Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
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
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Thought for the day..
of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics
is that you end up being
governed by your inferiors.”
"Half of the American people never
read a newspaper. Half never voted President. One hopes it
the same half."
.. Gore Vidal
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
the Troops Ceremony – Sovereign
The Department of Military and Veterans
Affairs hosted its largest-ever “Salute the Troops” ceremony
on 9 October 2004 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton,
Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division deploying for Operation
Iraqi Freedom III have been in training at Ft. Dix since
May 2004. MG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General, hosted
this great event for MG Joseph Taluto, Commander, 42nd ID,
and more than 2,100 soldiers from 11 different states (New
Jersey, Delaware, Florida, Minnesota, New York, California,
Mississippi, Rhode Island, Idaho, Pennsylvania and Vermont).
More than 6,000 family members filled the Arena to see their
loved ones honored. The show was highlighted with performances
by country western singer, Jeffrey Wade Clark, and the New
York USO troupe. The Salute was a resounding success for
the soldiers and their families. These soldiers will be deploying
to Iraq over the next few weeks, and we wish them all the
Enlisted Association holds successful annual conference.
Over the weekend of 8-10 October 2004,
the 31st Annual Conference of the Enlisted Association
of the National Guard of New
Jersey was conduced at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center
in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. The Enlisted Association
and the National Guard Association of New Jersey conducted
a joint business session on Saturday morning, before breaking
for separate business meetings. Saturday evening’s
banquet included awards and recognition to outstanding members
of the NJ Army and Air National Guard. MG Glenn K. Rieth,
The Adjutant General, provided the keynote address.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medals
Atlantic Cape Community College
5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medals
Toms River Elks
600 Washington St., Toms River, NJ
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal
| Salem County Community College
U.S. Navy celebrates a birthday.
On 13 October 2004, the U.S. Navy celebrated
its 229th birthday. The United States Navy traces its origins
Navy, which the Continental Congress established on 13
October 1775 by authorizing the procurement, fitting out,
manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in
search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in
America. The legislation also established a Naval Committee
to supervise the work. All together, the Continental Navy
numbered some fifty ships. After the American War for Independence,
Congress sold the surviving ships of the Continental Navy
and released the seamen and officers. The Constitution
of the United States, ratified in 1789, empowered Congress “to
provide and maintain a navy.” Acting on this authority,
Congress ordered the construction and manning of six frigates
in 1794, and the War Department administered naval affairs
from that year until Congress established the Department
of the Navy on 30 April 1798.
U.S. Department of Labor unveils new Employment Initiative
for Wounded Vets.
Injured servicemembers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan
will get individualized job training, counseling, and re-employment
services. At a ceremony held at Walter Reed Army Medical
Center, Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao kicked off the
first phase of Recovery and Employment Assistance Lifelines.
REALifelines is a joint commitment by the Department of Labor,
the military medical community, and local agencies. Labor
Department officials are investing $500,000 into the first
phase of the program, which will create a team of on-site
counselors to help wounded veterans in their transition back
into the private sector. REALifeline counselors will help
servicemembers identify barriers to employment and set up
individual recovery and re-employment plans. A national call
center will soon be available to answer questions and offer
employment guidance to wounded veterans. As part of the program,
wounded veterans and their spouses also will be able to take
advantage of services offered at more than 3,5000 one-stop
career centers the Department of Labor has set up nationwide.
Upcoming Fall events at our local armories.
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Craft Show & Sale
||Antique Show & Sale
||Breast Cancer Fundraiser
||NGTC - Sea Girt
||Sports Card & Comic Show
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Rug Show & Sale
||"Home for the Holidays" Gift Fair
The Wall that Heals
In memory of those who died, The Wall that Heals exhibition
features an exact half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial in Washington, DC. The Wall will be on display
and open to the public twenty-four hours a day on October
14-17, 2004 at Roosevelt Park, Edison, NJ. A Massing of
Colors will take place on Saturday, October 16th at 10
a.m. The closing Candlelight Ceremony will take place on
Sunday, October 17th at 5:30 p.m. For more information,
contact Carl J. Asszony at 732-745-4051 or e-mail address
Take a walk through
history – Main
Street, Burlington, NJ.
On Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 October 2004, you will be
able to see how life was for a typical soldier in the French
and Indian War through a historical encampment and display
being held in the history city of Burlington. Come visit
Main Street in Burlington, NJ and visit the promenade area
of the riverfront, where you will find history has come
to life for the weekend.
Military Appreciation Night planned
by Trenton Titans ice hockey team.
The Trenton Titans hockey team will host a Military Appreciation
Night for members of the military and veterans on October
22, 2004. The Titans will be playing the Reading Royals
at 7:30 p.m. at the Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, NJ.
Tickets are FREE! If you are interested in attending, please
contact SGT David Clark, Fort Dix, 609-562-0951 or SSgt
Barbara Harbison, Lawrenceville, 609-530-7088.
and Schmick’s Restaurants will host Veterans
McCormick and Schmick’s Restaurant is again hosting
a Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, November 7, 2004,
in their facilities across the country. Locally, McCormick
and Schmick have restaurants located in Hackensack, NJ;
Bridgewater, NJ; New York, NY; and Philadelphia, PA. Every
veteran (including active duty, reserve, and National Guard)
is invited to receive a free entrée from a selected
Today in History…
Today is Friday, October 15th, the 289th day of the year
with 77 days remaining.
1846 – Dr. William Thomas Green
Morton becomes the first to use ether.
1878 – Edison Electric Light
1917 – Mata Hari was executed
by a French firing squad. Hari was a Dutch dancer who
had spied for
1933 – Philadelphia Eagles played
their first NFL game and lose to the NY Giants 56-0.
1966 – President Lyndon B. Johnson
created the Department of Transportation.
1989 – Wayne Gretzky, playing for the Los
Angeles Kings, surpassed Gordie Howe’s NHL scoring
record of 1,850 career points.
Fall Hiking, Picnics, and
Camping Safety -
As you take in the fall’s beautiful
scenery, think ahead, be prepared, and stay safe.
- Check the weather forecast before heading outdoors
for a hike. It is not safe to hike when thunderstorms or
heavy snowfall is expected.
- Carry drinking water. Don’t
drink from streams, springs, or lakes without first properly
- Observe wildlife from a safe distance.
try and get too close to wild animals.
- Stay on the trail – if you
leave it, you may get lost.
- To help prevent food poisoning, keep
cold foods cold and hot foods hot. Don’t store
perishables in a hot car.
- Keep kids away from grills and lighter fluid.
- Be aware of tiny deer ticks that carry Lyme
disease, and know which symptoms to watch out for. When
in a potentially
infected area, apply insect repellant, wear light-colored,
long sleeved shirts, pants, and socks.
- Do not build a fire near tree trunks, fallen
trees, or overhanging branches.
- When extinguishing a campfire, let it die down,
then break up the coals or logs, spread the pieces, soak
them with water, and then cover the area with dirt or sand.
Gifts from the
Since the Army and Air Force Exchange
Service (AAFES) began its “Gifts from the Homefront” program
last year, people from all walks of life have rallied around
America’s troops by contributing $406,745 toward
the purchase of gift certificates designed to lift the
morale of deployed troops around the world, said officials
at AAFES Headquarters. 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 or call 877-0770-4438 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
- 60% of the planet is covered by water more than one
- The majority of marine life is found in the sunlit,
upper 200 meters, of the ocean. There are, however, to
times more species in the deeper zones.
- The largest animal that has ever
lived on the planet is the blue whale. It weighs more
than 200 tons; it’s
tongue weighs as much as an elephant; its heart is the
size of a car; and it can cruise at 20 knots.
- The deepest point in the ocean, the Challenger Deep
in the Marianas Trench, is 7.3 miles down. At this point,
the pressure equals one person supporting the weight of
50 jumbo jets.
Important Calendar Dates:
7 a.m.-12 p.m.
Pancake Breakfast – Support the Troops
Armory, 500 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, NJ
Proceeds of this even will benefit the soldiers and
families of NJ National Guard’s Family Readiness
Council and the Family Assistance Center at Westfield.
Rain Date: 25 Oct
Golf Tournament - Support the Troops
Oceanair Golf and Country Club
Proceeds will benefit the families of the DISCOM
and Artillery units of Toms River and Ocean County
whose finances have been affected by the deployment
of National Guard members who have been called to
duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information
||Red, White & Blue Day – Salute to the Military,
Echelon Mall, Voorhees, NJ
NJ Advisory Committee for Women Veterans Annual
McAters Restaurant, Somerset, NJ
Contact Karen Wallace for more information 609-530-6766
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Veterans Information Fair
NJ National Guard Armory, Lawrenceville, NJ
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – Kinesiology
by Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
This week I thought I would give a very brief kinesiology
lesson. There are three types of muscle contractions: Concentric,
Eccentric, and Isometric.
In a concentric contraction the muscles shorten to produce
movement. It is sometimes known as overcoming strength.
An example is the biceps curl. When you contract the biceps
and other elbow flexor muscles, you get movement of the
forearm, which raises the weight held in the hand. Concentric
strength is usually measured by the maximum amount of weight
that can be overcome in one repetition.
In an eccentric contraction the muscle lengthens (stretches)
as it contracts. The eccentric contraction plays a very
important role in controlling and stopping movement. For
example, in the biceps curl exercise, when you return to
the initial position, the same muscles are involved and
they remain under contraction as they lengthen when you
lower the weight. The eccentric contraction counteracts
the pull of gravity to guide the movement. The eccentric
contraction can generate up to 50% greater tension than
the concentric. This is why the eccentric contraction is
so powerful in controlling and stopping movement.
In an isometric contraction you exhibit strength but
there is no movement of the limbs. The muscle develops
tension and there is some shortening of the muscle fibers
and tendons, but there is no limb or body movement. This
type of contraction is seen in the stabilization of a joint
or body as when you hold a particular position to execute
an exercise. You can generate approximately 20% greater
strength in an isometric contraction than you can in a
When executing a strength exercise, all
three of the muscle contractions are involved.
Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Education Center’s upcoming event schedule.
22 October 2004, the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Foundation will host its sixth annual interdisciplinary
forum, “When Will They Ever Learn? – Teaching
the Vietnam War.” The forum will explore strategies,
methods, and materials successfully used in the classroom
to foster an interest, understanding, and appreciation
for the lessons and legacies of the Vietnam War and the
era it defined. The keynote speaker is Jerold M. Starr,
editor/author of The Lessons of the Vietnam War. Mr. Starr
is director of the Center for Social Studies Education,
established in 1984 to promote more and better teaching
of the Vietnam War.
Registration is open to the general public
as well as educators. For more information or to register
forum, call 732-335-0033.
22 Oct -
8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Annual Forum “When Will They Ever Learn? – Teaching the Vietnam
War” (pre-registration required)
30 Oct -
Poetry Readings – Jan Barry, W.D. Ehrhart, and Charles Johnson – “Vietnam
Legacies: Poems from the War and Back Home.”
11 Nov -
Veterans Day Program
20 Nov -
Author Lecture and Slide Show – Thomas F. Morrissey “Between the
Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial.”
4 Dec -
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
11 Dec -
Author Lecture – James Parker Wollner – The
Bamboo Shoot: The Story of the 2nd Airboat Platoon
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 located adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off
the Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
As the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers
and airmen around the globe, the families that are left behind
support and assistance. Can we count on your help? Please
call your local Family Readiness center and volunteer.
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center
Call toll free 888-859-0352