Farewell Salute to the Troops
scheduled for 18 May 2004.
On Tuesday evening,
18 May 2004, Governor James E. McGreevey and The
BG Glenn K. Rieth,
will be hosting a ceremony honoring the soldiers deploying
this month to the Sinai. These individuals will be
an integral part of the multinational observer force
for the next year. The ceremony for approximately 330
soldiers plus their families and friends will begin
at 5:30 p.m. at the Trenton War Memorial. Invited guests
include Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum, Chief of
the National Guard Bureau. We also anticipate the participation
of veterans’ organizations and various community
groups such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and USO.
Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
Please join us as we express our appreciation for the
continuing service of our citizen-soldiers in the Global
War on Terrorism.
Korean War Veterans honored at Medal Ceremony.
On Saturday, 8 May 2004, 54 veterans
were honored with the Korean Service Commemoration
Medal at a ceremony
held at the Wildwood Aviation Museum, located at the
Naval Air Station in Rio Grande, New Jersey. Dr. Joseph
Salvatore, Chairman, NASW Aviation Museum, served as
Master of Ceremony. Mr. Bill Devereaux, Director of
the Division of Veterans Programs, presented the Medals.
Family Assistance Center of Woodbury opens today.
New Jersey continues to lead the way in assisting
the families of our soldiers and airmen being mobilized
and deployed. Another Family Assistance Center will
open today at 2 p.m. in the Woodbury National Guard
Armory, located at 120 Progress Avenue, Woodbury, NJ
April was a banner month for Army Warrant Officers.
April was a super month for the Warrant Officer community.
CW5 Al Curing, Command Chief warrant Officer of the
New Jersey Army National Guard (NJARNG) noted Warrant
Officer gains in Aviation and Technical Services.
CW3 Darrin Tolleson transferred from the USAR as a
UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot to Company A of the 1st Battalion
150th General Support Aviation Battalion. Chief Tolleson
calls North Liberty, Indiana home and works for Air
Midwest in Wichita, Kansas.
CW2 William Kavanaugh transferred from the New York
Army National Guard as a UH-60 Blackhawlk Pilot to
Company A of the 642nd Direct Aviation Support Battalion.
Chief Kavanaugh hails from Doylestown, Pennsylvania
and works for Keystone Aviation in Philadelphia.
CW2 Gregory Troy has returned to service with fifteen
years in the active Component Army as an Ammunition
Technician in the Headquarters and Headquarters Company
of the 42nd Division Support Command (DISCOM).
WO1 Kimberly Conley returned to New Jersey after a
year-long transfer in the South Carolina Guard as a
Military Personnel Technician in Joint Force Headquarters.
Ms. Conley had become a Warrant Officer in the NJARNG
in April of 2002, and left shortly after due to full-time
Current Guard members can further explore
Warrant Officer opportunities by calling Chief Curving
Non-members should contact a NJARNG Recruiter for further
Morris Bank and Trust joins New Jersey’s
Freedom Loan Program.
First Morris Bank and Trust located at 250
Madison Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey
is the latest of New
Jersey’s lending institutions to agree to participate
in the Freedom Loan Program. Contact First Morris Bank
and Trust at 1-888-530-2265.
The New Jersey (Revised 2004) Veterans Guide is now
available on the world wide web.
The New Jersey “Veterans Guide” (revised
2004 edition) is now available on the world wide web
in a user friendly on-line version at the following
The Veterans Guide provides up to date
information on veterans programs, entitlements, and
a look at the new edition today.
DMVA welcomes MSgt (Ret) Hank Pierre to its full-time
(Ret) Hank Pierre has joined the full-time
staff at DMVA as Executive Assistant,
New Jersey Committee
for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
With a combined total of over 26 years of military
experience in the Air Force and Army and Air National
Guard, MSgt Pierre will handle ESGR issues on behalf
of New Jersey’s National Guard and Reserve Soldiers,
Airmen, Sailors, and Marines.
NJ National Guard attends Overseas Duty Conference.
The J-3 office attended an Overseas Duty conference
6-9 May 2004 in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The J-3 coordinated
overseas duty rotations for Company B, 250th Forward
Support Battalion (Bordentown) and the 57th Troop Command.
These Annual Training periods will be in support of
the 29th Support Group located in Kaiserslautern. These
units will be supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom by
helping to repair and recondition equipment damaged
in Iraq from units such as the 1st Infantry Division
based in Germany.
New Jersey is represented at the National Guard Marathon
On 2 May 2004, Maj Jesse Arnstein (Air National Guard),
SFC Donald Brandinelli (Army National Guard) and MSG
Alex Estrada (Army National Guard) represented the
New Jersey National Guard in Lincoln, Nebraska for
the Marathon Trials. Major Arnstein finished 20th overall
in the National Guard competition and won entry in
the National Guard Marathon Team. SFC Brandinelli and
MSG Estrada completed the entire marathon together.
The team would like to thank everyone for their continued
support. The team will compete next in the Army Ten
Miler, which will be held in October. The team is also
looking for new members willing to train and promote
physical fitness, recruiting and retention, and most
importantly, the New Jersey National Guard.
Pancake Breakfast to benefit the troops.
Pancake Breakfast will be held at the American
Legion Post 414, Berwyn Place, Lawrenceville,
on 6 June 04
from 7:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. All proceeds from the
breakfast will be donated to the Family Assistance
Program for those families of OUR SOLDIERS participating
in Enduring/Iraqi Freedom Mobilizations. Tickets are
$6. For further information, call 609-989-9162 or 609-771-4143.
Come out and support our troops and their families
by supporting this event.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal
following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor
our State’s veterans.
|19 May, 11 a.m.
||Vietnam Service Medal
||American Legion Post 99
314 Bell Grove Dr.,
Kearny, NJ 07032
|31 May, 11
||Distinguished Service Medal
||Township of East Orange
Help Wanted: Honor Guard Vacancy.
The Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial
Cemetery Honor Guard has a vacancy for an Army Honor
Guard Member. The job qualifications require the applicants
to be authorized to wear his or her Service Uniform (currently
serving National Guardsmen, members of the United States
Army Reserve, or an Army Retiree). This is a State hourly
position, with a starting salary of $15 per hour. If
you are interested or know of someone who is interested,
contact First Sergeant Iven Dumas at the Cemetery (609-785-7250).
Happenings – Check to see
what’s happening at an Armory near you.
||Tool Show and Sale
||Mount Holly Armory
| 22 May
||Sports Cards & Comic Show
| 28-29 May
goal – Zero
Memorial Day marks the
start of our 101 Critical Days of Summer Safety Campaign.
goal is zero injuries – zero
deaths. That’s the NJ Department of Military and
Veterans Affairs’ goal for this year’s campaign.
Alcohol, speeding, and the failure to use seat belts
are the leading factors in summer-time deaths. A zero
fatality rate is attainable. Let’s do our share
by doing things right, watching out for each other, and
avoiding excess risks. While safety is ultimately an
individual responsibility, leadership at all levels must
emphasize safety to their respective teams and promote
the importance of applying risk management to all summertime
activities. Each member of the DMVA team can enjoy the
summer by applying risk management practices to their
off-duty activities. Risk Management and Personal Responsibility
should be the focus between now and Memorial Day weekend,
as well as throughout the 101 Critical Days of Summer.
Remember, our goal is zero fatalities. Start raising
safety awareness now to prevent mishaps! The Department’s
outstanding performance in the war on terrorism and service
to Veterans can be overshadowed by just one needless,
preventable fatality. Let’s celebrate a safe summer
together; a summer with zero fatalities.
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.
|31 May, 11 a.m.
||Memorial Day Ceremony – As part of this ceremony,
the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial awards two $2,500
college scholarships to graduating New Jersey seniors,
as well as inducting veterans into the “In
Memory” Program, which honors those who served
in Vietnam and returned home only to die as a result
of their tour, but whose names are not on the Memorial.
Restored Military Vehicle Display - Hands-on display of a wide variety of restored
military vehicles from the mid-twentieth century (Raindate: June 19th)
Hey God – Are you really
Author lecture presentation by Vietnam Veteran,
Attention Veterans – Small
Business Resource Day is scheduled.
The second annual Small
Business Resource Day is scheduled for Wednesday, 23
at 26 Federal Plaza, New
York City (Duane Street Entrance) from 9 a.m. – 1
p.m. Sponsored by the U.S. General Services Administration,
The U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs, the day’s goal
is to help veteran-owned small businesses discover government
procurement opportunities. Admission is free! Refreshments
will be served! If you need additional information, please
call (212) 264-8265.
The US Department of Defense expands its internal communications
Department of Defense announced it is expanding
its internal communications
with two initiatives
during national Military Appreciation Month in May 2004.
An electronic version of the “Stars and Stripes” newspaper
will be available for downloading at no cost beginning
1 May, while the Pentagon Channel, the department’s
news and information service, will become available to
all U.S. military installations on May 14. Making the
electronic “Stars and Stripes” available
world-wide allows service members to view exact replica
copies of the newspaper’s European, Pacific, and
Mideast editions, providing timely theater news and information
for an about deployed forces. The electronic version
of the newspaper is available online at http://estripes.osd.mil.
is Friday, 14 May 2004 and the 135th day of the
year. There are 232
in the year. On this day…
* 1787 – Delegates
began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to
draw up the U.S.
* 1897 – “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by
John Phillip Sousa was performed for the first time.
It was at a ceremony where a statue of George Washington
* 1897 – Guglielmo
Marconi made the first communication by wireless telegraph.
* 1904 – The
Olympic games were held in St. Louis. It was the first
time for the
games to be played in the
* 1942 – The Women’s
Auxiliary Army corps (WAAC) was established by an act
of the U.S. Congress.
* 1948 – Prime
Minister David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the independent
State of Israel
as British rule in Palestine
came to an end.
* 1973 – Skylab
One was launched into orbit around Earth as the first
U.S. manned space
* 1980 – U. S.
President Carter inaugurated the Department of Health
and Human Services.
* 1998 – The final episode of the TV series “Seinfeld” aired
after nine years on NBC.
Fun Food Facts –
The average McDonald’s
Big Mac bun has 198 sesame seeds on it.
* SPAM was first promoted as a health food. In Korea
it comes gift boxed. If placed end to end, all the SPAM
ever sold would circle the Earth more than ten times.
* As much as 50 gallons of Maple sap are used to make
a single gallon of Maple sugar.
* Sliced bread was introduced under the Wonder Bread
label in 1930.
* When it originally
appeared in 1886, Coca Cola was billed as an “Esteemed
Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage.”