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DMVA Highlights

16 May 2003

Volume 2, Number 5

NJ Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs

BG Glenn K. Rieth

The Adjutant General

COL Maria F. Morgan

Deputy Adjutant General

COL Emil H. Philibosian

Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs

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Thought for the day…….

“To laugh often and much;

to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

to appreciate beauty,

to find the best in others;

to leave the world a little better;

whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is the meaning of success.”

…Ralph Waldo Emerson,

American poet

DMVA Picnic

Friday, 27 Jun 03

John F. Mann

Recreational Park Building 6045

Fort Dix, NJ

12:30-5 p.m


$10 adults

$5 children

Reservations must be made by

20 June 2003

Contact your office rep or call

Marie Durling at


A Salute to the National Guard

National Guard Week

11-17 May 2003

Governor McGreevey Signs Statement of Support for the National Guard an Reserve

On Wednesday, 14 May 2003, Governor James E. McGreevey signed an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support to encourage New Jersey’s employers to support their Guard and Reserve employees. U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Thomas Hall, Brigadier General Glenn K. Rieth, and State Chairman of the ESGR, Brigadier General (Retired) Robert S. Dutko, Sr. joined Governor McGreevey for the signing ceremony. By signing this statement, Governor McGreevey strengthens the commitment between employers and employees who are in the National Guard and Reserves and helps assure service men and women that their jobs are secure while on active duty.

National Guard Association of New Jersey (NGANJ) Announces its Annual Scholarship Winners.

This year the National Guard Association of New Jersey’s Scholarship Committee received twenty-eight scholarship applications. After carefully reviewing these applications on the basis of Scholarship, Leadership, and Citizenship, the Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the names of nine Annual Scholarship Winners. Each of these individuals will receive a $1,000 cash award.

SSGT Keith D. Atwell

Member of the 108th ARW, NJANG

Attending Camden County College

Corey E. Bliss

Daughter of COL (Ret) Dennis Bliss

Graduating from Red Bank Catholic High School

Colin W. Cahill

Son of MAJ (Ret) William Cahill

Graduating from Palisades High School

Casey Marie Chojnacki

Daughter of Brig Gen Gene Chojnacki

Graduating from Ocean City High School

Stephen David Cutts

Grandson of LTC (Ret) David Dennison

Graduating from Haddon Heights High School

Kelly Anne Grant

Daughter of LTC James Grant

Graduating from Holy Cross High School

Christopher E. Manella

Grandson of BG (Ret) Kenneth Rieth

Graduating from The Pennington School

Priscilla H. Monico

Daughter of SSgt Robert Monico

Graduating from Lodi High School

Jolanta E. Yeasky

Spouse of CPT Kenneth Yeasky

Attending Warren County School of Practical Nursing


Hello from Kuwait.

As part of the coalition forces led by the United States in the war against terrorism, the NJ Army National Guard’s 253rd Transportation Company, commanded by CPT Michael Ciarrocca, a Full Time Manning Federal Technician assigned to the G4, Plans, Operations, and Readiness Office, deployed to Southwest Asia on 17 April 2003. CPT Ciarrocca recently sent a brief message via e-mail from Kuwait (exact location undisclosed) stating that regardless of the nightly incoming small arms fire, all NJARNG soldiers are safe and accounted for, and are performing their duty in a proud and professional manner. We wish him and all of his soldiers victory in their mission and a safe and speedy return home.

DMVA’s dedicated Veterans Service Officers counsel almost 1000 individuals in April.

Six of DMVA’s Veterans Service Officers provided in-office counseling to a combined total of 948 veterans and their families during the month of April. They were Dave Martin (374), Joe Salzano (127), Guy Wiener (127), Bill Burrows (114), Bruce Stanley (111), and Monica Banca (95). Keep up the good work!

Overview of TRICARE Policies for the Guard and Reserve.

Beginning March 10, 2003, Guard and Reserve family members, if their sponsor is on active duty for more than 30 days, will be eligible to enroll in TRICARE Prime (to include TRICARE Prime Remote (TPR) if eligible). Previously, the sponsor had to be activated for 179 days or more. In the New York/New Jersey area this would also include the Uniformed Service Family Health Plan (USFHP). For additional information on these policies, please visit the TRICARE website at USFHP information can be obtained at

New Software for the Army National Guard.

The National Guard Bureau (NGB) and the Project Management Office – Reserve Component Automation System (PMO-RCAS) have procured an enterprise license agreement for Microsoft software to modernize the operating system of the Army National Guard’s computers. This agreement will allow the Army National Guard to go from Microsoft Windows NT and Office 97 to Windows XP with Office XP Professional. The upgrade will take place over the next several months. The agreement will provide free upgrades to the software for the next three years. Upgrading our software is required because Microsoft will soon stop supporting software security patches for the NT operating system.

Congratulations to newly promoted Lieutenant Colonel Walter Alvarado.

LTC Alvarado’s promotion was effective on 16 April 2003. He is currently assigned as the Chief of the G3 Mobilization and Readiness Section. His hard work and dedication over the past several months has been instrumental in assuring the successful deployment of over 500 soldiers. His promotion is well deserved. Congratulations!

Military Handbooks are available at no cost.

The U. S. Military Handbook, which provides the most accurate information available anywhere on pay, allowances, taxes, health care and TRICARE benefits, Veterans and Social Security benefits, travel, transportation, SBP, retirement, Space-a, installations listings and much more, is available free of charge to members of the military. Also available are the U.S. Military Retired Handbook and the U.S. Military Divorce Handbook. You can request your free copy of these publications by visiting the website:

Memorial Day Ceremony scheduled for BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

The annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the BG Doyle Cemetery in Arneytown, NJ, will be held on Saturday, 24 May 2003. Color Guard units representing various veterans’ organizations will lead a march at 10:30 a.m. The Memorial Service will begin at 11 a.m.

Warrant Officer Project Officers Designated.

CW5 Al Curving, Command Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO) of the New Jersey Army National announced the creation of the Warrant Officer Project Officer (WOPO) additional duty assignments in support of warrant officer recruiting and accession in the NJARNG. The concept of the WOPO mirrors that of the Officer Project Officer (OPO) assignments that are having a positive impact on Officer Candidate School enrollments this year. The WOPO will be the unit “go-to” person for warrant officer information. Mr. Curving is assembling WOPO information and administration kits, and developing a training seminar to equip the WOPOs.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts offer members of the U.S. Military complimentary 5-day Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Ticket.

To honor America’s service men and women, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is offering active members of the U.S. military a complimentary 5-day Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Ticket. This ticket is valid for admission to Disney’s theme parks, water parks, and more at the Walt Disney World Resort, through December 19, 2003. Active members of the U.S. military may also purchase 5-day Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Companion Tickets for $99 each (plus tax) for up to five family members or friends. For additional details, please call (407) 939-7424 or visit the Disney World website at

NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Era Education Center Announces its Calendar of Events for the Summer.

26 May

11:00 a.m.

Memorial Day Ceremony

14 Jun

1:00 p.m.

Unknown Soldier – Author lecture and film presentation

27 Jul

9:00 a.m.

5th Annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show

Rain Date: Sunday, 10 August 2003

Distinguished, and Meritorious Service Medal Presentation Ceremonies are scheduled.

21 May

11 a.m.

Distinguished & Meritorious Service Medals

National Guard Armory

Port Murray, NJ

26 May

10 a.m.

Distinguished Service Medal

Township Hall – 66 Main Street

West Orange, NJ

29 May

11:00 a.m.

Distinguished & Meritorious Service Medals

Midtown Community School

23rd St. & Avenue A, Bayonne, NJ

2003 Version of “Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents” now available.

This pamphlet describes the variety of federal benefits available to veterans and their dependents as of January 1, 2003. Benefit topics covered in the pamphlet include: Health Care, Burial, Survivor, Disability and Pension, Education and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, as well as Workplace Benefits. This informative booklet can be accessed at the Veterans’ Administration website:

Armory Happenings – Check to see what’s happening at an Armory near you.

17 May

Computer Show

Teaneck Armory

18 May

Emcee’s Sports Card & Comics Show

Bordentown Armory

24 May

Martial Arts Tournament

Toms River Armory

28 May

Snap-On Tool Show

Bordentown Armory

31 May

Table Tennis Tournament

Westfield Armory

22 June

Emcee’s Sports Card & Comics Show

Bordentown Armory

Getting to Know New Jersey – The State Dinosaur

The Hadrosaurus Foulkii was designated the state dinosaur by Chapter 161 of the Laws of 1991. Governor James J. Florio signed the law June 12, 1991, in a ceremony attended by pupils and teachers of Strawbridge Elementary School, Westmont, who had campaigned for the designation for more than 10 years. Fossil remains of the 25-foot long, duck-billed creature were unearthed in a Haddonfield marl pit in October, 1858, by William Parke Foulke.

Interesting, but Useless Facts –

  • Alaska has the highest percentage of people who walk to work.
  • The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters
  • Fish have eyelids.
  • Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  • The average human being spends 2 weeks kissing in a lifetime.

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