Dept of Military and
Gen Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Gen Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
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(Ret) Michael B. Smith
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Signal Systems Support Specialist, 31U
support systems specialist supervises, installs, employs,
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maintenance on authorized Signal equipment and associated
electronic devices; trains and provides technical assistance
to users of Signal equipment; and operates and performs
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Performs Signal support functions, to include
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BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
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Benefits & Entitlements
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
Farewell Ceremony for members
of the 250th Finance Battalion will be held on Saturday,
26 August 2005.
A farewell ceremony is scheduled to honor members of the
250th Finance Battalion and their families as they ready
for their deployment to Afghanistan. The ceremony will begin
at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning at the Flemington National Guard
Armory, State Highway 12, Raritan Township, New Jersey. Come
out and join The Adjutant General, state and local dignitaries
and show your support of your New Jersey National Guard!
2005 to be held on Friday, 23 September 2005.
Homeless veterans and their families are invited to attend
the annual one-day Standdown to be held at the Cherry Hill
Armory on Friday, 23 September 2005, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Federal, state, public, and private support agencies will
offer a broad array of FREE services and assistance such
as: VA benefit counseling, welfare, Social Security, food
stamps, legal services, addiction services, housing, medical,
dental, employment/unemployment, haircuts, and clothing provisions.
Pre-registration and transportation arrangements are encouraged.
Call (800) 464-8387 for additional information.
Adjutant General visited 50th Brigade at Annual Training.
On August 20th, The Adjutant General, MG Glenn K. Rieth,
and Command Sergeant Major Richard Adkins visited the 50th
Brigade at the Annual Training period at Fort Indiantown
Gap (FTIG), Pennsylvania. The Brigade Commander, COL Frank
Caruso, and Brigade Command Sergeant Major Jerome Jenkins
accompanied TAG as he reviewed the training. TAG initially
received a briefing at the Brigade Headquarters and then
proceeded to observe soldiers of the 2nd Battalion 113th
Infantry conduct Infantry maneuver lanes training with the
assistance of the 1-103rd Training Support Brigade from Fort
Bragg, NC. Next, TAG visited the 2nd Battalion 102nd Armored
Tactical Operations Center, then observed the scout section
conduct a practice mounted route reconnaissance across several
wooded miles of the FTIG terrain. TAG observed the 3rd Battalion
112th Field Artillery conduct small arms qualification and
moved directly to a .50 caliber heavy machine gun live fire
range. Here TAG had the opportunity to meet and speak to
a British Officer and Sergeant who were with the Brigade
as part of a NATO exchange program. The day concluded with
visits to 1st Battalion 114th Infantry TOC and the 5th Squadron
117th Cavalry conducting counter insurgency weapons training
with the assistance of a contact team from Picatinny Arsenal,
NJ. MG Rieth addressed the troops at all of the locations
visited. Across the Brigade, at all the various locations,
soldiers were uniformly excited and challenged by the training
being conducted and quick to tell TAG that Fort Indiantown
Gap is the post to come to for Annual Training.
Employee discounts are available on a wide variety of goods
The NJ Department of Personnel has announced that to express
appreciation for the valuable service that New Jersey state
employees provide, various companies are offering discounts
on goods and services to NJ State employees. A listing of
those amusement parks, fitness centers, insurance companies,
phone services, weight loss centers, etc. who are offering
discounts on their products and services can be obtained
by contacting Patty Smith in DMVA’s Human Resource
Division for additional details and contact numbers. Patty
can be reached at 609-530-6847.
October Tricare Reserve Select deadline looms for eligible
Most eligible National Guardsmen and
Reservists only have until October 28 to sign up for the
new premium-based health care plan. Tricare Reserve Select
(TRS) is available to all Guardsmen and Reservists activated
for at least 90 consecutive days since September 11, 2001
who agree to continued service. Officials have said that
they will apply the coverage retroactively.
TRS is a nationwide, premium-based plan that closely resembles
the Tricare Standard coverage available to active-duty personnel.
Rates are based on the premiums for the Blue Cross and Blue
Shield Standard Service Benefit Plan for federal employees:
$75 a month for individual coverage and $233 monthly for
Guardsmen and Reservists are eligible for one year of TRS
coverage for each 90-day period of continuous active duty
and each year added to their service agreement. For example,
soldiers who serve a 360-day qualifying active-duty tour
are eligible for years of TRS coverage provided they agree
to serve another four years.
There are narrow application windows. Guardsmen and Reservists
separating from qualifying active duty on or before April
26, 2005, must execute the extended service agreement by
October 28, 2005. Those separating from qualifying active
duty on or after April 27, 2005, must execute the agreement
within four months of leaving active duty.
Further details are available on the Tricare website at
The New Jersey War World II Memorial needs your help
WWII was by all account the greatest
victory for the United States – along the front lines
and the home front. Every individual alive during this
period of history was
involved and had a stake in the outcome. It was a war the
United States and our Allies could not afford to lose. Now,
America is slowly saying goodbye to its greatest generation
of citizens. The State of New Jersey is taking the initiative
to honor and remember them by establishing a Memorial in
Trenton, across from the Statehouse in Veterans Park.
Fittingly, the theme for New Jersey’s
WWII Memorial is “Victory”. The memorial hopes
to honor and pay tribute to the many sacrifices made during
WWII and celebrate
the greatest victory our country has ever known. It is our
goal to dedicate the memorial in the spring/summer 2006.
Time is short – we need your help now in order to ensure
that we can meet this ambitious goal. We urge you to support
the New Jersey World War II Memorial through your generous
contribution. We cannot afford to let new generations forget
the legacy that has been left to them from what has been
called “the Greatest Generation”. To make a tax-deductible
contribute, download a donation form from our website at
Veterans to be honored at ceremony on 29 September 2005.
Salem and Cumberland County veterans will be honored in
ceremonies to be held at the Salem County Community College,
460 Hollywood Avenue, Carneys Point, NJ. Veterans will be
presented with the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal
at an 11 a.m. ceremony, and Korean Service Medals will be
presented at a ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m.
NJ Friends of the Guard and Reserve Announce Golf Outing
The NJ Friends of the Guard and Reserve
is proud to present the 2005 State Chairman’s Annual Golf Outing. The golf
outing will be held on Thursday, 22 September 2005 at the
Falcon Creek Golf Course at McGuire AFB. The $85 per golfer
registration fee includes greens fees, cart registration,
food and beverages on the course, door prizes and dinner
at the McGuire AFB Officer’s Club. Hole and cart sponsors
are being sought too. All proceeds to benefit the activities
of the NJ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. For
additional information please contact Hank Pierre at 609-530-6879.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
10 Sep -
Between the Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Author lecture and slide presentation by Vietnam Veteran Thomas F. Morrissey.
16 Sep -
National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Gold Star Mothers Recognition Day ceremony.
18 Sep -
Rolling Thunder – NJ, Motorcycle Run for POW/MIA Awareness.
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.
Sandy Cove offers a free stay for our
military members & families
at Operation Oasis on Chesapeake Bay.
Operation Oasis is an outreach program developed to offer
a time of rest and renewal to military personnel involved
in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Located in North East, Maryland,
at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, Operation Oasis
offers a free 3-day, 2-night time of rest and relaxation.
It is a thank you to those who seek to secure and sustain
our freedom. Simply contact Carol Lee Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 800-287-4843 for additional information. You
can also visit the website www.sandycove.org for a more detailed
description of the facility.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
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.
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers planned
in support of our deployed troops and their families:
104th Engineer Association plans benefit
golf outing - The 104th Engineer Association will hold its first
annual golf outing to benefit the “SGT Frank T. Carvill
Scholarship Program.” The event will be held on Monday,
19 September 2005 at the Overpeck County Golf Course in Teaneck,
NJ. Contact SGM (Ret) Jerome Zebrowski at 609-214-6959 or
by e-mail at email@example.com or SGM Edward Goetschius at
609-965-1972 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.EANG-NJ.org to obtain additional information.
National Guard Family Day at Six Flags
Great Adventure Saturday, 24 September 2005, join the New Jersey
Guard for a day full of family, fun and excitement! Tickets
to the NJ National Guard Family Day are $17 each and they
will go fast. Purchase your tickets today at your nearest
Family Assistance center: Morristown, Teaneck, Lawrenceville,
Woodbury, Toms River, Jersey City, Somerset or Pomona. Call
for more information at 888-859-0352.
State Park Passes - All Active New Jersey
National Guard members are entitled to Division of Parks
Park passes. When parking fees are in effect this pass entitles
the NJNG member (and passengers) free parking at all New
Jersey State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas and Historic
Sites. This pass does not pertain to campground fees. ID
cards must be shown along with this pass for access. Active
NJ National Guard members and families of deployed soldiers
can obtain their state park passes through the State Family
Programs office by calling 609-562-0739 or at any NJ National
Guard Family Assistance Center, 888-859-0352. Questions and
inquiries concerning the NJ State Park Pass program should
be addressed to CW4 Ralph Cwieka, State Family Program Coordinator
at 609-562-0668 or e-mail: Ralph.email@example.com
Shades of Green Offers Summer Specials The Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort has announced
2005 end of summer
specials available from 7 AUG through 30 SEPT. Members of
the military community, including retired members, are eligible
for package deals. Resort officials say that Shades of Green
guests have exclusive access to discounted theme park tickets,
reduced rates at Disney’s PGA professional golf courses,
extra Magic Hours at the parks, and much more. For more information,
visit the Shades of Green website at www.shadesofgreen.org/funandsun.htm.
Free Military Care Package Kit of
Priority Mail The United States Postal Service is offering free packaging
to spouses and families of military members who are deployed
overseas. To take advantage of this service call: 1-800-610-8734
and press 1 (for English), then 3 for an operator and request
CAREKIT04. USPS will send you free boxes, packing materials,
tape and mailing labels. These products are to be used to
mail care packages to service members.
Sign up for a chance to send your
soldier Dunkin Donuts coffee. Dunkin Donuts will send a case of
free coffee to
your soldier if he/she is among the 50 selected in a monthly
lottery. Just go 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).
Operation Uplink. 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 30,000 stamps
have been donated to our National Guard soldiers and airmen
and Family Readiness Programs. With Memorial Day 2005 approaching,
we recall the unique sacrifices made by every generation
that has served in uniform for the good of America. We are
often asked what can be done to support the soldiers of this
generation. If you would like to participate, please mail
or drop off your postage stamps to the 7th Legislative District
Office, Delran Professional Center, 8008 Route 130 North,
Suite 125, Delran, NJ 08075.
American Hero Band - The American Hero
Band is a free wristband worn by Americans to demonstrate
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.
American Airlines: Special fare for
military personnel and their dependants (you will need
your military ID card
and a copy of your soldier’s orders to fly). Just call
800-433-7300 and ask for the military fare offer for your
desired destination. You can also go to www.aa.com, but you
cannot book a flight online.
are events taking place at your local armory.
25 – 28 August -
Tool Show, Homier Dist. Co.
26 August -
Moscow State Circus
West Orange Armory
27 August -
Flea Market, J&C Market place
Fitness Corner – Ernie Razzano,
Certified Fitness Trainer
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Americans are getting fatter, fast!
past year, the adult obesity rate rose in 48 of America’s
states, and nationally from 23.7% to 24.5%. In 10 states,
over a quarter of adults are
now obese, despite campaigns and films such as Super
Size Me alerting people to the dangers of over-eating.
Currently, about 119 million, or 64.5% of US adults are
either overweight or obese. At this rate, 73% of US adults
could be overweight or obese by 2008.
Today is 19th of August, the 231st day of the year with
134 days remaining.
On this day in history…
1498 – Michelangelo was commissioned
to make the “Pieta.”
1843 – The school board
of St. Louis, Missouri, authorized the first U.S. public
1907 – Houdini escaped from chains underwater
at Aquatic Park in 57 seconds.
1920 – The 19th Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment
on the basis of sex in the voting booth.
1939 – The
first televised major league baseball games were shown. The
event was a double-header between the
Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1945 – The
Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. Battleship
Missouri at the end of World War II.
1957 – The first
Edsel made by the Ford Motor Company rolled out.
1971 – The
New York Giants football team announced it was leaving the
Bronx for New Jersey in 1975.
1973 – A U.S. Presidential Proclamation was declared
that made August 26th Women’s Equality Day.
Thought for the day…. Back to School
days have arrived.
"Invest in yourself, in your education.
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness Center near
If you are able to assist the families of our deployed soldiers
and airmen, please call our Family Readiness Center at our
toll-free number 888-859-0352.