New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
DMAVA Highlights Archives

3 September 2004
Volume 3, Number 35


NJ Dept of Military and
Veterans Affairs

Maj Gen Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General

Brig Gen Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General


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John D. Rockefeller

American Industrialist, Philanthropist, Founder of Exxon



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.. 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.

Current participants:

Commerce Bank

Credit Union of NJ
609-538-4061, ext. 401

First Morris Bank & Trust


Manasquan Savings Bank

North Jersey Federal
Credit Union

Peapack-Gladstone Bank
(908) 719-BANK

Pennsville National Bank


Sovereign Bank

Sun National Bank

The NJ Army National Guard announces the promotion of Brigadier General Frank R. Carlini.

The New Jersey Army National Guard is pleased to announce the promotion of Frank R. Carlini to Brigadier General, effective 01 August 2004. BG Carlini has served New Jersey in numerous assignments throughout his career, Commanding the 1st Battalion 114th Infantry, 254th Regiment (CA) at Sea Girt, and is currently assigned as Deputy Commander, Joint Force Headquarters. His full-time support assignments include Assistant G3, 50th Armored Division; S3 2nd Brigade, 50th Armored Division, S3 1st Brigade, 50th Armored Division; Assistant Chief of Staff, 50th Armored Division; Executive Officer, 50th Brigade; Chief, Training Division in the Plans, Operations, and Training Division, and most recently NJ Army National Guard Chief of Staff. BG Carlini served on Active Duty with the 1st Armored Division and the 196th Brigade, AMERICAL Division in the Republic of Vietnam. BG Carlini is a graduate of the United States Army War College, Class of 1998. Congratulations, General Carlini!

Family Appreciation Day was a great success.

With over 10,000 attendees, the National Guard State Family Readiness Council and the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs declared the first Family Appreciation Day, which was held on 21 August 2004, a great success. The purpose of this special day was to show the families of our NJ National Guard soldiers and airmen how much we appreciate their efforts, and how the missions of the NJNG would not be successful without the support of their families. Adults and children alike enjoyed the games and the wonderful donated prizes, plentiful and finger-licking food, along with great music. One of the day’s highlights had to be the autograph booth of NJ Devils’ player, Ken Daneyko. People eagerly waited over an hour for a chance to meet one of NJ’s esteemed athletes. Special acknowledgement and thanks to the volunteers from the Salvation Army, Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club, and the American Recreation Military Services (ARMS), who spent days working to make Family Appreciation Day the huge success that it was. Thanks also to all who attended for showing your support to the women and men who work to keep America safe.

Motorcycle Rights Association of New Jersey donates $3,815.92 to Veterans Haven.

On 30 August 2004, Robert Durante accepted a donation of $3,815.92 from the Egg Harbor Township Motorcycle Rights Association on behalf of the veterans residing at Veterans Haven. This money was raised during their 6th annual fundraiser event. The donation will be used to purchase new weight training equipment – two universal weight machines, two treadmills, and two exercise bikes. It will allow us to have two exercise rooms for the 54 veterans residing at the Haven. The Department thanks the Association for its generosity.

New Jersey Air National Guard (NJANG) Chiefs conduct seminar.

Chief Master Sergeants from the NJANG met on Friday, 27 August 2004, at the Training and Training Technology Battle Lab, Fort Dix, to discuss issues affecting the enlisted corps and be briefed on initiatives such as the Air National Guard VANGUARD Plan, Base Realignment and Closure, the NJANG Two-Year Action Plan, and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Brigadier General Eugene Chojnacki, Commander, New Jersey Air National Guard, addressed the Chiefs along with Colonel Henry Straub, Colonel Alphonse Stephenson, Colonel Dorothy Donnelly, and Lt Col Anthony Lasure. Chief Lee Cisek also briefed the Chiefs on the recent Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States’ 33rd Annual Conference, which was held in Louisville, Kentucky.

Standdown held for Homeless Veterans.

The Northern New Jersey Standdown for homeless veterans took place on Saturday, August 28, 2004, at the Essex County Community College’s gymnasium. Approximately 300 veterans and dependants attended this year’s event, which was supported by the following organizations: NJ Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, NJ Army and Air National Guard, Newark Veterans Administration Regional staff, Veterans Administration staff and medical personnel from Lyons and East Orange Veterans Hospitals, Social Security Administration, NJ Department of Labor, Essex County Social Services, and veterans organizations to include the Vietnam Veterans Association, Disabled Veterans Association, and the American Legion. Special thanks to Dorothea Lee, who organized and managed the Standdown with the assistance of John Subie, of the Department of Labor, and David Cathcart, from the VA Newark Veterans Center, and to LTC Robert Schofield, NJ Army National Guard, and Lt Ventresca, NJ Air National Guard.

USPFO hosts National Guard Bureau’s Fiscal Law Course – “Doing the Right Thing”

New Jersey’s United States Property & Fiscal Office hosted a Regional Federal Fiscal Law Course by Mr. Joseph Monachino, NGB-Judge Advocate Office, at the Tropicana in Atlantic City on 24-26 August 2004. The Fiscal Law Course is one of the most demanding training courses available to federal Program Managers and fiscal management specialists. We have a responsibility to the public and taxpayers to ensure we manage their funds effectively and efficiently. This course helped all students learn a little more about money management and accounting for Congress’ appropriated dollars. Over 60 participants, who came from Rhode Island, Maine, Delaware, Wisconsin, and, of course, representatives from the NJ Army and Air National Guard, were in attendance. DMVA’s Assistant Commissioner, COL (Ret) Michael Smith, former Army National Guard Financial Manager and Comptroller, was our honored Guest Speaker. The theme of his speech was “Doing the Right Thing When Nobody’s Looking,” and being good stewards of public funds. Additionally, COL Joseph Scaturo, NJARNG, Judge Advocate to LTG Blum, Chief, National Guard Bureau, was a primary instructor, along with Mr. Joseph Monachino.

New Jersey Committee for Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) salutes National Guardsmen, Reservists and Employers.

On Monday, 30 August 2004, the New Jersey Committee for ESGR honored 120 employers and members of the Guard and Reserve at a luncheon held at the Lafayette Yard Marriott Hotel in Trenton, New Jersey. MG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General, addressed the attendees and assisted Brig Gen (Ret) Robert Dutko, NJ ESGR State Chairman, with the presentation of the following awards to area employers who have gone above and beyond in support of their Guard and Reserve employees:

Above and Beyond Award Schering Plough
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Seven Seals Award Mayor Glen Gilmore – Hamilton Township
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Patriot Awards

Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility

Hamilton Township

Ewing Township

Lawrence Township

West Windsor Township

Tom Davis Auto Parts

PSE&G – Trenton Division

U.S. Postal Service – Circle Branch

Vertical Technologies Corporation

Division of Medical and Health Services

New Jersey Network

In addition to the luncheon and awards presentation, the ESGR sponsored NASCAR show car was on display in front of the hotel. A large “Support our Troops” banner was displayed with the car and was signed by those in attendance at the luncheon and citizens who came out to send their best wishes to those National Guard members and Reservists serving around the globe.

“Courage to Care” program is launched.

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences launched its new health education campaign on 24 August – “Courage to Care.” Courage to care is aimed at helping combatants reintegrate back into their families after surviving the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. In general, the campaign is geared toward the entire Defense Department community – active duty, National Guard, and reserve servicemembers and their families, as well as the health and community providers who serve them.

Courage to Care consists of ready-to-use fact sheets written for physician providers as well as servicemembers, on topics about military life and health. The first of two fact sheets is titled “Reintegration Roadmap – Shared Sense of Purpose,” and is for the health and social service provider. Its companion sheet, “Becoming a Couple Again, Creating a Shared Sense of Purpose,” is for military couples experiencing the transition.

Future issues will include, “Workplace Re-entry of Guard and Reserve,” “Deployment Impact on Children and Families,” “Women’s Health During Deployment,” and Talking About Injury with Spouse and Family.” Courage to Care fact sheets can be downloaded from the uniformed university’s website at

Mobilization Update –

The 150th Finance Detachment, 50th Finance Battalion, 57th Troop Command was officially mobilized on 27 August 2004 at their armory in Flemington, New Jersey. The 150th left for its Mobilization Station on 30 August 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. Our prayers are with them.

Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.

The following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor our State’s veterans.

30 Sep - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished, Meritorious & Korean Service Medals
Westfield Armory
Union, NJ

“Mural of Courage” is planned.

To honor those who have served, continue to serve, and those who future will be to serve, Echelon Mall will create a “Mural of Courage” to highlight the hard work and dedication of the United States military. Local families and friends are invited to honor their loved ones in the military by creating a collage including photos, medals, poems, etc. These tributes will be hung among hundreds of other collages to create a wall mural. Collages/posters for the “Mural of Courage” must be 22 x 28 inches and can be delivered to the Mall Management Office by 30 September 2004. If you have any questions, you can call the Echelon Mall at 856-772-1950.

SAFETY NOTES – Walking and Biking to School

Even if children don’t ride in a motor vehicle, protection is still necessary. Because of minimal supervision, young pedestrians face a wide variety of decision-making situations and dangers while walking to and from school. Here are a few safety tips to follow:

- Mind all traffic signals and/or the crossing guard – never cross the street against a light, even if you don’t see any traffic coming.

- Walk your bike through intersections.

- Walk with a buddy.

- Wear reflective material…it makes you more visible to street traffic.

Fun Facts – (courtesy of LTC John Scannell)

- Most boat owners name their boats. The most popular boat name is Obsession.

- If you were spelling out numbers, how far would you have to go until you found the letter “A”? The answer is “one thousand.”

- What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common? A woman invented them all.

- What is the only food that doesn’t spoil? Honey.

- On which day are more collect calls made than any other day of the year? Fathers Day.

NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education Center’s upcoming event schedule.

On Saturday, 18 September, at 1 p.m. the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host an author lecture and book signing by Vietnam-Era Veteran George J. Veith about his new book, co-written with Garnett “Bill” Bell, Leave No Man Behind: Bill Bell and the Search for American POW/MIAs from the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War’s POW/MIA issue has haunted America since the early stages of the war. Shrouded in controversy, a subject of great emotion amid charges of governmental conspiracy and Communist deceit, the possibility of American servicemen being held in secret captivity after the war’s end has influenced U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia for three decades. Bill Bell, the first chief of the U.S. POW/MIA office in postwar Vietnam and the government’s top POW/MIA field investigator, provides an insider’s account of that effort.

George Veith, a former Army captain and tank company commander, served for almost seven years (1979-1986) in different command positions in US combat units in Germany and the United States. An acknowledged expert on the POW issue, he has addressed both the National League of Families and National Alliance of Families conventions on the subject o POW/MIAs, has presented papers at the last three symposiums of the Center for the Study of the Vietnam Conflict at Texas Tech University, and is frequently asked to speak before POW/MIA activist groups.

Lecture attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033. A donation of $5 per person is suggested.

17 Sep - 11 a.m.
National POW Recognition Day/Gold Star Mothers Day

18 Sep - 1 p.m.
“Leave No Man Behind” (re: POW/MIAs) by George J. Veith

11 Nov - 11 a.m.
Veterans Day Program

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.

Today in History…

Today is Friday, September 3rd. It is the 247th day of the year, with 120 days remaining.

- 1783 – The Revolutionary War between the U.S. and Great Britain ended with the Treaty of Paris.

- 1833 – The first successful penny newspaper in the U.S., The New York Sun, was launched by Benjamin H. Day.

- 1895 – The first professional football game was played in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0.

- 1939 – British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, in a radio broadcast, announced that Britain and France had declared war on Germany, who had invaded Poland on 1 September.

- 1967 – In Sweden motorists stopped driving on the left side of the road and began driving on the right side.

- 1976 – The U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars. The unmanned spacecraft took the first close-up, color photos of the planet’s surface.

- 1989 – The U.S. began shipping military aircraft and weapons, worth $65 million, to Columbia in its fight against drug lords.

- 1994 – An American Indian Tribal panel in Alaska exiled two teenagers to an uninhabited island for one year. Their crime was beating and robbing a pizza deliveryman.

- 1999 – Mario Lemieux’s ownership group officially took over the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux became the first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he had once played for.

DMVA’s Fitness Corner – Low Bank Pain (Part 1 of a 5 part series) by Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer

Lower back pain is the most frequent cause of missed work, after the common cold. It is estimated that over 20 million people suffer with this debilitating condition. While treatment and therapy are important, there are things that you can do for yourself to help you live free from recurring back pain. The five steps we will discuss, when followed sequentially and consistently, can significantly reduce the incidence and severity of symptoms stemming from low back pain.

Step 1: Reduce the Inflammation.

The first step in addressing back pain is to “put out the fire.” Inflammation is often the result of the joints, nerves, or soft tissues of your back becoming, irritated, raw and swollen. The recommended initial medial treatment of choice is usually an oral anti-inflammatory and ice. Check with your physician before using any drug.

While using an internal anti-inflammatory, you should also use an external anti-inflammatory—namely ice. Flexible gel packs are best, but crushed ice in a “zip-lock” bags works well also. Crushed ice works particularly well for people who weigh over 200 pounds. Don’t cover the bag with a towel because it will not penetrate deep enough to work.

Ice is cold, and after a minute or so, people usually want it off! Ice has to be really cold to be effective, and needs to be applied for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Imagine the thickness of a t-bone steak, and how much cold you would need to feel the effect through the other side. That’s about the thickness of your back.

The key to using ice is staying mobile and flexible. One side effect of cold is that it tends to make you a little stiff, so stretch! Try doing knee-to-chest and pelvic-rock stretching while lying on the ice. This is call cryokinetics or “movement on ice.” Not only does it keep you from stiffening up, it literally pumps swelling or inflammatory edema out of the low back as you stretch.

Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center near you.

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? Please call your local Family Readiness center and volunteer.

To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center

Call toll free 888-859-0352


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