Dept of Military and
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
COL (Ret) Emil H. Philibosian
Deputy Commissioner for
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COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith
Mrs. Laura A. Branham
Phone: (609) 530-6987
Fax: (609) 530-7109
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D-Day 60th Anniversary Commemoration
Order – June 6, 1944
and airmen of the Allied expeditionary
force: You are about to embark
upon a great crusade toward which we have
striven these many months. The eyes of
the world are upon you.
The hopes and prayers
of liberty-loving peoples everywhere march
with you. You will
bring about the destruction of the German
war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny
over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and
security for ourselves in a free world.
task will not be an easy one. Your enemy
is well trained, well equipped, and
battle hardened. He will fight savagely.
this is the year 1944. Much has happened
since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. Our
home fronts have given us an overwhelming
in weapons and munitions of war and placed
at our disposal great reserves of trained
The tide has turned. The
free men of the world are marching together
I have full confidence in
your courage, devotion to duty, and skill
will accept nothing less than full victory.
Good luck, and let us all beseech the blessings
of Almighty God upon this great and noble
…Dwight D. Eisenhower.
New Jersey Freedom
What is a Freedom Loan?
* Up to $10,000
* Annual APR 6%
* Term: 5 years (no pre-payment
* 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
* 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.
First Morris Bank & Trust
North Jersey Federal Credit Union
Pennsville National Bank
Sovereign Bank -
Sun National Bank -
Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and
leave a trail.
…Ralph Waldo Emerson
Salute the Troops Ceremony scheduled
for 5 June 2004.
Department employees, families
and friends are invited to attend the New Jersey
National Guard’s “Salute
the Troops” Ceremony tomorrow, Saturday,
5 June 2004. The ceremony will be held at the Westfield
High School in Westfield, NJ at 2 p.m. This is
our third NJ National Guard special “Salute
the Troops” ceremony, and will honor the
more than 90 citizen-soldiers of B Company, 250th
Signal Battalion and their families. The members
of the 250th Signal Battalion will be deploying
to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi
Governor James E. McGreevey proclaimed 2 June
2004 as Support Our Troops Day.
Governor McGreevey signed a
Proclamation designating June 2, 2004 as Support
Our Troops Day in New Jersey,
and urged the citizens of the State to take time
to express their personal and heartfelt appreciation
for the service rendered by our courageous soldiers,
marines, sailors, airmen and women. Governor McGreevey
stated in the Proclamation “the price of
freedom is constant vigilance, and the continued
sacrifices made by American service members are
especially deserving of our profound thanks and
NJ National Guard prepares for 6th Annual Unity
On Friday, 18 June 2004, the
NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
will hold its 6th
Annual Unity Day “The Red, White & Blue
is Our Country Too.” - at the Joint Force
Headquarters Building in Fort Dix. This year’s
theme is This event is held to enhance cross-cultural
awareness, promote harmony among all members of
the NJ National Guard, and recognize the contributions
of women and minorities. This combined effort of
Army and Air, State and Federal, and community
members contributes to 20 different ethnic and
Special Emphasis groups being represented. Over
75 individuals are participating on the various
committees to make the event a success. The day’s
events will kick-off at 8:30 a.m. with a 5K Fun
Walk/Run, sponsored by US Family Health Plan at
Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center in New York
City. The opening ceremonies will be held at 10
a.m. with a presentation by the NJ National Guard
Youth Challenge Drill Tam. The remainder of the
day will be dedicated to tasting the foods of the
different cultures, looking at the various displays,
and judging of the 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff. If
you would like to participate in this event by
setting up a display to represent your ethnic culture,
please contact MSgt Kathey McCready at 609-562-0854.
Please come out and enjoy a great day!
remembers fallen Veterans.
The Governor presided at the
Day observance this past Saturday. A record crowd
watched as the Parade of Veterans Service Organizations
passed the reviewing stand. After remarks by the
Deputy Commissioner, The Adjutant General, and
the Governor, the trio solemnly placed the State’s
wreath along the Memorial Walkway at the BG Doyle
Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The leadership of the
State’s Veterans Service Organizations followed
and placed their wreath in memory of our Fallen
Veterans. At the conclusion of the Wreath Laying
Ceremony, a 21-gun salute was fired, followed by
Taps and a New Jersey Air National Guard 177th
Fighter Wing F-16 flyover. Following the observance,
the newest monument on the Memorial Walkway was
dedicated by The Adjutant General in honor of the
New Jersey Army and Air National Guard…past,
present, and future.
Pancake Breakfast to benefit
A Pancake Breakfast will be
held at the American Legion Post 414, Berwyn
Place, Lawrenceville, on
6 June 04 from 7:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. All proceeds
from the breakfast will be donated to the Family
Assistance Program for those families of OUR SOLDIERS
participating in Enduring/Iraqi Freedom Mobilizations.
Tickets are $6. For further information, call 609-989-9162
or 609-771-4143. Come out and support our troops
and their families by supporting this event.
Veterans Memorial Homes held Memorial Day observances.
NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park held
its Memorial Day ceremony on Monday morning, May
31, 2004, followed by a barbecue picnic for residents,
family members, and all invited guests. Mr. Joseph
Brandspiegel, Chief Executive Officer, welcomed
everyone, and introduced Governor James E. McGreevey,
who spoke in detail on the importance of our Veterans
and of their sacrifices and contributions to our
country. He recounted their selfless service and
thanked them for serving honorably. Residents who
died during the last 12 months were remembered
by a reading of the names of these individuals.
Family members, the Governor, and staff members
honored these individuals by placing a flower in
a vase in their memory.
The NJ Veterans Memorial
Home at Paramus held its annual Memorial Day
on Monday, May
31, 2004 at 2:00 p.m., which was organized by Giulia
Kirsch, Supervisor of Recreation. Due to inclement
weather, the ceremony was held inside. Meredith
Spano, Section Chief of Clinical Services, was
the Master of Ceremonies for this event. The VFW
CWV Post #1710 with Captain Joe Bosticco served
as the Color Guard for this ceremony. Board Member
Ronald Carlson gave a moving invocation. Colonel
(Retired) Michael B. Smith, the Assistant Commissioner
of the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs,
was the guest speaker for a large group of residents,
families, and visitors. Colonel Smith presented
a check for $1,500 to Tony Palumbo, the Resident
Council President. The Lafayette School in Wayne,
New Jersey raised the money for our veterans. The
families of our deceased residents were invited
to place a carnation in a Memorial vase during
the Last Retreat Roll Call. These were then retired
next to the Memorial wreath. Mary Stella, the facility’s
entertainer, sang a song written for Veterans titled “If
Not For You,” which provided a touching conclusion
to the ceremony.
NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland held its
Memorial Day observance on May 27, 2004. Congressman
Frank A. LoBiondo and State Senator Nicholas Asselta
addressed the assembled residents, staff, families,
and friends on the significance of Memorial Day.
Pamela J. Paten, Cumberland County Veterans Internment/Affairs
Officer was the keynote speaker. The Vineland High
School Band performed a patriotic medley and the
Delsea High School Junior ROTC Color Guard posted
and retired the colors and assisted wheelchair-bound
residents throughout the day. Entertainment was
provided by the Brown Street Chowder Society.
you know about the following companies pledging
support to our National Guard and Reserve troops
through the Employer Support of the Guard and
Reserve (ESGR) program?
such as The Home Depot, Verizon, Toyota, Tyson
Foods, Aetna, Enterprise Rent-a-Car,
Sprint, Southwest Airlines, UPS, and Wachovia,
just to name a few, have pledged to support the
National Guard and Reserve troops. Patronizing
these and the other enterprises that back the Guard
and Reserve is an expression of appreciation for
the contributions they make on behalf of our membership.
For additional information about ESGR and the enterprises
that support our membership, go to the national
ESGR website, www.esgr.org, or to the new Jersey
ESGR website, www.njesgr.org. You can also contact
Hank Pierre, Executive Assistant, New Jersey ESGR
at 609-530-6879 or firstname.lastname@example.org by e-mail.
NJ National Guard’s 63rd Army Band will
perform on “Military Night” at Allentown,
New Jersey’s “Freedom Fest.”
Come join the fun as Allentown
Fest” from 28 June through 3 July with amusement
rides, games, food, a petting zoo, and pony rides.
On Wednesday evening, 30 June 2004, you will be
treated to a performance by the NJ National Guard’s
63rd Army Band. For more information, visit www.atownpres.org/fest/.
Manasquan Savings Bank offers Freedom
Freedom Loans are now available at the Manasquan
Savings Bank. Manasquan Savings Bank is the latest
financial institution to join the growing list
of participants in the Freedom Loan Program. Call
the Manasquan Savings Bank at 732-223-4450.
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
and Vietnam Era Education Center’s upcoming
For more information about any of these events,
please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Foundation office at (732) 335-0033.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Restored Military Vehicle Display - Hands-on display of a wide variety of restored
military vehicles from the mid-twentieth century (Raindate: June 19th)
Hey God – Are you really really up there? Author lecture presentation
by Vietnam Veteran, Malcolm Perkins
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies
have been scheduled to honor our State’s
11 am & 1 pm
Distinguished & Meritorious Service
Korean War Commemorative Medal (pm)
National Guard Training Center
Bldg 35, Sea Girt, NJ
11 am & 1 pm
Distinguished & Meritorious Service
Korean War Commemorative Medal (pm)
Essex County Elks & VFW
475 Main St., Orange, NJ
11 am & 1 pm
Distinguished & Meritorious Service
Korean War Commemorative Medal (pm)
|Distinguished & Meritorious Service
Attention Veterans – Small
Business Resource Day is scheduled.
The second annual Small
Business Resource Day is scheduled for Wednesday,
23 June 2004,
at 26 Federal Plaza, New York City (Duane Street
Entrance) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sponsored
by the U.S. General Services Administration,
The U.S. Small Business Administration, and
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the
day’s goal is to help veteran-owned small
businesses discover government procurement
opportunities. Admission is free! Refreshments
will be served! If you need additional information,
please call (212) 264-8265.
Update - Mobilization Report
It has been another busy week in mobilizations.
Headquarters, 42nd Infantry Division Support
Command (DISCOM), elements of the 1-150th General
Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB), and the
50th Main Support Battalion entered Title 10
status in preparation for mobilization with
the 42nd Infantry Division in support of the
Global War on Terrorism. They will be deployed
to Iraq later on this year for Operation Iraqi
Freedom III. These units begin their mobilization
with a period of time at home station, in armories
in Westfield, West Trenton, Somerset, and Teaneck.
Most of the units will eventually end up at
Fort Dix for training prior to being sent to
Iraq. We wish them all the best in their training
and subsequent deployment overseas.
Public Television & Radio
will air the Thunderbolts of Millville.
NJN Public Television and
Radio will air the Thunderbolts of Millville
on Sunday, 6 June
2004, at 9 p.m. and again on Tuesday, 8 June
2004 at 6:30 p.m. From 1942 to 1945, the Millville
Army Air Field trained P-47 pilots, teaching
them to fly and attack with their aircraft.
The Millville Airport was dedicated “America’s
First Defense Airport” on August 2, 1941.
In January 1943, the Millville Army Air Field
opened as a gunnery school for fighter pilots.
Gunnery training began with Curtiss P-40F Warhawk
aircraft, but after a few weeks, the P-40s
were gone, and the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
ruled the skies over Cumberland County. During
its three-year existence, more than 10,000
men and women served there with 1,500 pilots
receiving advanced fighter training. Several
pilots, support staff, and Millville residents
are interviewed in the documentary.
J-3 and J-4 conducted Annual Training (AT)
In-Progress Review for Training Year 2004
The J-3 and J-4 sections
conducted an Annual Training (AT) In-Progress
Review for Training
Year 2004 to discuss issues and suspense dates
for this summer’s AT periods. In attendance
were 57th Troop Command, 50th Brigade, 42nd
DISCOM, 254th Regiment, and T3BL. AT periods
this year will be held primarily at Fort Dix
and Fort Indiantown Gap, PA. This is a unique
year for the New Jersey Army National Guard
-- because we have so many deployments, collective
training is virtually impossible. Unit training
will focus on Force Protection, Soldier Common
Tasks, and Battle Skills.
Air Force approves wearing of Global War on
Terrorism (GWOT) Expeditionary Medal.
The Air Force has authorized wear of the GWOT
Expeditionary medal approved by President Bush
last year. The Department of Defense campaign
medal applies to active-duty, Reserve, and
Guard personnel deployed abroad on or after
September 11, 2001, for Operation Enduring
Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF).
To qualify, an individual must have been assigned
or attached to a unit in OEF/OIF and served
30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days
in one of the following specific geographic
areas: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bulgaria (Bourgas),
Crete, Cyprus, Diego Garcia, Djibouti, Egypt,
Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan,
Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon,
Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Romania
(Constanta), Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria,
Tajikistan, Turkey (east of 35 degrees east
latitude), Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates,
Uzbekistan, Yemen, that portion of the Arabian
Sea north of 10 degrees north latitude and
west of 68 degrees longitude, Bab el Mandeb,
Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Aqaba, Gulf of Oman,
Gulf of Suez, that portion of the Mediterranean
Sea east of 28 degrees east longitude, Persian
Gulf, Red Sea, Strait of Hormuz, and the Suez
Canal. The medal will only be awarded once,
regardless of how many times an individual
returns to serve in OEF or OIF. There are no
service stars or other devices authorized.
However, battle stars may be authorized for
personnel who engaged in actual combat. The
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the
approving authority for battle stars. The medal
follows the Kosovo Campaign medal in precedence
and can be viewed at: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2003/200303134a.jpg.
Today is Friday, 4 June
2004 and the 156th day of the year. There
are 211 days left in
the year. On this day…
* 780 B.C. – First
total solar eclipse reliably recorded by
* 1896 – Henry Ford
made a successful test drive of his new car
through the streets
of Detroit. The vehicle was called a quadricycle.
* 1911 – Gold was discovered in Alaska’s
* 1942 – Battle of
Midway began. It was the first major victory
for America over
Japan during World War II. The battle ended
on June 6 and ended Japanese expansion in the
* 1945 – The U-505
became the first enemy submarine captured
by the U.S.
* 1984 – for the
first time in 32 years, Arnold Palmer failed
to make the cut for the
U.S. Open golf tournament.
* 1989 – In Beijing,
Chinese Army troops stormed Tiananmen Square
to crush the pro-democracy
movement. It is believed hundreds, possibly
thousands of demonstrators were killed.
* 2003 – Amazon.com
announced that it had received more than
1 million orders for
the book Harry Potter and the Order of the
You know you’re
from New Jersey when…
* You don’t think of fruit when people
mention the “Oranges.”
* You know that it’s
called Great Adventure, not Six Flags.
known the way to Seaside Heights since you
* You know that the state
big oil refinery.
* You know what a “jug handle” is.
Critical Days of Summer – Safety
Keep the following safety tips in mind as
you enjoy the warm-weather days of summer:
- Seat Belts – Use them,
ensure your passengers use them; It’s
- Alcohol – Don’t
drink and drive (cars, boats, cycles).
- Travel – Be sober and
well rested; watch out for other vehicles,
kids; take frequent breaks; don’t speed.
- Swimming – Don’t
swim alone or in unknown waters.
- Boating – Use life vests;
watch where you’re going.
- Athletic Activities – Stretch
to warm up; don’t overdo; drink plenty
of water before you get thirsty.
- Outdoors – Use
sunscreen; reapply frequently, especially
Appreciation Day –
Don’t forget to mark 21 August 2004
on your calendars – It’s Family
Appreciation Day for all members of the New
Jersey National Guard, employees of the Department
of Military & Veterans, and their families.
A day of fun in the sun is planned at the National
Guard Training Center in Sea Girt.
Volunteer to help at a Family
To reach any NJ National Guard
Family Assistance Center –
Call toll free 888-859-0352