Dept of Military and
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…
"Even if you're on the
right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
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.
- Commerce Bank
- First Morris Bank & Trust
- Manasquan Savings Bank
- North Jersey Federal Credit Union
- Peapack-Gladstone Bank
- Pennsville National Bank
- Sovereign Bank
- Sun National Bank
2004 Air National Guard (ANG) Joint Conference.
Twelve enlisted members of the New Jersey
Air National Guard recently attended the 2004 ANG Joint Conference
in Tampa Florida. "Engaging Transformation through Leadership"
was the theme of this year's conference that was attended
by Command Chiefs, Human Resource Advisors, First Sergeants,
and junior enlisted personnel. Highlights of the briefings
were the diversity briefing by Dr. Samuel Betances, and a
powerful leadership briefing by Dr. Dale Henry. Lieutenant
General Daniel James III, Director, Air National Guard, was
the guest speaker at the closing banquet with entertainment
provided by the 82nd Airborne Division's "All-American"
Family Appreciation Day –
The Adjutant General, BG Glenn K. Rieth, invites
you and your immediate family to Family Appreciation Day on
21 August 2004 (Rain Date: 22 August) at the National Guard
Training Center located on the Atlantic Ocean at Sea Girt,
NJ. This day is being set aside to thank the families of all
our Airmen and Soliders and DMVA employees. The fun begins
at 10 a.m. and the day’s activities will feature amusement
rides, games, pony rides, clowns, etc. for the kids, and live
performances of Doo Wop, Blues, Jazz, Rap, Big Band, Country,
and Spanish music for everyone to enjoy. There will be appearances
by Miss America, a USO troupe, WWE wrestlers, and the New
Jersey National Guard’s very own 63rd Army Band. With
games, great food, and an evening of fireworks planned, you
won’t want to miss the fun! So come one and come all
and join us for a great day in the sun!
Challenge Youth Program will hold a Car
Wash on Saturday, 24 July 2004.
It is going to be a great summer weekend.
Why not cruise around town in a freshly washed car? This Saturday,
24 July 2004, there will be a car wash sponsored by the Cadets
of the New Jersey National Guard ChalleNGe Youth Program.
The car wash will take place at the Burger King in Pemberton,
New Jersey on the corner of Burlington County Route 530 and
Hanover Road from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. There is no charge for
the car wash, but the Student Council of Class #20 will be
on hand to accept donations. Proceeds will benefit the Cadets
of Class #20. Take a drive over and help the Cadets in your
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State's veterans.
War Commemorative Medal
The Boardwalk, Atlantic City
& Meritorious Service Medals
901 Willow Grove St., Hackettstown, NJ
War Commemorative Medal
Court Echelon Mall, Voorhees, NJ
J-3 Training Office attends annual U.S.
Army Individual Training Workshop.
The J-3 Training Office attended the annual
Individual Training Workshop (ITW) from 12-16 July in Albuquerque,
New Mexico. The ITW provided schools and quota managers the
opportunity to receive training, discuss issues impacting
the Total Army School System (TASS), and validate FY 05 funding
requirements. The ITW was conducted with various breakout
and general sessions allowing all attendees to obtain information
based on their priorities. The general session included briefings
on current issues - TASS goals, Schools' Funding, Phased Mobilization,
Global War on Terrorism Support, Army Training Readiness and
Resource System (ATRRS) Improvement, Distributive Learning,
and the ITW event schedule. The ATRRS Funding Allocation Model
input for the RTI was validated and initial funding allocated.
Check and to see what's happening at an Armory
Camp & Tournament
Card & Comic Collectibles
Card & Comic Collectibles
NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam
Era Education Center's upcoming event schedule.
On Saturday, 24 July 2004, the NJ Vietnam Veterans
Memorial Foundation will present "Fire on the Forrestal:
July 29, 1967," featuring the documentary film, "Situation
Critical: The USS Forrestal," and a discussion by Vietnam
Veteran Walt Stinner, a 1967 flight deck crewman aboard the
USS Forrestal. On 29 July 1967, explosions and a raging fire
on the desk of the aircraft carrier claimed the lives of 134
crewmembers and air wing personnel. The Foundation will show
the documentary with live film footage of the event and interview
with survivors, including Senator John McCain (R-AZ), then
a young Navy pilot whose plane was in the center of the turmoil.
Lecture attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033. A donation
of $5 per person is suggested. For more information about
any of these events, please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Foundation office at (732) 335-0033.
on the Forrestal: July 29, 1967" (film and discussion)
the War: An Army Combat Photographer in Vietnam"
POW Recognition Day/Gold Star Mothers Day
No Man Behind" (re: POW/MIAs) by George J. Veith
Interesting things you may not know
* The temperature of the sun can reach 15 million
* The first human-made object to break the sound barrier was
* The fastest served ball in tennis was clocked at 154 miles
an hour in 1963.
* A single coffee tree produces only about a pound of coffee
beans per year.
* The first ballpoint pens were sold in 1945 for $12.00.
* Theodore Roosevelt was the only President who was blind
in one eye.
* The first VCR was made in 1956 and was the size of a piano.
101 Critical Days of Summer - How to Use
Insect Repellants Safely.
Mosquitoes, biting flies, and ticks can be annoying
and sometimes pose a serious risk to public health. Mosquitoes
can transmit diseases; biting flies can inflict a painful
bite that can persist for days, swell and become infected;
and ticks can transmit serious diseases like Lyme disease
and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. When used properly, insect
repellents can discourage biting insects from landing on treated
skin or clothing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
recommends the following precautions when using insect repellents:
1. Apply repellents only to exposed skin and/or
clothing. Do not use under clothing.
2. Do not apply to eyes and mouth, and use sparingly around
ears. Never spray on face. Apply to hands and then apply to
3. Never use repellents over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
4. Do not allow children to handle the product.
5. Do not spray in enclosed areas.
6. When returning indoors, wash treated skin and/or clothing.
7. Get specific medical information about the active ingredients
in repellents and other pesticides by calling the National
Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at 1-800-858-7378. NPIC's
website is: http://npic.orst.edu/.
Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S.
Postal Service officials announce initiatives to improve absentee
The DOD and US Postal Service officials recently
announced initiatives to improve the absentee ballot process
for military people overseas. The goal of the new process
is to move the ballots faster and with greater control. Under
the initiatives, the Postal Service will:s Use special sorting
procedures to segregate the voting materials.s Send them by
Express Mail to the military mail "gateways" in
San Francisco, New York, and Miami.s Have airlines give the
materials the highest priority in getting them to their destinations.The
military postal system will, in turn, give the materials priority
as they travel to service people in theater. Ballots will
flow back to the US with the same special handling, but will
also receive postal cancellations at the APO or FPO to accurately
record the date and time the ballot is received.DOD and Postal
Service officials recommend military people and their families
follow Federal Voting Assistance Program guidelines ands Request
absentee ballots by the week of September 6th.s Mail completed
ballots back by the week of October 11th.
Today in History
Today is Friday, July 23rd.
It is the 205th day of the year, with 162 days remaining.
1715 - The first lighthouse
in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster
1877 - The first municipal
railroad passenger service began in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1904 - The ice cream cone
was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase
Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri.
1938 - The first federal
game preserve was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The area was 2,000 acres in Utah.
1962 - The "Telstar"
communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast
2000 - Lance Armstrong won
his second Tour de France.
Call today and volunteer to help at
a Family Readiness Center near you.
the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers and airmen
around the globe, the families that are left behind need our
support and assistance. Can we count on your help?
To reach any NJ National Guard Family
Assistance Center – Call toll free 888-859-0352