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
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of the Assistant Commissioner
(Ret) Michael B. Smith
Laura A. Branham
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Self-Propelled Field Artillery Turret Mechanic
The self-propelled field artillery turret mechanic
performs unit maintenance of carriage-mounted armament, associated
fire control, and related systems on all self-propelled
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and performs other unit maintenance on carriage-mounted
armament, associated fire control, and related systems and
on all self-propelled field artillery weapon systems.
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BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
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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.
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President declares a National
Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of Hurricane
Katrina. (A Proclamation
by the President of the United States)
"Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural
disasters in our Nation’s history and has caused unimaginable
devastation and heartbreak throughout the Gulf Coast region.
A vast coastline of towns and communities has been decimated.
Many lives have been lost, and hundreds of thousands of our
fellow Americans are suffering great hardship. To honor the
memory of those who have lost their lives, to provide comfort
and strength to the families of the victims, and to help
ease the burden of the survivors, I call upon all Americans
to pray to Almighty God and to perform acts of service. I
hereby proclaim Friday, September 16, 2005 as a National
Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of Hurricane
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awards Grant to Brigadier
General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
On September 9, 2005, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
has awarded a grant of $98,564 to the state of New Jersey for
improvements to the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans
Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, the most active state veterans
cemetery in the nation.
“By partnering with state veterans cemeteries, VA is
able to honor our commitment to the men and women who have
served in uniform,” said the Honorable R. James Nicholson,
Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “This partnership provides
a final resting place for New Jersey’s veterans that
meets the high standards of a national shrine.”
Coupled with an equal appropriation from the State, the funds
will be used to remediate a drainage problem in Section L of
the cemetery. Historically, following periods of heavy rain
and snow, surface water ponds in this area. The project will
involve the installation of a grid of French drains, re-grading
and landscaping, with an anticipated completion date in November
The cemetery provided 2,669 burials last fiscal year. It is
the only veterans cemetery in New Jersey with available space
for casketed burials.
New Jersey Committee for Employer Support
of the Guard & Reserve
to hold Annual Conference and Award Luncheon.
Brigadier General (Ret) Robert S. Dutko,
Sr., State Chair, NJ Committee for Employer Support of the
Guard and Reserve
(ESGR) announced that the New Jersey ESGR Annual Conference
and Awards Luncheon would be held at the McGuire Air Force
Base Officers Club on October 18, 2005. The goals for this
conference will be to welcome new members, bring members up
to date on committee activities and personnel changes, discuss
matters of importance, and recognize deserving individuals
and organizations during the Awards Luncheon. There will be
an update/refresher of USERRA, the federal law that protects
service members’ jobs while they are deployed, as well
as applicable state laws. There will also be presentations
by senior commanders of the NJ National Guard and Reserve forces.
Jewish War Veterans make donation for NJ
Family Assistance Program.
The Jewish War Veterans continue to support the Family Assistance
Program. On Tuesday, 13 September 2005, the Clearbrook Post
395 of the Jewish War Veterans presented Mrs. Linda Rieth with
a check for $1,000. Presenting the check were: Ben Roth, Past
State Commander; Al Sosner, Current Post Commander; Abe Barbash,
Post Quartermaster; and Seymour Kurtz, Past Post Commander.
The families of our New Jersey National Guard appreciate the
unbelievable support they continue to receive during the War
Standdown 2005 to be held in South and North Jersey.
Homeless veterans and their families are invited to attend
the annual one-day Standdown that will be held at Essex County
College on 17 September 2005 and at the Cherry Hill Armory
on Friday, 23 September 2005, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Federal,
state, public, and private support agencies will offer a broad
array of FREE services and assistance such as: VA benefit counseling,
welfare, Social Security, food stamps, legal services, addiction
services, housing, medical, dental, employment/unemployment,
haircuts, and clothing provisions. Pre-registration and transportation
arrangements are encouraged. Call (800) 464-8387 for additional
104th Engineer Association plans benefit golf outing.
The 104th Engineer Association will hold
its first annual golf outing to benefit the “SGT Frank T. Carvill Scholarship
Program.” The event will be held on Monday, 19 September
2005 at the Overpeck County Golf Course in Teaneck, NJ. Contact
www.EANG-NJ.org to obtain additional information.
Philadelphia Eagles - National Guard Appreciation Day
The Philadelphia Eagles announced that
on Saturday, October 15, 2005, they would hold “National Guard Appreciation
Day” under the tent at the Cherry Hill Armory from 9:00
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Attendees will meet Eagles’ players,
Jon Runyan, Hank Fraley, Artis Hicks, and Shawn Andrews.
Also attending the
event will be NFL Films President, Mr. Steve Sabol. Military
ID will be required for admission.
Family Reunion briefings and workshops are scheduled.
The 42nd Infantry Division will be coming home from IRAQ in
the near future. Briefings and workshops are scheduled to assist
family members and friends to prepare for the reunion with
their Soldier. Topics to be covered will include understanding
the changes that have occurred both in yourself and in your
returning soldier, adjusting and enhancing lines of communications,
asking the right questions, and listening to his or her answer.
Dates and locations of the briefings are:
Thursday, September 22nd, Thursday, September 29th
For further information or to RSVP, call Sarah Loureiro at
2005 Army Football Special Ticket Offer – Salute
to Everyday Heroes.
Come out to Michie Stadium at West Point,
New York, as Army Football Salutes Everyday Heroes on Friday,
September 23, 2005
at 8 p.m. and watch the Black Knights take on the Iowa State
Cyclones under the lights. Tickets will be $5 for all of the
following Everyday Heroes: Military Personnel, Police, Fire & EMT
Workers, Scout Masters, Cub, Boy & Girl Scouts, and Teachers.
Retired and Active members are all eligible for the Everyday
Heroes special ticket pricing. Tickets must be purchased by
calling: 1-877-ARMY TIX (877-276-9849).
Enlisted Association of the National Guard announces Enlisted
The Enlisted Association of the NJ National
Guard is proud to announce the Enlisted Conference at the
Clarion Hotel & Conference
Center in Atlantic City West. The Conference will be held 7
thru 9 October 2005. During the Conference we honor our Outstanding
Soldiers and Airmen. There are various plans available. Friday
night is the Halloween Masquerade Ball with Tex-Mex Buffet,
and Saturday is the Formal Evening Ball with dinner and dancing.
For additional information, contact SGM (Ret) Jerome Zebrowski
at 609-214-6959 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or SGM Edward Goetschius
at 609-965-1972 or e-mail email@example.com or www.EANG-NJ.org to get an application, plans and other activities offered.
Thank you for your support!
Veterans to be honored at ceremony on 29 September 2005.
Salem and Cumberland County veterans will be honored in ceremonies
to be held at the Salem County Community College, 460 Hollywood
Avenue, Carneys Point, NJ. Veterans will be presented with
the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal at an 11 a.m. ceremony.
Salvation Army – Operation Red Shield.
Operation Red Shield is a fully funded program run by the
Salvation Army to meet the emergency needs of our deployed
service personnel and their dependents. If anyone needs assistance
or additional information on Operation Red Shield, please call
888-302-6100 or 888-247-0100. Full program details can also
be viewed at www.salvationarmynewjersey.org.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
Between the Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Author lecture and slide presentation by Vietnam Veteran Thomas F. Morrissey.
16 Sep 11 a.m.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Gold Star Mothers Recognition Day ceremony.
18 Sep 11 a.m.
Rolling Thunder – NJ, Motorcycle Run for POW/MIA Awareness.
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.
Job Fair to be held at Fort Monmouth.
A Job Fair will be held on September 20,
2005 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gibbs Hall, Fort Monmouth.
Army Community Service – Employment
Readiness Program us sponsoring the Job Fair that will have
the participation of over 60 businesses. Parking is limited
and the public is encouraged to car pool or take public transportation.
Photo ID will be required. No large bags, backpacks, briefcases,
etc. will be permitted inside the gate. Lunch will be available
for purchase inside Gibbs Hall. Bring adequate copies of your
resume as no copy facilities will be available. If you require
additional information, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
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 SGM Edward Goetschius, Military
Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090 or by e-mail at
Armory Happenings – Listed below
are events taking place at your local armory.
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Ancient Order of Hibernians
18 Sep (11am-6pm)
Card & Memorabilia Show
Township of Lawrence
25 Sep (10am-6pm)
25 Sep (10am-6pm)
1 Oct (10am-8pm)
Fitness Corner –
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer, email@example.com
Coffee and Antioxidants
Coffee usually gets bad press, but in a
recent study it is the number one source of antioxidants
in the U.S. diet. We
get over one gram of antioxidant compounds called flavonoids
in our average daily consumption of coffee, which is about
8 ounces. Tea is far behind at roughly 300 milligrams of antioxidants
in our average daily consumption. Flavonoids are pretty high
in tea, but we just don’t drink a lot of tea in America.
The study determined the antioxidant content of more than 100
different foods and beverages, and also analyzed data from
the U.S. Department of Agriculture on how much Americans consume
of each item.
As mentioned, coffee came out on top on the combined basis
of both antioxidants per service size and frequency of consumption,
followed by bananas, dry beans, and corn. By virtue of how
much Americans consume, coffee far outranked many popular sources
of antioxidants such as tea, milk, wine, chocolate, and cranberries.
Dates actually have the most antioxidants of all items analyzed
based solely on serving size, but not many people eat dates.
For those concerned about caffeine, good
news – both
caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee provide similar antioxidant
levels. I want to emphasize here that coffee is not necessarily
the best source of antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables are
better for you from an overall nutritional point of view due
to their higher content of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Today is Friday, September 16th. It is the 260th day of the
year with 105 days remaining.
On this day in history…
1630 – The Massachusetts village
of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.
1782 – The Great Seal of the United
States was impressed on documents to negotiate a prisoner
of war agreement with
the British. It was the first official use of the impression.
1908 – General Motors was founded
by William Durant. The company was formed by merging the
Buick and Olds car companies.
1919 –The American Legion was incorporated
by an act of the U.S. Congress.
1940 – U.S. President Roosevelt
signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which
set up the first
peacetime military draft in the United States.
1974 – U.S. President Ford announced
a conditional amnesty program for draft-evaders and deserters
1976 – The Episcopal Church formally
approved women to be ordained as priests and bishops.
1983 – Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes
a U.S. citizen.
1987 – The Montreal Protocol was signed by 24 countries
in an effort to save the Earth’s ozone layer by reducing
emissions of harmful chemicals by the year 2000.
1990 – 101 year old Sam Ackerman
weds 95 year old Eva in New Rochelle, New York.
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.
First Day of Fall to arrive next
In the language of science, an equinox
is either of two points on the celestial sphere where the
ecliptic and the celestial
equator intersect. For the rest of us, it’s one of two
times a year when the sun crosses the equator and the day and
night are of equal length (12 hours).
At the autumnal equinox (Thursday, September 22, 2005, 6:23
p.m. EDT), the sun appears to cross the celestial equator,
from north to south; this marks the beginning of autumn in
the Northern Hemisphere.
Thought for the day...
"Autumn is a second spring when
every leaf is a flower."
- Albert Camus