The Army National Guard celebrates
its 367th birthday on 13 December 2003.
On 13 December, the Army National
Guard will celebrate its 367th birthday. They
are an organization older than the United States itself. The 350,000 men and women of the Guard are
citizens in times of peace and soldiers in times of
war. With the rebuilding of Iraq, peacekeeping
in Bosnia, and the battles in Afghanistan, many American
citizens have been activated for full-time service
in the Army National Guard. Guard members also protect our homeland: guarding
our federal buildings, bridges, power plans, and national
monuments. Everyday, citizens have, and continue to
choose to, place their personal and professional lives
on hold in order to make our world a safer place. Celebrate
the Army National’s Guard’s birthday and take a moment
to say “Thanks, Soldier” when you see a member of the
Guard on duty. Happy birthday!
American Legion Post 170 donates
awning to veterans.
The American Legion Post 170 recently
donated a 26 ft. by 6 ft awning, which has been installed
over the Garden of Love outdoor area at the NJ Veterans
Memorial Home at Paramus. This
awning has extended access to the outdoors for the
veterans, their families, and staff. Special
thanks to the American Legion for their generous donation
and their help in enhancing the quality of life for
Commissary Access for Reserve
In accordance with Section 651 of
the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year
2004, effective immediately, the following members
and their dependents will be permitted unlimited access
to commissary stores:
Members of the Ready Reserve (which includes members
of the Selected Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve,
and Inactive National Guard) and members of the Retired
Reserve who possess a Uniformed Services Identification
Former members eligible for retired pay at age 60,
but who have not yet attained the age of 60 and who
possess a Department of Defense Civilian Identification
Dependents of the members described above who have
a Uniformed Services Identification Card, or who have
a distinct identification card used as an authorization
card for benefits and privileges administered by the
Form 25298, “DoD Reserve Component Commissary
Privilege Card,” is cancelled.
State Employee Donated Leave Program.
In accordance with Departmental Directive
No. 230.55, dated 10 February 1993, State employees
interested in contributing paid leave (Sick or Vacation)
to Joanne Danna should contact Cindy Leese, HRD-PMRS,
at 609-530-7056 for a copy of the required donor form.
DMVA employees receive flu shots.
On 3 December 2003, approximately
60 DMVA employees received flu shots, courtesy of the
Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park. Mr. Joseph Brandspiegel, Chief Executive
Officer of the Home, was kind enough to send two members
of his staff to the Lawrenceville Headquarters building
to inoculate our employees. Special thanks to nurses, Claire Brown,
Supervisor of Nursing Services, and Patricia Christensen,
Employee Health Nurse, for the tender, loving care
given to the flu shot recipients.
National Guard Bureau will begin
conducting a Network Modernization project in the
The National Guard Bureau will be
conducting a Network Modernization project next year
that will change the way the new Jersey Army National
Guard connects to the Army and the Internet. The modernization project will migrate the
GuardNet XXI ATM backbone to a totally IP centric network
that will enhance the security, modernize the current
WAN architecture, and increase the bandwidth capability. Some
of the project features include:
Scalability – can scale 6 to 22 Mbps over 5 years.
Flexibility – will have the ability to add new sites
or to change bandwidth
Future proof – will be able to support Ipv6.
Cost effectiveness – will support native IP functionality
on an all IP backbone.
Security – will encrypt all IP traffic using AES encryption.
This network modernization, in conjunction
with the total software update currently under way,
will provide much improved communication services to
the National Guard.
Specialist Five Clarence T. Warren,
Chaplain at the Veterans Memorial Home at Paramus,
was recently honored for his military service.
Specialist Five Clarence T. Warren
was recently presented with the Distinguished Service
Medal and a 25th Anniversary Commemorative
Citation for his patriotic and dedicated service in
Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict. The
ceremony was held at the Veterans Memorial Home at
Paramus, where Clarence is the Supervisor of Chaplain
Service, a position he has held for ten years. Reverend
Warren was in Vietnam for one year, assigned to the
Combined Reconnaissance Intelligence Platoon. Congratulations, Reverend Warren!
Distinguished, Meritorious, and
Vietnam Service Medal Presentation Ceremonies are
Distinguished Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Eggert Crossing Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ
MOBEX Food Service Support.
Congratulations to LTC Joseph F.
Sarama, J4 Supply Management Officer, and all participating
Food Service personnel from HHD, JFHQ-NJ, 50th BDE
and 57th Troop Command, NJARNG, for their
professional effort in providing timely and quality
meals for the 650 soldiers participating in the MOBEX
Exercise, conducted at the National Guard Training
Center, Sea Girt, New Jersey, during the period 21-23
November 2003. All
soldiers were subsisted in accordance with the Mobilization
Readiness Office’s time schedule with no disruption
of scheduled activities.
New Jersey Army National Guard
welcomes two new Chiefs.
The New Jersey Warrant Officer Corps
announces the promotion of two new Chiefs to its ranks.
CW2 Diane Ramirez, MOS 420A, effective 12 September
2003, is a Military Personnel Technician assigned to
the Directorate of Information Systems Management at
the Joint Force Headquarters militarily, and as a full-time
CW2 Cornell W. El, MOS 920A, effective 9 November 2003,
is a Property Book Technician assigned to the 42d Infantry
Division Property Book Office militarily, and to the
Property Management Branch of the United States Property
and Fiscal Office as a full-time technician.
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
and Vietnam Era Education Center Announces its Calendar
For more information about any of
these events, please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Foundation office at (732) 335-0033.
Author Lana Noone will
discuss her book, Global Mom: Notes
From a Pioneer Adoptive Family.
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
will include lighting of the tree and menorah,
and a reading on Kwanza. A
memorial service and wreath laying ceremony
Today is Friday, December 12th, the
346th day of 2003. There are 20 days left
in the year. On this day…
1787 – Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify
the U. S. Constitution.
1800 – Washington, DC, was established as the capital
of the United States.
1901 – First radio signal to cross the Atlantic was
picked up near St. John’s Newfoundland by inventor
1946 – A United Nations’ committee voted to accept
a six-block tract of Manhattan real estate to be the
site of the UN’s headquarters. The
land was a gift of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
1995 – The U. S. Senate stopped a constitutional amendment
giving Congress authority to outlaw flag burning and
other forms of desecration against the American flag.
2002 – North Korea announced that it would reactivate
a nuclear power plant that U.S. officials believed
was being used to develop weapons.
The Liberty USO and the Battleship
New Jersey have partnered to bring Breakfast with
Santa to the military and their families.
The Liberty USO of Philadelphia and
Southern New Jersey and the Battleship New Jersey are
hosting a special Breakfast with Santa for families
from military bases throughout the area on Saturday,
13 December 2003. The
fun begins at 9:00 am from the ship’s chowline. Santa
will be there along with live entertainment. Don’t
miss a special presentation of the movie “Santa Claus
2” at 10:30 at the South Jersey Performing Arts Center
at the Tweeter Center. There will also be lots of prizes and giveaways
for everyone! This
event is FREE for all families of military. Families
need to call 856-966-1652, ext. 109 to reserve space
for breakfast with Santa and the “Santa Claus 2” movie
(space is limited).
Department Directories have been
Department Directories have been
updated are located as follows:
Federal Employees on the RCAS
Network – Directories are located on the Fort
Dix file server, Public Folder named “Directories.” The
location is as follows: NGNJ-34256-NAS/Public/Directories.
State Employees on the Garden
State Network – Directories are located on the
DMAVA file server, Public Folder named “Directories.” The
location is as follows: Dhqfl2/Shared/TelDir.
Future updates will be placed in
these folders, and a reminder will be sent out periodically. This
will eliminate the e-mailing of the actual directories. Posted directories include: MS Access Lookup, Directory Listing by Name,
NJNG Facilities, and FAX Number Listing. If you have any changes to the Directories, they should be submitted
to Sophie Guzikowski, F/IASD-T, using DMAVA Form 28.
Happenings – Check to see
what’s happening at an Armory near you.
Show and Sale
Card & Comics Show
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history
not to have a full moon.
Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture
No word in the English language rhymes with month,
orange, silver, or purple.
On a Canadian two-dollar bill, the flag flying over
the Parliament building is an American flag.
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.