The NJ National Guard Civil Support Team (CST) is
National Guard Civil Support Team (Heavy) has been approved. The
22 AGR positions are now being
advertised with an Opening Date of 12 March and a Closing
Date of 13 April 2004. There
are 18 Army National Guard and 4 Air National Guard
positions. All positions (except the Commander) are
advertised either ARNG or ANG.
Once selected, you are locked into that position
for a period of three years. Detailed descriptions
of the positions can be found on DMVA’s
DMVA’s Veteran Service Officers (VSO) net $45 million in FY ’03.
Through their hard work and diligence on behalf of
veterans, our VSOs successfully established 3,460 claims
resulting in 5,110 financial awards totaling $45,081,007. Fantastic
to our VSOs and their staff. The following is a breakdown
| Asbury Park
| Atlantic City
WANTED: One Full-time Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
One dynamic, dedicated individual is needed to work
for the NJ Joint Force Headquarters J-1 (Personnel).
The successful candidate will
provide the ESGR Committee operation with continuity,
coordination, and support. This is a contracted position.
Annual salary is $52,000.
This job announcement closes on 2 April 2004 at 1700
hours. Send resume to: email@example.com.
Full details are found at:
Sunshine Foundation’s “Operation Dreamlift” – application
The Mercer County Sunshine Foundation’s Operation Dreamlift,
which provides the opportunity for children with serious illnesses
or disabilities to spend an entire day at Walt Disney World, will
take off from the NJ National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility
located at Mercer County Airport. DMVA has been allocated space on
the plane for children and chaperones. Final applications must be
made by 2 April 2004 for seats still available for this year’s
flight. If anyone knows of a child who might qualify,
contact the office of the Deputy Adjutant General at 609-530-7033.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor
|31 Mar, 11 am
||Distinguished Service & Meritorious
430 Jockey Hollow Road
||Distinguished Service & Meritorious Service
Medals (for Residents of the Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland)
||Veterans Memorial Home
Vineland, New Jersey
|29 Apr, 11 a.m.
||Distinguished Service & Meritorious Service
||Toms River Elks
600 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ
Family Appreciation Day set for August 21, 2004.
“DMVA Families – Come One, Come All. Come have a great
day at the Jersey Shore.” This year, NJ National Guard members
and their families and state/federal employees of DMVA
and their families are invited to a Family Appreciation
Day on August 21, 2004. This
special event will be held on our beautiful beach and
grounds at the National Guard Training Center in Sea
Girt. The day will begin with
the Youth Camp Closing Ceremony and will include carnival
rides and amusements, fireworks, beach activities,
entertainment, and much more
for the entire family. Mark the date on your calendar,
and watch Highlights for more details.
Office, J1-DPCS-HS, is busy assisting soldiers and
their families in preparation for mobilization.
As our soldiers continue to deploy worldwide from
the New Jersey Army National Guard, we as a command strive to achieve
the best possible
Medical/Dental benefits available before they depart.
Current Mobilization Exercises continue to put excessive workloads
on individual unit readiness,
while concentrating on current missions. The Health
Services office has proposed new strategies to alleviate confusion
units on medical/dental benefits. Prior to each individual
scheduled Mobilization Exercises that are held at Sea
Girt, Health Services travels to each unit during drill weekends
to brief the TDG
soldiers about their benefits. This reduces the overload
of information that soldiers obtain at Sea Girt during the MOBEX,
and provides them
with the opportunity for early enrollment in the TRICARE
Reserve Dental Program (TDP) prior to reporting at the MOBEX. Briefings
are on the
* Healthcare Benefits for Reserve Component Members and their families
on active duty for more than 30 days.
* TRICARE Reserve Dental program (TDP)
* Newly announced TRICARE Temporary
Reserve Health Care Program
* Transitional Health Care Benefits
* Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)
* Uniformed Services Family Health Plan overview of benefits
* Mobilization Dental Readiness requirements (IAW AR Bulletin #40,
Dental Treatment Procedures)
New Jersey National Guard Youth Camp Information.
Applications are being accepted for this year’s youth camp
at the NJ National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, NJ from 15-21
August 2004. The Youth Camp helps children, ages 9 – 12, build
new friendships, meet new people, understand the Guard and its mission,
and experience life at a military camp. The cost is $100 per camper,
and all activities are included. For more information or to download
an application for camper, counselor, junior counselor, or to volunteer
your services, log onto the NJNG Family Programs’ website: www.state.nj.us/military/familysupport/youth_camp.html or contact State Family Program Coordinator CW4 Ralph Cwieka at 609-562-0668.
Joint Force Headquarters Family Readiness
The Joint Force Headquarters Family Readiness Group
(FRG) would like to say “Thank You.” Due to the overwhelming
response of donations from various organizations and soldiers, they
have a new
popcorn machine! The machine was purchased from Snappy
Popcorn Company in Brita, Iowa and will be used for future family
functions held within
the Joint Force Headquarters. In addition, if anyone
is interested in borrowing the machine, please contact FRG President
at 609-265-5537 or FRG OIC Josephine Gray at 609-562-0865.
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)
|27 Mar, 1 p.m.
||“The Hidden History of the Antiwar Movement,” an
Author Lecture Series presentation by Vietnam-era
Veteran H. Bruce Franklin, author of Vietnam and other American
||Chapter One: The Story of Vic Charles (a novel) – An
Author Lecture Series presentation by Vietnam Veteran Bob Staranowicz
at the Vietnam Era Educational Center.
|7 May, 11 a.m.
||New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day ceremony
at the NJ Vietnam Veterans ’ Memorial
Family Assistance is a phone call away – 1-888-859-0352
You can now dial one number to reach any New Jersey
National Guard Family Assistance Center location in the State – 1-888-859-0352.
Listed below are the points of contact at each Family
Air National Guard
ARW – McGuire AFB
FW – Pomona
||SFC Minnie Hiller
||CPT Kevin Williams
extends reservists’ health
announced on 18 March 2004 that it would extend the
Transitional Assistance Medical Program to allow reservists
their military health coverage for 180 days after they
are demobilized. The fiscal 2004 National Defense
Authorization Act called for a number
of experimental measures to support medical readiness
and ensure that reservists are prepared for deployment.
Under the legislation, reservists
and their families will be eligible for the Defense
Tricare health coverage as soon as they are alerted
of their pending mobilization. The authorization
act also extends the Tricare coverage
to some reservists who have not been moved to active
duty but do not have private health care. Officials
are hopeful the moves could help
recruitment and retention efforts. The measures are
set to expire at the end of the calendar year, when
lawmakers will determine if
the rules should be extended. Defense officials said,
however, that the experimental program might need
to be extended before any decision
National Guard Association of New Jersey plans Annual Golf Tournament.
Guard Association of New Jersey (NGANJ) proudly presents
its sixteenth annual President’s Golf Tournament on Monday,
June 7, 2004, with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. at the Falcon Creek
Golf Course, McGuire AFB, New Jersey. All proceeds from the tournament
will benefit the scholarship fund. Donations for the event are $95
per person. Cost includes green fees, cart, refreshments, dinner,
and door prizes. If you would like to attend dinner only at the McGuire
AFB Officers’ Club, the cost is $35 per person. Checks should
be made payable to NGANJ Scholarship Fund. For more
information, please contact COL Kenneth J. Baker at
Happenings – Check to see what’s
happening at an Armory near you.
||Toms River Armory
||Doll & Bear Show
||Cherry Hill Armory
|31 Mar – 5 Apr
||Piano Show and Sale
||Cherry Hill Armory
Today is Friday,
26 March 2004 and the 86th day of the year. There are 281 days left
in the year. On this day …
* 1804 – The
territory of New Orleans was organized in the Louisiana Purchase.
* 1885 – Eastman
Kodak produced the first commercial moving-picture film.
* 1937 – Spinach
growers in Crystal City, Texas erected a statue of Popeye.
* 1943 – First
woman receives Air Medal (US Army Nurse Elsie S. Ott)
* 1951 – U.S.
Air Force flag approved. The flag included the coat of arms, 13 white stars and the Air Force seal on a blue background.
1953 – Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new
vaccine that would prevent poliomyelitis.
1979 – Camp David Treaty was signed
by Israel and Egypt that ended the 31-year state
of war between the two countries.
1982 – Groundbreaking ceremonies were
held in Washington, D.C. for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1989 – First free elections in USSR:
Boris Yeltsin wins.
* Holland is the
only country with a national dog – the Keeshond.
* Honeybees are the only insects that create a form of food for humans.
* Texas is the only state that permits residents to cast an absentee
ballot from space.
* Hawaii is the only U. S. state never to report a temperature of
* “Q” is
the only letter in the alphabet not appearing in the name of any
* Mosquitoes have 47 teeth.