Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
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Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for Women
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
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New Jersey Freedom
What is a Freedom
* Up to $10,000
* Annual APR 6%
* Term: 5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
* Unsecured Loan (no collateral required)
Who is eligible to
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.
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to our employees, friends and families
who are celebrating
the Easter Holiday this weekend.
The Adjutant General visits
European Command (EUCOM).
MG Glenn K. Rieth and CSM Richard S.
Adkins recently returned from visiting the Republic of
Albania and Germany, 9-16 March
2005, in support of the NJ National Guard’s State Partnership
Program (SPP) effort.
Their first stop was the Albanian capital of Tirana. While
there, they met with the US Ambassador, Ms. Marcie Ries,
and senior officials of the Albanian Government to include
the Minister of Defense, Pandeli Majko, and Chief of General
Staff, LTG Pellumb Qazimi. While there, the Adjutant General
toured the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Local Government
and Decentralization, Albanian TRADOC, the Civil Protection
Base, which specializes in providing military support to
civil authority in emergency operations, Tirana University,
and finally, the Armed Forces Hospital in Tirana, which provides
health care to all of the citizens of the capital. The Adjutant
General reiterated his support of the partnership between
the State of New Jersey and the Republic of Albania.
Leaving Albania, MG Rieth and CSM Adkins
attended the TAG SPP Conference held this year in Garmisch,
of this conference were the Adjutants General from the many
states that support the SPP, as well as senior officials
from both U.S. European Command and the National Guard Bureau.
A broad array of SPP and international topics were discussed,
as were the roles of the individual states and their National
Guard organizations in supporting the United States’ national
goals and objectives abroad.
Freedom Salute Ceremony held
for the 253rd Transportation Company.
Saturday, 19 March 2005, the men and women of the 253rd
Transportation Company that had been deployed in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom were honored at the Wildwood Convention
Center, Wildwood, New Jersey. These soldiers, their families
and their centers of influence were honored at a formal event
known as the “Freedom Salute Ceremony.” This
ceremony is part of the Freedom Salute Campaign that honors
soldiers, family members, and their civilian centers of influence
that were instrumental in providing support to the soldiers
and to the unit during the unit’s deployment. Each
attending soldier, family member, and center of influence
was presen5ted with a folded American flag, pin and/or medallion.
Over 500 people, soldiers, family members, and civic leaders
attended the ceremony.
NJ Employer Support of the Guard and
Reserve (ESGR) held its annual Bosslift.
16 March 2005, New Jersey ESGR members escorted thirty
employers of New Jersey’s citizen soldiers to observe
military facilities and training in the New Orleans, Louisiana
area. The 108th Air Refueling Wing provided the airlift on
a KC-135E. On Wednesday, the employers visited the Naval
Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, Louisiana,
and were able to observe up close and personal an A-10 Thunderbolt
II owned by the 926th Air Force Reserves and an F-15 Eagle
of the Air National Guard’s 159th Fighter Wing. On
Thursday, 17 March, the group was taken on a US Naval Reserve
shuttle boat ride on the Mississippi River to observe a Search
and Rescue demonstration provided by the US Coast Guard on
Lake Pontchartrain. The employers received a briefing and
tour of the Louisiana Military Museum. After observing the
Navy’s P-3 Orion and the Coast Guard’s Dolphin
helicopter, the group left for their return trip to McGuire
Air Force Base. The employers gained an awareness and understanding
of the role that Guardsmen and Reservists play in the Global
War on Terrorism, and the importance of employer cooperation
and support when their citizen soldier/employee is mobilized.
Force Headquarters – Army, Semi-Annual Training
The Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) –J3 – Army,
Deputy Chief of Staff Operations (DCSOPS) Directorate, conducted
the 7th Semi-Annual Training Conference on March 20th. The
purpose of this conference was to solidify the Adjutant General’s
guidance for the upcoming training year, discuss short-range
training, future training, specific training objectives,
and relative activities. The Commanders of the 50th Brigade,
57th Troop Command, 254th Regiment (CA) and the Joint Training
and Technology Development Center gave annual Training 2005
Briefbacks. The attendees included the Deputy Commander JFHQ,
Assistant Adjutant General, Chief of Staff, Army Joint Staff,
Major Command (MACOM) Commanders, their Command Sergeant
Majors, and Operations Officers.
The New Jersey Army National Guard’s
mission is to provide a trained and ready force capable
of operating across
the full spectrum of military and civil operations. A force
that can rapidly mobilize and deploy in support of Federal,
State, and Homeland Security Missions, while serving the
nation, state, and local communities; simultaneously, educating
and building relationships with the public and employers.
The Semi-Annual Training Conference provided a forum that
gave MACOMs and Directorates an opportunity to network and
brainstorm training requirements and opportunities.
Air Refueling Wing’s recent mission provided
that our job made a difference in the events of the
day is sure to give job satisfaction to most of us.
other week members of the 108th Air Refueling Wing and the
Tanker Task Force found that feeling. On March 10th, they
refueled a C-17 Medevac mission flying a critically burned
patient from overseas to San Antionio, Texas. The aircraft
needed extra fuel to make the flight and the 108th Team was
there – 80,000 pounds and an hour later, the flight
was winging its patient to special care. The next day, March
11th, the team fueled another C-17, this one going overseas.
While returning to base, another call was received asking
if they could refuel another aircraft whose refueling aircraft
had a maintenance problem. In addition to the C-17s, the
108th regularly refuels AC-130 aircraft, coming home after
a three-month tour overseas. The pilots of the AC-130s commonly
remark, “You’re a sight for sore eyes,” as
the KC-135 pulls up to perform the refuel.
Department of Defense
(DoD) announces Health Plan for eligible National Guard
and Reserve members.
DoD announced today that beginning April 2005 a new premium-based,
health care plan will be available to eligible National Guard
and Reserve members activated for contingency operations
on or after September 11, 2001.
Tricare Reserve Select (TRS) is authorized under the National
Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2005 and, when purchased
by a TRS eligible member, provides comprehensive health care
coverage similar to Tricare Standard and Extra for the member
and his or her eligible family members.
Updated information on the TRS program will be posted later
this month on the Tricare Website: http://www.tricare.osd.mil/trs.cfm
Recruiting age is raised.
The Army raised the maximum age for recruits for the National
Guard and the Army Reserve by five years, from the current
34 years old to 39. The change, which went into effect on
Friday, gives the Army access to another 22.6 million potential
enlistees. The change for the Army Guard and Reserve does
not affect recruits for the active-duty Army, the Marines,
the Navy, or the Air Force, all of whom must still be no
older than 34. Recruits for all branches must be at least
17 to sign up. The change is long overdue because warfare
has become more suitable for middle-age troops. Hand to hand
combat is not a common thing today. Experience has shown
that older recruits, who can meet the physical demands of
military service, generally make excellent soldiers based
on their maturity, motivation, loyalty, and patriotism.
Army Community Service, Fort Monmouth -
A Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, 29 March 2005, from 10
a.m. – 3
p.m. at Gibbs Hall, Fort Monmouth. The Job Fair is being
sponsored by the Army Community Service – Employment
Readiness Program, and more than 60 companies are registered
to participate. Picture ID will be required. No large bags,
backpacks, briefcases, etc. will be permitted. If you would
like additional information, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Fair, Bergen County – A
Veterans Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, 5 April 2005,
from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. at VFW Post 4591, 513 Veterans Place, Hasbrouck
Heights, New Jersey 08604. The NJ Department of Labor, VFW
and the Bergen County Division of Veterans Affairs are
sponsoring the Job Fair, and more than 50 leading employers
to participate. Please bring plenty of resumes, a copy
of your DD214 (separation/discharge), and dress to impress.
If you would like additional information, contact MSG (Ret)
John Bautz at 201-996-8950 or by email at email@example.com.
Veterans Job Fair, Iselin – The NJ
Department of Labor announced a Veterans Job Fair on
29 April 2005 at the American Legion Post 471, 25 Brown
Avenue, Iselin, New Jersey, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participation
is free for veterans and employers. Mr. Joe Battito,
our Middlesex County Veterans Service Officer, will represent
DMVA at the job fair. If you have any questions, please
contact Veterans representative, John Leary, at 732-937-6205
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been
scheduled to honor our State’s veterans.
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medals
Vietnam Service Medal
|Cherry Hill Armory
Grove Street & Park Blvd.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
|Korean Service Medal
Teaneck & Liberty Road
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
|NG Training Center
Sea Girt, NJ
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities
and fundraisers planned in support of our deployed troops
and their families:
“Waiting to Exhale” Workshop -
The Teaneck Family Assistance Center has planned a “Waiting
to Exhale Workshop for the women of the 50th MSB. The event
will be held on 31 March at 7 p.m. A fun-filled and relaxing
evening is planned to bring the women of the battalion together
during Women’s History Month. If you are interested
in attending, please call SSG Loureiro at 201-883-8356.
Pancake Breakfast – Waterfront Café,
Carlstadt, 17 April 2005. The Waterfront Café – Steak
and Clam House, Paterson Plank Road, Carlstadt, NJ (right
behind the Continental Arena) will host a Pancake Breakfast
to benefit the families of our Army National Guard troops
deployed out of the Teaneck Armory. The event will be held
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the Nam Knights
of America, VVA Chapter 800, and the Jewish War Veterans
of USA. Cost is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for Seniors and
children under 12
JT2DC (T3BL) Soldier’s Association Golf
Tournament – 25
April 2005. The event will begin with a 9 a.m. Shotgun Start
at the Fountain Green Golf Course, Fort Dix. Cost $80 per
person. Proceeds will assist the families of our deployed
soldiers. For additional information, contact CSM Tim Maskery
Get Dunkin Donuts coffee for your soldier.
Dunkin Donuts will send a case of free coffee to your soldier.
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).
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 Fisher
Operation Mail Call. Operation Mail call is
a program initiated by New Jersey Assemblymen Jack Conners
Conaway that enables citizens to donate postage stamps
for use by our troops and their families. Over 23,000 stamps
have been donated to our National Guard soldiers and airmen
and Family Readiness Programs. If you would like to participate,
please mail or drop off your postage stamps to the 7th
District Office, Delran Professional Center, 8008 Route
130 North, Suite 125, Delran, NJ 08075.
NJ Advisory Committee for Women Veterans’ meeting
The New Jersey Advisory Committee for
Women Veterans will hold their regular meeting on April
1, 2005 at 10 a.m. at
the Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park, Evergreen Road,
Edison, New Jersey. Guest speakers will be Mr. William Devereaux,
Director, Division of Veterans Programs, Mr. Daryl Johnson
of the Trenton Vet Center, and Pamela Corrigan from Veterans
Haven, who will update the committee on their activities
and duties. The Committee is busy making plans for the annual
Women Veterans Luncheon to be held on October 22, 2005 at
McAteers in Middlesex, NJ. This year’s luncheon will
honor all of the World War II veterans, who served in the
military at the end of the war 60 years ago.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment
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.
National Guard Association of NJ –Scholarship
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Foundation Scholarship Contest is available to graduating
NJ high school seniors. Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded
on May 30, 2005 at the Memorial Day ceremony at the NJ Vietnam
Veterans’ Memorial. To apply, students need to complete
an application, submit proof that they are continuing their
education at a college/university or trade/technical school,
and submit a short essay about his/her visit to the NJ Vietnam
Veterans’ Memorial. Submissions must be received by
5 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2005. Application and information
can be found at www.njvvmf.org or by calling 1-800-648-VETS.
American Legion Scholarship - If you have
a son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter that is a senior
in high school, they may qualify to receive a scholarship
through the American Legion. For applications, please call
Mr. Robert Luby at 908-996-6005 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSM Vincent Baldassari Memorial and USAA Scholarship
Awards Program. The Enlisted Association of the National
Guard of New Jersey will sponsor five scholarships of $1000
ach for children of members of the Association and drilling
members of the NJ National Guard (Army or Air) who are also
members of the Association. Additionally, USAA will sponsor
one $1000 scholarship for a drilling member. Applicants must
complete the appropriate application in its entirety with
all required and prescribed documents. The deadline for application
submission is 15 April 2005. Additional details and application
can be found on the Department’s website (click
here - PDF)
Armory Happenings – Listed below
are events taking place at your local armory.
|30 Mar -
|Home Design & Landscape Show
||Sports Card & Comics Show
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
and Vietnam Era Education Center’s upcoming event
Redcatcher’s Letters from Nam (199th Lt.
lecture by Patricia Farewell Enyedy, sister of
a NJ GI, KIA in Vietnam
the 30th Anniversary of Operation Babylift, Vietnam
lecture by Vietnam Veteran Paul Drew
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.
Today in History… Today is Thursday,
24 March 2005. It is the 83rd day of the year with 282 days
1664 – A charter to colonize Rhode Island
was granted to Roger Williams in London.
1898 – The
first automobile was sold.
1900 – In New Jersey, the
Carnegie Steel Corporation was formed.
1920 – The first
U.S. Coast Guard air station was established at Morehead
1947 – The U.S. Congress proposed the
limitation of the presidency to two terms.
1955 – The
first oil drill seagoing rig was put into service.
1989 – The Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels (11
million gallons) of oil in Alaska’s Prince William
Sound after it ran aground.
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center -
Call toll free 888-859-0352.