Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
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!
The Department (State
and Federal offices) will be closed on Thursday, 11 Nov
04, in observance of Veterans Day.
Thought for the day..
“The moon gives you light,
and the bugles and the drums give you music, and my heart,
O my soldiers, my veterans, my heart gives you love.”
Andrew Jackson was the first U.S. President
to ride in a railroad car.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first
U.S. President to appoint women to high government posts.
Washington was the first President to appear on a postage
John Adams was the first president to live
in the White House, and the first President to have a son
Richard M. Nixon is the only president to have
Andrew Johnson was the first president to be
Warren G. Harding was the first President to
ride to his Inauguration in an automobile.
was the first President to take office in the midst of
William H. Harrison was the first candidate
to have a campaign slogan: “Tippecanoe and Tyler,
Abraham Lincoln was the first President born
outside of the original thirteen colonies.
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
There are only
three words in the standard English language that start with
the letters “dw.”
Can you name them without consulting
The three “dw” words are:
of Veterans Programs’ October
The Division of Veterans Programs announced
that this Department’s
Veterans Service Officers assisted 4, 122 veterans and filed
a total of 259 new claims for veterans. 286 Award Letters
were received and a total of $4,889,339 was awarded to our
state’s veterans and their families.
On behalf of the State of New Jersey, the Division of Veterans
Programs presented 212 Korean Service Medals, 332 Distinguished
Service Medals, 127 Vietnam Service Medals, and 32 Meritorious
Service Medals to deserving veterans during the month of
NJ National Guard Civil Support Team (CST) is at
Good new for the New Jersey National
Guard and the State of New Jersey – the 21st Civil
Support Team (CST) is at 100% strength. The team is also
in receipt of about 85%
of its equipment. Twenty out of the 22 members have completed
85% of their institutional training, with 18 members completing
a two-month school at Fort Leonard, Missouri. The team will
now begin an aggressive collective training cycle in preparation
for certification. The 21st CST is located on Fort Dix, New
The Air Force Spouse Pin Program introduced.
The Secretary of the Air Force and the
Air Force Chief of Staff recently announced the Air Force
Spouse Pin Program.
The Air Force Spouse Pin, a blue star cradled in the Air
Force symbol, is a contemporary adaptation of a wartime tradition.
Beginning with World War I, families hung service flags in
their windows to display a blue star for each family member
serving in the Armed Forces. Today, the pin is given to the
wives and husbands of America’s Airmen and civilians
in appreciation of the sacrifices they make for their spouse’s
service. This program is available to any Airman who is active
duty, Guard or Reserve. In addition, any Air Force civilian
employee is eligible to participate. Visit your Guardians
of Freedom website at http://www.yourguardiansoffreedom.com and follow the instructions to register your spouse and order
Veterans Day Services planned at BG William C. Doyle
A Veterans Day Service will be held at the BG William C.
Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Thursday, 11 November
2004, at 11:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. A flag
retirement ceremony will be included in the services.
Annual Coat Drive is underway.
The Annual Coat Drive was kicked off
this week and will run through 18 November 2004. Each of
facilities will have a designated drop-off point for your
discarded coats. Take a few moments this weekend to clean
out your closets and bring in those unwanted coats. You can
fell the fall chill in the air and you know winter isn’t
far behind. Help someone less fortunate keep a bit warmer
Town Hall Meeting and Oktoberfest were a great
MG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General, held a Town Hall
meeting with the employees of the Lawrenceville Headquarters
on Friday, 29 October 2004. The TAG updated the employees
on our troop deployments and provided them with a status
report on the rehabilitation efforts at the Headquarters
Building. Following the Town Hall meeting, the employees
participated in a very enjoyable Oktoberfest celebration,
highlighted by German music and a pig roast.
World War II Memorial Site dedication is planned for 10
The New Jersey World War II Memorial
Commission and the Department of Military and Veterans
Affairs will unveil the
Memorial’s design on Wednesday, 10 November 2004, at
World War II was by all accounts the
greatest victory for the United States – along the
front lines and the Homefront. Every individual alive during
this period of history was
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 commemorating a Memorial in
Trenton, across from the State House 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.
Upcoming Fall events at our local armories.
Show & Sale
for the Holidays" Gift Fair
(Benefiting the Somerset Armory’s Family Readiness Group)
Part-time opportunities available in Military Funeral Honors
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment
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.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service
Korean Service Medal
|Toms River Elks
600 Washington St., Toms River, NJ
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
|Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
|Salem County Community College
Sports Memorabilia Show to benefit the families of deployed
On Saturday, November 20 2004, from 9
a.m. – 5 p.m.,
the National Guard Armory in Somerset, NJ, will host a sports
memorabilia show with 14 athletes present to sign autographs.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Armory’s Family
Readiness Group, who provides support to the families of
Guard members who have been deployed overseas.
The show will feature more than 20 tables of memorabilia
for sports fans to peruse. The Somerset Armory Family Readiness
Group will also have a table with t-shirts, yellow ribbon
magnets, and other items for sale. Admission to the show
Eight athletes from the New York Jets, Giants, Mets and
Yankees, will be available to sign autographs that will cost
between $10-$30 dollars.
For a schedule of athlete’s appearances,
to reserve table space, or for additional information,
or 866-477-6789 (GT Sports) or the Family Assistance Center
Toms River Patriotic
Rally & Troop Sendoff – 7
Deploying soldiers of the 3rd Battalion 112th Field Artillery
at the Toms River Armory will be honored at a patriotic rally
and sendoff ceremony on 7 November 2004. The ceremonies will
be held at the Ritacco Center, located in Toms River at High
School North, 1245 Old Freehold Road just off Bay Avenue.
See www.RitaccoCenter.com for directions. Doors will open
at 1:15 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 2:00
p.m. Come out and honor these everyday citizen-soldiers,
who are leaving their full-time jobs and families to answer
the call of duty. Come out and show your support!
and Schmick’s Restaurants will host Veterans
McCormick and Schmick’s Restaurant is again hosting
a Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, November 7, 2004,
in their facilities across the country. Locally, McCormick
and Schmick have restaurants located in Hackensack, NJ; Bridgewater,
NJ; New York, NY; and Philadelphia, PA. Every veteran (including
active duty, reserve, and National Guard) is invited to receive
a free entrée from a selected menu.
planned for families of deployed military.
On 13 November 2004, at 3:00 p.m., the Cookstown VFW, located
just behind Vintage Plaza outside of the McGuire 24-Hour
Gate, is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner with all of the trimmings
for any military family whose member is currently deployed.
Please RSVP to the Family Readiness Center, 108th ARW, not
later than 5 November 2004, at 609-754-4479.
Today in History...
Today is Friday, November 5th, the 310th day of the year
with 56 days remaining.
1872 – In the U.S., Susan B. Anthony
was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the presidential
She never paid the fine.
1935 –Parker Brothers Company introduced
the game, “Monopoly.”
1940 – U.S. President Roosevelt
won an unprecedented third term in office.
1959 – The American Football League
1974 – Ella T. Grasso was elected
Governor of Connecticut. She was the first woman in the
U.S. to win
a governorship without succeeding her husband.
1994 – Former U.S. President Reagan announced
that he had Alzheimer’s disease.
1998 – Scientists published a
genetic study that showed strong evidence that Thomas Jefferson
at least one child of his slave, Sally Hemings
the Homefront –
Since the Army and Air Force Exchange
Service (AAFES) began its “Gifts from the Homefront” program last year,
people from all walks of life have rallied around America’s
troops by contributing $406,745 toward the purchase of gift
certificates designed to lift the morale of deployed troops
around the world, said officials at AAFES Headquarters. 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
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
Are you an Air Force ROTC Grad?
you an Air Force ROTC graduate interested in assisting
the NJ Air National Guard’s 108th Air Refueling Wing
with Recruiting and Retention? The 108th Recruiting and Retention
Team is looking for graduates to “adopt” one
of the many local colleges and universities. Here’s
your chance to re-connect to your cadet days and be back
on campus. If this sounds like something you would be interested
in, call our Public Affairs Office at 609-724-4173 or write
us at email@example.com.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial will
host a Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, 11 November 2004,
at 11 a.m.. The keynote speaker will be Frank M. McDonough,
Esq. of Oakhurst, NJ and Lake Worth, Florida, who is a retired
environmental attorney and former maritime advisor to Governor
Christie Whitman. He retired from a 22-year Marine Corps
career in 1978 and served four tours in Vietnam.
Four veterans will be inducted into the “In Memory” Program,
which honors those who served in Vietnam and returned home
only to die as a result of their tour, but whose names are
not on the Memorial. The four inductees are:
James Lorenzo, US Army, of Jersey City, who died November
Thomas J. Pascal, US Army, of Port Reading, who died May
William J. Steele, US Marine Corps, of Bayville, who died
April 8, 2004.
James L. Tomasulo, Jr., US Army, of Newark, who died April
Lecture – James Parker Wollner – The Bamboo
Shoot: The Story of the 2nd Airboat Platoon
For more information about any of these events, please call
the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732)
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 Five Rules of Performance Nutrition
There are some simple truths about eating and exercise that
seem to have been overlooked. These five rules apply to everyone:
sedentary or active, young or old, in or out of shape.
Rule One: Always eat at least five times
a day. Two or three meals are simply not enough. It is
permissible to regard
two of these meals as “snacks,” provided they
contain sufficient calories to get you to your next meal,
and they are comprised of the appropriate ratio of macronutrients
as described in Rule Two.
Rule Two: In planning each of your daily meals (or snacks),
a caloric ratio of approximately 1 part fat, 2 parts protein,
and 3 parts carbohydrates is a good place to begin. However,
as you will see in Rule Three, this is just an estimate for
Rule Three: When you sit down to eat,
ask yourself, “What
am I going to be dong for the next three hours of my life?” If
you nap, eat fewer carbohydrate foods; if you plan to train,
eat more carbohydrate foods. In other words, adjust your
carbohydrates up or down, depending upon anticipated energy
Rule Four: You cannot lose fat quickly and efficiently unless
you are in a negative calorie balance: taking in fewer calories
that you are utilizing, Neither can you gain muscle tissue
quickly and efficiently unless you are in a positive calorie
balance; taking in more calories that you would need to maintain
your current weight. You must alternate periods of negative
calorie balance with periods of positive caloric balance.
Rule Five: it is almost impossible to get all of the nutrients
your body needs to remain healthy and active from food alone,
particularly if you are on a diet. Therefore, it is important
to supplement your diet with vitamins, minerals, and other
carefully selected substances to ensure maximum progress
toward your fitness, health, muscle-building, and fat-loss
goals. Always consult your doctor before and while you are
on a supplement program.
Family Programs Event Calendar
Listed below are the events being planned by the Family
Readiness Groups throughout the state.
|Picture with Santa
Co C, 1/114th
|Patriotic Rally and Troop Sendoff
Veterans Day Concert
|Westwood Veterans Memorial Park
SFC Minnie Hiller
|Children’s Craft Fair
|Bus trip to Radio City
Co B 50th MSB
SFC Minnie Hiller
A/B/E 2-113th INF
|Sports Memorabilia Show (DISCOM FRG)
|Bus Trip to Atl City
|Beef Steak & Chinese Auction
Legion Post 170
Rochelle Park, NJ
SFC Minnie Hiller
30 Nov 04
Tree Lighting in NYC
Co B, 50th MSB
|Pick-up at Dover Armory
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
As the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers
and airmen around the globe, the families that are left behind
support and assistance. Can we count on your help? Please
call your local Family Readiness center and volunteer.
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center
Call toll free 888-859-0352