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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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
Words of Wisdom
"Not what we say about our blessings,
but how we use them, is a true measure of our Thanksgiving."
Annual Coat Drive is a great success!!
Special thanks to all of DMVA’s
employees who donated coats for our annual drive.
we collected 113 coats along with numerous hats, gloves,
and scarves, which will be delivered to local soup
kitchens and shelters.
Thank you for your generosity.
Coat Drive Chairpersons
The Adjutant General’s
Dear Fellow Employees, Guardsmen and Veterans:
America was established, the tradition of Thanksgiving was
one of our most important holidays. It has come to represent
the very character of what it truly means to be an American.
Thanks for a good harvest, appreciation for the many gifts
we enjoy, and sharing what we have with others who might
not have been as blessed. It also symbolizes a coming together
of different people in a common cause … and in so many
ways, we are reminded of Thanksgiving when we see the images
of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and
other calamities that affected so many of our fellow citizens.
of those devastated by the brutal onslaught of flood and
storm are part of our extended National Guard family.
The thousands of Guardsmen and women from Mississippi, Alabama,
and Louisiana deployed overseas in support of Operations
Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom were not spared from the
massive destruction that overwhelmed the Gulf Coast area.
Neither were their families spared. I’ve always said
we in the Guard are family … and that extends to our
brother and sister Guardsmen who were victims of the two
worst storms to hit North America in decades. Just as people
from across the country responded so generously in the days
following September 11th, it’s been heartwarming to
see the overwhelming outpouring of response to the people
of New Orleans and the tens of thousands of others throughout
the storm-ravaged areas.
I’m especially proud of our
own Guard family. In both the response to these latest emergencies
and throughout the
past year in support of our Family Programs, Support the
Troops efforts, veterans programs, and Youth Camp, literally
hundreds of people volunteered and went the extra mile and
in many cases, went extra miles to help.
We in New Jersey
have been extremely fortunate. We’ve
received tremendous support from federal, state, and local
government, the corporate-business community, service organizations,
veterans groups, private citizens, retirees, and from so
many within our own organization. Our mobilized and deployed
troops and our military families all have benefited greatly
from the generosity, efforts, and energy of all these good
friends and neighbors. And what could be more appropriate
as we prepare to celebrate the annual Thanksgiving, Christmas,
Chanukah, Ramadan and Kwanza holidays than to recognize and
applaud this unequalled and sustained level of generosity,
compassion, and humanity. The Guard is about family, friends,
and sharing. This year, as we count our blessings, we have
so very much for which to be thankful.
I thank each and every
one of you for all you do for our Guard family, our local
communities, our state, and our great
country. You’ve made many sacrifices and continue to
make many important contributions. You are indeed, the epitome
of the citizen-soldier … you truly, have made a difference.
Linda and I and the entire Rieth family wish you and your
families a warm, wonderful, and happy holiday season and
may the New Year bring only peace, joy, and continued good
May God bless you, keep you safe, and may God bless
Glenn K. Rieth
Major General, NJARNG
The Adjutant General
A Welcome Home celebration in Hammonton greets
Members of the 119th Corps Support Battalion, returning
from a successful 12-month deployment in Iraq, were welcomed
home by family, friends, and the community of Hammonton,
New Jersey in a moving and patriotic ceremony held Monday
at St. Joseph’s High School. Hammonton Mayor Anthony
Ingemi commended the troops for their dedication and said, “Hammonton
has always taken great pride in the Guard unit.” While
deployed, the Battalion was responsible for providing logistical
support to units in its area of operation. During the 12-month
period, 17 subordinate units were assigned to the battalion,
including Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve Component
DMVA continues to welcome home its heroes!
Welcome home to the following units and soldiers of the
NJ Army National Guard: 150th Finance Detachment, 350th Finance
Detachment and Detachment 2 of the 42nd MP Company, came
home last week from a year in Iraq. Two weeks ago we welcomed
the 42nd DISCOM, 50th Main Support Battalion, 150th GSAB,
642nd DASB, and 250th Signal Battalion, who also returned
from a year in Iraq. This week we will continue to welcome
home soldiers from New Jersey as they return from theater
and from the demobilization process, as the 119th Corps Support
Battalion and additional soldiers from the 250th Signal Battalion
return through Joint Force Headquarters for reconstitution.
We look forward to the return of the remaining troops from
these units who remained behind in Iraq in order to expedite
the smooth return of the personnel in the main bodies of
their units and the return of their equipment. Collectively
known as Task Force Exodus and commanded by BG Sullivan,
we will welcome them home in the December-January timeframe.
Annual Gifts for Kids 2005 Holiday Drive is
annual Gifts for Kids Holiday Drive has begun, and will run
through December 8th. Gifts are needed for all ages,
however, the greatest need each year is for children ages
New/unwrapped toys/gifts should be placed in
the collection boxes located in many of our facilities. If
you have any
questions, please call Laura Branham or Terry Dearden at
Toys R Us plans Military Appreciation Weekend.
Toys “R” Us cordially invites you to a Military
Appreciation Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4,
2005. On Sunday, 4 December 2005, from 6-8 p.m., all Toys
R Us stores will close their doors to the public to allow
the Military and their families to enjoy a private shopping
evening! The families can participate in games, activities,
and meet Geoffrey the Giraffe! Contact Al Granda or Tina
Matreale (609) 625-3666 for more details. Grandaa@toysrus.com or Tmatreale@comcast.net.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Educational Center’s upcoming event schedule.
17 Dec, 6pm
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
"The Khe Sanh Veterans Book of Poetry" - Written by veterans
of the Battle of Khe Sanh during the 1968 Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War, these
about Khe Sanh, the war, friends, and the aftermath of war. Poetry reading
and author lecture by a contributor, Khe Sanh Vietnam Veteran Joe Belardo.
For more information about any of these events,
please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office
at (732) 335-0033.
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located
adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the
Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral
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 SGM Edward
Goetschius, Military Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090
or by e-mail at Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Armory Happenings – Listed below are
events taking place at your local armory.
& 18 Dec (8:30am-2pm)
|3 Dec (8:30am-4pm)
||Coin Operated Arcade Game Auction
Fitness Corner– Ernie Razzano, Certified
Fitness Trainer, email@example.com
The Importance of Consuming Water
Water is the
most abundant substance in your body. It makes up 55-75%
of your total body weight. The kidneys need plenty
of water to function. If the kidneys are water deprived,
then the liver will take on their work along with its own,
thus lowering the liver’s total productivity. As a
result, fat will not metabolize as quickly or efficiently
as it could when the kidneys are pulling their own weight.
If you allow this to happen, then not only are you being
unfair to your liver, but you are also setting yourself up
to store fat.
A reduction in water means more concentrated
blood. A loss of only five percent body water results in
a ten percent
loss of water from your blood. The thicker the blood, the
more susceptible your body is to clotting, and the less
efficient it becomes at delivering oxygen to your brain and
It also becomes harder to transport substances to and from
your various tissues.
The trigger for the sensations of thirst
and hunger are felt in the same area. It’s easy to
confuse the two signals and to think we are hungry when we
are actually thirsty.
The best way to separate the sensation of thirst from that
of hunger is to drink water before eating food.
So there are
two ways that proper hydration helps us lose weight:
It optimizes liver function so that it can metabolize fat;
2. It helps prevent excess food consumption by satisfying
a sensation often confused with hunger.
Titans ice hockey team will salute Veterans at their game
against the Long Beach Ice Dogs on December 7, 2005.
Be part of a special evening as the Trenton Titans offer
a special night of fun, affordable family entertainment in
a Salute to Veterans! Discounted tickets are being offered
for lower bowl seats that will let you see every shot, save,
and score at great savings. Discount food coupons are also
available. Come out and see the New Jersey National Guard
ChalleNGe Youth Program present the colors. For more information,
call Ed Levin at (609) 599-9500, ext 135.
Today is Wednesday, 23 November 2005. It is
the 327th day of the year with 38 days remaining.
On this day in history…
1785 – John Hancock
was elected president of the Continental Congress for the
1889 – The first
jukebox was played in San Francisco at the Palais Royale
1909 – The Wright
brothers formed a corporation for the commercial manufacture
of their airplanes.
1919 – The first play-by-play football game radio
broadcast took place during the Texas A&M vs. Texas game.
1942 – The Coast Guard Woman’s
Auxiliary was authorized.
1945 – Wartime rationing
of food, particularly meat and butter, was ended in the
1963 – President Kennedy’s
body lay in repose in the East Room of the White House.
1971 – The People’s
Republic of China was seated in the United Nations Security
The United Nations’ war
crimes tribunal said it would put former Yugoslav President
Milosevic on trial
for genocide in Bosnia.
Military postal agency offers holiday mailing
“Pack it well” and “mail it early” are
two tips a military postal official offered for holiday mail
being sent to servicemembers overseas. The Defense Department
recommended the following mailing deadlines:
November 12 was the deadline for parcel post items headed
overseas to APO and FPO ZIP codes.
Deadlines for other mail classes continue with:
* November 26 for space-available mail
* December 3 for parcel-airlift mail
* December 10 for priority mail
* December 19 for express mail.
Here are additional mailing tips:
* Use nylon or reinforced packing tape on packages because
other tapes tend to come off
* Buzzing, ticking, or vibrating items
will be “red
flagged.” Remove batteries from electronics.
* Fill out customs labels completely.
* Use proper military address to help move the package through
* Boxes with hazardous substance or alcohol
make it through the system.
* Boxes should be strong and well-packed because of the
long distances traveled and the high volume of packages moving
Individuals who may not personally know a servicemember
overseas, but want to share the holiday spirit should visit
the www.americasupportsyou.mil website.
How much do you know about Thanksgiving?
When was the first Thanksgiving celebration
The Plymouth Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving
celebration in the fall of 1621.
What was the reason for holding
a Thanksgiving celebration?
On December 11, 1620 the first
Pilgrims (or Puritans, as they were initially known) landed
at Plymouth Rock. By the
fall of 1621, of the hundred or so passengers who had sailed
on the Mayflower, only half were still alive. (Of these,
only four were adult women and almost forty percent were
children.) The survivors, thankful to be still alive, decided
to give a feast.
What was the name of the Wampanoag chief
that was invited to the first Thanksgiving feast?
was Massasoit. Some ninety Wampanoag tribesmen were present
at the feast.
What was the name of the Pilgrim leader who
invited the neighboring Wampanoag to the first Thanksgiving?
It was Governor William Bradford who invited them. The reason
they were invited is because they were the ones who taught
the Pilgrims to cultivate the land, thus making it possible
for them to survive.
How long did the first Thanksgiving
It lasted three days (the celebration
consisted of games as well as food).
Which president proclaimed
the first "National Day
George Washington (in 1789 and then
again in 1795).
Even though Thanksgiving was observed most
years, it was not an official holiday. What is the name
of the woman credited
with making Thanksgiving a national holiday?
Hale, a magazine editor. She began her Thanksgiving campaign
Which president made Washington's "National Day of
Thanksgiving" a national holiday?
On October 3, 1863
Abraham Lincoln issued a "Thanksgiving
Proclamation" that made the last Thursday in November
a national holiday. (Before that, the president had to make
an annual proclamation naming the day when Thanksgiving was
going to be held.)
Who was the last president to change the
date of the Thanksgiving holiday?
President Franklin D.
Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving to the Thursday before last
(the reason was to make the Christmas
shopping season longer and thus stimulate the economy).
happened in 1941?
Congress passed an official proclamation
naming Thanksgiving a legal holiday to be observed, from
that date forward, on
the fourth Thursday in November.
Last but not least...
Who wanted to make the
turkey the national bird of the United States of America?
Franklin, but he was opposed by Thomas Jefferson. Legend
has it that Franklin then named
the male turkey a "tom
turkey" to spite Jefferson. (The female is called a "hen
turkey" and the baby a "poult.")
of the turkey is used in a good luck ritual?
What drink did the Puritans bring with them
in the Mayflower?
your holiday…. Happy Thanksgiving!