Dept of Military and
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
COL (Ret) Emil H. Philibosian
Deputy Commissioner for
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
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tell people how to do things. Tell them what to
do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
George S. Patton_
reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance
Professionals Week: 18-24 April 2004
all the Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
in the Department
who keep things running smoothly year round…
have a certain know-how and incredible finesse,Along
with special talents for performing under
perceptive, and you act with tact—
seem to have a knack For getting things
and keeping them on track.You manage to
take care of twenty billion things a day –
thank you near enough, There is just
no way. Have a Great Day!
Army National Guard’s 253rd
Transportation Company returns home.
Saturday, 17 April 2004, at 0255 hours, members of
the 253rd arrived at McGuire Air Force Base, New
Jersey. At 1130 more than 1,000 family, friends,
and supporters joined Governor James
E. McGreevey and BG Glenn K. Rieth in a tumultuous,
emotional reunion held at the NJ National Guard’s Joint Force
Headquarters, Fort Dix, NJ. All of the unit’s soldiers have
returned from Iraq, and it is noteworthy that while they were in
harm’s way for
over a year, the unit did not sustain any fatalities.
Numerous unit members received awards and decorations, including
Harvey, who was awarded the Army’s oldest medal, the Purple
Heart, for wounds suffered in combat. Soldiers and
families were treated to refreshments and music provided by the
NJ Army National Guard’s
63rd Army Band. On Friday, 23 April 2004, Cape May
County will host a community welcome home event to further recognize
and thank the
253rd’s soldiers for their outstanding performance of duty
and magnificent display of patriotism.
Army National Guard units activated in support of the Global War
The following units from the NJ National
Guard were activated in support of the Global War
Forward Detachment – Activated Federal (Title
X) Active Duty 11 April 2004 in support of
Operation Enduring Freedom (Guantanamo Bay)
Armor, Co. A & B – Activated Federal (Title
X) Active Duty 12 April 2004 in support of
Operation Enduring Freedom (Guantanamo Bay)
50th Brigade – Activated Federal (Title X) Active
duty 16 April 2004 in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom (Guantanamo Bay)
Guard Association of New Jersey (NGANJ) announces its 2004 Annual
Colonel Michael Moore, NGANJ President,
proudly announced the winners of
the 2004 NGANJ’s Scholarships. Each of this year’s
nine winners receives a $1,000 Scholarship.
N. Brennfleck - Daughter of CW4 Gary
Brennfleck, 50th Bde
from Ewing High School, Ewing, NJ
Frank Brogna Member of the 50th Brigade
Villanova University, Villanova, PA
O. Brooks - Son
of TSgt Karl Meixner, 108th ARW
Graduating from New
Egypt High School, New Egypt,
M. Cameron - Daughter of LTC Thomas Cameron, 108th
Graduating from Brick Township High School, Brick,
A. Kirby - Son of MSG Frank Kirby, 50th Brigade
from Audubon High School,
Audubon High School
R. Nestor - Daughter of TSgt Jack Nestor, 177th
Graduating from Salem High School,
R. Pharo - Son of LTC Roger Pharo, 177th FW
from Southern Regional
High School, Manahawkin,
M. Radice - Granddaughter of COL (Ret) Anthony
Graduating from Central
Bucks High School,Doylestown,
T. Strader, III - Son of COL James Strader
Graduating from St.
High School, Hammonton, NJ
to all of the winners!
Memorial Home at Paramus honors Volunteers.
20 April 2004, the Paramus Veterans memorial Home
held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Day ceremony.
Elks #2001 donated its lodge for the event, which
was attended by over 250 representatives of supporting
organizations and individual
volunteers. Guest speaker, BG Glenn K. Rieth, offered
recognition and appreciation for all the extraordinary
efforts of each volunteer.
Doris Neibart, CEO of Paramus, presented each Veterans
Organization with a Certificate of Appreciation.
Following the ceremony, guests
were provided a buffet luncheon and music. Special
thanks to the Volunteer Department staff, Susan
Pettigrano, and Marie McGregor,
for organizing and coordinating a wonderful event.
effort produces extraordinary results at USPFO.
team, in support of unit mobilizations, is putting
forth an extraordinary effort. Ms.
Bonnie Cunningham and her Military Pay Section
are exceptional. They
are executing their
task in the most professional and organized
manner. Their financial expertise provides our
a smooth transition into full-time
service. But, if that isn’t enough, volunteers from
other USPFO sections, both soldiers and civilians,
have come together to assist Military Pay in
task. As a result, the
job is getting done efficiently and effectively.
Cavalry trained by Close Combat Tactical
Training team from Tennessee.
mobile training team from Knoxville, Tennessee
arrived at fort Dix, Training
Technology Battle Lab this week for a month-long
order to help the 5th Squadron,
117th Cavalry maintain their proficiency
on the M-1 Abrams tank and train on the M-2 Bradley
trainer enables Troopers from these units
to train in Abrams and Bradley mockups built
into huge trailers equipped
the real vehicles. With the use of multiple
video screens, the Trooper is able to see exactly
where he is on the battlefield at
National Guard opens Family Assistance Center.
The New Jersey National Guard opened
a new Family Assistance Center this
week. On Sunday, 18 April 2004, the sixth Family
Assistance Center (FAC) was opened
at the national
Guard Armory in Somerset.
The Deputy Adjutant General, Brigadier
General Maria Falca-Dodson, addressed
the crowd of
300 family members, soldiers, volunteers,
guests, local elected officials,
community representatives, veterans’ organizations,
and senior members of the NJ Army and Air National Guard. Brig
Gen Falca-Dodson expressed the importance of the community support
for the “unsung heroes of this war on terrorism – the
families left at home.” Deputy Mayor Fred A. McKenzie of
Franklin Township pledged the support of the Town Council throughout
the Unit’s deployment, and commented that
he had seen the Center develop and grow
over the past months.
Lodge of NJ (Masons) presented a
framed print of The
Prayer at Valley Forge
to the Center. Ronnie Micciulla and
her daughter, Tara, of ARMS donated refreshments.
Kathleen Schiessl is Coordinator
Somerset FAC, which will also support
the Westfield and Woodbridge Armories.
Army National Guard’s 63rd Army Band to
perform on Saturday, 15 May 2004.
The NJ Army National
Guard’s 63rd Army Band will perform
for the Armed Forces Day unveiling of the General von
Steuben Monument at Monmouth Battlefield. Bring the family and
freedom and independence and honor our men and
women in uniform at historic Monmouth Battlefield. Ceremonies
will begin at 2:00
p.m. Mark your calendar now!
World War II Veterans! - Please note corrected
On Saturday, 29 May 2004, America wants to
say “Thank You” to
each and every one of you for the sacrifices and
services you provided to this great nation
in its time of need. The American Legion has
called for each of its units throughout the nation
to develop their
own plans for a local celebration to coincide with
the national dedication ceremonies. Marshall “Ted” Behr,
Jr., the American Legion State Commander for
along with unit commanders from Eastern Pennsylvania,
have gotten together to pool
their talents and resources and provide a large-scale
tribute at Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront
just adjacent to the Battleship
will begin at 1 p.m. World War II veterans will
be admitted with tickets,
whether they are
a member of the American Legion or any other
veteran organization or not! All that
you have to do is call 1-800-860-7286 to register
May 1, 2004. You will receive tickets during
the week of May 15th. Veterans
will be provided with free passes to board the
New Jersey. Vendors will be on site with food
and beverages throughout the
day’s activities. There will also be a variety of displays
and vehicles from the World War II era as well
as live entertainment. At 2 p.m. a large screen
will provide live coverage of the events
in Washington, DC.
to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
Service & Meritorious Service Medals
600 Washington Street,
Park Drive & Creek Rd,
375 Millburn Ave.,
99314 Bell Grove Dr.,
of East Orange
Armory Happenings – Check to see what’s
happening at an Armory near you.
Apr - 25
Apr – 1 May
Celebrate Arbor Day.
Celebrate Arbor Day across NJ on Friday,
30 April 2004. Buy the “Treasure our Trees” license plate! Arbor Day
is the perfect time to plant a tree and buy this special license
plate now available for passenger and commercial vehicles. This
program funds community grants to plant and care for trees! Call
1-888-486-3339 toll free. Bring life to your community – Plant
New Jersey Freedom Loans UPDATE!
is a Freedom Loan?
Annual APR 6%
Term: 5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
Unsecured loan (no collateral required)
Principal and Interest deferred for a year during Deployment
NJ Residents who are members of the National Guard
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 routine training) and have received orders extending cumulative
active duty a year or longer.
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
To date, the following banks have already agreed to participate:
Sovereign Bank: 1-877-391-6365
Call them or
stop at one of their local branches to complete an application for the loan.
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.
7 May, 11
a.m. -New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day ceremony at the NJ
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
8 May, 1
p.m. - Film presentation of the stage play, Home of the Brave, with discussion
by the director,
Trish Kinney, and
military consultant and /Vietnam Veteran, Walter
Today is Friday, 23 April 2004 and the 114th day
of the year. There are 253 days left
in the year. On this day…
* 1348 – The first English order of Knighthood
was founded. It was the Order of the Garter.
* 1662 – Connecticut chartered as an English colony.
* 1908 – U. S. President Theodore Roosevelt signed
an act creating the U. S. Army Reserve.
* 1932 – Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens at
* 1969 – Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for
killing U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy. The sentence was
later reduced to life in prison.
* 1985 – The Coca-Cola Company announced it was
changing its 99 year-old secret formula. New Coke was
not successful, which resulted in the resumption
* 1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last regular
season game in the NBA.
* 1998 – James Earl Ray died, at age 70, while
serving a life sentence for the assassination of Martin
King Jr. Ray confessed to the crime, but
later insisted he had been framed.
* 2003 – President Bush signed legislation that
authorized the design change of the 5-cent
coin for release in 2004. It was the first change to
in 65 years.
The change will commemorate
the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana
will run for two years before returning
to the previous design.
about Administrative Professionals…
- One of the largest segments of the workforce
- More than 4,104,000 Administrative Assistants and secretaries
work in the United States.
- More than 184,000 administrative assistant and secretarial
positions will be added in the United
States between 2002 and 2012.
- Millions more administrative professionals work in
offices across the globe.
Professionals Most Frequently Used Work Skills –
The International Association of
Administrative Professionals (IAAP) asked their
was skills they use
most frequently in their job. The
survey results were:
- Written and verbal interpersonal communications 99%
- Critical thinking 98%
- Decision-making 97%
- Greet or meet public or customers 94%
- Work with Mail 94%
- Records/Information Management 92%
- Plan/coordinate projects and meetings 88%
- Make travel arrangements 78%
- Troubleshoot software/equipment 58%
- Supervise employees 49%