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
on the Web!
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
Bank of America (Fleet Bank)
is undergoing a system-wide change in their loan offerings
and will no longer offer the New Jersey Freedom Loan.
Beach Passes for NGTC – Sea
Girt for DMVA employees are now available.
Enjoy the sun. Have some fun.
Gail Miller – 6911
Jane Davis – 6910
Thought for the day..
The best way to predict the future
is to invent it.
- Alan Kay
|108th passes the 6,000-hour mark for OEF/OIF
2001, the 108th Air Refueling Wing has flown more than 6,000
hours in support of Operation
Currently the 108th refuels aircraft that are hauling supplies
in support of OEF and OIF. Previous flying hours are from
when the 108th was deployed to Oman and refueled the fighters
in theater. Three people make up the crew of the KC-135E:
the aircraft commander, co-pilot and the boom operator. During
their 4-5 hour flight, they will off-load around 70,000 pounds
of fuel. Men & women of the 108th wing personnel have
flown almost 1150 sorties that have off-loaded millions of
pounds of fuel into aircraft as they fly in tandem in the
air. In addition to the hours flown for OEF/OIF, the 108th
has flown more than 3,200 hours in support of Operation Noble
Eagle since September 14,2001, when the wing launched its
first refueling mission in U.S. airspace after 9/11. Most
of these hours have been flown over the northeast quadrant
of the united States refueling F-15s and F-16s. In support
of OIF/OEF/ONE, the 108th Maintenance Group has supplemented
the technician force with 16 crew chiefs that are traditional
Guardsmen, to cover the launch and recovery of the KC-135s.
The crews are working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including
2005 Pro Patria Awards at Drumthwacket
On Tuesday evening, 21 June the 2005 Pro Patria Awards took
place at Drumthwacket. Those honored received recognition in
the following categories: Organon Pharmaceuticals, USA (large
corporation), Middlesex County Vocational High School (public
sector organizations) and Turnpike Recycling Center (small
corporation). The Adjutant General, Major General Glenn Rieth
and Brigadier General (Ret) Robert Dutko, Chairman of the New
Jersey Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
(ESGR), officially presented the awards to the above employers
for their outstanding support of their deployed citizen-soldiers,
as well as their family members.
Green Brier Men’s
Club sees Warren Grove Range and 177th Fighter Wing
Former Adjutant General, Major General
(Ret) Vito Morgano coordinated and led a group from the Green
Club to the Warren Grove Range and the 177th Fighter Wing on
June 16, 2005. MG (Ret) Morgano is the President of the organization.
This men’s club has raised thousands of dollars for the
State of New Jersey Family Support Programs by hosting Golf
Tournaments, various fund raising activities, donations and
so on. The group, represented by 43 of its members received
a brief from Lt Col Haar, Warren Grove Range Commander and
Colonel Webster, 177th Fighter Wing Commander and watched A-10
aircraft perform training operations at the range. They had
lunch with some of the Senior Leadership as well as some of
the full time work force that was present. The day culminated
with a windshield tour of the 177th Fighter Wing.
The 50th MSB thanks you for your coffee donations!
Major Michael Lyons, the Executive Officer for the 50th MSB
currently deployed in Iraq, would like to thank everyone for
their coffee donations. Your generosity has kept our hard working
soldiers fully caffeinated and energized as they trek through
the long hard days over there. Thank you everyone for your
support, and lets continue to keep those pots percolating!
ChalleNGe Youth Program Sponsors Carwash
going to be a great summer weekend. Why not cruise around
town in a freshly washed car? This Saturday, June 25,
2005 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 on the
corner of Rt. 38 and Hanover Road from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
There is no charge for the wash, the Student Council of class
#22 will be on hand to accept donations. Proceeds will benefit
the Cadets of Class #22. Take a drive over and help the Cadets
in your program.
The New Jersey Veterans
Journal Summer 2005 Edition – now
available on the world wide web
The New Jersey Veterans Journal Summer 2005 Edition 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/veterans/journal/summer2005index.html The “NJ Veterans Journal” newsletter
provides up to date information on New Jersey Veterans events,
and facilities throughout the state. For all the current news
on issues affecting our NJ Veterans take a look at the new
issue today. To view past issues of the Veterans Journal newsletter
on-line you can visit http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the DMAVA Publications homepage.
Life Insurance coverage increases
maximum level of Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
coverage will be increased from $250,000 to $400,000 on September
1,2005. Anyone in service on September 1,2005 will have their
coverage increased to $400,000, even if they previously declined
or elected lesser coverage. If they still desire no coverage
or less than the maximum, they will have to go to their Personnel
Office and re-elect no coverage or less than the maximum. For
more details see your Personnel Office.
of the National Guard announces Golf Tournament
The Enlisted Association of the NJ National Guard is proud
to announce a Golf Tournament to benefit the Annual Scholarship
Program. The tournament will be held on Monday, 15 August 2005,
at Miry Run Golf Club in Robbinsville, NJ. The $80 per golfer
registration fee includes all fees and a cart, beverage cart
on the course, awards, door prizes, food at the turn and luncheon
following the completion of play. Hole and cart sponsors are
being sought, too. For additional information contact CMSGT
(Ret) Lee Cisek at 562-0223 or SGM (Ret) Mike Amoroso at 562-0754.
Department of Labor teams up with Teaneck Family Assistance
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
is teaming up with the Teaneck Family Assistance Center to
provide all soldiers returning from deployment with the necessary
information and tools to easily re-integrate into society.
The Re-employment Opportunities briefing given by MSG (Ret)
John Bautz will be held at the Teaneck Armory every Wednesday
at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
If you have any questions regarding
this briefing, contact MSG (Ret) Bautz at 201-996-8950 or
Tricare Reserve Select
TRS is here! This new health plan, launched on April 26, 2005,
provides eligible Reserve Component soldiers, and their families
continued care through TRICARE. Soldiers called to active duty
for more than 30 consecutive days in support of a contingency
operation AFTER September 11, 2001 are eligible for this benefit.
They must have served continuously on active duty for 90 days
or more. This benefit includes coverage that is similar to
the coverage available through TRICARE Standard and Extra for
active duty family members. Contact SFC Josephine Grey, Chief
of Health Services at 609-562-0865 or e-mail @ Josephine.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this program.
Sandy Cove offers
a free stay for our military members & families
at Operation Oasis on Chesapeake Bay.
Operation Oasis is an outreach program developed to offer
a time of rest and renewal to military personnel involved in
Operation Iraqi Freedom. Located in North East, Maryland, at
the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, Operation Oasis offers
a free 3-day, 2-night time of rest and relaxation. It is a
thank you to those who seek to secure and sustain our freedom.
Simply contact Carol Lee Lynch at email@example.com or
by phone at 800-287-4843 for additional information. You can
also visit the website www.sandycove.org for a more detailed
description of the facility.
American Legion Riders Motorcycle
Chapter Forming in River Edge, NJ
Legion Post 226 is sponsoring an American Legion
Riders chapter. You don’t have to be a direct member
of Post 226, but you do have to be a member of the American
Legion, Auxiliary or SAL and ride a motorcycle that’s
at least 750cc or higher. If you or someone you know is interested
in joining, there is a form on the Post 226 website, www.alpost226.org or you can call Jim Morton, the Post 226 American Legion Riders
Director, Adjutant and webmaster at 201-439-0053.
opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
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 SFC Raymond Denson, Military
Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090 or by e-mail at Raymond.Denson@nj.ngb.army.mil.
Special Commissary Hours for
4th of July Weekend
The Commissary at Ft. Dix/McGuire will have the following
operating hours for the 4th of July holiday.
· July 1, 0900 - 2000
· July 2, 0900 – 2000
· July 3, 1000 – 1900
4, 1000 - 1600
Armed Forces Night at Bridgeport
July 2nd is Armed Forces Night at Bridgeport Speedway
in Gloucester County. Show your military ID – Buy one
get one FREE. Military Equipment will be displayed behind the
grandstands. Parade lap of equipment before the feature events.
Gates open at 4:30, race starts at 6:30. Any Armed Forces groups
planning on attending please call the Speedway Office at 856-467-4408
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to
pre-register. Bring family and friends and have some fun at
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor our
||Distinguished Service Medal
Toms River Elks
600 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ 08757
Distinguished Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
Atlantic Cape Community College
5100 Black Horse
Mays Landing, NJ
Distinguished Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
West Orange Armory
1299 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers planned
in support of our deployed troops and their families:
Pancake Breakfast – 25 June 2005 . A Pancake
Breakfast to benefit the 50th MSB Family Readiness Group
is being sponsored by AMVETS Post 70 and will be held
at the Post located at 528 Prospect Street, East Orange,
NJ from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 25 June 2005. Donation for
adults is $7 and children under 8 eat free. Contact SPC
Luis Suero at 201-915-3591 for more information.
Camden Riversharks 4th of July Military Appreciation
Day. On that day members of Charlie Company from Fort
Dix, New Jersey will be honored on the field prior to
the game. These soldiers are still recovering from various
injuries. They are offering any military that day a $16
ticket. This includes a ticket to the game, hot dog,
20 oz soda and a t-shirt celebrating the day. POC is
Marie Durling @ 562-0739.
Enlisted Council to hold golf tourney at Falcon
Creek Golf Course in July. The 108th ARW Enlisted Council is
holding its second annual Golf Outing on July 21, at
the Falcon Creek Golf Course, McGuire Air Force Base.
There will be a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $75
per individual or $280 for a foursome. This includes
lunch, beverages, 18 holes of golf and a chance to win
prizes. Proceeds from the tournament support the Freedom
Alliance Scholarship fund. Contact Airman Dee Eggles
at 609-754-4141 for more information and entry forms.
Send coffee!! – The “Coffee Express” is
on track! Time to start percolating and open the spigots
all the way! The good news is that over 1500 pounds of
coffee have been sent to the troops so far. The bad news
is that they have drunk most of it. It’s time for
a second cup. Join the “Coffee Express” – buy
a pound or two of coffee and send it to one of the address
shown below or to the soldier of your choice at either
unit. MAJ Mike Lyons, HHC 50th Main Support Battalion,
FOB Speicher, APO AE 09393 or LTC John Nunn, HHC 42nd
DISCOM, FOB Speicher, APO, AE 09393.
Sign up for a chance to send your solider Dunkin
Donuts coffee. Dunkin Donuts will send a case of free coffee
to your soldier if he/she is among the 50 selected in
a monthly lottery. Just go to www.dunkindonuts.com,
click on “About Us,” click on “Contact Us,” click
on “Instore Visits,” fill out the form, in
the comments section put the soldier’s rank, name
and APO address, and say that you would like to send
your soldier coffee. Then click “Submit.” You
can mail a request to Dunkin Brands, 130 Royall Street,
Camton, MA 02021, Attention Customer Care or request
the coffee by phone at 781-737-3000 (Customer Relations).
Operation Uplink. Visit http://www.operationuplink.org/request.cfm to request free phone cards for active duty military
personnel deployed away from home. At this site you can
fill out a request for a phone card to be sent to yourself
or a loved one. One card per request per servicemember
will be honored during a 60-day period.
Gifts from the Homefront. The “Gifts from the
Homefront” program was begun last year by the Army
and Air Force and enables people from all walks of life
to rally around America’s troops by purchasing
gift certificates designed to lift the morale of deployed
troops around the world. The certificates, which can
be purchased by any individual or civic organization,
allow service members to purchase items of necessity
and convenience at PX and BX facilities around the world. “Gifts
from the Homefront” certificates can be addressed
to “any service member” or individual service
members. Because the gift certificates can be use for
merchandise already stocked at contingency locations, “Gifts
from the Homefront” are a safe alternative to traditional
care packages that can strain the military mail system
and present force protection issues. Those wishing to
send a “Gift from the Homefront” can simply
log on to the AAFES website, www.aafes.com,
or call 877-770-4438 toll-free to buy gift certificates
in $10 or $20 denominations.
From there, the “Gift from the Homefront” may
be sent to an individual service member designed by the
purchaser or distributed to “any service member” through
the USO, American Red Cross, Air Force Aid Society, or
Operation Mail Call. Operation Mail call is a program
initiated by New Jersey Assemblymen Jack Conners and
Herb Conaway that enables citizens to donate postage
stamps for use by our troops and their families. Over
30,000 stamps have been donated to our National Guard
soldiers and airmen and Family Readiness Programs. With
Memorial Day 2005 approaching, we recall the unique sacrifices
made by every generation that has served in uniform for
the good of America. We are often asked what can be done
to support the soldiers of this generation. If you would
like to participate, please mail or drop off your postage
stamps to the 7th Legislative District Office, Delran
Professional Center, 8008 Route 130 North, Suite 125,
Delran, NJ 08075.
American Hero Band - The
American Hero Band is a free wristband worn by Americans
to demonstrate their support
of the “Defenders of Freedom” who are Army
National Guard soldiers deployed across the globe. Engraved
on the metallic wristband are the words IN HONOR OF AN
AMERICAN HERO SERVING IN THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. These
words are flanked left by the Army National Guard logo
and right by the American flag. There is also an inscription
of the National Guard website, http://www.virtualarmory.com and a unique serial number engraved inside this commemorative
wristband. If you are interested in getting The American
Hero Band, go to http://www.virtualarmory.com and click
on the American Hero Band banner.
American Airlines: Special
fare for military personnel and their dependants (you
will need your military ID
card and a copy of your soldier’s orders to fly).
Just call 800-433-7300 and ask for the military fare
offer for your desired destination. You can also go to www.aa.com, but you cannot book a flight online.
Armory Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
||Cherry Hill Armory
| 27 June
||Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Point for Camp
Fitness Corner – Ernie
Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
The activity of the fat promoting enzyme lipoprotein lipase
is very high in the thighs and hips of women resulting
in a higher percentage of fat deposition in these areas.
Women actually need these stores to prepare for pregnancy
and lactation. The dimpling which is associated with cellulite
is due to the deposit of fat and fibrous tissue. While
an increase in overall body fat does play a role, it is
also due to genetics. Deep massaging every night to break
up the deposits of fat and fibrous tissue can help to temporarily
decrease the appearance of the dimpling.
The skin consists of two main layers,
the outer epidermis and an inner dermis. Below the dermis
lies the subcutaneous
layer, which attaches the skin to the underlying tissues.
This layer consists of loose connective tissue and a lot
of adipose (fat) tissue. The dermis consists of dense connective
tissue composed mainly of collagen fibers. Collagen is
responsible for the mechanical strength of skin. Individuals
who have cellulite have a dermis layer that has areas of
less density, which results in the appearance of the dimpling.
It’s like putting cottage cheese in a pair of fishnet
stockings (dermis) and wrapping it in normal panty hose
(epidermis). The result would be a dimpling effect. Regardless,
you can still decrease the fat in your thighs and hips
through a comprehensive, rational and personalized nutritional
and exercise program coupled with consistent, and diligent
Tell me what you would like to see in Fitness Corner.
Write me at email@example.com.
Beach Passes for
DMVA employees available now.
The temperatures are rising and the sandy beach at the National
Guard Training Center at Sea Girt is calling. You will need
to sign your name and work location on the second line on
the back of the pass. Have guests sign the first line and
be ready to show photo identification if requested. One pass
will admit one car. You can also use your DMAVA or military
pass to get on the beach. Call Gail Miller at 609-530-6911
for your Beach Pass.
June 21st marks the first day of summer!
The June Solstice takes place on this
day at 6:46 a.m. Universal Time. The beginning of summer
for those of us in the northern
hemisphere, the day with the most sunlight of the whole year.
With summer come those pesky mosquitoes. There are about
200 different species of mosquitoes in the U.S. all of which
live in specific habitats, exhibit unique behaviors and bite
different types of animals. Despite these differences, all
mosquitoes share some common traits, such as how they reproduce.
The female mosquito lays her eggs directly on the surface
of stagnant water, in a depression, or on the edge of a container
where rainwater may collect and flood the eggs. The eggs
hatch and a mosquito larva or “wriggler” emerges.
The larva lives in water and continues on the life cycle
from there. Here are some things you can do to help fight
· Empty standing water in old tires, buckets, plastic
covers, toys & any other container where “wrigglers” may
· Empty & change the water in birdbaths, fountains,
wading pools, rain barrels, & potted plant trays at least
once or more.
· Keep swimming pools treated
and circulating and rain gutters unclogged.
· Wear long sleeves and long pants
if you venture into areas with high mosquito populations.
· If there is a mosquito born
disease warning in effect, stay inside during the evening
when mosquitoes are
· Make sure your window and door screens are “bug
· Replace your outdoor lights with yellow “bug” lights.
this day in history –
Today is Friday, June 24, 2005. It is the 175th day of the
year with 190 days remaining.
· 1664 – New Jersey, named
after the Isle of Jersey, was founded.
· 1509 – Henry VIII was
crowned King of England.
· 1896 – Booker T. Washington
became the first African American to receive an honorary
MA degree from Howard
· 1922 – The American Professional
Football Association took the name the National Football
· 1941 – U.S. President
Franklin Roosevelt pledged all possible support to the
· 1964 – The Federal Trade
Commission announced that starting in 1965, cigarette manufactures
would be required
to include warnings on their packaging about the harmful
effects of smoking.
· 1975 – 113 people were
killed when an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 crashed while
attempting to land during
a thunderstorm at JFK Airport.
· 1998 – Walt Disney World
Resort admitted its 600-millionth guest.
· 2002 – The U.S. Supreme
Court ruled that juries, not judges, must make the decision
to give a convicted
killer the death penalty.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational
Center’s News and upcoming event schedule.
On Memorial Day, May 30, 2005, the New
Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Foundation awarded two $2,500 scholarships to two high school
seniors, based on the merits of their scholarship contest submissions – essays
reflecting their visit to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.
The scholarship recipients were Joseph J. Gianetti of Northern
Valley Regional High School and Amy M. Van Daele of Rancocas
Valley Regional High School. To read the award-winning essays
visit our website: www.njvvmf.org.
20 Aug -
“The Nature of the Beast” (The true story of a combat Marine in the
Vietnam Wary) – Author lecture by Vietnam Veteran Chuck Ketterman
10 Sep -
“Between the Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial” – Slide
presentation and author lecture by Vietnam Veteran Thomas F. Morrissey.
16 Sep -
POW/MIA Recognition Day and Gold Star Mothers Day ceremony
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 open
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission
is free for veterans
and active duty military personnel. Regular adult admission
is $4; student and senior citizen admission is $2; and children
under 10 are admitted free. The Center is located adjacent
to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden
State Parkway at Exit 116.
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.