Don't wait much longer.time is running out to register to vote and/or obtain
an absentee ballot for this year's General Election.
Time is running out to
register to vote and/or obtain an absentee ballot for this year's Presidential
Election. If you're wondering whether your vote is important or thinking, "why
bother," please take a moment to read the following article by Brig Gen James
Whitmore, 82nd Training Wing Commander, USAF.
One fundamental concept of freedom that has become an
integral part of our way of life is the privilege we enjoy of choosing our
leaders. Your vote is your
voice. Each time you choose not to vote, you're letting someone else speak
If you are an eligible voter, there simply is no compelling
reason not to participate. Common excuses such as "the polls are too crowded," "I don't have transportation," or "I
don't have enough time," are nothing short of apathy - a force that will
erode our freedoms over the long haul.
Protecting this country's way of life is something we
have all sworn to do. When we took the oath to support and defend the Constitution
of the United States,
we committed to guaranteeing the freedoms it provides us. Those freedoms were
bought at great cost, and continue to be, in terms of personal sacrifice and
loss of life.
Our country is indeed fortunate to have had the founding
fathers we did. We all need to remember those freedoms aren't completely
paid off, nor will they ever be. They must be protected every day; otherwise,
we tend to forget how important
Absentee ballots are a positive avenue available for
YOU. Don't pass up the
opportunity for your voice to be heard.
Voting is not only an incredible privilege; it's an
obligation for all of us.
Additionally, if you register, you'll have the opportunity
to vote for multiple levels of governmental offices at the federal, state,
and local levels. If nothing
else, I highly encourage each of you to register and vote November 2nd in the
General Election that will determine the next president of the United States.
Let's not take the sacred privilege of voting for granted. Exercise it now and
keep it alive and well. At the end of May I returned from a country that will
be holding its first free elections later this fall. I've seen first hand how
important this privilege is and how people are willing to take great risks
just to have their voices heard.
of you who are still not planning to vote, I challenge you to stop and
ask yourself what kind of country this might be if we couldn't vote for
a president, choose the career you desire, or even where you want to live.
are still parts of our world where these things are a reality.
I'd be willing to bet most of those unfortunate citizens would gladly exchange
places with you and me to enjoy this awesome privilege. It's your future, your
livelihood, your nation.
Get out and vote for it!
Salute the Troops Ceremony scheduled for 9 October 2004.
On behalf of Major General Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant
General for New Jersey, all Department of Military & Veterans Affairs' employees are cordially
invited and encouraged to attend the NJ National Guard's "Salute the Troops" ceremony
that will be held on 9 October 2004, 10 a.m., at the Sovereign Bank Arena
in Trenton, NJ (Doors will open at 9 a.m.). This is our fifth NJ National
special Salute the Troops ceremony, and we will be honoring more than
2,600 of New Jersey's citizen-soldiers being deployed in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom III.
New Jersey Air National Guard members host picnic for Vineland
Members of the New Jersey Air National Guard hosted a
picnic, organized by the Warren Grove staff, SMSgt Tom Dunn of the 177th
Fighter Wing and
MSgt Cheryl Adler of the 108th Air Refueling Wing, on 16 September 2004
in Warren Grove. Veterans of the Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland
enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers while watching A-10 Warthogs practice.
one of many events the Air Guard members participate in during
the year in support of our country's veterans.
The National Park Service is
seeking veterans of Fort Hancock, NJ.
The National Park Service
at Sandy Hook, New Jersey, is interested in interviewing veterans of
Fort Hancock in order to complete a history of
the fort, which was a US Army Post from 1895-1974. The National Park
Service is compiling
of names of individuals who served at Fort Hancock, and
begun an Oral History Program with the help of Monmouth University.
If you know
of anyone who
served at Fort Hancock, please have him or her contact
Ms. Mary Rasa, Sandy Hook Museum Curator, at 732-872-5953 or via e-mail at
Joint Force Headquarters holds a Mobilization Exercise.
Exercise was conducted for the Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ), New Jersey
National Guard in order to prepare Headquarters' soldiers
for possible deployments and defense of the homeland.
The exercise was conducted by different
sections of the Headquarters, organized and controlled
by the J-3 Mobilization and Readiness Branch with
support from the J-1
Battalion among others. Eighty-six personnel were
processed at the National Guard Training
Center, Sea Girt, NJ from the 254th Regiment, Regional
Training Site, Maintenance, and the 63rd Army Band.
167 personnel were
the JFHQ and 82 from
the Training and Training Technology Battle Lab (T3BL)
at Fort Dix. These personnel received medical screenings,
and updated various
personnel issues. Outstanding support and motivation
helped ensure a successful weekend.
National Hispanic Heritage Month - 15
September - 15 October.
By Presidential Proclamation, Hispanic Heritage Month
takes place each year from September 15 - October 15. It is a time for all
Americans to reflect on the contributions of Hispanics
development and growth
of the United States
of America. There are a variety of activities taking
commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month throughout the
Department of Defense and
our communities. Please
join us as we share in the richness of Hispanic-America.
The theme of this year's
campaign is "Hispanic Americans: Making a Difference
in our Communities and our Nation."
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor
30 Sep - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished, Meritorious & Korean Service Medals
Director of Veterans Programs
was guest speaker at Rolling Thunder’s
Ride For Freedom – POW/MIA Recognition Event.
On Sunday, September 19th, Mr. Bill Devereaux, Director
of Veterans Programs, served as Guest Speaker at ceremonies held at the
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.
The ceremony began at the conclusion of Rolling Thunder’s Ride for
Freedom IX. The ride began at Warinanco Park in Roselle, NJ and ended with
a wreath laying ceremony at the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel.
The purpose of the event was to promote MIA/POW awareness and recognition
and was held in conjunction with MIA/POW Recognition Day.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education Center’s
upcoming event schedule.
On Saturday, 2 October, at 1 p.m., the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation
will host an author lecture by Vietnam Veteran James Parker Wollner about
his book, The Bamboo Shoot: The Story of the 2nd Airboat Platoon. The program
will be held at the Vietnam Era Educational Center in Holmdel, NJ.
James P. Wollner was trained in airboats by a Special
Forces unit and served as an Airboat Pilot in Vietnam, 1967-68. After training,
the 2nd Airboat
Platoon was formed – the first unit of airboats in the regular Army.
The unit was assigned to the 15th Engineer Battalion of the 9th Infantry
Division in the Rung Sat (Forest of Assassins) area southeast of Saigon.
Wollner was awarded the Purple Heart Medal as well as the Army Commendation
Medal with “V” device and oak leaf cluster for valor.
Lecture attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033. A donation of $5.00
per person is suggested.
Author/Lecture James Parker Wollner, The Bamboo Shoot: The Story of the 2nd
Veterans Day Program
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.
Home Depot launches Operation Career Front 21 September 2004.
Operation Career Front is a hiring campaign to provide
career opportunities for current and former members of America’s military community, as
well as to increase integration of services from the Departments of Labor,
Defense, and Veterans Affairs to veterans, separating service members, and
military spouses. Bob Nardelli, Home Depot’s Chairman, President, and
Chief Executive Officer, noted that military veterans make exceptional employees
who bring “focus, discipline, and a commitment to excellence” to
the workplace. Mr. Nardelli noted that there are currently more than 15,000
military veterans among Home Depot’s 300,000 employees, and the company
expects to create more than 20,00 new jobs this year. For more information
on Operation Career Front visit
Today in History…
Today is Friday, September 24th, the 268th day of the year with 99 days
- 1755 – John Marshall was born. He was the fourth
Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. His court was credited with defining
of government and the role of the Supreme Court.
- 1929 – The first all-instrument flight took place
in New York when Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY2 Biplane
- 1934 – Babe Ruth played his last game as a New
- 1957 – The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last
game at Ebbets Field.
- 1960 – The first nuclear powered aircraft carrier
was launched. The USS Enterprise set out from Newport New, VA.
- 1991 – Theodor Seuss Geisel died at the age of 87. The children’s
author is better known as Dr. Seuss.
- 1996 – The United States, represented by President Clinton,
and the world’s other major nuclear powers signed a Comprehensive Test
Ban Treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons.
SAFETY NOTES – Fall
is here. Think courtesy and safety when using leaf blowers.
“Think Courtesy” when using a leaf blower
this season. Keep in mind the following tips when using your leaf blower
in order to prevent
accidents and promote good-feelings among neighbors.
- Use your leaf blower at reasonable hours.
- Lower the throttle speed.
- Use nozzle attachments to reduce sound levels.
- Check local ordinances for operating times.
- Always read the manual before operating.
- Do not let people, especially children, into the work area.
- Do not point the nozzle in the direction of people or pets
- Use a dust mask in dusty or dirty areas.
Important Calendar Dates:
Golf Outing – Falcon Creek Golf Course,
Contact Mr. Hank Pierre (609-530-6879) for more information.
Salute to our Deploying Troops
Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, NJ
7 a.m.-12 p.m.
Breakfast – Support the Troops
Westfield Armory, 500 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, NJ
of this even will benefit the soldiers and families of NJ National
Guard’s Family Readiness Council and
the Family Assistance Center at Westfield.
Rain Date: 25 Oct
Golf Tournament - Support the Troops
Oceanair Golf and Country Club
Proceeds will benefit the families of
the DISCOM and Artillery units of Toms River and Ocean County whose
finances have been affected by the deployment
of National Guard members who have been called to duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For more information call: 609-693-1941.
NJ Advisory Committee for Women Veterans Annual Luncheon
McAters Restaurant, Somerset, NJ
Contact Karen Wallace for more information 609-530-6766
a.m. – 3
Veterans Information Fair
NJ National Guard Armory, Lawrenceville, NJ
Facts – All about Words.
- Incredible means not believable. Incredulous means
not believing. When someone’s story is truly incredible, you ought
to be incredulous.
- The ZIP in zip code stands for “Zone Improvement
- Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted
people without killing them used to burn their houses down – hence the expression “to
-“Big cheese” and “big wheel” are
Medieval terms of envious respect for those who could afford to buy whole
cheese at a time, an expense few could enjoy. Both of these terms are often
used sarcastically today.
- The longest word used by Shakespeare in any of his
works is “honorificabilitudinitatibus,” found
in “Love’s Labors Lost.” Unfortunately, he’s no longer
around to tell us what it means.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – Low
Back Pain (Part 4 of a 5 part series) by Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness
Step 4: Pay attention to your posture.
We spend most of our lives with our bodies in the three
basic positions: sitting, standing, and sleeping. Let’s cover them
one at a time.
Sitting: If you were to take a survey of people that
suffer with back pain, you would find that nearly everyone sits far too
much. Sitting increases
the pressure in the back nearly two times your bodyweight. After sitting
all day at work, you sit while driving home and sit once again for dinner.
Now your back is hurting badly, so you sit in front of the TV, slouched.
Do that for 7 days a week, and you wonder why you still have back problems.
Don’t sit so much without moving. If you can, at work take a few short
breaks on the floor – lie down and stretch; then hit the floor at night
when you come home, instead of the couch. Yes, you’ve read this before.
That’s how important it is!
Standing: As we stand during the day, the muscles of our back become fatigued
or tired. Especially by the end of the day, we have a tendency to round or
hunch forward. This poor posture puts an unnecessary load on the low back,
because the weight and leverage of the upper body rounding forward puts a
constant stress on the low back.
When you’re standing, don’t lock your knees
and round forward. Instead, spread your legs and press forward with an
arch in your low back.
Lean on an arm if you can. It helps take some weight off the muscles of the
When you’re lifting, it’s important to bend your knees and to
keep the weight that you’re lifting as close to your body as possible.
Do not rotate or twist. Square off toward what you are going to lift. It
doesn’t take much weight to cause an injury.
Never reach out, lift, and rotate. It is the easiest way to tear or rupture
a disk, because of the forces and leverage on the small support ligaments
of the spine. They just cannot take it.
Prolonged standing with your weight shifted on one leg or another creates
an uneven, lateral, or side bending of the spine. This loads the tiny joints
of the back on one side.
If you stand on a hard surface like concrete all day, the cumulative effect
of compression and the constant pounding and jarring of your spine when you
walk with hard shoes is just another variable that can contribute to back
Sleeping: Do not sleep on your belly. Prolonged hypertension
from sleeping on your stomach causes the low back joints to jam together,
definitely a reason for walking with back pain. Try to sleep on your back
with your knees bent; or if you sleep on your side and have a small waist,
use a pillow under your waist to keep the plane of the spine horizontal with
the bed. Do not be afraid to use lots of pillows around you – not to
prop you up, but to support you in an oblique or almost-on-your-side position.
Select a mattress that’s not too firm, but not too soft. Rotate and
turn your mattress every couple of months; (unless you have a Sleep Number
bed like me) and if you can’t afford a new mattress, use a piece of
plywood between the mattress and the box spring for added support. We spend
almost one third of our lives in bed, so if you wake up with pain, the first
thing to do is to replace your existing mattress!
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
As the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers
and airmen around the globe, the families that are left behind
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 Center
Call toll free 888-859-0352