Governor McGreevey addresses departing troops at
farewell ceremony held at Trenton War Memorial this week.
family joined Governor James E. McGreevey and BG Glenn K. Rieth, the Adjutant
General, as the
New Jersey National Guard held a farewell ceremony
at the Trenton War Memorial on 18 May 2004 to honor
more than 300 of New Jersey’s Citizen soldiers,
who will be deployed to support the Multinational
Force and Observers mission in the Sinai Desert.
Governor James E. McGreevey and BG Glenn K. Rieth
addressed the troops and expressed gratitude for
the sacrifice and commitment of the Guard members
and their families. The departing troops include
members of 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry from Headquarters
and Headquarters Company in Woodbury, A Company from
Mount Holly, B & D Company from Freehold, C Company
from Burlington City, and E Company from Atlantic
City. Our thoughts and prayers go with them!
NJ Army and Air National Guard celebrate National
The New Jersey Army and Air National
Guard celebrated National Guard Day on 17 May 2004.
E. McGreevey issued a Gubernatorial Proclamation
honoring the New Jersey National Guard. At the State
House in downtown Trenton, displays, information
booths, and a number of Army and Air National Guard
personnel shared information with the public on the
many, diverse federal and state missions the Guard
serves. Many of New Jersey’s Army and Air National
Guard personnel are now serving on the front lines
of the ongoing war against terrorism, supporting
Homeland Security missions, and serving the people
of our great state and nation.
Military Officers Association Donates $1,000 Check
to the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Cemetery
On 20 May 2004, Colonel (Ret) Stephen G. Abel, Director
of the Division of Veterans Services, accepted a
donation of $1,000 from Lieutenant Colonel (Ret)
Raymond Russell on behalf of the Military Officers
Association at Ft. Dix. The donation will support
the initiative for two monument projects as part
of the Cemetery's Expansion and Improvement Program.
Vietnam Veterans honored at Medal Ceremony.
COL Robert E. Watson, Commander, 254th Regiment,
presented the New Jersey Vietnam Service Medal to
69 veterans at a ceremony held on Wednesday, 19 May
2004, at American Legion Post 99 in Kearny, New Jersey.
Mrs. Patricia Richter, Chief of the Veterans Benefits
Bureau (VBB), served as Mistress of Ceremony, and
was assisted by VBB employees, Karen Hansen and Michele
Johnson, Mr. Moise Abraham, Essex/Union County VSO,
and Ms. Edna Jones, Hudson County VSO.
Beach at Sea Girt opens this weekend.
out the sunscreen and beach blankets. Today marks
the opening of the beach
at the National Guard
Training Center in Sea Girt. Hours of operation are:
0800 to 1900 hours. From now until 21 June, lifeguards
will be on duty “Weekends Only.” From
21 June through Labor Day, lifeguards will be on
duty seven days a week. The beach will close for
the season on 30 September 2004. Employees wishing
to obtain a beach pass should contact Gail Miller
New Jersey National Guard opens Family Assistance
On Friday, 14 May 2004, the NJ
National Guard opened its eighth Family Assistance
Center at the National
Guard Armory in Woodbury. The Adjutant General, BG
Glenn K. Rieth, addressed the over 300 family members,
soldiers, volunteers, local elected officials, community
representatives, veterans’ organizations, and
senior members of the NJ Army and Air National Guard.
General Rieth thanked everyone for their support
of the families of the deploying soldiers of the
1/114th Infantry BN in Woodbury. He remarked that
this Center would be a focal point for the families
of deploying soldiers over the weeks and months ahead.
It will provide the links to needed services throughout
the region that will help sustain our families during
this historic deployment. Mayor Leslie Clark of Woodbury
noted that it was wonderful to have such a great
center in her town. She pledged to lead the community
in working to support the center and prepare for
the Unit’s safe return. The Grand Lodge of
NJ (Masons) presented a framed print of The Prayer
at Valley Forge to the Center. Heather Altman is
the Coordinator of the Woodbury FAC, which will also
support the Vineland, Hammonton, and Cherry Hill
USPFO-NJ Purchasing & Contracting Division
continues to support various unit mobilizations throughout
the New Jersey Army National Guard. The P&C division
has contracted for over $200,000 in supplies and
services in the past 45 days.
Ms. Bonnie Cunningham and her Military Pay Processing
Team continue to provide outstanding support to New
Jersey Army National Guard mobilizing units. The
Military Pay Processing Team conducted mobilization
support for Co C, 2450th Signal Battalion in Somerset
and HHC, 250th Signal Battalion in Westfield.
Armory Happenings – Check to see what’s
happening at an Armory near you.
||Tool Show and Sale
||Mount Holly Armory
||Sports Cards & Comic Show
||Sports Card & Comic Show
The Pentagon Channel now available at military bases
24 hrs. a day.
The Pentagon Channel, which
previously existed as an information channel within
now be distributed 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
to all military installations in the United States
via domestic satellite and overseas through the American
Forces Radio and Television service. Deputy Assistant
Secretary of Defense for Internal Communications,
Allison Barber, explained that military members – both
in the United States and overseas – felt that
they had adequate access to general news and information,
but not enough access to military news. It is also
important for Department of Defense (DoD) leaders
to be able to talk directly to the military audience,
especially members of the Guard and Reserve and their
families, who are the most isolated from DoD news
and information. Pentagon Channel programming also
will include top-of-the-hour news updates, broadcasts
of the flagship television news magazine programs
from each of the services, and DoD news briefings
from the Pentagon and around the world.
North Jersey Federal Credit Union joins the Freedom
The North Jersey Federal Credit Union joined the
growing list of financial institutions that are participating
in the New Jersey Freedom Loan Program. Their toll
free number is 1-888-78NJFCU.
NJ 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.
||Memorial Day Ceremony –
As part of this
ceremony, the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial awards
two $2,500 college scholarships to graduating
New Jersey seniors, as well as inducting veterans
into the “In Memory” Program, which
honors those who served in Vietnam and returned
home only to die as a result of their tour, but
whose names are not on the Memorial.
||10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
||Restored Military Vehicle Display - Hands-on
display of a wide variety of restored military
vehicles from the mid-twentieth century (Raindate:
Hey God – Are you really up there?
Author lecture presentation by Vietnam Veteran,
Memorial Day Ceremony and Monument Dedication scheduled
at the BG Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
The 2004 Memorial Day ceremony will be held on Saturday,
the 29th of May at 11 a.m. at the BG William C. Doyle
Veterans Memorial Cemetery, North Hanover Township.
The parade of New Jersey Veterans Organizations will
pass in review at 10:30 a.m.
At the conclusion of the Memorial
Day activities, a special ceremony will be conducted
the latest addition to the Memorial Walkway, a beautiful
monument. From the National Guard and the Enlisted
Associations of New Jersey. The monument is dedicated
to those brave men and women who have placed their
lives on the line to defend our State and Nation’s
honor and freedom.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor
our State’s veterans.
|Distinguished Service Medal
||Township of East Orange
11 am & 1 pm
Distinguished & Meritorious Service
Korean War Commemorative Medal (pm)
Guard Training Center
Bldg 35, Sea Girt, NJ
11 am & 1 pm
Distinguished & Meritorious Service
Vietnam Service Medal (pm)
Essex County Elks & VFW
475 Main St., Orange, NJ
Pancake Breakfast to benefit the troops.
Pancake Breakfast will be held at the American Legion
Post 414, Berwyn Place, Lawrenceville,
on 6 June 04
from 7:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. All proceeds from the
breakfast will be donated to the Family Assistance
Program for those families of OUR SOLDIERS participating
in Enduring/Iraqi Freedom Mobilizations. Tickets are
$6. For further information, call 609-989-9162 or 609-771-4143.
Come out and support our troops and their families
by supporting this event.
112th Field Artillery Association plans Memorial Day
The 112th Field Artillery Association has scheduled
its annual Memorial Day service for Monday, 31 May
2004, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Artillery Armory located
at 151 Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Everyone is invited to join in honoring all who given
their utmost for their country, and to those who serve
today. The ceremony will include a 21 round cannon
Today in History…
is Friday, 21 May 2004 and the 142nd day of the year.
There are 225 days left
in the year. On this
* 1602 – Martha’s Vineyard
was first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.
* 1819 – Bicycles were first seen in the U.S.
in New York City. They were originally known as “swift
* 1881 – Clara Barton founded
the American branch of the Red Cross.
* 1908 – First horror movie (Dr. Jekyll & Mr.
Hyde) premieres in Chicago.
* 1927 – Charles A. Lindberg
completed the first solo nonstop airplane flight
across the Atlantic Ocean.
* 1932 – Amelia Earhart completes
the first transatlantic solo flight by a woman.
* 1956 – The U. S. exploded
the first airborne hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean
over Bikini Atoll.
* 1968 – U.S. nuclear-powered
submarine Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, was last
heard from. The remains
of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400
miles off the Azores.
* 1992 – New Jersey Senate overrides Governor
Florio’s veto and lowers the sales tax to 6%.
A few interesting facts
about New Jersey –
* New Jersey has more race horses than Kentucky.
* North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one
area in the world, with seven major shopping malls
in a 25-square-mile radius.
* New Jersey has the most stringent testing along
our coastline for Water Quality Control than any other
seaboard state in the entire country.
* New Jersey is a leading technology and industrial
state, and is the largest chemical-producing state
in the nation when you include pharmaceuticals.
* New Jersey tomatoes are known the world over as
being the best you can buy.
* New Jersey is the world leader in blueberry and
* Here’s to New Jersey – the
toast of the country! In 1642, the first brewery
opened in Hoboken.
Sun Safety Tips –
* Minimize exposure
to the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. – 4
* Provide more shade, like
trees, shade structures, umbrellas, etc.
* Avoid reflected light from
sand and water. Up to 85% of the harmful UV radiation
can come from
* Reapply sunscreen every two hours,
even on cloudy days. Up to 80% of the sun’s
rays can penetrate light clouds, mist and fog.
* Wear light clothing to
cover your body. Shade your face with a hat.
Volunteer to help at a Family
To reach any NJ National Guard
Family Assistance Center –
Call toll free 888-859-0352