Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
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Office of the Assistant Commisioner
COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith
Mrs. Laura A. Branham
Phone: (609) 530-6987
Fax: (609) 530-7109
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willingness with which our young people are likely to serve
in any war, no matter
how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they
perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated
by their Nation."
.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.
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In Flanders fields the poppies
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe!
you from failing hands, we throw
The torch-Be yours to hold
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though
In Flanders fields.
..Capt John D. McCrae
Veterans Day marked at Doyle Cemetery Observance.
At 11 AM, on the 11th day
of the 11th month 2005, our Nation’s
Veterans were honored for their selfless service. The Deputy
Commissioner stated in his remarks, that it is truly fitting
that as we remember the many sacrifices of the men and women
that donned the uniforms of our military over the past 228
years, we should also remember the men and women serving
around the globe today…our future Veterans. There were
more than 160 Veterans and family members in attendance at
the observance, which included the retirement of more than
2,500 unserviceable United States Flags.
U.S. Army Training and Leader Development Panel releases
The U.S. Army Training
and Leader Development Panel (ATLDP) released a report
on the results of extensive
the future direction of training and leader development.
As part of the findings, conclusions, and recommendations,
the ATLDP recommended a new leader development model and
three additional leadership competencies; self-awareness,
adaptability, and life-long learning. As an overarching theme
of their recommendations, developing the new meta-competencies
in leaders serves as a partial contributor to the transformation
endstate of a trained and ready force for the nation and
self-aware and adaptive leaders. This monograph answers the
research question: Is the Army’s self-development model
capable of contributing to the endstate of providing self-aware,
adaptive and life-long learning leaders for the future force?
This monograph focuses on leader self-development due to
the ATLDP’s assertion that self-development will serve
as the link between the institutional and operational pillars
of leader development. Additionally, future self-development
programs and processes will contribute to developing self-aware,
adaptive and life-long learning leaders.
Columbarium Dedication Scheduled.
The BG Doyle Veterans Memorial
first columbarium will be dedicated on Monday, November
15 at 11 AM. The speakers
for the dedication will include MG Glenn Rieth, the Adjutant
General, and the Honorable Richard Wannemacher the Deputy
Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs at the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. All are welcome to
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies
have been scheduled to honor our State’s veterans.
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
and Meritorious Service Medals
Korean Service Medal
Toms River Elks
600 Washington St., Toms River, NJ
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service
Vietnam Service Medal
|Salem County Community College
Commissary Scholarship program for Military Children is
The fifth year of Scholarships for Military Children is
now underway. Administered by Fisher House Foundation and
funded by the manufacturers and industry supporting commissaries,
the program has awarded over $3 million through nearly 2,000
scholarships to the unmarried children under the age of 21
(23 if enrolled in school) of active duty service members,
Guard and Reserve members, and military retirees. Applications,
eligibility requirements, and other information for the 2005
program are available at commissaries or online at http://www.commissaries.com.
The deadline for filing your application is 16 February 2005.
Support the Troops Pancake Breakfast -
A Support the Troops Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday,
13 November 2004, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Woodbury
Armory located at 658 North Evergreen Avenue, Woodbury, NJ
08096. Tickets are $8 per person, $5 for seniors and children
under 12. All proceeds benefit the soldiers and families
of the NJ National Guard.
NJ World War II Memorial On Its Way.
At a site dedication
ceremony on Wednesday, November 10th, the design for the
New Jersey World War II Memorial was unveiled.
The ceremony took place on the front steps of the State House
in Trenton, which is directly across from the site where
the memorial will be constructed. In his remarks, the Deputy
Commissioner stated: “There is no more deserving a
group of Veterans…(and)…there is no more prestigious
location…” for a memorial to honor the Veterans
of America’s Greatest Generation. Construction will
begin in early 2005 and the goal is to dedicate the memorial
in the fall of 2005.
Upcoming Fall events at our local armories.
||Rug Show & Sale
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
||“Home for the Holidays” Gift
||9am-5 pm - Sports Memorabilia Show
Somerset Armory’s Family Readiness Group
NJ Advisory Committee for Women Veterans conducts annual
The NJ Advisory Committee for Women Veterans held their
annual luncheon on Saturday, 23 October 2004, at McAteers
Restaurant. Camaraderie filled the air as women veterans
from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Persian
Gulf War gathered with women who will be hading to Iraq
in the near future. Brigadier General Maria Falca-Dodson,
Deputy Adjutant General, provided the keynote address.
Part-time opportunities available in Military Funeral
The New Jersey Army
National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program has
immediately 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.
Info on Holiday Mailings to the Troops.
The Department of Defense
(DoD) recently issued a reminder that the “Any Servicemember” mail program
is still suspended. The general public urged not to send
unsolicited mail, care packages, or donations to service
members during the holiday season. The Department of
Defense emphasizes that names and addresses of military
personnel must not be distributed by the media, websites,
companies, non-profit organizations, schools or individuals
for the purpose of collecting letters of support or donations
for mailing to service members. According to the DoD,
family members should not pass around military addresses
by for use donation programs. People who wish to mail
a letter, or card or package to a service member must
have a specific person’s name and address on their
mail. If you would like to help service members or their
families or if you are approached by someone who knows
that your work for the Department of Military and Veterans
Affairs and wants to help the troops, here is a website
given by DoD with many ways that Americans can support
the troops. Go to http://www.defendamerica.mil and click
on the Support Our Troops “button.
Continental Airlines honors the Military.
is honoring America’s veterans,
active duty, National Guard, Reserve and their families
with airline discount benefits, including a Frequent
Flyer Program bonus. Veterans Advantage (http://veteransadvantage.com),
a nationwide card membership program providing new benefits
for Veterans and their families, and Continental Airlines
announced a 5% discount on all Continental tickets booked
plus a frequent flyer award bonus for Veterans Advantage
members. Veterans Advantage
provides travel and entertainment savings, home and office
discounts, and health and wellness benefits for those
who serve the country and their family members.
Home Depot Offers Veterans Day Discounts.
Active duty, reserve,
and retired U.S. military personnel and their family
receive 10% off their purchases
in recognition of Veterans Day at The Home Depot. The
offer is good on purchases up to $2,000 for a maximum
discount of $200 from 11-14 November 2004. To qualify,
individuals must present a valid military identification
card to the special services desk at any Home Depot store,
where they will receive a coupon redeemable at any cashier’s
checkout register. Discount coupons are for single transactions
Restaurants will host Veterans Appreciation Dinner.
McCormick and Schmick’s Restaurant is again hosting
a Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, November 7,
2004, in their facilities across the country. Locally,
McCormick and Schmick have restaurants located in Hackensack,
NJ; Bridgewater, NJ; New York, NY; and Philadelphia,
PA. Every veteran (including active duty, reserve, and
National Guard) is invited to receive a free entrée
from a selected menu.
Thanksgiving Dinner planned for families of deployed
On 13 November 2004, at 3:00 p.m., the Cookstown VFW,
located just behind Vintage Plaza outside of the McGuire
24-Hour Gate, is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner with all
of the trimmings for any military family whose member
is currently deployed. Please RSVP to the Family Readiness
Center, 108th ARW, not later than 5 November 2004, at
Today in History...
Today is Friday, November 12th, the 317th day of the
year with 49 days remaining.
1815 – American
suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born.
1859 – The
first flying trapeze act was performed by Jules Leotard
at Cirque Napoleon in Paris,
France. He was also the designer of the garment that
is named after him.
1933 – First
known photo of the Loch Ness monster is taken.
1933 – The first
Sunday football game was played.
1946 – The first
drive-up banking facility opened at the Exchange National
in Chicago, Illinois.
1954 – Ellis
Island, the immigration station in New York Harbor,
than 20 million immigrants since 1892.
1956 – The largest
observed iceberg, 208 x 60 miles, is first sighted.
1997 – The UN
Security Council imposed new sanctions on Iraq for
UN arms inspectors.
the Homefront –
Since the Army and Air Force Exchange
Service (AAFES) began its “Gifts from the Homefront” program last year,
people from all walks of life have rallied around America’s
troops by contributing $406,745 toward the purchase of gift
certificates designed to lift the morale of deployed troops
around the world, said officials at AAFES Headquarters. 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
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
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial will
host a Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, 11 November 2004,
at 11 a.m.. The keynote speaker will be Frank M. McDonough,
Esq. of Oakhurst, NJ and Lake Worth, Florida, who is a retired
environmental attorney and former maritime advisor to Governor
Christie Whitman. He retired from a 22-year Marine Corps
career in 1978 and served four tours in Vietnam.
Four veterans will be inducted into the “In Memory” Program,
which honors those who served in Vietnam and returned home
only to die as a result of their tour, but whose names are
not on the Memorial. The four inductees are:
James Lorenzo, US Army, of Jersey City, who died November
Thomas J. Pascal, US Army, of Port Reading, who died May
William J. Steele, US Marine Corps, of Bayville, who died
April 8, 2004.
James L. Tomasulo, Jr., US Army, of Newark, who died April
Lecture – James Parker Wollner – The Bamboo
Shoot: The Story of the 2nd Airboat Platoon
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.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
Just what is a calorie? It’s the quantity of heat
required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1 degree
Celsius. This small unit is used in physics and chemistry.
The Calorie (with a big "C"), or kilocalorie, is
the terminology used to represent how much heat-yielding
potential there is in food. One kilocalorie is the amount
of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1000 grams of
water 1 degree Celsius. This unit is what most people mean
when they talk about "calories;" that is, the "calorie" used
when discussing nutrition and diet.
Everybody expends a different amount of energy each day.
This depends on many factors such as physical activity and
the composition of the diet. However, the basal metabolism,
or basal metabolic rate (BMR) remains somewhat constant.
Your BMR is the rate at which the body expends energy for
maintenance activities, such as keeping the body alive, organ
function, etc. Your BMR is lowest when sleeping. Your BMR
is an estimate of the number of calories you would burn over
24 hours while lying down, but not sleeping. Your actual
metabolic rate is estimated by adding the caloric cost of
all the activities in which you engage throughout the day
to your BMR.
Getting rid of fat permanently is made easier by increasing
metabolic rate. Increasing both muscle mass and activity
level increases the body's metabolic rate. It is possible
to gain muscle mass and lose fat at the same time. Never
sacrifice muscle tissue during the fat loss process. Instead,
build more muscle to utilize more calories. You will lose
fat more quickly and be more successful at keeping it off.
Family Programs Event Calendar
Listed below are the events being planned by the Family
Readiness Groups throughout the state.
|Children’s Craft Fair
|Bus trip to Radio City
Co B 50th MSB
||Fashion Show to benefit the Family Readiness
Group at Toms River
||Holiday Inn, Toms River
SFC Minnie Hiller
A/B/E 2-113th INF
|Sports Memorabilia Show (DISCOM FRG)
|Bus Trip to Atl City
|Beef Steak & Chinese Auction
Legion Post 170
Rochelle Park, NJ
SFC Minnie Hiller
30 Nov 04
Tree Lighting in NYC
Co B, 50th MSB
|Pick-up at Dover Armory
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
As the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers
and airmen around the globe, the families that are left behind
support and assistance. Can we count on your help? Please
call your local Family Readiness center and volunteer.
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center
Call toll free 888-859-0352