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!
State Veterans Service Council
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for Women
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
New Jersey Freedom
What is a Freedom
* Up to $10,000
* Annual APR 6%
* Term: 5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
* Unsecured Loan (no collateral required)
Who is eligible to
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
Patrick’s Day -
An Irish Blessing
"May the road
rise to meet you, May the wind be always
at your back..
May the sun
shine warm upon your face.
May the rain
fall soft upon your fields.
An until we
May God hold
you in the palm of is hand."
You’re invited – “Welcome
Home the Troops” on Sunday, 13 March 2005
On behalf of Major General Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant
General for New Jersey, all Department of Military & Veterans
Affairs employees, families and friends are encouraged to
attend a “Welcome Home the Troops” ceremony for
soldiers of the 50th Main Support Battalion (HET) Platoon,
New Jersey Army National Guard, who deployed to Iraq in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The ceremony will take place
this Sunday, 13 March 2005, at 11:00 a.m. in the National
Guard Dover Armory located on 479 West Clinton Street in
Rockaway Township. Please come out and support our returning
DMVA’s Division of Veterans
Programs announces implementation of a Community Based
Clinic (CBOC) Project.
The Department’s Division of Veterans Programs (DVP)
is pleased to announce the implementation of a Veterans Service
Office-Community Based Outpatient Clinic outreach project
between DVP and the New Jersey Veterans Administration Healthcare
System. Effective 10 March 2005, Mr. David Joost, Supervisor
of our Department’s VSOs, will be doing on-site veterans
service work at the following clinics:
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The staff at the CBOCs will refer veterans to David for
assistance in the following: claims filing, appeals, dependent
issues, health care enrollment, tax issues, cemetery requests,
long-term care, and other entitlements.
Future CBOC sites to be added to the
project include Paterson, Trenton, and Elizabeth. This
project has been in the works
for four months and will certainly increase the visibility
of DMVA and DVP within the veterans’ community. Special
thanks to Ms. Melba West and Mr. James Byrne, Staff Directors
for the NJ VA Healthcare System, for their support in this
108th Air Refueling Wing receives Unit Compliance
Inspection (UCI) results.
After months of hard work, sweat, tears,
tempers, stress late nights, early mornings, and weekends,
it all came down
to an hour in the McGuire theater, watching a slide show
with more than 350 other anxious individuals hoping that
their area, and the Wing as a whole, passed the Unit Compliance
Inspection (UCI). While the actual ratings are privileged
and not mentioned in this article, the IG team gave awards
to superior teams for their performance during the inspection.
Those awards went to the Traffic Management Flight from the
Logistics Readiness Squadron and three teams from the Security
Forces Squadron: Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Team,
Security Forces Armory Team, and the Security Forces Training
Team. Nine members of the Wing were presented with IG coins
for their accomplishments during the UCI. They were: Lt Col
Toni Y. Hay, 1st Lt Luis G. Rosario-Lluveras, Senior Master
Sergeants Lance C. Endee and Stephen Zinner, Master Sergeants
Tania C. Prairie and Francisco Beltran-Bell, Tech Sergeants
Rebecca R. Scaramuzzo and Bobbie H. Panger, and Staff Sergeant
Duy T. Nguyen. COL Steven B. King of the IG team spoke to
the 108th members and told them it had been a long time since
the last inspection so many sections were not starting at
scratch, but one micron above scratch. “It’s
the journey, not the destination,” he stated. He noted
that the 108th is a great team. “Whether we’re
patting one team on the back for tremendous work, or say
that you’ve got more work to do, you’re pros,” he
remarked. “That goes a long way,” Col Michael
Cunniff, 108th Commander, told the audience. Col Cunniff
said the UCI was the toughest inspection he had been through
in the 20 plus years he had been in the 108th. “The
work you have done is a good foundation to keep moving for
the future,” said Col Cunniff. “Give yourselves
a round of applause.”
Division of Veterans Programs publishes figures for January
Our Department’s Veterans Service Officers were busy
during the month of January. Our VSO offices saw and counseled
2,766 veterans and assisted them in filing 277 new claims.
During the month, 302 Award Letters were received resulting
in awards for our veterans in the amount of $4,700,000.
The New Jersey National Guard Magazine “Guardlife” Volume
31, No. 1, is now available on the world wide web.
Guardlife magazine, Volume 30, Issue No. 1 is now available
on the world wide web in a user friendly online web version
at the following web address: http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/guardlife/volume31no1/.
The “Hometown Team” magazine, Guardlife, provides
up-to-date information on the happenings within the New Jersey
Army and Air National Guard. For all of the current news
on our soldiers and airmen, take a look at the new issue
today. To view past issues of Guardlife magazine online,
you can visit http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/
Veterans are honored at Medal Ceremony.
On Thursday, 10 March 2005, the New Jersey
Distinguished Service, Meritorious Service, and the New
Jersey Korean Service
Medals were presented to New Jersey veterans at a ceremony
held at the Bordentown Armory. Brigadier General Eugene Chojnacki,
Commander of the New Jersey Air National Guard, presented
more than 200 medals to Burlington County residents in two
ceremonies. The Distinguished Service Medal, NJ’s highest
award, went to 62 honorably discharged New Jersey veterans.
Thirty-five Meritorious Service Medals were presented to
35 combat veterans, who did not live in the state upon entering
the military. In the second ceremony, 105 deserving Burlington
County residents received the State of New Jersey’s
Korean Service Medal.
Upcoming Job Fairs
Army Community Service, Fort Monmouth
- A Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, 29 March 2005, from
10 a.m. – 3
p.m. at Gibbs Hall, Fort Monmouth. The Job Fair is being
sponsored by the Army Community Service – Employment
Readiness Program, and more than 60 companies are registered
to participate. Picture ID will be required. No large bags,
backpacks, briefcases, etc. will be permitted. If you would
like additional information, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Job Fair, Bergen County – A
Veterans Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, 5 April 2005,
from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. at VFW Post 4591, 513 Veterans Place, Hasbrouck Heights,
New Jersey 08604. The NJ Department of Labor, VFW Post 4591,
and the Bergen County Division of Veterans Affairs are sponsoring
the Job Fair, and more than 50 leading employers are registered
to participate. Please bring plenty of resumes, a copy of
your DD214 (separation/discharge), and dress to impress.
If you would like additional information, contact MSG (Ret)
John Bautz at 201-996-8950 or by email at email@example.com.
New Jersey Army National Guard participates in Read Across
Read Across America, initially created
as a one-day event to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss
on March 2nd, has
grown into the nation’s biggest celebration of reading
ever. The program has grown into a nationwide initiative
that promotes reading every day. Soldiers of the NJ Army
National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters’ Operations
and Training Directorate, Human Resources Office, Headquarters
and Headquarters Company, Judge Advocate General Office,
and the Inspector General Office read to nine classes of
First Graders at the Sharon School in Robinsville, New Jersey.
The experience was very rewarding. The children were well
behaved, full of questions, and gave their undivided attention. “I
am Sam. Sam I am…Do You Like Green Eggs and Ham? I
Do Not Like Them, Sam I am.” Dr. Seuss had to be in
Fighter Wing is site of Congressman Frank Lobiondo’s
annual Academy Nominee reception.
On 4 March 2005, New Jersey Congressman Frank Lobiondo,
2nd Congressional District, hosted his annual Academy Nominee
reception at the 177th Fighter Wing. Each year Congressman
Lobiondo holds a board for young men and women competing
for nominations to all of the Service Academies. Once the
nominations have been made, the Congressman hosts a reception
for the individuals and their parents to thank them for their
patriotism and desire to serve in the Armed Forces. For the
third year in a row, the Congressman requested that the 177th
partner with him and his staff to host this event. As in
previous years, First Lieutenant Richard Defeo, Commander,
Services Squadron and his staff were critical to the events
overall success. Congressman Lobiondo spoke passionately
to the Academy Nominees and their families about his recent
trip to the Area of Responsibility (AOR) and the opportunity
he had to sit with the men and women assigned there about
how they feel about being there, what they need, and why
they continue to serve. The Congressman, his staff and their
guests were very appreciative of the efforts of the 177th
Fighter Wing Services Squadron.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been
scheduled to honor our State’s veterans.
|Distinguished, Meritorious, Korean, and Vietnam Service
||American Legion #115
700 Melbourne Avenue
Beverly, NJ 08010
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medals
Vietnam Service Medal
|Cherry Hill Armory
Grove Street & Park Blvd.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities
and fundraisers planned in support of our deployed troops
and their families:
Pancake Breakfast - Hopewell,
NJ – 13
March 05. A “Support the Troops” Pancake Breakfast
is being sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #7103 on Sunday,
13 March 2005, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The breakfast will
be held at the Hopewell American Legion Hall, Van Dyke Road,
Hopewell, NJ. Cost is $7.00 per person (donation to the Family
Readiness Group). Advance tickets can be obtained by calling
COL Ron Cefalone at 609-562-0211 or Laura Branham at 609-530-6987.
Pancake Breakfast – Waterfront Café,
Carlstadt, 17 April 2005. The Waterfront Café – Steak
and Clam House, Paterson Plank Road, Carlstadt, NJ (right
behind the Continental Arena) will host a Pancake Breakfast
to benefit the families of our Army National Guard troops
deployed out of the Teaneck Armory. The event will be held
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the Nam Knights
of America, VVA Chapter 800, and the Jewish War Veterans
of USA. Cost is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for Seniors and
children under 12
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.
Have you ordered your FREE American Hero wristband?
We did and it arrived in just 2 weeks!
The American Hero Band
is a free wristband worn by Americans to demonstrate their
support of the “Defenders of Freedom” who
are Army National Guard soldiers deployed across the globe.
Engraved on the metallic wristband are the words IN HONOR
OF AN AMERICAN HERO SERVING IN THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. These
words are flanked left by the Army National Guard logo and
right by the American flag. There is also an inscription
of the National Guard website, http://www.virtualarmory.com and
a unique serial number engraved inside this commemorative
wristband. If you are interested in getting The American
Hero Band, go to http://www.virtualarmory.com and
click on the American Hero Band banner.
National Guard Association of NJ –Scholarship
- - MARCH 15 Deadline is drawing near
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Foundation Scholarship Contest is available to graduating
NJ high school seniors. Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded
on May 30, 2005 at the Memorial Day ceremony at the NJ Vietnam
Veterans’ Memorial. To apply, students need to complete
an application, submit proof that they are continuing their
education at a college/university or trade/technical school,
and submit a short essay about his/her visit to the NJ Vietnam
Veterans’ Memorial. Submissions must be received by
5 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2005. Application and information
can be found at www.njvvmf.org or by calling 1-800-648-VETS.
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
American Legion Scholarship - If you have
a son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter that is a senior
in high school, they may qualify to receive a scholarship
through the American Legion. For applications, please call
Mr. Robert Luby at 908-996-6005 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Guard’s
Family Program Online Community has redesigned their
The National Guard’s Family Program online community
is a place to share information, find resources, and connect
with others. Information on family issues, guard benefits,
business matters, deployments, and many other topics can
be found on the site. New content will be added over the
next few months, so check back often – www.guardfamily.org.
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
Armory Happenings – Listed below
are events taking place at your local armory.
||Craft Show & Sale
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Tool Show & Sale
||Mount Holly Armory
||Sports Card & Comics Show
||Jersey City Armory
|30 Mar -
|Home Design & Landscape Show
||Sports Card & Comics Show
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
and Vietnam Era Education Center’s upcoming event
Redcatcher’s Letters from Nam (199th Lt.
lecture by Patricia Farewell Enyedy, sister of
a NJ GI, KIA in Vietnam
the 30th Anniversary of Operation Babylift, Vietnam
lecture by Vietnam Veteran Paul Drew
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.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
The Laws of Training (Part 3 of 4)
and their respective components will adapt in highly specific
ways to the demands
you impose upon them
in your training. This applies as well to various bodily
systems and tissues other than your muscles. This is the
SAID Principal – “Specific Adaptation to Imposed
Demands.” If your training objectives include becoming
more explosive, then you have to train explosively. If you
desire greater strength, you must use heavier weights. If
your objectives include deriving cardiovascular benefits,
then you must tax the heart muscle as well as the oxygen-using
abilities of the working muscles.
it another way, “use it or lose
you stress your body and its systems enough, it will adapt
to meet the stress. For example, in a bodybuilding program,
hypertrophy, or increase in size, occurs in the trained muscle.
If you stop stressing it (disuse or detraining), it will
adapt to meet the lowered stress. In other words, when you
stop you bodybuilding training program, atrophy (decrease
in size) occurs in the previously trained muscle. Unfortunately,
it takes much less time to become detrained than it does
to become trained. The “detraining” effect is
known as the “law of reversibility.”
Today is Friday, 11 March 2005. It is the 70th
day of the year with 295 days remaining.
1302 – The
characters, Romeo and Juliet, were married on this day according
to William Shakespeare.
1824 – The U.S. War Department
created the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which was headed by
Seneca Indian Ely
1847 – John Chapman, Johnny Appleseed,
died in Allen County, Indiana. This day became known as Johnny
1867 – In Hawaii, the volcano Great Mauna
1901 – U.S. Steel was formed when industrialist
J.P. Morgan purchased Carnegie Steel Corporation. The event
made Andrew Carnegie the world’s richest man.
1930 – President
Howard Taft became the first U.S. President to be buried
in the National Cemetery in Arlington,
1969 – Levi Strauss started selling bell-bottomed
1986 – Popsicle announced its plan to end the
traditional twin-stick frozen treat for a one-stick model.
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.