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 Council
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for Women
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
Thought for the Day..
“The first fall of snow is not
only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in
one kind of world and wake
up in another quite different. And if this is not enchantment
then where is it to be found.”
New Jersey Freedom
What is a Freedom
* Up to $10,000
* Annual APR 6%
* Term: 5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
* Unsecured Loan (no collateral required)
Who is eligible to
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
USO Award for Excellence awarded to NJ National Guard’s
ChalleNGe Youth Program.
Congratulations to the New Jersey National
Guard ChalleNGe Youth Program for earning the 2004 USO
Award for Excellence
in Health and Hygiene. The award was presented at the Annual
ChalleNGe Workshop held in San Diego, California on 7 January
2005. A formal ceremony on Capitol Hill on 13 May 2005 will
again acknowledge New Jersey’s distinction.
The ChalleNGe Program is looking for a few good men and
women to add to their team. If you would like to be a part
of this award-winning team, contact Mr. Van Lew at 609-562-0572.
You can work part-time as a Cadre Instructor, supervising
and mentoring cadets in their daily activities. ALL SHIFTS
are available during the week and on weekends.
Air National Guard’s 108th Air Refueling
Wing had the honors of flying the last operational mission
During the month of December members from the 108th Air
Refueling Wing deployed, under Operation Joint Forge, to
Istres Air Base, France to assist in the closure and relocation
of assets and personnel. The U.S. Air Force had personnel
on Istres for NATO to direct air coverage over the Balkan
skies, but now after 11 years, their mission is finally complete.
In the past 10 years the detachment, based in a rented hangar
in Istres, has flown approximately 6,000 missions and logged
over 34,000 flight hours.
The 108th ARW had the honors of flying the last operational
mission in Operation Joint Forge. During a closure and flag
furling ceremony to mark the official end of the air base
there was a strong sense of friendship between the French
and Americans that was formed in their decade on French soil.
Jersey’s Distinguished and Meritorious
Service Medals presented to veterans.
On Thursday, 20 January 2005, New Jersey
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medals ceremony was
held at Salem County
Community College in Carneys Point, New Jersey. Brig Gen
Eugene R. Chojnacki, Commander of the New Jersey Air National
Guard, presented these medals to 66 of our State’s
veterans and saluted them for their service and sacrifice
on behalf of all the citizens of our great state and nation.
Fighter Wing hosts “Open House” at
Warren Grove Weapons Range.
Colonel Brian Webster, Commander 177th
FW, hosted an “Open
House” for the media and the public at the Warren Grove
Weapons Range on Thursday, January 20, 2005. The purpose
of this event was to invite the public to come out and see
their facility and get a feel for what a typical day at the
Range is like when training is in progress. Those in attendance
received a mission brief from Lt Col Dave Haar and were then
given the opportunity to view a tactical aerial demonstration
involving F-16C Fighting Falcon Aircraft from the 177th Fighter
Wing and 0A-10 Thunderbolts from the Pennsylvania Air National
Guard from Willow Grove Naval Air Station. Warren Grove Range
is and will remain open to the public.
Veterans Haven receives the gift of warmth.
Thanks to the generosity of the Manasquan
Elks, the residents at Veterans Haven, the Department’s
facility for homeless veterans, were the recipients of
more than 50 warm, winter
coats donated by the Elks organization. Thank you for remembering
Simply Audiobooks makes a generous donation to our troops.
On Monday, 17 January 2005, Mr. Sean Neville, Chief Executive
Officer for Simply Audiobooks, met with MG Glenn K. Rieth
and New Jersey Assemblyman Bill Baroni, District 14, at the
Lawrenceville Armory. During this event, Mr. Neville donated
400 audio books that will be shipped as expeditiously as
possible to our deployed soldiers and airmen. MG Rieth thanked
Mr. Neville and Audiobooks for their generosity and support
of the New Jersey National Guard, and Assemblyman Baroni
and his office staff for their work in facilitating this
The National Committee
for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) – Freedom
Award for 2005.
The National Committee for Employer Support
of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) announced that nominations
for the 2005
Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award would
be accepted at the ESGR website, www.esgr.mil, until midnight
February 24, 2005. The Secretary of Defense Employer Support
Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 to recognize the significant
contributions and sacrifices made by America’s employers
of National Guardsmen and Reservists. ESGR is reinstating
the original parameters of the nomination process in which
Guardsmen and Reservists may nominate their employers. National
Guardsmen and Reservists are encouraged to visit the ESGR
website to nominate their employers for this prestigious
award that recognizes support above and beyond the USERRA
Law for employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves.
The 2005 recipients will be recognized on October 22, 2005
in Washington, DC. Please contact Hank Pierre at 609-530-6879
should you have any questions about the 2005 Freedom Award
Free American Hero wristbands are available now.
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.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
901 Willow Grove Street
Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
151 Eggert Crossing Rd.
NJ National Guard Summer
Youth Camp Information.
This year’s New Jersey National
Guard Youth Camp will be held 17-23 July 2005 at the NJ
National Guard Training
Center, Sea Girt, New Jersey. Applications are available
on the Family Program website:
Both the camper and volunteer applications
are on the net in a downloadable format. Applications will
also be available
at all Family Assistance Centers or can be obtained by calling
the Family Program Director’s office at 609-562-0668.
Boys and girls, ages 9-12 are invited to apply. All campers
must be the child/grandchild/legal dependent of an active
or retired member of the NJ National Guard. Volunteer positions
are available for senior counselor, junior counselors, safety
and security, arts & crafts, sports, beach, administrative,
public affairs, cooks, transportation, and logistics. For
additional information, call your Family Assistance Center
at 1-88-859-0352 or the Family Programs Office at 609-562-0668
CSM Vincent Baldassari Memorial and USAA Scholarship
The Enlisted Association of the National
Guard of New Jersey will sponsor five scholarships of $1000
ach for children
of members of the Association and drilling members of the
NJ National Guard (Army or Air) who are also members of the
Association. Additionally, USAA will sponsor one $1000 scholarship
for a drilling member. Applicants must complete the appropriate
application in its entirety with all required and prescribed
documents. The deadline for application submission is 15
April 2005. Additional details and application can be found
on the Department’s website by clicking
Guard Association of NJ –Scholarship Announcement.
The National Guard Association of NJ is pleased to announce
the continuation of the Scholarship Program for 2005. Completed
applications will be accepted, beginning February 1, 2005
and must be postmarked, not later than, March 15, 2005. Applications
and additional information are available online at: www.nganj.org and
at your armory. Send completed applications to: National
Guard Association of New Jersey, Scholarship Committee—COL
Edward Slavin, 101 Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, NJ
Teaneck Family Assistance Center schedules Pancake
A Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, February 6th,
from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. to benefit the Teaneck Family
Assistance Center. VFW Post 1492, American Legion Post 129,
and the Teaneck Public Schools are sponsoring the breakfast,
which will be held at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 655
Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666 (Opposite Holy Name Hospital).
For tickets and information, please call SFC Hiller, SGT
Loureiro, or SPC Durango at 201-833-8356.
Jersey Nets sponsor New Jersey Army & Air National
NBA’s New Jersey Nets will sponsor a NJ Army & Air
National Guard Day on Saturday, 5 February 2005, when they
host the Detroit Pistons at the Continental Airlines Arena,
East Rutherford, NJ. Reduced ticket prices are available
for members of the National Guard and their families. For
more information or to order tickets, contact SMSgt Dave
Whalen, 108th Air Refueling Wing at 609-754-3616 or email@example.com,
not later than 28 January 2005.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
The many biochemical processes that make
up the body’s
metabolism are categorized into two general phases: anabolism
and catabolism. From the start, it must be understood that
anabolism and catabolism occur simultaneously all the time.
However, they differ in magnitude depending on the level
of activity or rest and on when the last meal was eaten.
When anabolism exceeds catabolism, net growth occurs. When
catabolism exceeds anabolism, the body has a net loss of
substances and body tissues and may lose weight.
Anabolism includes the chemical reactions that combine different
biomolecules to create larger more complex ones. The net
result of anabolism is that new cellular material is made.
That energy is stored in the form of glycogen and/or fat,
and in muscle tissue. Anabolism is necessary for growth,
maintenance, and repair of tissues.
Catabolism is the term used to describe the chemical reactions
that break down complex biomolecules into simpler ones for
energy production. Catabolism provides the energy needed
for transmitting the nerve impulses and muscle contraction.
Metabolism includes only the chemical changes that occur
within tissue cells in the body. A healthy metabolism needs
many nutrients to function optimally. A slight deficiency
of even one vitamin can slow down metabolism and cause chaos
throughout the body. The body builds thousands of enzymes
to drive your metabolism in the direction influenced by activity
and nutrition. So, when you are training several hours a
day, you better make sure that your diet contains the nutrients
it needs to feed the many metabolic pathways.
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
On Saturday, 22 January, at 1 p.m., the
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Foundation will host a slide show and book discussion by
Vietnam Veteran Thomas F. Morrissey, author and photographic
illustrator of Between the Lines: Photographs from the National
Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This book is a collection of photographs
designed to not only capture the faces of those who visit “The
Wall,” but the emotion, solitude, and ultimate spirit
of healing that take place there. Throughout the book, Morrissey
incorporates excerpts of messages that have been left at
the Wall. Lecture attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033.
A donation of $5 per person is suggested.
Between the Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam
Author lecture and slide presentation by Vietnam Veteran
Thomas F. Morrissey
| 19 Feb
Rejoice or Cry: Diary of a Recon Marine, Vietnam 1967-1968
lecture by Vietnam Veteran John R. Rhodes
Redcatcher’s Letters from
Nam (199th Lt. Inf. Bde)
Author lecture by Patricia Farewell Enyedy, sister
of a NJ GI, KIA in Vietnam
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Operation Babylift,
$10 Admission fee
A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey
Author lecture by former Vietnamese refugee and USMC
Gulf War Veteran Quang X. Pham
For more information about any of these events, please call
the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732)
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located
adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the
Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
is Friday, 21 January 2005. It is the 21st day of the year
with 344 days remaining.
1677 – The first medical
publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox) printed
1853 – Dr. Russell L.
Hawes patented the envelope-folding machine.
1915 - The first Kiwanis club
was formed in Detroit, Michigan.
1949 - The first inaugural
parade (Harry Truman) was televised.
1954 - First Lady Mamie Eisenhower
broke the traditional bottle of champagne across the
bow of the USS Nautilus,
the first atomic-powered submarine, as she slid into the
Thames River in Groton, Connecticut.
1970 - The Boeing 747 made
its first commercial flight from New York to London for
1976 - The French Concorde
SST aircraft began regular commercial service for Air
France and British Airways.
1977 - U.S. President Jimmy
Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
2003 - The U.S. Census Bureau
estimates show that the Hispanic population had passed
the black population
for the first time.
Part-time opportunities in Military
Funeral Honors Program.
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
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.
Armory Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
||Jersey City Armory
||Sports Card & Comic Book Show
||Moscow State Circus
||Sports Card & Comic Book Show
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
Snow is on the way! Here are a few
Snow Shoveling tips.
Dress warmly, but don’t bundle. You want to move
naturally and not make movements difficult or awkward.
- Warm up and stretch before
you start shoveling. Walk around with large arm movements
to get the blood flowing
and your body temperature up before you start.
- Use a lightweight push shovel
if possible. Also, spray your shovel with Teflon so the
snow does not cling.
- Always keep one hand close
to the base of the shovel to balance weight of the lift
and lessen the lower
- Try to push the snow when possible.
Avoid lifting and throwing snow any distance. Push or
walk the snow to
- Avoid sudden twits with your
body. Try to move the entire body together as a unit..
- Use your legs and bend your
knees to help with leverage.
- Work slowly, pace yourself. Shovel
for five to seven minutes then rest for two or three minutes.
wait until you’re tired or short of breath. If you
start to fatigue, stop!
- If you experience pain, stop
immediately. Rest yourself for five to ten minutes. For
any new injury, use
ice and not heat. Apply ice packs 10 minutes on, 10 minutes
off, and 10 minutes on again to help start reducing inflammation.
- If you have a health problem or
are not in good shape, do not even consider snow shoveling.
ahead of time to help. Don’t wait until there is
a lot of snow on the ground before you figure out how to
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center -
Call toll free 888-859-0352.