Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
Contacting us is easy!
Office of the Assistant Commisioner
COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith
Mrs. Laura A. Branham
Phone: (609) 530-6987
Fax: (609) 530-7109
on the Web!
Thought for the Day
sadder in this world than to awake on Christmas morning and
be a child."
Gifts for Kids Drive is now underway.
Toys will be distributed to the
children of our deployed servicemen and women.
Please be generous!
.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.
Union of NJ
609-538-4061, ext. 401
Morris Bank & Trust
Call today and
volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center near you.
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? Please
call your local Family Readiness center and volunteer.
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance
Call toll free 888-859-0352
Harbor Facts -
1. The attack began on Sunday, 7 December 1941 at 7:55 a.m.
2. 183 Japanese planes were launched in the attack at Pearl
Harbor on the Island of Hawaii.
3. Five out of the eight battleships
at Pearl Harbor were sunk or destroyed – USS Arizona,
USS Oklahoma, USS Pennsylvania, USS Utah, USS West Virginia
4. The USS Nevada was the only battleship to get under way
during the attack.
5. The Japanese fleet was under the command of Sadatoshi
6. Admiral Kimmel was the U.S. Commander of the American
fleet at Pearl Harbor.
7. The Japanese used the weather forecast
west clouds” to signal the attack.
8. Many of the 2,400 U.S. military personnel who died are
buried in a cemetery known as Punchbowl.
9. President Franklin Roosevelt signed a declaration of
war against Japan on December 8, 1941.
Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ)-NJ
conducted reconstitution and reintegration activities.
Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
resulted in the mobilization and deployment of Reserve Component
units and deployment of Active Component units in support
of Central Command (CENTCOM). With the successful conclusion
of the Airbase Security Mission for OEF, the 5-117th Cavalry
will demobilize at Fort Drum, New York, and then return to
home station (NJ) to conduct reconstitution and reintegration
operations prior to release from active duty.
The Adjutant General’s intent is
to seamlessly reconstitute units and reintegrate all New
Jersey Army National Guard
soldiers and equipment back into the NJARNG. The transition
of soldiers back from federal active service and the well
being of their families is the Number One operational priority.
Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) – NJ conducted reconstitution
and reintegration activities on 11-13 December 2004 at JFHQ-NJ,
Building 3650, Fort Dix, NJ for the 5-117th Cavalry. The
exercise returned 103 soldiers of the Cavalry to their command
and families. Job well done soldiers – welcome home!
awarded Distinguished & Meritorious
William Devereaux, Director of Veterans Programs, served
as Guest Speaker at the 60th Anniversary of the Survivors
of the Battle of the Bulge commemoration luncheon held in
Wildwood on 8 December 2004. Mr. Devereaux presented nine
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medals to members of
Toy & Gifts
for Kids Drive is a tremendous success.
year’s annual Toys and Gifts for Kids Drive was
a tremendous success. We collected 270 new gifts and toys.
Thank you to all of our employees and friends who donated
items to this year’s drive. All of the gifts that were
collected will be distributed to the families of our deployed
soldiers and airmen. Special thanks to Ms. Roe Fisher and
the Executive Women’s Golf Association of Central New
Jersey for their donation of gifts and toys for our children.
The generosity exhibited by everyone is overwhelming. Thank
you and God Bless you, one and all!
177th Explosive Ordnance
Disposal Unit (EOD) Diffuses Explosive Situation.
the late afternoon on Saturday, 11 December 2004, the
Middletownship Police Department requested EOD support from
the 177th Fighter Wing. The two-man team from the EOD Shop
responded to a situation at a private residence in Cape May.
Upon their arrival, Technical Sergeant Edward Nickel and
Staff Sergeant Milton Lecompte Jr. found that the individual
had various types of unexploded ordnance in the garage that
included two Civil War cannon balls, one of which was live,
and a Civil War 10 lb. Parrot projectile. The EOD team removed
all of the ordnance and transported it to the 177th Fighter
Wing where it will be properly disposed of. The mission was
accomplished without injury to personnel and property.
of Veterans Programs – Veterans Service Office “Outreach”
William McDonnell, Veterans Service Officer based
in the Department’s Thorofare, NJ office, conducted onsite
briefings for two units of the 253rd Transportation Company
in Cape May and Absecon on December 3rd. He briefed the troops
on benefits and application procedures as part of an “Outreach” initiative
of the Division of Veterans Programs to inform returning
troops from Iraq and Afghanistan on federal and state benefits
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been
scheduled to honor our State’s veterans.
20 Jan 05 - 11 a.m. & 1
- Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal
- Vietnam Service Medal
Salem County Community College
Guard Association of New Jersey – 2005
The National Guard Association of NJ is pleased to
announce the continuation of the Scholarship Program
for 2005. Completed applications will be accepted,
beginning February 1, 2005 and must be postmarked,
not later than, March 15, 2005. Scholarships are available
to dependents (including grandchildren) of NJ National
Guard members, both active and retired (with 20-year
certification), spouses, and NJNG members themselves
who are currently enrolled in or planning to pursue
their first undergraduate degree program. All current
college applicants must be pursuing at least 12 credit
hours (full-time) each semester. All Official (raised
seal) transcripts and SAT scores must be verified and
signed by school officials. Additionally, a letter
from the applicant is required to complete the application
process. Please see the application for subject matter
of the required letter. Applications will not be accepted
from previous awardees of a National Guard Association
of New Jersey Scholarship. Applications are available
online at: www.nganj.org and
at your armory. Send completed applications to: National
Guard Association of New
Jersey, Scholarship Committee—COL Edward Slavin,
101 Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.
Patriots Week is planned in the City of Trenton.
You are cordially invited to attend
the re-enactment of the Revolutionary War’s Battles of Trenton
beginning at the Battle Monument, North Warren & North
Broad Streets, on Sunday, 2 January 2005 from 11 a.m.
The battle re-enactment will be followed by a luncheon
reception for active military personnel, veterans,
and their families as guests of the Masonic Lodges
of NJ from Noon to 2 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, Barrack
Street. Guided tours of the magnificent Masonic Temple
will take place following the reception.
The re-enactment of the 2nd Battle
of Trenton will take place from 3-4 p.m. beginning
at the 1st Presbyterian
Church, 120 East State Street, and continuing in Mill
Hill Park on East Front Street, culminating in a procession
back to the Old Barracks. For more information about
Patriots’ Week activities visit www.patriotsweek.com.
Today is Friday, 17 December 2004, the 352nd day of
the year with 15 days remaining.
1777 – France recognized
1791 – A traffic regulation in New York
City established the first street to go “One
1843 – “A Christmas Carol” by
Charles Dickens was published.
1903 – The first successful
gasoline-powered airplane flight took place near
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Orville and Wilbur Wright made the flight.
1957 – The United States
successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental
for the first time.
1969 – The U.S. Air Force closed its
Project “Blue Book” by concluding that
there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships
behind thousands of UFO sightings.
1975 – Lynette Fromme was
sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the
life of U.S.
1986 – Davina Thompson became the world’s
first recipient of a heart, lungs, and liver transplant.
2002 – McDonald’s
Corporation warned that they would report their first
loss in its 47-year history.
Part-time opportunities available in Military Funeral
New Jersey Army National Guard Military Funeral
Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
immediately 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 SFC Raymond Denson, Military Funeral
Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090 or by e-mail at Raymond.Denson@nj.ngb.army.mil.
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Education Center’s upcoming event schedule.
- 1 p.m.
Between the Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Author lecture and slide presentation by Vietnam Veteran Thomas F. Morrissey
19 Mar -
A Redcatcher’s Letters from Nam* Author lecture by Patricia Farawell
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
off the Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
General Principles of Injury Prevention
Factors leading to sports injuries can basically
be categorized in two areas: Intrinsic and Extrinsic
Intrinsic Factors (mental and physical preparedness)
Activity should be consistent with age,
somatype, and capabilities.
Pre-participation screening is critical,
especially if over 35, smoker, obese, etc.
Skills should be adequate for activity
(i.e., lifting properly).
Muscle tightness can lead to injury.
A rational approach to competition must
be employed (you can injure not only yourself,
but others also).
Extrinsic Factors (factors which impinge externally
Other personnel: Trainers and coaches
must beware of over stimulating the athlete into
a performance, which is beyond his or her capabilities.
Training program design: Adequate fitness
is critical (fatigue leads to injuries). Make
sure you warm-up and cool-down!
Environment: Investigate equipment,
flooring and venue in general. Thermal injuries:
Hydrate, wear appropriate clothing, and acclimatize
prior to activity or competition.
Clothing, footwear, etc: Proper fit
Other equipment: mouth-guards, helmets,
padding, belts, wraps
Fluids, nutrition and supplements: Dehydration
can cause injury through performance impairment.
Fitness after injury: Rehab should address
muscle wasting and joint stiffness
Armory Happenings –
Listed below are some of the events taking place at
your local armory.
||Youth Wrestling Event
Design & Landscape Show
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Jersey City Armory
||Moscow State Circus
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
you holiday shopping this weekend? Don’t
forget our Toy Drive!