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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Here is our featured
Job of the Week
Signal Systems Support Specialist, 31U
support systems specialist supervises, installs, employs,
maintains, troubleshoots, and assists users with
battlefield Signal support systems and terminal devices;
integrates Signal systems and networks; performs unit level
maintenance on authorized Signal equipment and associated
electronic devices; trains and provides technical assistance
to users of Signal equipment; and operates and performs
preventive maintenance checks and services on assigned vehicles
Performs Signal support functions, to include
providing technical assistance and training for user owned
automation and communication equipment.
interested in an exciting job opportunity,
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
To honor workers far and
near Our nation passed a bill
To grant all men a day
A Sabbath – if you will.
praise is due our labor force
For each achievement made
furthered the economy
Our country’s growth and
A time for picnics and parades
revel in the sun
Before the summer’s days
And Autumn has begun!
Have a Happy Labor Day!
In light of the devastation
in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama
it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome
danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while
continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows
is good; that everything is meaningful, even if in a sense
beyond our understanding, and that there is always tomorrow."
108th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) continues hurricane
The 108th ARW has been continuously participating in transporting
humanitarian relief supplies and personnel to the areas affected
by Hurricane Katrina. Since last Thursday, the 108th has
deployed approximately 35 security forces personnel, along
with the first of many shipments of water to Naval Air Station,
New Orleans, Mississippi. Earlier this week, 25 soldiers
from the 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery from the NJ
Army National Guard, Morristown, NJ, were transported on
a KC-135E Stratotanker to aid those affected by the Hurricane.
The 108th ARW’s KC-135Es have shipped
more than 1.8 million 16 ounce bottles of water, and flown
more than 145
hours since their involvement. An average of 50 volunteers
and workers from various career fields have been palletizing,
netting, and loading the water almost non-stop since last
The 108th Air Refueling Wing is scheduled to continue their
NJ Army National Guard responds to Hurricane
On Sunday, 28 August 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a Category 4
Hurricane, made landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana. The states
of Louisiana and Mississippi experienced catastrophic conditions
as a result of this storm. Both Louisiana and Mississippi requested
a number of specific logistic requirements to sustain their
recovery efforts. National Guard Bureau established the NGB
Joint Operations Center to consolidate these requirements and
distribute them to States for consideration. New Jersey immediately
responded to aid the victims of this tragedy by establishing
twelve armories as collection points to receive donated bottled
water for transport to the area of operation. West Orange,
Port Murray, Woodbridge, Lawrenceville, Sea Girt, Bordentown,
Woodbury, Vineland, Dover, Somerset, Atlantic City, and Cape
May Armories were identified as collection points. The 250th
Support Battalion (Forward) was assigned the task of loading
and transporting bottled water from the armory collection points
to the 108th Air Refueling Wing for transport to Naval Air
Station New Orleans where it will be distributed to the general
population. This mission generated a tremendous public outpouring.
NJ citizens and numerous private organizations donated approximately
3.8 million pints of water over a seven-day period. The 250th
Support Battalion, 108th ARW, and all the major subordinate
commands continue to perform this mission professionally and
Army implementing Virtual Family Readiness Group.
The Army will start a program on the World Wide Web on October
1st to support and improve methods of passing information
to families when Soldiers are deployed. The virtual Family
Readiness Group (FRG) is designed to replicate the major components
of FRGs, but in a virtual context, said Jay M. Burcham, Chief
of Deployment and Mobilization Readiness at the Army Community
and Family Support Center, Alexandria, VA. This Web System
is not just a website. Soldiers down range in Iraq, Korea,
or wherever they are deployed will be able to communicate with
families around the world by logging into this system. To support
the upcoming start of the system, a waiting list area where
units can sign up to establish a virtual FRG has been added
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Reunion briefings and workshops are scheduled.
The 42nd Infantry Division will be coming home from IRAQ in
the near future. Briefings and workshops are scheduled to assist
family members and friends to prepare for the reunion with
their Soldier. Topics to be covered will include understanding
the changes that have occurred both in yourself and in your
returning soldier, adjusting and enhancing lines of communications,
asking the right questions, and listening to his or her answer.
Dates and locations of the briefings are:
Sunday, September 11 - 2:00 p.m.
Sheraton Hotel, Raritan Center
125 Raritan Center Parkway
Edison, NJ (Just off Interstate 287)
Thursday, September 22nd, Thursday, September 29th - 7:00
For further information or to RSVP, call your Armory contact.
- John A. Hales, 732-937-6290
Westfield - Marysol Nevarez,
Teaneck - Sarah Loureiro 201-833-0632
State Approving Agency (SAA) News...
During the recently concluded annual meeting
of the National Association of State Approving Agencies in
New Orleans, Louisiana,
New Jersey’s SAA Bureau Chief Charles Rowe was unanimously
elected as the organization’s National Vice President
for the 2006-2007 term. To hold such an office will bring stature
and recognition to the state of New Jersey and our Agency.
Good luck and best wishes, Charles!
Retirement Dinner planned
for Renee McGuire, Executive Secretary to MG Rieth.
Retirement Dinner honoring Renee McGuire, Executive Secretary
to The Adjutant General, is planned for Tuesday, 4 October
2005, at 4 p.m. at the Lawrenceville Armory. Cost per person
is $20. Please contact Angela Como at 609-530-6780 or Laura
Branham at 609-530-6987. Checks should be made payable to “DMAVA
Employee Activity Fund” and be sent by Tuesday, 27 September
BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery News
the auspices of Grounds Supervisor Joe Sharp, the BG Doyle
Cemetery has recently become a member of Audubon International,
and the facility is now in the process of meeting the stringent
criteria to become designated a an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
The Categories of Certification are Environmental Planning,
Wildlife & Habitat Management, Resource Conservation, and
Outreach & Education. The certification process can take
form one to three years though the cemetery has many of the
requirements already in place. There are four cemeteries in
the country that hold this distinction. Once certified, BG
Doyle Cemetery will become the fifth.
Veterans to be honored at ceremony on 29 September 2005.
Salem and Cumberland County veterans will be honored in ceremonies
to be held at the Salem County Community College, 460 Hollywood
Avenue, Carneys Point, NJ. Veterans will be presented with
the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal at an 11 a.m. ceremony.
Korean Service Medals will be presented at a ceremony scheduled
for 1 p.m.
Liberty USO sponsors Comedy Night at Cookstown VFW
Liberty USO of Philadelphia/South Jersey
is sponsoring a beef and beer Comedy Night at the local VFW
in Cookstown on Saturday,
September 10th. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. to be followed by the
show. Comedians are Steve Byrne and Robert Kelly, who are part
of Drew Carey’s USO traveling show troop. Tickets are
$25 and all proceeds go directly to the McGuire/Fort Dix Regional
Anyone interested in attending can contact Kathy Hardy at
email@example.com or call 267-2598-7523. Please pass the
word around because this is a great organization and they have
been very busy the last couple of years supporting and entertaining
our deploying and rotating GIs.
Salvation Army – Operation
Operation Red Shield is a fully funded program run by the
Salvation Army to meet the emergency needs of our deployed
service personnel and their dependents. If anyone needs assistance
or additional information on Operation Red Shield, please call
888-302-6100 or 888-247-0100. Full program details can also
be viewed at www.salvationarmynewjersey.org.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
10 Sep -
Between the Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Author lecture and slide presentation by Vietnam Veteran Thomas F. Morrissey.
16 Sep -
National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Gold Star Mothers Recognition
18 Sep -
Rolling Thunder – NJ, Motorcycle Run for POW/MIA Awareness.
For more information about any of these events, please call
the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732)
Vietnam Era Educational Center is located adjacent to
the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden State
Parkway at Exit 116.
Standdown 2005 to be held in South and North Jersey.
Homeless veterans and their families are invited to attend
the annual one-day Standdown that will be held at Essex County
College on 17 September 2005 and at the Cherry Hill Armory
on Friday, 23 September 2005, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Federal,
state, public, and private support agencies will offer a broad
array of FREE services and assistance such as: VA benefit counseling,
welfare, Social Security, food stamps, legal services, addiction
services, housing, medical, dental, employment/unemployment,
haircuts, and clothing provisions. Pre-registration and transportation
arrangements are encouraged. Call (800) 464-8387 for additional
NJ Friends of the Guard and Reserve Announce Golf
The NJ Friends of the Guard and Reserve
is proud to present the 2005 State Chairman’s Annual Golf Outing. The golf
outing will be held on Thursday, 22 September 2005 at the Falcon
Creek Golf Course at McGuire AFB. The $85 per golfer registration
fee includes greens fees, cart registration, food and beverages
on the course, door prizes and dinner at the McGuire AFB Officer’s
Club. Hole and cart sponsors are being sought too. All proceeds
to benefit the activities of the NJ Employer Support of the
Guard and Reserve. For additional information please contact
Hank Pierre at 609-530-6879.
104th Engineer Association plans
benefit golf outing.
Jthe 104th Engineer Association will hold
its first annual golf outing to benefit the “SGT Frank T. Carvill Scholarship
Program.” The event will be held on Monday, 19 September
2005 at the Overpeck County Golf Course in Teaneck, NJ. Contact
www.EANG-NJ.org to obtain additional information.
of Remembrance and Fellowship is scheduled.
The Masonville United Methodist Church located at 200 Centerton
Road, Masonville, NJ with loving gratitude invites all First
Responders and their loved ones to a Service of Remembrance
and Fellowship on September 11, 2005 at 10 a.m. and a Spiritual
Healing Service on September 11, 2005 at 6 p.m. Come, share,
decompress, unburden, and begin your journey towards healing.
Captain Karen Onesti, Chaplain, Civil Air Patrol and Denise
S. Miller, RN will conduct services. For additional information,
Job Fair to be held at Fort Monmouth.
A Job Fair will be held on September 20,
2005 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gibbs Hall, Fort Monmouth.
Army Community Service – Employment
Readiness Program us sponsoring the Job Fair that will have
the participation of over 60 businesses. Parking is limited
and the public is encouraged to car pool or take public transportation.
Photo ID will be required. No large bags, backpacks, briefcases,
etc. will be permitted inside the gate. Lunch will be available
for purchase inside Gibbs Hall. Bring adequate copies of your
resume as no copy facilities will be available. If you require
additional information, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 SGM Edward Goetschius, Military
Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090 or by e-mail at
Armory Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Ancient Order of Hibernians
|17 Sep (10am-6pm)
18 Sep (11am-6pm)
|18 Sep (7:30am-4pm)
||Sport Card & Memorabilia Show
|21 Sep (5pm-9pm)
||Free Rabies Vaccination
Township of Lawrence
|22-24 Sep (10am-8pm)
25 Sep (10am-6pm)
|22-24 Sep (10am-8pm)
25 Sep (10am-6pm)
|24 Sep (6am-6pm)
|24 Sep (10am-10pm)
|30 Sep (10am-5pm)
1 Oct (10am-8pm)
Fitness Corner –
Ernie Razzano, Certified
Fitness Trainer, email@example.com
Once ingested, food must be digested (broken
down into small components) so it is available for energy
and maintenance of
body structure and function. Digestion begins in the mouth
and continues in the stomach and intestines with help from
the pancreas. The nutrients from digested food are absorbed
from the intestines into the blood and carried to the liver.
The liver prepares nutrients either for immediate use or
for storage and future use.
Alcohol inhibits the breakdown of
nutrients into usable molecules by decreasing secretion of
digestive enzymes from the pancreas.
Alcohol impairs nutrient absorption by damaging the cells
lining the stomach and intestines and disabling transport of
nutrients into the blood. In addition, nutritional deficiencies
themselves may lead to further absorption problems. For example,
folate deficiency alters the cells lining the small intestine,
which in turn impairs absorption of water and nutrients including
glucose, sodium, and additional folate.
Just remember – the
key is moderation.
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Today is Friday, September 9th. It is the 254th
day of the year with 113 days remaining.
On this day in history..
1776 – The second
Continental Congress officially renamed the "United
Colonies" the "United
1850 – California became the 31st state
to join the union.
1890 – Harlan Sanders was born. He
was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
1908 – Orville
Wright made the first 1 hr airplane flight in Fort Myer,
1926 – The Radio Corporation of America
(RCA) created National Broadcasting Company (NBC).
1956 – Elvis
Presley appears on national TV for the first time. (Ed Sullivan
1966 – John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an
avante-garde art exposition.
1976 – Communist Chinese
leader Mao Tse-tung died at the age of 82.
1990 – Bush
and Gorbachev meet in Helsinki and urge Iraq to leave Kuwait.
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.
Thought for the day..
"A positive attitude
may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough
people to make it worth the effort." - Herm Albright