New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
DMAVA Highlights Archives

13 February 2004

Volume 3, Number 6


NJ Dept of Military and
Veterans Affairs

BG Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General

Col Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General

COL (Ret) Emil H. Philibosian
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs


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All State and Federal Offices will be closed on Monday,

16 February 2004

in observance of Presidents Day.


50th Finance Battalion says “Goodbye.”

Family members gathered at the McGuire Air Force Base passenger air terminal on Saturday, 7 February, to say goodbye to the members of the 50th Finance Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, as they left for a one-year stint in Iraq. The unit, stationed out of the Flemington Armory, is comprised mostly of finance specialists, but will also send supply, maintenance, and legal personnel, who will support the troops stationed in Iraq. The soldiers have been training for their move to the Iraqi war zone since December of 2003 and have received a basic training refresher course in weapons, tactics, and other essential areas necessary for life in Iraq.

Sunshine Foundation Dreamlift set for May 4, 2004.

The Mercer County Sunshine Foundation is pleased to announce that it will sponsor the 20th annual Operation Dreamlift on 4 May 2004. This event provides the opportunity for special children with serious illnesses or disabilities to spend an entire day at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. The Dreamlift is Sunshine’s way of reaching those children whose physical condition may not allow them to be away from home for an extended period of time and bring them a smile and happiness on this special day. Operation Dreamlift has touched the entire community and the support of many great organizations and individuals makes this day possible.

This year the Mercer County Sunshine Foundation is especially pleased to announce that the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) and the National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility #1 located at Mercer County Airport, West Trenton, NJ, will be supporting Operation Dreamlift by allowing us to use their facility. Operation Dreamlift will be coordinated at the facility where our special children and families will be leaving on a plane to Disney World for the day and returning back to the AASF #1 facility. This NJARNG facility provides plenty of room and the necessary accommodations for the special children, their families, organizations, and individuals who will help send them off, as well as a warm, dry shelter for the children, if needed.

Again this year, the Sunshine Foundation has allocated DMAVA ten seats on the plane for five children with a serious illness or disability and five chaperones. The Sunshine Foundation would like to help children from the DMAVA community experience a day in Disney World. If anyone knows of a child that might qualify, contact the office of the Deputy Adjutant General at 609-530-7033.

State Cemetery Directors’ Association contributes to Veterans Haven.

The State Cemetery Directors’ Association met in Atlantic City in September of 2003 for their annual training conference. At that time, the State Cemetery Directors pledged a minimum of $1,000 for New Jersey’s homeless veterans program at Veterans Haven. On Wednesday, February 4th, COL (Ret) Steve Abel, President of the State Cemetery Directors’ Association for 2003, presented a $7,278.33 check to Mr. Bob Durante, the Superintendent of Veterans Haven, to fulfill their pledge. The donation is to be used to improve the quality of life for the residents at Veterans Haven. The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs thanks the State Cemetery Directors for their generosity.

1st Army holds Annual Training (AT) conference.

The Annual 1st Army AT conference was conducted in Atlanta, Georgia, during the week of 23 January 2004. The J-3T shop attended this conference to confirm current schedules for AT this year, and to discuss future plans, confirm current and future locations, and discuss AT issues and funding. AT plans for TY-04 were submitted and finalized for the NJ Army National Guard.

NJ 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.

28 Feb 1 p.m. - Author Lecture by Gerald R. Gioglio, who will discuss his book, Days of Decision: An Oral History of Conscientious Objectors I the Military During the Vietnam War.

NJ Army National Guard (NJARNG) semi-annual Logistics Advisory Committee training program is scheduled.

The NJARNG Semi-Annual Logistics Advisory Committee (LAC) Training Program will be conducted on Thursday, 19 February 2004, at the Training and Training Technology Battle Lab (T3BL), Fort Dix, New Jersey. Scheduled to attend the meeting are the USPFO-NJ, J4, all Major Subordinate Command and selected Battalion and individual level supply sergeants and or logistical representatives. To assist unit commanders in preparing their units for mobilization, training will be focused on subsistence requirements at Home Station, requisitioning Chemical Defense Equipment on-line, turn-in procedures for obsolete or excess items of equipment, showdown inspection of Organizational Clothing & Individual Equipment (OCIE), Central Issue Facility Operations, PBUS-E operations, and change of Supply Administrative Inventory. Anyone interested in attending the training should contact SGT Richard Coffland, LAC Training and Instruction Committee Chairman, (609) 562-0273.

Armory Happenings – Check to see what’s happening at an Armory near you.

12-15 Feb
Tool Show
Woodbridge Armory
13-15 Feb
Antique Sale
Lawrenceville Armory
19-22 Feb
Tool Show & Sale
Lawrenceville Armory
20-21 Feb
Cherry Hill Armory
22 Feb
Sports Card & Comics Show
Bordentown Armory
27-28 Feb
High School Wrestling Tournament
Teaneck Armory
29 Feb
NASCAR Collectibles Show
Bordentown Armory

Discounted tickets available for State employees for Candida performances at McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ.

McCarter theatre in Princeton has generously offered State employees 50% discounts for all tickets to performances of George Bernard Shaw’s play, Candida, March 23-April 11. Additional information can be obtained at the NJ Department of Personnel’s website:

The National Guard will lead the way in The Great American Race.

When the green flag waves to open the Daytona 500, “The Great American Race,” this coming Sunday afternoon, the National Guard sponsored #16 car will be on the pole. Driven by Greg Biffle, the National Guard’s #16 won the pole position during qualifying held during the past weekend. Lets Go Guard!

Today in History…

Today is Friday, 13 February 2004 and the 37th day of the year. There are 313 days left in the year. On this day…

• 1920 – The National Negro Baseball League was organized

• 1935 – In Flemington, New Jersey, a jury found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of the kidnapping and death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.

• 1960 – France detonated its first atomic bomb.

• 1997 – Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery brought the Hubble Space Telescope aboard for a tune up.

• 2000 – Charles M. Schulz’s last original Sunday “Peanuts” comic strip appeared in newspapers. Mr. Schulz had died the day before.

• 2002 – Former New York mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

Valentine’s Day Trivia

- About 1 billion Valentine cards are exchanged each year.

- One-third of all Valentine’s Day cards are accompanied by gifts.

- The Duke of Orleans sent the oldest known Valentines in 1415 A.D. to his French wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. They are on display in a museum in England.

- More fresh-cut flowers are purchased for Valentine’s Day than for any other holiday. Men purchase 73% of the flower sold for Valentine’s Day, but only 40% of the men have every received Valentine’s flowers. However, 61% of all men say they would like to receive flowers for Valentine’s Day.

- Only 40% of men have received Valentine’s flowers.

- 3% of America’s pet owners will give a Valentine’s Day gift to their pet.

- Only the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Australia, and the United Kingdom celebrate Valentine’s Day.

- The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.


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