begin moving into the Old Glory Wing at the Veterans
Memorial Home at Menlo Park.
Monday morning, 5 April 2004, the Old Glory Wing at
the Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park opened its
doors to residents for the first time.
The Old Glory Wing is a secure unit that will
serve our special needs, Alzheimer, and dementia related
Department is extremely proud and honored to be able
to provide these additional services to the Veterans
of our state who so bravely served our Country. A formal dedication ceremony will be held
on 30 April 2004.
Maria Falca-Dodson, Deputy Adjutant General, is
the first woman to become a General in the NJ National
Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General, NJ Department
of Military & Veterans Affairs, cordially invites
you to attend a Pinning Ceremony in honor of Brigadier
General Maria Falca-Dodson, DAG. The ceremony will take place on Saturday,
17 April 2004 at 1 p.m. at the NJ National Guard Joint
Force Headquarters Drill Floor, 3650 Saylors Pond
Road, Fort Dix, New Jersey. Dress is as follows: Military - Uniform of the Day and Civilians
- Smart Casual.
Flash! Flash! -- Freedom Loans
Jersey's Departments of Banking and Insurance, Military
and Veterans Affairs, and Treasury have authorized
banks in New Jersey to offer a new low interest loan
program - "Freedom Loans" - that will provide financial
assistance to New Jersey's military reserve and guard
personnel who have been called up for long-term military
service. Under the terms of the program, all eligible
military personnel (those called up for active duty
for one year or longer) and their families, may receive
unsecured loans of up to $10,000, a maximum 6 percent
interest, payable over five years, and a complete
deferral of interest and principal during the first
year. In order to be eligible, servicemembers must have received orders
for activation for a period of one year or longer. The program is voluntary and open to all
date, the following banks have already agreed to participate:
them or stop at one of their local branches to complete
an application for the loan.
National Guard attends pre-deployment meeting in
New Jersey National Guard J-3 and J-4 attended a 42nd
Infantry Division Operation Iraqi Freedom III pre-deployment
meeting held in Troy, New York on 1 April 2004.
42nd DISCOM units, 42nd
Division Staff, 1st Army Staff, Training
Support Brigades (Fort Drum), and both Fort Drum and
Fort Dix mobilization personnel were also in attendance. Mobilization dates for the following units were discussed: 42nd DISCOM (Somerset), 50th
Main Support Battalion (Teaneck), 250th
Signal Battalion (Westfield), 42nd MP Company
(Lawrenceville), and the 150th GSAB (West
and post-mobilization training plans; phased mobilization
of units in order to properly train soldiers for missions;
staggered mobilization of units for the benefit of
the MOB station and to properly utilize funding; manning
requirements; and logistical requirements were other
topics discussed. All major staff sections conducted breakout
Saturday, 1 May 2004, the New Jersey Department of
Military and Veterans Affairs honors over 700 New
Jersey Army National Guardsmen preparing to deploy
for 12 months to Guantanamo, Cuba. Members of New Jersey's 50th Brigade
of the 42 Infantry Division, commanded by LTC (P)
Frank Caruso, will be feted by their families, the
Governor, senior military leaders, and elected officials
at the Sovereign Bank Arena at 1300 hours. Watch Highlights for further details about
this historic event.
presents FY 2005 Budget to the New Jersey Senate.
Wednesday, 7 April 2004, BG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant
General, addressed the Senate Budget Committee at
the State House Annex in Trenton.
Accompanied by senior staff, The Adjutant General
outlined DMVA's state fiscal needs for the coming
year. Of New
Jersey's sixteen Executive Branch departments, the
Department of Military & Veterans Affairs is one
of three proposed by the Governor to have a budget
Rieth presented formal testimony and responded to
individual Senator's specific questions. As on 1 April at the Assembly Budget Hearing,
it is noteworthy that a large number of veterans groups'
members were in attendance to support the Department's
Veterinary Medical Association offers free Veterinary
service for canine companions returning from Iraq.
Clifford J. Sporn, President of the NJ Veterinary
Medical Association recently became aware of the fact
that some members of our armed forces serving in Iraq
are adopting local stray dogs and taking the extraordinary
step of shipping their new companions back home to
the United States.
The New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association
would like to assist those members of the NJ National
Guard who make the decision to bring their new companions
home with them. The
Association's members will offer a free medical examination
as well as advice on nutrition and behavioral training
for any companion animal being shipped home by a member
of the New Jersey National Guard who is serving in
the Iraq theater. The point of contact for this program is
Paul Wolcott who will be able to put you in touch
with a cooperating veterinarian. Mr. Wolcott can be reached at 973-379-1100
or email@example.com. The New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association
is proud of the men and women of the New Jersey National
Guard and extends their wishes for a swift and safe
Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center's upcoming event schedule.
more information about any of these events, please
call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office
at (732) 335-0033.
Chapter One: The Story of Vic Charles (a novel) - An
Author Lecture Series presentation by Vietnam
Veteran Bob Staranowicz at the Vietnam Era Educational
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans
Remembrance Day ceremony at the NJ Vietnam Veterans'
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor
our State's veterans.
Service & Meritorious Service Medals (for
Residents of the Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland)
Service & Meritorious Service Medals
Washington Street, Toms River, NJ
Operation Freedom Lodging offers 1,000 nights
to returning troops.
Resorts in Colorado is offering 1,000 free nights
to service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan
as part of "Operation Freedom Lodging."
Members from any branch of service, who served
for 30 or more days in these countries, are eligible
for up to three consecutive nights of lodging at Vail
Resorts owned and operated hotels in Breckenridge
and Keystone. Operation Freedom Lodging is a gesture of our appreciation for
the courageous men and women who have been serving
our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Qualified service members wishing to make reservations
for Operation Freedom Lodging can call:
Breckenridge at 1-800-832-3694, and Keystone
Happenings - Check to see what's happening at an
Armory near you.
Circuit Relay Race
Card and Comic Show
23 Apr - 25 Apr
30 Apr - 1 May
HQs Building renovations continue.
part of the HQ's modernization improvement program,
the first floor renovations began this week.
Members of the Fiscal/Information & Administrative
Services Division moved out and temporarily relocated
to the vacant DLOG's building in Lawrenceville.
Telephone numbers and e-mail addresses are
completion is expected in August, at which time the
Installations Division and CFMO section move to DLOGs
for the renovation of their first floor area.
They are expected to return in October 2004.
you up for the Earth Day Challenge?
24, 2004 (Rain Date-April 25, 2004) Join your friends
and neighbors in beautification projects at New Jersey's
State Parks. Projects
include painting, gardening, trail clearing, footbridge
construction and/or general maintenance.
A perfect opportunity for service hours for
organizations and scouting groups. Pre-registration is required. Visit website www.njparksandforests.org for additional
is Thursday, 8 April 2004 and the 99th
day of the year. There are 268 days left in the year.
On this day.
1766 - 1st fire escape patented - wicker
basket on a pulley & chain.
1789 - The U. S. House of Representatives held its
1865 - General Robert E. Lee surrenders at Appomattox
Court House in Virginia.
1913 - The Seventeenth amendment was ratified, requiring
direct election of senators.
1946 - The League of Nations assembles for the last
1974 - Hank Aaron hits 715th home run,
breaks Babe Ruth's record.
1975 - Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians debuts
as the first black manager of a major league baseball
Nolan Ryan owns or shares 53 Major League records.
He is the only pitcher to have seven no-hitters.
In addition, he is the only player to have
over 5000 strikeouts.
In 1984, Steve Garvey of the San Diego Padres became
the 1st first baseman to finish the season with a
perfect fielding average of 1.000.
Roberto Clemente played for the Pittsburgh Pirates
for his entire 18-year career.
The last hit of his career was his 3,000th. He was killed on December 31, 1972, while flying earthquake relief
supplies to Nicaraqua.
On May 25th, 1935, the first Major League
night game was played at Cincinnati's Crosley Field.
The youngest Major Leaguer to appear in a regular
season game is Joe Nuxhall.
He pitched for the Cincinnati Reds on June
10th, 1944. Nuxhall was 15 years old at the time.
On May 1, 1902, the Detroit Tigers set a record for
fielding futility when they were charged with an incredible
12 errors in one nine inning contest.
In 1956, Mickey Mantle became the first switch hitter
in the Major Leagues since 1889 to win the batting