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
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of the Assistant Commissioner
(Ret) Michael B. Smith
Laura A. Branham
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Job of the Week
Self-Propelled Field Artillery Turret Mechanic
The self-propelled field artillery turret mechanic
performs unit maintenance of carriage-mounted armament, associated
fire control, and related systems on all self-propelled
artillery weapon systems. Diagnoses malfunctions of troubleshoots
and performs other unit maintenance on carriage-mounted
armament, associated fire control, and related systems and
on all self-propelled field artillery weapon systems.
interested in an exciting job opportunity,
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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
Acting Governor Codey surveys Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Acting Governor Codey flew to Louisiana
on Wednesday, 21 September, to visit the New Jersey state
security and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina. The Governor accompanied The Adjutant General, MG
Glenn K. Rieth, along with soldiers and civilians, on the
trip to Belle Chasse Naval Air Station in New Orleans, LA,
aboard one of the 108th Air Refueling Wing’s KC-135E
Before departing McGuire Air Force Base,
Acting Governor Codey spoke to the crowd in the 108th ARW’s Operations
auditorium, expressing how much he appreciates the efforts
of the soldiers and airmen of the NJ National Guard in helping
the victims of the hurricane. “What you are doing is
for your brothers and sisters, and your fellow citizens,” he
said, and then added, “This is the spirit of the United
States.” Following the flight to the Naval Air Station,
Acting Governor Codey boarded a helicopter and flew to the
New Orleans International Airport to visit with New Jersey’s
state troopers and soldiers working 10-day rotations in Kenner,
LA, where they are assisting in maintaining security and
the search and rescue of victims of the flooding.
Farewell Ceremonies are scheduled for Company
D, 250th Forward Support Battalion and the Reconnaissance Surveillance
Target Acquisition Battalion.
The public is invited to join family and friends at farewell
ceremonies for local National Guard members who are being deployed
A ceremony for Company D, 250th Forward Support Battalion
is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at 10 a.m. at
the Vineland Armory, 2560 South Delsea Drive, Vineland, New
The ceremony for the Reconnaissance Surveillance Target Acquisition
Battalion is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 10
a.m. and will also be held at the Vineland Armory.
These are trying times for both our National Guard soldiers
and their family members and your show of support is appreciated.
Members of the 177th Fighter Wing deploy to
From 30 August to 14 September, 12 members of the 177th Fighter
Wing’s Services Flight deployed to Spangdahlem, Germany
to assist the host wing while most of their military members
were deployed. The deployment was also part of the Service
Flight’s Deployment for Training (DFT) requirement. A
DFT is required so the flight can work alongside their active
duty counterparts. While in Germany, 177th Service Flight members
performed duties in Fitness Center, Lodging, Readiness function,
and the Dining Facility. The flight also received training
in areas that are required as part of their home station training
requirements to include Self-Aid and Buddy Care, Food Sanitation,
Mortuary Affairs, and Search and Recovery. 177th Services Flight
members received positive feedback from the host wing leadership.
In all, the DFT was an extremely positive and rewarding experience
for all members of the 177th Fighter Wing’s Services
Division of Veterans Programs announces August’s
Mr. William Devereaux, Director, Division
of Veterans Programs, announced that during the month of
August, our Department’s
Veterans Service Officers saw, counseled, or referred 2,964
veterans; filed 284 claims/appeals; received 319 Award Letters,
and received $4,678,000 in benefits on behalf of our state’s
veteran population. This equates to an annual rate of $56.2
million added to the state’s economy on behalf of our
The North Jersey Stand Down was conducted last week, 17 September
2005, at Essex County Community College. Units of the New Jersey
National Guard supported volunteers from a variety of state
service organizations and volunteer groups. Everyone in attendance
rated the Stand Down a success. The South Jersey Stand Down
will be held at the Cherry Hill Armory today.
NJ National Guard Magazine "Guardlife"– Volume
31, No. 4 – now available on the world wide web.
Guardlife magazine, Volume 31, Issue No. 4, is now available
on the world wide web in a user friendly on-line web version
at the following web address: http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/guardlife/volume31no4/index.html.
The "Hometown Team" magazine,
Guardlife, provides up-to-date information on the happenings
within the New Jersey
Army and Air National Guard both at home and abroad. For all
of the current news on our soldiers and airmen, take a look
at the new issue today. To view past issues of Guardlife magazine
online, you can visit http://www.nj.gov/military/publications,
the DMVA publications homepage.
Note to NJ National Guard retirees.
Recently, COL (Ret) Carmen Venticinque, who is a NJ Army National
Guard retiree, sent out an email to about 50 retirees of both
the Army and Air National Guard asking if they would be interested
in being included as an addressee in a group e-mail in which
he would put out information of interest to New Jersey National
Guard retirees. Within a few days he received over 100 additional
names and email addresses to include in the group. He now has
close to 200 email addresses for retirees. He will put all
names in the group, however, those wishing to opt out after
receipt of their first group email can do so simply by notifying
COL Venticinque. The overwhelming response and positive comments
received from retirees ranging from General Officers to Senior
Enlisted personnel is solid evidence of their interest in not
only their fellow retirees, but what is currently happening
in our New Jersey national Guard. COL Venticinque can be reached
at firstname.lastname@example.org. To protect the privacy and integrity
of the list, addresses will be listed as “undisclosed
recipient” or placed on the “Bcc” line.
Philadelphia Eagles - National Guard Appreciation Day
The Philadelphia Eagles announced that
on Saturday, October 15, 2005, they would hold “National Guard Appreciation
Day” under the tent at the Cherry Hill Armory from 9:00
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Attendees will meet Eagles’ players,
Jon Runyan, Hank Fraley, Artis Hicks, and Shawn Andrews.
Also attending the
event will be NFL Films President, Mr. Steve Sabol. Military
ID will be required for admission.
Military Family Resource Center News –
1 September 2005, the customer service function of the Military
Family Resource Center (MFRC) was transferred
to new resources: Military OneSource and MilitaryHOMEFRONT.
OneSource is a new and expanded information resource available
to service providers. You can reach Military OneSource
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-800-342-9647
or online at www.militaryonesource.com The user id is “military” and
the password is “onesource.” You can also email
Military Onesource directly at email@example.com.
Leaders, service providers, and service members and their families
can find information on the MilitaryHOMEFRONT Portal at www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil.
In addition, selected items from the MFRC documents collection
will be accessible from the Military HOMEFRONT QoL Library.
The projected availability date for these materials is October
1, 2005. If you have questions about obtaining materials from
the MFRC collection, contact the MilitaryHOMEFRONT Webmaster.
Family Reunion briefings and workshops are scheduled.
The 42nd Infantry Division will be coming home
from IRAQ in the near future. A briefing and workshop are scheduled
to assist family members and friends to prepare for the reunion
with their Soldier. Topics to be covered will include understanding
the changes that have occurred both in yourself and in your
returning soldier, adjusting and enhancing lines of communications,
asking the right questions, and listening to his or her answer.
Date and location are Thursday, 29 September 2005 at 7 p.m.
in the Teaneck Armory.
For further information or to RSVP, call
Sarah Loureiro at 201-833-0632.
Enlisted Association of the National Guard announces
The Enlisted Association of the NJ National Guard is proud
to announce the Enlisted Conference at the Clarion Hotel & Conference
Center in Atlantic City West. The Conference will be held 7
thru 9 October 2005. During the Conference we honor our Outstanding
Soldiers and Airmen. There are various plans available. Friday
night is the Halloween Masquerade Ball with Tex-Mex Buffet,
and Saturday is the Formal Evening Ball with dinner and dancing.
For additional information, contact SGM (Ret) Jerome Zebrowski
at 609-214-6959 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or SGM Edward Goetschius
at 609-965-1972 or e-mail email@example.com or www.EANG-NJ.org to get an application, plans and other activities offered.
Thank you for your support!
Veterans to be honored at ceremony on 29 September 2005.
Salem and Cumberland County veterans will be honored in ceremonies
to be held at the Salem County Community College, 460 Hollywood
Avenue, Carneys Point, NJ. Veterans will be presented with
the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal at an 11 a.m. ceremony.
Salvation Army – Operation Red Shield.
Operation Red Shield is a fully funded program run by the
Salvation Army to meet the emergency needs of our deployed
service personnel and their dependents. If anyone needs assistance
or additional information on Operation Red Shield, please call
888-302-6100 or 888-247-0100. Full program details can also
be viewed at www.salvationarmynewjersey.org.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
15 Oct, 1pm -
“Who Knew? Reflections on Vietnam (by an American Red Cross “Donut
Dolly” in Vietnam). Author lecture by Vietnam Veteran (civilian) J. Holly
21 Oct, 8am - 3pm
Decades Later: Remembering America’s War in Vietnam. Seventh Annual Forum
on the Vietnam Era. Keynote Address by Lt Col Jim Kean, USMC (Ret) Commander
of the Security Guard Force at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon during the April
1975 evacuation. Pre-Registration required.
27 Oct, 6pm
Salute to Patriotism – Third Annual Gala. Keynote Address by General
Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret) former head of Central Command for U.S. forces in
the Middle East. Pre-Registration required.
11 Nov, 11am
Veterans Day Ceremony
17 Dec, 6pm
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
For more information about any of these events,
please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office
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 Honors Program.
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
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
Armory Happenings – Listed below
are events taking place at your local armory.
25 Sep (10am-6pm)
25 Sep (10am-6pm)
1 Oct (10am-8pm)
|1-2 Oct (9am - 4pm)
Oct (8:30am - )
Fitness Corner –
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Aerobics and Muscle Loss?
I was asked if doing
aerobics would cause a decrease in muscle size. This is a
yes and no answer. Let me explain without getting
A person who loses muscle during a period of
aerobic training is not eating enough to compensate for the
Calorie consumption versus calorie expenditure is an important
factor in keeping your muscle while dropping bodyfat. Intense
cardio-vascular training forces oxygen through your body,
increasing the number and size of your blood vessels. Blood
oxygen and nutrients to muscles and carr6 waste products
away for muscular growth, repair, and recovery. Without aerobics
in your training program your body cannot create any new
routes for your newly developed muscles.
If you’re consistent
in your cardiovascular training, then some important metabolic
changes take place inside the
body. First, at the cellular level, aerobic exercise adaptations
include an increase in the size and number of mitochondria
(cellular furnaces where fat and other nutrients are burned).
When the larger and more prevalent mitochondria are combined
with an increase in the quantity of oxygen that can be delivered
to the mitochondria through higher levels of myoglobin, the
aerobic capacity of the muscle tissue is enhanced. Second,
aerobic exercise appears to increase levels of myoglobin. Myoglobin
is a protein that transports oxygen from the blood stream into
the muscle fibers. Finally, this adaptation increases the level
and activity of the enzymes involved in the aerobic metabolism
Today is Friday, September 23rd. It is the 267th
day of the year with 98 days remaining.
On this day in history…
1642 - The first commencement at Harvard College, in Cambridge,
Massachusetts was held.
1779 - John Paul Jones, Commander of the
American warship Bon Homme, was quoted as saying “I
have not yet begun to fight!”
1780 – John Andre, a British spy,
was captured with papers revealing that Benedict Arnold was
going to surrender
West Point, NY to the British.
1838 – Victoria Chaflin Woodhull
was born. She became the first female candidate for the U.S.
1846 – Astronomer Johann Gottfried
Galle discovered the planet Neptune.
1930 – Flashbulbs were patented
by Johannes Ostermeier.
1932 – The Kingdom of Hejaz & Nejd
was renamed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
1962 – “The Jetsons” premiered
on ABC-TV. It was the first program on the network to be
carried in color.
1990 – Saddam vows to destroy Israel.
Call today to volunteer at a Family
Readiness Center near you.
If you are able to assist the families of our deployed soldiers
and airmen, please call our Family Readiness Center at our
toll-free number 888-859-0352.
Thought for the day...
optimist expects his dreams to come true; a pessimist expects
his nightmares to."
- Laurence J. Peter