Division of Veterans Services Hits the Airwaves.
(Ret) Stephen Abel was the most recent guest on the
30-minute cable TV show “Veterans Viewpoint” produced
by Paul Tuliano and Bill McPeak. The first half of
the show was spent discussing the Division’s
broad range of responsibilities, while the remainder
of the show focused on the Doyle Cemetery operations,
eligibility requirements, and the Expansion and Improvement
Project currently under way. The show will air on Channel
19 in the Pemberton, Browns Mills, McGuire, and Fort
Dix areas on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 7:30
p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. The show
will run for approximately four weeks starting on January
31, 2004. Other Burlington County Comcast customers
can view the show on Channel 8.
back home! Approximately 30 members of the New Jersey
Air National Guard’s
108th Refueling Wing returned home this week after
serving a tour of
duty in Turkey. The airmen provided aerial refueling
and strategic airlift operations in support of combat
missions over Iraq.
J4 Support of Mobilization Requirements.
The National Guard Bureau, in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom, initiated a rotational Military Police
Transition Training Program (retraining selected soldiers
to perform military police related tasks) at Fort Dix,
New Jersey. The New Jersey Army National Guard (NJARNG)
in conjunction with the 78th Training Division, US
AR, provided direct coordination and assistance in
establishing a 140 vehicle training set of equipment
at Fort Dix. The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled
Vehicles (HMMWV), consisting of M1025, M1026, and M966
type vehicles were transported from New York, Michigan,
and Pennsylvania to OMS No. 9, Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Under the direct supervision of the Full Time Support
Supervisor, SFC Floyd D. Newton, OMS No. 9 selected
maintenance personnel from the NJARNG and 78th Training
Division, USAR, are working as a team to ensure that
all vehicles are Fully Mission Capable, equipped with
critical weapon components, SINGARS installation kits,
and radios prior to their daily issue to training soldiers.
Landscaper recognized for his contribution to the
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
5 February 2004, Mr. Drew Madzin of Guardian Lawn & Turf,
Inc. was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation
by COL (Ret) Stephen Abel on behalf of BG Glenn K.
Rieth for the company’s yearly contribution of
providing lawn care to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
complex. As a result of the dedication and hard work
of Guardian Lawn & Turf, Inc., the appearance of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial/Education Center is outstanding.
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era
Education Center’s upcoming event schedule.
For more information about any of these events, please
call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office
at (732) 335-0033.
28 Feb -
(1 pm): Author Lecture by Gerald R. Gioglio, who will discuss his book,
of Decision: An Oral History of Conscientious Objectors I the Military During
Special thanks and recognition to the Army Aviation
Association of America (AAAA) Monmouth Chapter.
thanks and recognition to the AAAA Monmouth Chapter
for providing $3,000 for Thanksgiving,
and New Year’s dinners for New Jersey’s
National Guard Troops serving as guards at Fort Monmouth.
The Chapter continued its unwavering support for our
soldiers at home and deployed with a plethora of energetic
programs that demonstrated their sincere appreciation
of the great work of the NJ National Guard.
Did you know that AAAA actively campaigned and helped
facilitate a local Monmouth Chapter Award for NJARNG
Soldier of the Year? The NG Soldier of the Year award
is now approved, the criteria are set, and Senior NCO
board members will be selected. The award will recognize
Army aviation solders grade E-1 through E-5 who will
be presented with a plaque and be given a set of Army
Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Awards –
are currently being accepted for the 2004 Secretary
of Defense Employer Support
This award was instituted in 1996, under the auspices
of the National Committee for Employer Support of the
Guard and Reserve (ESGR), to publicly recognize American
employers who provide exceptional support to their
employees who voluntarily serve the nation in the National
Guard and Reserve. The award is the highest in a series
of ESGR awards that include the Patriot Award, the
Above and Beyond Award, and the Pro Patria Award. In
today’s environment of continuous mobilization
of National Guardsmen and Reservists, America’s
employers are becoming inextricably linked to the nation’s
defense. ESGR has recognized that more employers are
being impacted by the war on terrorism and the on-going
military operations in Iraq. For that reason, nominations
for the 2004 Secretary of Defense Employer Support
Freedom Award are being accepted from all public and
private employers. Anyone having knowledge of a company
or organization that is deserving of this prestigious
award can obtain a nomination form and additional information
at www.esgr.com. Nominations must be submitted from
1 February to 15 March 2004.
Happenings – Check to see what’s
happening at an Armory near you.
Winter Games “Special
Show & Sale
Cherry Hill Armory
Card & Comics Show
High School Wrestling Tournament
NASCAR Collectibles Show
is Friday, 6 February 2004 and the 37th day of the
year. There are 320 days left
in the year. On
• 1815 –The
State of New Jersey issued the first American railroad
to John Stevens.
• 1911 – The
first old-age home for pioneers opened in Prescott,
• 1932 – Dog
sled racing appeared for the first time in Olympic
• 1959 – The
U.S., for the first time, successfully test-fired
a Titan intercontinental
missile from Cape Canaveral.
• 1987 – President
Ronald Reagan turned 76 years old this day and became
oldest U. S. President
- When the moon is directly overhead
you weight slightly less.
- About half of all Americans are on
a diet on any given day.
- There are more than 30,000 diets
- You will burn 7% more calories walking
on hard dirt rather than pavement.
A one-minute kiss burns 26 calories.