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 Council
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for Women
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
New Jersey Freedom
What is a Freedom
* Up to $10,000
* Annual APR 6%
* Term: 5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
* Unsecured Loan (no collateral required)
Who is eligible to
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
PATRIOTS vs. EAGLES
6 February 2005
Alltell Stadium, Jacksonville FL
people think football is a matter of
death. I can assure
them it is much more serious than that."
“Welcome Home the Troops” – Saturday,
5 February 2005.
Major General Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant
General, cordially invites all of our employees and their
families to attend
a “Welcome Home the Troops” ceremony at McGuire
AFB for the over 300 soldiers of the 1/114th Infantry Battalion,
New Jersey Army National Guard, who deployed to the Sinai
in support of the Multi-National Force Observers (MFO) mission.
The ceremony will be held on Saturday, 5 February 2005, at
3 p.m. in the 108th Air Refueling Wing’s hangar at
McGuire Air Force Base.
NJ Air National Guard announces Enlisted
Chief Master Sergeant Paul M. Gunning,
State Command Chief Master Sergeant, recently announced
New Jersey’s nominations
for the USAF 12 Outstanding Airman, Honor Guard Program Manager,
and Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year Award Programs.
Based on selection criteria such as leadership and job performance
in primary duties, significant self-improvement, and base
and community involvement, the following individuals were
selected after a stringent board process:
177th Fighter Wing, SrA Brian Tunis – Airman
177th Fighter Wing, TSgt Andrew Matejek – NCO
177th Fighter Wing, MSgt John Overstreet – SNCO
108th Air Refueling Wing, MSgt Donald
Newlin – Honor
Guard Program Manager
108th Air Refueling Wing – MSgt Severn Jackson – First
Congratulations to these truly deserving Airmen!
Cadets help Fort Dix.
In the true spirit of community service, ChalleNGe cadets
assisted Fort Dix snow removal efforts after the massive
snowstorm we experienced on 22-23 January 2005. The cadets
worked tirelessly on Sunday from 2 p.m. through 9 p.m. removing
snow from key areas such as: the Red Cross, library, post
chapel, and the post flag pole, just to name a few. On Monday
morning the cadets were out in force again. Thanks go out
to all of the cadets who helped keep the post clear and safe.
177th Fighter Wing participates in Job Shadow program.
On February 2, 2005, the 177th Fighter
Wing hosted a group of students from the Atlantic County
Institute of Technology
in Mays Landing, New Jersey. The students were participating
in a Job Shadowing program that part of the curriculum at
the Institute. The 12 students who selected the Armed Forces
as a future career were matched up with a member of the 177th
Fighter Wing from various organizations on the base. Chief
Master Sergeant Robert McCarty from the 177th Maintenance
Group coordinated the day’s events. The students were
introduced to the Civil Engineering Squadron, Communications,
Medical Group, Maintenance Group and Security Forces. The
day culminated with a briefing from Master Sergeant Rebecca
Lee from the 177th Recruiting Office. The efforts of the
unit members who participated in this event, as well as similar
events that take place throughout the year, are the primary
reason the 177th Fighter Wing has been able to maintain unit
strength above 96% for the past several years.
“Support the Troops” Pancake
Breakfast to be held this Saturday in Teaneck.
A Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, February 6th,
from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. to benefit the Teaneck Family
Assistance Center. VFW #1492, American Legion #128, and the
Teaneck Public Schools are sponsoring the breakfast, which
will be held at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 655 Teaneck
Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666 (Opposite Holy Name Hospital). For
tickets and information, please call SFC Hiller, SGT Loureiro,
or SPC Durango at 201-833-8356.
Overseas Deployment Training
Overseas Deployment Training (ODT) provides Reserve Component
(RC) units an opportunity to conduct unit-based, collective
mission essential task list (METL) training while incorporating
mobilization, deployment, reception, and redeployment activities.
ODT improves RC readiness to execute their role as part of
the Joint Force through participation in Joint exercise and
training in a Joint context.
From 15 January to 5 February 2005, the
Headquarters, 50th Personnel Service Battalion (PSB) 250th
(AG) Detachment, and cooks from the Headquarters and Headquarters
Detachment, Joint Force Headquarters were in Rhein Main Air
Base, Germany on an ODT mission. These soldiers are working
along side their Active Duty counterparts from the 64th Replacement
Detachment. The Operations Officer at that headquarters reports
that “they are doing great…they are extremely
helpful and very professional.”
The 50th PSB and the 250th AG Det will
receive an External Evaluation for their training. External
on measuring the training proficiency and demonstrated ability
of soldiers, leaders, and unit to perform METL tasks to Army
standards. The results of the evaluations provide the basis
for the commander’s assessment of the unit’s
training readiness. Kudos to these soldiers for a job well
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
901 Willow Grove Street
Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
151 Eggert Crossing Rd.
Guard Family Team Building (GFTB)
A new online program is now available
to anyone who is interested in learning more about the
National Guard. Guard Family Team
Building, also known as GFTB, is designed for everyone: service
members, spouses, parents, children, retirees, civilian employees,
and interested community members. It helps the Guard “family” by
teaching all aspects of life associated with the military,
specifically the National Guard. The program modules cover
a wide variety of topics most often requested by families
and National Guard leadership. GFTB has been specifically
developed to educate and empower those within the National
Guard community. The courses are free and the knowledge received
will give you a much better understanding of the National
Guard. Register to take the online courses at http://www.gftb.org/
Local Rotary Sends Gift Certificates to the 119th Corps
The Ocean City, Upper Township Rotary
International Club recently sent 100 $10 gift certificates
to the soldiers of
the 119th Corps Support Battalion (CSB). Brig Gen (Ret) Jeffrey
L. Pierson read the article about “Gifts from the Home
Front” in DMVA Highlights just before the holidays
and set out with his local Rotary Club to raise money through
the sale of candles and weekly donations at meetings.
Battalion Commander, LTC Sharon Tootell,
sent him an e-mail indicating, “The gift certificates
were a great idea and all of the troops were happy to receive
them. Many of
the soldiers have come to me and informed me that they have
already used them. Those gift certificates were greatly appreciated.”
General Pierson indicated that the club
members were very supportive of this project. In addition
to several members
being former military, one member has a son in the Navy,
who recently provided aid to the people of Indonesia following
the Tsunami, and another member has a daughter serving in
the Air Force on a C-130 Special Forces Gun Ship with at
least one tour in Iraq. General Pierson stated, “We
all hope our deployed military forces return from their assignments
safe and sound, but more specifically, the soldiers and airmen
from New Jersey.”
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
$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
Guard Association of NJ –Scholarship Announcement.
The National Guard Association of NJ is pleased to announce
the continuation of the Scholarship Program for 2005. Completed
applications will be accepted, beginning February 1, 2005
and must be postmarked, not later than, March 15, 2005. Applications
and additional information are available online at: www.nganj.org and
at your armory. Send completed applications to: National
Guard Association of New Jersey, Scholarship Committee—COL
Edward Slavin, 101 Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, NJ
The Department of Homeland Security and Homeowner
Groups release Emergency Guide for Homeowners.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Tom Ridge
joined Homeownership Alliance President Rick Davis and Habitat
for Humanity International Vice President Tom Jones, on 26
January to release the new Emergency Preparedness Guide for
The guide, unveiled during an event at
Habitat for Humanity International’s “Congress Building America” home
in Washington, D.C., is the result of a collaborative effort
between DHS and the Homeownership Alliance.
“The Emergency Preparedness Guide gives homeowners
practical measures they an take now to prepare themselves,
their families, and their homes for any possible emergencies,” said
Ridge. We are pleased to join the Homeownership Alliance
and Habitat for Humanity in this important effort.”
Homeowners can obtain a copy of the Emergency Preparedness
Guide online by clicking
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
The Fit Tend to Fidget
Researchers have found that overweight people have a tendency
to sit, while lean ones have trouble holding still and spend
two hours or more a day on their feet, pacing around and
fidgeting. The difference translates into about 350 calories
a day. This is enough to produce a weight loss of 30 to 40
pounds in one year without trips to the gym! If only heavy
people could act more restless like thin ones.
The difference in activity levels may be biological. It
is the predisposition to be inactive that leads to obesity
and not the other way around. Increases in obesity in recent
decades could be traced more to declines in daily exercise
than to increases in eating. We spend more time in cars,
behind desks, and in front of computers and televisions.
In an environment that allows people to be sedentary, those
with a biological predisposition to sit still will, and in
contrast, the restless ones will still find ways to burn
off calories, even if it means walking around their desks.
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
On Saturday, 22 January, at 1 p.m., the
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Foundation will host a slide show and book discussion by
Vietnam Veteran Thomas F. Morrissey, author and photographic
illustrator of Between the Lines: Photographs from the National
Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This book is a collection of photographs
designed to not only capture the faces of those who visit “The
Wall,” but the emotion, solitude, and ultimate spirit
of healing that take place there. Throughout the book, Morrissey
incorporates excerpts of messages that have been left at
the Wall. Lecture attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033.
A donation of $5 per person is suggested.
| 19 Feb
Rejoice or Cry: Diary of a Recon Marine, Vietnam 1967-1968
lecture by Vietnam Veteran John R. Rhodes
Redcatcher’s Letters from
Nam (199th Lt. Inf. Bde)
Author lecture by Patricia Farewell Enyedy, sister
of a NJ GI, KIA in Vietnam
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Operation Babylift,
$10 Admission fee
A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey
Author lecture by former Vietnamese refugee and USMC
Gulf War Veteran Quang X. Pham
For more information about any of these events, please call
the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732)
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located
adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the
Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
is Friday, 4 February 2005. It is the 35th day of the year
with 330 days remaining.
1789 – 1st Electoral College chooses Washington & Adams
as President & Vice President.
1824 – J. W. Goodrich introduces
rubber galoshes to the public.
1847 – 1st U.S. telegraph company
established in Maryland.
1895 – 1st rolling lift bridge
opens in Chicago.
1932 – The first Winter Olympics
were held in the United Sates at Lake Placid.
1936 – 1st radioactive substance
produced synthetically (radium E).
1941 – The United Service Organization
(USO) was created.
1957 – Smith-Corona Manufacturing
Inc., of New York, began selling portable electric typewriters.
The first machine weighed 19 pounds.
1964 – The Administrator
of General Services announced that the 24th Amendment to
the U.S. Constitution
had been ratified. The amendment banned the poll tax.
1974 – Patricia (Patty) Hearst
was kidnapped in Berkeley, California, by the Symbionese
2003 – Yugoslavia was formally
dissolved by lawmakers. The country was replaced with
a loose union
of its remaining two republics, Serbia and Montenegro.
Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow.
Punxsutawney Phil made his annual Groundhog’s Day
appearance this past Wednesday at Gobbler’s Knob
in Pennsylvania, and saw his shadow. Legend has it that
this signals six more weeks of winter weather.
Punxsutawney Phil has been forecasting
the weather for quite a long time. The earliest American
reference to Groundhog’s
Day can be found at the Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center
at Franklin and Marshall College:
February 4, 1841 – from Morgantown, Berks Country
(Pennsylvania) storekeeper James Morris’ diary…”Last
Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas Day, the day on which,
according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his
winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back
for another six weeks’ nap, but if the day be cloudy,
he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.”
Bowl Trivia –
- Only one player has ever won the
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award three times – San
Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana. Super Joe won
the MVP in
Super Bowls 16, 19, and 24.
- The Dallas Cowboys hold the record for most appearances
in the Super Bowl with eight. They won five of those games
and lost three.
- Oakland Raiders receiver Jerry Rice holds the
record for most touchdowns in the Super Bowl. Rice played
in three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers and scored
- Quarterbacks usually get a lot of
attention when their team wins. So it’s no surprise
that quarterbacks have won most of the Super Bowl MVP
awards. In fact, a
quarterback has been named MVP in more than half of all
the Super Bowls that have been played.
- Defensive lineman, Mike Lodish, holds
the record for most Super Bowl appearances with six.
He played in
four Super Bowls for the Buffalo Bills and then two more
with the Denver Broncos.
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.
Armory Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
||Sports Card & Comic Book Show
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center -
Call toll free 888-859-0352.