Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
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!
Half of the American people never read
a newspaper. Half never voted President. One hopes it is the
.. Gore Vidal
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
Family Appreciation Day
Adjutant General, MG Glenn K. Rieth, invites you and your
immediate family to Family Appreciation Day tomorrow at the
National Guard Training Center located on the Atlantic Ocean
at Sea Girt, NJ. This day is being set aside to thank the
families of all our Airmen, Soldiers and DMVA employees. The
fun begins at 10 a.m. and the days activities will feature
amusement rides, games, pony rides, clowns, etc. for the kids,
and live performances of Doo Wop, Blues, Jazz, Rap, Big Band,
Country, and Spanish music for everyone to enjoy. There will
be appearances by Miss America, a USO troupe, WWE wrestlers,
and the New Jersey Army National Guards very own 63rd
Army Band. With games, great food, and a day of fun-filled
entertainment planned, you wont want to miss the fun!
So come one and come all and join us for a great day in the
Over 200 veterans honored at recent Medal
On Wednesday, 18 August 2004, Colonel James
W. Lovas, United States Property and Fiscal Officer, presented
223 veterans with the Korean War Commemorative Medal at a
ceremony held at the Sears Court, Echelon Mall, Voorhees,
NJ. With Ms. Kathy Hymes, performing Mistress of Ceremony
duties, Camden Countys Director of Military Affairs.
LTC Al Bancroft led those in attendance with the Invocation.
The program included a beautiful rendition of the National
Anthem performed by Mr. William Mead, NJ State Vocalist for
the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and remarks by Mr. William Devereaux,
Director, Division of Veterans Programs. Department employees,
Karen Hansen and SSG Barbara Harbison provided additional
The Adjutant General hosts retired New Jersey
National Guard Senior Leaders.
On Thursday, 19 August 2004, MG Glenn K. Rieth,
The Adjutant General, welcomed 23 retired New Jersey National
Guard Generals, Command Sergeants Major, and Command Chief
Master Sergeants to the Department of Military & Veterans
Affairs Homeland Security Center of Excellences conference
room. MG Rieth briefed them on the state of the New Jersey
National Guard. Topics he discussed included mobilizations,
force structure transformation, strength, homeland security,
and family programs.
Maj Gen Cosgrave spoke to the leaders on the
status and activities of the Governors commission to
protect and retain military bases in New Jersey. Maj Gen Cosgrave
was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Commission whose
purpose is to create support to keep all of our bases open
through the federal Department of Defense Effective Facilities
Initiative (Base Realignment and Closure).
Assistant Commissioner, COL (Ret) Michael B.
Smith, illustrated the multiple successes the DMVA Veterans
Affairs Directorates achieved since January 2002. Some of
the key issues were the opening of Menlo Parks Old Glory
Wing, the ongoing construction of the new Veterans Memorial
Home at Vineland, and Paramus multi-purpose room. He
pointed to the Healthcare Professions Recruiters (Mr.
Ernie Razzano) outstanding success that led to the hiring
of 127 nurses in 15 months! Veterans Haven building rehabilitation
and the completion of a 1,680-niche columbarium at the BG
Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery were highlighted. Since January
2002, the Veterans Benefits Bureau has presented over 20,000
New Jersey medals to eligible veterans.
Director of Government Relations, Dr. Wayne
E. Girardet, updated all on the status of state and federal
legislation affecting DMVA, the NJ National Guard, and Veterans.
He described our FY 2005 Legislative Priorities and the success
in achieving our FY 04 and FY 03 initiatives. He also spoke
of the States effort to retain New Jerseys military
Feedback from these Senior Leaders was positive
New Jersey receives Albanian Liaison Officer.
After a year-long process, NJ warmly greeted
MAJ Editson Zarka, Albanian Liaison Officer, who is in the
United States on an extended 90-day familiarization visit.
In Albania, Major Zarka specializes in Internal Partnerships
and NATO Liaison duties. During his time here he will provide
valuable Albanian insight into our unique relationship, as
well as crucial liaison between this office and a variety
of Albanian Civil-Military organizations. In addition to providing
a human face in the representation of his country to key personnel
throughout the state, it is hoped that MAJ Zarka will learn
a great deal about the NJ National Guards capabilities
and limitations that will assist his compatriots in the development
of future operations and cooperation between our two communities.
It is also hoped that his visit will further the cultural
understanding between our two societies and increase our ability
to communicate and work with each other.
New Jersey also led the way earlier this year
when, working through the State Partnership Program, our state
hosted the Civil-Military Emergency Planning (CMEP) Workshop
in May. The workshop was the first of its kind entirely hosted
by a National Guard organization in which a group of 15 Albanian
CMEP personnel visited New Jersey, received briefings from
a broad variety of civil and military personnel from national,
state, and local organizations involved in the field of Emergency
and Consequence Management. The participants toured various
locations throughout New Jersey in order to better learn about
U.S. CMEP policies and procedures. Both initiatives have received
the attention of other states who have contacted us in an
effort to duplicate these events.
ESGR sponsored NASCAR car on display
30 August 2004.
In support of the ESGR Employer Outreach Initiative,
ESGRs NASCAR show car will be on display at the Marriott
Lafayette Yard in Trenton on 30 August 2004 from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. As part of the display, visitors will have
the opportunity to be photographed with the car and to sign
a banner in support of our troops. This banner will be sent
to National Guard and Reserve units serving overseas to let
them know that Americans support them.
The New Jersey Committee for Employer Support
of the Guard and Reserve will host a luncheon honoring local
employers for the support given to their employees who are
members of the Guard and Reserve.
Helmets to Hardhats
Helmets to Hardhats is a free program that helps
to place transitioning military and those in the Guard into
quality construction careers. The program is about to launch
a special segment in New Jersey that can provide many veterans
and guardsmen with great careers and benefits in the construction
industry. These careers are reserved for those that have served
or are serving. This is an opportunity to explore a new career.
For more information or to register for the program, visit
the website: www.helmetstohardhats.org.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our States veterans.
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
& Korean Service Medals
Election Day is November 2nd. Have you registered
Not registered to vote? Election Day is 2 November
2004. You are eligible to vote if you are a native-born or
naturalized U.S. citizen who is 18 years old by Election Day
and a resident of your state and county at least 30 days prior
to the election. Although time is running short, there is
still time to register and be eligible to vote in this years
all-important Presidential election. Voter Registration forms
are available in our Office of Government Relations. If you
are interested in obtaining a voter registration application,
please contact Ms. Elizabeth DiStefano at 609-530-6893 or
Soldiers and Airmen deploying between now and
the general election should register to vote with their deployed
unit address before departing. Registration is accomplished
by completing a Federal Post Card Application, Standard Form
76. Some states will accept the form electronically or by
fax. The form and all of the states rules can be found
Registering in advance means the balloting materials
will be waiting for them at their forward location. Troops
need to file an SF 76 explaining in the remarks box that no
address is available. This will prevent the state from sending
balloting materials. All states are different, but many will
not resend balloting materials. When soldiers/airmen find
out their address or if there is a change of address while
deployed, they will need to send another SF 76 with their
new APO/FPO address, checking off Mail Absentee Ballot
To (item 4). In the remarks section, you should include
the dates you will be absent, enter their old address, and
write in block letters the words, OLD ADDRESS.
Under the updated address, the applicant writes in block letters
The bottom line is to know your states
rules so your ballot doesnt have to come looking for
NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial
and Vietnam Era Education Centers upcoming event schedule.
Listed here are upcoming events to be held at
the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
||National POW Recognition Day/Gold Star
||Leave No Man Behind (re: POW/MIAs)
by George J. Veith
||Veterans Day Program
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.
101 Critical Days of Summer
Five keys to safer food.
* Keep clean Wash your hands before handling
food and after going to the toilet. Wash and sanitize all
surfaces and equipment used in food preparation.
* Separate raw and cooked Separate raw
meat, poultry, and seafood from other foods. Use separate
equipment and utensils such as knives and cutting boards for
handling raw foods. Store food in containers to avoid contact
between raw and prepared foods.
* Cook thoroughly Cook food thoroughly,
especially meat, poultry, eggs and seafood. Reheat cooked
* Keep food at Safe temperatures. Do not leave
cooked food at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Refrigerate
all cooked and perishable food promptly. Do not store food
too long, even in the refrigerator. Do not thaw frozen food
at room temperature.
* Use safe water and raw materials. Use safe
water. Select fresh and wholesome foods. Wash fruits and vegetables.
Do not use food beyond its expiration date.
Fun Facts (courtesy
of MAJ John Scannell)
- Did you know
many years ago, in Scotland,
a new game was invented. It was ruled Gentlemen Only
thus the word GOLF entered into the English
- The first couple to be shown in bed together
on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
- Every day more money is printed for Monopoly
than the U.S. Treasury.
- Coca-Cola was originally green.
- 28% of Africa is wilderness. 38% of North
America is wilderness.
- The first novel ever written on a typewriter
- Half of all Americans live within 50 miles
of their birthplace.
Today in History
Today is Friday, August 20th. It is the 233rd
day of the year, with 134 days remaining.
- 1741 -- Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering
- 1866 President Andrew Johnson formally
declared the Civil War was over. The fighting had stopped
- 1923 The first American dirigible,
the Shenandoah, was launched in Lakehurst, NJ.
- 1945 Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers
became the youngest player to hit a home run in a major league
ball game. Brown was 17 years, 8 months, and 14 days old.
- 1953 It was announced by the Soviet
Union that they had detonated a hydrogen bomb.
- 1977 Voyager 2 was launched by the
United States toward Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
The spacecraft was carrying a 12 inch copper phonograph record
containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music,
and sounds of nature.
- 1985 The original Xerox 914 copies
was presented to the Smithsonian Institutes Museum of
American History. Chester Carlson was the man who invented
- 1998 The U.N. Security Council extended
trade sanctions against Iraq for blocking arms inspections.
today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center near
As 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