Dept of Military and
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
COL (Ret) Emil H. Philibosian
Deputy Commissioner for
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COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith
Mrs. Laura A. Branham
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“Patriotism is not
short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil
and steady dedication
of a lifetime.”
…Adlai E. Stevenson
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
* 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
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
with the bank’s Freedom Loan application.
First Morris Bank & Trust
North Jersey Federal Credit Union
Pennsville National Bank
Sovereign Bank -
Sun National Bank -
New Jersey World War II Veterans Organization holds its
As America honors World War II veterans with the opening
of the National World War II Memorial, another chapter to
a close. After 28 years, the Garden State Basha of the China-Burma-India
Veterans Association held its final meeting ever on 13 June
2004 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. At its May meeting, members
of the Garden State Basha (a term for housing native to Burma)
voted to cease official activities. The national host organization,
the China-Burma India Veterans Association (CBIVA), will
cease operation in September of 2005.
The China-Burma-India Theater of Operations
(CBI) produced some of the most notable events and figures
of World War
II, including General “Vinegar” Jose Stilwell,
The Flying Tigers, Merrill’s Marauders, “The
Hump” military airlift, and the building of the Ledo
Road. CBI is often referred to as “The Forgotten
Theater of World War II” because of the relatively
few Americans (about 250,000) who served there. Members
of the Garden State Basha served in all branches of U.S.
Armed Forces in CBI.
According to Robert Abrams, Commander
of the Garden State Basha, “We did our duty and
served with honor. Now we are old men and women. An important
phase of our lives
is coming to an end.” Representing The Adjutant General,
COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith, Assistant Commissioner, addressed
the Basha thanking them for their service, dedication,
and their patriotism.
Warrant Officers scheduled to change
over Insignia and Branch Colors.
As the Warrant Officer Corps prepares to become fully
integrated into the Officer Corps, CW5 Poyas Haynes, Command
Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO) of the Army National Guard
(ARNG) reports that uniform policy changes have been identified
as the initial steps toward this transition. Resulting
from Phase III of the Army Training and Leadership Development
Panel (ATLDP) Study, the changeover of insignia and Branch
colors for the Warrant Officer Corps will occur as noted
- Effective 9 July 2004, all Warrant
Officers that have completed Warrant Officer Basic Course
(WOBC) will replace
the Warrant Officer Device commonly known as the “Rising
Eagle” with the insignia of their branch affiliation.
- The Rising Eagle will be earned by Warrant Officer Candidates
in their senior week at Warrant Officer Candidate School
and retained through WO1 until completion of WOBC when
they will adopt branch insignia.
- CCWOs and Warrant Officers serving
in duty positions coded “PERMK = 55” will
adopt General Staff insignia.
- Not later than 9 July 2006, all uniforms with
branch accouterments will be converted to Branch colors
- Effective 9 July 2004, all CW5 Warrant Officers will
convert their rank insignia from the present Master Warrant
insignia of four silver squares inside the four black squares,
to a new CW5 rank insignia that has an eight inch recessed
black stripe running through the vertical center of the
There will be Transition Pinning Ceremony at the Headquarters
Building, 3650 Saylors Pond Road, Fort Dix, on July 9th
at 1400 hours to celebrate the conversion to the 10 Regimental
Branch positions held by NJARNG Warrant Officers. The Adjutant
General, BG Glenn K. Rieth, the State Command Sergeant
Major Richard S. Adkins, and State Command Chief Warrant
Officer Albert G. Curving will be in attendance.
Avenue-Saylors Pond Road Gate at Fort Dix – temporarily
Effective 23 June 2004, the Florida Avenue – Saylor
Pond Road Gate on Fort Dix, NJ, will be designated a Truck
Exit ONLY. All other traffic, to include privately owned
vehicles, is NOT permitted to enter or exit through this
gate. Attempting to do so will result in the issuance of
New Jersey Veterans Memorial Homes are represented at
the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention.
The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of DMVA’s Veterans
Memorial Homes at Menlo Park, Paramus, and Vineland addressed
the members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and their Auxiliary
at their annual convention in Wildwood on 17-18 June 2004.
The CEOs thanked the VFW organization, their auxiliary,
and members for their continued financial, emotional, and
spiritual support of the varied programs at the Veterans
Homes. The CEOs presented an update on the construction
of the new Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland, the opening
of Menlo Park’s “Old Glory Wing,” and
the upcoming dedication of the All-Purpose Room at Paramus.
Breakfast to Benefit Veterans held in Kearny.
On Sunday, 20 June 2003, the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus,
Msgr. Peter B. O’Connor Assembly, held a “Breakfast
to Benefit Veterans” at St. Stephen’s Church
in Kearny, NJ. At last year’s event, the keynote
speaker was Maj Gen (Ret) Francis R. Gerard, former TAG-NJ,
and nearly $2,000 was raised. $1,000 was donated to the
NJ Department of Military & Veterans Affairs’ (NJDMVA)
Veterans Memorial Home at Paramus for the construction
of the proposed Multi-Purpose Room. This year’s keynote
speaker was COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith, NJDMVA’s
Assistant Commissioner. He thanked the Knights for their
donation and described the New Jersey National Guard’s
commitment to the fight in the Global War on Terror. COL
(Ret) Smith updated the audience on the current state of
affairs at our Veterans Memorial Homes, the Veterans Homeless
Program, BG Doyle Cemetery, and the whole range of veterans
support programs. He concluded with a Question & Answer
NJ Army National Guard’s 63rd
Army Band announces its Summer Concert schedule.
||Basking Ridge Fire Company Parade
||Concert – Meadowlands Park, South Orange
||Concert – Paramus Veterans Memorial Home
||Concert – 2004 Freedom Fest – Cream Ridge
||Concert – Frank Sinatra Park, Hoboken
||Concert – Croydon Hall, Middletown
||Concert -- Toms River Library, Toms River
||Parade – 4th of July Parade, Ewing Township
||Concert – McLaughlin-Norcross Dell, Haddon Heights
||Concert – Laurence Harbor Beach Front
East Wall of Vietnam Memorial Closed to Public.
A $1 million lighting replacement construction project is
underway. On June 11th, the East Wall of the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial in Washington, DC was closed to visitors, and will
remain closed through mid-August. When it reopens, the West
Wall will close and be under construction through October.
While the closing of the most visited monument in Washington
will prevent friends, loved ones, and members of the general
public from visiting some of the more than 58,000 names on
The Wall for the next five months, a new lighting system is
needed. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is paying for the
renovations that will illuminate the entire 144 panels of the
black granite memorial, and apologizes for any inconvenience
the project may cause to visitors.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
For more information about any of these events, please call
the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732)
17 Sep, 11 a.m. - National POW Recognition Day/Gold Star Mothers
11 Nov, 11 a.m. - Veterans Day Program
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor our
11 am & 1 pm
|Distinguished & Meritorious Service (am)
Korean War Commemorative Medal (pm)
|Essex County Elks & VFW
475 Main St., Orange, NJ
11 am & 1 pm
|Distinguished & Meritorious Service (am)
Korean War Commemorative Medal (pm)
|Distinguished & Meritorious Service Medals
Essex County announces its Free Summer Concert
Essex County is throwing a Summer Jam, and you’re invited
to be one of our special guests. Get out your favorite blankets
and lawn chairs and boogie over to one of the county’s
beautiful parks for the 2004 Free Summer Concert Series. Visit
the county’s website: www.co.essex.nj.us for further
Today in History…
Today is Friday, 18 June 2004 and the 177th
day of the year. There are 190 days left in the year. On
- 1844 – John Tyler took Julia Gardiner
as his bride, thus becoming the first U.S. President to marry
while in office.
- 1869 – Florida, Alabama, Louisiana,
Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are readmitted
to the Federal government.
- 1876 – Custer & the 7th Cavalry are wiped out
by Sioux & Cheyenne at Little Big Horn.
- 1950 – North Korea invaded South
Korea initiating the Korean War.
- 1973 – White House Counsel John
Dean admitted that U.S. President Nixon took part in the
- 1992 – Billy Joel got his high
school diploma. He had overslept and missed English and Gym
finals 25 years earlier.
- 1998 – U.S. Supreme Court ruled
that the Americans with Disabilities Act protect those infected
* Thomas Edison coined the word “Hello” and
introduced it as a way to answer the phone.
* Seals sleep only one and a half minutes at a time.
* Your eye expands up to 45% when looking at something pleasing.
* Panama is the only place in the world where you can see
the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic.
* You have to play ping-pong for 12 hours to lose one pound.
* Farmington, Maine, celebrates Chester Greenwood Day to honor
the inventor of earmuffs.
101 Critical Days of Summer – Bicycling
Bicycling is one of the most popular ways
to get around, whether for recreation, sport, or transportation.
An estimated 57 million
Americans ride bikes ranging from high performance, 18-speed,
touring models, to “dirt bikes” equipped with balloon
tires – and dozens of variations in between. Because
900 bicyclists were killed and some 70,000 suffered disabling
injuries (2000) statistics, the National Safety Council recommends
the following precautions to guard against injuries.
~ Obey traffic rules. Get acquainted with local traffic ordinances.
Cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists.
~ Know your bike’s capabilities.
Remember bikes cannot move as fast as motor vehicles, but
they can change direction
more easily, stop faster, and move through smaller spaces.
~ Ride in single file with the traffic, not against it.
~ Make safe turns and cross intersections with care.
~ Never hitch on cars. A sudden stop or turn could send the
cyclist flying into the path of another vehicle
~ Before riding
into traffic: stop, look left, right, left again, and over
Always be seen – Wear bright clothing. If riding
at night, when reflective clothing.
Wear a helmet. Head injuries cause about 85 percent of all
Family Appreciation Day –
Don’t forget to mark 21 August 2004 on your calendars – It’s
Family Appreciation Day for all members of the New Jersey National
Guard, employees of the Department of Military & Veterans,
and their families. A day of fun in the sun is planned at the
National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt.
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 need our
support and assistance. Can we count on your help?
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance
Call toll free 888-859-0352