Gloucester County will consecrate
its Veterans Cemetery this weekend.
The Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery
will be consecrated at a ceremony on Saturday, 10 July 2004.
Representatives from the Baptist, Buddhist, Episcopal, Muslim,
and Roman Catholic faiths will participate in blessing the
land in which we honor our veterans at the time of their
burial. A rabbi, accompanied by representatives of the Jewish
War Veterans, performed a consecration ceremony at the cemetery
earlier in the week. The New Jersey Air National Guard’s
177th Fighter Wing will provide a flyover during the event
at 11:30 a.m. Governor James E. McGreevey will be in attendance,
and the public is welcome to attend the ceremony that is
scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.
Congratulations to 2004 Graduating
Class of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff Officers
The NJ Army National Guard congratulates this
year’s graduates of the CGSOC. The mission of CGSOC
is to educate officers in the profession of arms across the
entire spectrum of conflict. The Command and General Staff
Officers Course educates field grade officers in the values
and practice of the profession of arms, with emphasis on
tactical and operational skills required for war-fighting
at the Division and Corps levels. The reserve component version
of the course is taught in four phases over a two-year period
with two one-night a week phases and two separate two-week
Annual Training periods. This year’s graduates are:
HQ 42nd ID DISCOM
MAJ Ricci Anderson
250th Signal Battalion
MAJ Jemal Beale
MAJ Mark Boogaard
HQ 42nd ID DISCOM
MAJ Deborah Kennedy
NJ MED CMD
MAJ John Metzler
MAJ William Peace
ChalleNGe Youth Program’s cadets
will present colors at baseball game this weekend.
What are YOU doing tonight? Nothing says summertime
like baseball and hotdogs, so why not drive down to Campbell’s
Field in Camden as the New Jersey ChalleNGe Youth Program
Color Guard presents the Colors prior to the game between
the Camden Riversharks and the Newark Bears. The game starts
Our VSO office at the Ft. Monmouth clinic is
staffed by Don McNamarra, VSO for Monmouth County, who will
be there on Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. He can
be reached at (732) 532-4465
The Credit Union of New Jersey is
now participating in the NJ Freedom Loan Program.
The Credit Union of New Jersey has joined the
list of lending institutions participating in the Freedom
Loan Program. Contact their Loan Department at 609-538-4061,
ext. 401 or www.cunj.org for
Going to the beach? Why not plan a
visit to the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey?
If you’re planning a trip to the Jersey
shore or just looking for an interesting destination this
summer, we recommend that you bring your family, friends,
or organization to visit the National Guard Militia Museum
of New Jersey. The primary Museum is located on the historic
campus of the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt,
New Jersey. The Museum also has an Annex at the War Memorial
in Trenton, NJ, and an Artillery Annex at the National Guard
Armory in Lawrenceville, NJ.
The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey
has the mission of preserving and explaining New Jersey military
history, and enhancing public understanding of how armed
conflicts and military institutions have shaped our state
and national experience. The Museum is a non-profit, support
organization dedicated to assist in the collection, preservation,
and display of artifacts and related memorabilia with specific
historical significance to the Militia and New Jersey National
Guard. The Museum provides access to the general public,
schools, and any other interested organizations to visit
and enjoy the exhibits at our locations.
The Sea Girt Museum is now open every weekend
and on holidays through October. The hours are 10 a.m. to
3 p.m., and the Museum can be reached at 732-974-5966. The
Trenton War Memorial Annex will re-open later this summer
and is staffed before all performances in Patriots Theatre
and during intermission. The Lawrenceville Artillery Annex
is open for tours upon request and whenever activities are
taking place within the armory. If you would like to arrange
a tour of this facility, please call 609-530-6802.
So, please plan a visit. We think you’ll
find that a tour of any of the National Guard Militia Museum
of New Jersey facilities will be interesting for both children
and adults alike, and be a truly worthwhile, memorable experience.
Pentagon is set to repay soldiers
for R&R travel.
The Pentagon is ready to reimburse the travel
expenses of as many as 32,000 soldiers who paid part of their
way home during rest and recuperation leave from Iraq and
Afghanistan last year. The reimbursements will go to troops
who took leave before December 19, when the Pentagon began
covering the full cost of travel to a serve member’s
To claim reimbursement for R&R travel costs,
service members must submit a DD Form 1351 Travel Voucher,
along with supporting documents to include:
- Leave forms – Army DA Form 31
- Copy of the airline ticket, if available
- Airline ticket receipt showing the traveler
paid for the ticket, if available
- Copy of the travel itinerary, if available
- Written claims should be mailed to the Defense
Finance and Accounting Center in Indianapolis at this address:
Contingency Travel Operations
Department 3900 ATTN: R&R Leave
8899 E. 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46249-3900
You should allow four weeks for claims to be
processed and paid.
The Ironhorse Cavalry Motorcycle Riding
Club joins the 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery for
a Family Readiness Group Fund Raiser.
A motorcycle “Poker Run” is scheduled
as a Family Support fund raising event on 11 July 2004, with
registration beginning at 9 a.m. at the Riverdale Armory,
107 Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ. Registration fee is
$20 per rider, $10 per passenger, and $15 for non-riding
personnel. Prizes will be awarded for the Top Two Hands,
Oldest/Youngest Biker, Best Bike, Door Prizes, Food, Drinks,
and Amusements. Point of contact for the event is 1SG Norman
Zubick, 973-631-6280, or e-mail Ironhorse_cavalry@yahoo.com.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
Distinguished & Meritorious
War Commemorative Medal (pm)
|Distinguished & Meritorious
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
and Vietnam Era Education Center’s upcoming event
For more information about any of these events,
please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office
at (732) 335-0033.
17 Sep, 11 a.m. - National POW Recognition
Day/Gold Star Mothers Day
11 Nov, 11 a.m. - Veterans Day Program
Today in History…
Today is Friday, July 9th and is the 191st
day of the year. There are 1176 days left in the year. On
- 1540 - England’s King Henry VIII had
his 6-month-old marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves,
- 1776 – The American Declaration of
Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s
troops in New York.
- 1850 - U.S. President Zachary Taylor died
in office at the age of 55. He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.
Taylor had only served 16 months.
- 1922 - Johnny Weissmuller became the first
person to swim the 100 meters freestyle in less than a minute.
- 1971 - The United States turned over complete
responsibility of the Demilitarized Zone to South Vietnamese
- 1982 - A Pan Am Boeing 727 crashed in Kenner,
LA, all 146 people aboard and eight people on the ground
- 1997 - Mike Tyson was banned from the boxing
ring and fined $3 million for biting the ear of opponent
Check and to see what’s happening at
an Armory near you.
Card & Comic Collectibles
Camp & Tournament
Card & Comic Collectibles
Card & Comic Collectibles
101 Critical Days of Summer – Playground
Each year more than 200,000 children visit
hospital emergency rooms because of playground injuries.
Here are some suggestions to help prevent these injuries:
- Soft Surfaces – Because three out of
four playground injuries are caused by falls to the ground,
improper surfacing is the first thing parents should watch
for. Wood chips, bark mulch, wood fibers, sand, pea gravel,
shredded tires and rubber mats cushion falls well. Avoid
concrete, grass and dirt – they are too hard.
- Swings- Swings are the pieces of moving equipment
that are most likely to cause injuries to children. Metal
or wooden seats should be replaced with soft seats. Swings
should be set far enough away from other equipment so that
children won’t be hit by a moving swing. Full-bucket
seats are recommended for younger children. Half-bucket seats
are dangerous because babies and small children can slide
out of them.
- Smooth Sliding – Slides should be well
anchored, have firm handrails and good traction on the steps.
There should also be a bar at the top of the slide so that
children have to sit before they go down.
- Safe seesaws and merry-go-rounds. Spring-loaded
seesaws are best for young children. Avoid adjustable seesaws
with chains because small hands can be crushed between the
chains. Merry-go-rounds, whirls, or roundabouts are best
for school-age children. They should have good handgrips
and the rotating platform should be level, free of sharp
edges and have adequate clearance to prevent crushing or
- Climb carefully. About one-third of all playground
injuries are related to climbing equipment. More children
are hurt falling off climbing equipment or horizontal ladders
than anything else on the playground. Children under 4 shouldn’t
be playing on this equipment. Watch older children when they’re
climbing, check that steps and handrails are in good condition.
- Improve your playground. If you observe any
unsafe conditions in your child’s playground, report
problems to the owner/operator.
Disney Cruise Line offers Military
Disney Cruise Line is pleased to announce an
offer for active military personnel to experience the newest
way to vacation with Disney. Choose an enchanted 3, 4, or
7-night cruise filled with spectacular shows, fantastic programs,
unique rotation dining, legendary Disney hospitality and
an unforgettable adventure in paradise at Disney’s
own private island, Castaway Cay. Prices start as low as
$379. This is a limited time offer and active military ID
card and activation papers are required. Call Disney Cruise
Vacations at 800-511-1333. Be sure to ask for the military
offer, booking code MIL. Enjoy!
J-3 Mobilization Readiness
The J-3 Mobilization Readiness (MR) conducted
the Unit Status Report (USR) workshops for NJARNG units from
23-25 June 2004. All units were required to turn in their
USR readiness status quarterly to the J-3 MR office for preparation
of the report, which eventually goes to the Department of
the Army. On 9 July 2004 there was a USR Tiger Team presentation
where these reports were reviewed by the Staff. The report
will be briefed to The Adjutant General on 14 July 2004.
101 Critical Days
of Summer – Safe Grilling Tips
Liquid petroleum (LP) gas or propane, used in gas
grills, is highly flammable. Each year about 30 people are
injured as a result of gas grill fires and explosions. Many
of these fires and explosions occur when consumers first
use a grill that has been left idle for a period of time
or just after refilling and reattaching the grill’s
gas container. To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, consumers
should routinely perform the following safety checks:
- Check the tubes that lead into the burner
for any blockage from insects, spiders or food grease. Use
a pipe cleaner or wire to clean blockage and push it through
to the main part of the burner.
- Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness,
holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the
hose or tubing.
- Move gas hoses away from hot surfaces and
dripping grease. If you can’t move the hoses, install
a heat shield to protect them.
- Replace scratched or nicked connectors, which
can eventually leak gas.
- Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturer’s
instructions, if you smell gas or when you reconnect the
grill to the LP gas container. If you detect a leak, immediately
turn off the gas and don’t attempt to light the grill
until the leak is fixed.
- Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, or open
flames away from a leaking grill.
- Never use a gas grill indoors. Use the grill
at least 10 feet away from your house or any building. Do
not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch,
or under a surface that can catch fire.
- Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.
Don’t forget to mark 21 August 2004 on
your calendars – It’s Family Appreciation
Day for all members of the New Jersey National Guard,
employees of the Department of Military & Veterans,
and their families. A day of fun in the sun is planned
at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt.
Call today and
volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center near you.
As the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers
and airmen around the globe, the families that are left behind
need our support and assistance. Can we count on your help?
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance
Call toll free 888-859-0352