Dept of Military and
Gen Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Gen Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
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(Ret) Michael B. Smith
Laura A. Branham
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Advisory Committee for Women Veterans
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* Mobilized for one year or longer to fight
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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
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Count your blessings.
Harm no one.
Open your mind.
Yearn for peace.
Zealously support a worthy cause.
ChalleNGe Academy honored with
On 6 January 2006, the NJ Youth ChalleNGe
Academy had the distinction of being presented with the
2006 USO Award for
Academic Excellence. The award was presented at a gala event
held in the historic Riviera Theater in Charlestown, South
Carolina at the conclusion of this year’s annual conference.
It was truly a high point for all of the ChalleNGe staff
attending the annual conference including Academy Director,
COL (Ret) Kenneth J. Prossick. The New Jersey Youth ChalleNGe
Academy is credited with having the highest academic standards
and results based on the following criteria: high GED test
scores, greatest grade point increases, best curriculum,
best tutoring standards and high quality of educational field
Congratulations NJ Youth ChalleNGe – keep
up the good work!
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) member receives
prestigious national award,
Mr. Nick Grand, NJ ESGR Mobilization
Coordinator, was presented with the prestigious National
James Roche “Spirit of
Volunteerism” Award at the ESGR National Leadership
Conference in Arlington, Virginia. This award is the highest
award given to individual ESGR Committee volunteers for sustained
high-quality volunteer service or for exceptional mission
accomplishment. The award highlights patriotism, good citizenship,
and public responsibility; often achieved at great personal
sacrifice and with heroic effort. Mr. Grand has been a member
of the NJ ESGR Committee since 1973. Since 9/11/01 he has
personally given ESGR MOBE/DEMOBE briefings to well over
85,000 troops, most of whom were processed at Fort Dix.
Mr. Grand also became a recent recipient of The Office of
the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award.
Mr. Grand was presented with this award at Fort Dix, New
Jersey for his long service to the military community.
Carol Fowler is the recipient of the NJ Civilian
The New Jersey Civilian Commendation Medal was
recently awarded to Carol Fowler, Oral Historian and Assistant
Curator of the
National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey. Mrs. Fowler was
recognized for her outstanding service in recording oral histories
of our veterans who have served their country in various capacities
during a variety of conflicts. These oral histories are filed
in the Library of Congress.
Congratulations on a job well done!
Division of Veterans Programs update.
The Veterans Outreach Kiosk, which was designed to inform
and educate veterans and their dependents about the entitlements
and benefits available to them for their service to our great
state and nation, will be appearing as follows:
Livingston Mall – 16-18 February
Menlo Park Mall – 26-28 February
Brunswick Square Mall – 23-25 March
All Offices (Federal and State) will be closed
on Monday, 16 January, in observance of Martin Luther King,
In 1983, the 98th Congress passed Public Law 98-144 to honor
the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. The holiday was first
celebrated as a Federal legal holiday on January 20, 1986 and
has been observed on the third Monday of January since that
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates
the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing
to America. It
honors one of the country’s greatest champions of racial
justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a
color-blind society, but who led a movement that achieved historic
reforms to make it a reality.
The New Jersey National Guard Magazine “Guardlife” now
available on the web.
Guardlife magazine Volume 31 Issue No 3 is now available on
the world wide web in a user friendly on-line web version at
the following web address: http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/guardlife/volume31no6/ The “Hometown Team” magazine
Guardlife provides up to date information on the happenings
within the New Jersey
Army and Air National Guard both at home and abroad. 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 the DMVA publications homepage: http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/guardlife
Nomination season opening for Guard and Reserve
Guard and Reserve members may recommend their
employers be recognized for supporting their military service
when the 2006
Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Awards nomination
season opened on 9 January 2006. Nominations will be accepted
from 9 January through 28 February 2006.
Last year, 1,492
employers were nominated for the prestigious Employer Support
for the Guard and Reserve Award. Fifteen winning
employers were honored at a ceremony last October.
a recommendation, Guard members must answer 10 questions
about support they receive from their employer. Questions target
pay policies, benefits, and leave policies, previous ESGR
supervisor training, ESGR advocacy, servicemember recognition,
family support, deployed member support, hiring preferences
and general military support.
Nomination forms can be found
on the website at www.esgr.mil.
Retiree brings smiles to children’s faces.
civilian employee with the 108th Air Refueling Wing has taken
up the cause of bringing gifts to children who find themselves
in unfortunate situations for the holidays. For the last
16 years, Charles Beam, an environmental coordinator at the
and retired member of the Air National Guard, has worked
with many organizations to help bring toys and gifts to children
in need and the organizations that support them.
personal time, Mr. Beam has actively helped donate to such
programs as the battered women’s shelter, a homeless
soup kitchen, and the Division of Youth and Family Services.
The place Mr. Beam deals with most often, though, is Cooper
Medical Hospital in Camden. The hospital is a trauma unit with
a children’s development center. Working closely with
Barbara McCarty, the Child Life Development Director, Mr. Beam
has established a relationship with them that brings smiles
to the faces of the children who find themselves there for
“When we started out, it was just one or two people
in my shop helping out the hospital. Since then, it has grown
much larger,” Beam said.
This past holiday season, Mr.
Beam did something he hadn’t
done before. He sent out a Wing-wide email asking for help
with toy donations. To his surprise, 30-40 people responded,
which helped Mr. Beam supply toys to all of the kids.
from “Peanuts” along for the ride,
Mr. Beam and his colleagues visited each location and had Snoopy
hand out the toys to the children. At first, they only delivered
gifts during the December holiday season, but recently they
have been delivering gifts during other holidays, such as Easter.
Beam’s personal mission has also reached out into
his faith, where he has helped with many faith-based groups
who also offer donations to less-fortunate children during
the holidays. One thing he is sure to point out is that the
religious aspect is not a driving force in motivating him to
help those in need. He feels the desire to help should not
come from religious obligation, but from the desire to help
“If you are willing to help, you should do it because
it is what is in your heart,” he said.
America Supports You – Anheuser-Busch Extends
Anheuser-Busch launched “Here’s to the Heroes” in
February 2005 to acknowledge the service of military men and
women and the sacrifices made by their families. More than
900,000 members of U.S. and coalition armed forces took advantage
of the program offering free admission to Anheuser-Busch theme
parks. The program provides a single day’s free admission
to any one Sea World or Busch Gardens park, Sesame Place, Adventure
Island or Water Country USA for the servicemember and as many
as three of his or her direct dependents. Additional information
can be found at: http://www.americasupportsyou.mil.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
Poetry Reading and Oral History Discussion called “Remembering the Battle
of Khe Sanh – in Poetry and Prose”
January 21, 2006 will mark the 38th anniversary
of the enemy attack that started the Battle of Khe Sanh – the battle
that launched the war’s pivotal Tet Offensive of 1968.
To remember and honor the American military effort in that
action, a panel of Vietnam Veterans of the Khe Sanh Battle
will discuss their personal recollections and reflections.
Please RSVP to (732) 335-0033. A donation of $5 is suggested.
For more information, please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans
Memorial Foundation office at (732) 335-0033. or (800) 648-VETS.
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located
adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the
Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
The Trenton Titans hockey team will salute the Military on
Saturday, 21 January 2006, at 7:00 p.m.
Bring your friends and family for a great
night of fun as the Trenton Titans offer a special night
of family entertainment
in a Salute to our Military. The Titans will pay tribute to
the members of the military by wearing camouflage jerseys that
will be auctioned off following their game against the Dayton
Bombers. Reduced price tickets are $10 for adults and $8.50
for kids 14 and under. You will get a lower bowl seat to see
every shot, save, and score. Call Ed Levin at 609-599-9500,
ext. 135 for more information or visit our Department’s
website at the link shown here for a ticket order form:
Family Readiness Council Grants available.
The State Family Readiness Council has established a Grant
Program that will provide both Family and Business Grants to
deserving New Jersey National Guard families impacted by deployment.
Additional information regarding these grants is available
at Family Assistance Centers and Family Readiness Groups throughout
the state. Those interested should contact Family Assistance
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
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 SGM Edward Goetschius, Military
Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090 or by e-mail at
Fitness Corner – Ernie Razzano, Certified
Fitness Trainer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Donating Blood and Working Out
time of year where people give a lot of themselves and that
includes donating blood. For those of you who are
on an exercise routine, you should know the affects that
the donation might have on your workouts.
The total volume of
blood in the body is dependent upon an
individual’s size and state of training. Generally, the
average blood volume range is from 5 to 6 L in men and 4 to
5 L in women. The composition of whole blood is 55% plasma
(of which 90% is water, 7% plasma proteins, and 3% other) and
45% formed elements (>99% is red blood cells and <1%
white blood cells and platelets). Mature red blood cells
(erythrocytes) have no nucleus; therefore, they cannot reproduce.
be replaced with new cells every 4 months. This balance is
very important because adequate oxygen delivery to body tissues
depend on having a sufficient number of carriers: red blood
cells. Decreases in their count or function can hinder oxygen
delivery and thus affect performance.
When donating blood,
the removal of one unit (nearly 500 ml) represents approximately
an 8% to 10% reduction in both total
blood volume and in the number of circulating red blood cells.
Since blood is 55% plasma, of which 90% is water, donors
are advised to drink plenty of fluids to help replace plasma
to normal within 24 to 48 hours. However, since red blood
cells are formed elements, it takes at least six weeks to reconstitute
the red blood cells. Resistance training, which is predominantly
anaerobic would not be detrimentally affected. However, blood
loss greatly compromises the performance of endurance athletes
by reducing the number of available red blood cells and thus
reducing the oxygen-delivery capacity.
Air National Guard Girls Softball Team plans St. Patty’s
Join the NJ Air National Guard Girls Softball
Team for a St. Patty’s Day Dance and Chinese Auction
on 18 March, 6-10 p.m., at the VFW in Cookstown, NJ. Tickets
are $25 and include
a buffet, music, door prize, cash bar and auction items. Buy
your tickets by March 11 from Master Sgts Bonnie Gaskell, 609-562-0925,
Tania Prairie, 609-754-2308, Keith Hyde, 609-754-6870, and
Staff Sgt Stephanie Marshall, 609-754-8903.
On the day in history...
Today is Friday, 13 January 2006. It is the 13th
day of the year with 353 days remaining.
1794 – U.S. President
Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes
to the American flag following
the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.
1854 – Anthony
Faas of Philadelphia, PA, patented the accordion.
1863 – Thomas
Crapper pioneers one-piece pedestal flushing toilet.
1888 – National
Geographic Society founded in Washington, DC.
1928 – Ernst
F. W. Alexanderson gave the first public demonstration of
1942 – Henry Ford patents a method of constructing
plastic auto bodies, which allowed for a 30% decrease in
1957 – Wham-O began producing the first
Frisbee (Pluto Platters).
1966 – Robert C. Weaver became
the first black Cabinet member when U.S. President Johnson
appointed him Secretary
of Housing and Urban Development.
1990 – L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, the nation’s
first elected black governor, took the oath of office in
1999 – Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) announced
his retirement from the NBA.
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness Center near
If you are able to assist the families of our deployed soldiers
and airmen, please call our Family Readiness Center at our
toll-free number 888-859-0352.
Thought for the week...
"The ultimate measure of a man is
not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,
he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Luther King, Jr.