to the states affected by Hurricane Katrina through their
respective state emergency management agencies. The NJ National
Guard has answered that call and is ready to provide personnel,
equipment and assistance to those areas affected.
Currently, the states impacted by this catastrophe are assessing
their situation, identifying specific needs, and requesting
appropriate equipment and personnel. Both New Jersey Army
and Air National Guard assets have been mobilized and will
be providing requested assistance.
The initial request for support centers on potable drinking
water. Aircraft and personnel from the 108th Air Refueling
Wing at McGuire Air Force Base and soldiers from the 250th
Forward Support Battalion headquartered at Sea Girt are prepared
to collect, package and deliver bottled water. Those citizens
wishing to assist in this effort can bring only packaged
bottled water in cases to the armory locations listed. Logistical
restraints require that the bottled water be no smaller than
case size. This can be done between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through
Monday, September 5th. No other donations will be accepted
at this time until we have further information on what the
states need. For additional information, please contact 609-530-7010.
In addition to assisting the citizens of those devastated
areas, the National Guard is a family that takes care of
its own. Thousands of National Guard troops currently deployed
to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom come
from those states most severely affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Their own homes and families were not immune to the destruction
caused by the flooding and extremely high winds. We are equally
committed to assisting our fellow citizen soldiers and the
members of our extended Guard family.
1799 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666-0687
1315 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052-1419
479 West Clinton Street
Dover, NJ 07801-1799
1060 Hamilton Street
Somerset, NJ 08873
550 Route 57
Port Murray, NJ 07865
151 Eggers Crossing Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
National Guard Training Center
Sea Girt, NJ 08750-0251
1060 Hamilton Street
Somerset, NJ 08873
658 North Evergreen Avenue
Woodbury, NJ 08096-1399
1008 Absecon Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401-1999
600 Garden State Parkway
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210-1699
Acting Governor Codey is asking New Jersey residents to
give blood, donate money, or volunteer through the American
Red Cross. Donations can be made via phone at 800-HELP-NOW,
on th web at www.redcross.org, or by mail to: American Red
Cross, PO Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
108th Air Refueling Wing Family Day ’05
a huge success!
As the summer heat and sun bore down on the crowd, members
of the 108th, their families, and friends enjoyed the food,
games, and entertainment during the annual Family Day at
Doughboy Field, Fort Dix, on July 17th.
The fun and games were held after the
Call in the wing hangar. The Adjutant General, MG Glenn K.
Rieth, addressed the wing members about the BRAC (Base Realignment
and Closure) process and the positive momentum that the wing
is looking toward. MG Rieth also spoke about his visit to
Turkey to visit wing members deployed there. “It was
truly humbling as an Army aviator see how well you accomplish
the mission,” he stated.
Colonel Michael Cunniff, Commander of
the 108th spoke to the wing about the outstanding job they
had done on the recent
UCI and other deployments. He told the audience to take time
to enjoy Family Day and to “thank your family for what
they do for us.”
Following promotions and awards, everyone
headed for Fort Dix and the exciting activities awaiting
them there – dunk
tank, pie eating contest, karate demonstration, fishing game,
music, face painting, exhibits, vintage vehicles, plentiful
food and drinks, and much more.
National Guard attends Enlisted Personnel Professional Development
Members of the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard attended
Professional Development Training at the 34th Annual Conference
of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the
United States (EANGUS) in Orlando, Florida from 21-24 August
2005. Training was conducted by the Chief, National Guard
Bureau, Army and Air National Guard Directors, the NGB CSM,
Army National Guard CSM, Air National Guard CCM, and a special
presentation by the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the
Air Force. Attendees were State CSM Richard Adkins, CCM Paul
Gunning, EANG-NJ President SGM (Ret) Len Mayersohn CMSgt(Ret)
Tom Quinn, SGM (Ret) Jerry Zebrowski, 1SG John Humphreys,
and MSgt (Ret) Kelly Schreiner. First-time attendees were
TSgt Tammy Hickerson and SSgt Jeff Pilgrim from the New Jersey
Air National Guard. Additionally, MSgt Don Newlin, 108th
Air Refueling Wing, attended as a guest of EANGUS, and was
recognized as the 2005 Air National Guard Base Honor Guard
Program Manager of the Year.
closes in on USAF Rifleman’s Badge.
A New Jersey servicemember attended the
National Rifle Championship at Camp Perry, Ohio, on August
1-7. Senior Master Sergeant
Joseph Burkel, a Chief Radio Operator with the 227th Special
Operations Flight, is ten points closer to earning his USAF
Distinguished Rifleman’s Badge as a result of his participation.
Burkel has been a member of the 108th Marksmanship Team since
May 2001, and has been with the 108th since 1985. During
the Excellence in Competition Match, he shot his way into
the top 10% of 1,222 competitors, earning 10 points. In accordance
with AFI 34-227, a total of thirty points are needed to earn
the USAF Distinguished Rifleman’s Badge. Currently,
less than 300 Air Force personnel have achieved this mark
since 1947. Burkel also placed high enough in the Springfield
and Garand Matches to be awarded Gold and Bronze medals respectively.
Upcoming events this fall for the team include: New Jersey
Pistol Championships in September, and the New Jersey Match
Rifle Championships in October. Anyone interested in the
108th ARW Marksmanship Team should contact Lt Col Andy Kuhtik
at (609) 754-6131.
to be honored at ceremony on 29 September 2005.
Salem and Cumberland County veterans will be honored in
ceremonies to be held at the Salem County Community College,
460 Hollywood Avenue, Carneys Point, NJ. Veterans will be
presented with the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal
at an 11 a.m. ceremony. Korean Service Medals will be presented
at a ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m.
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Task Force is formed.
The NJ Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, in
cooperation with County Veterans Programs and Veterans Administration
and Independent Providers has formed a Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD) Task Force. Their purpose is to deliver the
most timely and effective PTSD counseling to our returning
New Jersey combat veterans. Their first meeting was held
at DMVA on 12 July 2005. Quarterly meetings have been scheduled
to develop a working model from which a concise program and
mission goals can be formulated. It is important that our
soldiers returning home from overseas have the best possible
care provided to them.
Army – Operation Red Shield.
Operation Red Shield is a fully funded program run by the
Salvation Army to meet the emergency needs of our deployed
service personnel and their dependents. If anyone needs assistance
or additional information on Operation Red Shield, please
call 888-302-6100 or 888-247-0100. Full program details can
also be viewed at www.salvationarmynewjersey.org.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
10 Sep -
Between the Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Author lecture and slide presentation by Vietnam Veteran Thomas F. Morrissey.
16 Sep -
National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Gold Star Mothers Recognition Day ceremony.
18 Sep -
Rolling Thunder – NJ, Motorcycle Run for POW/MIA Awareness.
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.
Sandy Cove offers a free stay for our
military members & families
at Operation Oasis on Chesapeake Bay.
Operation Oasis is an outreach program developed to offer
a time of rest and renewal to military personnel involved
in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Located in North East, Maryland,
at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, Operation Oasis
offers a free 3-day, 2-night time of rest and relaxation.
It is a thank you to those who seek to secure and sustain
our freedom. Simply contact Carol Lee Lynch at email@example.com or by phone at 800-287-4843 for additional information. You
can also visit the website www.sandycove.org for a more detailed
description of the facility.
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.
Standdown 2005 to be held in South and North
Homeless veterans and their families are invited
to attend the annual one-day Standdown that will be held
College on 17 September 2005 and at the Cherry Hill Armory
on Friday, 23 September 2005, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Federal,
state, public, and private support agencies will offer
a broad array of FREE services and assistance such as: VA
counseling, welfare, Social Security, food stamps, legal
services, addiction services, housing, medical, dental,
employment/unemployment, haircuts, and clothing provisions.
Pre-registration and transportation
arrangements are encouraged. Call (800) 464-8387 for additional
NJ Friends of the Guard and Reserve Announce
The NJ Friends of the Guard and Reserve is
proud to present the 2005 State Chairman’s Annual Golf Outing. The golf
outing will be held on Thursday, 22 September 2005 at the
Falcon Creek Golf Course at McGuire AFB. The $85 per golfer
registration fee includes greens fees, cart registration,
food and beverages on the course, door prizes and dinner
at the McGuire AFB Officer’s Club. Hole and cart sponsors
are being sought too. All proceeds to benefit the activities
of the NJ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. For
additional information please contact Hank Pierre at 609-530-6879.
Fair to be held at Fort Monmouth.
A Job Fair will be held
on September 20, 2005 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gibbs Hall,
Fort Monmouth. Army Community Service – Employment
Readiness Program us sponsoring the Job Fair that will have
the participation of over 60 businesses. Parking is limited
and the public is encouraged to car pool or take public transportation.
Photo ID will be required. No large bags, backpacks, briefcases,
etc. will be permitted inside the gate. Lunch will be available
for purchase inside Gibbs Hall. Bring adequate copies of
your resume as no copy facilities will be available. If you
require additional information, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers planned
in support of our deployed troops and their families:
104th Engineer Association plans benefit
golf outing - The 104th Engineer Association will hold its first
annual golf outing to benefit the “SGT Frank T. Carvill
Scholarship Program.” The event will be held on Monday,
19 September 2005 at the Overpeck County Golf Course in Teaneck,
NJ. Contact SGM (Ret) Jerome Zebrowski at 609-214-6959 or
by e-mail at email@example.com or SGM Edward Goetschius at
609-965-1972 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.EANG-NJ.org to obtain additional information.
National Guard Family Day at Six Flags
Great Adventure Saturday, 24 September 2005, join the New Jersey
Guard for a day full of family, fun and excitement! Tickets
to the NJ National Guard Family Day are $17 each and they
will go fast. Purchase your tickets today at your nearest
Family Assistance center: Morristown, Teaneck, Lawrenceville,
Woodbury, Toms River, Jersey City, Somerset or Pomona. Call
for more information at 888-859-0352.
State Park Passes - All Active New Jersey
National Guard members are entitled to Division of Parks
Park passes. When parking fees are in effect this pass entitles
the NJNG member (and passengers) free parking at all New
Jersey State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas and Historic
Sites. This pass does not pertain to campground fees. ID
cards must be shown along with this pass for access. Active
NJ National Guard members and families of deployed soldiers
can obtain their state park passes through the State Family
Programs office by calling 609-562-0739 or at any NJ National
Guard Family Assistance Center, 888-859-0352. Questions and
inquiries concerning the NJ State Park Pass program should
be addressed to CW4 Ralph Cwieka, State Family Program Coordinator
at 609-562-0668 or e-mail: Ralph.email@example.com
Shades of Green Offers Summer Specials The Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort has announced
2005 end of summer
specials available from 7 AUG through 30 SEPT. Members of
the military community, including retired members, are eligible
for package deals. Resort officials say that Shades of Green
guests have exclusive access to discounted theme park tickets,
reduced rates at Disney’s PGA professional golf courses,
extra Magic Hours at the parks, and much more. For more information,
visit the Shades of Green website at www.shadesofgreen.org/funandsun.htm.
Free Military Care Package Kit of
Priority Mail The United States Postal Service is offering free packaging
to spouses and families of military members who are deployed
overseas. To take advantage of this service call: 1-800-610-8734
and press 1 (for English), then 3 for an operator and request
CAREKIT04. USPS will send you free boxes, packing materials,
tape and mailing labels. These products are to be used to
mail care packages to service members.
Sign up for a chance to send your
soldier 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 $10 or
$20 denominations. From there, the “Gift from the Homefront” may
be sent to an 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
Conaway that enables citizens to donate postage stamps for
use by our troops and their families. Over 30,000 stamps
have been donated to our National Guard soldiers and airmen
and Family Readiness Programs. With Memorial Day 2005 approaching,
we recall the unique sacrifices made by every generation
that has served in uniform for the good of America. We are
often asked what can be done to support the soldiers of this
generation. 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
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.
American Airlines: Special fare for
military personnel and their dependants (you will need
your military ID card
and a copy of your soldier’s orders to fly). Just call
800-433-7300 and ask for the military fare offer for your
desired destination. You can also go to www.aa.com, but you
cannot book a flight online.
are events taking place at your local armory.
|17 Sep (10a.m.- 7 p.m.)
Ancient Order of Hibernian
17 Sep (10a.m - 6 p.m.)
18 Sep (11a.m.- p.m.)
Sep (7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Card & Memorabilia Show
Sep (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
||Free Rabies Vaccination
Township of Lawrence
Sep (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
25 Sep (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Sep (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
25 Sep (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
|24 Sep (6 a.m. -6 p..m)
Sep (10 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Sep (10a.m. – 5 p.m.)
1 Oct (10 a.m. – 8
Fitness Corner – Ernie Razzano,
Certified Fitness Trainer
Fat “Burning” Foods
was asked if there are certain foods that can actually
help the body utilize fat for energy. It is important
to note that a nutrition program that is varied and
balanced across the three macro-nutrients (protein, carbohydrates,
and fats) will ensure your body is the healthiest it
possibly can be and any excess weight will come off
a result of healthy eating habits and sensible exercise
The foods that have been suggested to be
more beneficial for fat burning are as follows, however,
is by no
means an exhaustive list. These foods may only encourage
weight loss when used within a well-balanced diet.
Apples, Bananas, Lemons, Oranges, Grapes, Leeks, Melons,
Grapefruit, Pears, and Pineapple.
Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Lettuce, Root Vegetables,
Grains: Whole meal bread, Wholegrain Pastas,
Brown or Japanese Rice, and Air Popped Corn.
Sources: Soya Beans, Low fat Soymilk, Mushrooms, Eggs,
Low fat lean beef, fresh fish, fresh tuna, and
The right fats, consumed in small quantities
have the effect of slowing the digestion of carbs and
thus causing the body to expend more energy in the
process of digestion.
Polyunsaturated Oils: Cottonseed
oit, Nut Oils, Safflower Oil, Soya Oil, and Sunflower
Foods High in Omega-3 Fatty Acid: Bass,
Herring, Cod, Oysters, and Sardines.
The foods contained
in the above fat-burning foods list, when put together,
form solid grounding for a fat-burning
diet – and the best thing about these foods is
that they are al in plentiful supply and are not expensive.
is Friday, September 2nd. It is the 245th day of the
year with 120 days remaining.
On this day in history...
1666 – The Great Fire of London broke out. The
fire burned for three days destroying 10,000 buildings
including St. Paul’s Cathedral. Only 6 people were
1775 – Hannah, the first American
war vessel was commissioned by General George Washington.
1789 – The U.S. Treasury Department
1935 – A hurricane hit the
Florida Keys killing 423 people.
1945 – Japan surrendered to
the U.S. aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War
II. The war ended six
years and one day after it began.
1945 – Ho Chi Minh declares
Vietnam independence from France (National Day).
1969 – Vietnamese President
Ho Chi Minh died.
1985 – It was announced that
a U.S. and French expedition had found the Titanic
on September 1st 560
miles off Newfoundland. The luxury liner had been missing
for 73 years.
1992 – The U.S. and Russia
agreed to a joint venture to build a space station.
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness Center near
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.