Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
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!
25 November 2004
"Thanksgiving is a
time when Americans celebrate the plentiful yield of our
beauty of our land.. the preservation of those ideals
of liberty and justice that form the basis of our national
life, and the hope of international peace."
Gifts for Kids Drive is now underway.
Toys will be distributed to the
children of our deployed servicemen and women.
Please be generous!
.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
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? Please
call your local Family Readiness center and volunteer.
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance
Call toll free 888-859-0352
Thanksgiving Day Message from MG Glenn K.
We have had the most demanding year in our recent history.
Please realize how proud and grateful I am toward each of
you and your loved ones.
America is proud of its military and the citizens of New
Jersey are proud of our New Jersey National Guard. Let us
all take a special moment this holiday to remember the many
New Jersey National Guard soldiers and airmen who are spending
Thanksgiving far away from home.
We have much to be thankful for, our families, our friends,
our beautiful country, and the freedom granted to each one
of us by the Almighty.
108th Air Refueling Wing announces
4th Quarter Winners.
The NJ Air National Guard’s 108th
Air Refueling Wing is proud to announce the winners of
the Quarterly Awards
Board. The winners have not only shown exemplary work in
the fourth quarter of 2004, but throughout their entire careers.
The Quarterly Awards Board winners are:
Airman of the 4th Quarter Senior Airman Demaris Eggles,
NCO of the 4th Quarter Staff Sgt David Martin, 227th SOF
Senior NCO of the 4th Quarter Master Sgt Tori Hill, 108th
Congratulations on a job well done!
was recently held at the Woodbury Armory.
A Support the Troops Pancake Breakfast fundraiser was held
at the Woodbury Armory on Saturday, November 13, 2004 to
raise money for families and the NJ National Guard soldiers
deployed overseas. Several community groups, including the
Gibbsboro-Voorhees Lions Club, Camden Light Artillery Association,
American Legion Post 281 Blackwood, VFW Post 4189 Sewell,
VFW Post 2174 Westville, and the 114th Regimental Association
sponsored the breakfast. The money raised will be divided
among the six NJ National Guard Family Readiness Groups that
are part of the Woodbury Family Assistance Center to send
packages to deployed soldiers, provide activities for the
families, and welcome home celebrations for the troops when
they return. Volunteers fed 443 people and raised $6,453.
In addition to the breakfast, the group held a Chinese Auction
of items donated by local businessmen and 50/50 raffle. The
day was a rousing success and plans are underway for a Spaghetti
Dinner as a Spring fundraiser.
the families and children.
The annual Gifts for Kids Drive began
this week and will run through 14 December 2004. This year,
all of the toys
and gifts collected will be distributed to the children of
our deployed servicemen and women through the Family Assistance
Centers. While you’re out shopping this coming weekend
on the busiest shopping day of the year, “Black Friday,” remember
the families whose loved ones are away from home during the
holidays. The children range in age from infants to teenagers.
Collection boxes will be set up at all of our facilities
for your donations.
nationwide “America Supports You” program.
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
for Personnel and Readiness, Charles Abell, launched the
Defense’s nationwide program, “America Supports
You,” last Friday, 19 November 2004. This program will
spotlight what thousands of Americans, including individual
citizens, business, and organizations, are doing in support
of U.S. military men and women serving at home and abroad. “These
activities of support have a positive impact on the morale
and spirit of those who serve,” said Abell. “America
Supports You” will showcase these community activities
on a new website so the American public and the U.S. military
serving at home and overseas will know firsthand how much
the American people appreciate their service and sacrifice.
For more information about “American Supports You,” please
log onto the new website: http://www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil.
Army National Guard’s 63rd Army Band schedules
The NJ Army National Guard’s 63rd
Army Band will present a Holiday Concert on December 11,
2004 at 7:00 p.m. at the
Crockett Middle School, 2631 Kuser Road, Hamilton, NJ 08691.
No tickets are required. Mark your calendars now and come
out for an entertaining evening.
Veterans to be honored at
upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
20 Jan 05 - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal
Salem County Community College
Info on Holiday Mailings to the Troops.
The Department of Defense (DoD) recently
issued a reminder that the “Any Servicemember” mail program is
still suspended. The general public urged not to send unsolicited
mail, care packages, or donations to service members during
the holiday season. The Department of Defense emphasizes
that names and addresses of military personnel must not be
distributed by the media, websites, companies, non-profit
organizations, schools or individuals for the purpose of
collecting letters of support or donations for mailing to
service members. According to the DoD, family members should
not pass around military addresses by for use donation programs.
People who wish to mail a letter, or card or package to a
service member must have a specific person’s name and
address on their mail. If you would like to help service
members or their families or if you are approached by someone
who knows that your work for the Department of Military and
Veterans Affairs and wants to help the troops, here is a
website given by DoD with many ways that Americans can support
the troops. Go to http://www.defendamerica.mil and click
on the Support Our Troops button.
Today in History..
Today is Wednesday, 24 November, the 329th day of the year
with 37 days remaining.
1783 – During the Revolutionary
War, the British evacuated New York. New York was their
in the U.S.
1867 – Alfred Nobel patented dynamite.
1920 – The first play-by-play broadcast of
a football game was aired in College Station, Texas, between
the University of Texas and Texas A&M.
1955 – In the U.S. the Interstate
Commerce Commission banned racial segregation on interstate
1963 – President John F. Kennedy
was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
1990 – Poland held its first popular
1992 – The Czech parliament voted
to split the country into separate Czech and Slovak republics
January 1, 1993.
1998 – President
Jiang Zemin arrived in Tokyo for the first visit to Japan
by a Chinese head of state since
World War II.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Foundation, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 800 from
Bergen County and
the Jewish War Veterans, Department of New Jersey will
host the annual “Holiday Lighting Ceremony” at
the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel,
NJ. The ceremony will include the lighting of the Christmas
tree and Menorah, and a reading about Kwanza. Local area
Girl Scouts will lead the singing of holiday carols. The
festivities are open to the public at no charge.
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Author Lecture – James Parker Wollner – The Bamboo
Shoot: The Story of the 2nd Airboat Platoon
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 available in Military Funeral
The New Jersey Army National Guard
Military Funeral Honors Program has several part-time
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.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
Many people want something for nothing.
There is no miracle means to good nutritional practices.
Fad weight-loss diets
can be too low in protein or carbohydrates, or too high
in fat. They can also leave the dieter in a poor state
of health, with a damaged metabolism. Typically, the weight
lost from fad dieting consists of water weight, fat, and
muscle mass. This loss of muscle mass is where the problem
exists, because it reduces the body's ability to utilize
calories for energy. As most dieters soon return to their
old eating habits, they tend to gain more weight as body
fat and can end up having a higher percentage of body fat,
even if they don’t return to their previous high
Fad diets almost always severely cut carbohydrate foods
from their lists of recommended consumption. Not only does
this sap your energy, it can also harm athletic performance.
The fact is, you need carbohydrates for your brain, heart,
and muscles, among other vital organs. When carbohydrate
stores are depleted in the body, the rate at which fat
is metabolized is reduced.
It is true that a large volume of weight
will be lost as glycogen (stored carbohydrate) depletes
in the muscles
and liver, but this weight is from water loss. This will
not help body composition or overall health. True, the
body will rely more on free fatty acids for fuel when muscle
glycogen is depleted, but the body will rely much more
on amino acids (protein) supplied from the breakdown of
lean tissue. So while you may “burn” fat, you
will also burn more muscle. Plus, you will have lower energy
levels and experience more fatigue during exercise. This
means that workouts will likely be shorter and lower in
Although diets that cut fat are usually healthy, it is
unhealthy to drastically reduce levels of unsaturated fat.
Fat acts as a carrier for the four fat-soluble vitamins
(A, D, E and K) and it helps to cushion your kidneys, liver
A final word on fad diets: AVOID THEM!
Patriots Week is
planned in the City of Trenton.
You are cordially invited to attend
the re-enactment of the Revolutionary War’s Battles of Trenton beginning
at the Battle Monument, North Warren & North Broad
Streets, on Sunday, 2 January 2005 from 11 a.m. to noon.
The battle re-enactment will be followed by a luncheon
reception for active military personnel, veterans, and
their families as guests of the Masonic Lodges of NJ from
Noon to 2 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, Barrack Street. Guided
tours of the magnificent Masonic Temple will take place
following the reception.
The re-enactment of the 2nd Battle
of Trenton will take place from 3-4 p.m. beginning at
the 1st Presbyterian Church,
120 East State Street, and continuing in Mill Hill Park
on East Front Street, culminating in a procession back
to the Old Barracks. For more information about Patriots’ Week
activities visit www.patriotsweek.com.
- Did you know that...
- Turkeys are one of the first animals in the Americas
to be domesticated.
- Turkeys are first documented over two thousand
years ago in Central America and Mexico.
- Benjamin Franklin called the turkey “a
true original native of America.”
- The turkey was nominated to be the official bird
of the United States, but eventually lost out to the bald
- Domesticated turkeys cannot fly.
- The Pilgrims first celebrated their
feast of ”thanksgiving” in
1621. It lasted three days!
- In 1789, George Washington proclaimed a national
day of Thanksgiving.
- The state of New York officially made Thanksgiving
Day an annual custom in 1817.
- In 1827, Sarah Joseph Hale began her campaign
to establish a national day of Thanksgiving.
- President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving
an annual national holiday in the United States in 1863.
- The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
tradition began in the 1920’s.
- An estimated 690 million pounds of turkey were
consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving in 2001
(National Turkey Federation).
- Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday in
- Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated on the second
Monday in October.
Family Programs Event Calendar
Listed below are the events being planned by the Family
Readiness Groups throughout the state.
|Pot Luck Dinner
||Co A, 2/113th
Jersey City Armory
|Bus Trip to Atl City
|Beef Steak & Chinese Auction
Legion Post 170
Rochelle Park, NJ
SFC Minnie Hiller
30 Nov 04
Tree Lighting in NYC
Co B, 50th MSB
|Pick-up at Dover Armory
||Co E, 50th MSB
Lakehurst, NJ (AMVETS)