Freedom Salute Campaign will
honor the 253rd Transportation Company.
The Army National Guard’s Freedom Salute Campaign
will honor the 253rd Transportation Company on at 9 a.m.
on 19 March 2005 at ceremonies to be held at the Wildwood
Convention Center, Wildwood, NJ. The Freedom Salute Campaign
is designed to recognize Army National Guard soldiers, their
families, and others who have supported them as they answered
the call to duty in the Global War on Terrorism – both
at home and abroad.
Local community and residents make Pasta
Dinner for our troops a huge success!
With final figures still being tabulated,
the Pasta Dinner held at the Lawrenceville Armory last
Sunday raised almost
$20,000 for the NJ National Guard Family Assistance program.
The dinner, a joint project of American Legion Post 414 and
the Lawrence Lions, served 1500 hungry diners. Local businesses
and restaurants donated everything needed for dinner - rolls,
spaghetti sauce, meatballs, salad, and an assortment of desserts.
Special thanks to Wegman’s, Amici’s Restaurant,
the Department’s Armorer staff at the Lawrenceville
facility and all of the volunteers who helped to make this
event a huge success!
Trenton Area Veterans Center will host
an Ice Breaker.
The Trenton Area Vets Center will host
an Ice Breaker on 16 March from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Hamilton Area
YMCA. A briefing will be provided on veterans’ benefits,
employment, re-adjustment services, and other relevant topics.
All veterans and their families in attendance will receive
a 90-day free membership to the YMCA. The Hamilton YMCA is
located at 1315 White Horse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton, NJ.
honored at recent ceremony.
On Thursday, 24 February 2005, a ceremony
was held at the Lawrenceville Armory to present the New
Service Medal, the New Jersey Meritorious Medal and the New
Jersey Korean Service Medal to deserving state veterans.
MG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General, presented these
medals to 75 of our state’s veterans. MG Rieth saluted
them for their service and sacrifice on behalf of all the
citizens of our great state and nation. Ms. Kathy Hymes served
as Mistress of Ceremony for the morning ceremony and sang
the National Anthem to everyone’s delight. Ms. Patricia
Ann Richter, Chief, Veterans Benefits Bureau, served as Mistress
of Ceremony for the afternoon ceremony. Mrs. Kimberly Bruss,
Ms. Kimberly Castner, Ms. Karen Hansen, and Ms. Michele Johnson
of the Veterans Benefits Bureau assisted with the programs.
Force Headquarters – Air
Component hosted a symposium for retired senior staff.
On 11 February 2005, the Joint Force
Headquarters – Air
Component hosted a symposium for former New Jersey Air National
Guard Command Chief Master Sergeants and Senior Enlisted
Advisors. The purpose of the symposium was to update these
retired senior leaders on current programs, deployments,
strength issues, and new terminology that included “Battlefield
Airmen” and the Fit to Fight Program. The current wing
Command Chief Master Sergeants briefed on their units. In
attendance were retired Chief Master Sergeants from Headquarters,
New Jersey Air National Guard, the 108th Air Refueling Wing,
and the 177th Fighter Wing.
Officers have been selected to receive ”Excellence
in Customer Service Award.”
On 21 February 2005, our Veterans Service
Officers and staff were honored by being selected by the
Awards Committee to receive the “Excellence in Customer
Service Award” for 2004-2005 for their outstanding
performance in meeting the needs of our New Jersey veterans’ community.
The award will be presented to the VSOs in May at a ceremony
to be held at the War Memorial in Trenton. Congratulations
to our VSOs for a job well done and for the special care
and respect they have given to our veterans who have given
so much to keep American free.
Joint Force Headquarters
(JFHQ) – Army
Develops Joint Mission Essential Task List (JMETL).
The Army Directorates of the JFHQ are
developing New Jersey Army National Guard’s JMETL.
These Directors must identify the tasks most essential
to their assigned or anticipated
missions. These essential tasks are referred to as joint
mission essential tasks (JMET).
Joint training focuses on tasks performed by more than one
Service, under the direction of a joint force commander,
and in accordance with joint doctrine. Joint training is
fundamental to the effective employment of military forces
over a broad range of missions. These missions can be state
missions, in support of the Governor, or federal missions
in support of major operations like Operations Iraqi Freedom
or Enduring Freedom.
JMETs describe a joint force commander’s priority
warfighting requirements. JMETs are identified by reviewing
plans and Operations Orders for executing a mission. JMETs
are identified using the Universal Joint Task List (UJTL)
as a common language. The UJTL identifies “what” joint
tasks are performed; joint doctrine describes “how” joint
tasks are performed; and Plans and Operations Orders specify “who” and “when” joint
tasks are performed.
Joint warfighting requirements are a
product of the cumulative planning efforts of the JFHQ – Army
staff. This planning coordinates information sharing. The
JMETL provides flexibility
for missions and synchronizes the Services.
Maj Gen Loren
M. Reno toured the 108th Air Refueling Wing.
Maj Gen Loren M. Reno, Director of Logistics, Headquarters
Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, recently
toured the 108th Air Refueling Wing as part of his McGuire
Air Force Base visit. He received a wing mission brief from
Col Michael Cunniff, 108th ARW Commander, and senior leadership,
toured maintenance areas and emphasized his interest in two
KC-135Es that the 108th owns. These aircraft were grounded
in September 2004 as part of an Air Force-wide grounding
of more than 30 KC-135s.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been
scheduled to honor our State’s veterans.
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medals
Korean Service Medal
1048 Route 206
Bordentown, NJ 08505
|Distinguished, Meritorious, Korean, and Vietnam Service
||American Legion #115
700 Melbourne Avenue
Beverly, NJ 08010
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medals
Vietnam Service Medal
|Cherry Hill Armory
Grove Street & Park Blvd.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities
and fundraisers planned in support of our deployed troops
and their families:
Operation Gratitude – 25 Feb 05 – Comedy
Show & Fundraiser for the 50th Main Support Battalion
will be held at the VFW 6467, 321 So. Washington Avenue,
Bergenfield, NJ. Tickets are $15. The event will star Larry
DeFelice (Larger than Life) and Mike Moorse (MTV, VH1, Comedy
Central). For more information, contact Rich Carucci at 201-342-1661.
Breakfast Buffet – Port Murray – 27
Feb 05. American Legion Post 164 and the 2-102nd Family Readiness
Group will sponsor a Breakfast Buffet on Sunday, 27 February
from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will be held at the American
Legion Post on Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey.
Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for Seniors and Children under
10. Proceeds will assist the families of the 2nd Battalion,
"Packing Day for a Loved One" – Sunday,
27 February 2005, from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Somerset Armory,
1060 Hamilton Street, Somerset, NJ 08873. Attendees will
be able to pack and send a package to their loved ones overseas.
You must provide your own transportation to the Somerset
Pancake Breakfast - Hopewell,
NJ – 13
March 05. A “Support the Troops” Pancake Breakfast
is being sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #7103 on Sunday,
13 March 2005, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The breakfast will
be held at the Hopewell American Legion Hall, Van Dyke Road,
Hopewell, NJ. Cost is $7.00 per person (donation to the Family
Readiness Group). Advance tickets can be obtained by calling
COL Ron Cefalone at 609-562-0211 or Laura Branham at 609-530-6987.
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.
Have you ordered your FREE American Hero wristband?
We did and it arrived in just 2 weeks!
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.
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.
The National Guard Association of NJ is pleased
to announce the continuation of the Scholarship Program for
2005. Completed applications will be accepted, beginning
February 1, 2005 and must be postmarked, not later than,
March 15, 2005. Applications and additional information are
available online at: www.nganj.org and
at your armory. Send completed applications to: National
Guard Association of New Jersey, Scholarship Committee—COL
Edward Slavin, 101 Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, NJ
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.
The National Guard’s
Family Program Online Community has redesigned their
The National Guard’s Family Program online community
is a place to share information, find resources, and connect
with others. Information on family issues, guard benefits,
business matters, deployments, and many other topics can
be found on the site. New content will be added over the
next few months, so check back often – www.guardfamily.org.
Retirees wanted to provide Military Funeral
The J5/7 MFH Coordinator is looking for paid
volunteers to provide MFH to New Jersey’s fallen veterans. You
must be retired from the Army or Army National Guard and
meet military standards in the Army’s Class A. uniform.
Owning a Class A uniform is a plus, but not mandatory. If
you are interested, please contact Mr. Denson at 609-530-7090
or e-mail him at Raymond.Denson@nj.ngb.army.mil for more
Armory Happenings – Listed below
are events taking place at your local armory.
||Sports Card & Comic Book Show
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
and Vietnam Era Education Center’s upcoming event
On Saturday, 22 January, at 1 p.m., the NJ
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host a slide
show and book discussion by Vietnam Veteran Thomas F. Morrissey,
author and photographic illustrator of Between the Lines:
Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
This book is a collection of photographs designed to not
only capture the faces of those who visit “The Wall,” but
the emotion, solitude, and ultimate spirit of healing that
take place there. Throughout the book, Morrissey incorporates
excerpts of messages that have been left at the Wall. Lecture
attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033. A donation of
$5 per person is suggested.
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.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
The Laws of Training (Part 1 of 5)
numerous training philosophies in the fitness industry.
From books and magazines to videos and the Internet.
The information can be overwhelming. Some work best for
strength, others for size. Some for cuts, some for speed.
sports, some for fitness. Some for hard gainers, some for
beginners. Even if you have time to peruse all of them
and possess adequate knowledge of training science to make
choices, uncertainty as to which is best can still paralyze
you. Science, then, must guide you. After all there is
really only one science. But, all to frequently, science
which leads to confusion.
There are well-documented training
principles that are important in judging the merits of any
training system. There are at
least seven overlapping principles upon which all systems
must rely if optimum effectiveness in training outcomes is
to be expected. Most, but not all, of the training systems
popular in current muscle magazines adhere only in part to
The Seven “Granddaddy” Laws. What determines
whether a training system is more or less effective than
another lies in how these laws are implemented, how they
are used to the best advantage of the trainee, and whether
or not they are even considered.
The Laws are: 1. The Principle
of Individual Differences, 2. The Overcompensation Principle,
3. The Overload Principle,
4. The SAID Principle, 5. The Use/Disuse Principle, 6.
The Specificity Principle, 7. The GAS Principle. I will explain
each of these principles over the next few weeks.
Today is Friday, 18 February 2005. It is the
56th day of the year with 309 days remaining.
1793 – The
department heads of the U.S. government met with U.S. President
Washington for the first Cabinet
meeting on U.S. record.
1836 – Samuel Colt received
a patent for the Colt 45.
1901 – J. P. Morgan incorporated
The United States Steel Corporation.
1913 – The 16th amendment to the U.S.
constitution was ratified. It authorized a graduated income
1919 – The state of Oregon became the
first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent
1933 – The first aircraft carrier, Ranger,
1948 – Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.
1986 – Philippino
President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after
20 years of rule after a tainted
1999 – In Moscow, China’s Prime Minister
Zhu Rongji and Russia’s President Boris Yeltsin discussed
trade and other issues.
Academy Award Trivia –
Facts about “Oscar” –
Officially named the “Academy
Award of Merit”
Weights 8 ½ pounds and is 13 ½ inches
Costs approximately $400.
During World War II, Oscar was made of plaster
to conserve metal.
Most Oscars - (tie) Ben-Hur (1959, Titanic
(1997) and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) – Each
Individual with the most Oscar wins – Walt
Disney won 26 Oscars.
Most nominated film without winning an
Oscar – (tie)
The Turning Point (1977) and The Color Purple (1985) were
both nominated for 11 Oscars.
The only X-Rated Best Picture: Midnight Cowboy (1969).
The first movie in color to win Best
Picture – Gone
with the Wind (1939)
The last movie in black and white to
win Best Picture – Schindler’s
Youngest Oscar winner – Tatum O’Neal
(age 10) Best Supporting Actress for Paper Moon (1973).
Oldest Oscar winner – Jessica Tandy
(age 80) Best Actress for Driving Miss Daisy.
is Black History Month -- Black Military Heroes
Astronauts – In
August 1983, Guion Bluford became the first African American
to go into space, while serving on a mission aboard the
Challenger space shuttle. Mae Jemison became the first
African American woman to travel in space when she flew
on the space shuttle Endeavor in a September 1992 mission.
Church – Protestant minister Richard Allen
founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME)
in Philadelphia in 1816.
Film – In 1919 writer and
motion picture director, Oscar Micheaux, made The Homesteader,
the first full-length
film directed by an African American.
Governor – Douglas
Wilder became the first African American to be elected
governor when Virginia voters
chose him to lead their state in 1989.
Major League baseball
player – In 1947 Jackie
Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers lineup, becoming
the first African American to play in the major leagues.
Peace Prize – In 1950, scholar and diplomat,
Ralph J. Bunche became the first African American to
win a Nobel Peace Prize. He won for his role as architect
of the United Nations.
Pulitzer Prize - In 1950 poet and
novelist Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African
American to win the Pulitzer
Price, which she received for her second book of poetry,
Senator – The son of former slaves,
Hiram Revels became the first African American to serve
in the United
States Senate. He was elected in 1870 to fill the seat
left vacant by Jefferson Davis.
Supreme Court Justice – In
1967, civil rights lawyer, Thurgood Marshall became the
first African American
justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.
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.