Dept of Military and
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
COL (Ret) Emil H. Philibosian
Deputy Commissioner for
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COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith
Mrs. Laura A. Branham
Phone: (609) 530-6987
Fax: (609) 530-7109
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U.S. Army Celebrates
Since its birth on 14 June 1775
over a year before the Declaration of
Independence the United States
Army has played a vital role in the growth
and development of our nation.
Soldiers have fought more than 10
wars, from the American Revolution through
the Cold War, the Gulf War, to the current
Global War on Terrorism.
This 229th Birthday is recognition
of The Armys history, traditions,
and service to the Nation.
Our Army at War
Relevant and Ready.
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
* 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
* Guardmembers, Reservists, or family
members with Power of Attorney must submit
copies of current mobilization orders
with the banks Freedom Loan application.
? Commerce Bank
? First Morris Bank & Trust
? Manasquan Savings Bank
? North Jersey Federal
? Peapack-Gladstone Bank
? Pennsville National Bank
? Sovereign Bank
? Sun National Bank
What Makes A Dad?
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagles flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need.
Then God combined these qualities,
And then there was nothing to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
He called it Dad.
Farewell Salute to Signal Corps
A Farewell Salute ceremony was held on
Thursday, 17 June 2004, at the Cherry Hill Armory for
members of Company A, 250th Signal Corps Battalion.
The Company will be deploying for a year-long mission
providing signal support to the 278th Regimental Combat
Team in support of Iraqi Freedom III. The Company Commander,
CPT Grindlinger, and First Sergeant Gaetjens will lead
their Company to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, to complete
individual and collective training before deploying
to theater. The Adjutant General and the Mayor of Cherry
Hill addressed the soldiers and their families. Many
other dignitaries including retired General Officers,
Non-Commissioned Officers, local businessmen, and veterans
organizations were present. The Company was presented
with American and State flags to carry with them on
their mission. The USO provided entertainment that included
a surprise visit by Bob Hope and Marilyn
Monroe. The salute was conducted as part of the
Companys Family Day activities. It was an enjoyable
day and one that will be remembered by all who attended
as a great send-off for the Company. We wish the Sound
of Might Godspeed and a safe return!
New law bans hand-held cell phones
and wireless devices while driving.
Attention all DMVA employees, effective
1 July 2004, the use of cellular phones and wireless
devices while operating a vehicle within the state of
New Jersey is banned. The newly enacted law takes effect
on the first of next month, and carries a fine that
ranges from $100 to $250. Employees who operate state
vehicles or use personal vehicles to perform state duties
are prohibited from using cell phones or wireless devices
while operating a vehicle unless the device is equipped
with a hands-free device or feature. The act defines hands-free wireless telephone as a mobile
telephone that has an internal or external feature or
function, or is equipped with an attachment or addition,
whether permanent or not, by which a user engages in
a conversation without the use of either hand. For additional
details on this new policy, please refer to Departmental
Bulletin No. 04, Use of Cellular Wireless Devices in
State Vehicles, dated 15 June 2004. The bulletin is
available for review at URL: nj.gov/military/publications/bulletins/Departmental_Bulletins/
NJ Veterans Memorial Homes are represented
at recent Veterans Conventions.
The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs)
of DMVAs Veterans Memorial Homes at Menlo Park,
Paramus, and Vineland addressed the American Legion
convention in Wildwood on 10 June 2004, and the Disabled
American Veterans convention on 12 June 2004 in
Atlantic City. The annual conventions provide an opportunity
to speak collectively to the veteran organizations.
The CEOs thanked the organizations and their members
for their continued support of the varied programs at
the Veterans Homes financially, emotionally,
and spiritually. The CEOs presented an update on the
construction of the new Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland,
the opening of Menlo Parks Old Glory Wing, and the upcoming All-Purpose Room at Paramus.
Homeland Security Center of Excellence (HSCOE) is instrumental
in the planning for Homeland Security Technology Seminar.
DMVA’s Homeland Security Center of Excellence
was instrumental in the planning for the Homeland Security
Technology Seminar hosted by Ft. Monmouth on 7 June
2004. This seminar was sponsored by the State to demonstrate
and increase cooperation among federal and state agencies,
academia, and industry in a concerted effort to further
demonstrate Ft. Monmouth’s value to New Jersey
and the nation as EFI-BRAC hearings approach. Approximately
300 attendees were on-hand to witness Governor McGreevey
introduce and sign an Executive Order which proclaimed
Ft. Monmouth as a New Jersey Center for Homeland Defense
Technologies and Security Readiness. The Executive Order
also directed NJIT to establish a Homeland Security
Technology Systems Center that will work in collaboration
with Ft. Monmouth, Picatinny Arsenal, federal military
bases, state agencies, and universities to study related
technologies that become available to support the Global
War on Terrorism.
The Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ)
supported Task Force North during weapons qualification.
The JFHQ supported Task Force North during
June 5-6 with weapons qualification. The JFHQ conducted
zero and qualification ranges with the outstanding support
of 3-112th FA Battalion and other brigade units. Over
350 soldiers were zeroed and qualified during this drill
weekend; over 40,000 rounds of ammunition were expended
during this operation. This enabled soldiers from Task
Force North and the JFHQ to be prepared to support state
and national contingency missions to help secure our
homeland. Special thanks to CW2 Eckenrode, SFC Gauthier,
SFC Falls, SGT Rowe, SFC Bohanan, and all of the support
personnel who made this mission a success!
of a Soldier 2004 U.S. Army Soldier Show
at Fort Dix (27-28 June).
Communication between deployed Soldiers and
their loved ones is the driving force behind The
Heart of a Soldier theme of the 2004 U.S. Army
Soldier Show, which is coming to Fort Dix on June 27-28,
2004. Although every edition of the Army Soldier Show
has a theme, few have woven a storyline throughout like
this years emotional rendition. From letters to
cellular telephone calls to e-mails, this is a song-and-dance
of how soldiers touch base with home from the Global
War on Terrorism communications from the front
lines and beyond.
at recent Medal ceremonies.
Two Medal ceremonies were held on Tuesday,
15 June 2004, at the National Guard Training Center,
Sea Girt, New Jersey. Colonel Alphonse Stephenson, Command
Chaplain, NJ Air National Guard, presented 48 veterans
with the New Jersey Distinguished Service and Meritorious
Service medals at the morning ceremony. Father Stephenson
presented the Korean War Commemorative Medal to 130
veterans in a ceremony held later in the day. Ms. Kathy
Hymes, Division of Veterans Programs, performed Mistress
of Ceremony duties at both ceremonies, and was assisted
by DMVA employees, Ms. Karen Hansen, Ms. Michelle Johnson,
and Ms. Kelly Forester.
The Air National
Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic plans its first visit
to our area.
As part of their active duty training, the Air National
Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic will be picking up its stakes at Harrisburg International Airport
in Middletown, PA and coming to our area to perform
in concert. The band has received many awards, including
the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and Pennsylvania
Governors Unit Citation. A concert highlight will
be John Williams Hymn to the Fallen, transcribed
from the soundtrack of the hit move Saving Private
Ryan, and accompanied by text entitled Tribute
to the American G.I. written by Secretary of State,
Retired General Colin Powell. Mark the following dates
on your calendar, and plan on enjoying an evening of
wonderful live music:
||Beach Haven Veterans
Bicentennial Park, Beach Haven, NJ
Hall, Cape May, NJ
NJ Army National
Guards 63rd Army Band announces its Summer Concert
||Basking Ridge Fire Company
||Concert Meadowlands Park, South
||Concert Paramus Veterans Memorial
||Concert 2004 Freedom Fest Cream Ridge
||Concert Frank Sinatra Park,
||Concert Croydon Hall, Middletown
||Concert -- Toms River Library, Toms
||Parade 4th of July
Parade, Ewing Township
Dell, Haddon Heights Park
||Concert Laurence Harbor Beach
Pier will hold a New Jersey National Guard Appreciation
Day Friday, 25 June 2004.
Jenkinsons Pier will celebrate NJ
National Guard Appreciation Day on Friday, 25 June 2004,
between 12 noon and 5 p.m., at their Point Pleasant
and Seaside Heights locations for immediate family members
of deployed soldiers. Family members must have their
Military ID card and a copy of the deployed soldiers
orders. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, significant
others, and fiancées must get an authorization
slip from any Family Assistance Center to bring with
them to the check-in area at Jenkinsons Pier,
where you will receive a wrist band that will allow
you to ride free of charge on the Piers amusement
NJ Vietnam Veterans
Memorial and Vietnam Era Education Centers upcoming
For more information about any of these
events, please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Foundation office at (732) 335-0033.
||Hey God Are you really really
Author lecture presentation by Vietnam Veteran,
Veterans to be
honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor
our States veterans.
11 am & 1 pm
Distinguished & Meritorious Service (am)
Korean War Commemorative Medal (pm)
Essex County Elks & VFW
475 Main St., Orange, NJ
11 am & 1 pm
Distinguished & Meritorious Service (am)
Korean War Commemorative Medal (pm)
|Distinguished & Meritorious
At three, eArmyU
In three short years, Army Continuing Education
Services online program, eArmyU, has defied skeptics
with is growth. Only the war and budgets have slowed
its ascent. Army University Access Online eArmyU
was designed for active and Reserve enlisted
soldiers to take web-based classes at their convenience
all over the world to earn college degrees and certifications.
Its an all-expenses-paid degree in which students
get a free laptop computer if they complete a set curriculum
within two years. Initially met with skepticism from
military educators, eArmyU has grown to 29 partner schools
offering 146 academic degree programs. Also, eArmyU
has received multiple awards and interest from international
organizations looking to use the eArmyU as a model.
For more information visit www.earmyu.com.
Veterans Small Business Resource Day is scheduled.
The second annual Small Business Resource Day
is scheduled for Wednesday, 23 June 2004, at 26 Federal
Plaza, New York City (Duane Street Entrance) from 9
a.m. 1 p.m. Sponsored by the U.S. General Services
Administration, The U.S. Small Business Administration,
and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the days
goal is to help veteran-owned small businesses discover
government procurement opportunities. Admission is free!
Refreshments will be served! If you need additional
information, please call (212) 264-8265.
VA Benefits Pamphlet Availability
The most current VA Publication that is
assessable to each of you is VA Pamphlet 80-04-1 (Federal
Benefits for Veterans and Dependents). The pamphlet
can be ordered through U.S. Government Information (bookstore),
Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 372954, Pittsburgh,
PA 15250-7954; toll-free (8 66) 512-1800; or thru e-mail
The cost is $7 per pamphlet. The pamphlet is also available
on-line FREE on the VA homepage, www.va.gov.
On the left side of the page, see Todays
VA. Click on Public Affairs to get the next page.
Click on Fact Sheets and go down the list until you
come to Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents.
Dont Forget Register
The Department of Defense recently announced
that it has worked out a plan with the United States
Postal Service to get absentee ballots to overseas members
faster, but registering to vote is the first step to
acquiring a ballot. Deadlines and state specific rules
on voter registration can be found on the Federal Voting
Assistance Program website at http://www.fvap.gov.
The site includes a list of 10 things to do to ensure
your vote counts. Rememberyou must register to
vote and request your ballot in a timely manner -- not
later than September. VOTE mail your ballot not
later than October 15, 2004.
Today in History
Today is Friday, 18 June 2004 and the
170th day of the year. There are 197 days left in the
year. On this day
- 1812 War of 1812 begins as U.S.
declares war against Britain.
- 1873 Susan B. Anthony fined $100
for attempting to vote for a U.S. President.
- 1898 Steel Pier opens in Atlantic
City, New Jersey.
- 1903 First transcontinental auto
trip begins in San Francisco and arrives in New York
three months later.
- 1942 The U.S. Navy commissioned
its first black officer, Harvard University medical
student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.
- 1948 The United Nations adopted
its International Declaration of Human Rights.
- 1983 Dr. Sally Ride became the
first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle
You know youre from New Jersey
* At least three people in your family still love Bruce
Springsteen, and you know the town Bon Jovi is from.
* You know that WaWa is a convenience store.
* You live within 20 minutes of at least three different
* You remember the stores Korvettes, Two Guys,
Rickels, Channel Lumber, and Bambergers.
* You also remember Palisades Amusement Park.
* Youve NEVER, EVER pumped your own gas.
101 Critical Days of Summer Driving Tips for Long Trips
- Start out refreshed Dont
head out after a long day at work. You are not gaining
a little extra vacation time you are setting
yourself up for driver fatigue.
- Wear sunglasses Your eyes use about 25% of
your total energy under normal circumstances and more
if they have to work harder. Eyestrain makes you tired,
gives you headaches and interrupts your concentration.
Reduce the effects of eyestrain by getting quality sunglasses
with 100% UV protection and polarization.
- Clean the windows Dirt, road film, fogged
windows, and fingerprints decrease overall visibility
and cause glare. This incr4eases eyestrain and tiredness.
Clean all the cars windows, inside and out, before
starting out and clean the entire windshield whenever
you fill up. Make sure the washer reservoir is full
and wiper blades are in good condition.
- Limit distractions - Turn off the cell phone, turn
down the radio, and dont eat or drink while driving.
If you need to make a call, eat, or consult a map, pull
off the highway.
- Take breaks often Driver fatigue sets in much
sooner than most people think, which is why driving
experts agree that you should stop every two hours or
so and take a safety break to recharge and refresh.
Make it a habit to stop at every other rest stop-get
out of the car, stretch your legs, and visit the restroom.
Realize that fuel stops are not rest stops.
- Drive defensively Although you may be relaxed
and rested, others may not. Always drive defensively.
Family Appreciation Day
Dont forget to mark 21 August 2004
on your calendars Its Family Appreciation
Day for all members of the New Jersey National Guard,
employees of the Department of Military & Veterans,
and their families. A day of fun in the sun is planned
at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt.
Call today and
volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center near
As 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?
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance
Call toll free 888-859-0352
Fathers Day 20 June 2004
Blessed indeed is the man who hears
many gentle voices call him father."
Happy Fathers Day!!