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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National Guard Needs You!
Here is our featured
Job of the Week
Fuel and Electrical Systems Repairer
The fuel and electrical systems repairer
performs direct support and general support maintenance on
fuel and electrical
systems of wheel and track vehicles, brake system components,
and on internal combustion engines associated with power
generation equipment or material handling equipment. Repairs
the fuel supply pumps, fuel pumps (metering & injection),
fuel injectors, governors, wiring harnesses, alternators/generators,
starters, regulators, & electrical control boxes, DC
electrical motors, air brake system components, hydraulic
brake system components, & personnel heaters..
If you’re interested
in an exciting job opportunity,
contact your 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
Thought for the day..
and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations
of strength and resolution.
- Kahlil Gibran
|108th Passes One Year Mark in North East Tanker
The 108th Air Refueling Wing has just
passed the one year mark for its participation in the North
East Tanker Task
Force. To date the 108th has performed 150 alert taskings,
flown 120 missions, offloaded 6.5 million pounds of fuel
to OEF/OIF air lifters, performed 390 safe flying hours and
attained a 96% mission reliability. What these numbers don’t
show are things like refueling medivac missions for burn
patients and planes bringing back the wounded from Iraq and
Afghanistan, or meeting C-130s over the Atlantic Ocean, helping
the crews deploy and, even better, come home. The Bravo Crew
would like to thank everyone for making this possible and
they are looking forward to a second year of showing others
how to be “America’s Best Refueling Wing!”
Supports Your Freedom Walk
part of the Department of Defense effort to commemorate
Sept. 11 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld today
announced the first ever “America Supports your Freedom
Walk” to remember the victims of Sept. 11, to honor U.S.
troops and veterans, and to highlight the value of freedom.
The walk will begin at 10 a.m. EDT, Sunday, Sept. 11 and follow
a two-mile route from the Pentagon to Arlington National Cemetery,
across Memorial Bridge, passing several national memorials
and ending on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. At the
conclusion of the walk, participants will be invited to a concert
by country music singer Clint Black. The walk is free and open
to the public, individuals interested in walking must register
to participate at www.americasupportsyou.mil. Registration
closes at 10 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 9,2005.
PTSD Task Force Formed
A Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Task Force has been
formed by DMAVA in cooperation with county Veterans Programs
and other VAs and Independent Providers. Their purpose is to
deliver the most timely and effective PTSD counseling to our
returning New Jersey combat veterans. The first meeting was
held at DMAVA on 7/12/05. Quarterly meetings have been scheduled
to develop a working model from which a concise program and
mission goals can be formulated. It is important that our soldiers
returning home from overseas have the best possible care provided.
Congratulations to Our Veteran Service Officer Guy Weiner
Guy Wiener has recently filed for and received a 100% total
and permanent disability rating for one of his clients. The
award will be retroactive to 1/2000. The check amount sent
to the veteran was for $110,000+. The veteran will continue
to receive $2,463 per month and is exempt from paying property
tax. Great job Guy!
State Park Passes
All Active New Jersey National Guard members are entitled
to Division of Parks and Forestry State Park passes. When parking
fees are in effect this pass entitles the NJNG member (and
passengers) free parking at all New Jersey State Parks, Forests,
Recreation Areas and Historic Sites. This pass does not pertain
to campground fees. ID cards must be shown along with this
pass for access. Active NJ National Guard members and families
of deployed soldiers can obtain their state park passes through
the State Family Programs office by calling 609-562-0739 or
at any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center, 888-859-0352.
Questions and inquiries concerning the NJ State Park Pass program
should be addressed to CW4 Ralph Cwieka, State Family Program
Coordinator at 609-562-0668 or e-mail: Ralph.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
The maximum level of Servicemembers’ Group
Life Insurance coverage will be increased from $250,000 to
$400,000 on September
1,2005. Anyone in service on September 1,2005 will have their
coverage increased to $400,000, even if they previously declined
or elected lesser coverage. If they still desire no coverage
or less than the maximum, they will have to go to their Personnel
Office and re-elect no coverage or less than the maximum. For
more details see your Personnel Office.
The New Jersey War World II Memorial needs your help
WWII was by all account the greatest victory
for the United States – along the front lines and the
home front. Every individual alive during this period of
history was involved
and had a stake in the outcome. It was a war the United States
and our Allies could not afford to lose. Now, America is slowly
saying goodbye to its greatest generation of citizens. The
State of New Jersey is taking the initiative to honor and remember
them by establishing a Memorial in Trenton, across from the
Statehouse in Veterans Park.
Fittingly, the theme for New Jersey’s WWII Memorial
is “Victory”. The memorial hopes to honor and pay
tribute to the many sacrifices made during WWII and celebrate
the greatest victory our country has ever known. It is our
goal to dedicate the memorial in the spring/summer 2006. Time
is short – we need your help now in order to ensure that
we can meet this ambitious goal. We urge you to support the
New Jersey World War II Memorial through your generous contribution.
We cannot afford to let new generations forget the legacy that
has been left to them from what has been called “the
Greatest Generation”. To make a tax-deductible contribute,
download a donation form from our website at www.state.nj.us/military/veterans/wwiimemorial/.
Enlisted Association of the National Guard announces Enlisted
The Enlisted Association of the NJ National
Guard is proud to announce the Enlisted Conference at the
Clarion Hotel & Conference
Center in Atlantic City West. The Conference will be held 7
thru 9 October 2005. During the Conference we honor our Outstanding
Soldiers and Airmen. There are various plans available. Friday
night is the Halloween Masquerade Ball with Tex-Mex Buffet
and Saturday is the Formal Evening Ball with dinner and dancing.
For additional information contact SGM (Ret) Jerome Zebrowski
@ 609-214-6959 or e-mail email@example.com or SGM Edward Goetschius
@ 609-965-1972 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.EANG-NJ.org to get application, plans and other activities offered. Thank
you for your support!
NJ Friends of the Guard and Reserve Announce Golf Outing
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.
The New Jersey National Guard Magazine “Guardlife” Vol
31 available on the world wide web.
Check out Guardlife on the web, it is now available in a user-friendly
on-line version. www.nj.gov/military/publications/guardlife/volume31no3/index.html The “Hometown Team” magazine
Guardlife provides up to date information on the happenings
within the New Jersey
Army and Air National Guard both at home and abroad. For all
the current news on our soldiers and airmen take a look at
the new issue today. To view past issues of Guardlife magazine
on-line you can visit www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the
DMAVA Publications homepage.
New Childcare Program Available
A new DoD program called Military Child
Care in Your Neighborhood provides financial support and
assistance in locating quality
childcare for eligible military families who do not have access
to the DoD’s on-base child care options due to long waiting
lists or geographic location, available funding and family
circumstances. For more information on both childcare programs,
go to www.naccrra.org/Military
Programs/ or call the Child
Care Aware hotline at 1-800-424-2246.
The New Jersey Veterans Journal Summer 2005 Edition available
on the world wide web
The New Jersey Veterans Journal Summer 2005 Edition is now
available on the world wide web in a user friendly on-line
web version at the following web address: http://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/journal/summer2005/index.html The “NJ Veterans Journal” newsletter
provides up to date information on New Jersey Veterans events,
and facilities throughout the state. For all the current news
on issues affecting our NJ Veterans take a look at the new
issue today. To view past issues of the Veterans Journal newsletter
on-line you can visit http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the DMAVA Publications homepage.
Shades of Green Offers Summer Specials
The Shades of Green at Walt Disney World
Resort has announced 2005 end of summer specials available
from 7 AUG through 30
SEPT. Members of the military community, including retired
members, are eligible for package deals. Resort officials say
that Shades of Green guests have exclusive access to discounted
theme park tickets, reduced rates at Disney’s PGA professional
golf courses, extra Magic Hours at the parks, and much more.
For more information, visit the Shades of Green website at www.shadesofgreen.org/funandsun.htm.
NJ Department of Labor teams up with Teaneck Family Assistance
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
is teaming up with the Teaneck Family Assistance Center to
provide all soldiers returning from deployment with the necessary
information and tools to easily re-integrate into society.
The Re-employment Opportunities briefing given by MSG (Ret)
John Bautz will be held at the Teaneck Armory every Wednesday
at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
If you have any questions regarding this briefing, contact
MSG (Ret) Bautz at 201-996-8950 or email email@example.com.
Tricare Reserve Select
TRS is here! This new health plan, launched on April 26, 2005,
provides eligible Reserve Component soldiers, and their families
continued care through TRICARE. Soldiers called to active duty
for more than 30 consecutive days in support of a contingency
operation AFTER September 11, 2001 are eligible for this benefit.
They must have served continuously on active duty for 90 days
or more. This benefit includes coverage that is similar to
the coverage available through TRICARE Standard and Extra for
active duty family members. Individuals who have not signed
up for TRS have until 28 October 2005 to complete their service
agreement. Contact SFC Josephine Grey, Chief of Health Services
at 609-562-0865 or e-mail @ Josephine.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this program. You can also look up
information at the tricare website; www.tricare.osd.mil.
Sandy Cove offers a free stay for our military
members & families
at Operation Oasis on Chesapeake Bay.
Operation Oasis is an outreach program developed to offer
a time of rest and renewal to military personnel involved in
Operation Iraqi Freedom. Located in North East, Maryland, at
the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, Operation Oasis offers
a free 3-day, 2-night time of rest and relaxation. It is a
thank you to those who seek to secure and sustain our freedom.
Simply contact Carol Lee Lynch at email@example.com or
by phone at 800-287-4843 for additional information. You can
also visit the website www.sandycove.org for a more detailed
description of the facility.
American Legion Riders Motorcycle Chapter Forming in River
American Legion Post 226 is sponsoring
an American Legion Riders chapter. You don’t have to be a direct member
of Post 226, but you do have to be a member of the American
Legion, Auxiliary or SAL and ride a motorcycle that’s
at least 750cc or higher. If you or someone you know is interested
in joining, there is a form on the Post 226 website, www.alpost226.org or you can call Jim Morton, the Post 226 American Legion Riders
Director, Adjutant and webmaster at 201-439-0053.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
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.
National Guard Family Day at Six Flags Great Adventure
Saturday, 24 September 2005, join the New Jersey National
Guard for a day full of family, fun and excitement! Tickets
to the NJ National Guard Family Day are $17 each and they will
go fast. Purchase your tickets today at your nearest Family
Assistance center: Morristown, Teaneck, Lawrenceville, Woodbury,
Toms River, Jersey City, Somerset or Pomona. Call for more
information at 888-859-0352.
Enlisted Association of the National Guard announces Golf
The Enlisted Association of the NJ National Guard is proud
to announce a Golf Tournament to benefit the Annual Scholarship
Program. The tournament will be held on Monday, 15 August 2005,
at Miry Run Golf Club in Robbinsville, NJ. The $80 per golfer
registration fee includes all fees and a cart, beverage cart
on the course, awards, door prizes, food at the turn and luncheon
following the completion of play. Hole and cart sponsors are
being sought, too. For additional information contact CMSGT
(Ret) Lee Cisek at 562-0223 or SGM (Ret) Mike Amoroso at 562-0754.
CNN Attractions Free to Service Members
Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. is offering
free admission for all active and retired U.S. military personnel
the CNN-themed attractions at CNN Center in Atlanta and Manhattan’s
Time Warner Center. Inside CNN Atlanta and inside CNN New York
will open the gate to active and retired military members and
reservists who present a valid I.D. They can visit the attractions
at no cost, while their spouse, children, siblings or parents
may enter at a discounted rate of $7 at Inside CNN Atlanta
and $12 at Inside CNN New York. To receive the discount, family
members must be accompanied by the military member. Groups
depart several times each hour at both attractions. For hours
and reservations at Inside CNN New York, visitors can call
1-866-4CNNNYC or visit www.cnn.com/insidecnn.
For reservations for Inside CNN Atlanta, visitors can call
Ride with the 108 Air Refueling Wing!
The 108 ARW will serve as a rolling billboard
advertising the 108 ARW NJANG to over 8,000 cyclists, volunteers
during a two-day ride from Cherry Hill to Ocean City, NJ and
back on 24-25 September. They will be covering 175 miles through
the flat terrain of NJ Blueberry fields and pine barrens. This
ride is fully supported with catered rest stops, bike support
and SAG transportation. Veterans News Anchor, Larry Kane will
host the Awards Ceremony Saturday night. Cyclists will collect
a minimum of $250 in donations to participate. If you join
the team between 6/25/05 – 8/26/05 the registration fee
is $45. For more information go to www.ms150biketour.org/.
Road Warriors interested in joining the team contact Maj Dave
LaTOUR @ 609-284-7743 or via e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 July 05.
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers
planned in support of our deployed troops and their families:
Free Military Care Package Kit of Priority
Mail - The United States Postal Service is offering
free packaging materials to spouses and families of military
members who are deployed overseas. To take advantage of this
service call: 1-800-610-8734 and press 1 (for English), then
3 for an operator and request CAREKIT04. USPS will send you
free boxes, packing materials, tape and mailing labels. These
products are to be used to mail care packages to service
Sign up for a chance to send your soldier
Dunkin Donuts coffee. Dunkin Donuts will send a
case of free coffee to your soldier if he/she is among the
50 selected in a monthly lottery. Just go 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).
Operation Uplink. 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
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 House.
Operation Mail Call. Operation
Mail call is a program initiated by New Jersey Assemblymen
Jack Conners and Herb Conaway that enables citizens to donate
postage stamps for use by our troops and their families. Over
30,000 stamps have been donated to our National Guard soldiers
and airmen and Family Readiness Programs. With Memorial Day
2005 approaching, we recall the unique sacrifices made by every
generation that has served in uniform for the good of America.
We are often asked what can be done to support the soldiers
of this generation. If you would like to participate, please
mail or drop off your postage stamps to the 7th Legislative
District Office, Delran Professional Center, 8008 Route 130
North, Suite 125, Delran, NJ 08075.
American Hero Band - 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.
American Airlines: Special fare
for military personnel and their dependants (you will need
your military ID card and a copy of your soldier’s orders
to fly). Just call 800-433-7300 and ask for the military fare
offer for your desired destination. You can also go to www.aa.com,
but you cannot book a flight online.
Armory Happenings –
Listed below are events
taking place at your local armory.
Card & Memorabilia Show
Show, Homier Dist. Co.
Show, Homier Dist. Co.
Market, J&C Market Place
Fitness Corner – Ernie Razzano, Certified
Carbohydrate Type, Not Amount!
Okay, it’s time to defend the carbohydrate. I’m
really getting sick of how we need to cut this important element
from our diets! When it comes to carbohydrates, it’s
not how much you eat, but which kind, that makes a difference
to your bathroom scale.
People who are overweight do not necessarily
eat more carbohydrates overall than people who weigh less.
However, overweight people
tend to eat more refined carbohydrates, such as white bread
and pasta, which cause a rapid spike in blood sugar. Total
amount of carbohydrate is not related to body weight, it’s
the type of carbohydrate that’s important.
Refined carbohydrates are often found in
processed foods that contain a lot of sugar. This type of
carbohydrate has what’s
called a high glycemic index, meaning it causes a rapid increase
in blood sugar. The body stores that sugar in muscle (glycogen),
but if it’s not used, it is stored as fat. In contrast,
whole grains, fruits and vegetables have carbohydrates that
don’t have such a high glycemic index.
In the last 20 years, the rate of obesity
has increased, despite the fact that people are eating less
fat. People with a higher
body mass index – a measure of weight that factors in
height – tend to eat carbohydrates with a higher glycemic
index. The amount of carbohydrates people eat has no influence
on body mass index. You need carbohydrates for energy. Not
all carbs are the same. Refined carbohydrates are no good!
So keep eating your fruits and vegetables!
Tell me what you would like to see in Fitness Corner. Write
me at email@example.com.
Today is 12th of August, the 224th day of the year with 141
On this day in history…
1851 – Isaac Singer granted patent
for his sewing machine.
1877 – Thomas Edison invents the
Edisonphone, a sound recording device.
1955 – President Eisenhower raises
minimum wage from $0.75 to $1 an hour.
1972 – Last American combat ground
troops leave Vietnam.
1985 – Japanese Boeing 747 crashes,
520 die (worst in flight toll).
The Truth About Cell Phones & The National
Do Not Call Registry
If you’ve received an e-mail telling
you that your cell phone is about to be assaulted by telemarketing
calls as a
result of a new cell phone number database, rest assured that
this is not the case. Telemarketing to cell phone numbers has
always been illegal in most cases and will continue to be so.
In response to recent e-mail campaigns urging consumers to
place their cell phone numbers on the National Do Not Call
Registry, the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications
Commission issue this advisory to give consumers the facts.
FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers
from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers.
Automated dialers are standard
in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling
consumers on their cell phones without their consent. The federal
government does not maintain a national cell phone registry.
Personal cell phone users have always been able to add their
numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry – the same
registry consumers use to register their land lines – either
online at www.donotcall.gov or by calling toll free 1-888-382-1222
from the telephone number they wish to register. Registration
becomes effective within 31 days of signing up and are active
for 5 years. There is no cut-off date or deadline for registrations.
Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has
been on the registry for 3 months. If they do, you can file
a complaint at the Do Not Call website. Registration for you
home or mobile phone is free. If you have not done so, IASD-ISB
is recommending that all DMAVA employees who are assigned work
cell phones call and register their work cell phone number
on the Do Not Call List. This will reduce the chance that even
manual telemarketers can call your cell.
Beach Passes for DMVA employees available now.
The temperatures are rising and the sandy beach at the National
Guard Training Center at Sea Girt is calling. You will need
to sign your name and work location on the second line on the
back of the pass. Have guests sign the first line and be ready
to show photo identification if requested. One pass will admit
one car. You can also use your DMAVA or military pass to get
on the beach. Call Gail Miller at 609-530-6911 for your Beach
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness Center near
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.