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
for the day:
I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts
If I fail, no
one will say, 'She
doesn't have what it takes. They
will say, Women don’t have what it
- Clare Booth
108th Air Refueling Wing hosts
Boy Scout Troop 74.
Boy Scout Troop 74 of Montgomery Township,
NJ was the recent guest of the 108th Air Refueling Wing.
Colonel Michael Cunniff,
108th Commander, who is a resident of Montgomery and an Eagle
Scout himself, conducted the tour of McGuire Air Force Base.
The scouts, who are working toward earning the Aviation Merit
Badge, were impressed during their visit to a 108th KC-135E
aircraft, where Chief Master Sergeant Mike Phelan was available
to answer the boys’ questions. The scouts toured the
control tower, where they observed planes fly combat approaches,
touch-and-go landings, and perform missile-avoidance climb-outs.
Their last stop was the RADAR control center. Here, the scouts
saw how the controllers safely direct dozens of aircraft
flying through the busy airspace between Washington, DC and
New York City. The scouts visited the Air Force Base and
the Air Victory Museum at the South Jersey Regional Airport
as part of their February campout to the Pine Barrens of
Company announces new Here’s
to the Heroes campaign.
announced that it would open the gates to its Sea World,
Busch Gardens, and Sesame Place theme parks
for free to the military as a way of saying thanks to servicemembers
and their families. “In our own small way, we’re
giving something back to the brave men and women and their
families who make sacrifices every day for our country,” said
August A. Busch IV, President, Anheuser-Busch Company. Here’s
to the Heroes offers a free single-day admission to any active
duty, reserve, ready reserve, or National Guard service member
and as many as three “direct dependents.” He
or she need only to register, either online at www.herosalute.com
or in the entrance plaza of participating parks, and show
a Department of Defense photo ID. The offer will run through
December 31, 2005.
Local chefs to honor the military.
South Jersey’s personal chefs are
offering a home-cooked salute to military personnel who
recently have been stationed
around the world. Members of the South Jersey chapter of
the U.S. Personal Chefs Association are inviting military
men and women from South Jersey, including Burlington, Mercer,
and Ocean Counties, or the Philadelphia area to submit their
names for drawings for a meal, cooked in their home, for
them and their family.
The 11 personal chefs who make up the
South Jersey chapter will draw names randomly. Members
of the personal chefs association
come into people’s homes to prepare meals for their
customers when a temporary or long-term need arises. Names
of military personnel, along with their address and phone
number, should be sent to Richard Sost, Chapter President,
South Jersey USPCA, 341 Deer Lake Court, Manahawkin, NJ 08050,
or e-mail the information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fair is scheduled for Fort Monmouth
Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, 29 March 2005, from
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Gibbs Hall, Fort Monmouth. The
Job Fair is being sponsored by the Army Community Service – Employment
Readiness Program, and more than 60 companies are registered
to participate. Picture ID will be required. No large bags,
backpacks, briefcases, etc. will be permitted. If you would
like additional information, you may contact email@example.com.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been
scheduled to honor our State’s veterans.
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medals
Korean Service Medal
1048 Route 206
Bordentown, NJ 08505
|Distinguished, Meritorious, Korean, and Vietnam Service
||American Legion #115
700 Melbourne Avenue
Beverly, NJ 08010
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medals
Vietnam Service Medal
|Cherry Hill Armory
Grove Street & Park Blvd.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities
and fundraisers planned in support of our deployed troops
and their families:
Pancake Breakfast - Hopewell,
NJ – 13
March 05. A “Support the Troops” Pancake Breakfast
is being sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #7103 on Sunday,
13 March 2005, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The breakfast will
be held at the Hopewell American Legion Hall, Van Dyke Road,
Hopewell, NJ. Cost is $7.00 per person (donation to the Family
Readiness Group). Advance tickets can be obtained by calling
COL Ron Cefalone at 609-562-0211 or Laura Branham at 609-530-6987.
JT2DC (T3BL) Soldier’s Association Golf
Tournament – 25
April 2005. The event will begin with a 9 a.m. Shotgun Start
at the Fountain Green Golf Course, Fort Dix. Cost $80 per
person. Proceeds will assist the families of our deployed
soldiers. For additional information, contact CSM Tim Maskery
Get Dunkin Donuts coffee for your soldier.
Dunkin Donuts will send a case of free coffee to your soldier.
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).
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 60-day period.
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
Conaway that enables citizens to donate postage stamps
for use by our troops and their families. Over 23,000 stamps
have been donated to our National Guard soldiers and airmen
and Family Readiness Programs. If you would like to participate,
please mail or drop off your postage stamps to the 7th
District Office, Delran Professional Center, 8008 Route
130 North, Suite 125, Delran, NJ 08075.
Have you ordered your FREE American Hero wristband?
We did and it arrived in just 2 weeks!
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.
National Guard Association of NJ –Scholarship
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Foundation Scholarship Contest is available to graduating
NJ high school seniors. Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded
on May 30, 2005 at the Memorial Day ceremony at the NJ Vietnam
Veterans’ Memorial. To apply, students need to complete
an application, submit proof that they are continuing their
education at a college/university or trade/technical school,
and submit a short essay about his/her visit to the NJ Vietnam
Veterans’ Memorial. Submissions must be received by
5 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2005. Application and information
can be found at www.njvvmf.org or by calling 1-800-648-VETS.
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
American Legion Scholarship - If you have
a son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter that is a senior
in high school, they may qualify to receive a scholarship
through the American Legion. For applications, please call
Mr. Robert Luby at 908-996-6005 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Guard’s
Family Program Online Community has redesigned their
The National Guard’s Family Program online community
is a place to share information, find resources, and connect
with others. Information on family issues, guard benefits,
business matters, deployments, and many other topics can
be found on the site. New content will be added over the
next few months, so check back often – www.guardfamily.org.
Retirees wanted to provide Military Funeral
The J5/7 MFH Coordinator is looking for paid
volunteers to provide MFH to New Jersey’s fallen veterans. You
must be retired from the Army or Army National Guard and
meet military standards in the Army’s Class A. uniform.
Owning a Class A uniform is a plus, but not mandatory. If
you are interested, please contact Mr. Denson at 609-530-7090
or e-mail him at Raymond.Denson@nj.ngb.army.mil for more
Armory Happenings – Listed below
are events taking place at your local armory.
||Antique Show & Sale
||Bow Making Class (Teaneck Family Assistance
||Craft Show & Sale
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Tool Show & Sale
||Mount Holly Armory
||Sports Card & Comics Show
||Jersey City Armory
|30 Mar -
|Home Design & Landscape Show
||Sports Card & Comics Show
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
and Vietnam Era Education Center’s upcoming event
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.
Redcatcher’s Letters from Nam (199th Lt.
lecture by Patricia Farewell Enyedy, sister of
a NJ GI, KIA in Vietnam
the 30th Anniversary of Operation Babylift, Vietnam
lecture by Vietnam Veteran Paul Drew
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.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
The Laws of Training (Part 2 of 4)
of Individual Differences
This principle is an acknowledgment
that we all have different genetic blueprints and probably
one of the most important
to remember. Some athletes respond faster than do others.
Some have the capacity to reach elite status and some do
not. If we have everyone perform the same exercise program,
not everyone will receive the same benefits at the same rate
or to the same extent. This is an important principle to
teach to people wishing to start an exercise program or to
youngsters just coming into sports. There are two reasons:
1) so they can set realistic goals, and 2) so they don’t
get frustrated when they do not see miraculous changes in
their bodies or performance.
2. Overcompensation Principle
up on your hands as an adaptive response to friction. Muscle
fibers grow in size and strength in response
to training. Lacerated tissue develops scar tissue. All involve
Mother Nature’s law of overcompensation for a stress
response. In other words, it’s nothing more than a
survival mechanism built into the genetic code of the species.
Related to the Overcompensation principle,
this is the principle that states that in order to gain in
strength, muscle size,
or endurance from any training, you must exercise against
a resistance greater than that “normally” encountered.
If you use the same amount of resistance for the same number
of repetitions every workout, there will be no continued
improvement beyond the point to which your body has already
Today is Friday, 4 March 2005. It is the 63rd
day of the year with 302 days remaining.
1634 – Samuel
Cole opened the first tavern in Boston, Massachusetts.
1789 – The
first Congress of the United States met in New York and declared
the U.S. Constitution was in effect.
1826 – The first
railroad in the U.S. was chartered. It was the Granite Railway
in Quincy, Massachusetts.
1908 – The New York Board
of Education banned the act of whipping students in school.
1917 – Jeannette
Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected
to the House of Representatives.
1975 – Queen Elizabeth
knighted Charlie Chaplin.
1998 – The U.S. Supreme
Court said that federal law banned on the job sexual harassment
even when both parties
are the same sex.
March is Women’s History Month
This year’s Women’s History Month theme is “Women
Change America.” It honors and recognizes American
women for their work in transforming culture and politics
as leaders, writers, scientists, educators, politician, artists,
and historians. “Women Change America” also celebrates
the many ways in why the spirit and courage of American women
have added to the vitality and diversity of American life.
Famous Firsts by American Women
1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell receives
her M.D. degree from the Medical Institution of Geneva,
New York, becoming
the first woman in the U.S. with a medical degree.
1866 – Lucy Hobbs becomes the first
woman to graduate from dental school, the Ohio College
of Dental Surgery.
1872 – Victoria Claflin Woodhull
becomes the first woman presidential candidate in the United
States when she
is nominated by the National Radical Reformers.
1901 – On October 24, 1901, Annie
Edson Taylor, a schoolteacher from Michigan, becomes the
first person to
go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
1934 – Lettie Pate Whitehead becomes
the first American woman to serve as a director of a major
1946 – Mother Maria Frances Cabrini
is canonized by Pope Pius XII becoming the first American
citizen to become
1972 – Juanita Kreps becomes the
first woman director of the New York Stock Exchange.
1981 –President Reagan appoints Sandra Day O’Connor
to the Supreme Court, making her its first woman justice.
1997 – Madeleine Albright is sworn
in as U.S. Secretary of State. She is the first woman to
hold that position.
1999 – Lt Col Eileen Collins is
the first woman astronaut to command a space shuttle mission.
1999 – Nancy
Ruth Mace is the first female cadet to graduate from the
Citadel, the formerly
school in South Carolina.
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.