Dept of Military and
Gen Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Gen Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
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(Ret) Michael B. Smith
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Job of the Week
Track Vehicle Mechanic, 63Y
The track vehicle
mechanic performs unit maintenance on track vehicles in
other than self-propelled field artillery,
armored, mechanized infantry, and armored cavalry units.
Troubleshoots and performs unit maintenance on internal
combustion engines and accessories, power trains, and chassis
of track vehicles. Performs repairs and preventive maintenance
checks and service. Tunes engines and replaces repair parts
and components as outlined in the appropriate maintenance
allocation charts. Tests and operates vehicles and equipment
as required and observes for evidence of abnormal operation.
If you’re interested
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NJ Advisory Committee for
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BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
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Benefits & Entitlements
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
Something to smile about...
"I’ve been on a constant
diet for the last two decades. I’ve lost a total of 789
pounds. By all accounts, I should be hanging from a charm bracelet."
1927 - 1996
Congratulations to New
Youth Program graduates!
Congratulations to New Jersey’s
ChalleNGe Youth Program Class #22 on their graduation after
an intensive 22-week
educational, quasi-military program. These 16-18 year olds,
who ceased to attend high school, volunteered to receive
an education in a structured environment.
Class #22 will graduate 66 cadets tomorrow, 20 August 2005,
during ceremonies at the War Memorial Building in Trenton,
NJ. To date, 1699 youth from New Jersey have graduated from
the ChalleNGe program. Class #22 had a 2.1 grade gain in
mathematics, and an 85% GED/High School Diploma pass rate.
The cadets exceeded the National Guard
standard for community service hours. The NGB standard is
40 hours – New Jersey averaged 96 hours per cadet.
ChalleNGe cadets in Class #22 assisted in reforestation efforts
at Cape May Point State Park, helping save the state of New
Jersey thousands of dollars, as well as helping to protect
New Jersey’s endangered plants and animals. Through
the Adopt-A-Highway program, ChalleNGe cadets from Class
#21 and #22 policed an average of 500 miles of New Jersey’s
roads and highways throughout the year. They helped remove
over 100,000 pounds of litter and debris, thus helping to
clean and beautify the state of New Jersey. Collectively,
the average ChalleNGe class returns over $75,000 to the community
by way of community service. ChalleNGe graduates are currently
serving around the world in the war on terrorism in all branches
of the armed services.
Everyone is welcome to join us as we salute our graduates
by attending the graduation ceremony tomorrow at 10 a.m.
at the War Memorial Building.
Congratulations and Good Luck, Cadets!
DMVA welcomes new faces to The Adjutant
Two new faces joined the Front Office
Staff this week. With the impending retirement of Renee
McGuire just around the
corner, Ms. Christine Sweeney joined our Department as The
Adjutant General’s Secretary. Chris previously worked
for the New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation. Elizabeth
DiStefano (formerly with DMVA’s Office of Government
Relations) began her new assignment as Secretary to the Deputy
Adjutant General. Congratulations and good luck on your new
assignments, and welcome to the DMVA Family!
Division of Veterans Programs announces
During the month of July, the Department’s Veterans
Service Officers throughout the state counseled 2,365 of
New Jersey’s veterans. They filed 246 claims on their
behalf and received 285 award letters, which resulted in
monetary awards totaling $4.1 million.
The 108th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) is the 2005 recipient
of the Major General John J. Pesch Flight Safety Trophy.
Congratulations to the men and women
of the 108th Air Refueling Wing. The 108th ARW was recently
announced as the 2005 recipient
of the Major General John J. Pesch Flight Safety Trophy,
which is presented annually to the two Air National Guard
wings with the highest standards of flying safety. All types
of aircraft are eligible for this award. The 108th’s
selection for the prestigious award reflects great credit
upon themselves, the state of New Jersey, and the Air National
Members of the 177th Civil Engineering (CE) Squadron return
More than 40 members of the 177thCE Squadron returned from
the Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, Suffolk, England after
two weeks of annual training. The 40 man team was comprised
of a cross section of the entire Civil Engineering career
field ranging from heavy equipment operators, firefighters,
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), explosive
ordnance disposal (EOD), structures, power production, readiness
and electricians. 177th personnel were immediately integrated
with the host unit personnel providing invaluable support
and expertise in the areas of readiness, EOD, HVAC, fire
support and the Civil Engineering Self-Help Store. The firefighters
served as backfill for the base firefighters who are serving
The New Jersey War World II Memorial needs your help
WWII was by all account the greatest
victory for the United States – along the front lines
and the home front. Every individual alive during this
period of history was
involved and had a stake in the outcome. It was a war the
United States and our Allies could not afford to lose. Now,
America is slowly saying goodbye to its greatest generation
of citizens. The State of New Jersey is taking the initiative
to honor and remember them by establishing a Memorial in
Trenton, across from the Statehouse in Veterans Park.
Fittingly, the theme for New Jersey’s
WWII Memorial is “Victory”. The memorial hopes
to honor and pay tribute to the many sacrifices made during
WWII and celebrate
the greatest victory our country has ever known. It is our
goal to dedicate the memorial in the spring/summer 2006.
Time is short – we need your help now in order to ensure
that we can meet this ambitious goal. We urge you to support
the New Jersey World War II Memorial through your generous
contribution. We cannot afford to let new generations forget
the legacy that has been left to them from what has been
called “the Greatest Generation”. To make a tax-deductible
contribute, download a donation form from our website at
Veterans to be honored at ceremony on 29 September 2005.
Salem and Cumberland County veterans will be honored in
ceremonies to be held at the Salem County Community College,
460 Hollywood Avenue, Carneys Point, NJ. Veterans will be
presented with the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal
at an 11 a.m. ceremony, and Korean Service Medals will be
presented at a ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m.
104th Engineer Association announces plans for a benefit
The 104th Engineer Association is proud
to announce its 1st Annual Golf Outing to benefit the “SGT Frank T.
Carvill Scholarship Program.” The outing will be held
on Monday, 19 September 2005, 0830 hours Shotgun Start at
Overpeck County Golf Course in Teaneck, New Jersey. The $125
per golfer registration includes all fees, awards, door prizes,
and luncheon following the completion of play. Tee Sponsors
and donations are being sought too. For additional information
and reservations (NLT 9 September) contact CW2 (Ret) Frank
DeBari at 201-336-7250 or firstname.lastname@example.org or MSG
(Ret) John Bautz at email@example.com.
of the National Guard announces Enlisted Conference
The Enlisted Association of the NJ National
Guard is proud to announce the Enlisted Conference at the
Clarion Hotel & Conference
Center in Atlantic City West. The Conference will be held
7 thru 9 October 2005. During the Conference we honor our
Outstanding Soldiers and Airmen. There are various plans
available. Friday night is the Halloween Masquerade Ball
with Tex-Mex Buffet and Saturday is the Formal Evening Ball
with dinner and dancing. For additional information contact
SGM (Ret) Jerome Zebrowski @ 609-214-6959 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or SGM Edward Goetschius @ 609-965-1972 or e-mail email@example.com,
or www.EANG-NJ.org to get application, plans and other activities
offered. Thank you for your support!
NJ Friends of the Guard and Reserve Announce Golf Outing
The NJ Friends of the Guard and Reserve
is proud to present the 2005 State Chairman’s Annual Golf Outing. The golf
outing will be held on Thursday, 22 September 2005 at the
Falcon Creek Golf Course at McGuire AFB. The $85 per golfer
registration fee includes greens fees, cart registration,
food and beverages on the course, door prizes and dinner
at the McGuire AFB Officer’s Club. Hole and cart sponsors
are being sought too. All proceeds to benefit the activities
of the NJ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. For
additional information please contact Hank Pierre at 609-530-6879.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
20 Aug -
The Nature of the Beast (a memoir of a combat Marine). Author lecture by Vietnam
Veteran Chuck Ketterman.
10 Sep -
Between the Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Author lecture and slide presentation by Vietnam Veteran Thomas F. Morrissey.
16 Sep -
National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Gold Star Mothers Recognition Day ceremony.
18 Sep -
Rolling Thunder – NJ, Motorcycle Run for POW/MIA Awareness.
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.
Sandy Cove offers a free stay for our
military members & families
at Operation Oasis on Chesapeake Bay.
Operation Oasis is an outreach program developed to offer
a time of rest and renewal to military personnel involved
in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Located in North East, Maryland,
at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, Operation Oasis
offers a free 3-day, 2-night time of rest and relaxation.
It is a thank you to those who seek to secure and sustain
our freedom. Simply contact Carol Lee Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 800-287-4843 for additional information. You
can also visit the website www.sandycove.org for a more detailed
description of the facility.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
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.
Ride with the 108 Air Refueling Wing!
The 108 ARW will serve as a rolling billboard
advertising the 108 ARW NJANG to over 8,000 cyclists, volunteers
bystanders during a two-day ride from Cherry Hill to Ocean
City, NJ and back on 24-25 September. They will be covering
175 miles through the flat terrain of NJ Blueberry fields
and pine barrens. This ride is fully supported with catered
rest stops, bike support and SAG transportation. Veterans
News Anchor, Larry Kane will host the Awards Ceremony Saturday
night. Cyclists will collect a minimum of $250 in donations
to participate. If you join the team between 6/25/05 – 8/26/05
the registration fee is $45. For more information go to www.ms150biketour.org/.
Road Warriors interested in joining the team contact Maj
Dave LaTOUR @ 609-284-7743 or via e-mail @ email@example.com by 31 July 05.
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers planned
in support of our deployed troops and their families:
National Guard Family Day at Six Flags
Great Adventure Saturday, 24 September 2005, join the New Jersey
Guard for a day full of family, fun and excitement! Tickets
to the NJ National Guard Family Day are $17 each and they
will go fast. Purchase your tickets today at your nearest
Family Assistance center: Morristown, Teaneck, Lawrenceville,
Woodbury, Toms River, Jersey City, Somerset or Pomona. Call
for more information at 888-859-0352.
State Park Passes - All Active New Jersey
National Guard members are entitled to Division of Parks
Park passes. When parking fees are in effect this pass entitles
the NJNG member (and passengers) free parking at all New
Jersey State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas and Historic
Sites. This pass does not pertain to campground fees. ID
cards must be shown along with this pass for access. Active
NJ National Guard members and families of deployed soldiers
can obtain their state park passes through the State Family
Programs office by calling 609-562-0739 or at any NJ National
Guard Family Assistance Center, 888-859-0352. Questions and
inquiries concerning the NJ State Park Pass program should
be addressed to CW4 Ralph Cwieka, State Family Program Coordinator
at 609-562-0668 or e-mail: Ralph.firstname.lastname@example.org
Shades of Green Offers Summer Specials The Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort has announced
2005 end of summer
specials available from 7 AUG through 30 SEPT. Members of
the military community, including retired members, are eligible
for package deals. Resort officials say that Shades of Green
guests have exclusive access to discounted theme park tickets,
reduced rates at Disney’s PGA professional golf courses,
extra Magic Hours at the parks, and much more. For more information,
visit the Shades of Green website at www.shadesofgreen.org/funandsun.htm.
Free Military Care Package Kit of
Priority Mail The United States Postal Service is offering free packaging
to spouses and families of military members who are deployed
overseas. To take advantage of this service call: 1-800-610-8734
and press 1 (for English), then 3 for an operator and request
CAREKIT04. USPS will send you free boxes, packing materials,
tape and mailing labels. These products are to be used to
mail care packages to service members.
Sign up for a chance to send your
soldier Dunkin Donuts coffee. Dunkin Donuts will send a case of
free coffee to
your soldier if he/she is among the 50 selected in a monthly
lottery. Just go 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).
Operation Uplink. 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 30,000 stamps
have been donated to our National Guard soldiers and airmen
and Family Readiness Programs. With Memorial Day 2005 approaching,
we recall the unique sacrifices made by every generation
that has served in uniform for the good of America. We are
often asked what can be done to support the soldiers of this
generation. If you would like to participate, please mail
or drop off your postage stamps to the 7th Legislative District
Office, Delran Professional Center, 8008 Route 130 North,
Suite 125, Delran, NJ 08075.
American Hero Band - The American Hero
Band is a free wristband worn by Americans to demonstrate
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.
American Airlines: Special fare for
military personnel and their dependants (you will need
your military ID card
and a copy of your soldier’s orders to fly). Just call
800-433-7300 and ask for the military fare offer for your
desired destination. You can also go to www.aa.com, but you
cannot book a flight online.
are events taking place at your local armory.
August - Sports Card & Memorabilia Show
25 – 28 August -
Tool Show, Homier Dist. Co.
26 August -
Moscow State Circus
West Orange Armory
27 August -
Flea Market, J&C Market place
Fitness Corner – Ernie Razzano,
Certified Fitness Trainer
I’m sure you’re heard a little about the benefits
of green tea. Well, here’s the reason why it’s
so good for you. The benefit of green tea lies in the fact
it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin
gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful antioxidant which inhibits
the growth of cancer cells and more importantly kills cancer
cells without harming healthy tissue. Green, oolong, and
black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis
plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it’s processed.
Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound
from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves
are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG
being converted into other compounds that are not nearly
as effective in preventing and fighting carious diseases.
To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking
green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine.
There are approximately thirty to sixty mg. Of caffeine in
six to eight ounces of tea, which is actually lower than
that of coffee (over one hundred mg. In eight ounces.
Tell me what you would like to see in Fitness Corner. Write
me at email@example.com.
Today is 19th of August, the 231st day of the year with
134 days remaining.
On this day in history…
1848 – The discovery of gold in
California was reported by the New York Herald.
1856 – Gail Borden obtained a
patent for processing condensed milk.
1909 – The first car race to be
run on brick occurred at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1934 – Adolf Hitler was approved
for sole executive power in Germany as Fuehrer.
1940 – The new Civil Aeronautics
Administration awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright.
1960 – Two dogs and three mice
were launched in Sputnik 5.
1993 – “Cheers” ended
an 11 year run on NBC-TV.
2004 – Google Inc. stock began
selling on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The initial price was
set at $85 and ended
the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares traded.
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness Center near
If you are able to assist the families of our deployed soldiers
and airmen, please call our Family Readiness Center at our
toll-free number 888-859-0352.