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Airmen learn Soldiering skills
By Maj. Steven Rothstein, JFHQ/ACOS
Fifty Airmen from the 177th volunteered to be members
of the Air National Guard Quick Reaction Force (ANG
QRF) capable of rapidly mobilizing in the event of a
They have joined a select group of 100 Airmen -
50 from the 177th and 50 from the 108th Air Refueling
Wing - ready to aid the citizens of the great state
of New Jersey
at a moment's notice.
These Airmen already bring skill sets unique to
their "high-demand" AFSC's (Air Force Specialty Codes)
such as civil engineering, security police and others.
Now they will have basic knowledge of traditional
"Soldiering" skills including clearing and securing
The idea originated with Col. Ronald Alfors, Chief of Staff-Air, as an evolution
of the extensive support the Air Guard has always provided
in state emergencies.
"We have always provided a specialized capability
to state response by leveraging our members' AFSC training,"
stated Alfors. "If
Airmen are needed to put boots on the ground for these
other types of missions, they would go through a 72
hour just-in-time training program at the Joint Training
and Training Development Center (JT2DC) before hitting
While the doctrine and plans were in place for
this eventuality, the scenario was never exercised. "This puts a core of 100 people through that
just-in-time training up front, while still maintaining
the ability to provide training to many more if needed."
Taking that vision to reality was a joint effort
led by Lt. Col. Randolph Slaughter, Officer in Charge
of Plans and Programs and Chief Master Sgt.
Richard Bouffard, NCOIC of Plans and
Programs on the Air side with Lt. Col. Brian Sharkey
and Capt. Scott Hofstetter on the Army side. They worked with New Jersey's Joint Task Force Commander,
Col. Stephen Hines, to identify ten core Military Support
to Civilian Authorities (MSCA) tasks.
Based on time and resources available to con-duct
the training, indoctrination into six of the ten was
included in the syllabus for the basic course.
The actual training responsibility to make sure
that the Air Guard team is ready fell to the NCOs of
the first battalion of the 254th Regiment led by Sgt.
1st Class Paulo Amado. His team of instructors spent several months
planning the curriculum leading up to the training exercise. Their expertise ensured that the ANG QRF is
ready to respond to any MSCA event.
The first course was conducted on June 9-10.
Fifty Airmen from the 108th Air Refueling Wing
received hands-on training both in the classroom at
the JT2DC and at the MOUT (Military Operations on Urbanized
Terrain) site at Range 12 on Fort
For the Jersey Devils the weekend was spent learning
and practicing the skills thousands of their fellow
guardsmen used in New
Orleans after Katrina.
The basics covered everything from patrolling
streets to knowing what they can and cannot do when
the situation gets desperate.
Much of the training they received this weekend
is what they would need in any type of state response. They all remember the pictures of National
Guardsmen conducting house-to-house searches in those
areas of New Orleans devastated
when the levees broke.
If something of that magnitude happens in New
Jersey, they all know that their
team will be ready to deploy and work seamlessly with
the Army Guard on those very same types of missions.
By Sgt 1st Class Robert Stephenson, NJDMAVA/PA
- Two New Jersey National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters
swooped in to deposit members of the Middlesex County
Special Operations Reaction Team (SORT) right in the
middle of the Rutgers New Brunswick campus. The SORT
immediately fanned out and advanced on one of the student
buildings. Gunshots follow.
Under different circumstances this
would be the beginning of a frightening situation reminiscent
of what took place at the University
of West Virginia
campus several months ago.
But this was not a real hostage situation, just
an exercise that involved numerous state and local law
enforcement and emergency services agencies. The goal of the exercise was to solidify the
cooperation between agencies which may be called upon
to work together on short notice during a real terrorist
"Our specialization in Homeland Security
is providing support to law enforcement," explains Lt.
Col. John Sheard of the New Jersey National Guard.
"So primarily from the aircraft side of the house,
[support] with the lift aircraft is to bring the Special
Operations teams to a location so they can deploy more
rapidly and with a show of force."
While transporting law enforcement
reaction teams is important, knowing where to transport
them is just as important.
"With the reconnaissance aircraft,
we have the capability of taking photos from the air,
day or night, video downlink technology, from the tactical
side of the house, to vehicles at the site, and strategically,
we can send that signal throughout the state, to the
Adjutant General's office and to the New Jersey State
Police office, which is where this all centralizes from,"
Helping to provide that signal is Chief
Warrant Officer Jerry Steber of the 2-104th Service
and Support Aviation Battalion. Steber, who manages
the equipment that receives the video signal from the
helicopter, has worked with law enforcement before. "Most of the law enforcement agencies that
I've had a personal interface with really look to us
for the support that they don't have," says Steber.
"It's a definite asset for them as far as visual
and electronic information being provided to the task
force commanders and the command posts when they're
doing these types of operations."
With the help of the New Jersey National
Guard, this exercise ends well according to Detective
Douglas Sprague, Deputy Task Force Commander of the
"We had information that there were
three active shooters somewhere in the building, we
assembled the SORT into 20-man assault teams, and we
cleared four floors of the building and took the bad
guys down outside the building."
in all, a good day for the good guys, with a little
help from the New Jersey National Guard.
Pilots gain survival training edge
By Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, 177FW/PA
Pilots from 119th Fighter Squadron held their water
survival training at Six
Harbor in Jackson on July 17.
United States Coast Guard water survival specialists
along with the pilots trained at Hurricane Harbor
because the wave pool gave a greater degree of realism
to the training than what is afforded at a regular swimming
This year's training included getting into the
one-person life raft, swimming out from underneath a
floating parachute (during World War II, more deaths
were attributed to drowning while caught under a parachute
in water than any other cause) and climbing inside a
large life raft.
According to Operations Group Commander Col. Vyas
Deshpande, the training was a success due to its realism
based on the conditions the pilots would encounter if
they were forced to parachute over a body of water.
elected NASAA president
Rowe, Bureau Chief of the New Jersey State Approving
Agency (SAA), New Jersey Department of Military and
Veterans Affairs, has been elected President of the
National Association of State Approving Agencies (NASAA),
which oversees the management of the 60 SAA's nationwide.
president, Rowe will be representing NASAA at Congressional
hearings affecting the educational benefits of veterans,
promoting a better understanding of the role and function
of the SAA among veterans, as well as community agencies
and education and training establishments and promoting
quality education and training for veterans and other
has served with the New Jersey SAA for 20 years and
as Bureau Chief for the past four years.
Prior to be elected president, he was the NASAA
Haven gets two cars for the residents
the desk of Robert Sauselein, Superintendent of Veterans
Haven recently obtained vehicles that will be raffled
off to two residents of Veterans Haven.
The vehicles are a 1991 Chevy Caprice and a 1987
Dodge van. They were donated by Clinton
donated the Chevy Caprice and Camille Fanning
who donated the Dodge van.
vehicles will enable two of our current residents to
seek better employment beyond the range of the local
public transportation system and significantly increase
their changes of improving their quality of life.
Joint Base Race to be held Sept. 29
AFB, N.J. -- McGuire Air Force Base, Fort
and NAES Lakehurst will hold the Inaugural Joint Base
Race Sept. 29 at 8:30 a.m.
race, featuring a half-marathon, a 5-K Run/Walk and
a Kid's Run, will be open to any interested participants,
and all DoD cardholders are encouraged to participate.
All are invited to compete against the men's and women's
military academy marathon teams from the Air
and West Point in the
first of what base leadership plans to be an annual
will be a good event for us," said Col. Tom Kastner,
U.S. Army Academy Marathon Team officer in charge. "The
cadets will enjoy the sister academy competition and
the whole experience."
13.1-mile route will be on paved surfaces within McGuire
AFB and Fort
Area and will pass static displays such as McGuire's
"Pudgy's" aircraft, a replica of the P-38
flown by Maj. Thomas B. McGuire Jr, and a C-118 that
actually flew Elvis Presley to the U.S.
in March 1960. On Fort
Dix, runners will see U.S. and Soviet military tanks including
a Huey Helicopter, a Russian T-72 Main Battle Tank and
will receive a T-shirt (if registered before Sept. 1),
a participation medal, a pasta dinner the night before
the race, post-run snacks as well as entertainment.
Runners will also compete against each other in various
more information or to register, call 1st Lt. Terry
Demille, 305th Services Squadron, at (609) 754-4750
or go online. Registration deadline is noon Sept. 24.
day to celebrate our State
Jon S. Corzine and Secretary of State Nina Mitchell
Wells invite you to New Jersey's Cultural
Festival, Saturday, Sept. 29. The festival will
be held at the South Riverwalk Park, Riverview Plaza,
Trenton, N.J. (next to Waterfront Park - Route 29 South),
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Rain Date - Sunday, Sept. 30).
Great Food...Cultural Exhibits and Speakers..Exciting
Summit to address health problems
the desk of Dorinda Sapp, Affirmative Action Officer
2007 Minority Women's Health Summit, Women of Color:
Addressing Disparities, Affirming Resilience, and Developing
Strategies for Success will be held Aug. 23-26, 2007,
Summit is the third to address health disparities among
women of color living in the United
Build on the knowledge gained in the previous conferences
and identify distinct health issues disproportionately
impacting minority women so that programs can be improved;
Highlight successful models of health promotion and
prevention that can be replicated in the community.
the Web site: http://www.womenshealth.gov/mwhs/
for more information.
Launches Suicide Hotline
ensure veterans with emotional crises have round-the-clock
access to trained professionals, the Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) has begun operation of a national suicide
prevention hot line for veterans. Secretary of Veterans
Affairs Jim Nicholson said: "Veterans need to know
these VA professionals are literally a phone call away.
All service members who experience the stresses of combat
can have wounds on their minds as well as their bodies.
Veterans should see mental health services as another
benefit they have earned, which the men and women of
VA are honored to provide." VA's hot line will
be staffed by mental health professionals in Canandaigua, N.Y.
They will take toll-free calls from across the country
and work closely with local VA mental health providers
to help callers. The toll-free hot line number is 1
(800) 273-TALK (8255).
looking for Soldiers and Airmen
Jersey Transit is seeking to recruit Soldiers and Airmen
returning from deployments.
Transit has a critical need for servicepersons, electricians,
police officers, machinists, part-time bus operators,
locomotive engineers, assistant conductors, repairpersons,
mechanics, and foreman II.
you are interested in any of these specific positions,
contact Gloria C. Guevara-Vrabel at 973-378-6160 or
e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information go to NJ Transit's website
New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council's
Helmets to Hardhats Program (NJ H2H) is designed to
help transitioning military personnel, National Guardsmen
and Reservists find the careers in the building and
The program seeks to help military members find
a career in one of 15 affiliated trades, such as electrical
workers, carpenters and painters.
work in cooperation with the national Helmets to Hardhats
program, adding a personal component to the program's
on-line services. NJ
H2H offers veterans preparation for successful application
to any of New
Jersey's registered apprenticeship
programs in the building and construction trades. Services
include career counseling, entrance test preparation
and referral to supportive services.
program registration and information, visit online at
www.njbctc.org/h2h or contact at 732-499-7295 or at
For Your Calendar
seminars slated for AGR, technicians
the desk of Lorraine
Jamison, Human Resource Development Specialist
is sponsoring two retirement seminars on Fort
at the JT2DC in August.
The technician pre-retirement planning seminar
is Aug. 21-22.
The AGR pre-retirement planning seminar is scheduled
for Aug. 23.
seminars are important step in planning for your future. For more information, call Lorraine Jamison
at 609-562-0874 or e-mail email@example.com.
Hall meeting for DMAVA scheduled for Sept. 6
Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson, and
retired Col. Stephen G. Abel, Deputy Commissioner for
Veterans Affairs, will conduct a Town Hall meeting on
Sept. 6, 2007 at 8 a.m.
8:45 a.m. retired Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Pierson and retired
Col. Jay Lovas will brief employees on the COOP/COG,
which is how the department would function in the event
of a disaster.
Town Hall meeting and briefing will take place on the
Drill Floor at the Lawrenceville Armory. Attendance
for DMVA state employees is mandatory.
Guard Appreciation Day at Jenkinson's on the Boardwalk
on the Boardwalk in Point Pleasant, N.J., is hosting
a New Jersey National Guard Appreciation Day on Sept.
3, at Jenkinson's Pier, open only to N.J. National
Guard personnel (with IDs) and their immediate family.
Details will follow in a future issue.
Annual Jack Green Memorial 5K Run/Walk
First Annual Jack Green Memorial 5K Run/Walk will be
held Sunday Oct. 21 at 8:30 a.m. at the 177th Fighter
Langley Road, Egg Harbor
will be held from 6:30 to 8 a.m., in building. 229 -
the Base Gym. Pre registration fee is $15 if postmarked
by Oct. 10. Race
day fee will be $20. Please make checks payable to:
177 Fighter Wing Chief's Council and mail to:
Frank G Heath, 400
Langley Road, Egg
an application or information contact Tech. Sgt. Erica
Nelson at (609) 645-6224 or Master Sgt. Frank Heath
at (609) 645-6109 or firstname.lastname@example.org
coverage; enroll today
the office of J1-HRO
you know...Your patriotism ENTITLES you to dental coverage?
The TRICARE dental program is affordable and comprehensive.
the ONLY dental insurance plan sponsored by the Department
of Defense for:
National Guard and Reserve Members
National Guard and Reserve Family Members
Active Duty Family Members
today to claim the dental benefits you've earned and
experience the service you and your family deserve.
Call 800-866-8499 or visit www.TRICAREdentalprogram.com
for more information.
bonus program for Army to aid recruiting effort; reward
the desk of Cyndi McCoy, NJARNG Recruiting, Marketing
Soldier a Recruiter (ESAR) is a pilot referral bonus
program of the Active, Reserve and National Guard components
of the Army that provides select Soldiers and retired
members of the U.S. Army the opportunity to assist with
recruiting efforts and rewards those efforts with referral
bonuses up to $2,000. For more information, contact NJARNG Marketing
Representative Cyndi McCoy at 609-672-6308.
offered for State employees
you a state employee looking to save a few $$$?
www.state.nj.us/personnel/discounts/index.htm and you can find a number of businesses who
offer discounts to New
Jersey state employees.
From amusement parks to fitness to computer to
phones and lots of other discounts between, you will
find many ways to save money. For more information,
please contact Cindy Leese at email@example.com
or call 609-530-7056.
For the Families
Military Family Day at Six Flags
on Aug. 27
Family Appreciation Day at Six
Flags, Great Adventure, Jackson, will be held on Aug.
27. The park opens at 10:30 a.m. and the discounted
tickets cost $20 per person, children under 3 have free
will cost $15 per car.
Tickets include all the rides and
the safari. Tickets can be purchased at JFHQ',
Family Program's Office (see Marie or Amanda) or at
For more information, please contact the Family Program
Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. This is a one-day ticket only, not
a season pass. This offer is available to all
New Jersey National Guard soldiers, airmen and DMAVA
and Federal civilian employees.
Job assistance for military spouses,
retirees, injured military
From the desk of retired Command
Sgt. Maj. Mike Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist
Re/Max in conjunction with the
US Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment
Initiative launched Operation Re/Max in 2006 to help
mentor interested military members and their family
members in a career in real estate. Interested
military spouses, retirees and injured soldiers can
obtain detailed Operation Re/Max information at http://www.remax.com/inside_remax/become_an_agent/new_to_
real_estate/index.aspx or contact operation
firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-826-7720.
Youth trip to Camp
Zoo, lighthouse on Aug. 23
Family Programs is conducting a
youth trip to Cape May zoo and lighthouse on Aug. 23 for youths, ages 8-15. Cost
is $5 per child for the T-shirts
The Family Programs staff is renting
a charter bus for the day and taking 35 children and
10 staff members as chaperones. There will be two pick-up and drop-off points
on Route 68 at 7:15 a.m./5:15 p.m. and the Hammonton
Armory at 8:30 a.m./4:30 p.m.
Reservations can be made by calling
Amanda Balas, State Youth Coordinator, at 609-562-0742
or by e-mail at Amanda.email@example.com. They will
be taken on a first come, first serve basis and children
of deployed service members have
Sports and Entertainment
Trenton Vets Center, Trenton Thunder offer
with support from their community partner, Trenton Thunder
Baseball, will sponsor baseball tickets at a special
rate for Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard, separated,
and retired veterans. A regular $10 season ticket will be offered at $7 for veterans and family
members. The primary purpose of the program is
to allow veterans and their families an opportunity
to experience Trenton Thunder baseball due to their
service and sacrifice for our country. If you have questions, call Matt Petima, director
of ticket operations for the Trenton Thunder at 609-394-3300,
ext 1200 or the ticket box office at 609-394-3300.
of Veteran Status: Interested veterans
must have a picture I.D. and provide proof of their
veteran status by showing one of the following documents:
Military I.D. card; Federal Department of Veteran Affairs medical I.D.
card; DD Form 214.
ESGR Golf tourney on Sept. 18
From the desk of Hank Pierre,
The NJ Friends of the Guard and
Reserve is proud to present the 2007 State Chairman's
Annual Golf Outing. The golf outing will be held on Sept.18, at the Miry Run Country Club
rain date is Sept. 25.
The $95 per golfer registration fee includes
greens fees, cart, registration, continental breakfast,
food and beverages on the course, door prizes and a
buffet luncheon at the golf club.
Corporate, hole and cart sponsors are also being
sought. All proceeds to benefit the activities of
the NJ Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and
Reserve. For additional information please contact
Hank Pierre at 609-562-0156 or Tammy Cartagena at 609-562-0157.
Dave Savino Golf Tournament to
be held Sept, 17
The 11th Annual Lt. Col. Dave Savino
Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Sept.
17 at the Fountain Green Golf Course, Ft.
Dix. Shotgun start is at 8 a.m., with a two-person
scramble (best ball).
Cost to play is $85 per person, with checks made
payable to "Lt. Col. Dave Savino Memorial Fund."
Call Senior Master Sgt. Mike Balas at 609-330-4069
or Connie Cisek at 609-562-0901 for more information.
Proceeds from the tournament go to help fellow
Guardsmen in need.
Here's to the Heroes provides
a single day's free admission to any one SeaWorld or
Busch Gardens park, Sesame Place, Adventure Island or
Water Country USA for the service member and as many
as three direct dependents.
Any active duty, active reserve,
ready reserve service member or Guard member is entitled
to free admission under the program. He or she need
only register, either online at www.herosalute.com or in the entrance
plaza of a participating park, and show a Department
of Defense photo ID.
Scholarship, Education News
Scholarships for OIF/OEF veterans
The Horatio Alger Association of
Distinguished Americans is offering scholarships to
combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. It offers a scholarship
of up to $1,250 per year for person pursuing a BA/BS
degree. You must have an honorable service record and
a 2.0 GPA.
The deadline for applying is Sept. 28, 2007. Contact: www.horatioalger.org.
Free SAT/ACT Offer Extended
A group of NFL, NFL Europe, AFL,
and CFL football players have announced they are extending
their sponsorship of the SAT/ACT training to all military
The sponsorship allows any military
person (active, Guard, reserve, or retired) to request
as many programs as they need for the students in their
lives. There is a secure website to confirm a
person's military status before directing the user to
the software order site.
Programs are shipped to domestic
U.S. addresses and APO
sponsorship covers the purchase price of $199 and the
family pays only the shipping and handling of $9.95.
American Legion offers scholarships,
booklet on their Web site
The American Legion has scholarship
information on their Web site - www.legion.org
- including the 152-page booklet, Need
a Lift, which is a complete financial aid reference
guide for veterans, family members and the American
Legion family. When
you get on the site, click on "Scholarship Information"
in the "Useful Links" block.
NGANJ group life insurance available
Are you covered by the NGANJ Group
Life Insurance Program?
As a member of either the Officers or the Enlisted
Association, you are entitled to enroll in your Association
Life Insurance Program.
This special program provides from $5,000 to
$50,000 of Life Insurance for you, "round the clock".
Premiums range from as little as $2 per month
and may be payroll-deducted from your drill check.
Family coverage is also available at low rates
designed for you as a member of the New Jersey Army
and Air National Guard.
Think of it!!
No aviation exclusions...No hazardous duty restrictions...No
war clauses.No checks to write. Dependent coverage includes spouses and all
can be obtained by contacting retired CWO Jack Petrosilli
at 609-530-6843, or retired Brig. Gen. Robert S.
Dutko Sr. at 609-273-1004.
Enrollment forms can be obtained by calling retired
Col. Frank L. Carlone, Program Coordinator at 732-249-8335.
Enlisted Association of the National
Guard of New Jersey
The Enlisted Association is seeking
members to help give our state a larger voice.
The Association speaks on legislative issues
that benefit military members and families. The association
works at the Federal & State level on all important
issues. Visit the web site EANG-NJ.org,
click on Become a Member for the application
and find out more about what the association does.
Enlisted Association of NGNJ Conference
slated for Oct. 5-7
34th annual conference of the Enlisted Association of
the National Guard of New Jersey will be held at the
Radisson Hotel, Valley
from this weekend event are spent directly on our membership. It is a nice feeling to know that for every
50/50 ticket and Chinese Auction ticket you buy helps
fund the scholarship program allows junior enlisted
to attend the National Conference and supports legislative
actions for benefits and so much more.
night features "The American Game Show Challenge," which
is a series of fun trivia contests and physical challenges.
is back to business with a business meeting and elections
for the executive council. The new Junior Enlisted Team is sponsoring
the Chinese Auction.
Local attractions are abundant; register for
trips to Valley Forge and/or Longwood Gardens. Saturday Night wraps up our conference with
our customary formal Military Ball.
are several package plans to fit your particular needs. If you have any questions, call retired Sgt.
Maj. Jerome Zebrowski at 609-214-6959 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Co-Chairman retired Sgt. Maj. Edward Goetschius at
609-965-1972 or e-mail at email@example.com. Visit the association's web site at www.eang-nj.org/conference_2007.pdf for additional information, updates and applications.
NGANJ's calendar for members in
The National Guard Association
of New Jersey will be conducting the following event.
All members (active and retirees) are encouraged
Guard Association of the United
States (NGAUS) 129th Conference - this conference will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico
from August 25-27,
2007. The New
Jersey delegation will be staying
at the Caribe Hilton (15 minutes from airport).
Our hotel is located on the beach, has a great
pool for the family and is located close to the convention
center (10 minutes).
We have reserved 30 rooms on a first come, first
gets basis. Additional information and registration forms
will be coming out shortly.
If you are interested, please contact Capt. Jose
Website - The above information is posted on the NGANJ
website. If you
need copies of the forms, specific contacts or additional
information, please go to the website at:
DMAVA Veterans Outreach Campaign
The DMVA Veterans Outreach Campaign
continues with kiosk displays at selected malls throughout
New Jersey. The schedule is as follows:
12, 13*, 14
2, 3, 4
30*, 31, November 1
27, 28, 29
*Medal ceremonies begin at 10:30
a.m. on these dates.
The kiosk will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
July-Sept.; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Oct. and Nov.
N.J. Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
and Vietnam Era
Free guided tours of the Memorial are offered on the
first Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.