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!
State Veterans Service Council
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for Women
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
New Jersey Freedom
What is a Freedom
* Up to $10,000
* Annual APR 6%
* Term: 5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
* Unsecured Loan (no collateral required)
Who is eligible to
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
for the Week:
this life we cannot do great things.. We
can only do small things with great love."
Welcome Home – Battery
B, 3/112th Field Artillery Battalion!
On 11 February 2005, the New Jersey National Guard conducted
a Welcome Home Ceremony in Lawrenceville, New Jersey for
Battery B, 3/112th Field Artillery Battalion. MG Glenn K.
Rieth, Acting Governor Richard J. Codey, United States Senators
Jon Corzine and Frank Lautenberg, Congressmen Rodney Frelinghuysen
and Rush Holt, local dignitaries, families, friends, and
the community of Lawrenceville welcomed home the 178 soldiers
of Battery B, 3/112th FA who were deployed for 12 months
in Iraq. The 3rd Battalion Family Readiness Group and the
local community did an outstanding job coordinating and setting
up the event. The ceremony included a parade and an awards
ceremony to honor the outstanding achievements of the unit
and soldiers. Seventeen soldiers were awarded the Bronze
Star, and 23 soldiers were awarded the Purple Heart during
their deployment. Battery B performed over 4,000 missions
during their deployment, to include Iraqi Police training
and providing security for Iraqi Police stations. The unit
operated in some of the most dangerous areas including Fallujah
and Sadr City in Baghdad. In a solemn moment, Governor Codey
and everyone present remembered the four brave soldiers who
made the ultimate sacrifice: Staff Sergeant Frank T. Carvill,
Staff Sergeant Humberto Timoteo, Specialist Ryan Doltz, and
Specialist Christopher M. Duffy. The NJ National Guard is
extremely proud of Battery B, 3/112th Field Artillery. Their
performance and dedication to duty is in keeping with the
highest traditions of military service. Welcome Home!
New Jersey veterans honored at ceremony.
On Thursday, 10 February 2005, a New
Jersey Vietnam and Korean Service Medals ceremony was held
at the Hackettstown
Armory in Hackettstown, New Jersey. Colonel Robert Watson,
Plans Operations and Training Officer, from Fort Dix, New
Jersey presented these medals to 71 of our State’s
veterans. COL Watson saluted them for their service and sacrifice
on behalf of all the citizens of our great state and nation.
Ms. Kathy Hymes served as Mistress of Ceremony and also sang
the National Anthem to everyone’s delight. Ms. Kimberly
Bruss and Ms. Kimberly Castner assisted with the program.
177th Operations and Maintenance Groups deploy to Hickam
Air Force Base, Hawaii.
Guardsmen assigned to the 177th Fighter
Wing Operation and Maintenance Groups deployed to Hickam
Air Force Base, Hawaii
on 12 February 05. In addition to personnel, a portion of
the Wings F-16c aircraft also deployed. The personnel and
aircraft will participate in an exercise known as “Sentry
Aloha.” The exercise is designed to provide realistic
training scenarios for dissimilar aircraft, namely F-16s
versus F-15s. This exercise is one of many that help keep
our pilots and maintainers trained and ready to support real
The New Jersey World War II Memorial website is now online.
The World War II Memorial at Veterans Park website is now
available on the world wide web at the following address:
site contains committee, design, and donation information,
as well as information on the current events regarding the
memorial and a brief photo gallery. The site will continue
to be updated as the project progresses. Please take a minute
to view the outstanding design as the State of New Jersey
takes the initiative to honor and remember our “Greatest
National Guard Bureau hosts Legislative Conference.
The National Guard Bureau hosted its first annual conference
for State Legislative Liaisons in Washington, D.C. Legislative
Liaison personnel from all 50 states and territories attended.
Dr. Wayne Girardet, Director, Government Relations, represented
New Jersey. Among the items discussed were the composition
of the new Congress, BRAC, budgetary outlook, and force structure.
Annual Training Conference conducted at Fort Indiantown
On 16 February 2005, the Joint Force Headquarters, Army
Directorates and full-time support soldiers of the 50th Brigade
and 250th Forward Support Battalion, converged on the Pennsylvania
National Guard Training Center for an Annual Training (AT)
Conference. Fort Indiantown Gap is a National Guard Training
Center that provides New Jersey units with 19,000 acres of
training land, which consists of 140 maneuver areas, firing
ranges, and bivouac sites. The purpose of the AT Conference
is to confirm support, coordinate changes, and resolve conflicts
in resource allocations of training facilities. Units performed
reconnaissance of their training areas so commanders can
thoroughly plan and synchronize training.
Fort Indiantown Gap was first established
by the state of Pennsylvania in 1931 as the primary training
base for the
Pennsylvania National Guard. It is also home of the Pennsylvania
Department of Military & Veterans Affairs. The primary
mission of Fort Indiantown Gap is military training for the
active and reserve components of all the services. Civilian
organizations with compatible interests and training needs
are also accommodated whenever possible. On average, more
than 100,000 individual students and trainees rotate through
the installation every year.
Major General Richard “Craig” Cosgrave
Chiefs Award winner announced.
The Major General Richard “Craig” Cosgrave
Chiefs Award was developed to honor the outstanding Chief
Sergeants in the New Jersey Air National Guard that demonstrate
superior performance, community service, professionalism,
and leadership in the highest standards expected of a Chief
Master Sergeant. The award was named in honor of Major General
Cosgrave, who put complete trust and confidence in his Chief
Master Sergeants. The selection is based on four areas: individual
initiatives, professionalism, demonstrated abilities of a
Chief, and adherence to the Core Values of the United States
This year’s winner was Chief Master
Sergeant Marvin Nichols of the 108th Air Refueling Wing.
to Chief Nichols and we thank him for his support of the
enlisted men and women of the 108th Air Refueling Wing.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
151 Eggert Crossing Rd.
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medals
Korean Service Medal
1048 Route 206
Bordentown, NJ 08505
|Distinguished, Meritorious, Korean, and Vietnam Service
||American Legion #115
700 Melbourne Avenue
Beverly, NJ 08010
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medals
Vietnam Service Medal
|Cherry Hill Armory
Grove Street & Park Blvd.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities
and fundraisers planned in support of our deployed troops
and their families:
Pancake Breakfast – Vineland – 19
Feb 05. The Masonic Lodge at 1065 East Landis Avenue, Vineland,
Jersey will host a Support the Troops Pancake Breakfast on
Saturday, 19 February 2005, from 8-11:30 a.m. Tickets are
$5 per person, $3 for Seniors and Children under 12. All
proceeds benefit the HHT/C Troop, 5-117th Cavalry National
Guard soldiers and their families. For more information call
Dacia Eachus at 856-358-2590 or Colleen Cunning at 856-308-3052.
Pasta Dinner – Lawrenceville – 20
Feb 05. A Pasta Dinner to benefit National Guard families
held on Sunday, 20 February 2005, at the Lawrenceville Armory
from Noon until 7 p.m. Cost: $8 (Children 12 and under -
Breakfast Buffet – Port Murray – 27
Feb 05. American Legion Post 164 and the 2-102nd Family Readiness
Group will sponsor a Breakfast Buffet on Sunday, 27 February
from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will be held at the American
Legion Post on Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey.
Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for Seniors and Children under
10. Proceeds will assist the families of the 2nd Battalion,
JT2DC (T3BL) Soldier’s Association Golf
Tournament – 25
April 2005. The event will begin with a 9 a.m. Shotgun Start
at the Fountain Green Golf Course, Fort Dix. Cost $80 per
person. Proceeds will assist the families of our deployed
soldiers. For additional information, contact CSM Tim Maskery
Get Dunkin Donuts coffee for your soldier.
Dunkin Donuts will send a case of free coffee to your soldier.
to www.dunkindonuts.com, click on “About Us,” click
on “Contact Us,” click on “Instore Visits,” fill
out the form, in the comments section put the soldier’s
rank, name and APO address, and say that you would like to
send your soldier coffee. Then click “Submit.” You
can mail a request to Dunkin Brands, 130 Royall Street, Camton,
MA 02021, Attention Customer Care or request the coffee by
phone at 781-737-3000 (Customer Relations).
Visit http://www.operationuplink.org/request.cfm to request
free phone cards for active duty military personnel
deployed away from home. At this site you can fill out
a request for a phone card to be sent to yourself or a loved
one. One card per request per servicemember will be honored
during a 60-day period.
Gifts from the Homefront. The “Gifts
from the Homefront” program
was begun last year by the Army and Air Force and enables
people from all walks of life to rally around America’s
troops by purchasing gift certificates designed to lift the
morale of deployed troops around the world. The certificates,
which can be purchased by any individual or civic organization,
allow service members to purchase items of necessity and
convenience at PX and BX facilities around the world. “Gifts
from the Homefront” certificates can be addressed to “any
service member” or individual service members. Because
the gift certificates can be use for merchandise already
stocked at contingency locations, “Gifts from the Homefront” are
a safe alternative to traditional care packages that can
strain the military mail system and present force protection
issues. Those wishing to send a “Gift from the Homefront” can
simply log on to the AAFES website, www.aafes.com, or call
877-770-4438 toll-free to buy gift certificates in $10 or
$20 denominations. From there, the “Gift from the Homefront” may
be sent to an individual service member designed by the purchaser
or distributed to “any service member” through
the USO, American Red Cross, Air Force Aid Society, or Fisher
Operation Mail Call. Operation Mail call is
a program initiated by New Jersey Assemblymen Jack Conners
Conaway that enables citizens to donate postage stamps
for use by our troops and their families. Over 23,000 stamps
have been donated to our National Guard soldiers and airmen
and Family Readiness Programs. If you would like to participate,
please mail or drop off your postage stamps to the 7th
District Office, Delran Professional Center, 8008 Route
130 North, Suite 125, Delran, NJ 08075.
Have you ordered your FREE American Hero wristband?
We did and it arrived in just 2 weeks!
The American Hero Band
is a free wristband worn by Americans to demonstrate their
support of the “Defenders of Freedom” who
are Army National Guard soldiers deployed across the globe.
Engraved on the metallic wristband are the words IN HONOR
OF AN AMERICAN HERO SERVING IN THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. These
words are flanked left by the Army National Guard logo and
right by the American flag. There is also an inscription
of the National Guard website, http://www.virtualarmory.com and a unique serial number engraved inside this commemorative
wristband. If you are interested in getting The American
Hero Band, go to http://www.virtualarmory.com and click on
the American Hero Band banner.
National Guard Association of NJ –Scholarship
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. Applications and additional information 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
American Legion Scholarship - If you have
a son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter that is a senior
in high school, they may qualify to receive a scholarship
through the American Legion. For applications, please call
Mr. Robert Luby at 908-996-6005 or email him at email@example.com.
Retirees wanted to provide Military Funeral
The J5/7 MFH Coordinator is looking for paid
volunteers to provide MFH to New Jersey’s fallen veterans. You
must be retired from the Army or Army National Guard and
meet military standards in the Army’s Class A. uniform.
Owning a Class A uniform is a plus, but not mandatory. If
you are interested, please contact Mr. Denson at 609-530-7090
or e-mail him at Raymond.Denson@nj.ngb.army.mil for more
Armory Happenings – Listed below
are events taking place at your local armory.
||Sports Card & Comic Book Show
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
and Vietnam Era Education Center’s upcoming event
On Saturday, 22 January, at 1 p.m., the NJ
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host a slide
show and book discussion by Vietnam Veteran Thomas F. Morrissey,
author and photographic illustrator of Between the Lines:
Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
This book is a collection of photographs designed to not
only capture the faces of those who visit “The Wall,” but
the emotion, solitude, and ultimate spirit of healing that
take place there. Throughout the book, Morrissey incorporates
excerpts of messages that have been left at the Wall. Lecture
attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033. A donation of
$5 per person is suggested.
or Cry: Diary of a Recon Marine, Vietnam 1967-1968
lecture by Vietnam Veteran John R. Rhodes
Redcatcher’s Letters from Nam (199th Lt.
lecture by Patricia Farewell Enyedy, sister of
a NJ GI, KIA in Vietnam
the 30th Anniversary of Operation Babylift, Vietnam
lecture by Vietnam Veteran Paul Drew
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.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
How to Stay Motivated
As a personal trainer,
I’m often asked how I stay
motivated. The good news is that there are multitudes of
ways to keep motivated and help motivate others. I’m
not going to lie and tell you that it’s easy to workout
everyday, especially this time of year. Who wants to go out
when it’s cold, windy, snowing, and raining? I’d
rather stay at home with a hot cup of coffee, but I know
that I have to do something. Missing one day or even two
may be acceptable, but what about the third day? You don’t
want to get caught up in this “snowball” effect.
are the basic points in improving your motivation and making
exercise a habit.
First, set goals. Find out what your main,
long-term goal is SPECIFICALLY and write it down. Then
break this down into
small, easier steps. Make sure these challenges are realistic,
obtainable, and very specific.
Second, keep a journal.
Write down each goal and accomplishment. Track both the
highs and lows that you experience on the
Third, and probably the strongest motivating
factor, is to remember the great feeling you have AFTERWARD!
activity that gives you the most enjoyment.
yourself when a goal is met. Make sure it’s
proportional to the goal and suitable to the fitness lifestyle.
Fifth, remain disciplined. You’re not
born with it. Discipline is learned.
Sixth, develop a habit.
If you do the things you enjoy,
it’s easier to do them again. Change your routine so
you don’t get bored.
Motivation varies from person to person, and
I can get a lot more in-depth. There is no rulebook, only
ideas. No excuses,
Fun Facts –
- Every year in the U.S. $1.5 million is spent
on pet food.
- 70% of people sign their pet’s name
on greeting cards.
- 39% of pet owners say they have more photos
of their pet than of their spouse or significant other.
their swiveling ears like radar dishes, dogs can locate
the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second.
- Adult cats
with no health problems are in deep sleep 15% of their
lives. They are in light sleep 50% of the time.
- There are
more than 100 million dogs and cats in the U.S.
- Cats use
their wiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze
Today is Friday, 18 February 2005. It is the
49th day of the year with 316 days remaining.
1564 – The artist Michelangelo
died in Rome.
1841 – The first continuous
filibuster in the U.S. Senate began and lasted until March
1861 – Jefferson Davis
was inaugurated as the President of the Confederate States.
1927 – U.S. and Canada
begin diplomatic relations.
1930 – Clyde Tombaugh discovered
the planet Pluto. The discovery was made as a result of
taken in January 1930.
1953 - Premiere of the first 3-D feature film, “Bwana
1970 – The Chicago Seven
defendants were found innocent of conspiring to incite
riots at the 1968 Democratic
1977 – The space shuttle Enterprise went on
its maiden “flight” sitting on top of a Boeing
1979 – Snow fell in the
2001 – NASCAR driver Dale
Earnhardt, Sr., was killed in a crash during the Daytona
February is Black History Month
-- Black Military Heroes
Astronauts – In
August 1983, Guion Bluford became the first African American
to go into space, while serving on a mission aboard the
Challenger space shuttle. Mae Jemison became the first
African American woman to travel in space when she flew
on the space shuttle Endeavor in a September 1992 mission.
Church – Protestant minister Richard Allen
founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME)
in Philadelphia in 1816.
Film – In 1919 writer and
motion picture director, Oscar Micheaux, made The Homesteader,
the first full-length
film directed by an African American.
Governor – Douglas
Wilder became the first African American to be elected
governor when Virginia voters
chose him to lead their state in 1989.
Major League baseball
player – In 1947 Jackie
Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers lineup, becoming
the first African American to play in the major leagues.
Peace Prize – In 1950, scholar and diplomat,
Ralph J. Bunche became the first African American to
win a Nobel Peace Prize. He won for his role as architect
of the United Nations.
Pulitzer Prize - In 1950 poet and
novelist Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African
American to win the Pulitzer
Price, which she received for her second book of poetry,
Senator – The son of former slaves,
Hiram Revels became the first African American to serve
in the United
States Senate. He was elected in 1870 to fill the seat
left vacant by Jefferson Davis.
Supreme Court Justice – In
1967, civil rights lawyer, Thurgood Marshall became the
first African American
justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center -
Call toll free 888-859-0352.