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
us is easy!
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
Quartermaster & Chemical Equipment Repairer
Supervises or performs unit & direct support & general
support maintenance on chemical equipment, quartermaster
machinery, forced air-heaters, & special purpose equipment.
Maintains (unit/direct & general support) & repairs
electrical/fuel heater systems, pumps, adulator type/reverse
osmosis water purification systems, decontamination systems,
protective filter systems, smoke generator systems, laundry
washer/extractor systems (mechanical), dryer/tumbler systems
(mechanical), & quartermaster/chemical equipment electrical
systems. Maintains internal combustion engine ignition/fuel/cooling/
electrical systems. Performs battlefield damage assessment & repair.
If you’re interested in an exciting
contact your Recruiting Office at
State Veterans Service
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
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
Thought for the day...
think it’s holding on that makes one strong, sometimes
it’s letting go….
- Sylvia Robinson
The New Jersey War
World II Memorial needs your help
WWII was by all account
the greatest victory for the United States – along
the front lines and the home front. Every individual alive
during this period of history was involved and had a stake
in the outcome. It was a war the United States and our Allies
could not afford to lose. Now, America is slowly saying goodbye
to its greatest generation of citizens. The State of New
Jersey is taking the initiative to honor and remember them
by establishing a Memorial in Trenton, across from the Statehouse
in Veterans Park.
Fittingly, the theme for New Jersey’s WWII Memorial
is “Victory”. The memorial hopes to honor and
pay tribute to the many sacrifices made during WWII and celebrate
the greatest victory our country has ever known. It is our
goal to dedicate the memorial in the spring/summer 2006.
Time is short – we need your help now in order to ensure
that we can meet this ambitious goal. We urge you to support
the New Jersey World War II Memorial through your generous
contribution. We cannot afford to let new generations forget
the legacy that has been left to them from what has been
called “the Greatest Generation”. To make a tax-deductible
contribute, download a donation form from our website at
War Remembrance Ceremony
The Division of Veterans Services, in conjunction with NJ
Korean War Veterans Association, will commemorate the 52nd
Anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending hostilities.
The event will be held 11 A.M., Wednesday, 27 July at the
New Jersey Korean War Memorial, adjacent to Bally’s
Hotel and Casino, at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City.
NJ ESGR Holds Quarterly Meeting
NJ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve held its quarterly
meeting on 13 July 05 at the Lawrenceville Armory in the
Garden Room. The TAG and the DAG both welcomed the committee
members present and thanked them for their services. A
productive business meeting was held after the TAG and
DAG spoke and BG (Ret) Bob Dutko, the Chairman of the NJ
ESGR Committee, recognized and presented certificates to
four new members of the committee. The new members recognized
were Dr. Mario Tommasi, Ms. Barry Schechter, Mr. Darren
Williamson, and Mr. Wieners.
New Jersey’s Carol Fowler is honored
by the Library of Congress
On July 18 the Library of Congress’ Veterans History
Project (VHP) honored 14 individuals who have conducted more
than 3,200 interviews of veterans for the Veterans History
Project. The VHP is a nationwide volunteer effort of the
American Folk life Center at the Library of Congress to record
and preserve the stories of wartime veterans and civilian
war workers. To date, the project has collected more than
35,000 individual stories, many of which are online at www.loc.gov/vets.
The effort relies on thousands of volunteers across the country
that interviews veterans of all wars, as well as those who
supported them on the home front. DMVA’s own Carol
Fowler, who works at the NJ National Guard Museum in Sea
Girt has submitted 157 interviews to the VHP and was one
of the chosen honorees. Congratulations Carol and keep up
the GREAT work!
Enlisted Association of the National Guard
announces Enlisted Conference
The Enlisted Association of the NJ National Guard is proud
to announce the Enlisted Conference at the Clarion Hotel & Conference
Center in Atlantic City West. The Conference will be held
7 thru 9 October 2005. During the Conference we honor our
Outstanding Soldiers and Airmen. There are various plans
available. Friday night is the Halloween Masquerade Ball
with Tex-Mex Buffet and Saturday is the Formal Evening
Ball with dinner and dancing. For additional information
contact SGM (Ret) Jerome Zebrowski @ 609-214-6959 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or SGM Edward Goetschius @ 609-965-1972
or e-mail email@example.com, or www.EANG-NJ.org to get
application, plans and other activities offered. Thank
you for your support!
NJ Friends of the Guard and Reserve Announce
The NJ Friends of the Guard and Reserve is
proud to present the 2005 State Chairman’s Annual Golf
Outing. The golf outing will be held on Thursday, 22 September
2005 at the Falcon Creek Golf Course at McGuire AFB. The
$85 per golfer registration fee includes greens fees, cart
registration, food and beverages on the course, door prizes
and dinner at the McGuire AFB Officer’s Club. Hole
and cart sponsors are being sought too. All proceeds to benefit
the activities of the NJ Employer Support of the Guard and
Reserve. For additional information please contact Hank Pierre
New Jersey National Guard Magazine “Guardlife” Vol
31 No3 – now available on the world wide
Check out Guardlife on the web, it is now available in a user-friendly
on-line version. www.nj.gov/military/publications/guardlife/volume31no3/index.html The “Hometown Team” magazine Guardlife provides
up to date information on the happenings within the New Jersey
Army and Air National Guard both at home and abroad. For all
the current news on our soldiers and airmen take a look at
the new issue today. To view past issues of Guardlife magazine
on-line you can visit www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the
DMAVA Publications homepage.
New Childcare Program Available
A new DoD program called Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood
provides financial support and assistance in locating quality
childcare for eligible military families who do not have
access to the DoD’s on-base child care options due
to long waiting lists or geographic location, available funding
and family circumstances. For more information on both childcare
programs, go to www.naccrra.org/Military
Programs/ or call
the Child Care Aware hotline at 1-800-424-2246.
The New Jersey Veterans
Journal Summer 2005 Edition – now
available on the world wide web
The New Jersey Veterans Journal Summer 2005 Edition is now
available on the world wide web in a user friendly on-line
web version at the following web address: http://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/journal/summer2005index.html The “NJ Veterans Journal” newsletter
provides up to date information on New Jersey Veterans events,
and facilities throughout the state. For all the current news
on issues affecting our NJ Veterans take a look at the new
issue today. To view past issues of the Veterans Journal newsletter
on-line you can visit http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the DMAVA Publications homepage.
Servicemembers’ Group Life
Insurance coverage increases
The maximum level of Servicemembers’ Group
Life Insurance coverage will be increased from $250,000
on September 1,2005. Anyone in service on September 1,
2005 will have their coverage increased to $400,000,
they previously declined or elected lesser coverage. If
they still desire no coverage or less than the maximum,
they will have to go to their Personnel Office and re-elect
no coverage or less than the maximum. For more details
see your Personnel Office.
Shades of Green Offers Summer Specials
The Shades of Green
at Walt Disney World Resort has announced 2005 end of summer
specials available from 7 AUG through
30 SEPT. Members of the military community, including
retired members, are eligible for package deals. Resort
say that Shades of Green guests have exclusive access
to discounted theme park tickets, reduced rates at Disney’s
PGA professional golf courses, extra Magic Hours at the
parks, and much more. For more information, visit the Shades
Green website at www.shadesofgreen.org/funandsun.htm.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tricare Reserve Select
TRS is here! This new health plan, launched on
April 26, 2005, provides eligible Reserve Component soldiers,
and their families continued care through TRICARE. Soldiers
called to active duty for more than 30 consecutive days in
support of a contingency operation AFTER September 11, 2001
are eligible for this benefit. They must have served continuously
on active duty for 90 days or more. This benefit includes coverage
that is similar to the coverage available through TRICARE Standard
and Extra for active duty family members. Contact SFC Josephine
Grey, Chief of Health Services at 609-562-0865 or e-mail @ Josephine.email@example.com for
more information on this program.
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 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.
American Legion Riders Motorcycle Chapter
Forming in River Edge, NJ
American Legion Post 226 is sponsoring an American
Legion Riders chapter. You don’t have to be a direct
member of Post 226, but you do have to be a member of the American
Legion, Auxiliary or SAL and ride a motorcycle that’s
at least 750cc or higher. If you or someone you know is interested
in joining, there is a form on the Post 226 website, www.alpost226.org or
you can call Jim Morton, the Post 226 American Legion Riders
Director, Adjutant and webmaster at 201-439-0053.
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.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
War Veterans Ceremony
Rain or Shine
1299 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ
Women’s Equality Day!
ERA Education Fund Inc. invites you to join the
celebration in Women’s Equality Day, Thursday, 25 August
2005, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM at the Adath Israel Congregation
Auditorium in Lawrenceville NJ, (across from Rider University).
General Wilma L. Vaught (Ret), the first woman Brigadier General
in the USAF and President of the Women’s Military Memorial
Museum, will be the featured guest speaker. She will address
several of the military women’s cases that enhance the
forward movement of American women. Suggested contribution
is $35 per person. For tickets and additional information call
National Guard Family Day at Six Flags Great
Saturday, 24 September 2005, join the New Jersey
National Guard for a day full of family, fun and excitement!
Tickets to the NJ National Guard Family Day are $17 each and
they will go fast. Purchase your tickets today at your nearest
Family Assistance center: Morristown, Teaneck, Lawrenceville,
Woodbury, Toms River, Jersey City, Somerset or Pomona. Call
for more information at 888-859-0352.
AAFES Readying for Birthday Celebration!
Beginning on Saturday, 23 July, PX/BX facilities everywhere
will honor the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s
(AAFES) 110th anniversary with a wide variety of sales,
promotions and sweepstakes. Prizes during the three-day
will range from candy bars to a 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Local
events will vary from location to location. Every day
of the celebration will bring a new host of events and
for troops and their loved ones.
Enlisted Association of the National Guard announces
The Enlisted Association of the NJ National Guard is proud
to announce a Golf Tournament to benefit the Annual Scholarship
Program. The tournament will be held on Monday, 15 August 2005,
at Miry Run Golf Club in Robbinsville, NJ. The $80 per golfer
registration fee includes all fees and a cart, beverage cart
on the course, awards, door prizes, food at the turn and luncheon
following the completion of play. Hole and cart sponsors are
being sought, too. For additional information contact CMSGT
(Ret) Lee Cisek at 562-0223 or SGM (Ret) Mike Amoroso at 562-0754.
CNN Attractions Free to Service Members
Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. is offering free admission
for all active and retired U.S. military personnel who
visit the CNN-themed attractions at CNN Center in Atlanta
Time Warner Center. Inside CNN Atlanta and inside CNN
New York will open the gate to active and retired military
and reservists who present a valid I.D. They can visit
the attractions at no cost, while their spouse, children,
or parents may enter at a discounted rate of $7 at Inside
CNN Atlanta and $12 at Inside CNN New York. To receive
the discount, family members must be accompanied by the
member. Groups depart several times each hour at both
attractions. For hours and reservations at Inside CNN
New York, visitors
can call 1-866-4CNNNYC or visit www.cnn.com/insidecnn.
For reservations for Inside CNN Atlanta, visitors can
or visit www.cnn.comStudioTour.
Ride with the 108 Air Refueling Wing!
The 108 ARW will serve as a rolling billboard
advertising the 108 ARW NJANG to over 8,000 cyclists,
volunteers and bystanders during a two-day ride from
Cherry Hill to Ocean City, NJ and back on 24-25 September.
They will be covering 175 miles through the flat terrain
of NJ Blueberry fields and pine barrens. This ride is
fully supported with catered rest stops, bike support
and SAG transportation. Veterans News Anchor, Larry Kane
will host the Awards Ceremony Saturday night. Cyclists
will collect a minimum of $250 in donations to participate.
If you join the team between 6/25/05 – 8/26/05
the registration fee is $45. For more information go
to www.ms150biketour.org/. Road Warriors interested in
joining the team contact Maj Dave LaTOUR @ 609-284-7743
or via e-mail @ email@example.com by 31
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers planned
in support of our deployed troops and their families:
Free Military Care Package Kit
of Priority Mail. The United States Postal Service is offering free
packaging materials to spouses and families of military
members who are deployed overseas. To take advantage
of this service call: 1-800-610-8734 and press 1 (for
English), then 3 for an operator and request CAREKIT04.
USPS will send you free boxes, packing materials, tape
and mailing labels. These products are to be used to
mail care packages to service members.
Enlisted Council to hold golf tourney at Falcon
Creek Golf Course in July. The 108th ARW Enlisted Council is
holding its second annual Golf Outing on July 21, at
the Falcon Creek Golf Course, McGuire Air Force Base.
There will be a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $75
per individual or $280 for a foursome. This includes
lunch, beverages, 18 holes of golf and a chance to win
prizes. Proceeds from the tournament support the Freedom
Alliance Scholarship fund. Contact Airman Dee Eggles
at 609-754-4141 for more information and entry forms.
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 $10 or $20 denominations.
From there, the “Gift from the Homefront” may
be sent to an individual service member designed by the
purchaser or distributed to “any service member” through
the USO, American Red Cross, Air Force Aid Society, or
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
30,000 stamps have been donated to our National Guard
soldiers and airmen and Family Readiness Programs. With
Memorial Day 2005 approaching, we recall the unique sacrifices
made by every generation that has served in uniform for
the good of America. We are often asked what can be done
to support the soldiers of this generation. 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.
American Airlines: Special
fare for military personnel and their dependants (you
will need your military ID
card and a copy of your soldier’s orders to fly).
Just call 800-433-7300 and ask for the military fare
offer for your desired destination. You can also go to www.aa.com, but you cannot book a flight online.
Armory Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
Market J&C Marketplace
||Recruiting Open House
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
|Cherry Hill Armory
|4 - 7 August
||Family Readiness Group is hosting a carnival
4th & 5th – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
6th & 7th 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Card & Memorabilia Show
||Tool Show, Homier Dist. Co.
||Toms River Armory
|25 – 28
||Tool Show, Homier Dist. Co.
||Moscow State Circus
||West Orange Armory
Market, J&C Marketplace
Fitness Corner – Ernie
Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
Prior to performing stretching exercises, body temperature
must be elevated. The warm-up can be passive, meaning
a hot bath or shower, or active, meaning a brief session
of muscular activity. The latter is preferred, because
it raises your core temperature, whereas the former may
only elevate surface temperature.
Although you may use stretching as a warm-up, such a practice
is often counterproductive. Warming up before stretching
is important in two regards. First, core body temperature
is elevated. Second, muscles are subject to thixotropy,
which is the tendency of gels (e.g., body fluids) to become
less viscous. This explains why periods of inactivity tend
to cause muscular stiffness, and why muscular viscosity
is reduced when muscles are active. The most appropriate
time to stretch a muscle (from the perspective of body
temperature and the thixotropic effect) is after training.
In this way, the target muscle tissues are warm and less
viscous, which facilitates lengthening; but in the process
of cooling down, muscles tend to become less elastic than
they are immediately after training (when stretching tends
to preserve long-term improvements in length).
Humidity also plays a factor in stretching and flexibility
development. A given temperature has a varying “quality” depending
on the humidity. In other words, you will have an easier
time warming up in 70-degree temperature at 70 percent
Tell me what you would like to see in Fitness
Corner. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today is 22 July, the 203rd
day of the year with 162 days remaining.
this day in history…
1587 – 2nd English Colony established on Roanoke
Island off NC.
* 1775 – George Washington takes command of the troops.
* 1916 – A bomb went off during Preparedness Day in
SF killing 10.
* 1918 – Lightning kills 504 sheep in Utah’s
Wasatch National Park.
* 1933 – Wiley Post completes 1st round-the-world solo
* 1939 – 1st black woman judge (Jane Matilda Bolin –NYC).
* 1942 – Gasoline rationing begins in US during WW
* 1969 – USSR launches Sputnik 50 & Molniya 1-12
* 1983 – Dick Smith makes 1st solo helicopter flight
around the world.
* 1991 – Jeffrey Dahmer confesses to killing 17 males
Heat Facts You Should Know
Heat-related injuries may not often make headlines,
but you should review the information below to see how much
you really know about the heat, its effects and how to manage
* Heat has been the top weather-related killer in the U.S.
in the past (1998-2002) as well as in 1995. The heat wave
of 1995 took an unprecedented 1,021 lives across the country.
* The temperature inside a parked car in the sun can rise
several degrees per minute. So even if you go into a store
for only 15 minutes, the temperature could go from a cool
75 degrees to a blistering 120 or more.
* Children, the elderly, and obese people are at the most
risk for heatstroke. So just because you think you may be
okay in the heat, it doesn’t mean everyone will be
affected in the same way.
* When in the heat, be proactive and drink plenty of fluids
(water is best), even if you are not thirsty. If you’re
thirsty then your body is already somewhat dehydrated.
* Alcohol and caffeine drinks will actually make you more
prone to heatstroke. Alcohol and caffeine are diuretics,
which will make you excrete water from your body.
* Without intervention, heat cramps (caused by loss of salt
from heavy sweating) can lead to heat exhaustion (caused
by dehydration), which can progress to heatstroke (which
can cause shock, brain damage, organ failure, and death).
* Heat-related injuries, unlike most weather-related injuries,
are almost completely avoidable. Wear proper clothing (light
colors to reflect radiation, fabrics that provide proper
air circulation), use sunscreen with at least an SPF rating
of 15 (especially if you are prone to burning), drink lots
of water, and get in the shade or indoors with air-conditioning
This week especially has been brutally hot
for us here in Jersey, but by following these guidelines,
we can help ensure
a healthy summer season for our loved ones and ourselves.
Beach Passes for
DMVA employees available now.
The temperatures are rising and the sandy beach at the National
Guard Training Center at Sea Girt is calling. You will need
to sign your name and work location on the second line on
the back of the pass. Have guests sign the first line and
be ready to show photo identification if requested. One pass
will admit one car. You can also use your DMAVA or military
pass to get on the beach. Call Gail Miller at 609-530-6911
for your Beach Pass.
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.