2/113th Infantry Battalion Welcome Home Ceremony
held on 21 April 2005.
On Thursday, 21 April 2005, the New Jersey National Guard
conducted a Welcome Home ceremony for the 2/113th Infantry
Battalion at the Jersey City Armory. MG Glenn K. Rieth, The
Adjutant General, officially welcomed home the soldiers of
the 2/113th Infantry Battalion who just completed a nine-month
deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom. Local politicians, the Jersey City Police
and Fire Departments, and the entire community joined families,
friends, fellow National Guard soldiers and airmen in showing
their appreciation and support of these soldiers. The ceremony
was highlighted by MG Rieth administering the re-enlistment
oath to 40 soldiers who decided to make the commitment to
stay in the New Jersey Army National Guard family. The New
Jersey National Guard is extremely proud of all the soldiers
of the 2/113th Infantry! Their performance and dedication
to duty is in keeping with the highest traditions of military
service. Welcome Home!
The American Legion makes a generous donation to Vets Haven.
The Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and Vets
Haven, our veterans’ transitional housing program,
would like to express its sincere appreciation to the American
Legion, Department of New Jersey, for their generous donation
of $17,941, which will be used for the purchase of a new,
fifteen-passenger van for our program.
177th Fighter Wing hosts Eastern New England Air Space Conference.
The 177th Fighter Wing, in conjunction
with the Federal Aviation Authority, hosted the Eastern
New England Air Space
Conference on 20 and 21 April 2005. The Council consists
of Senior Aviators, Range Commanders, State Aviation, Parks
Division personnel and the Federal Aviation Authority. This
council is one of six in the nation that come together once
a year to discuss various issues affecting range and aviation
operations throughout the North Eastern Region. The goal
is to identify and resolve issues through the councils and
their executive committees at the lowest possible level.
Lieutenant Colonel David Haar, Warren Grove Detachment Commander
from the 177th Fighter Wing, coordinated this year’s
DMVA recognized for its NJ State Employees Charitable Campaign
On Thursday, 21 April 2005, at the Charitable
Campaign Awards Ceremony held at the Mercer Oaks Country
Club, the Department
of Military & Veterans Affairs received recognition for
its participation in the 2004 NJ State Employees Charitable
Campaign. LTC (Ret) Jack Dillie, Deputy to the Assistant
Commissioner, and Ms. Patricia Smith, Personnel Assistant,
Human Resources Division, were presented with Employee Coordinator
Awards of Merit. In the fall of 2004, 241 DMVA employees
(15%) made donations to the Campaign that totaled $24,029.
Overall, the NJ State Employees Charitable Campaign set a
new record of $2,142,844, which was up 1.6% from the previous
Purple summer camp’s
registration runs from 15 April to 15 May 2005.
Operation Purple summer camps provide
summer camp experiences for more than 2,000 children whose
parents are deployed in
the U.S. armed forces. The camps are funded through a $100
million commercial commitment aimed at strengthening families,
homes, and communities. The funding allows children to attend
the camps free of charge. The camps run from five to seven
days and provide children ages 8-18 with an exciting and
memorable camp experience, providing tools to help them deal
with the stress resulting from a parent’s deployment.
Registration for the 22 Operation Purple
summer camps began on 15 April on the National Military
be accepted from 15 April to 15 May 2005. There is no camp
located in New Jersey, but NJ’s children are welcome
to register and attend the camps located in New York and
At a time when officials estimate more
than 135,000 children are experiencing the absence of a
parent because of deployment
to Iraq or Afghanistan, Operation Purple is the only camp
to focus on dealing with children’s deployment issues.
PV2 Ithan Schneider competes successfully at the Southern
Germany Schuetzenschnur Weapons Competition.
PV2 Ithan Schneider, previously assigned
to A Troop, 5th/117th Cavalry, currently assigned to C
Company, 3/112th MP (Provisional),
was sent as a representative of the unit to the Southern
Germany Schuetzenschnur weapons competition last week. PV2
Schneider was awarded the bronze medal at the competition.
The German weapons qualification consists of three weapons,
and soldiers must qualify on all three to earn the Schuetzenschnur.
The three weapons are the P1 pistol, the G3 rifle, and the
MG1 machine gun. 1SGT David Corpini commented that PV2 Schneider’s
performance reflects highly on the unit.
VFW Post #1429 sponsors a Writing Scholarship.
The VFW Post #1429 is sponsoring a writing
scholarship and the topic is “How to Demonstrate My Freedom.” Students
in Grades 9 through Grade 12 are asked to submit a 1000 word
essay on the topic. Essays are due no later than 1 p.m. on
April 30, 2005, and should be submitted to SFC Minnie Hiller,
Teaneck Armory, 1799 Teaneck Armory, Teaneck, NJ 07666. A
$500 prize will be awarded to the writer of the winning essay.
New Jersey National Guard offers Marriage Enrichment Workshops.
The New Jersey National Guard Family
Programs staff and Chaplains have teamed up to offer a
truly outstanding program
known as “PREP,” Prevention and Relationship
Enhancement Program. This program has proven so effective
in recent years that it has been featured on 20/20, 48 Hours,
Oprah, and in many articles of the printed media.
These Marriage Enrichment Workshop Weekends are available
free of charge to all soldiers and their spouses who have
been deployed for more than 90 days since 9/11. Please call
the Family Programs Office at 609-562-0668 or 609-562-0739
for more information, as well as the dates and locations
for these exciting weekend retreats.
National Guard Association of NJ schedules Annual Business
The National Guard Association of New
Jersey will conduct its annual Business Meeting on Saturday,
7 May 2005, at the
Lawrenceville Armory, Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville,
New Jersey. Sign in is at 0730, and the meeting will start
at 0800 hrs. Members are urged to contact their unit’s
Executive Council representatives for more information.
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.
Upcoming Job Fairs
Veterans Job Fair, Iselin – The
NJ Department of Labor announced a Veterans Job Fair on
29 April 2005 at the American
Legion Post 471, 25 Brown Avenue, Iselin, New Jersey, from
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participation is free for veterans and
employers. Mr. Joe Battito, our Middlesex County Veterans
Service Officer, will represent DMVA at the job fair. If
you have any questions, please contact Veterans representative,
John Leary, at 732-937-6205
Job Fair, Morristown, NJ – The NJ Army
National Guard, 3rd 112 FA presents Support the Troops Job
Fair on May 12, 2005. The Job Fair is open to the public
from 0900-1500 (9a.m.-3 p.m.) and will be held at 430 Western
Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960. Points of contacts are: SSG
Calvin Davis at (973) 538-4117 or by email at Calvin.B.Davis@us.army.mil or SSG Johnie Thomas at (973) 631-6280, email at JT.Thomas@us.army.mil.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been
scheduled to honor our State’s veterans.
28 Apr -
Vietnam Service Medal
Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
Viet Nam Service Medal
NG Training Center
Sea Girt, NJ
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers
planned in support of our deployed troops and their families:
JT2DC (T3BL) Soldier’s
Association Golf Tournament – 25
April 2005. The event will begin with a 9 a.m. Shotgun Start
at the Fountain Green Golf Course, Fort Dix. Cost $80 per
person. Proceeds will assist the families of our deployed
soldiers. For additional information, contact CSM Tim Maskery
Trenton Vet Center & Burlington County
Veterans Service Office sponsors Women’s Massage Icebreaker.
Friday, April 22, 2005, from 6 – 9 p.m., a message
therapy icebreaker will be held and free refreshments will
be served at the Burlington County Human Services Building,
795 Woodlane Road, Westhampton, NJ. Additional agencies will
be on hand to provide information on women specific services.
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
Mother’s Day cards are being made available
to deployed troops free of charge. Cardstore.com, in conjunction
the Department of Defense’s America Supports You campaign,
will provide forward-deployed troops in Afghanistan and Iraq
the opportunity to send their Mom a Mother’s Day card
at no cost. Just by logging into the company’s website
and taking a few simple steps, starting with picking a card,
service members in the two countries can send their mother
s a traditional paper greeting card from wherever they may
be this Mother’s Day. Servicemembers choose a card,
write a message, and then tell Cardstore.com when the card
should be mailed. The company will print a “high-quality
greeting card” and send it through the U.S. Postal
Service. A special code is needed to access this offer on
the company’s website. Servicemembers serving abroad
can find the code in three ads that will appear in Middle
East editions of the Stars & Stripes newspaper beginning
April 22. Orders can be placed from April 22 to May 8j, Mother’s
Day. To Guarantee on-time delivery, orders need to be placed
no later than May 2nd.
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 www.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 60-day period.
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
$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.
Reserve Select (TRS) Health Plan Information now Online.
TRICARE Reserve Select is a new premium-based TRICARE health
plan offered for purchase by certain members of the Reserve
Component* (RC) and their families, if specific eligibility
requirements are met. The website for the new TRS is http://www.tricare.osd.mil/reserve/reserveselec/index.cfm.
TRS coverage is available to eligible RC members who were
called or ordered to active duty, under Title 10, in support
of a contingency operation on or after September 11, 2001.
RC members and their Reserve Component unit will need to
agree to for the member to stay in the Select Reserve for
one or more whole years to qualify.
*The Reserve Components include the Army National Guard,
the Army Reserve, the Navy Reserve, the Marine Corps Reserve,
the Air National Guard, the Air Force Reserve, and the U.S.
Coast Guard Reserve. For more information ab9ut the Reserve
Component and the Selected Reserve, visit www.defenselink.mil.
Veterans Benefits Handbook available on-line.
The Department of Veterans Affairs released
the 2005 edition of the “Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents” handbook
last week. The 120-page handbook details federal payment
rates and outline variety of programs and benefits for American
veterans. Most of the nation’s 25 million veterans
qualify for some VA benefits, ranging from health care to
burial in a national cemetery. Additionally, veterans may
be eligible for programs providing home loan guaranties,
educational assistance, training and vocational rehabilitation,
income assistance pensions, life insurance and compensation
for service-connected illnesses or disabilities. In come
cases, veterans’ survivors may also be eligible for
The handbook may be downloaded for free at http://www.va.gov/opa/feature.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment
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.
OCS Class 48 will host 1st Annual SGT Nutter
Benefit 5K Run.
Officer Candidates from OCS Class 48 are hosting the first
annual SGT Nutter Benefit 5K Run on May 14, 2005 at the National
Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, NJ. SGT Sam Nutter was
a member of the NJ Army National Guard assigned to the OCS
Company at the 254th Regiment in Sea Girt. SGT Nutter passed
away earlier this year at 39 years of age after a long and
courageous bout with cancer.
SGT Nutter is survived by his wife, Michelle
Mallozzi-Nutter and three daughters, Summer Ann, Samantha,
and Sarah. Proceeds
from the run will go to the SGT Sam Nutter’s Children
The race will begin with a howitzer blast at 10 a.m. sharp.
Registration and sign-in begin at 7 a.m. All ages are welcome
to participate. Prizes will be awarded to 45 of our participants
in various categories. For more information visit website:
Cove Christian Conference & Retreat
Center offers a free stay for our military members, their
spouse and children
at Operation Oasis on Chesapeake Bay.
Operation Oasis is an outreach program developed to offer
a time of rest and renewal to military personnel involved
in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The purpose is to minister to
our military men and women, their spouses, and children by
offering them a mini-vacation in a Christian atmosphere.
Military stress takes an immense toll on both the soldier
and his/her family. It is hard to imagine the trauma that
results from the ravages of war. Operation Oasis helps families
reconnect after a loved one returns home from deployment
in the Middle East. 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 email@example.com 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.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
and Vietnam Era Education Center’s upcoming event
7 May -
NJ Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day ceremony
14 May -
Jenny 4 - Author lecture by Vietnam Veteran Paul Drew
30 May - 11am
Memorial Day Ceremony
11 June -
On the River (memoir of an American advisor
to South Vietnamese Rangers) -
Author lecture by Vietnam Veteran George L. Athas
18 June -
10 a.m – 4 p.m.
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 located
adjacent to the NJ Vietnam eterans’ Memorial off the
Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
Corner – Ernie Razzano, Certified
Fitness Corner – Ernie Razzano, Certified
I’m always asked what exercise a person can do to
lose the fat around the waist, legs, thighs, hips, etc. The
simple fact is you can’t spot reduce. There is no exercise
that will take off fat from one area alone. If you need to
cut body fat, then make sure you are doing cardio along with
a well-planned strength program and are eating properly.
lower body workouts you do will help improve muscle in
the legs, but not slim your thighs, hips, and buttocks.
Any abdomen workouts will help strengthen and tone your
midsection but not lose your belly. High reps are great if
you are training
for an endurance sport; however, if you want to slim down,
try building over strength and muscle mass.
As you improve
your lean mass, you will lose inches (body fat), even in
the desired areas. It just takes time.
Did you know?
Hand wipes and alcohol
rubs may not do the trick when it comes to keeping hands
clean. At the very least,
you should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
before every meal and after every trip to the restroom.
Viruses are sturdy little particles that can cause illnesses
as hepatitis A, colds, the flu, gastroenteritis, and other
ailments. Washing hands often is one of the best ways to
reduce your risk of some of these illnesses. When you don’t
have access to soap and water, alcohol rubs and hand wipes
may offer some protection against certain infectious agents.
Upcoming events taking place at your local
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, there will 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.”
Sports Card and Comics Show -
Flea Market -
Cherry Hill Armory
Sports Card and Comics Show -
Sports Card and Comics Show -
Today in History
Today is Friday, 22 April 2005. It is the 112th
day of the year with 253 days remaining.
1864 – The U.S. Congress mandated that all coins
minted as U.S.currency bear the inscription “In God
1889 – Oklahoma land rush officially starts; as many
as nine out of ten of these settlers had jumped the gun,
earning themselves the name “Sooners.”
1915 – New
York Yankees don pinstripes and hat-in-the-ring logo for
the first time.
1951 – General MacArthur receives a
ticker-tape parade in New York City.
1952 – An atomic
test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear explosion
shown on live network television.
1969 – First human
eye transplant performed.
1970 – The first Earth Day
was observed by millions of Americans.
1976 – Barbara
Walters became the first female nightly network news anchor.
1993 – The
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington,
1994 – In Denmark, the largest lollipop, weighing
3,011 pounds, is made.
Support our Troops –
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness Center near
you. Call toll free at 888-859-0352 to assist the families
of our deployed soldiers and airmen.