Dept of Military and
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
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!
Thought for the day
"The most important thing in
the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as
the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the
struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but
to have fought well."
Pierre de Coubertin
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
Homeland Security Alert - Employees should
Due to the recent elevation in the Terrorism
Threat Level to Code Orange in Newark, Washington, and New
York City, employees are reminded to be vigilant in receiving
and opening letters and packages. The following information
is, once again, being provided for your information and protection
in the event a suspicious letter or package is delivered or
opened in your workplace.Steps to follow if a letter or package
* Do not shake or empty the contents of the
envelope or package.
*Put the envelope or package in a plastic bag
or other container to prevent leakage of the contents. If
a bag or container is not available, cover the envelope or
package with anything (clothing, paper, trash can, etc.).
Do not remove the covering.
* Leave the room and close the door or section
off the area.s Ask co-workers and others to leave and keep
others from entering.
* Wash your hands with soap and water.
* Do not bring the envelope or package to an
emergency department or doctor's office.s Report the incident
to local police or other law enforcement officials. If the
incident occurs in the workplace, also notify building security
or a supervisor.
* Make a list of all people in the room or area
when the letter or package was recognized.
* Provide the list to law enforcement and public
* Await further instructions from responding
Steps to follow if powder or another substance
from a suspicious envelope or package has spilled out:
* Do not try to clean up the spilled contents.
* Cover the spilled contents immediately with
anything (clothing, paper, trash can, etc.). Do not remove
Family Appreciation Day –
The Adjutant General, BG Glenn K. Rieth, invites
you and your immediate family to Family Appreciation Day on
21 August 2004 (Rain Date: 22 August) at the National Guard
Training Center located on the Atlantic Ocean at Sea Girt,
NJ. This day is being set aside to thank the families of all
our Airmen and Soldiers and DMVA employees. The fun begins
at 10 a.m. and the day’s activities will feature amusement
rides, games, pony rides, clowns, etc. for the kids, and live
performances of Doo Wop, Blues, Jazz, Rap, Big Band, Country,
and Spanish music for everyone to enjoy. There will be appearances
by Miss America, a USO troupe, WWE wrestlers, and the New
Jersey National Guard’s very own 63rd Army Band. With
games, great food, and an evening of fireworks planned, you
won’t want to miss the fun! So come one and come all
and join us for a great day in the sun!
DMVA's Veterans Service Officers (VSO) continue
to do an outstanding job on behalf of our veterans.
Throughout the state, DMVA's VSOs are continually
assisting veterans to obtain the benefits that have earned
by their service to our country. Mr. Dave Martin, Mercer County
VSO, recently obtained lump sum payments for two area veterans.
In one case, a veteran was awarded a $32,000 lump sum payment
dating back to 1992 for 12 years of a misassigned disability
rating. In another case, a $12,000 lump sum payment was awarded
for 8 years of benefits, dating back to 1996. Mr. Robert Maulano
and Luz Isip, VSOs at the Hackensack office, have been recognized
by the Bergen County community for their outstanding performance
on behalf of that county's veteran population.
Listed below are VSO statistics for the month
* 3,500 Veterans seen in our offices.
* Over 540 claims handled.
* Over $5,800,000 in compensation awards obtained for NJ's
New Jersey National Guard magazine, "Guardlife,"
Vol. 30, No. 2, is now available on the World Wide Web.
Guardlife magazine is available
on the world wide web in a user-friendly, on-line version
The "Hometown Team" magazine
provides up-to-date information on the happenings within the
New Jersey Army and Air National Guard. 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 http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/
on the DMVA Publications homepage.
New Jersey Veterans Journal (Summer 2004)
- now available on World Wide Web.
The New Jersey Veterans
Journal Summer 2004 edition is now available on the world
wide web in a user-friendly, on-line version at the following
The Veterans Journal is intended to serve New Jersey's veterans,
their families, friends, and concerned individuals and groups.
The journal provides up-to-date information on veterans' events,
news, entitlements, and services. Take a look at the new edition
J-3 Training Shop is attending the Army
Training Reservation Resource System (ATRRS) Symposium this
Representatives from the J-3 Training Shop are
in Reno, Nevada this week attending the ATRRS Symposium. Also
attending are the 254th Regiment, Regional Training Site Maintenance,
and representatives from the Major Subordinate Commands (MSCs)
in New Jersey. Next week the J-3 Training shop and the MSCs
will attend the Joint Exercise Scheduling (JOES) conference,
which discusses and schedules Overseas Training opportunities
throughout the world. Units that have supported such missions
in the past include Troop Command, 250th Forward Support Battalion,
50th Main Support Battalion, and other New Jersey units. This
conference will look as far out as TY '08 for such opportunities
for the States.
Check and see what’s happening at an Armory
||Sports Card & Comic Collectibles
||Sports Card & Comic Collectibles
USO Gala - September 18, 2004 -
The USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey
(Liberty USO) will hold their annual gala on Saturday evening,
September 18, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. This year's
gala promises to be impressive. The distinguished Liberty
Award will be presented to Honorable James Saxton, 3d District-NJ,
who has been an effective supporter of our Armed Forces. Miss
Shandi Finnessey, Miss USA 2004, will also join us for the
evening. For more information on tickets for this event, visit
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
|18 Aug, 11 a.m.
||Korean War Commemorative Medal
Echelon Mall, Voorhees, NJ
|15 Sep, 11 a.m.
||Distinguished Service & Meritorious Service Medal
| 30 Sep, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
||Distinguished, Meritorious & Korean Service Medals
Armed Forces Voters Week - 3-11 September
The November 2004 General Election is almost
upon us, registration deadlines are even closer, and time
is running out for citizens who want to participate in the
elections this year. That is why the Secretary of Defense
has decreed the week of 3-11 September 2004 as Armed Forces
Voters' Week. The purpose of this event is to encourage all
citizens voting under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens
Absentee Voting Act, who have not registered to vote or requested
an absentee ballot this year, to do so as soon as possible.
Ten Things to Help Ensure Your Absentee Vote
1. Start by contacting your Unit/Embassy/Organization
Voting Assistance Officer for help in absentee registration
2. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's
website at www.fvap.gov for information on the absentee registration
and voting process.
3. Ensure that you have applied for your absentee
ballot using the hard copy or on-line versions of the Federal
Postcard Application (FPCA).
4. Make sure your local election official has
your current mailing address.
5. Sign and date all election materials.
6. Fulfill your state's witness/notary requirements
7. Ensure that your ballot or FPCA is postmarked.
8. Register to vote and request your ballot
in a timely manner - not later than September.
9. VOTE - mail your ballot not later than October
10. Use the Federal Write In Absentee Ballot
if you are overseas and your State absentee ballot does not
arrive in time to be mailed back by the state's deadline.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’
Memorial and Vietnam Era Education Center’s upcoming
On Saturday, 14 August, at 1 p.m. the New Jersey
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation will host a slide show
and lecture by Vietnam Veteran Stanton Pratt entitled, “Capturing
the War: An Army Combat Photographer in Vietnam, “ at
the Vietnam Era Educational Center in Holmdel. Stanton Pratt,
of Honesdale, PA, was a combat photographer assigned to the
U.S. Army’s 593rd Signal Photo Company, 2nd Signal Group
in South Vietnam from June of 1965 until June of 1966. He
will talk about his experience as a combat photographer while
showing slides of his photography. Pratt covered the war from
the Mekong Delta in the south to the ancient city of Hue in
the north. He took the official portraits of nearly every
Army general in Vietnam at that time. Lecture attendees are
asked to RSVP to (&32) 335-0033. A donation of $5 per
person is suggested.
14 Aug - 1 p.m.
“Capturing the War: An Army Combat Photographer in Vietnam”
17 Sep - 11 a.m.
National POW Recognition Day/Gold Star Mothers Day
18 Sep - 1 p.m.
“Leave No Man Behind” (re: POW/MIAs) by George
11 Nov - 11 a.m.
Veterans Day Program
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located adjacent to
the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden State
Parkway at Exit 116.
For more information about any of these events,
please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office
at (732) 335-0033.
101 Critical Days
of Summer – Watch out for those animals!
Deer, cows, and even squirrels
are to blame for more than 26,000 injuries along the nation's
roads each year, the Government said last week. It is the
first time that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
has ever examined how many people suffer non-fatal injuries
in car accidents involving animals. In half of the animal-related
accidents surveyed, motorists were injured by hitting the
animal, while the other half were hurt by swerving to avoid
hitting the animals. Each year about 200 people die in animal-related
crashes out of the nearly 44,000 traffic fatalities nationwide.
There were 247,000 crashes involving animals in 2000, the
latest federal highway data available. Animal-related accidents
typically happen on rural roads or highways. Although nearly
nine out of 10 such accidents involve deer, the CDC's crash
study also found cows, squirrels, bears, dogs, and raccoons
have also caused numerous accidents. Be careful and watch
out for wildlife!
Olympic Facts -
* The first Modern Olympic games were held in
1896. Only 13 nations took part, and just over 300 athletes,
more than 2/3 were Greek
* More athletes than spectators attended the
1900 Paris games.
* The 1904 St Louis games were anything but
international. 85% of the competitors were American, 8% Canadian,
one competitor from Australia and no British at all.
* Jim Thorpe was the star of the 1912 Stockholm
Games. He won both the decathlon and pentathlon.
* The Olympic flame, burning from the start
of the games to the closing ceremony was introduced at the
1928 Amsterdam games.
* Americans, Jesse Owens and Mildred "Babe"
Didriksen starred in the 1932 Los Angeles games.
* 1936 Berlin Games were the first games to
* 1940 Olympic Games, which were to be held
in Tokyo, were cancelled due to the start of World War II.
* The Soviet Union first entered the Olympics
at the 1952 Helsinki Games.
* 1956 Melbourne Games were the first held in
the southern hemisphere.
* The first Latin American host for the Olympic
games was Mexico City in 1968.
* Mark Spitz won seven gold medals and set seven
world records in swimming at the 1972 Munich games.
* Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci, achieved
the first perfect score of 10 at the 1976 Montreal games.
* Communist China entered the Olympics at the
1984 Los Angeles games.
Today in History
Today is Friday, August 13th. It is the 226th
day of the year, with 141 days remaining.s 1784 - The United
States Legislature met for the final time in Annapolis, MD.s
1889 - A patent for a coin-operated telephone was issued to
William Gray.s 1907 - The first taxicab started on the streets
of New York City.s 1931 - The first community hospital in
the U.S. was dedicated in Elk City, OK.s 1959 - In New York,
ground was broken on the $320 million Verrazano Narrows Bridge.s
1961 - Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence to halt the
flight of refugees. Two days later, work on the Berlin Wall
Call today and volunteer
to help at a Family Readiness Center near you.
the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers and airmen
around the globe, the families that are left behind need our
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
Call toll free 888-859-0352