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
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Governor visits with Troops and family members.
Governor McGreevey and BG Glenn Rieth, The Adjutant
General, spent an emotional afternoon with 182 mobilized
soldiers of the 3/112th FA, the 5/117th CAV and their
families at the New Jersey National Guard Joint Force
Headquarters. The soldiers, who have been at Fort Dix
since January 9th, have been training to serve as convoy
security in Iraq. It is anticipated that they will
leave later this week for a one-year tour. On Tuesday,
the soldiers had one last opportunity to spend time
with their families before their departure. Governor
McGreevey shook the hand of each soldier as they entered
the room. The Governor and BG Rieth addressed the families
and pledged their support during the separation.
announces Freedom Loan Program.
at the New Jersey National Guard Joint Force Headquarters,
the Governor announced
that the Freedom
Loan Program is now available to mobilized New Jersey
Nat4wional Guard or Reserves. It is a 5-year, 6% interest,
up to $10,000 loan. During the service member’s
deployment, interest payments will be deferred up to
one year (standard underwriting procedures will be
used). Caroline Ehrlich, Chief of Staff to New Jersey’s
Treasurer John McCormack, initiated discussions with
major banks. Sovereign, PNC, Fleet, and Commerce banks
are prepared to support our servicemembers. All New
Jersey banks will be permitted to join in providing
this benefit. Specific details will be forthcoming
in future issues of DMVA Highlights.
Township Police visit DMVA.
Wednesday, 18 February 2004, Chief Daniel Posluszny,
Captain Joseph Prettyman, and Lieutenants
Mark Ubry, and Charles Edgar met with BG Glenn K. Rieth,
The Adjutant General, COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith, Assistant
Commissioner, and Retired Chief of the Mercer County
Sheriff’s Department, Joseph Lech, to establish
a working partnership for the benefit of the Lawrence
community and NJDMVA. BG Rieth briefed the visitors
on the extensive deployments the NJ National Guard
is experiencing, the success of our Family Readiness
Centers, and of our desire to engage the community’s
support for the families of our mobilized soldiers
and airmen. The Adjutant General followed with a tour
and explanation of the Department’s state of
the art Homeland Security Center of Excellence and
Joint Operations Center. Positive discussion of mutual
support was expressed by BG Rieth and Chief Posluszny.
BG Rieth stated that soon he would address the county
and state Chiefs of Police organizations. Direct contact
with local Chiefs and their staffs in towns where our
armories are located will be initiated as a result
of the Lawrence Police Department’s visit.
National Guard’s Command Chief Master Sergeant
visits New Jersey.
Chief Master Sergeant Valerie D. Benton, Command Chief
Master Sergeant for the Air National Guard, visited
New Jersey during the period 11-13 February 2004. The
Chief visited and conducted Town Hall Meetings at the
177th Fighter Wing and the 108th Air Refueling Wing,
had lunch with Brigadier General Rieth, and attended
a Center of Influence Recruiting Luncheon hosted by
the 108th Air Refueling Wing. Chief Benton was also
the guest speaker at the McGuire NCO Academy Graduation
on Thursday evening, 12 February. Throughout her visit,
Chief Benton had an opportunity to hear first hand
the concerns, challenges, and success stories of the
NJ Air National Guard.
Banner month for Army Aviation
January was a super month for the aviation community.
CW5 Al Curving, Command Chief Warrant Officer of the
new Jersey Army National Guard (NJARNG), and COL Paul
Ciervo, State Army Aviation Officer, jointly announce
the following Warrant Officer actions:
• CW2 Anthony J. Giano Jr. received a direct
appointment to Chief Warrant Officer Two (CW2) on January
10, 2004 in Troop E of the 5th Squadron 117th Cavalry
as a Helicopter Scout Pilot. Chief Giano’s appointment
was based on previous qualifications and experience
in the United States Marine Corps. The Chief had been
serving as a Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion 102nd Armor,
and was attached to the 1st Soldier Support Battalion.
Mister Giano is a Citadel graduate and lives in Flemington.
He was pinned during annual Safety Day ceremonies at
Fort Dix by BG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General,
who is also a Citadel graduate.
Joseph W. Parsons Jr. received Federal recognition
as Chief Warrant Officer Two
October 10, 2003. Mr. Parsons is a member of Troop
D of the 5th Squadron 117th Cavalry as a Scout/Attack
Helicopter Aviator and recently completed AH-64 Apache
qualification training. Mister Parsons graduated from
Initial Entry Rotary Wing School at Fort Rucker, Alabama
in November 2002. He is a traditional drilling Guardsman
and is attending college to attain an aeronautical
Charles W. Hester Jr. received an initial appointment
to Warrant Officer One (WO1)
13, 2004 upon graduation from Warrant Officer Candidate
School in Fort Rucker, Alabama. Mister Hester, a traditional
drilling Guardsman, was a former member of Company
B of the 250th Forward Support Battalion in Bordentown.
Mr. Hester resides in Toms River, is presently assigned
to Company A of the 1st Battalion 150th General Support
Aviation Battalion as a UH-60 Pilot, and will remain
at Fort Rucker, AL to attend Initial Entry Rotary Wing
• WO1 Hobart (Bart) Montee Jr. received a direct
appointment to Warrant Officer One (WO1) on January
10, 2004 in Troop D of the 5th Squadron 117th Cavalry
as an Aviation Life Support Equipment Officer. Mr.
Montee’s appointment was based on previous qualifications
and experience as a Helicopter Pilot in the NJARNG.
WO1 Montee is a traditional drilling Guardsman and
resides in Mullica Hill. He is presently attending
AH-64 Apache training at the Western Army Aviation
Training Site in Arizona.
Chief Curving noted that there has never been a better
opportunity for current members of the NJARNG to become
Warrant Officers than right now. Current Guard members
can further explore Warrant Officer opportunities by
calling Chief Curving at (609) 562-0969. Non-members
should contact a NJARNG Recruiter for further information.
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.
1 p.m - Author Lecture by Gerald R. Gioglio, who will discuss his book, Days
of Decision: An Oral History of Conscientious Objectors In the Military During
1 p.m. - “The Hidden History of the Antiwar Movement,” an Author
Lecture Series presentation by Vietnam-era Veteran H. Bruce Franklin, author
of Vietnam and
other American Fantasies.
USPFO News from the Internal Review Division.
Denise McCleary, NJ Internal Review Supervisory Auditor,
has been nominated and appointed
as the new
1st Army Area Representative for the Internal Review
Advisory Council. MAJ McCleary will serve a three-year
term on the Council, which meets semi-annually. The
Council’s other members are Major General Roger
P. Lempke, TAG-Nebraska, COL Ted Frandsen, USPFO-Utah,
Mr. Walt Morrison, Chief, NGB Internal Review, Mr.
Harry Tate, State Internal Review Programs, and five
Supervisory Auditors from South Carolina, Mississippi,
Wisconsin, Kansas, and Idaho.
177th Fighter Wing photographers
featured in book.
photographs of Master Sergeant Donald Taggart, Master
Sergeant Tom Louis, and Senior
J. Merlock, Jr. are featured in the book, Air War Over
America. The book, written by Leslie Filson and produced
by the 1st Air Force Public Affairs Office, documents
the various 1st Air Force units’ response to
the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United
States. Air War Over America not only documents the
events of that day; it also sheds light on the weeks
and months that followed. Additionally, it shows how
the air sovereignty role, a mission that after the
end of the Cold War had been relegated almost to oblivion,
became the number one mission of 1st Air Force. “A
few days before September 11, 2001, the future of continental
air sovereignty was in serious doubt,” stated
Leslie Filson. “That rationale was changed dramatically
by the events of September 11th, when the terrorists
sent a message that we are no longer safe in our homes,” observed
Maj. Gen. Craig R. McKinley, Commander, 1st Air Force
and the Continental United States NORAD Region. What
is unique is that the 177th had highly trained photographers
in place that day. From the morning of 9-11, through
the dedication of the “Let’s Roll” insignia
on the wing’s command aircraft, to the 177th
being selected as the first domestic AEF location,
the 177th’s team of photographers documented
Enlisted Association of the National Guard
of New Jersey announces Conference dates.
31st Annual Conference of the Enlisted Association
of the National Guard of New Jersey will
at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Atlantic
City, New Jersey on 8-10 October 2004 (Columbus Day
Weekend). Mark your calendars – we hope to see
Forces Tax Guide –
Armed Forces Tax Guide explains the benefits provided
under the Military Family Tax
Relief Act of 2003, which
applies to all active members of the U.S. Armed Forces
in a ‘combat zone or qualified hazardous duty
area.’ This publication is available online at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3.pdf and may be of
assistance to our federally mobilized soldiers, airmen,
and their families.
Happenings – Check to see what’s
happening at an Armory near you.
Show & Sale
||Cherry Hill Armory
Card & Comics Show
||High School Wrestling Tournament
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
is Friday, 20 February 2004 and the 51st day of the
year. There are 316 days left
in the year. On
- U. S. President George Washington signed the Postal
Service Act thereby
creating the U.S. Post
- The U. S. Congress prohibited dueling in the District
• 1872 – Silas
Noble and J. P. Cooley patented the toothpick-manufacturing
• 1962 – John
Glenn made space history when he orbited the world
aboard the Friendship
7 Mercury capsule. He was the first American to orbit
• 1998 – American Tara Lipinski, at age
15, became the youngest gold medallist in winter Olympics
history when she won the ladies’ figure skating
title at Nagano, Japan.
- The geographic center of the United
States is near Lebanon, Kansas.
- At 840,000 square miles, Greenland
is the largest island in the world. It is 3 times
of Texas. By comparison, Iceland is only 39,800 square
- The surface area of the Earth is
197,000,000 square miles.
- The U.S. mint in Denver, Colorado
is the only mint that marks its pennies.
The U.S. Park Service says the older Old Faithful
gets, the more the geyser at Yellowstone
slows down. In the 1950s, it erupted every 62 minutes.
Lately, it’s been erupting every 77 minutes.
Some experts say Old Faithful may someday just stop.
- The average depth of the oceans is
2.5 miles. The deepest point lies in the Mariana
Trench, 6.8 miles
down. By way of comparison, Mount Everest is only 5.5