Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
Contacting us is easy!
Office of the Assistant Commisioner
COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith
Mrs. Laura A. Branham
Phone: (609) 530-6987
Fax: (609) 530-7109
on the Web!
Thought for the Day
follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is
no path and leave a trail."
..Ralph Waldo Emerson
In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras.
One’s image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings
of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with
one arm behind his back, while others showed both legs and
both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how
many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were
to be painted. Arms and legs are “limbs,” therefore,
painting them would cost the buyer more.
Hence the expression, “Okay,
but it will cost you and arm and a leg.”
(Fun Fact courtesy
of CPT Mike Ciarrocca)
Gifts for Kids Drive is now underway.
Toys will be distributed to the
children of our deployed servicemen and women.
Please be generous!
.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
Call today and
volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center near you.
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? Please
call your local Family Readiness center and volunteer.
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance
Call toll free 888-859-0352
Harbor Facts -
1. The attack began on Sunday, 7 December 1941 at 7:55 a.m.
2. 183 Japanese planes were launched in the attack at Pearl
Harbor on the Island of Hawaii.
3. Five out of the eight battleships
at Pearl Harbor were sunk or destroyed – USS Arizona,
USS Oklahoma, USS Pennsylvania, USS Utah, USS West Virginia
4. The USS Nevada was the only battleship to get under way
during the attack.
5. The Japanese fleet was under the command of Sadatoshi
6. Admiral Kimmel was the U.S. Commander of the American
fleet at Pearl Harbor.
7. The Japanese used the weather forecast
west clouds” to signal the attack.
8. Many of the 2,400 U.S. military personnel who died are
buried in a cemetery known as Punchbowl.
9. President Franklin Roosevelt signed a declaration of
war against Japan on December 8, 1941.
Battery B, 3rd Battalion 112th Field Artillery
is currently stationed at Camp Cuervo, Iraq.
Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery is currently
stationed at Camp Cuervo, Iraq. Its Active Duty unit designation
is C Company 89th Military Police (MP) Brigade, Task Force
759 MP Battalion. The unit is proud to announce that one
of its soldiers, SPC Michael Scuzzese won the 89th MP Brigade
Soldier of the Year award at Camp Victory Iraq. Just to highlight
how many soldiers he was initially up against, the Brigade
is actually a Task Force made of nine Battalions, each battalion
is also a task force of roughly nine MP Corp Support Companies.
The Brigade is nearly the size of a division in sheer numbers.
Also, CPL Ian Brundage competed for the NCO of the year.
Both SPC Scuzzese and CPL Brundage won 89th MP Soldier and
NCO of the 3rd Quarter.
Some other interesting information about B 3/112 FA. The
unit was awarded the following impact awards for achievement
during combat: 4 Bronze Stars, 8 Army Commendation Medals
(ARCOM) with V device, 8 ARCOMS and a total of 31 Purple
Hearts. As told by MG Cincilli, Cmdr, 1st Cavalry Division
and COL Phillips, Cmdr, 89th MP BDE, they have set the standard
MP Companies. The unit also had one article written about
them in the November MP Journal.
The NJ National Guard is
proud of the unit’s accomplishments
and looks forward to their return sometime in 2005.
Salvation Army provides NJ National Guard Security Mission
with a Thanksgiving Dinner.
Thanksgiving was celebrated by our soldiers assigned to
the NJ National Guard Nuclear Power Plant Security Mission.
Thanks to the Salvation Army and the coordinating efforts
of SGT Raynaldo Correa, the airmen and soldiers assigned
to securing our Oyster Creek and Salem nuclear power plants
were able to enjoy a hot, full-course Thanksgiving Dinner.
The Salvation Army provided hot turkey, mashed potatoes,
cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and more. SGT Correa and other
staff members carefully transported and set up the dinner
at the power plants. Our NJ National Guard security team
members ate in shifts to allow everyone to enjoy the great
dinner while the security mission continued. A big THANKS
to the continued support of the Salvation Army.
Frank LoBiondo and Assemblyman Nicholas Asselta visited
the Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland.
On 3 December 2004, Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Assemblyman
Nicholas Asselta, and The Adjutant General, along with representatives
from DMVA, visited the NJ Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland
for a briefing and walk through of the new replacement facility.
It is currently projected that the facility should be able
to receive a temporary Certificate of Occupancy in June 2005,
which means residents would begin relocating in the summer
of 2005. All were highly impressed with the construction
progress and praised the design and architectural structure
as a whole. Everyone is looking forward to occupying this
state-of-the-art facility, which will enhance the quality
of life for our veteran home residents.
Important Cell Phone
National Do Not Call Registry.
In a few weeks, a national directory of cell phone numbers
will be published. This opens the door to solicitors calling
our cell phones and using up our minutes. The Federal Trade
Commission has set up a Do Not Call List (block). You must
call FROM the number (cell phone) you wish to register. The
number is 1-888-382-1222 and the process takes about 1 minute
to register or you can go to the web address: http://www.donotcall.gov.
It will work for both mobile or home phone numbers.
The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about
whether to receive telemarketing calls at home or on your
cell. Most telemarketers should not call your number once
it has been on the registry for three months. If they do,
you can file a complaint at the Do Not Call website. Registration
for your home or mobile phone is free and your registration
will be effective for five years. FIASD-ISB strongly advises
all DMAVA employees who are assigned work cell phones to
call and register their work cell phone number for the Do
Not Call List as soon as possible. It is also recommended
that you register your personal cell and home phones if you
wish to cut down on your telemarketing calls and save your
monthly cellular minutes.
If you would like further information about the National
Do Not Call Registry, please visit the web link below: https://www.donotcall.gov/FAQ/FAQConsumersNew.aspx.
Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing
sponsored Blood Drive.
On 5 December, members of the 177th Fighter
Wing donated blood to benefit the American Red Cross of
Red Cross personnel utilized the Medical Group’s classroom
to set up their equipment and beds to accommodate a 40-unit
“The reason for the late in the year blood drive was
because the American Red Cross is in desperate need of blood
for the winter, especially during the holiday season,” stated
Master Sgt. Jackie Jackson, Medical Group Health Systems
Specialist, who hopes to make this a quarterly event. She
has organized another blood drive, which is scheduled to
take place on February 13, 2005. More than 35 unit members
gave the gift of life this holiday season by donating a pint
of blood. “I try to give every time I’m eligible,” said
Senior Master Sgt Atanya Lindholm, 177th Maintenance Operation
Flight Production Superintendent. “It isn’t every
day you can do something to save someone’s life. Your
donation might just save the life of someone you know.”
For more information on donating blood or organizing a drive,
log onto http://www.pleasegiveblood.org.
President Bush Signs Legislation strengthening Veterans
Last week, President Bush signed the
Veterans Health Programs Improvement Act of 2004 that will
expand access to VA health
care services and improve delivery of medical services and
long-term care to veterans. The new legislation, sponsored
by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4), Chairman of the House
Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, authorizes the establishment
of new VA research and education centers specifically focused
upon developing new treatments for veterans with multi-trauma
injuries suffered in combat. Spending is also increased from
$75 million to $99 million for the Grant and Per Diem program
that assists homeless veterans. The new law creates a pilot
program to use innovative online technologies and outside
personnel recruitment agencies to assist in recruiting and
retaining highly skilled nurses at VA facilities.
National Guard’s 63rd Army Band will present
a Holiday Concert on 11 December 2004.
The NJ Army National Guard’s 63rd
Army Band will present a Holiday Concert on December 11,
2004 at 7:00 p.m. at the
Crockett Middle School, 2631 Kuser Road, Hamilton, NJ 08691.
No tickets are required. Mark your calendars now and come
out for an entertaining evening.
Operation Teddy Bear
The Melvin Cottrell Center for Senior Citizens and the Disabled,
formerly known as the Jackson Senior Citizen Community Center,
donated over 20 boxes of teddy bears, dolls, and toys to
the 108th Family Readiness Center. The seniors clothed the
bears and dolls with hand-knit sweaters and lots of love.
The toys will be shared with the 305th FRC and our Army Guard
brothers and sisters to be distributed to the families of
those who are deployed this holiday season.
The City of Garfield
will donate a fire engine to Tirana, Albania.
The City of Garfield, New Jersey, passed a resolution this
week officially donating a fully operational fire engine
to the city of Tirana, Albania. Contact was made by the Garfield
City Fire Department and the New Jersey Bureau of Fire Department
Services through the New Jersey National Guard State Partnership
Program. The New Jersey fire fighters became aware of the
desperate need of fire fighting equipment after meeting their
Albanian counterparts during an event hosted by the NJ National
Guard in June. During this event, Albanian fire officials
toured several county fire academies throughout the state
in order to learn the U.S. approach to fire training and
to gather knowledge on the design and implementation of their
own National Fire Training Center, currently under construction.
While the donated fire truck represents
older technology that no longer meets the current standards
in the United
States, the capabilities that it possesses is superior to
most fire equipment currently found in Albania and will make
a great impact on fire fighting operations there. This donation
not only demonstrates the great generosity of the citizens
of the Garden State, and those of Garfield, New Jersey in
particular, but also the community spirit found among all
of our state’s firemen and their willingness to reach
out and help people across the globe.
Veterans to be honored
at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
20 Jan 05 - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal
Salem County Community College
USPS offers free shipping materials to military
With so many military families scrambling
to ship holiday care packages to their loved ones deployed
around the world,
U.S. Postal Service officials are stepping in to make things
a bit easier. They are offering free packing materials. A
special kit includes 10 boxes; 10 customs forms with envelop0es;
10 “Mil-Pac” shipping envelopes, which are specially
printed for military mailing addresses, and a roll of Priority
Mail tape. To order the special kit, call (800) 610-8734
and request Care Kit 4. It will be shipped Priority Mail
and should arrive within a couple of days.
of Chairman Chris Smith on the resignation of Veterans’ Affairs
Secretary Anthony Principi.
Congressman Chris Smith, Chairman of
the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, made the
following statement on the resignation of Veterans Affairs
“Secretary Anthony Principi has been a highly effective
and successful leader of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Over the past four years, Secretary Principi forged a true
partnership between the Administration, Congress, and Veterans
across the country. He leaves behind him a legacy of improvement
and reform that has set VA on a course to serve veterans
more effectively and more compassionately in the future.
A war hero, successful businessman, and devoted public servant,
Anthony Principi represents the best of what makes our country
great; his whole life embodies the word ‘patriot.’ America’s
25 million veterans and their families are better off today
thanks to the vision, leadership, and hard work of Anthony
Principi. Secretary Principi will be missed but he will not
Patriots Week is planned in the City
You are cordially invited to attend the
re-enactment of the Revolutionary War’s Battles of Trenton beginning
at the Battle Monument, North Warren & North Broad Streets,
on Sunday, 2 January 2005 from 11 a.m. to noon.
The battle re-enactment will be followed by a luncheon reception
for active military personnel, veterans, and their families
as guests of the Masonic Lodges of NJ from Noon to 2 p.m.
at the Masonic Temple, Barrack Street. Guided tours of the
magnificent Masonic Temple will take place following the
The re-enactment of the 2nd Battle of
Trenton will take place from 3-4 p.m. beginning at the
1st Presbyterian Church,
120 East State Street, and continuing in Mill Hill Park on
East Front Street, culminating in a procession back to the
Old Barracks. For more information about Patriots’ Week
activities visit www.patriotsweek.com.
Today in History...
Today is Friday, 10 December 2004, the 345th day of the
year with 21 days remaining.
1896 – Alfred Bernhard Nobel died
in San Remo, Italy. He was a Swedish chemist who invented
his will he stipulated that income from his $9 million estate
be used for annual prizes for people judged to have made
valuable humanitarian deeds.
1906 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt became
the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1931 – Jane Addams became a co-recipient
of the Nobel Peace Prize. She was the first American woman
1950 – Dr. Ralph J. Bunche was
presented the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the first African-American
the award. Dr. Bunche was awarded the prize for his efforts
in mediation between Israel and neighboring Arab states.
1964 – In Oslo, Norway, Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming
person to receive this award,
1984 – South African Bishop Desmond
Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize.
1994 – Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres,
and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize. They
pledged to pursue
their mission of healing the Middle East.
Toy Drive – only
one week is remaining...
The annual Gifts for Kids Drive began
this week and will run through 14 December 2004. This year,
all of the toys
and gifts collected will be distributed to the children of
our deployed servicemen and women through the Family Assistance
Centers. While you’re out shopping this coming weekend
on the busiest shopping day of the year, “Black Friday,” remember
the families whose loved ones are away from home during the
holidays. The children range in age from infants to teenagers.
Collection boxes will be set up at all of our facilities
for your donations.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
On Saturday, 11 December 2004, at 1:00
p.m., the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host an author/lecture/slide
presentation by Vietnam Veteran James Parker Wollner about
his book, The Bamboo Shoot: The Story of the 2nd Airboat
Platoon. James P. Wollner was trained in airboats by a Special
Forces unit and served as an Airboat Pilot in Vietnam 1967-68.
Wollner was awarded the Purple Heart Medal as well as the
Army Commendation Medal with “V” device and oak
leaf cluster for valor.
11 Dec -
Author Lecture – James Parker Wollner – The Bamboo Shoot: The Story
of the 2nd Airboat Platoon
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.
Part-time opportunities available 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.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
Hypertension Part 2 of 2
Among the key factors that should be considered when designing
An exercise program if you are a hypertensive individual
are the following:
Non-weight bearing or low-impact aerobic activities
(e.g., walking, stair climbing, cycling, swimming, etc.)
should be emphasized.
Exercise intensity should be kept at the low end
of the intensity range (i.e., 50% to 75% of Max Heart Rate).
It should be noted that high intensity (greater than 80%
of MHR) aerobic exercise does not produce beneficial effects
on blood pressure.
Exercise duration should last about
20-30 minutes per session and progress to 30—60 minutes
as adaptation occurs.
Hypertensive individuals should be encouraged
to exercise at least four times per week – although
exercising on a daily basis is preferable.
A prolonged warm-up period (more than five minutes)
is advised to ensure that the cardiovascular system is prepared
for the upcoming physical activity. An adequate warm-up reduces
the chances of experiencing a sharp and sudden rise in blood
An extended cool-down period (more than five minutes)
is recommended so that a gradual transition can be made from
the conditioning activity back to the resting state. Cooling
down helps to prevent dizziness, light-headedness and fainting
(all frequently associated with an abrupt cessation of exercise,
especially in hypertensive individuals taking vasodilating
On a side note: Now that the Physical
Fitness Program has been approved, anyone needing ANY assistance
or advice should
feel free to seek me out. It’s imperative that safety
be your primary concern. Results come in a close second.
Armory Happenings –
Listed below are some of the events taking place at
your local armory.
||Youth Wrestling Event
Design & Landscape Show
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Jersey City Armory
||Moscow State Circus
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
you holiday shopping this weekend? Don’t
forget our Toy Drive!