John Corzine and Congressman Frank LoBiondo visited
the 177th Fighter Wing.
January 7th, Senator Corzine and Congressman LoBiondo
visited the 177th Fighter Wing
and reinforced the importance
of the 177th homeland defense efforts. “The 177th
Fighter Wing’s mission is vital to the security
of our nation,” said Senator Corzine. “It’s
time for the Defense Department to move on our longstanding
request to strengthen the unit by adding more F-16s
to the wing.” Senator Corzine and Congressman
LoBiondo have been involved in efforts to help the
177th obtain newer fighter jets and improved facilities
to enable the wing to carry out its various missions. “everyone
who sees them in action agrees the 177th is doing a
great job in homeland defense and they should have
the best available resources to continue carrying out
this top priority mission,” said Representative
LoBiondo. This is why I have worked to pass legislation
to call for this increased force strength and I’ll
keep working to support the ‘Jersey Devils’ as
they protect us.”
National Guard’s ChalleNGe
Youth Program schedules graduation and seeks employment
from the New Jersey National Guard’s
ChalleNGe Youth Program will graduate on February 28,
2004. These students will be available for job shadowing
and community service from 1-20 February 2004. The
ChalleNGe Program is looking for individuals willing
to sharing their experience and guidance by sponsoring
one of our cadets in a job. Also needed are names of
contact people for local community service. Please
contact COL (Ret) Kenneth Prossick, Director, ChalleNGe
Youth Program, at 609-562-0571 or by email at Kenneth.Prossick@njdmava.state.nj.us,
if you can be of assistance.
J4 Supports Federal Mobilization
Sea Port Operations.
On 11 January 2004, the J4 Transportation Section,
under the guidance of LTC Eric F. Anderson, conducted
on the ground coordination at the Philadelphia Seaport
with MAJ Dickerson, Officer in Charge (OIC), 1192nd
Transportation Terminal Brigade, home station New Orleans,
Louisiana, and Mr. Kottka, 956th Truck Company, home
station, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. They briefed port
operations that correspond to Military Convoy Movements.
An on the ground recon of the entire marshalling area
was conducted, which included equipment from the 50th
Finance Battalion, NJ Army National Guard. The briefing
included computer systems that log in, count, and stow
the equipment on board the vessel. As the day progressed,
our personnel were able to see the 50th Finance Battalion
vehicles being driven onto the vessel and secured.
The J4 Transportation Section personnel included, LTC
Eric Anderson, MAJ Michael McLean, MSG Frank Marchetti,
and SGT Thomas Russo.
Distinguished, Meritorious, and
Vietnam Service Medal Presentation Ceremonies are
COL (Ret) Emil Philibosian, Deputy Commissioner for
Veterans Affairs, will present Distinguished Service
Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, and Certificates
of Appreciation to residents at the Veterans Memorial
Home at Vineland on 27 January 2004. The medals and
certificates will be presented to the residents in
their individual areas. There will be no public ceremony.
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.
Veteran Verse: “Earth Songs” by
Jan Barry and “Tunnel Vision” by Charles
|Author Lecture by Gerald R. Gioglio, who will
discuss his book, Days of Decision: An Oral History
of Conscientious Objectors I the Military During
Department of Defense Tax Statements are now posted
Tax statements are now posted on myPay for Army, Navy,
Air Force Reserve, Department of Defense and Department
of Energy civilian employees, military annuitants,
and military retirees. W-2 and 1099 statements are
available for these groups to view and print immediately,
allowing them to submit their tax returns quickly.
The Army, Air Force, Navy active duty members will
have their statements posted no earlier than January
16, but no later than January 26. The statements are
available at https://mypay.dfas.mil.
Happenings – Check to see what’s
happening at an Armory near you.
||Cherry Hill Armory
Jan – 1 Feb
||Mount Holly Armory
||Jersey City Armory
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Cherry Hill Armory
Winter Games “Special
Card & Comics Show
||High School Wrestling Tournament
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
is Friday, 23 January 2004 and the 23rd day of the
year. There are 344 days left
in the year. On
1789 – Georgetown
College, located in Washington, DC, was established
as the first Catholic
1845 – U.S.
Congress decided all national elections would be
held on the first
the first Monday in November.
1960 – The
U.S. Navy bathyscaphe Trieste descended to a record
depth of 35,820 feet
(10,750 meters) in
the Pacific Ocean.
1968 – North
Korea seized the U.S. Navy Ship Pueblo and its 83
man crew, charging
it had intruded
their territorial waters on a spying mission
1973 – President
Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end
the Vietnam War.
2002 – John
Walker Lindh returned to the U.S. under FBI custody.
Lindh was charged
to kill U.S. citizens, providing support to terrorists,
and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban
while a member of the al-Quaida terrorist organization
Appreciation Night – Flyers
The New Jersey Devils will sponsor Military Appreciation
Night on Tuesday, 9 March 2004. Military members, their
families and friends will be able purchase tickets
for $30 (a 40% discount) for the New Jersey Devils
vs. the Philadelphia Flyers hockey game. Tickets are
filled on a first-come, first served basis, based on
availability and will be mailed to you. If you are
interested, contact SMSgt Dave Whalen, 108th Air Refueling
Wing, 3336 Wonnacott Avenue, McGuire AFB, NJ 08641.
SMSgt Whalen can also be reached by phone at 609-754-3616
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cold Weather = Frozen Pipes
Every winter many homeowners face the expense and
inconvenience of frozen water pipes, but you can cross
that off your winter worry list by taking a few precautions.
and drain outdoor hoses. Detaching the hose allows
water to drain from
the pipe. Otherwise,
a single hard, overnight freeze can burst either the
faucet or pipe.
pipes or faucets in unheated areas. Wrap water pipes
in unheated garages
or crawl spaces
before temperatures plummet.
off access doors, air vents, and cracks. Winter winds
can quickly freeze exposed water pipes.
the master shutoff. If a pipe bursts anywhere in
the house, this valve turns
• Allow steady water flow. In some places you’re
advised to leave a steady drip or pencil-lead-thin
stream of water flowing from a bathroom faucet during
the worst of a cold spell.
if it’s too late and your
pipes are frozen?
• Keep the plumber’s
you know where the freeze-up occurred, try to thaw
it yourself. Never use a torch
open flame. Try a hair dryer with a low heat setting.
You can also try to wrap the pipe with towels and pour
hot water over them. Open the related faucet or valve
while thawing the pipes.
careful because the pipe may already be broken, but
not leaking because it
is frozen. When
you thaw it out, the water could come gushing out.
Be ready to run for the master shutoff valve if this
the old saying about an ounce of prevention, and
be prepared. Here’s hoping
you have water this Winter only when you want it.
America’s first roller coaster
was built in 1827 to carry coal from a mine to boats
Mozart wrote “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” when
he was five years old.
- The Caspian Sea is really a lake.
The Besenji is the only type of dog that doesn’t