Dept of Military and
Gen Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Gen Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
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of the Assistant Commissioner
(Ret) Michael B. Smith
Laura A. Branham
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National Guard Needs You!
Here is our featured
Job of the Week
Unit Supply Specialist (92Y)
The unit supply
specialist supervises or performs duties involving request,
receipt, storage issue, accountability,
and preservation of individual, organizational, installation,
and expendable supplies and equipment. Receives, inspects,
inventories, loads, unloads, segregates, stores, issues,
delivers and turns-in organization and installation supplies
and equipment. Operates unit level computer. Prepares all
unit/organizational supply documents. Maintains automated
supply system for accounting of organizational and installation
supplies and equipment. Issues and receives small arms.
Secures and controls weapons and ammunition in security areas.
and performs preventive and organizational maintenance
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Benefits & Entitlements
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
When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn
Loveliest season of the year.
is 90% mental, the other half is physical."
Enlisted Association of the
National Guard of New Jersey Awards are announced.
On Saturday, October 8, 2005, the Enlisted Association of
the National Guard of New Jersey announced its 2005 award
winners at their 32d Annual Conference. This year’s
CSM Wilford Z. Lea Outstanding First Sergeant Award
MSgt Michael Edmiston
108th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, NJANG
1SG George L. Thomas,
HHC 1/150th GSAB, NJARNG (presently deployed)
SGM Harry Arbeitman Outstanding CEO Award
SMSgt Michael R. Francis
177th Fighter Wing Security Force, NJANG
SFC Thomas Alexander
Co B 2d Bn 113th Infantry, NJARNG
Robert Vuinovich Jr.
Outstanding Soldier Award - Army
SPC Albert C. Araujo
HHC 1/150th GSAB (presently deployed)
MSGgt John E. Bodine Outstanding Airman Award -
Sra Gordan A. Hill
177th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
CSM Vincent Baldassari Memorial Scholarships
Jessica T. Enloe, daughter of TSgt Steven S. Enloe
Kevin S. Hughes, son of CSM (Ret) Michael Hughes
Amanda J. Wachter, daughter of SMSgt Michael Wachter
Thomas P. Kripinski, Jr., son of CPT Thomas P. Kripinski,
1SGT Richard Vander Clute
PV2 Stephen J. Love
Nicholas A. Caruso Memorial Scholarship
Camille C. Carlucci, daughter of LTC (Ret)
Anthony and MSG Cynthia Carlucci, NJARNG
Enlisted Association of NJ announced that its office on the
lower level of the DMVA HQS building in Lawrenceville
has been named “The Steinman Room” in honor of
MSG (Ret) Lynn H. Steinman and in recognition of his 30 years
of dedicated service to the Association.
Annual Coat Drive begins next week!
the cool weather approaches this weekend and you begin to
clean out your closets, please remember those less fortunate.
The Governor’s Annual Coat Drive is scheduled to begin
on October 25th and run until November 15th. Collection boxes
will be available in many of our facilities for your convenience.
If you require assistance or additional information,
please contact Laura Branham or Terry Dearden, who are serving
as this year’s Chairmen of the drive. They can be reached
at 609-530-6987/6893 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
NJ’s Air National Guard continues to
support Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
An eighteen-man team from the 177th Civil Engineering Squadron
deployed along with Civil Engineering personnel from the
108th Civil Engineering Squadron on 14 October to the Gulf
Coast region in support of the Hurricane Katrina recovery
effort. Currently they are engaged in the Staff Damage Control
Center (DCC), running 24/7 power plant operations for two
800-person tent cities and the breakdown and pack-up of one
of the 800-person tent cities (completed 19 October 2005).
In addition, they will begin addressing structural damage
to permanent facilities effective 20 October 2005.
Ashleigh Ryann Gwin needs our help.
Ashleigh Gwin is the daughter of 1LT Howard
Gwin, C Troop-1/117th CAV, currently deployed for Operation
Iraqi Freedom, and
Michelle Gwin. She is a two-year old little girl, who has
been diagnosed with Krabbe Disease, which is a rare genetic
disorder that affects the central and peripheral nervous
systems. She has received chemotherapy, a cord blood transplant,
and currently receives intense therapies. She travels to
Duke University in North Carolina for follow-up care and
A fundraiser will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2005,
from 7-11 p.m. at the Adelphia Grand Ballroom, 1750 Clements
Bridge Road, Deptford, NJ. Tickets are $25, and proceeds
will go to The Ashleigh Ryann Gwin Trust Fund, c/o PBB Bank,
30 Elm Avenue, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097. You may learn
more about Ashleigh and her disease by logging onto the following
NJ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
(ESGR) holds successful Annual Conference and Awards Luncheon.
On Tuesday, October 18, 2005, the NJ ESGR held its annual
Conference and Awards Luncheon at the McGuire Air Force Base
Officers Club. MG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General, was
guest speaker at the luncheon, and Colonel Dave McNeil, Fort
Dix Commander, also spoke briefly. Other speakers during
the conference included: Brig Gen (Ret) Robert S. Dutko,
Sr., ESGR Committee Chair; COL (Ret) Carmen Venticinque,
ESGR Executive Director; LTC (Ret) Jack Dillie, DMVA; COL
James McDougall of the 78th Division USAR; LTC Robert M.
Hagan, USMC; Lt Col Jim Frier, 514th AMW, and CDR Nancy Galloway,
Awards for meritorious leadership and
initiative in support of New Jersey’s citizen soldiers were presented to
Olga Nini, Drumthwacket Residence Manager; Freddie DaSilva,
Deputy Director of Protocol, Governor’s Office; Colonel
Ronald Alfors, Chief of Staff-Air; Colonel Mike Cunniff,
Commander, 108th Air Refueling Wing; COL Stephen Hines, Chief
of Staff-Army; Mike Kahrer of Organon Pharmaceuticals; and
Mike Sarkady of the Vineland Water Utility. ESGR Ombudsmen,
Mike Berman and John Shackelford, were honored for their
tireless efforts on behalf of the Guard and Reserve. Brig
Gen Dutko recognized Ray Martyniuk for his many years of
dedicated service to the NJ ESGR Committee. Lastly, Nick
Grand, recipient of the National ESGR Roche Spirit of Volunteerism
Award at the recent National ESGR Annual Conference in Washington,
DC, was recognized for the endless hours he dedicates to
the men and women in the Guard and Reserve.
Mr. Jim Robinson of Sprint, Bordentown Township Mayor Bruce
Hill, and Mr. Dan Edwards of USB-AGL Resources signed the
Five Star Statements of Support.
America Supports You: Commissary, Fisher House
The Defense Commissary Agency and the Fisher House Foundation
have teamed up again to offer educational scholarships to
children of military families and retirees.
The Scholarships for Military Children
Program is marking its sixth year, DeCA spokesman Kevin
Robinson said. The goal,
he said, is to provide at least one $1,500 scholarship for
each of DeCA’s 268 commissaries worldwide. Authorized
applicants include unmarried children under age 21 of active
duty, Guard or Reserve, or military retiree families. Applicants
may also range up to 23 years in age if they are enrolled
in school. The application period for this year’s DeCA-Fisher
House scholarship program starts November 1 and closes on
Application forms for the program will become available
in November for pick up at commissaries worldwide and for
download via the Internet at www.commissaries.com or at www.militaryscholar.org
Return and Reunion Briefing scheduled for October
The 42nd Infantry Division is coming home from
Iraq. To assist spouses and family members in their preparations
their loved ones return, a Return & Reunion Briefing
will be held at the Hampton Inn, 370 Route 9 North, Woodbridge,
NJ at 2 p.m. on Sunday, 23 October 2005. Chaplain Kevin Williams
(CPT) will be the presenter for the adults, and Amanda Balas
will be the presenter for the children. These briefings are
important. Make the time for yourself and family to attend.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Mr. John
Hales at 732-937-6290.
250th Signal Battalion Homecoming T-Shirts
are available now!
The 250th Signal Battalion will be coming
home from Iraq soon. The Family Readiness Group is conducting
sale to raise money for their homecoming. The front of
the t-shirt says 250th Battalion with the flag on it and
Readiness Group. The back of the shirt has the rainbow
and says 250th Signal Battalion, Never Forget. The 250th
come in Youth sizes Small, Medium and Large. Adult sizes
Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large are available.
The shirts are $10 each and are available by contacting
Evie Pipas at Epipas@aol.com or Gail Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or at telephone number 609-530-6911.
Pancake Breakfasts are scheduled to support
New Jersey National Guard Families.
*A Pancake Breakfast to assist the families of the Teaneck
Armory Troops and welcome them home will be held on Sunday,
November 6, 2005 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast will be
served at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School Cafeteria on
Windsor Road between Forest Avenue and West Englewood Avenue,
Teaneck, New Jersey. The event is co-sponsored by the American
Legion Post #128, Jewish War Veterans, Nam Knights Motorcycle
Club, Vietnam Veterans of America, and VFW Post #1429.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors,
and $5 for children. Make your checks payable to Pancake
Breakfast, and send tem
to 650 American Legion Drive, Teaneck, NJ 07666. To volunteer
your time or for more information, please contact the Teaneck
Family Assistance Center at 201-833-8241.
*A Support the Troops Pancake Breakfast to
benefit the families of soldiers serving in the NJ National
Guard will be held
from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 20. The
breakfast will be held at Oakcrest High School, 1824 Dr.
Dennis Foreman Drive, Mays Landing. Proceeds will support
the NJ National Guard Family Readiness Council. The Council
estimates that 40% of mobilized National Guardsmen earn
significantly less while they are on active duty.
Chefs and students from the Academy of Culinary Arts at
Cape Community College will prepare and serve the food, which
will be donated by Tropicana Hotel Casino. Local high school
bands and choral groups will provide entertainment, and AtlatiCare
will provide childcare.
Tickets to the breakfast are $5 for adults, $3 for children
under 12, and free to military personnel with identification.
Tickets will be available at the door or by calling 609-345-4524.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available by calling 609-345-4524
or emailing email@example.com.
America’s Year of Victory-1945. 60th
Anniversary Commemoration of Victory in Europe and Victory
over Japan Days.
The public is invited to a ceremony commemorating
the year America hailed VE Day and VJ Day, ending four long
of war, “a struggle of sacrificial grandeur such as
the United States had never known” – Harry S.
Truman. The ceremony will be held at the Donald D. Warner
Student Life Center, Brookdale Community College, and will
begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday, 23 October 2005. Sponsored in
part by the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey,
the day will feature “Dixieland” music, special
presentations by distinguished World War II veterans, and
the unveiling of a monument honoring those fought and won
World War II. There will be a free reception prior to the
start of the program. Registration is requested by calling
National Guard Militia Museum schedules its
annual Membership and Board of Trustee Meeting.
of the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey are
invited to attend the Annual General Membership
Meeting to be held at the Sea Girt Museum at 10 a.m. on
Sunday, October 23, 2005.
A meeting of the Board of Trustees
will immediately follow the General Membership Meeting.
Contact the Museum at 732-974-5966
for additional information.
Historic Soldiers Weekend will honor our veterans – past
“Take a walk through history.” Historic Soldiers
Weekend is a historical encampment, featuring re-enactors
portraying soldiers and civilians from every American conflict,
from the French and Indian War to the Vietnam War. In some
instances, both sides of the conflicts are represented, such
as the Revolutionary Wary Loyalists and “Redcoats,” Civil
War Confederate units, and even WWII German Infantry units.
The re-enactments units will set up their camps and “dig
in” for the weekend on Historic Burlington City’s
The weekend will include guest speakers,
authors & book
signings, WWII veterans, living history displays of cooking,
weapons demonstrations, and live music from the 2nd South
Carolina String Band (from the movie Gods and Generals).
even is open to the public (rain or shine) from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 29 October and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
on Sunday, 30 October 2005. Visit the website www.historicsoldiersweekend.com for a complete schedule of events.
Admission is $2 for Adults
and $1 for Children under 12. Take the NJ Transit “River LINE” down
to High Street and receive $1 off adult admission price.
NJ Nets basketball team will host Military
The NJ Nets basketball team will salute
those in uniform as they host Military Appreciation Night
on Saturday, November
12, 2005, during their game vs. the Houston Rockets. Come
out and see Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson
and the rest of the Nets battle Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady and
Houston Rockets. Receive a Vince Carter retro replica kids
jersey with each discounted ticket purchased. If you would
like to receive additional information, contact Sergeant
Barbara Harbison, Public Affairs Specialist, at 609-530-7088.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Educational Center’s upcoming event schedule.
21 Oct, 8am - 3pm
Decades Later: Remembering America’s War in Vietnam. Seventh Annual Forum
on the Vietnam Era. Keynote Address by Lt Col Jim Kean, USMC (Ret) Commander
of the Security Guard Force at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon during the April
1975 evacuation. Pre-Registration required.
27 Oct, 6pm
Salute to Patriotism – Third Annual Gala. Keynote Address by General
Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret) former head of Central Command for U.S. forces in
the Middle East. Pre-Registration required.
11 Nov, 11am
Veterans Day Ceremony
17 Dec, 6pm
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
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.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral
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 SGM Edward
Goetschius, Military Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090
or by e-mail at Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Armory Happenings – Listed below are
events taking place at your local armory.
|21 Oct (6-9pm)
22 Oct (10am-6pm)
23 Oct (10am-5pm)
|Kiwanis Craft Fair
|22 Oct (8:30am-4pm)
||Coin Operated Arcade Game Auction
|23 Oct (9:30am-3:30pm)
Card & Memorabilia Show
11am - 2pm
Brooks Robinson (Orioles/Hall of Famer) will sign autographs
- $35 & up
Grant Jackson (former Orioles) - Will sign autographs
$12 (any item).
Visit njsportspromotions.com for more info.
|12 Nov (6pm-12am)
||Pink Tie Ball Fundraiser
|17 Nov (7-10pm)
18-19 Nov (9am-6pm)
|Home for the Holidays Gift Fair
|20 Nov (9:30am-3:30pm)
Card & Memorabilia Show
Joey Jay (former Reds and Braves star) will sign autographs
($12 any item)
|25-27 Nov (9am-4pm)
|3 Dec (8:30am-4pm)
||Coin Operated Arcade Game Auction
Fitness Corner - Ernie Razzano, Certified
Fitness Trainer, email@example.com
Signs of a Stroke.
A lot of attention is given to heart attacks, but unfortunately
not enough is given to stroke. I took this information directly
off the strokeassociation.com website. It might come in handy
Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease. It affects the
arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs
when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to
the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that
happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen)
it needs, so it starts to die.
Stroke is a medical emergency. Know these warning signs
of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts!
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face,
arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of
balance or coordination.
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience symptoms! Time
lost is brain lost!
Today is Friday, October 21st. It is the 295th
day of the year with 70 days remaining.
On this day in history…
1797 – “Old Ironsides,” the
U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston
1849 – The first tattooed man, James F. O’Connell,
was put on exhibition at the Franklin Theatre in New York
1858 – The Can-Can was performed
for the first time in Paris.
1879 – Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent
lamp. It would last 13 ½ hours before it would burn
1917 – The first U.S. soldiers
entered combat during World War I near Nancy, France.
1918 – Margaret Owen set a typing
speed record of 170 words per minute on a manual typewriter.
1979 Greta Waitz won the NY City marathon. She would win
this event nine times.
1980 – The Philadelphia Phillies
won their first World Series.
1998 – The New York Yankees set
a major league baseball record of 125 victories for the
regular and postseason combined.
World Series Facts and Trivia –
The World Series begins Saturday night as the Houston Astros
take on the Chicago White Sox at 7:30 p.m. on FOX TV. Here
are few interesting facts about the World Series.
The first World Series took place in 1903 between the Pittsburgh
Pirates and the Boston Americans. Boston won the Series 5-3.
Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitches the first and
only perfect game in World Series history against the Brooklyn
Dodgers in 1956. To keep himself relaxed, Larsen smoked cigarettes
The first World Series shown on television was the 1947
Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
World Series Inflation – Each
member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won the 1903 World
Series, received $1182. Each
member of the Boston Red Sox, who won the 2004 World Series,
Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees holds the record
for most homeruns in World Series history with 18.
The Chicago Cubs have the longest streak
of World Series futility. They haven’t won a title
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.