Department of Defense
will place a Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support
Team (CST) in New Jersey.
Tuesday, 9 March 2004, the Department of Defense
announced its plans to place one of only 12 new
Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams in
The highly specialized team of 22 National Guardsmen
and women, all paid in full by the federal government,
will be trained to detect and respond to chemical,
biological, and nuclear weapons and will safeguard
New Jersey’s residents and critical infrastructure.
team, armed with state-of-the-art equipment, will
be among the first to arrive on the
scene of an attack,
where it will help determine its nature, provide
medical and technical advice, and help prepare for
state and federal response. The CST’s equipment
will include a mobile lab to assess chemical and biological
agents, and a full communications suite to enable New
Jersey’s first responders, health experts,
and scientists to analyze the threat and take swift
to the efforts of New Jersey’s
legislative delegation, more than $100 million
in homeland security dollars have been earmarked
for New Jersey
or joint-state security initiatives that include
Veterans to be honored at Medal Ceremonies.
March 2004, 11 a.m. – There
will be a medal presentation ceremony held at the
430 Jockey Hollow Road, Morristown, NJ.
April 2004 – COL (Ret) Emil Philibosian,
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs, will visit
the Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland to present medals
to the Home’s residents.
New 800 Number for Family Assistance.
you know that now you can reach any Family Assistance
office in the NJ National Guard’s Family Program
by dialing the following toll free number – 888-859-0352.
With this automated number you can:
Morale Calls (with a calling card/credit card)
Contact any of the eight NJ ARNG Family Assistance
Contact either of the NJ ANG Family Readiness Centers
Speak with the State Family Program Coordinator
Get information on the NJNG Teen Youth Group
Contact NJ Army National Guard Education, Recruiting,
and Retention Offices
Annual Unity Day – 18 June 2004.
Annual Unity Day will be held on Friday, 18 June 2004,
at the Joint Force Headquarters Building in Fort
Dix. Last year’s Unity Day was a huge success,
and the Committee is looking to make this year’s
Unity Day equally as good. The Committee’s first
two meetings have been held and we are off to a good
start. Highlights of the day will once again include
the Fun Walk/Run, the Chili Contest, and the many cultural
displays representing our Diversity in the New Jersey
National Guard. The Unity Day Committee is currently
looking for ideas for this year’s theme and a design
for our t-shirts.
you have any ideas, please contact MSgt McCready, NLT
Friday, 26 March 2004 at 609-562-0854.
The next meeting of the Unity Day Committee
will be held on Wednesday, 2 April 2004, at 0930
in Conference Room A at the Joint Force Headquarters
Mobilization Exercise is scheduled for 26-28 March 2004
at the National Guard Training Center.
mobilization Exercise is scheduled for 26-28 March
2004 at the National Guard Training
Center, Sea Girt,
New Jersey. Units being exercised are HHC 42nd Division
Support Command (DISCOM), 250th Signal Battalion, and
Guantanamo Bay make-ups. These units are scheduled to
be deployed with the 42nd Infantry Division in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 42nd Infantry Division
Mobilization Conference was conducted 29 February – 03
March in Troy, New York. This conference was attended
by units from the 50th Brigade, 42nd DISCOM, and all
their subordinate units.
the items discussed were the impending mobilization
of the 50th Brigade units
to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring
Freedom and the 42nd Division Deployment in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom for the 42nd DISCOM, 250th
Battalion, 42nd Military Police, 150th General Support
Aviation Battalion, and 642nd Division Aviation Support
Battalion. These units have all been alerted and are
preparing their soldiers for deployment.
“Preventing Sexual Harassment” training
dates are set.
MAJ Walter Nall, DMVA’s Affirmative Action Officer,
announced additional dates for “Preventing Sexual
||Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park
||9 am – 12 pm
||Armorers and VSOs from the Menlo Park area.
||Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland
||9 am – 12 pm
||Armorers and VSOs from the Vineland area.
||Veterans Memorial Home at Paramus
||9 am – 12 pm
||Armorers and VSOs from the Paramus area.
||Homeland Security/Center of Excellence Conference
||9 am – 12 pm
||Armorers and VSOs from the Mercer County area and
Central Office employees who missed previously scheduled
NJ Army National Guard supported Read Across America.
The New Jersey Army National Guard supported Read Across
America by sending eight soldiers to the Sharon Road
Elementary School in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The soldiers
who participated in this event were LTC Nick Chimienti,
LTC Dennis Devery, LTC Roberta Niedt, MAJ Jemal Beale,
CPT Tim Coakley, SFC Pat Daugherty, SSG Tracy Falls,
and SPC Lisa Radev. Each soldier read a Dr. Seuss book
to a first grade class at the school. Thanks to all of
the participants who supported this important national
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era
Education Center’s upcoming event schedule.
For more information about any of these events, please
call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office
at (732) 335-0033.
||“The Hidden History of the Antiwar Movement,” an
Author Lecture Series presentation by Vietnam-era
Veteran H. Bruce Franklin, author of Vietnam and
other American Fantasies.
||Chapter One: The Story of Vic Charles
(a novel) – An
Author Lecture Series presentation by Vietnam Veteran
Bob Staranowicz at the Vietnam Era Educational
||New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Remembrance
Day ceremony at the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
New Jersey Air National Guard announces Enlisted Award
Chief Master Sergeant Paul M. Gunning,
State Command Chief Master Sergeant, recently announced
nominations for the USAF 12 Outstanding Airmen and Outstanding
First Sergeant of the Year Award Programs. Based on selection
criteria such as leadership-p and job performance in
primary duties, significant self-improvement, and base
and community involvement, the following individuals
were selected after a stringent board process: 177th
Fighter Wing, SrA Erin B. Leach – Airman category,
108th Air Refueling Wing, SSgt Nehemie L. Juleus – NCO
category, 108th Air Refueling Wing, MSgt Daniel R. Knapp – SNCO
category, and 108th Refueling Wing, SMSgt Harmon R. Glymph – First
Sergeant category. Congratulations to these truly deserving
Armory Happenings – Check to see what’s
happening at an Armory near you.
||Atlantic City Armory
||Toms River Armory
||Doll & Bear Show
||Cherry Hill Armory
|31 Mar – 5 Apr
||Piano Show and Sale
||Cherry Hill Armory
Today in History…
Today is Friday, 12 March 2004 and the
72nd day of the year. There are 295 days left in the
year. On this day…
1664 – New
Jersey became a British colony. King Charles II granted
land in the New World to his
brother James (The Duke of York).
1755 – In
North Arlington, New Jersey, the steam engine was used
for the first time.
1894 – Coca-Cola
was sold in bottles for the first time.
1904 – After
30 years of drilling, the tunnel under the Hudson River
was completed. The link
was between Jersey City, NJ, and New York, NY.
1912 – The
Girl Scout organization was founded. The original name
was Girl Guides.
1944 – Britain
barred all travel to Ireland.
1993 – The
Pentagon called for the closure of 31 major military
1994 – The
Church of England ordained its first women priests.
2002 – U.
S. Homeland Security Chief, Tom Ridge, unveiled a color-coded
system for terror warnings.
As we continue to celebrate Women’s
History Month, we ask the question, Who will remember.
that thousands of the grandmothers of today were the
Soldiers, Sailors, SPARS, and Marines of World War II.
that the hands guiding young children through fast
food lines and pushing the swings in the parks are the
hands that soothed the wounded servicemen of yesterday!
that the nurses sailed on unescorted hospital ships
as lighted white targets for enemy forces!
the young women, Army and Navy Nurses, who were captured
when Bataan and Corregidor fell?
110 brave women who were Japanese Prisoners of War for
the WACS, WAVES, SPARS, and women
Marines who worked
in ammunition dumps, motor pools, and air traffic towers,
link trainers, or worked at aerial guns and Allied
Troop Training Centers?
the Woman Air Force Service Pilots, who taught the
men to fly, and were test pilots towing aerial targets
behind the planes?
Time is now growing short…
They speak of their dwindling numbers…
Old friends and comrades writing to one
another, sending Christmas cards…
But now becoming less and less.
These women have written a proud and honorable history.
If you and I do not remember them, the world itself