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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of the Assistant Commissioner
(Ret) Michael B. Smith
Laura A. Branham
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National Guard Needs You!
Here is our featured
Job of the Week
Motor Transport Operator
The motor transport operator supervises
or operates all wheel vehicles and equipment over varied
terrain and roadways
for support of combat operations. Managers entrucking and
detrucking of personnel being transported. Oversees and
checks proper loading and unloading of cargo on vehicles
Secures cargo against inclement weather, pilferage and
damage. Operates vehicle component material handling equipment
as required. Employs land navigation techniques. Must be
knowledgeable with the operation of radios and weapons
when they are mounted on the vehicle. Performs vehicle self-recovery
and field expedients to include towing vehicles. Corrects
or reports all vehicle deficiencies; supports mechanics
necessary. Prepares vehicles for movement/shipment by air,
rail or vessel.
If you’re interested
in an exciting job opportunity,
contact your Recruiting Office at
State Veterans Service
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
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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
Morris Bank & Trust
Thoughts for the day..
A true friend is someone who thinks
you are a good egg, even though he knows you are slightly cracked.
Hope is like a bird that senses
the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark
|Farewell to Brigadier General Steve Bell
It is with
deep regret that the announcement is made of the death of BG
(Ret) Steven L. Bell. BG Bell
on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 as the result of cancer. BG Bell
last served the NJ National Guard as the Assistant Adjutant
General – Army. He was employed by DMAVA as the Deputy
Executive Director of Homeland Security after a successful
career with the Internal Revenue Service. His noteworthy
military career included assignment as the Chief of Staff,
STARC; Chief Military Support Division; Commander, 42d DISCOM
and Commander, 250th Forward Support Battalion. He was recently
awarded the Legion of Merit. BG Bell is survived by his wife
Cindy, daughters Steffanie Jane Bell and Suzanne Erica Bell
and a stepdaughter Michelle Clegg.
Seat Belt Survey Results
The Wing Safety Office conducted its second seat belt check
this year on Sunday, 19 June 2005. The result was an increase
in the effectiveness of seat belt usage to an OUTSTANDING 99.67%.
According to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety
the New Jersey average for seat belt usage in 2003 was 81.2%.
The national average is currently 80%. Although highway deaths
and injuries have been declining in recent years, that decline
has slowed. Increasing seat belt use would mean further reductions
in deaths and injuries, as well as reductions in the related
economic costs to society. If the United States could increase
its seat belt use to 90%, we could
- Prevent as estimated 132,700 injuries annually
the economic impact of traffic crashes by $8.8 billion
177th Fighter Wing
promotes “Fitness” at
Folsom Elementary School
Members of the Armed Forces are required to participate in
some type of physical fitness program. In recent years, national
and local representatives have been partnering with the education
systems to develop programs geared at teaching children at
an early age about proper nutrition and fitness. Chief Master
Sergeant Jean Perry champions fitness efforts within the wing
and in the local community leading by example in both arenas.
Recently she partnered with Folsom Elementary School to design
and supervise an obstacle course for their annual Field Day.
In addition Chief Perry had the opportunity to speak with the
children about the importance of proper dieting and exercise.
Their Field Day included other events and agencies and state
policemen were on hand to assist with the days events.
Training & Training Development Center Dedicates
The Commander of the Joint Training and Training Development
Center welcomes all to attend the dedication of a Tribute Garden
complete with waterfall and pond. This garden was erected for
the soldiers and their families of the JT2DC that are currently
deployed worldwide. COL James Grant will dedicate the garden
located outside the main entrance of the JT2DC (formerly T3BL)
at Fort Dix on 14 August 2005 at 1030 hours. All are welcome.
Refreshments will be available.
ChalleNGe Cadre Receive Advanced Training
NJ ChalleNGe Cadre attended an advanced cadre course with
ChalleNGe Cadre from 29 other programs 18-22 July. The
training, given in Portsmouth, NH, by Dare Mighty Things Inc.,
assists the cadre in honing their people skills, teaches them
about youth gangs, group dynamics and offers a refresher course
in CPR and First-Aid. NJ Cadre Sean Wilmore was quoted in a
National Guard Bureau article as saying, “The cadets
are with us all of the time. It’s a lot easier to get
them focused every morning.” Ultimately all NJ ChalleNGe
cadre will attend the advanced course.
State Park Passes
All Active New Jersey National Guard members are entitled
to Division of Parks and Forestry State Park passes. When parking
fees are in effect this pass entitles the NJNG member (and
passengers) free parking at all New Jersey State Parks, Forests,
Recreation Areas and Historic Sites. This pass does not pertain
to camground fees. ID cards must be shown along with this pass
for access. Active NJ National Guard members and families of
deployed soldiers can obtain their state park passes through
the State Family Programs office by calling 609-562-0739 or
at any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center, 888-859-0352.
Questions and inquiries concerning the NJ State Park Pass program
should be addressed to CW4 Ralph Cwieka, State Family Program
Coordinator at 609-562-0668 or e-mail: Ralph.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Insurance coverage increases
maximum level of Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
coverage will be increased from $250,000 to $400,000 on September
1,2005. Anyone in service on September 1,2005 will have their
coverage increased to $400,000, even if they previously declined
or elected lesser coverage. If they still desire no coverage
or less than the maximum, they will have to go to their Personnel
Office and re-elect no coverage or less than the maximum. For
more details see your Personnel Office.
The New Jersey War World II Memorial needs your help
WWII was by all account the greatest
victory for the United States – along the front
lines and the home front. Every individual alive during
this period of history was involved
and had a stake in the outcome. It was a war the United States
and our Allies could not afford to lose. Now, America is slowly
saying goodbye to its greatest generation of citizens. The
State of New Jersey is taking the initiative to honor and remember
them by establishing a Memorial in Trenton, across from the
Statehouse in Veterans Park.
Fittingly, the theme for New Jersey’s WWII Memorial
is “Victory”. The memorial hopes to honor and pay
tribute to the many sacrifices made during WWII and celebrate
the greatest victory our country has ever known. It is our
goal to dedicate the memorial in the Spring/Summer 2006. Time
is short – we need your help now in order to ensure that
we can meet this ambitious goal. We urge you to support the
New Jersey World War II Memorial through your generous contribution.
We cannot afford to let new generations forget the legacy that
has been left to them from what has been called “the
Greatest Generation”. To make a tax-deductible contribute,
download a donation form from our website at www.state.nj.us/military/veterans.
Enlisted Association of the National Guard announces Enlisted
Enlisted Association of the NJ National Guard is proud
to announce the Enlisted Conference at the Clarion Hotel & Conference
Center in Atlantic City West. The Conference will be held 7
thru 9 October 2005. During the Conference we honor our Outstanding
Soldiers and Airmen. There are various plans available. Friday
night is the Halloween Masquerade Ball with Tex-Mex Buffet
and Saturday is the Formal Evening Ball with dinner and dancing.
For additional information contact SGM (Ret) Jerome Zebrowski
@ 609-214-6959 or e-mail email@example.com or SGM Edward Goetschius
@ 609-965-1972 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.EANG-NJ.org to get application, plans and other activities offered. Thank
you for your support!
NJ Friends of the Guard and Reserve Announce Golf Outing
NJ Friends of the Guard and Reserve is proud to present
the 2005 State Chairman’s Annual Golf Outing. The golf
outing will be held on Thursday, 22 September 2005 at the Falcon
Creek Golf Course at McGuire AFB. The $85 per golfer registration
fee includes greens fees, cart registration, food and beverages
on the course, door prizes and dinner at the McGuire AFB Officer’s
Club. Hole and cart sponsors are being sought too. All proceeds
to benefit the activities of the NJ Employer Support of the
Guard and Reserve. For additional information please contact
Hank Pierre at 609-530-6879.
The New Jersey
National Guard Magazine “Guardlife” Vol
31 available on the world wide web.
Check out Guardlife on the web, it is now available in a user-friendly
on-line version. www.nj.gov/military/publications/guardlife/volume31no3/index.html The “Hometown Team” magazine
Guardlife provides up to date information on the happenings
within the New Jersey
Army and Air National Guard both at home and abroad. For all
the current news on our soldiers and airmen take a look at
the new issue today. To view past issues of Guardlife magazine
on-line you can visit www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the
DMAVA Publications homepage.
New Childcare Program Available
new DoD program called Military Child Care in Your
Neighborhood provides financial support and assistance
in locating quality
childcare for eligible military families who do not have access
to the DoD’s on-base child care options due to long waiting
lists or geographic location, available funding and family
circumstances. For more information on both childcare programs,
go to www.naccrra.org/MilitaryPrograms/ or
call the Child Care Aware hotline at 1-800-424-2246.
The New Jersey Veterans Journal Summer 2005 Edition available
on the world wide web
The New Jersey Veterans Journal Summer 2005 Edition is now
available on the world wide web in a user friendly on-line
web version at the following web address: http://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/journal/summer2005index.html The “NJ Veterans Journal” newsletter
provides up to date information on New Jersey Veterans events,
and facilities throughout the state. For all the current news
on issues affecting our NJ Veterans take a look at the new
issue today. To view past issues of the Veterans Journal newsletter
on-line you can visit http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the DMAVA Publications homepage.
Shades of Green Offers Summer Specials
Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort has announced
2005 end of summer specials available from 7 AUG through 30
SEPT. Members of the military community, including retired
members, are eligible for package deals. Resort officials say
that Shades of Green guests have exclusive access to discounted
theme park tickets, reduced rates at Disney’s PGA professional
golf courses, extra Magic Hours at the parks, and much more.
For more information, visit the Shades of Green website at www.shadesofgreen.org/funandsun.htm.
NJ Department of Labor teams up with Teaneck Family Assistance
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
is teaming up with the Teaneck Family Assistance Center to
provide all soldiers returning from deployment with the necessary
information and tools to easily re-integrate into society.
The Re-employment Opportunities briefing given by MSG (Ret)
John Bautz will be held at the Teaneck Armory every Wednesday
at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
If you have any questions regarding this briefing, contact
MSG (Ret) Bautz at 201-996-8950 or email email@example.com.
Tricare Reserve Select
TRS is here! This new health plan, launched on April 26, 2005,
provides eligible Reserve Component soldiers, and their families
continued care through TRICARE. Soldiers called to active duty
for more than 30 consecutive days in support of a contingency
operation AFTER September 11, 2001 are eligible for this benefit.
They must have served continuously on active duty for 90 days
or more. This benefit includes coverage that is similar to
the coverage available through TRICARE Standard and Extra for
active duty family members. Individuals who have not signed
up for TRS have until 28 October 2005 to complete their service
agreement. Contact SFC Josephine Grey, Chief of Health Services
at 609-562-0865 or e-mail @ Josephine.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this program.
Cove offers a free stay for our military members & families
at Operation Oasis on Chesapeake Bay.
Operation Oasis is an outreach program developed to offer
a time of rest and renewal to military personnel involved in
Operation Iraqi Freedom. Located in North East, Maryland, at
the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, Operation Oasis offers
a free 3-day, 2-night time of rest and relaxation. It is a
thank you to those who seek to secure and sustain our freedom.
Simply contact Carol Lee Lynch at email@example.com or
by phone at 800-287-4843 for additional information. You can
also visit the website www.sandycove.org for a more detailed
description of the facility.
American Legion Riders Motorcycle
Chapter Forming in River Edge, NJ
Legion Post 226 is sponsoring an American Legion
Riders chapter. You don’t have to be a direct member
of Post 226, but you do have to be a member of the American
Legion, Auxiliary or SAL and ride a motorcycle that’s
at least 750cc or higher. If you or someone you know is interested
in joining, there is a form on the Post 226 website, www.alpost226.org or you can call Jim Morton, the Post 226 American Legion Riders
Director, Adjutant and webmaster at 201-439-0053.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
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 SFC Raymond Denson, Military
Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090 or by e-mail at Raymond.Denson@nj.ngb.army.mil.
National Guard Family Day at Six Flags Great Adventure
Saturday, 24 September 2005, join the New Jersey National
Guard for a day full of family, fun and excitement! Tickets
to the NJ National Guard Family Day are $17 each and they will
go fast. Purchase your tickets today at your nearest Family
Assistance center: Morristown, Teaneck, Lawrenceville, Woodbury,
Toms River, Jersey City, Somerset or Pomona. Call for more
information at 888-859-0352.
Enlisted Association of the National Guard announces Golf
The Enlisted Association of the NJ National Guard is proud
to announce a Golf Tournament to benefit the Annual Scholarship
Program. The tournament will be held on Monday, 15 August 2005,
at Miry Run Golf Club in Robbinsville, NJ. The $80 per golfer
registration fee includes all fees and a cart, beverage cart
on the course, awards, door prizes, food at the turn and luncheon
following the completion of play. Hole and cart sponsors are
being sought, too. For additional information contact CMSGT
(Ret) Lee Cisek at 562-0223 or SGM (Ret) Mike Amoroso at 562-0754.
CNN Attractions Free to Service Members
Broadcasting Systems, Inc. is offering free admission
for all active and retired U.S. military personnel who visit
the CNN-themed attractions at CNN Center in Atlanta and Manhattan’s
Time Warner Center. Inside CNN Atlanta and inside CNN New York
will open the gate to active and retired military members and
reservists who present a valid I.D. They can visit the attractions
at no cost, while their spouse, children, siblings or parents
may enter at a discounted rate of $7 at Inside CNN Atlanta
and $12 at Inside CNN New York. To receive the discount, family
members must be accompanied by the military member. Groups
depart several times each hour at both attractions. For hours
and reservations at Inside CNN New York, visitors can call
1-866-4CNNNYC or visit www.cnn.com/insidecnn. For reservations
for Inside CNN Atlanta, visitors can call 1-877-4CNNTOUR or
with the 108 Air Refueling Wing!
108 ARW will serve as a rolling billboard advertising
the 108 ARW NJANG to over 8,000 cyclists, volunteers and bystanders
during a two-day ride from Cherry Hill to Ocean City, NJ and
back on 24-25 September. They will be covering 175 miles through
the flat terrain of NJ Blueberry fields and pine barrens. This
ride is fully supported with catered rest stops, bike support
and SAG transportation. Veterans News Anchor, Larry Kane will
host the Awards Ceremony Saturday night. Cyclists will collect
a minimum of $250 in donations to participate. If you join
the team between 6/25/05 – 8/26/05 the registration fee
is $45. For more information go to www.ms150biketour.org/.
Road Warriors interested in joining the team contact Maj Dave
LaTOUR @ 609-284-7743 or via e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 July 05.
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers planned in
support of our deployed troops and their families:
Free Military Care Package Kit of Priority Mail - The United
States Postal Service is offering free packaging materials
to spouses and families of military members who are deployed
overseas. To take advantage of this service call: 1-800-610-8734
and press 1 (for English), then 3 for an operator and request
CAREKIT04. USPS will send you free boxes, packing materials,
tape and mailing labels. These products are to be used to mail
care packages to service members.
Sign up for a chance to send your soldier Dunkin Donuts
coffee. Dunkin Donuts will send a case of free coffee
to your soldier if he/she is among the 50 selected in a monthly
Just go 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).
Operation Uplink. 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
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 and Herb Conaway that
enables citizens to donate postage stamps for use by our troops
and their families. Over 30,000 stamps have been donated to
our National Guard soldiers and airmen and Family Readiness
Programs. With Memorial Day 2005 approaching, we recall the
unique sacrifices made by every generation that has served
in uniform for the good of America. We are often asked what
can be done to support the soldiers of this generation. If
you would like to participate, please mail or drop off your
postage stamps to the 7th Legislative District Office, Delran
Professional Center, 8008 Route 130 North, Suite 125, Delran,
American Hero Band - 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.
American Airlines: Special
fare for military personnel and their dependants (you will
need your military ID card and a
copy of your soldier’s orders to fly). Just call 800-433-7300
and ask for the military fare offer for your desired destination.
You can also go to www.aa.com, but you cannot book a flight
Happenings – Listed below are events
taking place at your local armory.
Card & Memorabilia Show
||Tool Show, Homier Dist. Co.
||Toms River Armory
||Tool Show, Homier Dist. Co.
||Moscow State Circus
||West Orange Armory
Market, J&C Market Place
Fitness Corner – Ernie
Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
Menopause and Training
The main concern for menopausal and postmenopausal women is
the drop in estrogen levels, which is associated with bone
density loss. This is especially problematic for those women
who may have been amenorrheic in their youths, since there
is likely some bone density loss that has already taken place.
The good news is that weight training, has been shown to have
very beneficial effects irrespective of age. Obviously a menopausal
woman is not going to respond in the same way as a teenage
girl, but the positive consequences of weight training are
undeniable. Within every age group, active women fare better
than inactive women in just about every test. Some studies
show that exercise can reduce and/or delay much of the symptomology
(hot flashes, anxiety, etc.) associated with menopause.
If you’ve been inactive, menopause is a good time to
become active. It’s never too late to begin to strength
train and engage in regular exercise. Excess body fat is associated
with a host of later-life problems such as heart disease and
diabetes. Increasing one’s muscle mass contributes dramatically
to a decrease in injuries and chronic problems, as well as
to a loss of excess body fat. If you have been inactive for
a period of time, make sure to visit your doctor for a complete
physical before you begin.
Tell me what you would like to see in Fitness Corner. Write
me at email@example.com.
is 5th of August, the 217th day of the year with 148 days
On this day in history…
* 1914 – 1st traffic light installed
* 1926 – Houdini stays in a coffin
under water for 1 hour.
* 1945 – Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima
(August 6th in Japan).
* 1957 – American Bandstand goes
on network TV (ABC).
* 1962 – Marilyn Monroe found dead
of apparent self-inflicted drug overdose.
* 1964 – US begins bombing North
* 1966 – Martin
Luther King Jr. stoned during Chicago March.
* National Smile Week begins.
A large body of research indicates that
exposure to ultra-violet (UV) rays damages the body’s
largest organ, the skin. Sun exposure can be related to forty
pathological skin conditions
including photo toxicity (extreme sunburn acquired during
brief exposure to UV light while on certain medications),
photo allergy (skin rash), and basal cell and squamous cell
Yet the sun product industry is a more than $5 billion industry
which markets tanning products, tanning salons, and other tanning
enhancement goods. With such a large economic entity in direct
conflict with health practice, it is important for individuals
to understand the consequences of too much time in the sun.
50% of all individuals who reach age 65 will develop at least
one form of skin cancer making skin the most common of all
cancers. Furthermore, one in five adults alive today in the
U.S. will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. On top of
cancer, UV exposure can cause serious eye damage.
The amount of sun each person can tolerate
is based on genetics and skin color, but it is best not to
test one’s tolerance
level. A single sunburn can permanently damage skin and result
in cancer 10 to 40 years later. That is why it is so important
for children to be completely protected by clothing or sunscreen
when outdoors. Below are some easy tips on how you can protect
* Wear sunscreen with number 30 SPF or above.
* Use 6 or 8-hour waterproof brands. Sunscreen takes 5 to
15 minutes to adhere, avoid water and sweating for that time.
* Remember waterproof or sweat proof sunscreens are not necessarily
* Remember hats and shade do not protect from reflected UV
* Remember the sun is strongest from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
* Do not use tanning beds because of the high levels of UV
* Tightly woven fabrics, such as cotton denim, give the best
protection from UV rays.
Beach Passes for DMVA employees available now.
The temperatures are rising and the sandy beach at the National
Guard Training Center at Sea Girt is calling. You will need
to sign your name and work location on the second line on the
back of the pass. Have guests sign the first line and be ready
to show photo identification if requested. One pass will admit
one car. You can also use your DMAVA or military pass to get
on the beach. Call Gail Miller at 609-530-6911 for your Beach
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness Center near
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.