Dept of Military and
BG Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Col Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General
COL (Ret) Emil H. Philibosian
Deputy Commissioner for
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!
is nature’s way of saying,
Friday,June 18, 2004
you are interested in participating, contact
MSgt McCready at 609-562-0854 or by email at
1st Day of Spring
20 March 2004 at 1:49 a.m. EST
Spring is not
the best of seasons.
Cold and flu are two good
Wind and rain and other sorrow,
Warm today and
Whaever said Spring was romantic?
The word that
best applies is frantic!
Adjutant General (TAG) Leadership Call – Saturday, 13
March 2004 –
The Adjutant General, BG Glenn K. Rieth, conducted the First Officer
Leadership Call on Saturday, 13 March 2004, at the Patriot Theater,
the War Memorial, Trenton, NJ. Over 700 New Jersey National Guard (NJNG)
Air and Army Commissioned and Warrant Officers attended. The focus of
the Call was the Ten Year Future Reach Plan of the NJNG and the projected
transformation that will take place in both the Army and Air Force structures
during that time. TAG also stressed his top five priorities: Strength,
Readiness, Homeland Security, Mobilization, and Joint Force. Governor
James E. McGreevey and COL Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey
State Police, addressed the Officers. Both took the opportunity to thank
the NJNG for its efforts and support in both the Homeland Security arena
and the mobilizations to fight the Global War on Terrorism. TAG presented
COL Fuentes with a National Guard Minuteman Statue for his support to
our organization. The Officers also received briefings from Maj Gen
Clark Martin and BG Thomas Sullivan (Mobilizations), MG (Ret) G. Thomas
Garrett (HSCOE), Brig Gen (S) Maria Falca-Dodson (Readiness/Family Support),
COL Frank Carlini and COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith (Joint Force), and
SGM Edward Goetschius (JOC). LTC Wayne Hunt coordinated the security
for the event, which was supported by the 50th Brigade MPs, Homeland
Security personnel, and the New Jersey State Police. Our young soldiers
did an outstanding professional job! All attendees left the Leadership
Call with a copy of the Future Reach Plan and material on Family Support
Jersey National Guard Family Readiness Mobilization Guide – now
available on the world wide web.
New Jersey National Guard Family Readiness Mobilization
Guide is now available on the world wide web in a user
friendly on-line web version
at the following web address: www.state.nj.us/military/familysupport/family_readiness/index.html.
guide was developed to assist you and your family in preparing for
deployment, activation, and extended
temporary duty. You will find helpful
suggestions, pertinent information, and a summary of
tasks that are essential for your family’s welfare. Interested
individuals may also access the guide from links on both
the DMVA Homepage and NJNG
Family Support Programs website at http://www.nj.gov/military/familysupport/index.html
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
ceremonies have been scheduled to honor our State’s
Service & Meritorious
430 Jockey Hollow Road
Service & Meritorious Service
Medals (for Residents of the Veterans Memorial
Home at Vineland)
Veterans Memorial Home
|Vineland, New Jersey
Service & Meritorious Service
NJ Army National Guard welcomes a new Warrant Officer Flight School
CW5 Al Curving, Command Chief Warrant Officer of the New Jersey Army
National Guard, and COL Paul Ciervo, State Army Aviation Officer,
jointly announced the latest accession to the Warrant Officer Aviation
From Sergeant to WOC Chad A. Weaver received temporary Federal recognition
on March 6th, and will be attending Warrant Officer Candidate School
in April, followed by Initial Entry Rotary Wing school at Fort Rucker,
Alabama. Candidate Weaver was assigned to Headquarters of the 1st
Soldier Support Battalion through September 2003, and more recently
with the Recruiting and Retention Detachment at Fort Dix. He appeared
before an Order of Merit List Aviation Selection Board and attended
a Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate course at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania
earlier in 2003.
Chief Curving noted that these are exciting times, and there has
never been a better time in history to become an Army
Warrant Officer than right now. Current Guard members
can further explore Warrant
Officer opportunities, including numerous technical
service positions, by call Chief Curving at 609-562-0969.
Non-members should contact
a NJ Army National Guard Recruiter for further information
or log onto www.1800goguard.com.
Troops get federal tax break for combat zone service.
troops serving in designated combat zones in support of the war
terrorism continue to get a tax break
from Uncle Sam. Depending upon rank, eligible service
members can exclude from federal
income tax either all or some of their active duty
pay – and
certain other pays – earned in any month during service in a
designated combat zone. Service members who serve one
or more days in a designated combat zone are entitled to federal tax
benefits for that entire month. Current designated
combat zones include, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other specified parts
of the Persian Gulf region – to
include Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar,
and the United Arab Emirates – and parts of the Kosovo area.
Service members in several other areas specified in law as “qualified
hazardous duty areas” are eligible for the same tax breaks.
Bosnia-Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia, and Croatia have been listed
since 1995. The downloadable Armed Forces Tax Guide
for 2003 lists many, but not all, designated combat
zones. It can be accessed on
the IRS website www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3.pdf or
receive a hard copy by calling 1-800-829-3676.
NJ State Library accepting book donations for its 2004 Spring Used
The Friends of the NJ State Library are accepting book donations
now through Saturday, 17 April 2004 for the 2004 Spring
Used Book Sale. Drop off will be on Level 3 in the
lobby of the NJ State Library,
185 w. State Street, Trenton, NJ. Books may be dropped
off during Library hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. and Saturday
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Used Book Sale is scheduled
for May 5-8, 2004.
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education Center’s
upcoming event schedule.
For more information about any of these events, please call the NJ
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732) 335-0033.
||“The Hidden History of the Antiwar Movement,” an
Author Lecture Series presentation by Vietnam-era
Veteran H. Bruce Franklin, author of Vietnam
other American Fantasies.
One: The Story of Vic Charles (a novel) – An
Author Lecture Series presentation by Vietnam
Veteran Bob Staranowicz at the Vietnam Era Educational
Jersey Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day ceremony
at the NJ Vietnam Veterans ’ Memorial
to Ms. Kathy Hines, Procurement Technician for USPFO
Purchasing & Contracting
Division, for completing CON 210, Government Contract
Law course at the Defense Acquisition University on 27 February
Announcement – It’s a boy for USPFO Lead Military
Pay Technician, SGT Crystal Burgess and husband Josh.
Welcome to Josh Edward Burgess, 8 pounds, 2 ounces, 20”, born
on 10 March 2004.
Dix/McGuire Career Fair –
Career Fair will be held at Club Dix on 24 March
2004 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hiring representatives from local, national,
and worldwide companies will collect resumes and conduct
for current and future positions. Visit or call 305th
FSC at 609-754-3154 or Ft. Dix Army Community Services
at 609-562-6727 for information
about writing seminars and resources to make this opportunity
a personal success!
Community Baby Shower planned for 30 April 2004.
Pregnant? Starting a family soon? The Family Advocacy Office at McGuire
Air Force Base will sponsor a Community Baby Shower
for Friday, 30 April 2004. The event will be held in Chapel 1, McGuire
Base from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community and Base agencies
will provide information on local maternity units, pregnancy fitness,
banking, childcare and many other issues. Representatives
will be available to answer questions and provide you with free literature.
Please stop by for food, fun, and raffles for free
baby items! This
event is open to all branches of the military (active
duty, Reserves, National Guard) and DOD civilians. If you need additional
contact the Family Advocacy Office at 754-9680.
Happenings – Check to see what’s happening
at an Armory near you.
||Atlantic City Armory
||Toms River Armory
||Doll & Bear
||Cherry Hill Armory
Mar – 5 Apr
||Piano Show and Sale
||Cherry Hill Armory
in History …
is Friday, 19 March 2004 and the 79th day of the year. There are
288 days left
in the year. On this day …
1831 – The
first bank robbery in America was reported. The City
Bank of New York City lost $245,000 in the robbery.
1903 – The
U.S. Senate ratified the Cuban treaty, gaining naval
bases in Guantanamo and Bahia Honda.
1918 – The
U. S. Congress approved Daylight Saving Time.
1931 – The
state of Nevada legalized gambling.
1953 – The
Academy Awards aired on television for the first time.
1994 – The
largest omelet in history was made with 160,000 eggs
in Yokohama, Japan.
2002 – Operation
Anaconda, the largest U.S.-led ground offensive since
the Gulf War, ended in eastern Afghanistan.
2003 – President George W. Bush announced that U.S. forces
had launched a strike against “targets of military opportunity” in
Spring arrives on Saturday, 20 March 2004.
seasons are a powerful force in our lives. They affect the activities
the foods we crave, the clothes we wear – and quite
often, the moods we are in. We experience seasons because the Earth
rotates on an axis that’s tilted in its orbit. That 23.5-degree
tilt causes the different hemispheres to be at different
angles to the sun at different times of the year. On
Saturday morning at 1:49
Spring will arrive with the Vernal Equinox, the time
when night and day are of equal length in all parts of
are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened
cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.
§ The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint – no
two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.
full 7% of the entire Irish barley crop goes into the production
raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and
from the bottom of the glass to the top.
are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any
x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
the many words that Shakespeare invented are: assassination,
bump, lonely, bloodstained, leapfrog, and mountaineer.