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
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always wears the colors of the spirit."
Gifts for Kids Drive is now underway.
Toys will be distributed to the
children of our deployed servicemen and women.
Please be generous!
.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
Call today and
volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center near you.
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? Please
call your local Family Readiness center and volunteer.
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance
Call toll free 888-859-0352
“Salute the Troops” ceremony
scheduled for 22 November 2004
Major General Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant
General, invites all Department employees, friends, and
family to attend the
NJ National Guard’s “Salute the Troops” ceremony
on Monday, 22 November 2004, at 4 p.m. in the Trenton War
Memorial, Trenton, NJ. More than 350 citizen-soldiers from
Battery A and C, 3-112th Field Artillery and the 119th Corps
Support Battalion along with their families will be honored.
These members of the NJ National Guard will be deploying
in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring
Freedom. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. You are asked to park
at the Sovereign Bank Arena, and be transported by bus to
the Trenton War Memorial. Tickets are available through Family
Assistance Centers in Morristown and Toms River, or via the
Family Assistance Hotline at 1-888-859-0352.
Company A, 250th
Signal Battalion Farewell -
A Deployment Ceremony was conducted on
the parade field of Camp Shelby, Mississippi, for the 278th
Team (RCT) on 11 November 2004. The Regiment is from the
Tennessee Army National Guard and is composed of units and
soldiers from six states. New Jersey’s contribution
to this Team is Company A, 250th Signal Battalion, Westfield,
under the command of CPT Grindlinger. They will be deploying
with the 278th RCT in late November for Iraq. The entire
Brigade was assembled on line for the ceremony and the Governors
of three states, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Wisconsin addressed
the soldiers. The Adjutant General of Tennessee presented
the Tennessee State flag to all unit Commanders (battalions/separate
companies), as well as the State flag for each of their respective
states. Also in attendance were the First Army Commander,
LTG Honore; Chief, National Guard Bureau, LTG Blum; Director,
Army National Guard, LTG Schultz, and the Commanding General
of the 42nd Infantry Division, MG Taluto with the Division
Command Sergeant Major (CSM). The Deputy Joint Force Commander,
BG Carlini, the Commander of the 250th Signal Battalion,
LTC Thomas, and the CSM of the Battalion, CSM Britt, represented
177th Fighter Wing honored on their return from
Global War on Terror.
Sunday, 7 November 2004, Wing members who recently
returned from supporting the Global War on Terror
were honored at
a breakfast. Special guests included Congressman Frank LoBiondo,
2nd Congressional District, NJ; MG Glenn K. Rieth, the Adjutant
General, and Brig Gen Eugene Chojnacki, Commander, NJ Air
National Guard. Approximately 70 members of the 177th Fighter
Wing who were deployed over the past several months in support
of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom attended
the Sunday morning breakfast. Congressman LoBiondo recognized
the wing members’ service and patriotism and thanked
them for their dedication to duty and help in keeping America
Annual Gifts for Kids Drive will benefit the children
servicemen and women.
The annual Gifts for Kids Drive will begin Monday, 22 November
2004, and will run through 14 December 2004. This year, all
of the toys and gifts collected will be distributed to the
children of our deployed servicemen and women through the
Family Assistance Centers. This drive provides all of us
with a way to brighten the lives of the families whose loved
ones are away from home during the holidays. Collection boxes
will be set up at our facilities for your donations.
of Veterans Programs – Newsflash!
Mr. Joseph Bucco, Paterson Veterans Service Officer, recently
retrieved a retroactive settlement of $112,310 for a service-connected
disability for one of his veterans. This veteran will additionally
receive $749 per month for life. Great job!
108th Air Refueling
Wing hosts Tops in Blue.
The 108th Air Refueling Wing
recently had the honor of hosting the Tops in Blue,
an all-active duty U.S. Air Force special
unit made up of talented amateur performers also known as
the Air Forces’ Expeditionary Entertainers.
Tops in Blue, founded in 1953 by Col
(Ret) Al Reilly, began as a talent show to recognize the
Air Force’s most
talented Airmen in categories ranging from comedy to singing
and dancing. Under Colonel Reilly’s direction Tops
in Blue was formed.
The group consists of 35 “best of the best” performers
who all seem to share the same view on what inspired them
to become a member of Tops in Blue. It is best put by one
of McGuire’s own, Airman 1st Class David Weaver, “I
love performing and the Air Force, so I put two and two together,
plus I get a chance to see the world.”
If you want to learn more about Tops in Blue and their performance
schedule, visit their website at www.topsinblue.com.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medals
Toms River Elks
600 Washington St., Toms River, NJ
20 Jan 05
a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
|Salem County Community College
Phillipsburg High School held Veterans Day ceremony.
On Sunday, 14 November 2004, Phillipsburg
High School held a Veterans Day Ceremony, “Honoring All Who Served.” The
program included an Empty Chair Tribute, which serves as
a silent and symbolic reminder of the tragedies of war. The
table is set with a single red rose in a vase that symbolizes
the blood shed in service to our country; a lemon representing
bitterness; salt representing the tears shed; an inverted
glass representing the toast the missing cannot make; and
a candle symbolizing hope. The program included special guests
from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
The school presented 1100 non-perishable
items to Mrs. Debbie Griffin, wife of SFC William Griffin,
a deployed member of
the NJARNG’s 2/102d, who accepted them on behalf of
the Family Readiness Group. The High School collected donations
for the Family Readiness Group, and presented $565 to SFC
Mrs. Griffin presented Phillipsburg High
Assistant Principal, Mr. William Nixon, a Navy veteran, with
a Certificate of Appreciation. Mrs. Griffin thanked the members
of the High School.
DMVA Veterans Service Officer, Ms. Monica Banca, served
as guest speaker.
HBO’s new documentary, “Last Letters Home,” features
the family of the late SGT Frank Carvill.
HBO premiered its new documentary this
month entitled “Last
Letters Home: Voices of American Troops from the Battlefields
of Iraq.” The show is a poignant tribute to the fallen
American soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the war in
Iraq. Last Letters Home features the last letters home read
by the families of ten men and women killed in action. SGT
Frank Carvill, NJ Army National Guard, 3rd Battalion, 112th
Field Artillery, died in Baghdad, Iraq, on 4 June 2004, when
individuals using improvised explosive devices and rocket-propelled
grenades attacked his convoy. SGT Carvill’s family
reads his letter home. Check your local TV listings or visit
HBO’s website, www.hbo.com, for viewing dates and times.
Upcoming Fall events at our local armories.
12 Nov -
13 Nov -
13 Nov -
Rug Show & Sale,
14 Nov -
NASCAR Collectibles Show,
17 Nov -“Home for the Holidays” Gift Fair,
20 Nov 9am-5 pm -
Sports Memorabilia Show (Benefiting the Somerset Armory’s Family Readiness
108th Enlisted Council is sponsoring a Coat Drive.
The 108th Enlisted Council is proud to sponsor a Winter
Coat Drive from November through the end of January. In the
spirit of the holidays, please donate clean and serviceable
winter coats, scarves, hats and gloves. All donations will
be given to the Salvation Army of Burlington County. Donation
bins are located in Buildings 3327, 3324, 3390, 3369, and
Hangar 3333. For more information on this drive, please contact
Staff Sgt Matt Johnson, Enlisted Council President, 609-754-4126.
Please help us help others.
177th Medics demonstrate new Decon
In support of homeland defense, the 177th Medical Group
demonstrated the new In Place Patient Decontamination Capability
(IPPDC) facility to members of the UMDNJ Center for Biodefense
and local emergency medical services on 18 November 2004.
The purpose of IPPDC is to remove contamination from victims
before they enter a medical facility. The decontamination
procedures are used to protect the medical facility and medical
Medical Group personnel participated
in a 12-hour long “train
the trainer” course on November 17, and were briefed
on the IPPDC concept, how to use the equipment, understanding
hazardous substances, and processing contaminated victims.
During the decontamination process, members
of the team wearing protective suits with filtered circulating
quickly set up a tent for ambulatory and nonambulatory patients
contaminated with biological or chemical agents. Before entering
the tent, victims are asked to place their clothes and personal
effects into a plastic bag that is tagged with a serial number.
The serial number is also tied to the victim’s wrist,
which can later be used to identify the victim’s belongings.
The victim will then enter the tent, which is a shower area,
to clean and rinse themselves off. Those who are unable to
wash themselves are placed on a stretcher, and decontamination
team members will then thoroughly wash the patient to ensure
he or she is decontaminated. After they are cleaned, victims
will be transported to a medical facility for further evaluation
“The purpose of the demonstration was to introduce
the new decontamination system to local emergency responders,” stated
Master Sgt. Samuel Suarez, a Medical Services Technician
and IPPDC Team Chief, “it also sets the foundation
for future community response planning.”
The 177th Medical Group is one of two
decontamination teams in the Federal Emergency Management
II area that provides in-place patient decontamination.
Scholarship program for Military Children is underway.
The fifth year of Scholarships for Military Children is
now underway. Administered by Fisher House Foundation and
funded by the manufacturers and industry supporting commissaries,
the program has awarded over $3 million through nearly 2,000
scholarships to the unmarried children under the age of 21
(23 if enrolled in school) of active duty service members,
Guard and Reserve members, and military retirees. Applications,
eligibility requirements, and other information for the 2005
program are available at commissaries or online at http://www.commissaries.com.
The deadline for filing your application is 16 February 2005.
on Holiday Mailings to the Troops.
The Department of Defense (DoD) recently
issued a reminder that the “Any Servicemember” mail program is
still suspended. The general public urged not to send unsolicited
mail, care packages, or donations to service members during
the holiday season. The Department of Defense emphasizes
that names and addresses of military personnel must not be
distributed by the media, websites, companies, non-profit
organizations, schools or individuals for the purpose of
collecting letters of support or donations for mailing to
service members. According to the DoD, family members should
not pass around military addresses by for use donation programs.
People who wish to mail a letter, or card or package to a
service member must have a specific person’s name and
address on their mail. If you would like to help service
members or their families or if you are approached by someone
who knows that your work for the Department of Military and
Veterans Affairs and wants to help the troops, here is a
website given by DoD with many ways that Americans can support
the troops. Go to http://www.defendamerica.mil and
click on the Support Our Troops “button.
Continental Airlines honors the Military.
Airlines is honoring America’s veterans,
active duty, National Guard, Reserve and their families with
airline discount benefits, including a Frequent Flyer Program
bonus. Veterans Advantage (http://veteransadvantage.com),
a nationwide card membership program providing new benefits
for Veterans and their families, and Continental Airlines
announced a 5% discount on all Continental tickets booked
plus a frequent flyer award bonus for Veterans Advantage
members. Veterans Advantage
provides travel and entertainment savings, home and office
discounts, and health and wellness benefits for those who
serve the country and their family members.
Today in History...
Today is Friday, November 19th, the 324th day of the year
with 42 days remaining.
1493 - Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico
on his 2nd voyage.
1863 – U.S. President Lincoln
delivered his Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national
the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.
1893 – The first newspaper color
supplement was published in the Sunday New York World.
1928 – Time magazine presented its cover portrait
for the first time. Japanese Emperor Hirohito was the magazine’s
first cover subject.
1959 – Ford Motor Company announced
it was ending production of the Edsel.
1969 – Apollo 12 astronauts, Charles Conrad
and Alan Bean, made man’s second landing on the moon.
1977 – Egyptian President Anwar
Sadat became the first Arab leader to set foot in Israel
on an official
1998 – The impeachment inquiry
of U.S. President Clinton began.
2001 – U.S. President George W.
Bush signed the most comprehensive air security bill in
2002 – The U.S. government completed
its takeover of security at 424 airports nationwide.
available in Military Funeral Honors Program.
New Jersey Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors
Program has several part-time employment opportunities immediately
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.
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial will
host a Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, 11 November 2004,
at 11 a.m.. The keynote speaker will be Frank M. McDonough,
Esq. of Oakhurst, NJ and Lake Worth, Florida, who is a retired
environmental attorney and former maritime advisor to Governor
Christie Whitman. He retired from a 22-year Marine Corps
career in 1978 and served four tours in Vietnam.
Four veterans will be inducted into the “In Memory” Program,
which honors those who served in Vietnam and returned home
only to die as a result of their tour, but whose names are
not on the Memorial. The four inductees are:
James Lorenzo, US Army, of Jersey City, who died November
Thomas J. Pascal, US Army, of Port Reading, who died May
William J. Steele, US Marine Corps, of Bayville, who died
April 8, 2004.
James L. Tomasulo, Jr., US Army, of Newark, who died April
Lecture – James Parker Wollner – The Bamboo
Shoot: The Story of the 2nd Airboat Platoon
For more information about any of these events, please call
the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732)
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is
located adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
off the Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
Influenza Insight –
by SrA Alex
Karas, 108th Public Health
Q: What is influenza?
A: Often called “the flu,” is
caused by the influenza virus, which infects the nose,
throat, and lungs.
Q: What are the symptoms of the flu?
A: Symptoms of flu include fever, headache, extreme tiredness,
dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle
aches. Children can have additional symptoms, such as nausea,
vomiting, and diarrhea.
Q: Do I have a cold or the flu?
A: It is very difficult to distinguish the flu from other
viral or bacterial causes of respiratory illnesses on the
basis of symptoms alone. A test can confirm that an illness
is influenza if the patient is tested within the first two
to three days after symptoms begin.
Q: How common is the flu?
A: Each flu season is unique, but it is estimated that approximately
% to 20% of U.S. residents get the flu. About 36,000 Americans
die per year from complications of flu.
Q: How do I stay healthy without the flu vaccine?
A: It’s all about prevention. Eat
healthy on a regular basis, wash your hands as often as
possible, cover your mouth
and nose, and stay away from people who are already sick.
If you would like further insight on
influenza, visit the Centers for Disease Control’s
website at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu.
Family Programs Event Calendar
Listed below are the events being planned by the Family
Readiness Groups throughout the state.
||Fashion Show to benefit the Family Readiness
Group at Toms River
||Holiday Inn, Toms River
SFC Minnie Hiller
A/B/E 2-113th INF
|Sports Memorabilia Show (DISCOM FRG)
|Pot Luck Dinner
||Co A, 2/113th
Jersey City Armory
|Bus Trip to Atl City
|Beef Steak & Chinese Auction
Legion Post 170
Rochelle Park, NJ
SFC Minnie Hiller
30 Nov 04
Tree Lighting in NYC
Co B, 50th MSB
|Pick-up at Dover Armory
||Co E, 50th MSB
Lakehurst, NJ (AMVETS)
Tips on how to winterize your vehicle.
Snowflakes have already been seen
in some parts of our region, and drivers need to be
reminded to “winterize” their
cars. Here are some tips to help get your car through
the winter months:
- Antifreeze: Make sure your radiator has a mixture
of 50% coolant and 50% water, which protects engines
better than coolant alone.
- Oil: Check your owner’s manual to see
if you need to switch to lighter “winter weight” oil.
Lighter-grade oil reaches engine parts quicker than heavier
summer weight oil and reduces wear on the engine.
- Battery: Make sure the battery is fully charged
and the connections are clean.
- Heater/Defroster: Don’t wait for the
temperature to plummet before you find it doesn’t
- Windshield wipers: Summer’s
heat dries them out; replace them before winter. Also,
washer fluid reservoir is filled.
- Tires: Replace tires that have
less than 1/16th of an inch of tread. Tires also typically
lose one pound
of inflation pressure for every 10-degree drop in temperature,
so check your owner’s manual for proper inflation