Welcome Home Ceremony
held for 2/102nd Armor Battalion.
On Thursday, March 31, 2005, the New Jersey
National Guard conducted a Welcome Home ceremony for the
at the West Orange Armory. Brig Gen Maria Falca-Dodson, Deputy
Adjutant General, represented the New Jersey National Guard
and MG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General, and officially
welcomed home the soldiers of the 2/102nd Armor Battalion
who deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom. Congressman Bob Menendez, Assemblyman John
McKeon, Assemblywoman Alison Littell-McHose, the local community,
families, friends, fellow National Guard soldiers and airmen
displayed a tremendous showing of support for these soldiers.
The New Jersey National Guard is extremely proud of these
soldiers! Their performance and dedication to duty are in
keeping with the highest traditions of military service.
The State of New Jersey enacts legislation
that enhances its commitment to military personnel and facilities.
During the last month, Acting Governor
Richard J. Codey signed into law three important bills
that enhance the state’s
commitment to its military personnel and facilities:
S2207: Requires localities to consult
with base commanders on any land use decision near a military
facility, such as
zoning changes or development decisions. This critical piece
of legislation will ensure that all of New Jersey’s
bases continue to remain unencroached and able to handle
current and expanded missions in the 21st century.
A3705: Expands the definition of resident
for the purposes of State tuition aid grant eligibility
to include a dependent
child whose parent or guardian has been transferred to a
military base in New Jersey. This law grants those dependents
immediate residency status so that they can be eligible for
in-state tuition grants to New Jersey’s many outstanding
educational institutions, supporting our new military families
and increasing educational opportunities.
S2206: Expands the mission and membership
of the NJ Council on Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs.
The Council has worked
steadily for many years to promote cooperation and support
for our military communities. This measure expands its mission
to include maximizing quality of life for military personnel
and their dependents and facilitating coordinated planning
and expedited review of military permits and other requests.
It also expands the involvement of state government officials,
community leaders, and military support groups to increase
the Council’s effectiveness.
Master Sergeant Donald
Newlin wins Air National Guard Honor Guard Award.
Master Sergeant Donald Newlin, 108th
Air Refueling Wing has been named as the Air National Guard’s
Base Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year for 2005.
is part of the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Annual
Honor Guard Awards Program. The program recognizes the outstanding
professional performance by the Department of the Air Force
enlisted personnel working in the area of military funeral
honors and ceremonies, while assigned to a respective Base
Honor Guard. Sergeant Newlin will be recognized during the
Outstanding Soldiers and Airmen of the Year Week in Washington,
Thanks to Jewish Community Center of Paramus
for their generosity and friendship.
Special thanks to the Jewish Community Center of Paramus
for their friendship and generosity. Earlier this week, the
Center made a donation of $350 to the Teaneck Family Assistance
In addition, the Jewish Community Center has issued an invitation
to any Jewish members of the families of National Guard personnel
of the 50th MSB to be their guests at their Passover Seder
The Seder will be held at the Jewish Community Center, E.
304 Midland Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652, and will take place
at 8:30 p.m. on April 23, 2005. Rabbi Arthur Weiner, the
spiritual leader of the congregation, served as Chaplain
in the U.S. Naval Reserve for seven years.
If you are interested in attending the Seder, please contact
Mrs. Fried at 201-261-8196 next week.
Welcome! Lt Col Robert A. Meyer, Jr. named Commander, 108th
Taking care of people – that is Lt Col Robert A. Meyer,
Jr.’s focus when it comes to his latest career move
at the 108th Air Refueling Wing. “We need to make the
108th a great place to work because we want to keep great
people,” he stated.
As the new commander of the 108th Support
Group will be taking the reins from Col Michael S. Moore
on March 13. He
is looking forward to the challenge of his new position.
Having spent most of his 20-plus years in the NJ Air National
Guard as part of the operations group, he admits with a ready
smile, that the challenge to his new position is the many
career fields in the Support Group. “I’m learning
that there is a world outside of Ops,” he remarked. “And
these people make the Wing run.”
This native New Jerseyan talks about people constantly when
he speaks about his new job. One major focus as the Support
Group commander will be to ensure everyone is trained and
capable to perform his or her wartime duties and tasks.
COL Bill Rochelle reporting from Iraq on Yankees vs. Red
Sox shootout in the desert.
Last week, on 30 March 2005, the Division
Public Affairs Office got the DIVARTY Commander (a big
Red Sox fan from
Massachusetts) and myself (the biggest Yankee fan) together
with 15 or so of our soldiers for a video shoot. My men and
I stood on one side of the Commanding General and the Commander
and his men stood on the other. The DIVARTY Commander wished
the Red Sox well and then handed the microphone to me. I
said, “I’m Colonel Bill Rochelle, Commander of
the 42nd Infantry Division Support Command. On behalf of
all our New Jersey and New York based Rainbow Division soldiers,
we’d just like to say (and we all shouted) GO YANKEES!
The Commanding General wished both teams well and threw out
a ball (the first pitch).
We have been told that the Yankees
and Red Sox will use this video before their opening day
whether this is true, but that’s what we were told.
I then prepped the group and get everyone
ready for the seventh inning stretch. All of us sang “Take Me Out
to the Ball Game,” which will be shown on stadiums’ diamond
vision scoreboard. So, don’t be surprised if you’re
at a game and you see us singing for the seventh inning stretch.
The soldiers and I had a lot of fun filming
the video. So watch for us on opening day or whenever you’re
at the stadium. Let me know if you see us. GO, YANKEES!!!
7th Annual Unity Day
“Come Share Your Heritage with Us.” On Thursday,
9 June 2005, the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs,
Joint Force Headquarters will hold it’s 7th Annual
Unity Day at Building 3650, Fort Dix, NJ. This event is held
to enhance cross-cultural awareness and promote harmony among
all members of the New Jersey National Guard, and to recognize
the contributions of women and minorities. This combined
effort of Army and Air, State and Federal, community members
and members of both Team McGuire and the Fort Dix Post contribute
to the different ethnic and Special Emphasis groups being
represented. If you are interested in participating by putting
up a display, please contact Kathey McCready, State Equal
Employment Manager at 609-562-0854.
NJ Air National Guard inducts six Chief Master Sergeants
A ceremony was held at the McGuire Officers’ Club
on Saturday, 2 April 2005, during which six Chief Master
Sergeants were inducted into their respective Chief’s
Group. They are: CMSgt Edward Rockhill from the 108th Air
Refueling Wing, and SMSgt Robert Hare, CMSgt Robert McCarty,
CMSgt Jean Perry, CMSgt Carl Howard, and CMSgt Dominick Galione
from the 177th Fighter Wing. Over three hundred military
members, families, and friends attended the ceremony that
was hosted by the 514th Air Mobility Wing.
Blue Claws honor NJ National Guard’s Wolf-Pack
Platoon on Opening Day -
At Opening Day ceremonies held at First
Energy Park, Lakewood, NJ on Thursday, 7 April 2005, the
Lakewood Blue Claws welcomed
home members of the Wolf-Pack Platoon of the NJ Army National
Guard, Toms River Armory, who are just back from a year’s
deployment to Iraq, The Blue Claw altered their usual “Welcome
Fans” opening day game theme to “Welcome Home
Citizen Soldiers – to honor our part-time soldiers
and full time heroes.
On behalf of the residents of Ocean County,
Freeholder Director Joe Vicari and Deputy Director Jerry
Little welcomed home
our troops as part of the pre-game event and made a public
presentation of the giant “Citizen Soldier” photo
mural that will begin a countywide tour.
Upcoming Job Fairs
Veterans Job Fair, Iselin – The
NJ Department of Labor announced a Veterans Job Fair on
29 April 2005 at the American
Legion Post 471, 25 Brown Avenue, Iselin, New Jersey, from
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participation is free for veterans and
employers. Mr. Joe Battito, our Middlesex County Veterans
Service Officer, will represent DMVA at the job fair. If
you have any questions, please contact Veterans representative,
John Leary, at 732-937-6205
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
|Korean Service Medal
Teaneck & Liberty Road
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
Viet Nam Service Medal
NG Training Center
Sea Girt, NJ
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers
planned in support of our deployed troops and their families:
Baby Sitting Certification and Training – 2 April
2005 – Training provided by the American Red Cross
will be held at the Teaneck Armory, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost is $55 per person.
Pancake Breakfast – Steinert
High School Cafeteria, 2900 Klockner Road, Hamilton, NJ
-3 April Wachovia and the
Rotary Club of Hamilton/Washington Township are sponsoring
a Support the Troops Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, 3 April
2005, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Senator Peter Inverson,
Assemblyman Bill Baroni, and Hamilton Councilwoman Eileen
Thornton, proceeds will benefit the soldiers and families
of the NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center. Tickets
are $6.00. Call 609-631-9988 for tickets or further information.
“Children’s Day” – 3 April 2005
- The Teaneck Family Assistance Center has planned Children’s
Day for the children of our deployed soldiers. There will
be fingerprinting, fire and bike safety programs, soccer
games, and plenty to eat. If you are interested in attending,
please call SSG Loureiro at 201-883-8356.
CPR Training and Certification, 9 April 2005 – The
American Red Cross will provide CPR training and certification
at the Teaneck Armory on 9 April 2005, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost is $65 per person.
Pancake Breakfast – Waterfront Café, Carlstadt,
17 April 2005. The Waterfront Café – Steak and
Clam House, Paterson Plank Road, Carlstadt, NJ (right behind
the Continental Arena) will host a Pancake Breakfast to benefit
the families of our Army National Guard troops deployed out
of the Teaneck Armory. The event will be held from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the Nam Knights of America,
VVA Chapter 800, and the Jewish War Veterans of USA. Cost
is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for Seniors and children under
JT2DC (T3BL) Soldier’s
Association Golf Tournament – 25
April 2005. The event will begin with a 9 a.m. Shotgun Start
at the Fountain Green Golf Course, Fort Dix. Cost $80 per
person. Proceeds will assist the families of our deployed
soldiers. For additional information, contact CSM Tim Maskery
Sign up for a chance to send your solider 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
lottery. 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 60-day period.
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
$20 denominations. From there, the “Gift from the Homefront” may
be sent toan 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 23,000 stamps
have been donated to our National Guard soldiers and airmen
and Family Readiness Programs. 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, NJ 08075.
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.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
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.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation
Scholarship Contest is available to graduating NJ high school
seniors. Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded on May 30,
2005 at the Memorial Day ceremony at the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.
To apply, students need to complete an application, submit
proof that they are continuing their education at a college/university
or trade/technical school, and submit a short essay about
his/her visit to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.
Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15,
2005. Application and information can be found at www.njvvmf.org or by calling 1-800-648-VETS.
American Legion Scholarship. If you have a son, daughter,
grandson, or granddaughter that is a senior in high school,
they may qualify to receive a scholarship through the American
Legion. For applications, please call Mr. Robert Luby at
908-996-6005 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSM Vincent Baldassari Memorial and USAA
Scholarship Awards Program. The Enlisted Association of
the National Guard of
New Jersey will sponsor five scholarships of $1000 ach for
children of members of the Association and drilling members
of the NJ National Guard (Army or Air) who are also members
of the Association. Additionally, USAA will sponsor one $1000
scholarship for a drilling member. Applicants must complete
the appropriate application in its entirety with all required
and prescribed documents. The deadline for application submission
is 15 April 2005. Additional details and application can
be found on the Department’s website, (click
here for PDF)
OCS Class 48 will host 1st Annual SGT Nutter
Benefit 5K Run.
Officer Candidates from OCS Class 48 are hosting the first
annual SGT Nutter Benefit 5K Run on May 14, 2005 at the National
Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, NJ. SGT Sam Nutter was
a member of the NJ Army National Guard assigned to the OCS
Company at the 254th Regiment in Sea Girt. SGT Nutter passed
away earlier this year at 39 years of age after a long and
courageous bout with cancer.
SGT Nutter is survived by his wife, Michelle
Mallozzi-Nutter and three daughters, Summer Ann, Samantha,
and Sarah. Proceeds
from the run will go to the SGT Sam Nutter’s Children
The race will begin with a howitzer blast at 10 a.m. sharp.
Registration and sign-in begin at 7 a.m. All ages are welcome
to participate. Prizes will be awarded to 45 of our participants
in various categories. For more information visit website:
Cove Christian Conference & Retreat
Center offers a free stay for our military members, their
spouse and children
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. The purpose is to minister to
our military men and women, their spouses, and children by
offering them a mini-vacation in a Christian atmosphere.
Military stress takes an immense toll on both the soldier
and his/her family. It is hard to imagine the trauma that
results from the ravages of war. Operation Oasis helps families
reconnect after a loved one returns home from deployment
in the Middle East. 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 by email 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.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
and Vietnam Era Education Center’s upcoming event
7 May -
NJ Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day ceremony
14 May -
Jenny 4 - Author lecture by Vietnam Veteran Paul Drew
30 May - 11am
Memorial Day Ceremony
11 June -
On the River (memoir of an American advisor
to South Vietnamese Rangers) -
Author lecture by Vietnam Veteran George L. Athas
18 June -
10 a.m – 4 p.m.
Military Vehicle Display
For more information about any of these events,
please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation
office at (732) 335-0033.
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located
adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the
Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
Corner – Ernie Razzano, Certified
Fitness Corner – Ernie Razzano, Certified
The Environment and Metabolism
Did you know
that the outside environment influences metabolic rate? When
you are exposed to a progressively colder climate,
your body will increase its metabolic rate to keep the body
temperature constant and to prevent shivering. Shivering
is invoked when the core temperature of the body begins to
drop from being in the cold. Shivering is actually a series
of involuntary muscle contractions that are triggered to
create heat in the body, like turning on a furnace. When
exposed to higher than average cold conditions for a few
days your body actually increases its basal metabolic rate
to run hotter than average to compensate for being in a colder
climate. When things begin to warm up, even a 60-degree day
can seem extremely hot because your metabolic rate is running
at a fast rate. After several days of acclamation to the
hot climate, your metabolic rate will decrease, and 80 degrees
will feel as hot as the 60-degree day did a few months earlier.
So those of you that can’t wait for the warmer weather,
this is some beneficial news that will make the cold a little
more bearable, for the time being anyway!
Upcoming events taking place at your local
Open House – Toms River Armory - An Open
House is scheduled at the Toms River Armory on Saturday,
June 18, 2005, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be historical
displays from the Revolutionary Wary to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
For the children, there will be Hummer rides, camouflage
face painting, paintball targets and a balloon grenade toss.
The purpose of the Open House is to inform
the public about the Toms River Armory and let them know
it is available for
rent. Additionally, the open house will provide the NJ National
Guard recruiters a change to support The Adjutant General’s
policy on “Strength Management.”
Cat Show -
Sports Card and Comics Show -
Flea Market -
Cherry Hill Armory
Sports Card and Comics Show -
Sports Card and Comics Show -
Today in History
Today is Friday, 8 April 2005. It is the 98th
day of the year with 267 days remaining.
1513 – Explorer
Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain.
1789 – The
U.S. House of Representatives held its first meeting.
1834 – In
New York City, Cornelius Lawrence became the first mayor
to be elected by a popular vote in
a city election.
1913 – The Seventeenth amendment was
ratified, requiring direct election of senators.
1952 – U.S.
President Truman seized steel mills to prevent a nationwide
1953 – The bones of Sitting Bull were
moved from North Dakota to South Dakota.
1974 – Hank Aaron hits 715th home run – breaking
Babe Ruth’s record.
1975 – Frank Robinson of the
Cleveland Indians became the first black manager of a major
1986 – Clint Eastwood was elected mayor
of Carmel, California.
1994 – Smoking banned at Pentagon
and all U.S. military bases.
Support our Troops –
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness Center near
you. Call toll free at 888-859-0352 to assist the families
of our deployed soldiers and airmen.