Welcome Home Parade is scheduled for tomorrow,
Friday, 11 February, for Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 112th
DMVA employees, family and friends, are invited to join
MG Glenn K. Rieth and honored guests as returning members
of Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery return
with a Welcome Home Parade in Lawrenceville on Friday, 11
February 2005, at 1:30 p.m. The parade will begin at American
Legion Post 414 on Berwyn Place and proceed down Eggert Crossing
Road to the Lawrenceville Armory. Battery B returned from
12 months of combat duty in Iraq.
Home – NJ Army National Guard’s
Acting Governor Richard J. Codey and U.S. Senator Jon S.
Corzine joined MG Glenn K. Rieth, senior National Guard staff,
family and friends in welcoming home 325 members of the 1st
Batallion 114th Infantry on Saturday, 5 February 2005, at
the 108th Air Refueling Wing hangar, McGuire Air Force Base.
The soldiers completed a prolonged deployment to the Sinai
Peninsula as part of the Multinational Force and Observers
on a peacekeeping mission in the stretch of land between
Israel and Egypt. Local veterans and service organizations
joined to greet our returning soldiers and honor the outstanding
achievements of the unit. The NJ National Guard is extremely
proud of all the soldiers from the 1/114th Infantry Battalion;
their performance and dedication to duty is in keeping with
the highest traditions of military service. Welcome Home!
Minister of Defense visits DMVA.
On Friday, 4 February 2005, the Adjutant General, MG Glenn
K. Rieth, Deputy Adjutant General, Brig Gen Maria Falca-Dodson,
and senior New Jersey National Guard leadership greeted Defense
Minister Pandeli Majko and other members of the Albanian
delegation visiting DMVA through the State Partnership Program
Albanian contingent included Major General Kostaq Karoli,
Albanian Land Forces Commander; Colonel
Viktor Isaku, Albanian
Defense Attaché, Major Bardhyl Kollcaku, Head of Foreign
Relations within the Ministry of Defense (MOD), Major Artur
Sheko, Chief of Protocol within the MOD; and Mr. Nebil Ruci,
personal assistant to the Minister. The Albanian Minister
of Defense was in Washington, DC earlier in the week to attend
a prayer breakfast with President George W. Bush and meet
with U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Defense Minister Majko made the special trip to New Jersey
in order to personally thank MG Rieth and the NJ National
Guard for the assistance and support given to Albania through
the State Partnership Program.
Following a tour, briefing and luncheon at the Homeland
Security Center of Excellence, the delegation left via helicopter
to Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) #1 for their trip
back to Washington, DC.
NJ Nets basketball team hosts 50th Main Support Battalion
again, the New Jersey Nets captured the hearts of our children.
On January 31st, twenty-five
children from the
50th MSB had the opportunity to participate in a celebrity
signing with Vince Carter at the NBA Store in New York City.
The children and their escorts (parents and the Teaneck Family
Assistance Center staff) met at the Teaneck Armory and boarded
a bus chartered by the Nets. The children were met upon their
arrival and shown to their place of honor in the front rows.
Marcus McDaniel, son of SSG McDaniel, and Sierra Kelly, daughter
of SSG Kelley, both from Charlie Company, asked Vince Carter
questions during the live interview session. Thank you to
the New Jersey Nets for hosting the 50th Main Support Battalion’s
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
901 Willow Grove Street
Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
151 Eggert Crossing Rd.
177th Fighter Wing receives state-of-the-art
snow removal equipment.
MG Glenn K. Rieth and Brig Gen Eugene Chojnacki visited
the 177th Fighter Wing Civil Engineering Squadron and the
Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit on Thursday, 10 February
2005. The purpose of their visit was to review and familiarize
themselves with the recent $300,000 acquisition of state-of-the-art
snow removal equipment in the Civil Engineering equipment
fleet. This equipment will allow the Civil Engineers to more
effectively and efficiently clear roadways and, more importantly,
runway entry points that are critical to the 177th Fighter
Wings flying mission. In addition, our senior leaders visited
the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) section where they
received an overview of both the EOD wartime and peacetime
mission. Finally, they were given a glimpse of the Joint
Family Support office that is currently being renovated by
the 177th Civil Engineers.
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities
and fundraisers planned in support of our deployed troops
and their families:
Pancake Breakfast – Vineland – 19
Feb 05. The Masonic Lodge at 1065 East Landis Avenue, Vineland,
Jersey will host a Support the Troops Pancake Breakfast on
Saturday, 19 February 2005, from 8-11:30 a.m. Tickets are
$5 per person, $3 for Seniors and Children under 12. All
proceeds benefit the HHT/C Troop, 5-117th Cavalry National
Guard soldiers and their families. For more information call
Dacia Eachus at 856-358-2590 or Colleen Cunning at 856-308-3052.
Pasta Dinner – Lawrenceville – 20
Feb 05. A Pasta Dinner to benefit National Guard families
held on Sunday, 20 February 2005, at the Lawrenceville Armory
from Noon until 7 p.m. Cost: $8 (Children 12 and under -
Breakfast Buffet – Port Murray – 27
Feb 05. American Legion Post 164 and the 2-102nd Family Readiness
Group will sponsor a Breakfast Buffet on Sunday, 27 February
from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will be held at the American
Legion Post on Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey.
Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for Seniors and Children under
10. Proceeds will assist the families of the 2nd Battalion,
JT2DC (T3BL) Soldier’s Association Golf
Tournament – 25
April 2005. The event will begin with a 9 a.m. Shotgun Start
at the Fountain Green Golf Course, Fort Dix. Cost $80 per
person. Proceeds will assist the families of our deployed
soldiers. For additional information, contact CSM Tim Maskery
Get Dunkin Donuts coffee for your soldier.
Dunkin Donuts will send a case of free coffee to your soldier.
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).
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 Fisher
Operation Mail Call. Operation Mail call is
a program initiated by New Jersey Assemblymen Jack Conners
Conaway that enables citizens to donate postage stamps
for use by our troops and their families. Over 23,000 stamps
have been donated to our National Guard soldiers and airmen
and Family Readiness Programs. If you would like to participate,
please mail or drop off your postage stamps to the 7th
District Office, Delran Professional Center, 8008 Route
130 North, Suite 125, Delran, NJ 08075.
National Guard Association of NJ –Scholarship
The National Guard Association of NJ is pleased
to announce the continuation of the Scholarship Program for
2005. Completed applications will be accepted, beginning
February 1, 2005 and must be postmarked, not later than,
March 15, 2005. Applications and additional information are
available online at: www.nganj.org and
at your armory. Send completed applications to: National
Guard Association of New Jersey, Scholarship Committee—COL
Edward Slavin, 101 Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, NJ
Retirees wanted to provide Military Funeral
The J5/7 MFH Coordinator is looking for paid
volunteers to provide MFH to New Jersey’s fallen veterans. You
must be retired from the Army or Army National Guard and
meet military standards in the Army’s Class A. uniform.
Owning a Class A uniform is a plus, but not mandatory. If
you are interested, please contact Mr. Denson at 609-530-7090
or e-mail him at Raymond.Denson@nj.ngb.army.mil for more
Air Force Association selects Vehicle Operators
as the 2005 Team of the Year.
The Air Force Association has
selected Vehicle Operators as the 2005 Team of the Year.
Brig Gen Ron Ladnier stated, “I
am proud to announce that the Vehicle Operations Air Force
specialty Code (AFSC) 2T1X1 is the Air Force Association’s
2005 Team of the Year. These professionals have continually
served in superior fashion while facing tremendous challenges
from home-station and deployed. They certainly deserve the
recognition. My Congratulations to all Vehicle Operators
in your Command.”
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
Physical Fitness Keeps Older Minds Sharp
physically fit is not only good for your body, but it also
seems to help keep your mind in good shape. There
was a study done in the VA Medical Center in San Francisco,
and researchers found that adults who were most fit at
the start of a six-year study maintained their mental sharpness
over time and did better in tests of their mental function
conducted years later than did their less physically fit
Older adults with higher levels of cardio-respiratory
fitness experience a slower rate of cognitive decline over
Cardio-respiratory fitness describes the heart and lungs’ efficiency
in processing oxygen. People who are not very fit have difficulty
processing oxygen when they exercise. That is why they get “winded” or
have difficulty breathing.
Adults who were the most fit at
the start of the study exhibited the least amount of mental
decline. Their least physically
fit peers, in contrast, scored lower.
There may be more
than one explanation for these results. Cardio-respiratory
fitness may reduce a person’s risk
of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes,
and other conditions known to be associated with poor mental
function in older adults. Or, cardio-respiratory fitness
may be directly associated with blood flow in the brain,
reductions in which have been linked to lower mental function
in both Alzheimer’s disease patients and normal older
Although more study is needed, older adults
who are already active should keep exercising and those who
should consider beginning an exercise program, ideally
in consultation with a physician.
Fun Facts –
Wayne Gretsky had it written
into his final NHL player contract with the NY Rangers that
he would receive two tickets
to every event at New York City’s Madison Square Garden
for the rest of his life.
All current denominations of
U.S. currency are 6.14 inches wide and 2.61 inches in height.
leaning Tower of Pisa has eight stories.
A horse focuses
its eye by changing the angle of its head, not be changing
the shape of the lens of the eye as
A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in
Cats have no ability to taste sweet things.
hippopotamus can run faster than a man.
whale can dive to a depth of 3,000 feet in two minutes.
Today is Thursday, 10 February 2005. It is
the 41st day of the year with 324 days remaining.
1763 – The
Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War. In the
treaty, France ceded Canada to England.
1863 – The
fire extinguisher was patented by Alanson Crane
1870 – The
YWCA was founded in New York City.
1920 – Major
League baseball representatives outlawed pitches that involve
tampering with the ball.
1933 - The Postal Telegraph
Company of New York City introduced the singing telegram.
1935 – The
Pennsylvania Railroad began passenger service with its
1942 – The Normadie,
the former French liner, capsized in New York harbor.
The day before the ship had
caught fire while it was being fitted for the U.S. Navy.
1962 – The
Soviet Union exchanged captured American U2 pilot, Francis
Gary Powers, for the Soviet spy
Rudolph Ivanovich Abel, who was being held by the U.S.
1990 – South
African President F. W. DeKlerk announced that black activist
Nelson Mandela would be released
after 27 years in captivity.
February is Black History Month
-- Black Military Heroes
American Revolution: Paul
Cuffe – helped supply the
American colonies during the Revolution, smuggling goods
past British patrol ships. He went on to build a large
whaling and shipping business.
Civil War and late 19th Century:
Buffalo Soldiers – served
in Western settlements and forts, often fighting against
Native Americans. Twenty-three Buffalo soldiers earned the
Medal of Honor for their bravery in combat.
World War I: James
Reese Europe – served as a lieutenant
in the segregated 369th Infantry Regiment (the Harlem Hellfighters)
during World War I and became the first black officer to
lead troops into combat during the war.
World War II: Benjamin
O. Davis, Jr. – Led the 99th
Pursuit Squadron and the 332nd Fighter Group (both part of
the Tuskegee Airmen) during World War II and became the first
black general of the United States Air Force.
the Persian Gulf War: Colin Powell – twice
wounded in combat during the Vietnam War, served as chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Persian Gulf War,
and was appointed Secretary of State by President George
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
On Saturday, 22 January, at 1 p.m., the
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Foundation will host a slide show and book discussion by
Vietnam Veteran Thomas F. Morrissey, author and photographic
illustrator of Between the Lines: Photographs from the National
Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This book is a collection of photographs
designed to not only capture the faces of those who visit “The
Wall,” but the emotion, solitude, and ultimate spirit
of healing that take place there. Throughout the book, Morrissey
incorporates excerpts of messages that have been left at
the Wall. Lecture attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033.
A donation of $5 per person is suggested.
| 19 Feb
Rejoice or Cry: Diary of a Recon Marine, Vietnam 1967-1968
lecture by Vietnam Veteran John R. Rhodes
Redcatcher’s Letters from
Nam (199th Lt. Inf. Bde)
Author lecture by Patricia Farewell Enyedy, sister
of a NJ GI, KIA in Vietnam
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Operation Babylift,
$10 Admission fee
A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey
Author lecture by former Vietnamese refugee and USMC
Gulf War Veteran Quang X. Pham
For more information about any of these events, please call
the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732)
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located
adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the
Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
Armory Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
||Sports Card & Comic Book Show
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center -
Call toll free 888-859-0352.