New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
DMAVA Highlights Archives

19 September 2003

Volume 2, Number 23

NJ Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs

BG Glenn K. Rieth

The Adjutant General

COL Maria Falca-Dodson

Deputy Adjutant General

COL (Ret) Emil H. Philibosian

Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs

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Col (Ret) Michael B. Smith

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First Day of Fall

21 September 2003

"Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. Let them be your only diet, drink, and botanical medicines."

.Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

Important Calendar Dates...

Job Fair

Lawrenceville Armory


24 September 2003

11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

ESGR Annual Golf Outing

25 Sep 2003

Falcon Creek Course

McGuire AFB

For more info,


LTC Richard Fox at (609) 530-7019/7020.

Stand Down 2003

26 September 2003

Cherry Hill Armory

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

DMVA observes Hispanic Heritage Month.

DMVA will observe Hispanic Heritage Month (15 September - 15 October 2003) and celebrate the contributions that people of Latin decent have made to our nation and military. Hispanic Heritage Month will feature a wide range of activities that range from cultural art exhibitions at McGuire Air Force Base to Hispanic food being a featured item on the menu in the cafeteria of the Headquarters building in Lawrenceville every Wednesday. These activities will serve to enhance our employees' knowledge and awareness of this important ethnic group.

U.S. Army Reserve Component (RC) Unit Rotation Plan in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

On 23 July 2003, General Keane announced that U.S. Army units currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) would remain in theater for one year. While General Keane's briefing primarily addressed brigade sized combat forces, the rotation plan applies to all RC units deployed in support of OIF operational requirements. The plan for RC units currently supporting OIF is that they will remain in theater for up to one year unless the combatant commander determines the unit is no longer needed. Since these RC units were initially mobilized under the Partial Mobilization Authority for only 12 months, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), based upon operational requirements, will extend their mobilization orders to enable deployments for up to 12 months in theater. This extension is critical to our ability to successfully accomplish our mission. Our field Commanders must have the capabilities they require, and that can only come from units that have worked and trained together and have confidence in themselves and each other. The rotation plan concerning other operations has not changed. For most RC units, rotations to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEM) deploy six months in theater under a one-year mobilization. While some RC units providing high demand capabilities may serve in theater for longer than six months, they will not exceed their initial one-year mobilization. Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) and Joint Task Force-Guantanamo (Bay) rotations will remain using a one-year mobilization. Reserve Component units supporting peacekeeping operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Sinai will serve six month rotations using a 270 day Presidential Reserve Call-up. The magnificent Soldiers from the Guard and Reserve are an indispensable part of the team and this has been clearly demonstrated their superb performance in executing the Global War on Terrorism.

SSG Stephanie Chambliss selected NCO Soldier of the Quarter.

Congratulations to SSG Stephanie Chambliss for being selected from a competitive board process as the NCO/Soldier of the Quarter for National Guard Bureau. Over the last nineteen years, she has served proudly in the Army National Guard. She has sixteen years in the AGR program serving in many positions in the state of New Jersey with the AGR Title 32 Program. Currently, she is part of the AGR Title 10 Program serving at NGB-ARP-DA, as the Senior Personnel Service Sergeant.

The Army National Guard changes computer policy.

The Army National Guard has changed the policy on turning your RCAS computer off at night in response to the recent attacks by computer worms on our networks. The only way to keep up with the short notice requirements for software changes to prevent these attacks is to do remote scanning and patch application of network computers. In order for the network personnel to scan and apply software patches remotely, computers not in used should be logged off and left powered on at all times. This includes laptop computers that are network capable. Laptops that are for dial-in or stand-alone use must be turned in to the Help Desk for software updates prior to further use. Failure to follow these procedures could result in suspension of user privileges on the network. Use of computers that are not updated on the RCAS network will result in National Guard Bureau disconnecting New Jersey from Guardnet and the Internet. Help protect our computer networks by leaving your computer powered on and making sure your laptop is up-to-date with software patches and anti-virus definitions.

Driving in New Jersey -- be aware of a new motor vehicle, driving law.

The price of a ticket for 39:3-29 (Failure to show driver's license, registration or insurance card at the time you're stopped) has jumped from $44 to $173. So if you jump into your car for a quick run to the local convenience store and forget your wallet with your license in it and you're stopped.well, you just spent $173. And, if you don't have all three documents (driver license, registration, insurance card), then the fines imposed jump to $519 (That's $173 for each missing document). So make sure you remember to have these documents in your car(s) at all times.

Vietnam, Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal Presentation Ceremonies are scheduled.

23 September

11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Distinguished Service Medal

And Meritorious Service Medal

Toms River Elks Lodge

600 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ

30 September

11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Vietnam Service Medal

Hall of Heroes, Institute of Safety

281 Camp Gaw Rd., Mahwah, NJ

22 October

11 a.m.

Vietnam Service Medal

National Guard Armory

1060 Hamilton Avenue, Somerset, NJ

29 October

11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Vietnam Service Medal

National Guard Armory

National Guard Training Center

Sea Girt, NJ

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission initiates a new ID verification system.

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) requires all applicants for New Jersey driver licenses, non-driver identification cards, and boat licenses to present proofs of age, identity, and address. Applicants will be required to prove their identity through a six-point ID verification system, which was modeled after successful programs in other states. These programs have been effective in significantly reducing identity theft and driver license fraud. Additional information is available on the MVC website at

NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam Era Education Center Announces its Calendar of Events for the summer.

For more information about any of these events, please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732) 335-0033.

21 Sep

11 a.m.

Rolling Thunder POW/MIA Awareness Motorcycle Run

17 Oct

9 a.m.

Capturing the Imagination - The Art, Music, Theater, Poetry, and Prose of the Vietnam Veteran

11 Nov

11 a.m.

Veterans Day Ceremony

13 Dec

6 p.m.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony

The NJ Army National Guard Logistics Advisory Council (LAC) conducted semi-annual training program.

The NJ Army National Guard Logistics Advisory Council (LAC) conducted its semi-annual Logistics Training Program on 11 September 2003 at the National Guard Training Center, Sea Girt, New Jersey. Training focused on Homeland Security Reports and Reporting Procedures, Backorder Reconciliation, IMAP Procedures, ULLS-G (Calibration) and Change of Command Inventory Procedures. BG Thomas J. Sullivan addressed those present for the training and congratulated them for a job well done, and discussed the challenges that they will face in the future. At the conclusion of the training program, the logistics community hosted its annual picnic at the pavilion. One hundred and fourteen individuals attended the training and picnic to share ideas and crosswalk information.

Interesting facts..

J   Electric eels produce enough energy in one shock to light up every room in your house.

J   The scientific name for stinky feet is Bromhidrosis.

J   Frogs never drink.

J   The skin of sharks was once sold and used as sandpaper.

J   An octopus has three hearts.

Armory Happenings - Check to see what's happening at an Armory near you.

20 September

Computer Show & Sale

Teaneck Armory

21 September

Sports Card, Comics & Beanies

Bordentown Armory

25-28 September

Ceramics & Porcelain Doll Show & Sale

Morristown Armory

29 Sep - 8 Oct

Carpet & Furniture Show & Sale

Morristown Armory

12 October

Sports Card, Comics & Beanies

Bordentown Armory

2 November

NASCAR Collectibles

Bordentown Armory

Today in History.

Today is the 262nd day of 2003. There are 103 days left in the year. On this date:

         In 1777, American soldiers won The Battle of Saratoga during the Revolutionary War.

         In 1876, Melville R. Bissell patented the carpet sweeper.

         In 1957, the U. S. conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert.

         In 1983, the final episode of "M*A*S*H" was aired on CBS-TV.

         In 2002, In Ivory Coast, around 750 rebel soldiers attempted to overthrow the government. U.S. troops landed on September 25th to help move foreigners, including Americans, to safer areas.

All about Hurricanes.

A hurricane is a large rotating storm (60 to 1000 miles in diameter) that forms over warm ocean waters. Hurricanes start life as a cluster of strong thunderstorms moving across the ocean, called a "tropical disturbance" or "tropical wave." Atmospheric conditions must be just right to turn a tropical wave into a hurricane - less than 5% of all tropical waves turn into a full-blown hurricane.

A tropical wave that begins spinning around a center of low pressure is called a "tropical depression." Tropical depressions have maximum sustained wind speeds at the surface of the ocean of less than 40 mph. When the maximum winds reach 40 mph or greater, the storm changes into a tropical storm, and it is given a name. Once the maximum winds reach 74 mph or greater, the storm becomes a hurricane.

Hurricanes have an "eye" of calm winds and low pressure, surrounded by an "eyewall" of intense thunderstorms with high winds and heavy rain. "Spiral bands" of intense thunderstorms spiral into the eyewall of the hurricane from the out parts of the storm. "Spiral bands" of intense thunderstorms spiral into the eyewall of the hurricane from the outer parts of the storm.

When hurricanes come onto land, they bring heavy rain, strong winds and heavy waves called storm surges.

Hurricanes are classified into five categories, based on their wind speeds and potential to cause damage.

      Category One - Winds 74-95 miles per hour

      Category Two - Winds at 96-110 miles per hour

      Category Three - Winds at 111-130 miles per hour

      Category Four - Winds 131-155 miles per hour

      Category Five - Winds greater than 155 miles per hour

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