1 November 2002
Joint Chief of Staff, COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith
Current DMVA Highlights
YOUR CALENDAR AND EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE.ELECTION
DAY IS THIS COMING TUESDAY, 5 NOVEMBER 2002. Just
one vote can and sometimes does make a difference in
the outcome of an election. Don't forget to exercise
your right to vote; have a voice in exactly who will
comprise the government; and how that government will
SHOTS ARE SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 2002,
FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 1 P.M. Staff from the Veterans
Memorial Home at Menlo Park will distribute the flu
shots. We will have a limited number of flu shots,
and they will be available on a first-come, first-serve
basis. If you are interested in receiving a flu
shot, please furnish your name and phone number to Robin
Spaulding-Smith, Director, Human Resources Division,
not later than 6 November 2002.
WAYNE HUNT, DIRECTOR OF THE INFORMATION AND ADMINISTRATIVE
SERVICES DIVISION, AND MEMBERS OF HIS STAFF ATTENDED
THE 1ST ANNUAL NJ DIGITAL GOVERNMENT SUMMIT,
which was held this week in Princeton. This two-day
seminar, the first of its kind in New Jersey, brought
together over 400 state and local government leaders
to work collaboratively and share ideas to make government
more efficient and effective in today's changing times.
The two-day event, at which Governor McGreevey was the
guest speaker, included IT exhibits and breakout sessions.
LTC Hunt was an integral part of the team that proposed
the seminar and created its agenda.
BATTALION, 112TH FIELD ARTILLERY RECEIVES
New Equipment Training (NET) for the Gun Laying and
Positioning System (GLPS) was conducted at the Lawrenceville
Armory on 26-27 October 2002 by the GLPS NET Team, Rock
Island Arsenal, IL. This training was attended by 21
students from 3-112th Field Artillery, D-112th
Field Artillery, and Combined Support Maintenance Shop-B.
The GLPS was demonstrated to be an extremely accurate
system that will allow the Field Artillery to establish
directional control in any position without conventional
survey. Since this system is in addition to the M2 Aiming
Circle, it will provide much greater flexibility in
positioning, improved accuracy in directional and fire
control and less 'downtime' due to survey verification
NEW JERSEY NATIONAL GUARD'S 108TH AIR REFUELING
WING AND THE 177TH FIGHTER WING WERE HONORED
BY THE PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF AN OFFICIAL RESOLUTION
BY THE NEW JERSEY SENATE ON THURSDAY, 31 OCTOBER 2002.
State Senator Peter Inverso, a former member of the
108th Air Refueling Wing, and Senate Co-Presidents Richard
J. Codey and John O. Bennett, recognized the service
and contributions of the citizen-soldiers of the NJ
Air National Guard in the months following the terror
attacks against America. The F-16 Fighting Falcons of
the 177th Fighter Wing, stationed at the
Atlantic City International Airport, have flown and
continue to fly a record number of sorties in the skies
over the Northeast, including Washington, DC, and New
York City. The 108th's Stratotankers have
been providing around the clock in-flight refueling
to aircraft from the US Air Force, Air Force Reserve,
and Allied Air Forces involved in "Operation Enduring
Freedom," the global war against terrorism, and "Operation
Noble Eagle," the Homeland Security missions ongoing
here in the United States.
NEW JERSEY ARMY NATIONAL GUARD TO CONDUCT THREE CHANGE
OF COMMAND CEREMONIES. On Saturday, 2 November 2002,
at 1300 hours, the 42nd DISCOM's 250th
Forward Support Battalion will see LTC William Rochelle
transfer command to LTC Deborah Allen. This will occur
in the Battalion Armory at the National Guard Training
Center in Sea Girt, NJ. On Sunday, 3 November 2002,
at 1000 hours the Training and Training Technology Battle
Lab, Fort Dix, NJ will witness outgoing Commander COL
H. Donald Capps welcome incoming Commander COL Charles
Ragucci. Later that same day, the 57th Troop
Command's 1st Battalion, 150th
Aviation will change command from LTC John DiNapoli
to LTC Robert Vicci. The ceremony will be held in the
Battalion's armory at Mercer County Airport, West Trenton,
New Jersey. All department personnel, family and friends
are invited to attend these significant military ceremonies.
LARRY STROUD, PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL GUARD ASSOCIATION
OF NEW JERSEY, ANNOUNCED THE APPROVAL OF THE LIEUTENANT
THOMAS E. WILLIAMS LEADERSHIP AWARD, WHICH WILL BE PRESENTED
TO A MEMBER OF THE ARMY OR AIR NATIONAL GUARD. The
award will honor the memory of Lieutenant Williams,
a native of New Jersey who was born on October 27, 1925.
Lt Williams was a graduate of the Army Air Force pilot
training program at the Tuskegee Army Airfield, Alabama,
in 1945. On May 7, 1945 he joined the New Jersey Air
National Guard as a member of the 108th Fighter-Bomber
Group. When New Jersey became the first state to ban
segregation in its National Guard, Lt Williams became
the first recorded black National Guard aviator. On
January 15, 1955, during a routine training mission,
his F-86A jet entered into an unrecoverable spin and
crashed. Lieutenant Williams stayed with the disabled
aircraft long enough to clear populated areas, thus
saving many lives and sealing his fate. The award presentation
will recognize an individual, who has demonstrated strong
personal character, evidence of citizenship/leadership,
and a dedication in the battle against intolerance,
social injustice, and discrimination, and to affirm
the New Jersey National Guard and the Association's
commitment to diversity. Eligibility: Commissioned Officers
in the Grades of 01-03 and W1-W2. Non-Commissioned Officers
in the Grades of E5-E9.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS OF NURSING SERVICES
OF THE NEW JERSEY VETERANS MEMORIAL HOMES MET AT TRENTON
PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL FOR AN iNOVAR PRESENTATION.
iNOVAR is a software program, presently used by the
Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, that would assist the
nursing office with staff scheduling and flex pool management.
NEW JERSEY EMPLOYER SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND RESERVE
COMMITTEE (NJ ESGR) IS ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS TO RECOGNIZE
DESERVING MUNICIPAL OR COUNTY EMPLOYERS AT THE
NEW JERSEY STATE LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES ANNUAL CONFERENCE,
which is being held later this month at the Sheraton
Convention Center Hotel in Atlantic City. It is a great
opportunity to recognize county and municipal employers
who have been supportive of the NJ Army and Air National
Guard troops involved in either "Operation Noble Eagle"
or "Operation Enduring Freedom" during the past year.
Nominations for awards should be forwarded directly
to COL (Ret) Carmen A. Venticinque (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with a very brief comment as to why the employer should
be recognized together with the name, day-time phone
number, and the unit of the soldier/airman making the
recommendation, together with the name and day-time
phone number of their employer. There is no limit on
the number of nominations. Please respond prior to 6
November 2002 to allow time to prepare the awards and
properly coordinate employer participation at the presentations
in Atlantic City.
OF POLICE CHARLES MOOSE OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND,
IS NOT ONLY THE LEADER OF THE MANHUNT THAT SUCCESSFULLY
CAUGHT THE WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA SNIPER SUSPECTS, BUT
A HIGHLY-REGARDED OFFICER IN THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD.
Charles Moose, who seemed to breath a little easier
on Thursday night, October 24, after two suspects had
been arrested without incident early that morning, has
become the new poster person for members of the National
Guard and other military reservists who also maintain
demanding civilian careers. Most Americans know him
as Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose, the
leader and national spokesman for the multi-agency task
force that devoted three weeks to tracking down the
sniper who has killed 10 innocent people, wounded three
others, and terrorized the people around the nation's
capital. His military colleagues also know him as Maj.
Charles Moose, Commander of the District of Columbia
Air National Guard's 60-member Security Forces Squadron
based at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.
GUARD AND RESERVE MEMBERS...KEEP YOUR DEFENSE ENROLLMENT
ELIGIBILITY REPORT SYSTEM (DEERS) INFORMATION CURRENT
AND ACCURATE. Active and Reserve component service
members need to understand the importance of updating
their own and their family members' eligibility information
in DEERS. Sponsors and family members actually lose
access to their TRICARE health care benefits when "Loss
of Eligibility" appears in DEERS. They are unable to
make appointments, get prescriptions filled, or have
claims processed. Action must be taken by the sponsor
and his/her family members to update information in
DEERS, as well as in their military personnel records.
Active and reserve component sponsors should visit the
nearest ID card issuing facility/unit personnel shop
to ensure that their DEERS information is current. For
additional information about DEERS or to update information
in DEERS, visit www.tricare.osd.mil/deers.
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S 2003 COMBAT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES
ARE ANNOUNCED. The point of contact for information
is SFC Barton who can be reached at telephone number
609-562-0756. The dates and locations of the matches
are as follows:
Combat Rifle: 12-13
April 2003, Fort Dix (Range #15/35)
17-18 May 2003, Fort Dix (Range #15/6)
17-18 May 2003, Fort Dix (Range #15/11)
(M60): 18 May 2003, Fort Dix (Range #15/11)
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY..
- The most destructive
force in the universe is gossip.
- Never lick a steak
- Never confuse
your career with your life.
- Nobody cares if
you can't dance well. Just get up and dance!