Dept of Military and
Gen Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Gen Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
us is easy!
of the Assistant Commissioner
(Ret) Michael B. Smith
Laura A. Branham
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National Guard Needs You!
Here is our featured
Job of the Week
Light-Wheel Vehicle Mechanic
The light-wheel mechanic supervises & performs unit maintenance & recovery
operations on gasoline & diesel fueled light-wheeled
vehicles (prime movers designated as five ton or less & their
associated trailers), & associated items; supervises
unit maintenance & recovery operations on track & heavy
wheeled vehicles, & on material handling equipment. Maintains
power assisted brake systems, wheel vehicle mechanical (manual)
steering systems, wheel vehicles hydraulic (power) steering
systems, & wheel vehicle crane/hoist/winch assemblies.
If you’re interested in an exciting
contact your Recruiting Office at
State Veterans Service
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
Benefits & Entitlements
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
Bank of America (Fleet Bank)
is undergoing a system-wide change in their loan offerings
and will no longer offer the New Jersey Freedom Loan.
Beach Passes for NGTC – Sea
Girt for DMVA employees are now available.
Enjoy the sun. Have some fun.
Gail Miller – 6911
Jane Davis – 6910
O beautiful for spacious skies,
for amber waves of grain
For purple mountains majesties
above the fruitful plain
America! America! God shed your
grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
sea to shining sea
Thought for the day..
None of us who
have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating
power of the hope of freedom to those who are
- Pearl S. Buck
The 50th Main Support Battalion continues to be a true Combat
Multiplier to the 42d Infantry Division providing exceptional
Combat Service Support. The operational tempo continues
to rise placing increased demands upon the soldiers and
leadership. Over the past 120 days, the battalion has executed
over 266 Combat Logistics Patrols, logging close to 700,000
miles; produced 5.5 million gallons of water; delivered
almost 2 million gallons of fuel; processed over 160,000
requests and Material Release Orders; received 4,162 maintenance
work orders, completing 3,870; and treated close to 11,000
patients. Needless to say the battalion is fully engaged
and significantly contributing to the Division’s
efforts of eliminating the insurgency while training the
Iraqi Army and overall creating a stable Iraq.
New Jersey National Guard Magazine “Guardlife” Vol
31 No3 – now available on the world wide web.
Check out Guardlife on the web, it is now available in a user-friendly
on-line version. www.nj.gov/military/publications/guardlife/volume31no3/index.html The “Hometown Team” magazine Guardlife provides
up to date information on the happenings within the New Jersey
Army and Air National Guard both at home and abroad. For all
the current news on our soldiers and airmen take a look at
the new issue today. To view past issues of Guardlife magazine
on-line you can visit www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the
DMAVA Publications homepage.
New Childcare Program Available
A new DoD program called Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood
provides financial support and assistance in locating quality
childcare for eligible military families who do not have
access to the DoD’s on-base child care options due
to long waiting lists or geographic location, available funding
and family circumstances. For more information on both childcare
programs, go to www.naccrra.org/Military
Programs/ or call
the Child Care Aware hotline at 1-800-424-2246.
177th Fighter Wing gets adopted!
On 22 June 2005, Allen Rhodes, Commander VFW
Post 220 in Mays Landing presented the 177th Fighter Wing with
a Certificate of Adoption to formally recognize that Post 220
has adopted the 177th Fighter Wing in accordance with the Adopt-A-Unit
program of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
Under this program Post 220 will offer assistance and support
to the men and women of the 177th Fighter Wing and their families
as they serve the state and the nation.
Guard State Partnership for Peace Program
National Guard State Partnership for Peace Program (SPP)
links US states with evolving international affairs mission
for the National Guard using the unique civil-military nature
of the Guard to interact with both active and reserve forces
of foreign countries. The value of the SPP is its ability
to focus the attention of a small part of the Dept. of Defense – a
State National Guard – with a single country or region
in support of US Government policies. New Jersey’s
Partner Country is The Republic of Albania. Albania is located
on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe between Greece
and the Republic of Yugoslavian and is about the size of
The New Jersey Veterans
Journal Summer 2005 Edition – now
available on the world wide web
The New Jersey Veterans Journal Summer 2005 Edition is now
available on the world wide web in a user friendly on-line
web version at the following web address: http://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/journal/summer2005index.html The “NJ Veterans Journal” newsletter
provides up to date information on New Jersey Veterans events,
and facilities throughout the state. For all the current news
on issues affecting our NJ Veterans take a look at the new
issue today. To view past issues of the Veterans Journal newsletter
on-line you can visit http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the DMAVA Publications homepage.
Servicemembers’ Group Life
Insurance coverage increases
The maximum level of Servicemembers’ Group
Life Insurance coverage will be increased from $250,000
on September 1,2005. Anyone in service on September 1,
2005 will have their coverage increased to $400,000,
they previously declined or elected lesser coverage. If
they still desire no coverage or less than the maximum,
they will have to go to their Personnel Office and re-elect
no coverage or less than the maximum. For more details
see your Personnel Office.
Enlisted Association of the National Guard announces
The Enlisted Association of the NJ National Guard is proud
to announce a Golf Tournament to benefit the Annual Scholarship
Program. The tournament will be held on Monday, 15 August 2005,
at Miry Run Golf Club in Robbinsville, NJ. The $80 per golfer
registration fee includes all fees and a cart, beverage cart
on the course, awards, door prizes, food at the turn and luncheon
following the completion of play. Hole and cart sponsors are
being sought, too. For additional information contact CMSGT
(Ret) Lee Cisek at 562-0223 or SGM (Ret) Mike Amoroso at 562-0754.
NJ Department of Labor teams up with Teaneck
Family Assistance Center.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is teaming up with
the Teaneck Family Assistance Center to provide all soldiers returning from
deployment with the necessary information and tools to easily re-integrate
into society. The Re-employment Opportunities briefing given by MSG (Ret)
John Bautz will be held at the Teaneck Armory every Wednesday at 10 a.m.
and again at 2 p.m.
If you have any questions regarding this briefing, contact MSG (Ret) Bautz at
201-996-8950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tricare Reserve Select
TRS is here! This new health plan, launched on
April 26, 2005, provides eligible Reserve Component soldiers,
and their families continued care through TRICARE. Soldiers
called to active duty for more than 30 consecutive days in
support of a contingency operation AFTER September 11, 2001
are eligible for this benefit. They must have served continuously
on active duty for 90 days or more. This benefit includes coverage
that is similar to the coverage available through TRICARE Standard
and Extra for active duty family members. Contact SFC Josephine
Grey, Chief of Health Services at 609-562-0865 or e-mail @
Josephine.email@example.com for more information on this
Sandy Cove offers
a free stay for our military members & families
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. 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
American Legion Riders Motorcycle
Chapter Forming in River Edge, NJ
American Legion Post 226 is sponsoring an American
Legion Riders chapter. You don’t have to be
a direct member of Post 226, but you do have to be
a member of the American Legion, Auxiliary or SAL
and ride a motorcycle that’s at least 750cc
or higher. If you or someone you know is interested
in joining, there is a form on the Post 226 website,
www.alpost226.org or you can call Jim Morton, the
Post 226 American Legion Riders Director, Adjutant
and webmaster at 201-439-0053.
opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
New Jersey Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors
Program has several part-time employment opportunities immediately
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.
following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor our
Distinguished Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
Atlantic Cape Community College
5100 Black Horse
Mays Landing, NJ
War Veterans Ceremony
Rain or Shine
Korean Service Medal
1299 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ
Ride with the 108 Air Refueling Wing!
The 108 ARW will serve as a rolling billboard
advertising the 108 ARW NJANG to over 8,000 cyclists,
volunteers and bystanders during a two-day ride from
Cherry Hill to Ocean City, NJ and back on 24-25 September.
They will be covering 175 miles through the flat terrain
of NJ Blueberry fields and pine barrens. This ride is
fully supported with catered rest stops, bike support
and SAG transportation. Veterans News Anchor, Larry Kane
will host the Awards Ceremony Saturday night. Cyclists
will collect a minimum of $250 in donations to participate.
If you join the team between 6/25/05 – 8/26/05
the registration fee is $45. For more information go
to www.ms150biketour.org/. Road Warriors interested in
joining the team contact Maj Dave LaTOUR @ 609-284-7743
or via e-mail @ email@example.com by 31
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers planned
in support of our deployed troops and their families:
Free Military Care Package Kit
of Priority Mail. The United States Postal Service is offering free
packaging materials to spouses and families of military
members who are deployed overseas. To take advantage
of this service call: 1-800-610-8734 and press 1 (for
English), then 3 for an operator and request CAREKIT04.
USPS will send you free boxes, packing materials, tape
and mailing labels. These products are to be used to
mail care packages to service members.
Enlisted Council to hold golf tourney at Falcon
Creek Golf Course in July. The 108th ARW Enlisted Council is
holding its second annual Golf Outing on July 21, at
the Falcon Creek Golf Course, McGuire Air Force Base.
There will be a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $75
per individual or $280 for a foursome. This includes
lunch, beverages, 18 holes of golf and a chance to win
prizes. Proceeds from the tournament support the Freedom
Alliance Scholarship fund. Contact Airman Dee Eggles
at 609-754-4141 for more information and entry forms.
Send coffee!! – The “Coffee Express” is
on track! Time to start percolating and open the spigots
all the way! The good news is that over 1500 pounds of
coffee have been sent to the troops so far. The bad news
is that they have drunk most of it. It’s time for
a second cup. Join the “Coffee Express” – buy
a pound or two of coffee and send it to one of the address
shown below or to the soldier of your choice at either
unit. MAJ Mike Lyons, HHC 50th Main Support Battalion,
FOB Speicher, APO AE 09393 or LTC John Nunn, HHC 42nd
DISCOM, FOB Speicher, APO, AE 09393.
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 $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
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
30,000 stamps have been donated to our National Guard
soldiers and airmen and Family Readiness Programs. With
Memorial Day 2005 approaching, we recall the unique sacrifices
made by every generation that has served in uniform for
the good of America. We are often asked what can be done
to support the soldiers of this generation. 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.
American Airlines: Special
fare for military personnel and their dependants (you
will need your military ID
card and a copy of your soldier’s orders to fly).
Just call 800-433-7300 and ask for the military fare
offer for your desired destination. You can also go to www.aa.com, but you cannot book a flight online.
Armory Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
card & Memorabilia Show
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
| Bordentown Armory
|| Open House
10:00am - 4:00pm
| Cherry Hill Armory
| 4-7 August
|| Family Readiness Group is hosting a carnival
4th & 5th 6 p.m. to 11p.m.
6th & 7th 12p.m. to 11p.m.
| Teaneck Armory
Fitness Corner – Ernie
Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
The drug ephedrine, which is the main constituent of the
herb ma huang, is a major ingredient in many weight loss
nutritional supplements on the market today. Ephedrine
speeds up the metabolism by stimulating the release of
adrenaline in the body. Adrenaline stimulates the release
of glucose from the liver and free fatty acids from the
body’s fat stores. Unfortunately, adrenaline can
also have very negative effects on the body.
Several studies have shown that ephedrine, when combined
with caffeine, can aid in overall weight loss in obese people
due to adrenal effects. What does this conclusion mean for
those who are not currently considered obese? The answer
is not known. It is likely that an ephedrine/caffeine combination
(all research has shown that ephedrine must be taken with
caffeine to have any weight loss effect) will result in overall
weight loss, but more research is needed to determine if
lean body mass is spared with its use.
More research is not needed to verify that ephedrine use
has horrible, often deadly side effects. The FDA has received
over 1,400 reports of adverse side effects associated with
ephedrine use. Medical problems have ranged from high blood
pressure, irregular heart rate, insomnia, nervousness, tremors
and headaches, to seizures, heart attacks, strokes and death.
December 30, 2003, the FDA issued a consumer alert on the
safety of dietary supplements containing ephedra. The FDA
highly recommends that products containing ephedrine be avoided
because of possible side effects and questionable results.
Tell me what you would like to see in Fitness
Corner. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.5 Seconds – That’s all it takes
Roughly the amount of time it takes to turn
the key and start the engine of a car. So why not take a
few extra seconds and buckle up? People who take the extra
couple of seconds to secure their seat belts can reduce their
risk of injury or death, not only for themselves but for
others too. It you are not restrained in a vehicle, regardless
of whether you’re in the front or back, you become
a projectile. An unrestrained back seat passenger involved
in a car crash at 30 miles per hour will fly into the front
seats with force that’s 30 to 60 times the persons
body weight, according to the Lancashire Partnership for
Road Safety. In fact, a study at the University at Buffalo,
N.Y., refers to back-seat passengers as “back seat
bullets” that can slam into the driver, increasing
not only the passenger’s, but also the drivers risk
So, the point is – Buckle up people!!
Beach Passes for
DMVA employees available now.
The temperatures are rising and the sandy beach at the National
Guard Training Center at Sea Girt is calling. You will need
to sign your name and work location on the second line on
the back of the pass. Have guests sign the first line and
be ready to show photo identification if requested. One pass
will admit one car. You can also use your DMAVA or military
pass to get on the beach. Call Gail Miller at 609-530-6911
for your Beach Pass.
Call today to volunteer at a Family
Readiness Center near you.
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.