Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
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!
Thought for the day..
officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
"Half of the American people never
read a newspaper. Half never voted President. One hopes it
the same half."
.. Gore Vidal
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
New Director of Veterans Healthcare Services
The Adjutant General has appointed BG Frank Carlini as the
new Director of the Division of Veterans Healthcare Services,
effective November 15, 2004.
A Vietnam veteran, BG Carlini earned a Bachelor of Arts
Degree from the College of New Jersey and a Master of Arts
Degree from Rider University. He served on active duty with
the United States Army from January 1969 to September 1971.
During the last 20 years he has held increasingly demanding
positions in the new Jersey Army national Guard including
Commander of the 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry; Commander
of the 154th Training Regiment; Chief of Staff f the NJ Army
national Guard; and culminating with his current assignment
as the Deputy Commander of the Joint Force Headquarters.
It is a pleasure to welcome BG Frank Carlini to the Veterans
New Jersey Vietnam Service Medal ceremony held.
On Wednesday, 20 October 2004, Brig Gen Eugene R. Chojnacki,
Commander of the New Jersey Air National Guard, presented
the New Jersey Vietnam Service Medal to 93 New Jersey veterans
of the Vietnam War. The ceremony was held at the Atlantic
Cape Community College in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Ms. Kathy
Hymes, Division of Veterans Programs, served as Mistress
New Jersey/Albania State Partnership meeting held at Fairleigh
Dickinson University (FDU).
On Tuesday, 19 October 2004, MG (Ret) G. Thomas Garrett
and MAJ Bruce Protesto, representing the NJ State Partnership
Program (SPP), and Major Editson Zarka of the Albanian Armed
Forces met with representatives from Fairleigh Dickinson
University to discuss advancing our state partnership further
into the field of military-to-civilian and civilian-to-civilian
cooperation through greater academic interaction between
our two countries. University representatives at the meeting
included President J. Michael Adams; Senior Vice President
for Government and Community Affairs, Mark P. Campbell; Dean
Kenneth Vehrkins, Executive Associate Dean Ronald E. Calissi,
and Assistant Professors Paulette Laubsch and Eamon Doherty.
Fairleigh Dickinson University has long been recognized
as a world leader in international academic cooperation and
distance learning as well as its outstanding work in the
fields of homeland security and the administrative sciences.
They are viewed as an ideal educational organization with
which to potentially partner with in the SPP process. The
FDU leadership participating in these discussions were extremely
enthusiastic about the idea of establishing contacts with
leading Albanian institutions such as the University of Tirana
and their newly established Defense Academy, and were extremely
generous with both their time and in proposing several ideas
and initiatives to advance this concept.
177th Salute to Our Troops Hanger Dance was held.
On 2 October 2004, the 177th Fighter
Wing hosted a “Salute
to Our Troops” hangar dance honoring returning unit
members who supported Operations Enduring Freedom, Special
Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), Iraqi Freedom and Joint
Forge. The dance was held in the main hanger, like the USO-sponsored
socials of yesteryear, and was decorated in a World War II
theme. An orchestra provided live music, offering a variety
of tunes from the past to today’s sounds as more than
500 guests, many in vintage uniforms and most too young to
remember the original hanger dances, took to the floor. Congressman
Frank LoBiondo, 2nd Congressional District, New Jersey, MG
Glenn K. Rieth, Brig Gen Maria Falca-Dodson, and Brig Gen
Eugene Chojnacki were among the many distinguished guests
attending the event. “This is a salute to all of our
unit members, and especially the ones who have been deployed
overseas fighting the Global War on Terrorism,” stated
Colonel Brian Webster, Commander, 177th Fighter Wing. “The
WWII theme was also chosen to honor the members of the Greatest
Generation who fought the last world war. They left their
jobs, joined the military, and went overseas and fought a
determined evil enemy in order to free oppressed people,
just like we are doing today. We have much in common with
them, and much to celebrate.”
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor our State’s
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medals
Washington St., Toms River, NJ
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
and Meritorious Service Medal
County Community College
NJ Committee for Employer Support
of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) holds successful Annual Conference
and Awards Luncheon.
Tuesday, 19 October 2004, the NJ ESGR held its Annual
Conference and Awards Luncheon at the McGuire Air Force Base
Officers Club. Congressman Jim Saxton, 3rd Congressional
District, New Jersey, was the guest speaker at the Awards
Luncheon. Speakers at the conference included MG Glenn K.
Rieth, The Adjutant General; BG (Ret) Robert Dutko, ESGR
Committee Chair; COL (Ret) Carmen Venticinque, ESGR Executive
Director; COL Ray Henstrand, 78th Division, USAR; and COL
Lonnie Barham, Deputy Commander of Fort Dix. The ESGR’s
Seven Seals Award for meritorious leadership and initiative
in support of the citizen soldiers of New Jersey were presented
to Laura Branham, Kim Bruss, Liz DiStefano, LTC (Ret) Rich
Fox, Dee Rosario, and Maureen Turak, who work for DMVA; Connie
Cisek, from Joint Force Headquarters-Air, as well as the
108th Air Refueling Wing, the 514th Air Mobility Wing, and
the Township of Roxbury, NJ.
News from J1-HRO
-- Federal employees/Military Personnel – Thrift
Savings Plan (TSP) Open Season begins.
Open Season for the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) will run from
15 October 2004 through 31 December 2004. The TSP is a retirement
savings plan for both federal employees (CSRS and FERS) and
military personnel. We are entering the TSP Open Season with
the knowledge that the five funds have all shown positive
returns during the past 12 months.
A new system is in place that enables participants to view
their accounts, which are updated on a daily basis, and change
allocations within accounts online. The website is www.tsp.gov.
Any changes to your plan will take effect the first pay period
in January 2005.
FERS employees – it is important
to note that this plan is 1/3 of your retirement and deserves
Anyone over 50 years old can participate in the Catch Up
program that can be seen on the website.
The J1-HRO office is here to answer any questions you may
have. Please call our office at 609-562-0853 for additional
information or assistance.
United States Postal Service releases 2004 recommended Holiday
The United States Postal Service USPS)
has released the 2004 holiday recommended mailing dates
for those wanting
to send packages to or from the United States or forces in
the Middle East. Different dates have been set for the various
mailing options and mail destined for military members with
deployed units, which have APO addresses starting with 093.
The USPS recommends that all mail carry the servicemember’s
full name, with or without rank, military organization or
unit, and full APO or FPO address, but should not indicate
the deployed country’s name in any part of the address.
The complete set of overseas holiday mailing dates can be
viewed at the
USPS official website.
Upcoming Events at our local armories
Show & Sale
Show & Sale
- Sea Girt
Card & Comic Show
Show & Sale
for the Holidays" Gift Fair
||Sports Memorabilia Show
Sports Memorabilia Show to benefit the families of deployed
On November 20-21 (Sat. 9-5, sun. 10-4),
the National Guard Armory in Somerset, NJ, will host a
sports memorabilia show
with 14 athletes present to sign autographs. Proceeds from
the event will benefit the Armory’s Family Readiness
Group, who provides support to the families of Guard members
who have been deployed overseas.
The show, hosted by GT Sports, will feature more than 20
tables of memorabilia for sports fans to peruse. The Somerset
Armory Family Readiness Group will also have a table with
t-shirts, yellow ribbon magnets, and other items for sale.
Admission to the show is $6 for one day and $10 for both
Fourteen athletes from the New York Jets, Giants, Mets and
Yankees, will be available to sign autographs that will cost
between $10-$30 dollars.
Refreshments will be provided by A.R.M.S. with proceeds
going towards the purchase of Christmas gifts for the children
of deployed soldiers.
For a schedule of athlete’s appearances,
to reserve table space, or for additional information,
or 866-477-6789 (GT Sports) or the Family Assistance Center
Take a walk through
history – Main
Street, Burlington, NJ.
On Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 October 2004, you will be
able to see how life was for a typical soldier in the French
and Indian War through a historical encampment and display
being held in the history city of Burlington. Come visit
Main Street in Burlington, NJ and visit the promenade area
of the riverfront, where you will find history has come to
life for the weekend.
Military Appreciation Night planned by
Trenton Titans and Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies ice
The Trenton Titans hockey team will host a Military Appreciation
Night for members of the military and veterans on October
22, 2004. The Titans will be playing the Reading Royals at
7:30 p.m. at the Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, NJ. Tickets
are FREE! If you are interested in attending, please contact
SGT David Clark, Fort Dix, 609-562-0951 or SSgt Barbara Harbison,
The Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies will present a Military
Appreciation Night on Saturday, 30 October 2204, for their
7:05 p.m. game against the Reading Royals in Boardwalk Hall.
$1.00 tickets are available to all members of the military
and veterans. For more information, please call Jessica at
McCormick and Schmick’s
Restaurants will host Veterans Appreciation Dinner.
and Schmick’s Restaurant is again hosting
a Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, November 7, 2004,
in their facilities across the country. Locally, McCormick
and Schmick have restaurants located in Hackensack, NJ; Bridgewater,
NJ; New York, NY; and Philadelphia, PA. Every veteran (including
active duty, reserve, and National Guard) is invited to receive
a free entrée from a selected menu.
A public ceremony to honor our Veterans is scheduled.
Veterans Day services hosted by the South Jersey Vietnam
Veterans Association will be held on Saturday November 6,
2004. Mr. William Devereaux, Director, Division of Veterans
Programs, served as Master of Ceremonies at the 11 a.m. event
being held at Memorial Grove, Purple Heart Highway, North
Cooper River Drive, Cooper River Park, Camden NJ. The public
is welcome to attend.
Today in History…
Today is Friday, October 22nd the 296th day of the year
with 70 days remaining.
Month – Test
Your Smoke Alarms
smoke alarms may sound like basic advice, but this
lesson can save lives. All too often the presence of a working
smoke alarm can mean the difference between life and death.
Despite the fact that smoke alarms are now widely popular,
roughly 70 percent of home fire deaths result from fires
in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Because fire can spread through a home so quickly, it is
essential that everyone in your family be able to recognize
the sound of the alarm, and has a plan for getting out safely.
Smoke alarms are the fire safety success story of the 20th
century, but they can’t save your life if they’re
not working. Test your smoke alarm today. It could make all
the Homefront –
the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) began
its “Gifts from the Homefront” program
last year, people from all walks of life have rallied
around America’s troops by contributing $406,745
toward the purchase of gift certificates designed to
lift the morale of deployed troops around the world,
said officials at AAFES Headquarters. 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
Fun Facts - Courtesy of LTC John Scannell
A dime as 118 ridges around the edge.
- A cat as 32 muscles in each ear.
- A crocodile cannot stick out its
- A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24
- A goldfish has a memory span of
- A shark is the only fish that can
blink with both eyes.
- A snail can sleep for three years.
Important Calendar Dates:
7 a.m.-12 p.m.
Pancake Breakfast – Support
Westfield Armory, 500 Rahway Avenue, Westfield,
Proceeds of this even will benefit the soldiers
and families of NJ National Guard’s Family
Readiness Council and the Family Assistance Center
Rain Date: 25 Oct
Golf Tournament - Support the Troops
Oceanair Golf and Country Club
Proceeds will benefit the families of the DISCOM
and Artillery units of Toms River and Ocean County
whose finances have been affected by the deployment
of National Guard members who have been called
to duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information
||Red, White & Blue Day – Salute to the
Military, Echelon Mall, Voorhees, NJ
NJ Advisory Committee for Women Veterans Annual
McAters Restaurant, Somerset, NJ
Contact Karen Wallace for more information 609-530-6766
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Veterans Information Fair
NJ National Guard Armory, Lawrenceville, NJ
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – Flexibility
by Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
Everyone needs a certain level of
flexibility and mobility. The question is, “How much?” The fact is
most of you already have an adequate level of flexibility.
You have ample flexibility to meet the exigencies of
your daily activities with ease, and room to spare for
life’s little emergencies (e.g., falling on ice,
Stretching methods can range from
intuitive limbering to aggressive stretching designed
to radically increase
a joint’s range of motion. Now, discomfort and
pain are subjective experiences, and everyone has varying
tolerances to both. I recommend stretching to the point
of mild to moderate discomfort if the goal is to improve
range of motion, but short of discomfort if the primary
objective is to speed up the removal of waste products
during or after a workout.
Ideal stretching duration can vary
depending on many factors, primarily the type of stretching
used. Dynamic stretching, for instance, involves several “swings” that
last only a moment or so each. Static-active and contract-relax
methods involve longer periods lasting 20 seconds to
1 minute. A static stretch (most common) should be held
for at least 20 seconds, in order to overcome the stretch
reflex. Stretching sessions rarely last more than 20
minutes, with each muscle normally taking two to three
minutes at most. Breathe normally, and visualize the
muscles, tendons and ligaments lengthening during the
stretch. Avoid holding your breath since this increases
blood pressure and general muscular tension.
It is important to understand that some stretching exercises
such as the straight leg toe touch can severely weaken
the spine. Always keep a slight arch in the lower back
when stretching the hamstrings (back of upper leg).
Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era
Education Center’s upcoming event schedule.
On Friday, 22 October 2004, the NJ
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Foundation will host its sixth annual interdisciplinary
forum, “When Will They Ever Learn? – Teaching
the Vietnam War.” The forum will explore strategies,
methods, and materials successfully used in the classroom
to foster an interest, understanding, and appreciation
for the lessons and legacies of the Vietnam War and the
era it defined. The keynote speaker is Jerold M. Starr,
editor/author of The Lessons of the Vietnam War. Mr.
Starr is director of the Center for Social Studies Education,
established in 1984 to promote more and better teaching
of the Vietnam War.
Registration is open to the general public as well as
educators. For more information or to register for the
forum, call 732-335-0033.
a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Forum “When Will They Ever Learn? – Teaching
the Vietnam War” (pre-registration
Readings – Jan Barry, W.D. Ehrhart,
and Charles Johnson – “Vietnam Legacies:
Poems from the War and Back Home.”
||Veterans Day Program
Lecture and Slide Show – Thomas F.
Morrissey “Between the Lines: Photographs from
the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial.”
||Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Lecture – James Parker Wollner – The
Bamboo Shoot: The Story
of the 2nd Airboat Platoon
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
As the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers
and airmen around the globe, the families that are left behind
support and assistance. Can we count on your help? Please
call your local Family Readiness center and volunteer.
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center
Call toll free 888-859-0352