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
Bank of America (Fleet Bank)
is undergoing a system-wide change in their loan offerings
and will no longer offer the New Jersey Freedom Loan.
Beach Passes for NGTC – Sea
Girt for DMVA employees are now available.
Enjoy the sun. Have some fun.
Gail Miller – 6911
Jane Davis – 6910
Summer Safety Tips:
Use life vests; watch where
· Athletic activities:
Stretch to warm
up; don’t overexert yourself. Drink
plenty of water; if you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
Don’t swim alone or in
unknown waters. If swimming in the ocean, adhere to posted
guidance, and instructions of lifeguards.
7th Annual Unity Day
Please join us on Thursday, 9 June 2005, and “Share
Your Heritage with Us” at the 7th Annual Unity Day
being held at the Joint Force Headquarters Building Drill
Floor. This event is held to enhance cross-cultural awareness,
and promote harmony among all members of the New Jersey Guard
and recognize the contributions of women and minorities.
This combined effort of Army and Air, State and Federal,
community members and members of both Team McGuire and the
Fort Dix Post contribute to the different ethnic and Special
Emphasis groups being represented in the New Jersey National
Guard. This year’s event will start off with a 5K Fun
Walk/Run at 0830. Opening ceremonies will take place at 1000
hours with a performance from the New Jersey Youth Challenge
Program Drill Team followed by the Presentation of Awards.
Multi-cultural displays, food samplings and special performances
will take place from 1030 hours to 1500 hours. We encourage
ALL members associated with the New Jersey National Guard
to attend. For questions, please contact Kathey McCready,
State Equal Employment Manager at 609-562-0854.
An Invitation to a Great Weekend
To my Fellow Soldiers and Airmen,
You and your spouse are invited to attend one of the six remaining
Marriage Retreat Weekends. These events are open to all NJARNG
and NJ Air Guard personnel. Sponsored by the NJARNG Family
Programs Office, these weekends are an opportunity to create
a stronger bond with your spouse. Please contact CH Kevin A.
(O) 609-562-0636 (C) (609)-847-1477
BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) News:
Due to the recent BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) recommendation
list that was recently released by the DOD, the 108th Air Refueling
Wing (ARW), which houses 1500 personnel at McGuire Air Force
Base, faces elimination.
Mentioned in the BRAC list is the retirement of all KC-135E
aircraft that are stationed at the 108th ARW. In addition,
no future flying missions have been identified. Since funding
follows flying, the 108th will be left vulnerable to a forced
retirement. While a small support group is seated to remain
as an active, the net effect is the loss of over 1,000 personnel
positions from the NJ Air National Guard at McGuire Air Force
With a history that predates World War II, the 108th still
actively participates in supporting federal (OIF, OEF) as well
as state (domestic security, natural disaster) missions. To
date the 108th has flown 9,035 hours and 1,879 sorties in support
of the Global War on Terror, excluding other humanitarian and
regularly scheduled missions.
Our National Guard personnel, family members, NJ federal and
state elected officials, and community members are determined
to have the BRAC commission re-evaluate and establish the role
of the 108th ARW as an integral component of the U.S. military
Fort Monmouth, NJ Hosts Annual Armed
Forces Community Celebration – June 9-12, 2005
2005 Armed Forces Community Celebration! A Tradition of Heroes:
Defenders of the Homeland. The Fort Monmouth Armed Forces Community
Celebration weekend is open to the public. The celebration
will showcase the efforts of the military, state, Monmouth
County, and local communities in providing for the security
and safety of the nation’s citizens. It will be held
on the east side of Fort Monmouth near Oceanport Avenue. The
celebration will include a carnival; civilian and military
displays including armored vehicles, artillery, and helicopters;
historical military re-enactors from the American Revolution
to the present day; a variety of musical acts; skydiving demonstrations;
a classic car show; and many other acts and exhibits. Fodd
and beverages will also be available. One of the exhibits planned
will feature a video/phone hookup to New Jersey National Guard
soldiers stationed in Iraq. For more information call: 732-532-0963
New Spouse Resource
The Military Spouse Career Center, a new free online resource,
is now available. Spouses can search the job board with over
500,000 openings in the federal government and private sector
organizations. Spouses will also find information regarding
jobs on military installations, overseas employment opportunities,
and information on entering and advancing in popular career
fields. Additional resources include career counseling, licensing
and certification, childcare and youth program. The military
Spouse Career Center can be accessed by clicking
America Supports You, Our Military Men & Women
10% off for Military Personnel and Immediate Families
Offer available for all active, reserve and retired military
personnel and their immediate families
Must show valid military ID
Discount limited to purchases of up to $2000
LOWE’S OF HAMILTON –
Boulevard, Hamilton, NJ 08691
(609) 581-8740 This ad is valid through 6/5/2005
Borders Books Military Discount 7-13 June
Books is offering to Government, Postal, Civil Service and
Military Personnel – 20% off Books, Music, and Café and
15% off DVDs of regularly priced items from Tuesday, 7 June
thru Monday 13 June. You must present a downloadable coupon
from www.bordersstores.com/savings (reminder - do not download
from a government computer). Spread the word.
Enlisted Council holds golf tourney at Falcon
Creek Golf Course in July
The 108th ARW Enlisted Council is holding its second annual
Golf Outing on July 21, at the Falcon Creek Golf Course, McGuire
Air Force Base. There will be a shotgun start at noon. The
cost to take the “good walk spoiled” (Mark Twain)
is $75 per individual or $280 for a foursome. This includes
lunch, beverages, 18 holes of golf and a chance to win prizes.
Proceeds from the tournament support the Freedom Alliance Scholarship
fund. This fund provides educational scholarships to children
of American Armed Forces service members who have sacrificed
life or limb. The Alliance is a non-profit educational and
charitable organization. The Enlisted Council is also looking
for hole sponsors at $35 per sign and beverage cart sponsors
at $40. Whether you picture yourself as a Happy Gilmore, John
Daly or Tiger Woods, contact Senior Airman Dee Eggles at 609-754-4141
for more information and entry forms. Happy golfing!
NJ Department of Labor teams up with Teaneck
Family Assistance Center.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
is teaming up with the Teaneck Family Assistance Center to
provide all soldiers returning from deployment with the necessary
information and tools to easily re-integrate into society.
The Re-employment Opportunities briefing given by MSG (Ret)
John Bautz will be held at the Teaneck Armory every Wednesday
at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
If you have any questions regarding this briefing, contact
MSG (Ret) Bautz at 201-996-8950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandy Cove offers a free stay for our
military members & families at Operation Oasis on Chesapeake
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.
The New Jersey National
Guard Magazine “Guardlife” Vol
31 No2 – now available on the world web.
Guardlife magazine Volume 31 Issue No 2 is now available on
the world wide web in a user friendly on-line web version at
the following web address:
The “Hometown Team” magazine
Guardlife provides up to date information on the happenings
within the New Jersey
Army and Air National Guard both at home and abroad. For all
the current news on our soldiers and airmen take a look at
the new issue today. To view past issues of Guardlife magazine
on-line you can visit http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the DMAVA Publications homepage.
Steve Braun Baseball Camp available FREE for children of deployed
soldiers and airmen.
Former Major League Baseball player and retired Trenton Thunder
coach, Steve Braun, will conduct a summer baseball camp on
Saturday and Sunday, 16-17 July 2005. The two-day camp is provide
free to children (male or female) of New Jersey National Guard
soldiers or airmen who are, or have been, deployed overseas
during the Global War on Terrorism.
Parents who wish to volunteer may note
that on their child’s
application or call Marie at 609-562-0739.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
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.
7th Annual Unity Day
“Come Share Your Heritage with Us.” On Thursday,
9 June 2005, the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs,
Joint Force Headquarters will hold it’s 7th Annual Unity
Day at Building 3650, Fort Dix, NJ. This event is held to enhance
cross-cultural awareness and promote harmony among all members
of the New Jersey National Guard, and to recognize the contributions
of women and minorities. This combined effort of Army and Air,
State and Federal, community members and members of both Team
McGuire and the Fort Dix Post contribute to the different ethnic
and Special Emphasis groups being represented. If you are interested
in participating by putting up a display, please contact Kathey
McCready, State Equal Employment Manager at 609-562-0854.
“Freedom Salute” – Soldiers, it’s
easy to nominate someone!
The Freedom Salute campaign is designed
to recognize those who support Soldier’s service and veterans who have served
the country in the past. Individuals nominated will receive
an “Army of One” lapel pin, an official Army decal
a letter of appreciation signed by the Army Chief of Staff,
and a letter of thanks signed by the Chief of Staff and the
Secretary. It’s easy to nominate someone. Soldiers should
simply visit the website: http://freedomteamsalute.army.mil and submit the names of those individuals who are supporting
Ceremony held at Edison Elks Loge in Edison, NJ on Thursday,
A medal ceremony was held at the Edison Elks Lodge in Edison,
NJ to present the Korean Service Medal. COL James Grant, Commanding
Officer, Office of Identity and Information Technology Section,
New Jersey State Police, presented approximately 150 medals
to Middlesex County Veterans. Patricia Richter, Chief, Veterans
Benefits Bureau, served as Mistress of Ceremony. Division of
Veterans Programs employees, Ms. Karen Hansen and Ms. Michele
Johnson assisted with the program.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
||Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal
430 Jockey Hallow Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
||Korean Service Medal
||Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal
||Toms River Elks
600 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ
||Vietnam Service Medal
||Distinguished Service Medal
||Atlantic Cape Community College
5100 Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, NJ
||Korean Service Medal
||Distinguished Service Medal
||West Orange Armory
1299 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ
||Korean Service Medal
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers planned in
support of our deployed troops and their families:
- Mealey’s Furniture to
donate 3 rooms of new furniture to a needy military member
on Memorial Day. Do you know someone
who is or has served Active Duty in the US military and is
now in need? Mealey’s would like to thank them for their
service by giving them three complete rooms of furniture. Entry
forms can be found in any of Mealey’s three stores or
online at www.mealeysfurniture.com. All nominations will be
reviewed and selection will be made on June 30th.
- Send coffee!! – The “Coffee Express” is
on track! Time to start percolating and open the spigots all
the way! The good news is that over 1500 pounds of coffee have
been sent to the troops so far. The bad news is that they have
drunk most of it. It’s time for a second cup. Join the “Coffee
Express” – buy a pound or two of coffee and send
it to one of the address shown belo3 or to the soldier of your
choice at either unit. MAJ Mike Lyons, HHC 50th Main Support
Battalion, FOB Speicher, APO AE 09393 or LTC John Nunn, HHC
42nd DISCOM, FOB Speicher, APO, AE 09393.
- 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
- 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
and Herb 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,
- 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.
Armory Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
Open House – 18 June 2005 -Toms River Armory - The Wolfpack
is back from Iraq and so is the fun and excitement! Best of
all, it’s FREE!
An Open House is scheduled at the Toms
River Armory on Saturday, June 18, 2005, from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. The soldiers of Charlie
Battery and Detachment 1 Service 3/112th FA are hosting the
Open House, and with the assistance of the recruiters, are
supporting the TAG’s Policy on “Strength Management.” There
will be historical displays from the Revolutionary War to Operation
Iraqi Freedom. For the children, there will be Hummer rides,
camouflage face painting, paintball targets, a grenade toss,
a child ID Program, and many other fun activities. There will
also be prizes and give-aways. Refreshments will be available
at low family prices!
The Open House will also provide an opportunity to showcase
the facility to the public, and to let the community know that
the facility is available for their use.
||National Cancer Survivors Day
||West Orange Armory
||Medal Ceremonies for DSM/MSM & KSM
||Sports Card and Comics Show
||Toms River Armory
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Pick-Up & Drop-Off Point for Camp
Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans will present Flag Memorial
and other events to honor veterans (10-12 June 2005).
The Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans will present the 20th
Annual Donald W. Jones Flag Memorial on 10 June 2005. The Memorial
consists of 58,000 American flags, each placed in the ground
by someone who cares, for every American soldier killed or
missing in action in Vietnam. The flags will create a Memorial
in the shape and exact size of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Wall in Washington, D.C. The event will be held at the Falls
Township Community Park, 9070 Mill Creek Road, Levittown, PA
(Rain or Shine) and will begin at 9 a.m.
On Saturday, 11 June 2005, there will be
a free Freedom, Blues & Rock
concert that will begin at 11 a.m. and feature the following
bands: Ambush, Ergo, Hellbound Blues Band, Jekyl’s Hyde,
Last Call, Legend, Mikey Junior, The Seven Band, Sister Blue,
and Sweet Medicine. A fireworks display will be held at dusk.
The concert and fireworks will be held at the Falls Township
Park, Mill Creek Road, Levittown, PA 19054. On Sunday, 12 June
2005, a motorcycle rally will depart Bristol Township Municipal
Building, 2501 Bath Road, Levittown, PA at 12:30 p.m. If you
are interested in participating, please all Shotgun Willie
at 267-784-2282. The Honors Ceremony will begin at 1 p.m.
Corner – Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
Shut Up and Squat!
Do you want to know what the
best overall resistance (weight bearing) exercise is? You
guessed it – The Squat! Don’t
cringe! This exercise utilizes more muscles than any other
exercise. Thus, giving you more bang for your buck. But before
run out and throw a bunch of weight on your shoulders, learn
the proper technique first!!!
Proper technique for squatting
includes, but is not limited to, placing the bar approximately
1-3 inches below the anterior
deltoid (rear shoulder muscle), which affords more efficient
biomechanics by lowering the center of gravity, as long as
the bar is not placed exceedingly low on the shoulders. Generally,
the feet should be slightly wider than shoulder width. This
will increase the availability and usage of the larger and
more powerful muscles and enable the lifter to shorten the
distance traveled. You should start the descent by leading
with the hips rather than with the knees so that the shins
are perpendicular to the floor. The heels should be flat
on the floor for the entire duration of the lift. Raising the
heels up predisposes the knees to injury and shifts the center
of gravity forward forcing the lower back to compensate for
the displaced load. The lifter should have fully inhaled
starting the descent. The breath should be expelled when
the sticking point is reached in the ascent, which is typically
around thirty degrees of extension. This technique will increase
interstitial leverage and aid in keeping the torso erect
forcing the chest out in front of the bar. Do not lock your
knees in the upright position. There is a complex network
of movement underlying efficient squat performance so know
you’re doing before you engage in this powerful exercise...
New Jersey Vietnam
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial will be awarding
two $2,000 college scholarships during the ceremony. The scholarship
recipients are Joseph J. Gianetti, of Closter, graduating from
Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest and Amy M.
Van Daele, of Eastampton, graduating from Rancocas Valley Regional
High School. The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
will induct three veterans into the “In Memory” Program. “In
Memory” honors New Jerseyans who served and died as a
result of the war in Vietnam but whose names are not on the
Memorial. The three inductees are:
William F. Lamb, US Army, of Matawan, NJ, who died September
Donald E. Sanders, US Army, of Toms River, NJ, who died March
William Toto, Jr., US Army, of Nutley, NJ, who died January
As part of the ceremony, family members
will say a few words about their loved one and light a candle
in their memory. A
book of biographical information, compiled by the family, is
also placed in the Educational Center’s Resource Room.
Also participating in the program will be local chapters of
the Vietnam Veterans of America and Chaplain Joseph Formola
of the Vietnam Veterans of America, NJ State Council. There
will be a wreath-laying portion of the program. The Vietnam
Era Educational Center, adjacent to the Memorial, will be open
free of charge.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
On the River (memoir of an American advisor to South
Author Lecture by Vietnam Veteran George L. Athas
||10am - 4pm
||Military Vehicle Display
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 open
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission
is free for veterans
and active duty military personnel. Regular adult admission
is $4; student and senior citizen admission is $2; and children
under 10 are admitted free. The Center is located adjacent
to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden State
Parkway at Exit 116.
Retirement Receptions planned.
Several of our Department’s employees
will be retiring in the very near future. Listed below is
the information on
their planned receptions/dinners.
8 June 2005, 1130 hours
|CW3 SGM Michael Amoroso
Charleys Other Brother
20 June 2005, 1700 hours
SFC Denise Creary
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.