Veterans honored at Clifton, New Jersey ceremonies.
On Thursday, 15 July 2004, two ceremonies were held at
the Athenia Veterans Post in Clifton, New Jersey honoring New Jersey’s veterans. The morning
ceremony, in which 113 veterans were honored with the New Jersey Distinguished
Service and Meritorious Service Medal, opened with the Pledge of Allegiance
led by Michael C. Bychek, grandson of posthumous honoree Michael Bychek. In
the afternoon, 110 veterans were presented with the Korean War Commemorative
Medal. LTC Joseph Sarama of the NJ Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters
presented the medals to our veterans at both ceremonies. Ms. Kathy Hymes acted
as Mistress of Ceremonies and was assisted by Division of Veterans Programs
employees, Michele Johnson, Karen Hansen, and Kellie Forester. Also assisting
were SGT Barbara Harbison, DMVA Public Affairs Office, LTC (Ret) Joseph Bucco,
State Veteran Service Officer, and Mr. Tom Miller, Passaic County Veterans
Service Officer. Ms. Celia Anderson, representing Congressman Bill Pascrell’s
Office, and Assemblyman Peter Eagler, NJ Legislative District 34, also attended.
Special Operations Flight receives Outstanding review.
Aircrew Standardization and Evaluation Visit was completed earlier
this week at the 227th Special Operations Flight of the New Jersey
Guard’s 108th Air Refueling Wing. Colonel Michael Cuniff, Commander of
the 108th ARW attended the outbrief and said the visit was “Outstanding.” Three
major areas were examined: Standardization and Evaluation, Training, and Aviation
Resource Management. Laudatory programs were identified in Standardization
and Evaluation Management and Flight Evaluation. Lt Col Rinaldi, Chief, Standardization
and Evaluation received an individual Laudatory, and the Standardization and
Evaluation Section was identified as Professional Performers. Laudatory Programs
were identified in Training – the Training Folder Review Program and
Training Folders. Maj John Lening, Chief of Trianing, received an individual
Family Appreciation Day –
Adjutant General, BG Glenn K. Rieth, invites you and your immediate family
to Family Appreciation Day on 21 August 2004 (Rain Date: 22 August) at the
National Guard Training Center located on the Atlantic Ocean at Sea Girt, NJ.
This day is being set aside to thank the families of all our Airmen and Soliders
and DMVA employees. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and the day’s activities
will feature amusement rides, games, pony rides, clowns, etc. for the kids,
and live performances of Doo Wop, Blues, Jazz, Rap, Big Band, Country, and
Spanish music for everyone to enjoy. There will be appearances by Miss America,
a USO troupe, WWE wrestlers, and the New Jersey National Guard’s very
own 63rd Army Band. With games, great food, and an evening of fireworks planned,
you won’t want to miss the fun! So come one and come all and join us
for a great day in the sun!
Combined Officer & Enlisted Association Conference
Registration information has
been mailed for the October 2004 combined Officer & Enlisted
Conference to be held at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center in Atlantic
City, NJ, 8-10 October 2004. Please note that a discount has been provided
for those paying in full prior to 31 July 2004. Even though paying in full
will result in a discount, the normal hotel refund policy will still be available
should your plans change unexpectedly. Registration information can be found
on the Enlisted Association website at:
NJ Naval Militia Joint Command Chaplains
On Monday, 12 July 2004, chaplains from the NJ Naval Militia Joint Command
were honored at a luncheon at Fort Dix for their volunteer service to mobilizing
units and their families. LCDR Rick Ianniello, MAJ Leon Bell, MAJ Franceso
Passamonte, LT Tom Purchase, and LT Joe Farrell received plaques from LTG Joseph
R. Inge, the Commanding General of the United States 1st Army. The Chaplain
staff at Fort Dix also honored our Naval Militia Chaplains. MG (Ret) Thomas
Garrett, CAPT Wayne Girardet, NJNMJC Acting Commander, and MCPO Willie Coley,
NJNMJC Command Master Chief also attended the luncheon.
Distinguished Service Cross Awardees.
The United States Army Human Resources Command (AHRC) is searching for
soldiers of Jewish American or Hispanic American descent who were awarded
the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for action between December 7,
1941 and December 12, 2001.
The Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress researchers
are requesting anyone who has any information concerning former soldiers
who meet the specifications to read the instructions below or visit the
bilingual informational website at http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/HRC/announcement.html or phone 1-866-730-8405 for bilingual directions regarding requirements
and the submission of case evidence. Please provide as many of the following
items of information as possible:
- Full name and date of birth of the Distinguished
Service Cross recipient.
- The DSC recipient’s Service Number.
- The theater and command under which the DSC recipient
- The date of the DSC award.
- The General Orders number under which the DSC was
- Current contact information for the DSC recipient
or contact information for a surviving family member
- Any other information regarding the action that
led to the awarding of the DSC.
Veterans Outpatient Clinic will open in Paterson, NJ.
will be a grand opening ceremony for the Veterans Outpatient Clinic
in Paterson, New Jersey on 12 August 2004. The new clinic, located at
275 Getty Avenue, will officially open at 11:00 a.m. Congressman Bill
Pascrell will be the guest speaker. Mr. Joseph Bucco, Veteran Service
Officer in the Paterson Office, will represent our Department at the
National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey Update -
Planning to visit the National Guard Military Museum of NJ at Sea Girt?
In addition to being open every weekend and on holidays through October
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Sea Girt Museum is also open on Tuesdays and
Housed at the Museum is the Center for U. S. War
Histories, a partner of the Library of Congress’s Veterans History
Project. We conduct videotaped oral histories of veterans from all wars/conflicts
And all branches of service. This project is ongoing, year-round. Interested
veterans can complete a form, available in the museum’s foyer,
or call Michelle Carrara or Carol Fowler at 609-530-6802.
Finder available for military families.
veterans, and their families can search for millions of dollars
in military-related scholarships online. Military.com Scholarship
Finder is the definitive guide to military scholarships on the web, including
the most comprehensive information presented n a searchable and user-friendly
format. Many organizations and educational institutions offer scholarships
based on military affinity, but they can be hard to find. Military.com
has aggregated this information in one searchable, online database, with
detailed descriptions, eligibility criteria, application deadlines, and
contact information. Visit
their website for additional information.
Gifts from the Homefront.
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 Fisher House.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor
|Distinguished & Meritorious Service Medals
901 Willow Grove
St., Hackettstown, NJ
- 11 a.m
|Korean War Commemorative Medal
Echelon Mall, Voorhees, NJ
Today in History…
Today is Friday, July 16th. It is the 198th day of the year, with 169
1790 - The District of Columbia, or Washington, DC, was established
as the permanent seat of the United States Government.
1862 - David G. Farragut became the first rear admiral
in the U.S. Navy.
1926 - The first underwater color photographs appeared in National
1945 - The United States detonated the first atomic bomb in a test
at Alamogordo, NM.
1969 - Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, FL, and began the
first manned mission to land on the moon.
1990 - New York City’s Empire State Building catches fire – no
1999 – The plane of John F. Kennedy Jr. crashed off the coast
of Martha’s Vineyard, Ma. His wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and
her sister, Lauren Bessette, were also on board the plane. The body of
John Kennedy was found on 21 July.
Check and to see what’s happening at an
Armory near you.
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Interesting things you may not know…
* The Capitol Building in Washington, DC has 365 steps to represent
every day of the year.
* Hawaii is the only state with one school district.
* The only continent without native reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.
* Dragonflies have six legs, but cannot walk.
* Only male turkeys gobble.
* The oldest known animal was a tortoise, which lived to be 152
101 Critical Days of Summer – Kids Rules
for Online Safety
School is out and children now have more time
to play on the computer. Parents must take responsibility for their
use to minimize any online potential risks. Share the following rules
with your children:
1. I will not give out personal information such
as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number, or
the name and location of my school without my parents’ permission.
2. I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information
that makes me feel uncomfortable.
3. I will never agree to get together with someone
I “meet” online
without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the
meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my
mother or father along.
4. I will never send a person my picture or anything else without
first checking with my parents.
5. I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way
make me feel uncomfortable. If I do, I will tell my parents right
away so that they can contact the service provider.
6. I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going
online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online,
the length of time I can be online, and appropriate areas for me
to visit. I will not access othe3r areas or break these rules without
7. I will not give out my Internet password to anyone (even my best
friends) other than my parents.
8. I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts
other people or is against the law.
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.
11 a.m. -
National POW Recognition Day/Gold Star Mothers Day
11 a.m. -
Veterans Day Program
Disney Cruise Line offers Military discount.
Disney Cruise Line is pleased to announce an
offer for active military personnel to experience the newest way
to vacation with Disney. Choose
an enchanted 3, 4, or 7-night cruise filled with spectacular shows,
fantastic programs, unique rotation dining, legendary Disney hospitality
and an unforgettable adventure in paradise at Disney’s own
private island, Castaway Cay. Prices start as low as $379. This is
a limited time offer and active military ID card and activation papers
are required. Call Disney Cruise Vacations at 800-511-1333. Be sure
to ask for the military offer, booking code MIL. Enjoy!
R. Franks, will speak at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
General Tommy R. Franks, who led American and
Coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq from July 2000 to July
2003, will draw on his
own recollections and declassified military records, to offer an
insider’s account of the war on terrorism on August 6 at 6:30
p.m. Admission to the Kirby Auditorium is $9 for members and $12
for non-members. Seating is limited. Please call 215-409-6700, visit
the box office or website, www.constitutioncenter.org for reservations.
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center near
As the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers and airmen around
the globe, the families that are left behind need our support and
assistance. Can we count on your help?
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance
Center – Call
toll free 888-859-0352