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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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Count your blessings.
Harm no one.
Open your mind.
Yearn for peace.
Zealously support a worthy cause.
Governor-elect Jon S. Corzine and U.S. Senator
Frank Lautenberg led a list of dignitaries who participated
in Farewell Ceremony for the Troops.
Governor-elect and Senator
Jon S. Corzine and U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg joined MG
Glenn Rieth, The Adjutant General,
in leading a list of dignitaries, who gathered at the Lawrenceville
Armory to bid farewell and good luck to members of the
50th Personnel Services Battalion, the 250th Personnel Detachment,
and the ANN-ETT, who will be deploying to Afghanistan.
families and supporters filled the large Lawrenceville
National Guard Armory along with the Commanders of the state’s
major veterans organizations, NJ Assemblyman Craig A. Stanley,
Lawrence Township’s Mayor Michael Powers, former Mayor
Pam Mount, Mercer County Executive, Brian Hughes, County
Freeholders Pat Colavita, Elizabeth Maher Muoio, County Surrogate,
Diane Gerofsky, and Mercer County Clerk, Paul Sollami-Covello.
With music by the NJ Army National Guard’s 63rd Army
Band and MG Glenn K. Rieth’s moving and reassuring
remarks, a fond farewell was paid to the men and women
of the NJ National Guard as they deploy in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom. We wish them God Speed!
Members of the 177th Fighter Wing depart for Iraq.
Members of the 177th Fighter Wing Fire Department departed
this week for Iraq in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Major
General Eugene Chojnacki, Commander, NJ Air National Guard,
along with Colonel Brian Webster, Commander, 277th Fighter
Wing, and the senior leadership of the Support Group met with
the group before they departed the 177th. They will be attached
to the 407th AEG.
While deployed to the Area of Responsibility,
they will be assigned to the base fire department as the
RAMS Team, six
firefighters and a combat medic. They will respond to off-base
incidents via ground transportation or helicopter that require
specialized training in extraction, confined space, haz-mat
or other emergency/rescue operations. They received three
weeks of Combat Skills Training at Fort Carson, Colorado, and
receive two additional weeks of specialized training in Kuwait
before deploying to their final location.
ChalleNGe Academy cadets participated in Christmas play.
On Saturday, 11 December, fifteen ChalleNGe
cadets had the privilege of participating in a Christmas
play entitled “The
Visitor” that was sponsored by the post chapel on Fort
Dix. The cadets enjoyed portraying soldiers from biblical times.
The rest of the ChalleNGe company was in attendance at the
play. According to one cadet, the play was educational as well
as entertaining. For more information about the Youth ChalleNGe
Academy, visit us on the web at www.ngycp.org/state/nj or call
toll-free at 1-800-997-5587.
Chief Leopardi captures Cosgrave Chief’s
Chief Master Sergeant James Leopardi of
the 177th Logistics Readiness Squadron captured the 2005
Major General Richard
C. Cosgrave Chief’s Award. This prestigious award is
given annually to an outstanding Chief Master Sergeant who
has shown, through word and deeds, the best qualities of a
Chief Master Sergeant. The selection criteria for the award
is individual initiative, professionalism, demonstrated abilities
of a Chief, and examples of the Air Force Core Values – Integrity
First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do.
Congratulations, Chief Leopardi!
U.S. Department of Labor issues new rules regarding returning
Guard and Reserve members.
The Labor Department issued new rules spelling
out the rights and responsibilities of returning Guard and
Reserve members – and
of their employers.
The rules become effective this month and are designed to
enforce a law that has been on the books for 11 years. This
is the first clarification of the Uniformed Services Employment
and Reemployment Rights Act, known as USERRA, since that law
was enacted in 1994.
The 268 page document includes a large section in question-and-answer
format that explain how USERRA protects against discrimination
and retaliation because of military service and gives service
members time to report back to jobs following completion of
their service obligations.
The new regulations can be found at www.dol.gov/vets.
the 108th Air Refueling Wing’s (ARW) new Chaplain,
Captain Christopher L. Miller.
Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, and now
Air Force – the
108th ARW’s new chaplain, Captain Christopher L. Miller,
had had a well-rounded military career.
The chaplain began his military career as an enlisted Coast
Guard Reservist in 1976. Almost 20 years later, he was commissioned
into the United States Navy as an Ensign in the Chaplain Candidate
Program. In 1998, Chaplain Miller became a full chaplain in
the Navy and served as a Reserve chaplain. His last command
before transferring to the Air National Guard was as a Reserve
Station Chaplain for Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point,
N.C. Chaplain Miller says that although he jokes about serving
in the Army so that he can have the full set of uniforms hanging
in his closet, his wife tells him there is no more room.
After six years as a licensed, local pastor,
Captain Miller was ordained in the United Methodist Church
in 1996. He has
served in New Jersey churches located in Gibbstown, Pennsville,
Buckshutem, Millville, Port Norris, and Pemberton. Capt Miller
also worked for three years on the Bishop’s staff as
the Director of the 9/11 Long-Term Recovery Program for the
United Methodist Church throughout New Jersey.
Chaplain Miller currently serves as the Senior Pastor of First
United Methodist Church of Delran, N.J. He and his wife Linda
have two daughters, Adia and Danica, and one granddaughter,
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
Poetry Reading and Oral History Discussion called “Remembering the Battle
of Khe Sanh – in Poetry and Prose”
January 21, 2006 will mark the 38th anniversary
of the enemy attack that started the Battle of Khe Sanh – the battle
that launched the war’s pivotal Tet Offensive of 1968.
To remember and honor the American military effort in that
action, a panel of Vietnam Veterans of the Khe Sanh Battle
will discuss their personal recollections and reflections.
Please RSVP to (732) 335-0033. A donation of $5 is suggested.
For more information, please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans
Memorial Foundation office at (732) 335-0033. or (800) 648-VETS.
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located
adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the
Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
National Guard’s Youth Rendezvous
Essay Contest open to Juniors and Seniors.
Students who will be high school juniors
or seniors by August 2006 are eligible to participate in
the National Guard’s
Youth Rendezvous essay contest. Ten students from each state
and territory will be involved in this once-in-a-lifetime experience,
and earn an all-expenses paid trip to North Dakota (August
“Throughout its involvement in the
Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration, the National
Guard has emphasized the educational
applications of this extraordinary American adventure. To culminate
its involvement in the Bicentennial, the National Guard is
sponsoring this Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous.
By way of an essay contest, our nation’s high school
juniors and seniors will be afforded the opportunity to compete
for one of the 540 spots in this immersion into history,” said
Stephen L. Stearns, Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration
project officer. Students will walk in the footsteps of the
Lewis and Clark expedition. Through multiple activities and
events, selected students will follow the Lewis and Clark trail,
experience American Indian culture of yesterday and discover
military history firsthand.
Students need to write an essay that addresses
the following question: “In your opinion, what military value most
describes the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery journey and
why? “ Essays are to be a minimum of 1,000 words, but
not more than 1,500 words, and can be submitted online or by
mail, and must be received by midnight February 28, 2006.
To submit an essay or learn more about planned events, activities,
and essay contest rules, go to http://www.lcyouthrendezvous.com
The Trenton Titans hockey team will salute the Military on
Saturday, 21 January 2006, at 7:00 p.m.
Bring your friends and family for a great
night of fun as the Trenton Titans offer a special night
of family entertainment
in a Salute to our Military. The Titans will pay tribute to
the members of the military by wearing camouflage jerseys that
will be auctioned off following their game against the Dayton
Bombers. Reduced price tickets are $10 for adults and $8.50
for kids 14 and under. You will get a lower bowl seat to see
every shot, save, and score. Call Ed Levin at 609-599-9500,
ext. 135 for more information or visit our Department’s
website at the link shown here for a ticket order form:
Family Readiness Council Grants available.
The State Family Readiness Council has established a Grant
Program that will provide both Family and Business Grants to
deserving New Jersey National Guard families impacted by deployment.
Additional information regarding these grants is available
at Family Assistance Centers and Family Readiness Groups throughout
the state. Those interested should contact Family Assistance
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
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
Air National Guard Council
of the Air Force Association (AFA) seeks your input.
The Air National Guard Council – ANG’s official
liaison to the Air Force Association – solicits input
from any member of the Air National Guard on quality of life
and/or force modernization issues. All issues (problems, comments,
suggestions) will be thoroughly staffed and forwarded to the
AFA Executive Committee and Board of Directors for evaluation
and further action by the AFA.
In its 50 year history, the ANG Council
has identified and staffed numerous issues that have ultimately
led to improvements
directly affecting the men and women of the National Guard – such
as TRICARE and BAH enhancements, as well as the modernization
of our equipment.
If you have a “great idea,” forward
it today to Lt Col Randy Johnson, ANG Liaison to the AFA
Council at randy.Johnson@ngb.ang.af.mil.
Fitness Corner – Ernie Razzano, Certified
Fitness Trainer, firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s that time for all of us to make those New Year’s
resolutions. With that in mind, hopefully the following quotes
will help you stay motivated to keep your resolution.
“Excellence…is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what
keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun
“Avoiding the phrase: I don’t have time - will
soon help you to realize that you do have the time needed for
just about anything you choose to accomplish in life.” – Bo
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the
end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it’s when you had everything to do, and you’ve
done it.” – Margaret Thatcher
“Failure, although never sought after or planned for,
does serve a noble purpose – as an educator; it teaches
us what not to do – again.” –Anonymous
“The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
the optimist, the opportunity in every difficulty.” --
“Problems are to the mind what exercise is to muscles,
they toughen and make strong.” – Norman Vincent
“The only way to define your limits is by going beyond
them.” - Anonymous
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection
we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi
Air National Guard Girls Softball Team plans St. Patty’s
Join the NJ Air National Guard Girls Softball
Team for a St. Patty’s Day Dance and Chinese Auction
on 18 March, 6-10 p.m., at the VFW in Cookstown, NJ. Tickets
are $25 and include
a buffet, music, door prize, cash bar and auction items. Buy
your tickets by March 11 from Master Sgts Bonnie Gaskell, 609-562-0925,
Tania Prairie, 609-754-2308, Keith Hyde, 609-754-6870, and
Staff Sgt Stephanie Marshall, 609-754-8903.
On the day in history...
Today is Friday, 6 January 2006. It is the 6th day of the
year with 359 days remaining.
1759 – George Washington and Martha
Dandridge Custis were married.
1838 – Samuel Morse demonstrated
the telegraph for the first time.
1898 - The first telephone message from a submerged vehicle
was sent by Simon Lake.
1912 – New Mexico became the 47th
1914 – Stock brokerage firm of Merrill
1942 – The first commercial around-the-world
airline flight took place. Pan American Airlines was the
made history with the feat.
1945 – The Battle of the Bulge ended
with 130,000 German and 77,000 Allied casualties.
1952 – “Peanuts” debuted
in Sunday papers across the United States.
1964 – Rolling Stones’ first
tour as a headline act (with the Ronettes)
1994 – Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed in
the right leg by Tonia Harding’s bodyguard and ex-husband.
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.
Thought for the week...
"Though no one can go back and make
a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand
- Carl Bard