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
Patrick’s Day -
An Irish Blessing
"May the road
rise to meet you, May the wind be always
at your back..
May the sun
shine warm upon your face.
May the rain
fall soft upon your fields.
An until we
May God hold
you in the palm of is hand."
Flags at Half-Staff
today throughout New Jersey to honor NJ National Guard’s
SGT William D. Blahut, Jr.
In honor of NJ National Guard Sergeant William D. Blahut,
Jr., Acting Governor Richard J. Codey called for the United
States and New Jersey flags to fly half-staff today.
Sergeant Blahut, 41 was born and raised in Whitehouse Station
and graduated from North Hunterdon High School. He enlisted
in the NJ National Guard in March of 2000 and proudly served
as a member of Company B, 50th Main Support Battalion. He
was deployed in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where
he was assigned to the 1452nd Transportation Company and
where he received the Bronze Star.
“Words cannot describe the bravery of Sergeant Blahut,” said
Acting Governor Codey. “He served our nation and fought
for the freedom of others up until he was physically unable
to perform his duties. His dedication to his country and
his family makes him a hero to all of us. We honor his memory
by flying our flags at half-staff. We will pray that God
protects William Blahut, just as he protected us.”
While in Iraq, Sergeant Blahut became ill and returned to
this country, where he was diagnosed with brain cancer that
ultimately took his life. He passed away on March 10, one
day before his unit arrived back in New Jersey.
welcomes home Battery C and Detachment 1 Service Battery,
3/112th Field Artillery!
On 11 March 2005, the Toms River community
conducted a welcome home ceremony for 28 soldiers who deployed
to Iraq from Battery
C and Detachment 1 Service Battery, 3/112th Field Artillery,
who are stationed at Toms River. The ceremony was held at
Toms River East High School, where the returning troops received
a tremendous outpouring of appreciation and support from
the community and school. COL Stephen J. Hines, Chief of
Staff – Army, represented MG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant
General, and the NJ Army National Guard as he expressed the
deep gratitude that the NJ National Guard and the community
have for our great soldiers who served with honor and distinction.
Thank you for a job well done and welcome home!
Ceremony held for the 50th Main Support Battalion (HET)
at the Dover Armory.
On 13 March 2005, the New Jersey National Guard conducted
a welcome home ceremony for the 50th Main Support Battalion
(HET) Platoon in Rockaway Township at the Dover Armory. BG
Frank Carlini, representing the NJ National Guard and The
Adjutant General, welcomed home the soldiers of the 50th
HET Platoon who deployed to Iraq in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom II. The local community, families, friends,
and fellow National Guard soldiers and airmen came out to
show their appreciation and support of these soldiers. The
NJ National Guard is extremely proud of these soldiers! Their
performance and dedication to duty is in keeping with the
highest traditions of military service. Welcome Home!
Salute Campaign will honor the 253rd Transportation Company.
The Army National Guard’s Freedom Salute Campaign
will honor the 253rd Transportation Company on at 9 a.m.
on 19 March 2005 at ceremonies to be held at the Wildwood
Convention Center, Wildwood, NJ. The Freedom Salute Campaign
is designed to recognize Army National Guard soldiers, their
families, and others who have supported them as they answered
the call to duty in the Global War on Terrorism – both
at home and abroad.
Class #22 begins at the NJ National Guard
ChalleNGe Youth Program.
On Sunday, 13 March 2005, Class #22 of
the New Jersey ChalleNGe Youth Program began. The candidates
will endure two intense
weeks of Pre-ChalleNGe before moving into the ChalleNGe phase
of the program and becoming cadets. At that time, they will
begin attending classes that will help them achieve their
goal of earning a State of New Jersey high school diploma.
If you are aware of someone between the ages of 16 and 18,
who has ceased to attend high school, tell that young person
to make the telephone call that will change his or her life
forever – 1-800-997-5587.
Operation Return to Work is
On Friday, 11 March 2005, a meeting was
held at the Forsgate Country Club where this Department
and the NJ Committee for
Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), together
with the NJ Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) and
the NJ League of Municipalities (NJLOM) announced “Operation
Return to Work” for employers of our citizen soldiers.
The theme of the event was “how to secure a successful
transition home for employees returning from active military
duty.” Brig Gen Maria Falca-Dodson, Deputy Adjutant
General, Mr. Philip Kirschner, President of NJBIA, and Bill
Dressel, Executive Director of NJLOM provided the welcome
and introductions. NJESGR State Chair, Brig Gen (Ret) Robert
S. Dutko, Sr., presented an introduction to ESGR, while COL
(Ret) Carmen Venticinque presented a broader overview of
ESGR and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment
Act (USERRA). Mr. Bill Devereaux, Director of the Division
of Veterans Services, gave an insightful presentation on
what employers can expect when their citizen soldiers return
to the workplace. NJBIA conducted a panel discussion that
included the aforementioned speaker, as well as an attorney
who is well versed in USERRA, and a Human Resources expert.
There were approximately 50 employers in attendance, and
all involved felt the program was a resounding success.
Air Refueling Wing’s Chaplain’s Assistant
deployed to Qatar.
TSgt Edilberto Ruiz, a Chaplain’s Assistant with the
108th Air Refueling Wing, recently deployed to Al Udeid Air
Base, Qatar, as part of a 10-member team from six different
units that deployed to provide chaplain support to the more
than 6,000 personnel serving at the Air Base. The team of
chaplains and assistants provided worship services, Bible
studies, counseling, and a visitation program. The team also
managed Jack’s Coffee House, open 24/7 for personnel
to find a place to relax, read a book, and drink a cup of
Program offers subsidized childcare.
The Defense Department has contracted
with the National Association of Child Care Resource and
for Operation Military Child Care. OMCC’s goal is to
assist in finding childcare outside the military community
for Guard and Reserve members who are deployed and active
duty members who are not near a military installation. “We
also hope to assist in reducing the out-of-pocket expense
to the service member,” said Jan Witte, director of
the Department of Defense’s Office of Children and
Youth. While the office does not fully subsidize childcare,
it does work to reduce the financial burden, she said. The
fees are based on a sliding scale that considers total family
income and the care provider’s actual cost, among other
A family member can apply through the association
on the website at:
or by calling toll-free at (800) 424-2246.
Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania
is putting its values and money to work for the sons and
daughters of servicemembers
who make the ultimate sacrifice with their Widener CARES – for
Children of Active and Reserves Educational Scholarships.
The University has established four full scholarships and
is open to the sons and daughters of servicemembers killed
in action in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
According to Widener University President James T. Harris, “We
think this is an appropriate thing for a university to do.
We talk all the time about educating young men and women
to be good citizens. This is a way for our university to
show that the institution is also a ‘good citizen.’”
Army Community Service, Fort Monmouth
- A Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, 29 March 2005, from
10 a.m. – 3
p.m. at Gibbs Hall, Fort Monmouth. The Job Fair is being
sponsored by the Army Community Service – Employment
Readiness Program, and more than 60 companies are registered
to participate. Picture ID will be required. No large bags,
backpacks, briefcases, etc. will be permitted. If you would
like additional information, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Job Fair, Bergen County – A
Veterans Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, 5 April 2005,
from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. at VFW Post 4591, 513 Veterans Place, Hasbrouck Heights,
New Jersey 08604. The NJ Department of Labor, VFW Post 4591,
and the Bergen County Division of Veterans Affairs are sponsoring
the Job Fair, and more than 50 leading employers are registered
to participate. Please bring plenty of resumes, a copy of
your DD214 (separation/discharge), and dress to impress.
If you would like additional information, contact MSG (Ret)
John Bautz at 201-996-8950 or by email at email@example.com.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been
scheduled to honor our State’s veterans.
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medals
Vietnam Service Medal
|Cherry Hill Armory
Grove Street & Park Blvd.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
|Korean Service Medal
Teaneck & Liberty Road
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
|NG Training Center
Sea Girt, NJ
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities
and fundraisers planned in support of our deployed troops
and their families:
“Waiting to Exhale” Workshop -
The Teaneck Family Assistance Center has planned a “Waiting
to Exhale Workshop for the women of the 50th MSB. The event
will be held on 31 March at 7 p.m. A fun-filled and relaxing
evening is planned to bring the women of the battalion together
during Women’s History Month. If you are interested
in attending, please call SSG Loureiro at 201-883-8356.
Pancake Breakfast – Waterfront Café,
Carlstadt, 17 April 2005. The Waterfront Café – Steak
and Clam House, Paterson Plank Road, Carlstadt, NJ (right
behind the Continental Arena) will host a Pancake Breakfast
to benefit the families of our Army National Guard troops
deployed out of the Teaneck Armory. The event will be held
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the Nam Knights
of America, VVA Chapter 800, and the Jewish War Veterans
of USA. Cost is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for Seniors and
children under 12
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.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment
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.
National Guard Association of NJ –Scholarship
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Foundation Scholarship Contest is available to graduating
NJ high school seniors. Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded
on May 30, 2005 at the Memorial Day ceremony at the NJ Vietnam
Veterans’ Memorial. To apply, students need to complete
an application, submit proof that they are continuing their
education at a college/university or trade/technical school,
and submit a short essay about his/her visit to the NJ Vietnam
Veterans’ Memorial. Submissions must be received by
5 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2005. Application and information
can be found at www.njvvmf.org or by calling 1-800-648-VETS.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Guard’s
Family Program Online Community has redesigned their
The National Guard’s Family Program online community
is a place to share information, find resources, and connect
with others. Information on family issues, guard benefits,
business matters, deployments, and many other topics can
be found on the site. New content will be added over the
next few months, so check back often – www.guardfamily.org.
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.
||Tool Show & Sale
||Mount Holly Armory
||Sports Card & Comics Show
||Jersey City Armory
|30 Mar -
|Home Design & Landscape Show
||Sports Card & Comics Show
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
and Vietnam Era Education Center’s upcoming event
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
The Laws of Training (Part 4 of 4)
Principle states that you must move from general (or foundational)
specific and highly
specialized training as your final objective (whether it
be optimum fitness or athletic competition) draws closer.
This principle relates to factors involved in both neuromuscular
adaptation, as well as technique “functionality.” Neuromuscular
changes will occur over time as an adaptation to repeating
a specific movement pattern. For example, you will get stronger
in squats by doing squats as opposed to leg presses, and
you will achieve greater endurance for the marathon by running
long distances than you will by cycling long distances.
GAS is the acronym for General
Adaptation Syndrome. The GAS is comprised of three stages:
1) the “alarm stage” caused
by the application of intense training stress (the overload
principle), 2) the “resistance stage,” when our
muscles adapt in order to resist stressful weights more efficiently
(the Overcompensation, SAID, and Use/Disuse Principles),
and 3) the “exhaustion stage” where, if we persist
in applying stress, we will exhaust our reserves and then
be forced to stop training.
In gym lingo, the GAS law states
that there must be a period of low-intensity training or
rest following periods
of high-intensity training. The reason for this is that the
stress you have applied is traumatic, forcing your “injured” muscles
to heal and then adapt. The recovery and overcompensation
time must be taken so that further stress does not continue
the downward spiral caused by repetitive bouts of trauma.
Today is Friday, 18 March 2005. It is the 77th
day of the year with 288 days remaining.
1541 – Hernan
de Soto observed the first recorded flood of the Mississippi
1818 – The U. S. Congress approved the
first pensions for government service.
1834 – The first
railroad tunnel in the U.S. was completed in Pennsylvania.
1850 – Henry Wells & William
Fargo founded American Express.
1881 – Barnum and Bailey’s
Greatest Show on Earth opened in Madison Square Garden.
1891 – Britain
became linked to the continent of Europe by telephone.
1905 – Franklin
and Eleanor Roosevelt were married.
1931 – Schick Inc.
displayed the first electric shaver.
1942 – The third
military draft began in the U.S. because of World War II.
1945 – 1,250
U.S. bombers attacked Berlin.
1949 – The North American
Treaty Organization (NATO) was ratified.
1952 – The
first plastic lenses were fitted for a cataract patient in
1961 – The Poppin’ Fresh Pillsbury
Dough Boy was introduced.
1970 – The U.S. Postal Service
experienced the first postal strike.
1981 – The U.S.
disclosed that there were biological weapons tested in Texas
1990 – The first free elections took
place in East Germany.
1992 – White South Africans voted
for constitutional reforms that would give legal equality
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.