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
us is easy!
of the Assistant Commissioner
(Ret) Michael B. Smith
Laura A. Branham
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National Guard Needs You!
Here is our featured
Job of the Week
Track Vehicle Repairer
The track vehicle repairer supervises and performs direct
support and general support maintenance on track vehicles;
supervises maintenance on wheeled vehicles, material handling
equipment, and chemical quartermaster equipment (less office
machines); and supervises related activities including
fuel and electrical system repair and maintenance. Performs
of gas turbine power plants/packs, diesel power plants/packs,
compression ignition engine fuel systems, compression ignition
engine fuel systems, vehicle air cooling systems, vehicle
liquid cooling systems, track hull electrical systems,
automatic transmission assemblies, transfer assemblies,
systems, mechanical hydraulic steering systems, track vehicle
hydraulic assemblies, fire extinguisher/suppression systems.
Repair track vehicle using battlefield damage assessment
If you’re interested in an exciting
contact your Recruiting Office at
State Veterans Service
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
Benefits & Entitlements
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
Thought for the day...
is Sweet, but heroism & sacrifice beyond the call of
duty are memorable. The human spirit is our most lasting
strength. That fact is good to remember, particularly in
the dark moments before ultimate victory..
The 1st Battalion,
150th Aviation (General Support) gets the work done in
GSAB was the first 42nd Divisional unit to deploy into
Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom 3 and the first NJ Army
National Guard Combat Arms Battalion to deploy to war since
World War 2. They have successfully accomplished every
mission assigned to them. They have flown over 500 missions,
logged over 6,200 flight hours and conducted 7 combat logistical
patrols (tactical convoys). Since their arrival, they have
successfully conducted over 12 air assaults, 6 air insertions,
4 raids, and 3 reconnaissance and surveillance missions
that resulted in the capture and detainment of hundreds
of insurgents, the discovery of numerous weapon caches,
and the collection of much invaluable information. Additionally,
they have transported over 7,000 soldiers, VIPS (Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld, MG Glenn Rieth), entertainers (Jessica
Simpson, Charlie Daniels), and other dignitaries. LTC Mark
Preston would like to thank you for all you have done for
the soldiers and their families. The dedicated aviators,
crewchiefs and soldiers of the Battalion are performing
their jobs exceptionally well and always above standard
under extremely harsh conditions. Your continued support
and kind words are very appreciated.
Congratulations to the 21st Civil Support
On 30 June 2005 the 21st Civil Support Team (CST) under
went an external evaluation for certification. The 1st
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Evaluation team conducted
a simulated WMD incident at the Salem Port, in Salem, NJ.
The 21st CST was alerted at 0300 and deployed from their
facility to the Port of Salem to perform the mission, which
was to identify the potential biological, chemical, nuclear,
or high explosive hazards. The team completed the mission
around 2200 on 30 June and was rated trained in all 15
of the required evaluated areas. The team consists of
time soldiers and airman. The 21st CST has been training
for 18 months on both individual and collective skills,
including over 800 hours of special training. Again,
to LTC Gagnon and the 21st CST for a job well done!
Recruiter takes Chief’s Challenge
Master Sergeant Joseph Ramirez from the 108th ARW was selected
as a winner of the National Guard Bureau’s Chief’s
Challenge June 20th. Master Sgt. Ramirez, the recruiting
supervisor, recruited 20 people to win the award which
recruiters all across the country participated in. To qualify
for the award, a recruiter needed to recruit 18 people
between 1 FEB 05 and 15 JUNE 05. From across the country,
63 recruiters won the challenge and attended a weekend
event, which included an awards breakfast, tour of the
country’s capital, and a visit to Ft. McNair where
Lt. Gen Blum, the chief of the National Guard Bureau addressed
the attendees and their families at a Barbecue. Congratulations
and keep up the GREAT work!
New Jersey’s State Veteran Service Officers
had a great month!
Our VSO’s have seen and counseled 4,542 veterans, 424
Claims and Appeals filed and $6,653,338 retrieved for our
veterans! Way to go team, keep up the great work supporting
177th Participates in Atlantic City Surf All-Star
The 177th Fighter Wing Honor Guard opened the All-Star
Baseball game at the Atlantic City Surf Baseball Stadium
on the evening
of 13 July 2005. Immediately following the posting of
the colors and the National Anthem, Colonel Brian Webster,
Commander of the 177th Fighter Wing, threw out the
kick off the ball game and the nights festivities. Several
unit members were among the more than 5000 spectators
viewing the game.
New Jersey National Guard Magazine “Guardlife” Vol
31 No3 – now available on the world wide web.
Check out Guardlife on the web, it is now available in a user-friendly
on-line version. www.nj.gov/military/publications/guardlife/volume31no3/index.html 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 www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the
DMAVA Publications homepage.
New Childcare Program Available
A new DoD program called Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood
provides financial support and assistance in locating quality
childcare for eligible military families who do not have
access to the DoD’s on-base child care options due
to long waiting lists or geographic location, available funding
and family circumstances. For more information on both childcare
programs, go to www.naccrra.org/Military
Programs/ or call
the Child Care Aware hotline at 1-800-424-2246.
The New Jersey Veterans
Journal Summer 2005 Edition – now
available on the world wide web
The New Jersey Veterans Journal Summer 2005 Edition 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/veterans/journal/summer2005index.html The “NJ Veterans Journal” newsletter
provides up to date information on New Jersey Veterans events,
and facilities throughout the state. For all the current news
on issues affecting our NJ Veterans take a look at the new
issue today. To view past issues of the Veterans Journal newsletter
on-line you can visit http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the DMAVA Publications homepage.
Servicemembers’ Group Life
Insurance coverage increases
The maximum level of Servicemembers’ Group
Life Insurance coverage will be increased from $250,000
on September 1,2005. Anyone in service on September 1,
2005 will have their coverage increased to $400,000,
they previously declined or elected lesser coverage. If
they still desire no coverage or less than the maximum,
they will have to go to their Personnel Office and re-elect
no coverage or less than the maximum. For more details
see your Personnel Office.
Shades of Green Offers Summer Specials
The Shades of Green
at Walt Disney World Resort has announced 2005 end of summer
specials available from 7 AUG through
30 SEPT. Members of the military community, including
retired members, are eligible for package deals. Resort
say that Shades of Green guests have exclusive access
to discounted theme park tickets, reduced rates at Disney’s
PGA professional golf courses, extra Magic Hours at the
parks, and much more. For more information, visit the Shades
Green website at www.shadesofgreen.org/funandsun.htm.
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
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.
Tricare Reserve Select
TRS is here! This new health plan, launched on
April 26, 2005, provides eligible Reserve Component soldiers,
and their families continued care through TRICARE. Soldiers
called to active duty for more than 30 consecutive days in
support of a contingency operation AFTER September 11, 2001
are eligible for this benefit. They must have served continuously
on active duty for 90 days or more. This benefit includes coverage
that is similar to the coverage available through TRICARE Standard
and Extra for active duty family members. Contact SFC Josephine
Grey, Chief of Health Services at 609-562-0865 or e-mail @ Josephine.email@example.com for
more information on this program.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
American Legion Riders Motorcycle Chapter
Forming in River Edge, NJ
American Legion Post 226 is sponsoring an American
Legion Riders chapter. You don’t have to be a direct
member of Post 226, but you do have to be a member of the American
Legion, Auxiliary or SAL and ride a motorcycle that’s
at least 750cc or higher. If you or someone you know is interested
in joining, there is a form on the Post 226 website, www.alpost226.org or
you can call Jim Morton, the Post 226 American Legion Riders
Director, Adjutant and webmaster at 201-439-0053.
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.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
War Veterans Ceremony
Rain or Shine
1299 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ
National Guard Family Day at Six Flags Great
Saturday, 24 September 2005,
join the New Jersey National Guard for a day full of family,
fun and excitement! Tickets
NJ National Guard Family Day are $17 each and they will
go fast. Purchase your tickets today at your nearest Family
Assistance center: Morristown, Teaneck, Lawrenceville,
River, Jersey City, Somerset or Pomona. Call for more information
AAFES Readying for Birthday Celebration!
Beginning on Saturday, 23 July, PX/BX facilities everywhere
will honor the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s
(AAFES) 110th anniversary with a wide variety of sales,
promotions and sweepstakes. Prizes during the three-day
will range from candy bars to a 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Local
events will vary from location to location. Every day
of the celebration will bring a new host of events and
for troops and their loved ones.
Enlisted Association of the National Guard announces
The Enlisted Association of the NJ National Guard is proud
to announce a Golf Tournament to benefit the Annual Scholarship
Program. The tournament will be held on Monday, 15 August 2005,
at Miry Run Golf Club in Robbinsville, NJ. The $80 per golfer
registration fee includes all fees and a cart, beverage cart
on the course, awards, door prizes, food at the turn and luncheon
following the completion of play. Hole and cart sponsors are
being sought, too. For additional information contact CMSGT
(Ret) Lee Cisek at 562-0223 or SGM (Ret) Mike Amoroso at 562-0754.
CNN Attractions Free to Service Members
Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. is offering free admission
for all active and retired U.S. military personnel who
visit the CNN-themed attractions at CNN Center in Atlanta
Time Warner Center. Inside CNN Atlanta and inside CNN
New York will open the gate to active and retired military
and reservists who present a valid I.D. They can visit
the attractions at no cost, while their spouse, children,
or parents may enter at a discounted rate of $7 at Inside
CNN Atlanta and $12 at Inside CNN New York. To receive
the discount, family members must be accompanied by the
member. Groups depart several times each hour at both
attractions. For hours and reservations at Inside CNN
New York, visitors
can call 1-866-4CNNNYC or visit www.cnn.com/insidecnn.
For reservations for Inside CNN Atlanta, visitors can
or visit www.cnn.comStudioTour.
Ride with the 108 Air Refueling Wing!
The 108 ARW will serve as a rolling billboard
advertising the 108 ARW NJANG to over 8,000 cyclists,
volunteers and bystanders during a two-day ride from
Cherry Hill to Ocean City, NJ and back on 24-25 September.
They will be covering 175 miles through the flat terrain
of NJ Blueberry fields and pine barrens. This ride is
fully supported with catered rest stops, bike support
and SAG transportation. Veterans News Anchor, Larry Kane
will host the Awards Ceremony Saturday night. Cyclists
will collect a minimum of $250 in donations to participate.
If you join the team between 6/25/05 – 8/26/05
the registration fee is $45. For more information go
to www.ms150biketour.org/. Road Warriors interested in
joining the team contact Maj Dave LaTOUR @ 609-284-7743
or via e-mail @ email@example.com by 31
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers planned
in support of our deployed troops and their families:
Free Military Care Package Kit
of Priority Mail. The United States Postal Service is offering free
packaging materials to spouses and families of military
members who are deployed overseas. To take advantage
of this service call: 1-800-610-8734 and press 1 (for
English), then 3 for an operator and request CAREKIT04.
USPS will send you free boxes, packing materials, tape
and mailing labels. These products are to be used to
mail care packages to service members.
Enlisted Council to hold golf tourney at Falcon
Creek Golf Course in July. The 108th ARW Enlisted Council is
holding its second annual Golf Outing on July 21, at
the Falcon Creek Golf Course, McGuire Air Force Base.
There will be a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $75
per individual or $280 for a foursome. This includes
lunch, beverages, 18 holes of golf and a chance to win
prizes. Proceeds from the tournament support the Freedom
Alliance Scholarship fund. Contact Airman Dee Eggles
at 609-754-4141 for more information and entry forms.
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 www.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 60-day period.
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 to an individual service member designed by the
purchaser or distributed to “any service member” through
the USO, American Red Cross, Air Force Aid Society, or
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
30,000 stamps have been donated to our National Guard
soldiers and airmen and Family Readiness Programs. With
Memorial Day 2005 approaching, we recall the unique sacrifices
made by every generation that has served in uniform for
the good of America. We are often asked what can be done
to support the soldiers of this generation. 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.
American Airlines: Special
fare for military personnel and their dependants (you
will need your military ID
card and a copy of your soldier’s orders to fly).
Just call 800-433-7300 and ask for the military fare
offer for your desired destination. You can also go to www.aa.com, but you cannot book a flight online.
Armory Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
Market J&C Marketplace
||Recruiting Open House
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
|Cherry Hill Armory
|4 - 7 August
||Family Readiness Group is hosting a carnival
4th & 5th – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
6th & 7th 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Card & Memorabilia Show
||Tool Show, Homier Dist. Co.
||Toms River Armory
|25 – 28
||Tool Show, Homier Dist. Co.
||Moscow State Circus
||West Orange Armory
Market, J&C Marketplace
Fitness Corner – Ernie
Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
Remember Your Sunglasses!
Anyone heading outdoors for time in the sun should remember
to shield their eyes as well as their skin from the sun’s
rays. While the memory of a lobster-like burn may remind
you to slather on sunscreen, you may be unaware of the
damage ultraviolet (UV) light can inflict on the eyes.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology
(AAO), there is growing evidence that UV exposure over time
lead to a number of eye disorders and even vision loss. A
number of studies have suggested that repeated sun exposure
can contribute to age related macular degeneration, in which
the area of the retina responsible for central vision deteriorates,
often leading to severe vision loss. UV exposure may also
promote cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens common
among older adults. In addition, the cornea – the transparent
membrane over the pupil – can get sunburn. Similar
to a skin burn, these cornea injuries subside after a few
days, but not before causing some pain. UV exposure may also
cause non-cancerous growths on the eye’s surface called
The AAO points to several things to look for
in a pair of shades, beyond fashion. First, the label should
the glasses block 99 or 100 percent of UV light – and
not merely that they “block UV light.” Ideally,
sunglasses should wrap around to the temples so that sunlight
can’t enter from the sides. The group also stresses
the importance of wearing sunglasses even on a hazy day,
and in addition to any contact lenses that have UV protection.
Tell me what you would like to see in Fitness
Corner. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Car Care
summertime, and the livin’ may be easy – but
for your car the heat can mean a lot of added strain. Keep
these topics in mind when preparing for summer driving:
Overheating – A common cause for summer breakdowns
is overheating. Your cooling system should be completely
flushed and refilled as recommended in your owner’s
manual. The level, condition, and concentration of the
coolant should be checked periodically. A 50/50 mix of
and water is usually recommended.
Care – Tire care is especially critical in warm
weather because long trips, heavy loads, high speeds
and higher temperatures all put additional stress on your
Check your tires regularly to be sure there are no visible
signs of wear or damage.
* Be sure your tires are properly inflated. Check your
tires often with a gauge.
* At the recommended inflation pressure, tires will last
longer and be less likely to fail, and the car will use
less fuel. Serious injury can result from tire failure
of under inflation or overloading.
* Never overload your vehicle. Your car & tires are designed
to operate safely only up to their load limits, which are
shown in your owner’s manual.
* Make sure there is enough tread on your tires to
operate safely, and make sure your tires are wearing
All grooves should be visible and deep enough to at
the top of Lincoln’s head on a penny inserted
head first in the tread.
* If some spots on your tires seem to be wearing faster
than others, see a professional. You could have misaligned
worn shock absorbers, or other potential problems. Make
sure your tires are aligned and balanced properly.
* Don’t speed! Obey posted speed limits. Lower
speeds also mean better gas mileage.
Quality – Summer sunshine, heat and car exhaust
create a toxic cocktail – ozone pollution.
Ozone can cause respiratory problems and even permanent
Here are some easy tips you can take to cut down
on pollution when you drive:
* Drive less, especially during peak traffic periods or
* Avoid revving or idling engine over 30 seconds.
* Fill gas tank over cooler evening hours to cut down on
Summer is the time to relax and enjoy yourself, hopefully
these hints will make your season more enjoyable and stress
Beach Passes for
DMVA employees available now.
The temperatures are rising and the sandy beach at the National
Guard Training Center at Sea Girt is calling. You will need
to sign your name and work location on the second line on
the back of the pass. Have guests sign the first line and
be ready to show photo identification if requested. One pass
will admit one car. You can also use your DMAVA or military
pass to get on the beach. Call Gail Miller at 609-530-6911
for your Beach Pass.
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.