Dept of Military and
Gen Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Gen Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
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(Ret) Michael B. Smith
Laura A. Branham
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Petroleum Supply Specialist (92Y)
supply specialist supervises or receives, stores, accounts
for and cares for, dispenses, issues, and
ships bulk or packaged petroleum, oils, and lubricants products.
Selects and submits samples of petroleum, oils,
and lubricants to laboratory for testing. Performs petroleum
and water accounting
duties. Operates equipment associated with petroleum and
water distribution system and multi-product pipeline system.
Fuels and defuels vehicles, aircraft, and stationary equipment.
Takes emergency precautions to prevent harm to self and
facilities in event of petroleum spillage or fire.
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Benefits & Entitlements
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
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When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn
Loveliest season of the year.
Welcome home to the following units and soldiers of the
NJ Army National Guard: 42nd DISCOM, 50th Main Support Battalion,
150th GSAB, 642nd DASB, and 250th Signal Battalion, home
from a year in Iraq. Within the next two weeks we will also
receive the 150th Finance Detachment, 350th Finance Detachment,
119th Corps Support Battalion, and Detachment 2 of the 42nd
MP Company, also returning from a year in Iraq.
We look forward to the return of the remaining troops from
these units who remained behind in Iraq in order to expedite
the smooth return of the personnel in the main bodies of
their units and the return of their equipment. Collectively
known as Task Force Exodus and commanded by BG Thomas Sullivan,
we will welcome them home in the December-January timeframe.
NJ Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter
Wing holds Groundbreaking Ceremony.
The 177th Fighter Wing held a groundbreaking ceremony on
Monday, 31 October 2005, for their new Alert Complex. The
new complex will house several facilities to include state
of the art Alert Crew Quarters and three two bay shelters
capable of housing any fighter aircraft in the Air Force
inventory now and in the future. Construction is scheduled
to begin in early November with the project scheduled for
completion approximately 18 months later. The new facility
will replace the antiquated facility in support of the Homeland
Security/Homeland Defense mission of the Wing. The new complex
is to be constructed near the existing complex enabling the
Wing to maintain current mission requirements. The Adjutant
General, MG Glenn K. Rieth, members of his staff from Lawrenceville
Headquarters and the Joint Force Headquarters at Fort Dix,
Congressman Frank Lobiondo, and local lawmakers were on hand
for this momentous event.
ChalleNGe Family Fun Day was a success!
ChalleNGe Family Fun Day, held on Saturday, 29 October 2005,
was a resounding success as 400 family members and friends
attended the event in spite of the chilly weather. Family
Fun Day is a much-anticipated day of the Cadets reuniting
with their families, picnicking, and trying their luck with
carnival-inspired games of chance complete with prizes. Not
only did the Cadets enjoy seeing their family members and
mentors, but the day also served the dual purpose of raising
funds for equipment and student field trips. Special thanks
to everyone who contributed to this worthy event!
Military postal agency offers holiday mailing
“Pack it well” and “mail it early” are
two tips a military postal official offered for holiday mail
being sent to servicemembers overseas. The Defense Department
recommended the following mailing deadlines:
* November 12 for parcel post items headed overseas to APO
and FPO ZIP codes.
Deadlines for other mail classes continue with:
* November 26 for space-available mail
* December 3 for parcel-airlift mail
* December 10 for priority mail
* December 19 for express mail.
Here are additional mailing tips:
* Use nylon or reinforced packing tape on packages because
other tapes tend to come off
* Buzzing, ticking, or vibrating items
will be “red
flagged.” Remove batteries from electronics.
* Fill out customs labels completely.
* Use proper military address to help move the package through
* Boxes with hazardous substance or alcohol
make it through the system.
* Boxes should be strong and well-packed because of the
long distances traveled and the high volume of packages moving
Individuals who may not personally know a servicemember
overseas, but want to share the holiday spirit should visit
the www.americasupportsyou.mil website.
Working Well New Jersey offers free memberships
to Workout Express.
Ladies Workout Express Fitness Centers are offering free
memberships for NJ State employees for the 6-week Fitness
Challenge hosted by Working Well New Jersey. Free memberships
are available from October 30, 2005 to December 10, 2005.
The following area clubs are participating:
Ladies Workout Express of Kuser Road
Road in MAB Pain Plaza (near Kmart)
Hamilton, NJ 08690
Ladies Workout Express of Trenton
225 E. State St. Renaissance Plaza #6
Trenton, NJ 08608
Ladies Workout Express of Lawrenceville
Lawrenceville-Pennington Road in Manors Shopping Center
There are also many other locations in
the state that include Ladies Workout Express & Lady
of America Fitness Centers and the co-ed Workout Express
Fitness Cventers for men and
women. If you would like to use a location that is not listed
above, please contact Tony Parziale at 609-585-6181 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Mr. Parziale will be happy to assist with any accommodations.
All the employee has to do is present their NJ State Employee
Veterans’ Small Business Information
Seminar scheduled for 10 November.
A Small Business information seminar to help returning veterans
of the current war and those of past wars understand their
benefits and the programs available to them will be held
on Thursday, November 10, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at
the College of New Jersey, 2000 Route 31, Ewing, New Jersey.
Experts from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
(ESGR), Veterans Administration, Disabled Veterans, US Small
Business Administration, Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce,
and business professions will be in attendance to answer
questions and provide helpful assistance to veteran-owned
Pre-registration is required. Call 609-989-5232 or via e-mail
White and Blue Dance planned by Vietnam Veterans of America.
One of the organizations that has continuously supported
the soldiers and families of the 50th MSB is gearing up for
a fundraiser. The Vietnam Veterans of America (Bergen County
Chapter 800) will be hosting a Red, White and Blue Dance
on November 5, 2005 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at VFW Post 4591,
513 Veterans Place, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. There is a $35
per person donation at the door. Admission includes a hot
and cold buffet, beer and soda, dessert and coffee. There
will also be live entertainment. For further information,
contact Donna at 973-427-5277.
The Vietnam Veterans of America have been extremely generous
in support of our soldiers and their families throughout
their deployment. Come out and support them in their fundraiser.
Pancake Breakfasts are scheduled to support
New Jersey National Guard Families.
*A Pancake Breakfast to assist the families of the Teaneck
Armory Troops and welcome them home will be held on Sunday,
November 6, 2005 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast will be
served at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School Cafeteria on
Windsor Road between Forest Avenue and West Englewood Avenue,
Teaneck, New Jersey. The event is co-sponsored by the American
Legion Post #128, Jewish War Veterans, Nam Knights Motorcycle
Club, Vietnam Veterans of America, and VFW Post #1429.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors,
and $5 for children. Make your checks payable to Pancake
Breakfast, and send tem
to 650 American Legion Drive, Teaneck, NJ 07666. To volunteer
your time or for more information, please contact the Teaneck
Family Assistance Center at 201-833-8241.
*A Support the Troops Pancake Breakfast to
benefit the families of soldiers serving in the NJ National
Guard will be held
from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 20. The
breakfast will be held at Oakcrest High School, 1824 Dr.
Dennis Foreman Drive, Mays Landing. Proceeds will support
the NJ National Guard Family Readiness Council. The Council
estimates that 40% of mobilized National Guardsmen earn
significantly less while they are on active duty.
Chefs and students from the Academy of Culinary Arts at
Cape Community College will prepare and serve the food, which
will be donated by Tropicana Hotel Casino. Local high school
bands and choral groups will provide entertainment, and AtlatiCare
will provide childcare.
Tickets to the breakfast are $5 for adults, $3 for children
under 12, and free to military personnel with identification.
Tickets will be available at the door or by calling 609-345-4524.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available by calling 609-345-4524
or emailing email@example.com.
Beefsteak and Tricky Tray will benefit soldiers and families.
A Beefsteak and Tricky Tray will be held at the Teaneck
Armory (1799 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666) from 6-10 p.m.
on November 19th. Tickets are $30 each and proceeds will
go to the soldiers and families of the Teaneck Family Assistance
Center/Family Readiness Group 50th Main Support Battalion.
For more information, contact SFC Shaw at 201-833-9811, ext
Nets basketball team will host Military Appreciation Night.
The NJ Nets basketball team will salute those in uniform
as they host Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, November
12, 2005, during their game vs. the Houston Rockets. Come
out and see Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson and
the rest of the Nets battle Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady and the
Houston Rockets. Receive a Vince Carter retro replica kids
jersey with each discounted ticket purchased. If you would
like to receive additional information, contact Sergeant
Barbara Harbison, Public Affairs Specialist, at 609-530-7088.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Educational Center’s upcoming event schedule.
11 Nov, 11am
Veterans Day Ceremony
17 Dec, 6pm
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
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.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
immediately 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 SGM Edward
Goetschius, Military Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090
or by e-mail at Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Armory Happenings – Listed below are
events taking place at your local armory.
|12 Nov (6pm-12am)
||Pink Tie Ball Fundraiser
|17 Nov (7-10pm)
18-19 Nov (9am-6pm)
|Home for the Holidays Gift Fair
|20 Nov (9:30am-3:30pm)
Card & Memorabilia Show
Joey Jay (former Reds and Braves star) will sign autographs
($12 any item)
|25-27 Nov (9am-4pm)
|3 Dec (8:30am-4pm)
||Coin Operated Arcade Game Auction
Fitness Corner -
Ernie Razzano, Certified
Fitness Trainer, email@example.com
Purchasing a Treadmill
Now that the weather
is starting to turn towards the cooler temperatures, some
of you may be considering taking your
running activities indoors. For those of you looking into
purchasing a treadmill, here are some parameters to follow.
for a machine with at least a 400-pound capacity, fat burn
program, cardio, and possibly a heart rate interactive
program. This means the running deck will incline and decline
in response to the level of your heart rate. A running
deck size of fifty-five to sixty inches long by approximately
twenty inches wide is a good size. The frame should be
and allow for full range of motion. It should have a large
and clear LED display. Also, if space is a consideration,
you may want a treadmill that can fold up. The motor should
be at least 2.5 continuous HP and the rollers should be
approximately 2.5 inches in diameter. With regard to the
you will need service on the machine and a manufacturer
will only honor the warranty for a home treadmill in a home
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Help is available when facing the new Medicare
Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Program.
Many employees are
finding themselves confused as they try to assist their
parents or elderly relatives facing the new
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Program -Medicare
Part D Prescription Drug Plan (PDP).
In 2005, for the first
time in its history, Medicare will be offering prescription
drug coverage to every Medicare
recipient, regardless of income, under Medicare Part D
Prescription Drug Plan.
Enrollment in the program is voluntary
and the enrollment period begins on 15 November 2005 and
runs through 15 May
2006. Some of the PDPs are free, some PDPs charge a monthly
premium. You have to decide which is best for your needs.
The New Jersey State Department of Health and
Senior Services, in their Division of Aging and Community
Services, has a
program call The State Health Insurance Assistance Program
(SHIP). SHIP has offices in all 21 counties prepared to
assist seniors with making this difficult decision on which
Part D-PDP to choose. County SHIP offices can be found
at http://www.state.nj.us/health/senior/ship.shtml. Information
can also be obtained by visiting www.medicare.gov on the
internet or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
users should call 1-877-486-2048.
Today is Friday, November 4th. It is the 310th
day of the year with 56 days remaining.
On this day in history…
1846 – The patent for the artificial
leg is granted to Benjamin Palmer.
1904 – First stadium built specifically
for football (Harvard Stadium).
1922 – In Egypt, Howard Carter
discovered the entry of the lost tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen.
1939 – At the 40th National Automobile
Show the first air-conditioned car was put on display.
1970 – Former King Peter II of
Yugoslavia died in Denver, Colorado. He was the first European
king or queen
to die and to be buried in the U.S.
1979 – Iranian militants seized
the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took 63 Americans hostage
(90 total hostages).
The militants, mostly students, demanded that the U.S. send
the former Shah back to Iran to stand trial. Many hostages
were later released, but 52 were held for the next 14 months.
Thought for the Week –
Election Day is Tuesday, 8 November 2005. Be
sure to get to the polls and VOTE!
"As human beings, we are
with freedom of choice and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility
upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it
ourselves. It is up to us."
..Arnold Joseph Toynbee,
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness
Center near you.
If you are able to assist the families of our
deployed soldiers and airmen, please call our Family Readiness
Center at our toll-free number 888-859-0352.