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 Council
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for Women
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
All Federal and State Offices
will be closed in observance of the holiday.
17 January 2005
"We have learned to
fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we
learned the simple art
of living together as brothers."
..Martin Luther King,
New Jersey Freedom
What is a Freedom
* Up to $10,000
* Annual APR 6%
* Term: 5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
* Unsecured Loan (no collateral required)
Who is eligible to
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
Playoffs begin this weekend.
game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle
your problems, block your
fears, and score your
points when you get the opportunity." - Lewis Grizzard,
1st Battalion 114th Infantry returns from
On 12 January 2005, MG Glenn K. Rieth, Brig Gen Maria Falca-Dodson,
BG Frank Carlini, and other senior members of the NJ National
Guard were at the Philadelphia International Airport to welcome
home 60 soldiers from the 1st Battalion 114th Infantry returning
from their Multi-National Force Observer mission in the Sinai.
The remainder of the Battalion will be redeploying over the
next two weeks. The battalion will have a couple of months
to prepare for their next mission, which will be a follow-on
deployment to the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin,
CA for one year. Welcome home and good luck with your future
News from the Front -- Message from 42nd DISCOM Commander
in Iraq, 10 Jan 05).
“This is just a short note to let you know that the
DISCOM HHC and MSB all arrived in Kuwait without incident.
We’re all in the middle of our training here to include
the convoy life fire and additional weapons training. We
have been able to ship a large portion of our equipment directly
into Iraq so that we will by flying more soldiers than we
originally thought directly into our final destination. They
have been doing a great job, and there is no doubt in my
mind that we are ready to assume this mission. All of our
soldiers have been great and 1st Infantry Division has nothing
but good comments. Once again, I’d like to thank all
of you for your support.” Colonel Bill Rochelle.
Master Sergeant Jean C. Perry makes history at the 177th
On January 1, 2005, Senior Master Sergeant Jean C. Perry
became the first female member of the 177th Fighter Wing
to be promoted to the grade of E-9. This makes her the first
female Chief Master Sergeant in the history of the Wing.
Chief Perry is currently assigned as the Superintendent of
the 177th Military Personnel Flight. Prior to this position
she served as the 177th Fighter Wing Training Manager. Throughout
her career, Chief Perry has worked to be the best in whatever
capacity she served. In addition to being an outstanding
performer, she involved herself with the various councils
and organizations tasked with the job of promoting esprit
de corps and enhancing morale among the members of the 177th
Fighter Wing as well as personnel from other units assigned
to the New Jersey National Guard. Chief Perry leads by example,
using the Air Force core values of Integrity, Service before
Self, and Excellence in all we do as a guide to be an integral
part of the senior enlisted leadership at the 177th Fighter
BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery accepts
donation from the American Legion.
On behalf of the Cemetery Advisory Council,
COL (Ret) Stephen G. Abel, Deputy Commissioner for Veterans
a contribution of $5,000 from American Legion Commander M.
E. “Ted” Behr and Auxiliary President Penny Kraus.
Their gift will support the purchase of two monuments, “The
Companion” and “The Void,” that are part
of the expansion and improvement program at the cemetery.
Air Refueling Wing participating in Northeast Tanker Task
Congratulations to the 108th Air Refueling
Wing and the unit members who are participating in Northeast
Force (NETTF). Since July 1, 2004, the 108th has 200 safe
flying hours and 3 million pounds of fuel offloaded as part
of NETTF. These operations have been in support of Operations
Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The maintenance crews
of the KC-135E aircraft are to be commended – only
three missions out of 58 have been cancelled for maintenance
problems, giving them a 95% mission reliability rate, and
Command Post controllers have been busy keeping up with mission
changes. The tempo slowed during Christmas, but as of December
31, 2004, it picked up and is forecast to remain high for
the foreseeable future.
Training the Guard.
The Global War on Terrorism has triggered
the largest activation of National Guard forces since World
War II. The National
Guard holds a unique dual status in that it performs federal
and state missions. Over one-half of the National Guard’s
soldiers have been activated for overseas war fighting or
domestic homeland security missions. How the Guard trains
is key to mission accomplishment.
The individual and collective training
in the Guard is quickly adapting modern doctrine and lessons
learned in urban operations.
The quick takeover of Baghdad and other Iraqi cities shows
how much the United States has learned about urban warfare.
Kentucky’s Fort Knox has been at the forefront of those
efforts. The 3-year-old, $20 million Zussman Mounted Urban
Combat Training Center is among the most technologically
advanced training sites in the nation.
In battle, soldiers must react instinctively. The only way
to make that happen is to practice in real-world scenarios.
Most of the battle space in the next century is going to
be urban. Commanders must look at improving urban operation
capabilities. The Zussman Range involves how to fight in
cities, when to shoot and when not to shoot, how to interact
with ci8vilians, and how to choose targets wisely.
Lieutenant Colonel James Rosenburg, Battalion
Commander of the 5/117 Cavalry, is sending 170 of his soldiers
Range. This Commander’s “out of the box thinking” will
provide the soldiers of the Cav realistic training relevant
to current events. “It is my desire to begin the tactical
exercise as the troops assemble at the armory on Friday morning
and maintain a high OPTEMP (operational tempo) pace as we
move to McGuire Air Force Base, right up to ENDEX (end of
exercise) at 0400 (a.m.) on Sunday. I intend to stress and
thereby develop the decision making abilities of the junior
leaders.” When needed by the President or the Governor,
these soldiers will know their jobs and have the confidence
to act boldly and decisively.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
Jersey’s Distinguished and Meritorious Service
||Salem County Community College
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
901 Willow Grove Street
Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
151 Eggert Crossing Rd.
Army National Guard bonuses
On 14 December 2004, New Jersey Army National Guard Enlistment
and Reenlistment Benefits increased significantly. Non-prior
Service personnel can now get up to $10,000 for enlisting.
They could qualify for up to $20,000 in Student Loan Repayment.
Prior Service personnel joining the NJ Army National Guard
can get up to $15,000. New Jersey Army National Guard soldiers
reenlisting qualify for up to $15,000 and the payment can
be lump sum. Additionally, if the soldiers reenlist in a
Combat Zone or Qualified Hazardous Duty Area, the bonus payment
can be Tax-Free. If you are interested in joining the New
Jersey Army National Guard, contact MAJ Coakley at 609-562-0711.
If you are interested in reenlistment information, contact
2LT Joseph Gagnon at 609-562-0704.
NJ National Guard Summer
Youth Camp Information.
This year’s New Jersey National
Guard Youth Camp will be held 17-23 July 2005 at the NJ
National Guard Training
Center, Sea Girt, New Jersey. Applications are available
on the Family Program website:
Both the camper and volunteer applications
are on the net in a downloadable format. Applications will
also be available
at all Family Assistance Centers or can be obtained by calling
the Family Program Director’s office at 609-562-0668.
Boys and girls, ages 9-12 are invited to apply. All campers
must be the child/grandchild/legal dependent of an active
or retired member of the NJ National Guard. Volunteer positions
are available for senior counselor, junior counselors, safety
and security, arts & crafts, sports, beach, administrative,
public affairs, cooks, transportation, and logistics. For
additional information, call your Family Assistance Center
at 1-88-859-0352 or the Family Programs Office at 609-562-0668
Guard Association of NJ –Scholarship Announcement.
The National Guard Association of NJ is pleased to announce
the continuation of the Scholarship Program for 2005. Completed
applications will be accepted, beginning February 1, 2005
and must be postmarked, not later than, March 15, 2005. Applications
and additional information are available online at: www.nganj.org and
at your armory. Send completed applications to: National
Guard Association of New Jersey, Scholarship Committee—COL
Edward Slavin, 101 Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, NJ
Teaneck Family Assistance Center schedules Pancake
A Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, February 6th,
from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. to benefit the Teaneck Family
Assistance Center. VFW Post 1492, American Legion Post 129,
and the Teaneck Public Schools are sponsoring the breakfast,
which will be held at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 655
Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666 (Opposite Holy Name Hospital).
For tickets and information, please call SFC Hiller, SGT
Loureiro, or SPC Durango at 201-833-8356.
Jersey Nets sponsor New Jersey Army & Air National
NBA’s New Jersey Nets will sponsor a NJ Army & Air
National Guard Day on Saturday, 5 February 2005, when they
host the Detroit Pistons at the Continental Airlines Arena,
East Rutherford, NJ. Reduced ticket prices are available
for members of the National Guard and their families. For
more information or to order tickets, contact SMSgt Dave
Whalen, 108th Air Refueling Wing at 609-754-3616 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
not later than 28 January 2005.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
Last week I briefly discussed two activities
that take place in the human body. Today, I will expand
on Homeostasis. The
concept of homeostasis is of special interest to the fitness
enthusiast. You are in equilibrium with the environmental
stimuli imposed on you. Think, for example, how your muscles
change in response to different training programs. If you
spend most of your time lifting heavy weights, your muscles
will grow larger. A shift in your homeostasis has taken place.
The simple action of weight lifting causes more protein synthesis
in the muscles being exercised with weights. Hormone levels
change to accommodate this growth. On the other hand, if
you choose to run several miles per day, your muscles will
take a different form. They will develop a higher endurance
capacity, stimulate the formation of more fat-utilizing slow
twitch muscle fibers, and develop a higher capacity to use
oxygen in energy production. Nutrient intake is an important
factor, which can affect your homeostatic balance as well.
Eating too much of the wrong foods, or too little of the
right foods can cause homeostasis to shift. Too much fat
and calories, and your body stores fat. Not enough protein,
and your muscles break down. Not enough carbohydrates, and
you will feel tired sooner. For optimum homeostasis and metabolism,
eating the right nutrients in the right amounts at the right
times is vital. Next week, we’re on to metabolism!
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
On Saturday, 22 January, at 1 p.m., the
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Foundation will host a slide show and book discussion by
Vietnam Veteran Thomas F. Morrissey, author and photographic
illustrator of Between the Lines: Photographs from the National
Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This book is a collection of photographs
designed to not only capture the faces of those who visit “The
Wall,” but the emotion, solitude, and ultimate spirit
of healing that take place there. Throughout the book, Morrissey
incorporates excerpts of messages that have been left at
the Wall. Lecture attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033.
A donation of $5 per person is suggested.
Between the Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam
Author lecture and slide presentation by Vietnam Veteran
Thomas F. Morrissey
| 19 Feb
Rejoice or Cry: Diary of a Recon Marine, Vietnam 1967-1968
lecture by Vietnam Veteran John R. Rhodes
Redcatcher’s Letters from
Nam (199th Lt. Inf. Bde)
Author lecture by Patricia Farewell Enyedy, sister
of a NJ GI, KIA in Vietnam
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Operation Babylift,
$10 Admission fee
A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey
Author lecture by former Vietnamese refugee and USMC
Gulf War Veteran Quang X. Pham
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.
Today in History…
Today is Friday, 14 January 2005. It is the 14th day of the
year with 352 days remaining.
1699 – Massachusetts holds day of fasting for
wrongly persecuting “witches.”
1784 – The United States ratifies
peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.
1914 – Henry Ford introduces assembly
line for Model T Fords.
1943 – U. S. President Roosevelt
became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while
He flew from Miami, Florida to French Morocco where he met
with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss World
1954 – Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio
were married. The marriage only lasted nine months.
1969 – An explosion aboard the U.S.
aircraft carrier Enterprise off Hawaii killed 25 crewmembers.
1973 – The Miami Dolphins defeated
the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII and became the
first NFL team to
go undefeated in a season.
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 SFC Raymond Denson, Military
Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090 or by e-mail at Raymond.Denson@nj.ngb.army.mil.
Armory Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
||Home Design & Landscape Show
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Jersey City Armory
||Moscow State Circus
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
Inauguration Day – Thursday,
20 January 2005
“If you are as happy, my dear sir, on entering this
house as I am in leaving it and returning home, you are the
happiest man in this country.” - James Buchanan to Abraham
Lincoln on his Inauguration Day.
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center -
Call toll free 888-859-0352.