Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
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..
“You must be the change
you wish to see in the world.”
"Half of the American people never
read a newspaper. Half never voted President. One hopes it
the same half."
.. Gore Vidal
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
New Jersey Air National Guard Sergeant Garners John L. Levitow
Award at NCO Academy Graduation.
Technical Sergeant Andrew T. Matejek of the 177th Maintenance
Squadron at Atlantic City won the John L. Levitow Award at
the recent NCO Academy graduation at McGhee Tyson Air Base,
Knoxville, TN. The Levitow Award is the highest award presented
to NCO Academy graduates and was named for Airman First Class
John Levitow, the first enlisted member of the United States
Air Force awarded the Medal of Honor. He distinguished himself
by exceptional heroism while assigned as a loadmaster aboard
an AC-47 gunship flying a night mission in support of Long
Bing Army post during the Vietnam War. TSgt Matejek is a
traditional Guardmember and resides in Summit, New Jersey.
Congratulations to TSgt Matejek and his family!
The New Jersey
Advisory Committee for Women Veterans will hold its annual
The New Jersey Advisory Committee for
Women Veterans is holding their annual luncheon on Saturday,
23 October 2004,
at 11:30 a.m., at McAteers Restaurant, 1714 Easton Avenue,
Somerset, New Jersey. Brigadier General Maria Falca-Dodson,
Deputy Adjutant General, New Jersey Department of Military
and Veterans Affairs, will e the guest speaker, along with
Ms. Cheryl T. J. Rawls, Assistant Director, U. S. Department
of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration of
the Newark Regional Office. The theme of this year’s
luncheon is “Look to the Future – Remember the
The cost of the luncheon is $25 per person.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Ms.
Karen Wallace, NJ Department
of Military & Veterans Affairs, at 609-530-6766 by 16
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
Meritorious & Korean
30 Sep - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Director of Veterans Programs reports on the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs Regional Meeting.
Mr. Bill Devereaux, Director of Veterans
Programs, attended the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Regional VISN 4 (Veterans
Integrated Service Network) meeting held at Pennsylvania’s
VA Medical Center on Tuesday, 14 September 2004. VISN 4 represents
the geographical area covering New Jersey’s seven southern
counties. Discussions focused on a variety of topics that
are crucial to the delivery of healthcare to our veterans
and the availability of on-line information for them.
Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
On Saturday, 18 September, at 1 p.m.
the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Foundation will host an author lecture and book signing by
Vietnam-Era Veteran George J. Veith about his new book, co-written
with Garnett “Bill” Bell, Leave No Man Behind:
Bill Bell and the Search for American POW/MIAs from the Vietnam
The Vietnam War’s POW/MIA issue has haunted America
since the early stages of the war. Shrouded in controversy,
a subject of great emotion amid charges of governmental conspiracy
and Communist deceit, the possibility of American servicemen
being held in secret captivity after the war’s end
has influenced U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia for three
decades. Bill Bell, the first chief of the U.S. POW/MIA office
in postwar Vietnam and the government’s top POW/MIA
field investigator, provides an insider’s account of
George Veith, a former Army captain and tank company commander,
served for almost seven years (1979-1986) in different command
positions in US combat units in Germany and the United States.
An acknowledged expert on the POW issue, he has addressed
both the National League of Families and National Alliance
of Families conventions on the subject o POW/MIAs, has presented
papers at the last three symposiums of the Center for the
Study of the Vietnam Conflict at Texas Tech University, and
is frequently asked to speak before POW/MIA activist groups.
attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033. A donation
of $5 per person is suggested.
National POW Recognition Day/Gold Star Mothers
17 Sep -
“Leave No Man Behind” (re: POW/MIAs) by George J. Veith
18 Sep -
Veterans Day Program
11 Nov -
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.
Important Calendar Dates:
Salute to our Deploying Troops
9 October - 10 a.m.
Sovereign Bank Arena
Pancake Breakfast – Support the Troops
16 October - 7 a.m.-12 p.m.
500 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, NJ
Proceeds of this even will benefit the
soldiers and families of NJ National Guard’s Family
Readiness Council and the Family Assistance Center at Westfield.
Golf Tournament - Support the Troops
Oceanair Golf and Country Club
Proceeds will benefit the families of the DISCOM and Artillery
units of Toms River and Ocean County whose finances have
been affected by the deployment of National Guard members
who have been called to duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. For
more information call: 609-693-1941.
Today in History…
Today is Friday, September 17th. It is the 261st day of
the year, with 106 days remaining.
1778 – The United States signed
its first treaty with a Native American tribe, the Delaware
1796 – President George Washington’s
Farewell Address was read before Congress.
1930 – Construction on Boulder
Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam, began in Black Canyon, near
1947 – The first U.S. Secretary
of Defense, James V. Forrestal, was sworn in to office.
1962 – U.S. space officials announced
the selection of Neil Armstrong and eight others as new
1995 – Hong Kong held its last
legislative election before being taken over by China in
NOTES – Do-It-Yourselfers: Toolbox Safety Tips
In 1998 there were about 98,700 injuries
from saws (hand and power) treated at hospital emergency
to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Emergency
room personnel also treated 42,426 hammer injuries, 17,818
power grinder, buffer, and polisher injuries; 17,199 drill
injuries; and 6,771 welding and soldering equipment injuries.
Here are some must-do’s for those who do it themselves.
- Plan Ahead – Visualize your project.
Think of everything that might be dangerous.
- Prepare your space – Working
in a clutter and debris-free, well-lit area is crucial
- Dress for Success – Safety gear
should include: safety glasses, earplugs and muffs, gloves,
kneepads, and coveralls.
- Keep tools cleaned and stored – Be
sure your tools are in optimal condition. Keep them clean,
lubricated and in good working order.
- Know what you’re doing – Or don’t
do it – You can pay for an injury the rest of your
life. If you don’t know what you’re doing, take
a class or hire an expert to do it for you.
- Don’t try everything at once – Don’t
overdo it. Weekends should include no more than 8-10 hours
of do-it-yourself projects. If you overdo it, you run the
risk of injury. Pace yourself and set reasonable goals for
home improvement projects.
Fun Facts –
- The first product Motorola started
to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that
time, the most known
player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves
- The mask used by Michael Myers in the
original “Halloween” was
a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
- Leonardo DaVinci invented scissors.
Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa’s lips.
- The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived
from an old English law, which stated that you couldn’t
beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – Low
Back Pain (Part 3 of a 5 part series) by Ernie Razzano, Certified
Step 3: Increase Muscular Flexibility.
The best time to stretch the muscles of the low back and
hamstrings (muscles in back of the upper leg) is first thing
in the morning, before you get up. Do a few knees-to-chest
and pelvic-rock stretches before your feet hit the floor.
Then, take a hot shower and stretch. As simple as it sounds,
this technique has helped hundreds of patients who have suffered
for years with recurring back pain.
Professional and Olympic athletes realize the
importance of stretching and flexibility, so use the techniques
use to stretch and loosen up first thing in the morning,
and then several times during the day, to prevent unnecessary
pain or injury. Do five two-minute stretches during the day,
rather than one 10-minute session, because you usually stiffen
up throughout the day from prolonged sitting or standing.
Knee-to-chest stretches specifically stretch
the muscles of the low and mid back, and buttocks. The key
stretching is to relax before beginning to pull. Gently
clasp your hands just below your knees, and pull with your
relaxing your low back. Hold for 3 to 5 seconds, then release.
Remember, start and end this stretch with your knees bent.
It takes the stress off the low back.
is a critical factor in reducing low back pain. The hamstrings
connect to the
bottom of the pelvis.
If they’re tight, it will inhibit your ability to flex
or bend forward. This puts most of the load of bending on
the low back, rather than dispersing the load and leverage
between the hamstrings, glutes, hips and low back. Contrary
to popular belief, toe touching is not recommended. Instead,
try Good Mornings. Bend forward at the hip, attempting to
keep the buttocks pointed up, and keeping the upper torso
straight not curved. Slowly feel the stretch in the back
of the legs and hold for about 30 seconds. Do not stretch
where it is painful. Repeat several times.
Cat stretches really stretch the muscles and joints of the
low back, so start off easy at first. Again, relax, start
on your hands and knees with the elbows locked, and then
gently allow the low back to sag into an arch (like an old
horse). Hold for just 2 to 3 seconds, and then press your
low back upward (like an angry cat), and hold for 2 to 3
seconds. Then sit back on your legs and stretch, reaching
your arms forward, again really relaxing the muscles of the
back, butt and legs. Hold for about 5 seconds, then return
to the starting position on your hands and knees, and repeat
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
As the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers
and airmen around the globe, the families that are left behind
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 Center
Call toll free 888-859-0352