Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
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!
State Veterans Service
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
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
Bank of America (Fleet Bank)
is undergoing a system-wide change in their loan offerings
and will no longer offer the New Jersey Freedom Loan.
National Nurses Week
6-12 May 2005
To our Department’s Nurses, Assistants,
and all those who provide professional and compassionate
care to our Veterans
and their families, we extend our best wishes for a
Happy Nurses Day!
A Nurse’s Prayer
Let me dedicate my life today,
To the care of
those who come my way.
Let me touch each one, with healing hand,
the gentle art for which I stand.
And then tonight when day is done,
Let me rest
in peace, if I’ve helped
National Guard’s #16 is setting the pace!
National Guard sponsored #16 driven by Greg Biffle is blazing
around NASCAR tracks nationwide. The National Guard
team is currently third in the NASCAR Nextel Cup standings
and has won over $2 million.
The #16, representing both the
Army and Air National Guard won its third race of the season
last weekend, the Dodge
Charger 500, held at Darlington, South Carolina. The National
Guard #16 has also won at California Speedway and Texas
Check out “your” car this weekend – they’re
racing at Richmond (under the lights) on Saturday night!
New Jersey ChalleNGe Youth
Program wins United Service Organization (USO) Award.
On Wednesday, 11 May 2005, the NJ ChalleNGe Youth Program
was presented with a United Service Organization (USO) award
for Excellence in Health & Hygiene, which is one of the
eight core components of all ChalleNGe programs across the
country. The ceremony was held in the Dirksen Senate Building
in Washington, DC. It was an honor for Assistant Commissioner,
COL (Ret) Michael Smith, and Program Director, COL (Ret)
Kenneth Prossick, to receive the award with Congressman Rush
Holt and Lt Gen H. Steven Blum, Chief of the National Guard
Bureau, as well as other prominent dignitaries. Also representing
the ChalleNGe Program were Senior Drill Instructor Raymond
Card and three cadets who were presented with coins from
Lt Gen Blum. Congratulations to NJ ChalleNGe for a job well
Teaneck Armory dedicates Children’s
Room, Meeting Room, and Food Pantry.
On Saturday, 7 May, U.S. Senator Jon Corzine joined MG Glenn
K. Rieth and Mrs. Linda Rieth, Co-Chair, New Jersey State Family
Readiness Council (NJSFRC), and Teaneck Mayor Jacqueline B.
Kates for a dedication ceremony at the Family Assistance Center
located at the National Guard Armory in Teaneck.
Together with family members of the 50th
Main Support Battalion (the Teaneck based National Guard
unit currently deployed to
Iraq) and representatives of local veteran organizations, the
Senator, Mayor, General and Mrs. Rieth dedicated the Children’s
Room in honor of the VFW and the Meeting Room in honor of the
American Legion. The Food Pantry was dedicated in honor of
Steve Gaunt, a local veteran primarily responsible for setting
up and stocking the food pantry at the Teaneck Armory that
serves families of deployed soldiers from throughout the area.
177th Fighter Wing is teaming up with the National
Association of Letter Carriers in support of annual food drive.
Technical Sergeant Allison Phillips, a member of the 177th
Fighter Wing Intelligence Shop serves as the Liaison between
the Community Food Bank of Southern New Jersey, the National
Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the Wing soliciting
support in the way of hands on labor sorting the food at the
Food Bank as well as coordinating a Food Drive within the Wing.
As a result of her efforts, members of the 177th Fighter Wing
will be taming up with the NALC as they conduct their annual
food drive on May 14, 2005 from 1700-2100 hours at the South
Jersey Food Bank. The local beneficiary of their combined efforts
is the Community Food Bank of Southern New Jersey. The 177th
Fighter Wing has had the reputation of supporting the Food
Bank with two major annual drives with the NALC drive each
May, and our own unit drive in the Fall. The NALC drive is
the largest and most important event of the year for the Food
NJ Department of Labor teams up with Teaneck
Family Assistance Center.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
is teaming up with the Teaneck Family Assistance Center to
provide all soldiers returning from deployment with the necessary
information and tools to easily re-integrate into society.
The Re-employment Opportunities briefing given by MSG (Ret)
John Bautz will be held at the Teaneck Armory every Wednesday
at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
If you have any questions regarding this briefing, contact
MSG (Ret) Bautz at 201-996-8950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCS Class 48 will host 1st Annual SGT
Nutter Benefit 5K Run.
Officer Candidates from OCS Class 48 are hosting
the first annual SGT Nutter Benefit 5K Run on May 14, 2005
at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, NJ. Proceeds
from the run will go to the SGT Sam Nutter’s Children
Fund. For more information visit website: www.nutterrun.org.
To make a donation: Checks should be made payable and mailed
to: SGT Sam Nutter’s Children Fund, Attention: Anthony
Salvani, #121, 4057 Highway 9, Howell, NJ 07731. If you have
any questions regarding this even, e-mail Janeann.Robinson@nj.ngb.army.mil.
Sandy Cove offers a free stay for our
military members & families at Operation Oasis on Chesapeake
Operation Oasis is an outreach program developed
to offer a time of rest and renewal to military personnel involved
in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Located in North East, Maryland,
at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, Operation Oasis offers
a free 3-day, 2-night time of rest and relaxation. It is a
thank you to those who seek to secure and sustain our freedom.
Simply contact Carol Lee Lynch by email at email@example.com or
by phone at 800-287-4843 for additional information. You can
also visit the website www.sandycove.org for
a more detailed description of the facility.
Steve Braun Baseball Camp available
FREE for children of deployed soldiers and airmen.
Former Major League Baseball player and retired
Trenton Thunder coach, Steve Braun, has offered to conduct
a summer baseball camp on Saturday and Sunday, 16-17 July 2005.
The two-day camp is provide free to children of New Jersey
National Guard soldiers or airmen who are, or have been, deployed
overseas during the Global War on Terrorism. Boys and girls,
ages 7-16, are invited to apply through their respective Family
Assistance Centers or by calling 1-888-859-0352. The first
day of the camp will kick off at 8:30 a.m. (Children should
arrive at 8:00 a.m.) with a short parade to the playing fields
adjacent to the Lawrence Township Intermediate School. Parents
should park in the school parking lot. The day will include
batting, base running, and field position training by Steve
Braun and his professional coaching staff. On Saturday, campers
will have a hot dog and soda picnic for lunch and the first
day of camp will end around 4 p.m. On Sunday, the camp will
begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. At 12 noon, on buses
donated by the Stires Bus Company, the campers will travel
to Waterfront Park and receive free admission to the Trenton
Thunder game (parents are invited to attend the game at their
own expense). Campers should bring money for food or snacks
at the game on Sunday. Buses will return the campers to the
playing fields at the conclusion of the game for pick-up and
transport back home. So get ready to have some good old-fashioned
fun playing baseball this summer and have the chance to train
with the pros. “Batter Up!”
Global War on Terrorism Memorial Dedication
The New Jersey National Guard will dedicate the Global War
on Terrorism Memorial on Saturday, 28 May 2005, at 2 p.m. The
ceremony will honor the fallen heroes of the New Jersey National
Guard, and will take place at the NJ Department of Military
and Veterans Affairs, 101 Eggert Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.
Refreshments will be served following the ceremony! Uniform:
Army – Class A, Air Force – Service Dress.
Part-time opportunities in Military
Funeral Honors Program.
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military Funeral
Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
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.
7th Annual Unity Day
“Come Share Your Heritage with Us.” On Thursday,
9 June 2005, the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs,
Joint Force Headquarters will hold it’s 7th Annual Unity
Day at Building 3650, Fort Dix, NJ. This event is held to enhance
cross-cultural awareness and promote harmony among all members
of the New Jersey National Guard, and to recognize the contributions
of women and minorities. This combined effort of Army and Air,
State and Federal, community members and members of both Team
McGuire and the Fort Dix Post contribute to the different ethnic
and Special Emphasis groups being represented. If you are interested
in participating by putting up a display, please contact Kathey
McCready, State Equal Employment Manager at 609-562-0854.
“Freedom Salute” – Soldiers,
it’s easy to nominate someone!
The Freedom Salute campaign
is designed to recognize those who support Soldier’s service and veterans who have served
the country in the past. Individuals nominated will receive
an “Army of One” lapel pin, an official Army decal
a letter of appreciation signed by the Army Chief of Staff,
and a letter of thanks signed by the Chief of Staff and the
Secretary. It’s easy to nominate someone. Soldiers should
simply visit the website: http://freedomteamsalute.army.mil and submit the names of those individuals who are supporting
Attention Veterans – Veterans
A Veterans Information Fair, sponsored by the
NJ Department of Labor in cooperation with Essex & Hudson County Workforce
Development One Stop Services, will be held on Wednesday, 25
May 2005, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nutley Parks and Recreation
Building, 84 Park Avenue, Nutley, New Jersey. Some of the agencies
represented will be: Bloomfield & Jersey City Veterans
Employment Services, Federal Bonding Program (NJDOL), VA Medical
Administration Services, Small Business Association, the Department
of Military & Veterans Affairs, and the Division of Vocational
Services provided will include: free
medical screening, NJ Veterans Programs, training opportunities,
and services, vendor licensing, bus passes, small business
loans and entrepreneurship.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor our State’s
|19 May 05
||Korean Service Medal
||Edison Elks Lodge
375 Old Post Road
Edison, NJ 08818
||Korean Service Medal
|9 Jun 05
||Distinguished & Meritorious Service Medal
430 Jockey Hallow Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
||Korean Service Medal
|30 Jun 05
||Distinguished & Meritorious Service Medal
||Toms River Elks
600 Washington St
Toms River, NJ
||Vietnam Service Medal
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers
planned in support of our deployed troops and their families:
Packing Day at Somerset Armory – Sunday,
15 May 2005. If you are preparing a package for shipment
to a soldier, mark
15 May on your calendar. There will be a Packing Day at the
Somerset Armory. All you have to do is get the things together
that you will be sending your soldier and call the Armory at
888-859-0352 to ensure your name is on the reservation list.
Bowling for the Troops – Sunday, 22 May 2005 – Colonial
Lanes in Lawrenceville. The American Legion Post 414, Sons
of the American Legion, and Colonial Lanes will host “Bowling
for the Troops” on Sunday, 22 May 2005, from noon until
5 p.m. at Colonial Lanes, 2420 Brunswick Avenue (US Rt. 1),
Lawrenceville, NJ. Interested in bowlers will be asked to sign-up
sponsors ahead of time to make pledges. All proceeds will benefit
the National Guard Family Assistance Program.
West Orange to honor and support NJ Air National Guard
troops – 30
May 2005. The Township of West Orange is holding a luncheon
fundraiser to support the NJ Air National Guard Family Readiness
Council, in conjunction with its annual Memorial Day Ceremony,
Monday, May 30, 2005. Since 1999, the municipality’s
annual event has included the awarding of the New Jersey Distinguished
Service Medal to qualifying local combat veterans. To honor
this year’s twenty recipients, and in support of our
troops in the field, a luncheon will follow. Tickets are $50
per person and may be obtained by sending your check (payable
to VFW Post 376) to the Mayor’s Office, 66 Main Street,
West Orange, NJ 07052. Additional information may be obtained
by calling 973-325-4205.
Mealey’s Furniture to donate
3 rooms of new future to a needy military member on Memorial
Day. Do you know someone
who is or has served Active Duty in the US military and is
now in need? Mealey’s would like to thank them for their
service by giving them three complete rooms of furniture. Entry
forms can be found in any of Mealey’s three stores or
online at www.mealeysfurniture.com. All nominations will be
reviewed and selection will be made on June 30th.
Sign up for a chance to send your solider Dunkin Donuts
coffee. Dunkin Donuts will send a case of free coffee to your
soldier if he/she is among the 50 selected in a monthly lottery.
Just go to dunkindonuts.com,
click on “About Us,” click
on “Contact Us,” click on “Instore Visits,” fill
out the form, in the comments section put the soldier’s
rank, name and APO address, and say that you would like to
send your soldier coffee. Then click “Submit.” You
can mail a request to Dunkin Brands, 130 Royall Street, Camton,
MA 02021, Attention Customer Care or request the coffee by
phone at 781-737-3000 (Customer Relations).
Operation Uplink. Visit http://www.operationuplink.org/request.cfm to request free phone cards for active duty military personnel
deployed away from home. At this site you can fill out a request
for a phone card to be sent to yourself or a loved one. One
card per request per servicemember will be honored during a
Gifts from the Homefront. The “Gifts from the Homefront” program
was begun last year by the Army and Air Force and enables people
from all walks of life to rally around America’s troops
by purchasing gift certificates designed to lift the morale
of deployed troops around the world. 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 website, www.aafes.com,
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 toan 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
Operation Mail Call. Operation Mail call is a program initiated
by New Jersey Assemblymen Jack Conners and Herb Conaway that
enables citizens to donate postage stamps for use by our troops
and their families. Over 23,000 stamps have been donated to
our National Guard soldiers and airmen and Family Readiness
Programs. If you would like to participate, please mail or
drop off your postage stamps to the 7th Legislative District
Office, Delran Professional Center, 8008 Route 130 North, Suite
125, Delran, NJ 08075.
American Hero Band -
The American Hero Band is a free wristband worn by Americans
to demonstrate their support of the “Defenders
of Freedom” who are Army National Guard soldiers deployed
across the globe. Engraved on the metallic wristband are the
words IN HONOR OF AN AMERICAN HERO SERVING IN THE ARMY NATIONAL
GUARD. These words are flanked left by the Army National Guard
logo and right by the American flag. There is also an inscription
of the National Guard website, http://www.virtualarmory.com and a unique serial number engraved inside this commemorative
wristband. If you are interested in getting The American Hero
Band, go to http://www.virtualarmory.com and click on the American
Hero Band banner.
112th Field Artillery schedules Memorial Day
On Monday, 30 May 2005, at 1100 hours, the 112th
Field Artillery Association will conduct their annual Memorial
at the Lawrenceville Armory on Eggert Crossing Road. A 21-round
cannon salute will be provided by Battery B 3rd Battalion
NJ National Guard. All are invited to attend.
Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
Open House – Toms River Armory -
An Open House is scheduled at the Toms River Armory on Saturday,
June 18, 2005, from 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be historical displays from the Revolutionary
Wary to Operation Iraqi Freedom. For the children, there will
be Hummer rides, camouflage face painting, paintball targets
and a balloon grenade toss.
The purpose of the Open House is to inform
the public about the Toms River Armory and let them know
it is available for
rent. Additionally, the open house will provide the NJ National
Guard recruiters a change to support The Adjutant General’s
policy on “Strength Management.”
Card and Comics Show
Card and Comics Show
|18 Jun 05
||Toms River Armory
Fitness Corner – Ernie Razzano,
Certified Fitness Trainer
Testosterone and Sexual Desire
With regard to
testosterone and sex, consider the following. Sex can be
classified as physical activity. That being said,
moderate exercising supported by a healthy diet will increase
testosterone levels in many men. Many men, because of the
benefits associated with more-than-adequate levels, view high
levels as a very desirable goal. Testosterone partners with
growth hormone and IFG-1 to build strong muscles and bone.
Plus, there’s no question that testosterone is critical
for optimal sexual desire and performance.
One study showed
that weight-training exercises by men increased blood testosterone
levels by up to 40%. In men, doing squats,
bench presses, or back rows increased testosterone more than
doing biceps curls or triceps pushdowns, even tough the effort
to the men felt the same. One study suggests that men begin
a weight program by starting off using a heavy weight that
can be lifted only five times. This workload was found to
produce the greatest boosts in testosterone. Another group
suggests increasing the number of sets performed from two
to three of each weight-lifting movement with one minute rests
between sets for greater testosterone production. One study
looked at testosterone levels as a result of training within
an eight-week period in untrained men and women. After six
weeks on the program, the men showed an increase in testosterone
The type of exercise performed may be important
in determining the effect on testosterone levels. Resistance
an immediate response, however, studies on treadmill exercise
showed a delay (up to ½ hour) in a testosterone elevation.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Educational Center’s upcoming event schedule.
Saturday, 14 May 2005, at 1:00 p.m., the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host an author
lecture by Vietnam Veteran Paul Drew about his book, Jenny
4, a novel about a GI’s experience in the Vietnam War.
Paul Drew, of Spring Lake Heights, NJ, was drafted into the
Army at age 19, and from 1966 to 1967 he served as a combat
infantry squad leader in Vietnam. Jenny 4 is the story of a
Vietnam War draftee who, amid the horrors, the atrocities,
and the obscenity of war, discovers basic human goodness.” Lecture
attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033. A donation of
$5 per person is suggested.
|Jenny 4 (A novel about a GI's experience in Vietnam)
- Author lecture by Vietnam Veteran Paul Drew.
|11 Jun 05
|On the River (memoir of an American advisor to South
Vietnamese Rangers) - Author lecture by Vietnam Veteran
George L. Athas
|18 Jun 05
10:00 am to
|Military Vehicle Display
For more information
about any of these events, please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans
Memorial Foundation office at (732) 335-0033.
The Vietnam Era
Educational Center is open Tuesday through
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission is free for
veterans and active duty military personnel. Regular adult
is $4; student and senior citizen admission is $2; and children
under 10 are admitted free. The Center is located adjacent
to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden
State Parkway at Exit 116.
Retirement Receptions planned.
Several lucky employees
will be retiring in the very near future. Listed below is
the information on their planned receptions/dinners.
|SFC William Arthur Hurley
Café & Sports Bar
19 May 2005, 1400 hours
MSG Antonio Ortiz Jr.
(856) 384-3765, ext. 118
|SSG Walter G. Burris
McGuire AFB NCO Club
20 May 2005, 1130 hours
MSG Estrada or SFC Devarie
|Ms. Ellen Fruscione
31 May 2005, 1600 hours
Angela Como or Liz DiStefano
|SGM Michael Amoroso
Charleys Other Brother
20 June 2005, 1700 hours
SFC Denise Creary
Today in History
Today is Friday the 6th of May 2005. It is
the 126th day of the year with 239 days remaining.
1607 – Jamestown,
Virginia, was settled as a colony of England.
1637 – Cardinal
Richelieu of France created the table knife.
1821 – The
first practical printing press was patented in the U.S. by
1865 – Final engagement of the Civil War – PVT
John J. Williams of 34th Indiana is the last man killed in
1880 – Thomas Edison tested his experimental
electric railway in Menlo Park.
1913 – Igor Sikorsky
built and flew the first four engine aircraft.
1918 – The
first airmail postage stamps were issued with airplanes on
them. The denominations were 6, 16, and 24
1942 – Helicopter makes its first cross-country
1950 – Diner’s Club issued its first
1967 – Mickey Mantle hit his 500th homerun.
1981 – Pope
John Paul II survived an assassination attempt.
1999 – The
impeachment of Russian President Boris Yeltsin began in Moscow.
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness
Center near you.
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:
Kind words can be short
and easy to speak.
But their echoes are truly endless.