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BG Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
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Gifts for Kids Drive
Nov - 8 Dec 03
DMVA Holiday Dinner
Friday, 12 Dec 03
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The 2003 Governor's Annual Coat Drive was a success
thanks to the generosity of our employees.
121 winter coats, which were given to the Trenton
Area Soup Kitchen for distribution to those needing
a helping hand.
Governor McGreevey meets with Deployed
National Guard Family Members.
Governor James E. McGreevey recently
met with family members of deployed New Jersey National
Guard soldiers to discuss and share their experiences
about the hardships of having their loved ones deployed
to Iraq and how volunteerism has affected their lives.
"Our National Guard members have
dedicated their time and lives to serve and protect
the people of New Jersey and our Nation, " said Governor
believe all of us have a moral obligation to do everything
in our power to support our National Guard members
and their families through these challenging times
for the sacrifices they are making."
The Governor discussed how programs
like the Family Readiness Group (FRG) can help individuals
cope with the difficulties of having a family member
deployed overseas on active duty. The FRG provides information, support, and
outreach to family members. The
program is designed to:
relationships that enable effective communication.
a sense of belonging to the team in all family members.
forums for family members to develop friendships and
support each other.
and participate in formal FRG professional development
service members to feel confident that their family
can take care of themselves and be self-sufficient
during times of separation.
"The military recognizes the many
sacrifices made by family members, whose loved ones
serve our state and nation," said Brigadier General
Glenn K. Rieth. "The
Governor's willingness to meet with these family members
displays a tremendous amount of support on behalf of
the state of New Jersey."
7,500 medals presented to New Jersey's veterans
In special award ceremonies held
throughout the State during 2003, New Jersey proudly
honored its veterans and acknowledged the debt the
state owed them for their service as it presented them
with the following medals:
4,319 Distinguished Service Medals
1,058 Meritorious Service Medals
2,309 Vietnam Service Medals
Additional information regarding
eligibility for these Medals is available on our website: www.state.nj.us/military.
Ryan "Travis" Baker
was buried at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle
Memorial Cemetery on Tuesday, 2 December 2003. Specialist
Baker was the fourth New Jerseyan killed in action
in Iraq and the second to be buried at General Doyle
father, a Navy veteran, was buried at the state's Veterans' Cemetery
just four weeks ago. Now
they rest in adjacent graves in Section 0-1. More
than 100 family members and friends looked on while
full military honors were rendered at the service,
which was held at the cemetery's Memorial Walkway.
Veterans Haven recognized.
On December 2, 2003, the Long Branch
Veterans Association for the Homeless made a donation
to Veterans Haven. The $1,000 check was presented to Veterans Haven Superintendent,
Roberto Durante, in recognition of the important work
that he and his staff do for New Jersey's veterans. The
money will be used to make quality of life improvements
at Veterans Haven.
DMVA participated in the 88th Annual
NJ State League of Municipalities (NJLM) Conference.
DMVA and the NJ Employer Support
of the Guard and Reserve Committee (ESGR) participated
in the 88th Annual NJ State League of Municipalities
(NJLM) Conference held 18-20 November 2003. The NJLM is a voluntary association created
to help communities do a better job of self-government
through pooling information resources and brainpower. Commercial, government, and association exhibits display the
latest products and services for municipal governments. A seminar entitled "Military Leave and Municipal Employer Rights
and Responsibilities" featured BG Glenn K. Rieth, The
Adjutant General, and Brig Gen (Ret) Robert Dutko,
Sr., Chairman of the NJESGR, leading the discussion
concerning federal and state laws and rules and regulations
concerning the rights of employers and their active
The Trenton Lodge 105 of the Elks
recently hosted their 10th annual dinner
for veterans. BG
Glenn K. Rieth, Honorary Chairperson for the event,
presented the keynote remarks. Invited
honorees included veterans from Veterans Haven and
the Vineland Memorial Home, and the Lodge presented
two checks for $1,000 each to both facilities. COL (Ret) Steve Abel, Director, Division
of Veterans Services, accepted the check on behalf
of the Vineland Memorial Home residents, while Bob
Durante, Superintendent of Veterans Haven, accepted
the donation for his facility. We
thank the Trenton Elks for generous and continued support
for our veterans.
Warren Grove Range wins Healthy Ecosystems Honorable
Warren Grove Range was presented with the Healthy
from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
(NJDEP) at the 2003 Environmental Excellence Awards
ceremony in Atlantic City's Convention Center on 18
November 2003. Winners were selected from a record number
of nominations and were judged on the basis of documented
environmental benefits, innovation, and long-term impact
of their work to the environment. The
Warren Grove Air National Guard Range (WGR) is located
in the heart of the Pinelands National Reserve and
consists of 9,400 acres, most of which are undeveloped
and serve as a buffer to weapons range operations. Pygmy
pine forests dominate the safety buffer, as well as
parts of the impact zone where gunnery training occurs,
with occasional wetlands including Atlantic white cedar
swamps, hardwood swamps, savannas, and lowland forests. To
maintain a healthy ecosystem, the base developed an
Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan that includes
priority goals that support ecosystem and watershed
management, threatened and endangered species management,
and outreach and education. This
honorable mention recognizes the implementation of
the WGR Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan. A
special thanks to the following departments in helping
the range receive such a prestigious award: The
Nature Conservancy, Drexel University, and the Warren
Grove Range personnel for assisting with the projects
and working with the numerous contractors who have
visited the range throughout the years.
DMVA to participate in Homeless
Management Information Systems Pilot Project.
The Homeless Network Planning Committee
(HNPC), under the direction of the Camden County Planning
and Advocacy Council and in cooperation with the United
States Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care
block grant initiatives has designated Camden County
as a pilot project center for the establishment of
the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). This
information management tool for the nation's homeless
population will be instrumental in finally identifying
and tracking homeless individuals throughout the United
Haven Superintendent, Roberto Durante, recently joined
the HMIS sub-committee to represent the Department
during the preliminary preparations for statewide implementation.
NJ Army National Guard celebrates
a direct appointment to Warrant Officer.
LTC Loretta S. Thomas, Commander
of the 150th Signal Battalion, and former
Commander, LTC Kevin C. Hegarty, jointly announced
the direct appointment from Sergeant to WO1 Michael
A. Mercurio II as a 250N Network Management Technician. Mr.
Mercurio was determined to be eligible by the Signal
Corps proponent at Fort Gordon, Georgia, without the
requirement to attend Warrant Officer Basic Course,
a very rare accomplishment. Previous completion of Officer Candidate School at the NJ Military
Academy at Sea Girt in 1993 enabled direct appointment
to WO1. Mr. Mercurio will serve as a Network Management
Technician in the Headquarters and Headquarters Company
of the Signal Battalion.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. received
the Corporate Patriotism Award.
Veterans Awards (AVA) announced on 20 November 2003
Stores, Inc., will
receive the prestigious "Corporate Patriotism Award" sponsored
by the Employer Support of Guard & Reserve (ESGR)
at the 9th annual American Veterans Awards: A Tribute to Freedom on November 21, 2003. This
award is presented each year to a company that exhibits
exceptional support and dedication to the ideals of
AVA in raising awareness and support of U.S. service
members and their families. The
award is open to any American corporation who donates
substantial resources, without corporate financial
gain, in assisting veterans, active duty military and
reservists. AVA is America's preeminent tribute uniting
arts and entertainment with the patriotic fabric of
our nation - our past, present, and future military
and their families. The show will air on The History Channel
in February 2004.
Lighting Ceremony at NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
The NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Foundation will host the Holiday Lighting Celebration
on Saturday, December 13, 2003, in conjunction with
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 800 and the Jewish
War Veterans, Department of New Jersey. The
ceremony will take place by the five service flags
outside the NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, and will
begin at 6:00 PM with the lighting of the tree and
menorah, and a reading on Kwanza. Immediately
after the ceremony, Chapter 800's Color Guard will
lead the participants inside the Memorial for a service
and wreath laying ceremony. Hot
chocolate will be served in the Educational Center. We
invite you to join us in remembering those veterans
who are no longer with us during the holiday season.
Bank Arts Center has their Holiday Light Spectacular
occurring at the same time. When you arrive, let them know you are there
for the Memorial or you will be stuck in the traffic. Also, be aware that you will leaving via
the Holiday Light Show route so it may take a while
to exit the Arts Center grounds (but it will sure look
Distinguished, Meritorious, and
Vietnam Service Medal Presentation Ceremonies are
Distinguished Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
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Lieutenant Colonel Richard Duckworth
reaches 3,000 flight-hour milestone.
On October 10, Lt. Col. Richard Duckworth
of the 177th Fighter Wing completed 3,000
flight hours. The
milestone was reached in F-16, tail number 84-1260. Lt. Col. Duckworth stated, "I am thrilled
to have had the chance to fly the F-16 as much and
as long as I have." The 3,000-hour mark is significant as it
is all in the F-16, and it not his total flying time. That is probably on the order of 3,250 (military)
hours with training time. Lt.
Col. Duckworth began flying at pilot training at Vance
AFB, Oklahoma, in December 1985, and began flying the
F-16 in February 1987. He had five operational assignments in the
Viper prior to separating from the Air Force in 1999. He then joined the Air National Guard and
requalified in the F-16 in November of 2001. "It
has been amazing to watch the weapon system continue
to grow and evolve in the various missions," said Lt.
Col. Duckworth. "I hope to continue flying this jet for
quite a long time."
Scholarship Program for Military
Children opens applications.
The application period for children
of active-duty, retired, Guard and Reserve members
to apply for $1,500 academic scholarships is underway
and runs until February 18, 2004. The goal is to award at least one scholarship at every commissary
location, depending on the number of qualified applicants
and funding. In
2002, the program awarded 550 scholarships from among
6,500 applicants. For scholarship information, please visit www.militaryscholar.org.
Annual Gifts for Kids Drive is now under way.
Gifts for Kids Drive has begun and will run from
November 24 through
December 8, 2003. Time to donate toys and gifts is running out, and once again,
we are counting on your generosity to make this year's
drive a success. While you're out this weekend doing your
Holiday shopping, think of those less fortunate and
donate a gift for a needy child. You
can place your donation in the box in the lobby of
our Lawrenceville Headquarters building.
The 63rd Army Band
schedules Holiday Concert.
New Jersey Army National Guard's
63rd Army Band has scheduled a holiday concert
for Saturday, 13 December 2003. The concert will be held at the Expo Center,
Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey, and will begin at 7 p.m. If you have a valid military ID Card and
DOD sticker, you will not need a parking pass. If
you do not have a valid military ID Card and DOD sticker,
you must obtain a parking pass by calling 732-974-5963
with your name and address. Your
pass will be sent directly to you.
Tax Relief Act Aids Military Families.
The Military Family Tax Relief Act
of 2003 increases the death gratuity payment to $12,000
tax-free, changes the capital gains exclusion for home
sales by military members, increases the deduction
for many travel expenses incurred during duty-related
travel, and extends the deadline for filing while serving
in a contingency operation. The death benefit is retroactive to September
10, 2001 and the capital gain exclusion for home sales
is retroactive to 1997 so military members who have
sold their homes since 1997 have one year from November
11, 2003 to request a refund for any tax they did pay.
Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
and Vietnam Era Education Center Announces its Calendar
For more information about any of
these events, please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Foundation office at (732) 335-0033.
Author Lana Noone will
discuss her book, Global Mom: Notes
From a Pioneer Adoptive Family.
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
will include lighting of the tree and menorah,
and a reading on Kwanza. A
memorial service and wreath laying ceremony
Today is Friday, December 5th, the
339th day of 2003. There are 26 days left in the year. On
1492 - Christopher Columbus discovered Hispaniola (now
1848 - U.S. President Polk triggered the Gold Rush
of '49 by confirming the fact that gold had been discovered
1932 - German physicist Albert Einstein was granted
a visa making it possible for him to travel to the
1962 - The U. S. and the Soviet Union agreed to cooperate
in the peaceful uses of outer space.
1988 - Shuttle Atlantis launches world's 1st nuclear
war fighting satellite.
2001 - Afghan leaders signed a pact to create a temporary
administration for post-Taliban Afghanistan.
Red Cross needs assistance for
The American Red Cross at Walter
Reed Army Medical Center is looking for incidentals/comfort
items for sick and wounded Armed Forces personnel now
recuperating at the hospital. When
someone is stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, or elsewhere
and is wounded or falls ill, they are immediately evacuated
and it can take weeks for their personal effects to
catch up with them. The Red Cross is asking for donations of any of the following: telephone cards of at least 30 minutes,
rolling luggage (small totes, carry-ons), magazines,
playing cards, games, notepads and pens, sweatpants
and shirts (all sizes). All items should be addressed to American
Red Cross, ATTN: Barbara Green, Walter Reed Army Medical
Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20307-5001. For
more information, call 202-782-2080 or e-mail Barbara.Green.1@AMEDD.army.mil.
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