Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
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Office of the Assistant Commisioner
COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith
Mrs. Laura A. Branham
Phone: (609) 530-6987
Fax: (609) 530-7109
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Thought for the day..
"I believe in the dignity
of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes
no man a living, but that it owes every man an opportunity
to make a living."
John D. Rockefeller
American Industrialist, Philanthropist, Founder of Exxon
"Half of the American people never
read a newspaper. Half never voted President. One hopes it
the same half."
.. 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.
Union of NJ
609-538-4061, ext. 401
Morris Bank & Trust
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
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
|Seven Seals Award
||Mayor Glen Gilmore – Hamilton Township
Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional
West Windsor Township
Tom Davis Auto Parts
PSE&G – Trenton
U.S. Postal Service – Circle
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
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
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 www.usuhs.mil/psy/courage.html
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.
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
“Mural of Courage” is
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.
NOTES – Walking and Biking
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
- What is the only food that doesn’t
- On which day are more collect calls
made than any other day of the year? Fathers Day.
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
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
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.
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 -
“Leave No Man Behind” (re: POW/MIAs) by George J. Veith
11 Nov -
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
- 1833 – The first successful
penny newspaper in the U.S., The New York Sun, was launched
by Benjamin H.
- 1895 – The first professional
football game was played in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe YMCA
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
- 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
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
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,
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
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
As the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers
and airmen around the globe, the families that are left behind
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