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
on the Web!
State Veterans Service
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
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
Bank of America (Fleet Bank)
is undergoing a system-wide change in their loan offerings
and will no longer offer the New Jersey Freedom Loan.
Armed Forces Day
21 May 2005
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to
establish a single holiday for citizens to come together
and thank our military members for their patriotic service
in support of our country.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense, Louis
Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day to replace
separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force Days. The
one day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed
Forces under one department – the Department of Defense.
On average, a person
laughs about 15 times a day.
A recent survey showed that 75%
of women make their bed every day. Only 45% of men perform
this daily chore.
It is estimated that the American male,
during his lifetime, will spend 3,500 hrs. shaving.
are 31,536,000 seconds in a year.
Roughly 75% of a living
tree is composed of water.
A “hairbredth away” is
1/48 of an inch.
According to a Gallup poll, 24% of American
workers would fire their boss, if they could.
DMVA and the NJ Army National
Guard participated in taping a Public
DMVA and the NJ Army National Guard participated
in taping a Public Service Announcement with the NJ Attorney
Office on Wednesday, 18 May 2005. Attorney General Peter
Harvey and Brig Gen Maria Falca-Dodson participated along
with comedian/actor Joe Piscopo.
Following a one-hour event
with speakers. Soldiers from B Battery, 3/112th FA, who deployed
in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom, recorded messages to be aired prior to election
season. There are three target audiences: the general public;
soldiers deployed overseas, and the NJ veterans community.
Each message has its own style, but the bottom line is “Do
your part – Get out and VOTE!
Non-Commissioned Officers graduate Satellite
NCO Academy Program.
On 13 May 2005, nine members of
the 108th Air Refueling Wing, one member of Joint Force Headquarters – Air, and one
member of the 177th Fighter Wing graduated from the Air National
Guard Satellite NCO Academy Program. The 17-week program utilizes
the Air National Guard Warrior Network downlink to classrooms
across the nation. The last two weeks are in-residence at the
Air National Guard Professional Military Education Center in
Knoxville, TN. The course curriculum helps prepare NCOs with
the leadership and management skills needed in today’s
military. Graduates from the 108th ARW were: TSgt Joyce Baker,
TSgt Michael Blue, TSgt Joseph Downey, TSgt Rhodetta Grasty,
TSgt Valentino Lopez, Jr., TSgt Jennifer Noble-Slaton, Distinguished
Graduate, TSgt Antonio Pagan Sr., TSgt Thomas Revak III,
and SSgt Brian Naldzin. Two other graduates were TSgt Diane
Joint Force Headquarters-Air, and SSgt Christopher Mock of
the 177th Fighter Wing.
Congratulations to these dedicated NCOs for successfully completing
this very demanding course.
Military Equal Opportunity Office (MEO) member
teaches course in Florida.
A military equal opportunity NCO from McGuire Air Force Base
went to Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, to teach a three-week
Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI).
TSgt Lisel D. White, a member of the 108th Air Refueling Wing
Military Equal Opportunity Office, went down to Patrick for
the second time to teach Army and Air National Guard and Reserve
members in the Reserve Component Course (RCC) at the DEOMI
there. The DEOMI is chartered by the Office of the Secretary
of Defense to provide Equal Opportunity (EO) training to all
Department of Defense members, civilian and military. TSgt
White was selected by her initial EO instructor as one of two
students in each EO class that has the chance to come back
to teach the course. For three weeks, TSgt White taught a diverse
group of students about various EO topics such as perceptions,
cross-cultural communication, institutional discrimination
and diversity itself. Service members of all ranks, ethnicities,
and genders took part in her class, punctuating the importance
of the training.
177th Fighter Wing hosts Career Day.
Recruiting and Retention Staff along with shops from the
four major groups that make up the Wing
hosted a career for
six local schools. More than 150 students from Paulsboro, Bridgeton,
Brick Township, Central Regional, and Gloucester County Institute
of Technology were on hand for the day’s events. The
students were greeted by the Wing Commander, Colonel Brian
Webster, and then briefed by MSgt David Diaz, Recruiting Office
Supervisor on the benefits of serving in the New Jersey Air
National Guard. The students were then escorted to the Maintenance
Hangar where they had the opportunity to see up close an F-16
jet and speak one-on-one with a pilot and maintenance technician
about the aircraft and its capabilities. The students also
received briefings and or demonstrations from our Explosive
Ordinance Disposal (EOD) personnel, Fire Department, Munitions,
Engine Shop, Life Support, Egress, AGE, AIS/ECM and Weapons
Load Shops. The day will culminate with lunch at the 177th
Fighter Wing. This annual event has proven to be a great recruiting
and retention tool for the 177th Fighter Wing.
NJ Department of Labor teams up with Teaneck
Family Assistance Center.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
is teaming up with the Teaneck Family Assistance Center to
provide all soldiers returning from deployment with the necessary
information and tools to easily re-integrate into society.
The Re-employment Opportunities briefing given by MSG (Ret)
John Bautz will be held at the Teaneck Armory every Wednesday
at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
If you have any questions regarding this briefing, contact
MSG (Ret) Bautz at 201-996-8950 or email email@example.com.
Sandy Cove offers a free stay for our
military members & families at Operation Oasis on Chesapeake
Operation Oasis is an outreach program developed
to offer a time of rest and renewal to military personnel involved
in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Located in North East, Maryland,
at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, Operation Oasis offers
a free 3-day, 2-night time of rest and relaxation. It is a
thank you to those who seek to secure and sustain our freedom.
Simply contact Carol Lee Lynch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or
by phone at 800-287-4843 for additional information. You can
also visit the website www.sandycove.org for
a more detailed description of the facility.
Steve Braun Baseball Camp available
FREE for children of deployed soldiers and airmen.
Former Major League Baseball player and retired
Trenton Thunder coach, Steve Braun, has offered to conduct
a summer baseball camp on Saturday and Sunday, 16-17 July 2005.
The two-day camp is provide free to children of New Jersey
National Guard soldiers or airmen who are, or have been, deployed
overseas during the Global War on Terrorism. Boys and girls,
ages 7-16, are invited to apply through their respective Family
Assistance Centers or by calling 1-888-859-0352. The first
day of the camp will kick off at 8:30 a.m. (Children should
arrive at 8:00 a.m.) with a short parade to the playing fields
adjacent to the Lawrence Township Intermediate School. Parents
should park in the school parking lot. The day will include
batting, base running, and field position training by Steve
Braun and his professional coaching staff. On Saturday, campers
will have a hot dog and soda picnic for lunch and the first
day of camp will end around 4 p.m. On Sunday, the camp will
begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. At 12 noon, on buses
donated by the Stires Bus Company, the campers will travel
to Waterfront Park and receive free admission to the Trenton
Thunder game (parents are invited to attend the game at their
own expense). Campers should bring money for food or snacks
at the game on Sunday. Buses will return the campers to the
playing fields at the conclusion of the game for pick-up and
transport back home. So get ready to have some good old-fashioned
fun playing baseball this summer and have the chance to train
with the pros. “Batter Up!”
Global War on Terrorism Memorial Dedication
The New Jersey National Guard will dedicate the Global War
on Terrorism Memorial on Saturday, 28 May 2005, at 2 p.m. The
ceremony will honor the fallen heroes of the New Jersey National
Guard, and will take place at the NJ Department of Military
and Veterans Affairs, 101 Eggert Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.
Refreshments will be served following the ceremony! Uniform:
Army – Class A, Air Force – Service Dress.
Part-time opportunities in Military
Funeral Honors Program.
The 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.
7th Annual Unity Day
“Come Share Your Heritage with Us.” On Thursday,
9 June 2005, the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs,
Joint Force Headquarters will hold it’s 7th Annual Unity
Day at Building 3650, Fort Dix, NJ. This event is held to enhance
cross-cultural awareness and promote harmony among all members
of the New Jersey National Guard, and to recognize the contributions
of women and minorities. This combined effort of Army and Air,
State and Federal, community members and members of both Team
McGuire and the Fort Dix Post contribute to the different ethnic
and Special Emphasis groups being represented. If you are interested
in participating by putting up a display, please contact Kathey
McCready, State Equal Employment Manager at 609-562-0854.
“Freedom Salute” – Soldiers,
it’s easy to nominate someone!
The Freedom Salute campaign
is designed to recognize those who support Soldier’s service and veterans who have served
the country in the past. Individuals nominated will receive
an “Army of One” lapel pin, an official Army decal
a letter of appreciation signed by the Army Chief of Staff,
and a letter of thanks signed by the Chief of Staff and the
Secretary. It’s easy to nominate someone. Soldiers should
simply visit the website: http://freedomteamsalute.army.mil and submit the names of those individuals who are supporting
Attention Veterans – Veterans
A Veterans Information Fair, sponsored by the
NJ Department of Labor in cooperation with Essex & Hudson County Workforce
Development One Stop Services, will be held on Wednesday, 25
May 2005, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nutley Parks and Recreation
Building, 84 Park Avenue, Nutley, New Jersey. Some of the agencies
represented will be: Bloomfield & Jersey City Veterans
Employment Services, Federal Bonding Program (NJDOL), VA Medical
Administration Services, Small Business Association, the Department
of Military & Veterans Affairs, and the Division of Vocational
Services provided will include: free
medical screening, NJ Veterans Programs, training opportunities,
and services, vendor licensing, bus passes, small business
loans and entrepreneurship.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor our State’s
|9 Jun 05
||Distinguished & Meritorious Service Medal
430 Jockey Hallow Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
||Korean Service Medal
|30 Jun 05
||Distinguished & Meritorious Service Medal
||Toms River Elks
600 Washington St
Toms River, NJ
||Vietnam Service Medal
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers
planned in support of our deployed troops and their families:
Packing Day at Somerset Armory – Sunday,
15 May 2005. If you are preparing a package for shipment
to a soldier, mark
15 May on your calendar. There will be a Packing Day at the
Somerset Armory. All you have to do is get the things together
that you will be sending your soldier and call the Armory at
888-859-0352 to ensure your name is on the reservation list.
Bowling for the Troops – Sunday, 22 May 2005 – Colonial
Lanes in Lawrenceville. The American Legion Post 414, Sons
of the American Legion, and Colonial Lanes will host “Bowling
for the Troops” on Sunday, 22 May 2005, from noon until
5 p.m. at Colonial Lanes, 2420 Brunswick Avenue (US Rt. 1),
Lawrenceville, NJ. Interested in bowlers will be asked to sign-up
sponsors ahead of time to make pledges. All proceeds will benefit
the National Guard Family Assistance Program.
West Orange to honor and support NJ Air National Guard
troops – 30
May 2005. The Township of West Orange is holding a luncheon
fundraiser to support the NJ Air National Guard Family Readiness
Council, in conjunction with its annual Memorial Day Ceremony,
Monday, May 30, 2005. Since 1999, the municipality’s
annual event has included the awarding of the New Jersey Distinguished
Service Medal to qualifying local combat veterans. To honor
this year’s twenty recipients, and in support of our
troops in the field, a luncheon will follow. Tickets are $50
per person and may be obtained by sending your check (payable
to VFW Post 376) to the Mayor’s Office, 66 Main Street,
West Orange, NJ 07052. Additional information may be obtained
by calling 973-325-4205.
Mealey’s Furniture to donate
3 rooms of new future to a needy military member on Memorial
Day. Do you know someone
who is or has served Active Duty in the US military and is
now in need? Mealey’s would like to thank them for their
service by giving them three complete rooms of furniture. Entry
forms can be found in any of Mealey’s three stores or
online at www.mealeysfurniture.com. All nominations will be
reviewed and selection will be made on June 30th.
Sign up for a chance to send your solider Dunkin Donuts
coffee. Dunkin Donuts will send a case of free coffee to your
soldier if he/she is among the 50 selected in a monthly lottery.
Just go to dunkindonuts.com,
click on “About Us,” click
on “Contact Us,” click on “Instore Visits,” fill
out the form, in the comments section put the soldier’s
rank, name and APO address, and say that you would like to
send your soldier coffee. Then click “Submit.” You
can mail a request to Dunkin Brands, 130 Royall Street, Camton,
MA 02021, Attention Customer Care or request the coffee by
phone at 781-737-3000 (Customer Relations).
Operation Uplink. Visit http://www.operationuplink.org/request.cfm to request free phone cards for active duty military personnel
deployed away from home. At this site you can fill out a request
for a phone card to be sent to yourself or a loved one. One
card per request per servicemember will be honored during a
Gifts from the Homefront. The “Gifts from the Homefront” program
was begun last year by the Army and Air Force and enables people
from all walks of life to rally around America’s troops
by purchasing gift certificates designed to lift the morale
of deployed troops around the world. The certificates, which
can be purchased by any individual or civic organization, allow
service members to purchase items of necessity and convenience
at PX and BX facilities around the world. “Gifts from
the Homefront” certificates can be addressed to “any
service member” or individual service members. Because
the gift certificates can be use for merchandise already stocked
at contingency locations, “Gifts from the Homefront” are
a safe alternative to traditional care packages that can strain
the military mail system and present force protection issues.
Those wishing to send a “Gift from the Homefront” can
simply log on to the AAFES website, www.aafes.com,
or call 877-770-4438 toll-free to buy gift certificates in
$10 or $20
denominations. From there, the “Gift from the Homefront” may
be sent toan individual service member designed by the purchaser
or distributed to “any service member” through
the USO, American Red Cross, Air Force Aid Society, or Fisher
Operation Mail Call. Operation Mail call is a program initiated
by New Jersey Assemblymen Jack Conners and Herb Conaway that
enables citizens to donate postage stamps for use by our troops
and their families. Over 23,000 stamps have been donated to
our National Guard soldiers and airmen and Family Readiness
Programs. If you would like to participate, please mail or
drop off your postage stamps to the 7th Legislative District
Office, Delran Professional Center, 8008 Route 130 North, Suite
125, Delran, NJ 08075.
American Hero Band -
The American Hero Band is a free wristband worn by Americans
to demonstrate their support of the “Defenders
of Freedom” who are Army National Guard soldiers deployed
across the globe. Engraved on the metallic wristband are the
words IN HONOR OF AN AMERICAN HERO SERVING IN THE ARMY NATIONAL
GUARD. These words are flanked left by the Army National Guard
logo and right by the American flag. There is also an inscription
of the National Guard website, http://www.virtualarmory.com and a unique serial number engraved inside this commemorative
wristband. If you are interested in getting The American Hero
Band, go to http://www.virtualarmory.com and click on the American
Hero Band banner.
112th Field Artillery schedules Memorial Day
On Monday, 30 May 2005, at 1100 hours, the 112th
Field Artillery Association will conduct their annual Memorial
at the Lawrenceville Armory on Eggert Crossing Road. A 21-round
cannon salute will be provided by Battery B 3rd Battalion
NJ National Guard. All are invited to attend.
Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
Open House – 21 May 2005 - National Guard
Training Center, Sea Girt – 250th Forward Support Battalion.
An Open House will be held this Saturday, 21 May at the 250th
Forward Support Battalion, Building 35, National Guard Training
Center, Sea Girt. There will be equipment displays, medical
displays and demonstrations, and DARE displays – complete
Open House – Toms River Armory -
An Open House is scheduled at the Toms River Armory on
Saturday, June 18, 2005, from 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be historical displays from the
Revolutionary Wary to Operation Iraqi Freedom. For the children,
be Hummer rides, camouflage face painting, paintball targets
and a balloon grenade toss.
The purpose of the Open House is to inform
the public about the Toms River Armory and let them know
it is available for
rent. Additionally, the open house will provide the NJ National
Guard recruiters a change to support The Adjutant General’s
policy on “Strength Management.”
||1000 Woman Hike
Food & Kitchen Show
Card and Comics Show
|18 Jun 05
||Toms River Armory
Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans will present
Flag Memorial and other events to honor veterans (10-12 June
The Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans will present the 20th
Annual Donald W. Jones Flag Memorial on 10 June 2005. The Memorial
consists of 58,000 American flags, each placed in the ground
by someone who cares, for every American soldier killed or
missing in action in Vietnam. The flags will create a Memorial
in the shape and exact size of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Wall in Washington, D.C. The event will be held at the Falls
Township Community Park, 9070 Mill Creek Road, Levittown, PA
(Rain or Shine) and will begin at 9 a.m.
Saturday, 11 June 2005, there will be a free Freedom, Blues & Rock
concert that will begin at 11 a.m. and feature the following
bands: Ambush, Ergo, Hellbound Blues Band, Jekyl’s Hyde,
Last Call, Legend, Mikey Junior, The Seven Band, Sister Blue,
and Sweet Medicine. A fireworks display will be held at dusk.
The concert and fireworks will be held at the Falls Township
Park, Mill Creek Road, Levittown, PA 19054. On Sunday, 12 June
2005, a motorcycle rally will depart Bristol Township Municipal
Building, 2501 Bath Road, Levittown, PA at 12:30 p.m. If you
are interested in participating, please all Shotgun Willie
at 267-784-2282. The Honors Ceremony will begin at 1 p.m.
Fitness Corner – Ernie Razzano,
Certified Fitness Trainer
Eat Your Carrots
Carrots are an excellent source
of antioxidant compounds, and the richest vegetable source
of the pro-vitamin A carotenes.
Carrots antioxidant compounds help protect against cardiovascular
disease and cancer and beta-carotene also promotes good vision – especially
After beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin
A in the liver, it travels to the retina where it is transformed
into rhodposin – a
purple pigment that is necessary for night-vision. Plus, beta-carotene’s
powerful antioxidant actions help provide protection against
macular degeneration and the development of senile cataracts – the
leading cause of blindness in the elderly.
Carrots are by far
one of the richest sources of carotenoids. High carotenoid
intake has been linked with a 20% decrease
in postmenopausal breast cancer and an up to 50% decrease
in the incidence of cancers of the bladder, cervix, prostate,
colon, larynx, and esophagus. Extensive human studies suggest
that a diet including as little as one carrot per day could
conceivably cut the rate of lung cancer in half.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Educational Center’s upcoming event schedule.
Saturday, 14 May 2005, at 1:00 p.m., the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host an author
lecture by Vietnam Veteran Paul Drew about his book, Jenny
4, a novel about a GI’s experience in the Vietnam War.
Paul Drew, of Spring Lake Heights, NJ, was drafted into the
Army at age 19, and from 1966 to 1967 he served as a combat
infantry squad leader in Vietnam. Jenny 4 is the story of a
Vietnam War draftee who, amid the horrors, the atrocities,
and the obscenity of war, discovers basic human goodness.” Lecture
attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033. A donation of
$5 per person is suggested.
|11 Jun 05
|On the River (memoir of an American advisor to South
Vietnamese Rangers) - Author lecture by Vietnam Veteran
George L. Athas
|18 Jun 05
10:00 am to
|Military Vehicle Display
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 open Tuesday through
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission is free for
veterans and active duty military personnel. Regular adult
is $4; student and senior citizen admission is $2; and children
under 10 are admitted free. The Center is located adjacent
to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden
State Parkway at Exit 116.
Retirement Receptions planned.
Several lucky employees
will be retiring in the very near future. Listed below is
the information on their planned receptions/dinners.
|SFC William Arthur Hurley
Café & Sports Bar
19 May 2005, 1400 hours
MSG Antonio Ortiz Jr.
(856) 384-3765, ext. 118
|SSG Walter G. Burris
McGuire AFB NCO Club
20 May 2005, 1130 hours
MSG Estrada or SFC Devarie
William L. Overton
26 May 2005, 1400 hours
|Ms. Ellen Fruscione
31 May 2005, 1600 hours
Angela Como or Liz DiStefano
|SGM Michael Amoroso
Charleys Other Brother
20 June 2005, 1700 hours
SFC Denise Creary
Today in History
Today is Friday the 20th of May 2005. It is
the 140th day of the year with 225 days remaining.
1506 – Christopher
Columbus died in poverty.
1775 – North Carolina became
the first colony to declare its independence.
1830 – H.D.
Hyde patented the fountain pen.
1874 – Levi Strauss
began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets.
1927 – Charles Lindbergh took off from New York to
cross the Atlantic for Paris aboard his airplane the “Spirit
of St. Louis.” The trip took 33 ½ hours.
- Amelia Earhart took off to fly solo across the Atlantic
Ocean. She became the first woman to achieve the feat.
1939 – The first regular air-passenger service across
the Atlantic Ocean began with the take-off of the “Yankee
Clipper” from Port Washington, New York.
1978 – Mavis
Hutchinson, at age 53, became the first woman to run across
1990 – The Hubble Space Telescope sent back
its first photographs.
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness
Center near you.
If you are able to assist the families of our
deployed soldiers and airmen, please call our Family Readiness
Center at our
toll-free number 888-859-0352.
Thought for the week:
"Develop an interest in life as you see it; the
people, things, literature, music. The world is so rich, simply
throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls, and interesting
people. Forget yourself."
.. Henry Miller