Dept of Military and
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
COL (Ret) Emil H. Philibosian
Deputy Commissioner for
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COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith
Mrs. Laura A. Branham
Phone: (609) 530-6987
Fax: (609) 530-7109
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22 April 2004
reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance
New Jersey hosts Region 1, Northeast (NE) Adjutants General
The Chief of the National Guard Bureau, LTG Stephen
Blum, conducted a Region 1 NE Adjutants General meeting on 15 April
Glenn K. Rieth hosted the event at NJDMAVA's state-of-the-art Homeland Security
Center of Excellence. The meeting was a candid, open session between
and ten Adjutants General to discuss key issues related
to the National Guard. The Adjutants General met informally on Wednesday
the 50th Brigade's Garden Room. On Thursday, 15 April 2004, LTG Blum
accompanied by BG Rieth, paid a courtesy call to Governor
James E. McGreevey, Commander in Chief of the New Jersey
National Guard. Governor McGreevey
expressed his pride and concern for the welfare of
our soldiers and airmen. LTG Blum thanked the Governor for his commitment
him that National Guard Bureau will continue to support
the New Jersey National Guard.
Attention World War II Veterans!
Saturday, 25 May 2004, America wants to say "Thank You" to each
and every one of you for the sacrifices and services you provided
to this great nation
in its time of need.
In Washington, DC that day, a monument is being dedicated to honor
the veterans who served in that war. Thousands of veterans will be
descending on the Capitol
for the event. However, there are no more tickets available, and many
of you cannot travel that far for a number of reasons.
The American Legion has called for each of its units
throughout the nation to develop their own plans for a local celebration
national dedication ceremonies. Marshall "Ted" Behr, Jr., the American
Legion State Commander for New Jersey, along with unit commanders
from Eastern Pennsylvania, have gotten
together to pool their talents and resources and provide a large-scale
tribute at Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront just adjacent to
the Battleship New
Activities will begin at 1 p.m. World War II veterans
will be admitted with tickets, whether they are a member of the
American Legion or
any other veteran
organization or not! All that you have to do is call 1-800-860-7286
to register by May 1, 2004. You will receive tickets
during the week of May 15th. Veterans
will be provided with free passes to board the Battleship New Jersey.
Vendors will be on site with food and beverages throughout
the day's activities. There
will also be a variety of displays and vehicles from the World
War II era as well as live entertainment. At 2 p.m. a large screen
will provide live coverage
of the events in Washington, DC.
New Smoking Room dedicated at the Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo
The dedication of the new Smoking Room was held on
Wednesday, 14 April, in the Town Square area of the Veterans Memorial
Home at Menlo
CEO Joseph Brandspiegel extended a warm welcome to
the residents and honored guests, who included COL
(Ret) Emil H. Philibosian, Deputy Commissioner for Veterans
Affairs, COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith, DMVA Assistant
Commissioner, Commander Frank Ferguson, American
Legion Post 88, American Legion State Commander Marshall "Ted" Behr, Jr., Department
Adjunct, American Legion, Ray Zawacki, and Menlo Park 's Resident
Council President and American Legion Past Commander, Joseph
Lynch. Mr. Brandspiegel expressed
his gratitude and deep appreciation to the members of the American
Legion Post 88, who donated $70,000 for the new Smoking Room.
Residents now will have a safe
and secure environment that is fully heated and air-conditioned.
NJ Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
(NJESGR) held its annual Boss Lift.
Six members of the NJESGR Committee escorted 23 employers
on a "Boss Lift" to
Gulfport, Mississippi, on 7-9 April 2004. The group traveled on New Jersey's
108th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135E aircraft, and proceeded
to the Air National Guard Combat Readiness Training Center
in Gulfport. The attendees
were provided with excellent briefings, and were able to
witness first-hand how
the Reserve Component men and women are being trained.
The entire group was received
warmly by the personnel at the CRTC and the local Chamber
of Commerce. The Bosslift attendees were in awe as they
site to site, and
first hand by the U.S. Coast Guard on a live rescue mission
that had not yet been reported by the press. Carol Beske,
Lift Director, indicated
survey responses that were turned in reflected very positive
program is a very effective tool that educates the general
public about the tremendous service our men and women are
to our State and
The NJESGR Committee
is very appreciative of the support received from DMVA,
and looks forward to meeting the challenges we both face
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor our State's
|29 April - 11AM
||Distinguished Service & Meritorious Service Medals
||Toms River Elks
600 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ
|30 April - 11AM
||Vietnam Service Medal
Park Drive & Creek Rd
|4 May - 8PM
||Distinguished Service Medal
||Township of Milburn
375 Milburn Avenue
Milburn, NJ 07041
|19 May - 11AM
||Vietnam Service Medal
||American Legion Post 99
314 Bell Grove Dr
Kearny, NJ 07432
|31 May - 11AM
||Distinguished Service Medal
||Township of East Orange
Armory Happenings - Check to see what's happening at
an Armory near you
||Closed Circuit Relay Race
||NGTC, Sea Girt
||Sports Card and Comic Show
||Jersey City Armory
||West Orange Armory
|30 Apr - 1 May
||Cherry Hill Armory
Colonel Maria Falca-Dodson, Deputy Adjutant General,
is the first woman to become a General in the NJ National
Pinning Ceremony in honor of Brigadier General Maria
Falca-Dodson, DAG, will take place on Saturday, 17 April
2004 at 1 p.m. at the NJ National Guard Joint Force Headquarters
Drill Floor, 3650 Saylors Pond Road, Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Dress is as follows: Military – Uniform of the
Day and Civilians – Smart Casual.
New Jersey Freedom
What is a Freedom Loan?
Annual APR 6%
5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
(no collateral required)
and Interest deferred for a year during Deployment
NJ Residents who are members of the
National Guard or Reserves
for one year or longer to fight in the Global War on
excluding routine training.
- OR -
90 or more consecutive days in the GWOT on federal
or state active duty (excluding
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.
date, the following banks have already agreed to participate:
Call them or stop at one of their local branches to complete an application
for the loan.
Residents at the Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland
were honored during a medal ceremony.
COL (Ret) Emil H. Philibosian, Deputy Commissioner for
Veterans Affairs, presented Distinguished Service and
Meritorious Service Medals to 59 residents at the Vineland
Home on Friday, 16 April 2004. Twenty-five additional
residents were presented with Certificates of Appreciation
during the ceremony held at the Veterans Memorial Home
at Vineland. Department employees, Kathy Hymes and Karen
Hansen, assisted COL Philibosian with the medal and certificate
presentations. Special thanks to Mr. Leigh Pottle, Veterans
Entitlement Officer at the Vineland Home for his assistance
in organizing this special medal ceremony.
Assistance Center in Somerset to open soon.
The newest NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center
is scheduled to open at the Somerset Armory on Sunday,
18 April 2004, at 1400 hours. All members of the National
Guard and their families are welcome to attend the ribbon
Soldier Readiness Processing being conducted.
The Joint Force Headquarters, New Jersey National Guard,
is conducting Soldier Readiness Processing from 12-18
April 2004 for the following units of the New Jersey
National Guard: HQ, 42nd DISCOM, 119th Corps Support
Battalion, 150th GSAB, 150th and 350th Finance Detachments,
150th Signal Battalion, 50th Main Support Battalion.
These units are preparing for deployments in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. These events will occur
in various locations across the state, including Fort
Dix and Sea Girt, New Jersey. The Joint Force Headquarters,
New Jersey National Guard has the responsibility to prepare
New Jersey units for mobilization in support of their
NJ Vietnam 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.
|17 Apr - 1pm
||Chapter One: The Story of Vic Charles
(a novel) - An Author Lecture Series presentation
by Vietnam Veteran Bob Staranowicz at the Vietnam
Era Educational Center.
|7 May - 11am
||NJ Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day ceermony at
the NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
|8 May - 1pm
||Film presentation of the stageplay Home of the
Brave, with discussion by the director, Trish Kinney,
and military consultant and Vietnam Veteran, Walter
is Friday, 16 April 2004 and the 107th day of the year.
There are 260 days left in the
year. On this
1724 – First Easter observed.
* 1818 – The
U.S. Senate ratified Rush-Bagot amendment to form an
unarmed U.S.-Canada border.
* 1900 – The first book
of postage stamps was issued.
* 1929 – New York
Yankees become the first team to use numbers on their
* 1940 – Bob Feller throws the first opening
day no-hit, no-run game.
* 1968 – The Pentagon announces
troops would begin coming home from Vietnam.
* 1972 – Two
giant pandas (Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing) arrived in the
U.S. from China.
* 1977 – The ban on women attending
West Point was lifted.
* 1987 – The U.S. Patent
Office began allowing the patenting of new animals created
by genetic engineering.
average person falls asleep in seven minutes
largest eggs in the world are laid by a shark.
are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in every human.
that form at the surface of the Earth are known as fog.
are more than 20,000 varieties of orchid.