Dept of Military and
BG Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Col Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General
COL (Ret) Emil H. Philibosian
Deputy Commissioner for
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is what it takes to stand up and speak;
is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
You have a 1 in 1506 1 chance of being born
on February 29th.
About 200,000 people in the US and 4.1 million
people in the world are Leap Day babies.
Training has begun…
Warm Spring days
can’t be too far behind.
New Jersey National
Guard opens Family Assistance Centers.
The New Jersey National Guard opened
two new Family Assistance Centers this week. On Tuesday,
2004, the fourth Family Assistance Center (FAC) was
opened at the National Guard Armory in Toms River.
The Deputy Adjutant General, Colonel Maria Falca-Dodson,
addressed the crowd of over 100 family members, soldiers,
volunteers, guests, local elected officials, community
representatives, veterans’ organizations, and
senior members of the NJ Army and Air National Guard.
Col Falca-Dodson expressed the importance of the community
support for the “unsung heroes of this war on
terrorism, the families left at home.” Mayor
Paul Brush of Toms River pledged the support of the
Town Council throughout the Unit’s deployment,
and commented that “the community stands behind
the Guard families during these historic times.” Chaplain
(CPT) Williams will serve as the full-time FAC coordinator
for Toms River, which will support several Armories
within the region.
The fifth FAC was dedicated on 26 February 2004 in
a ceremony held at the Morristown Armory. The Adjutant
General, BG Glenn K. Rieth, welcomed the audience in
the Grand Ball Room. The Morris Chapter of the Red
Cross provided refreshments. Mr. Bob Riker, Commander
of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3401, presented the
Family Readiness Group with a plaque adopting them
and pledging their support. The Grand Lodge of NJ (Masons)
presented a framed print of The Prayer at Valley Force
to both Units.
177th Fighter Wing Prepares for Red Flag.
February 28th, the 177th Fighter Wing will deploy
more than 100 wing members including pilots, maintenance
personnel, weapons load teams, and aircraft to Nellis
AFB, Nevada, to participate in Red Flag. During the
two-week long exercise, the 177th will engage in combat
situations. Each Red Flag exercise normally involves
a variety of interdiction, attack, air superiority,
defense suppression, airlift, air refueling, and reconnaissance
aircraft. Since combat is no place to train aircrews,
Red Flag provides a peacetime “battlefield” within
which our combat air forces can train. Inside this
battlefield, aircrews train to fight together, survive
together, and win together. Red Flag (the 414th Combat
Training Squadron) conducts war exercises (Red Flags)
so that combat aircrews can train in the most realistic
simulated war environment possible. Red Flag is a realistic
combat training exercise involving the air forces of
the United States and its allies conducted on the vast
bombing and gunnery ranges at Nellis Air Force Base.
Red Flag is one of a series of advanced training programs
administered by the Air Warfare Center and Nellis,
through the 414th Combat Training Squadron.
NJ Army National Guard welcomes another Warrant Officer
Flight School candidate.
CW5 Al Curving, Command Chief Warrant Officer of the
NJ Army National Guard (NJARNG) and COL Paul Ciervo,
State Army Aviation Officer, jointly announced the
latest accession to the Warrant Officer Aviation Program.
From Specialist to WOC, Marc A. Cowe
received temporary Federal recognition on February
7, 2004. Candidate
Cowe will be attending Warrant Officer Candidate School
in April, and then Initial Entry Rotary Wing school
at Fort Rucker, Alabama after that. Marc became a Boeing
737 pilot with Continental Airlines and logged nearly
7500 hours of flight time. Marc is a 35-year-old Boston
resident and flies out of Newark’s Freedom International
Airport. In his application for an age waiver, he wrote, “I
missed out on the privilege of serving my country.
Most important, I missed out on the feeling that I
have played a part in preserving our way of life for
future generations.” Taking his chances on the
age waiver, Mark enlisted in the New Jersey Army National
Guard, completed basic training, and then went on to
Motor Transport Operator training (88M Truck Driver
school). In the meantime, his waiver to enter flight
school was approved by the Department of the Army.
to USPFO technician Bonnie Baker, Purchasing & Contracting
Procurement Technician. Ms. Baker has successfully
completed the Defense Acquisition
University Course 202 (Intermediate Contracting) at
Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, which was conducted 2-13
Take Your Child To Work Day plans are underway.
are underway for DMVA’s observance of
Take Your Child to Work Day at our Lawrenceville Headquarters
and the Training and Training Technology Battle Lab
(T3BL), Fort Dix on April 22, 2004. The day will begin
with a greeting from The Adjutant General and Deputy
Adjutant General and will include tours of the Lawrenceville
Headquarters, Homeland Security Center of Excellence,
and T3BL. If you are interested in participating with
your child, please contact Ms. Dot Counts at 609-530-6997
or by email at email@example.com not later
than 15 April 2004.
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) 335-0033.
1 p.m. -
Author Lecture by Gerald R. Gioglio, who will discuss his book, Days of Decision:
An Oral History of Conscientious Objectors In the Military During the Vietnam
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 Fantasies.
Homeland Security – A Citizens’ Preparedness
Guide is available online.
USA Freedom Corps and the National
Crime Prevention Council together with the U.S. Department
have published United for a Stronger America: Citizen’s
Preparedness Guide. The Guide covers a wide variety
of topics that include how to prepare your family,
home, neighborhood, workplace, and community for an
emergency. Information on how to respond and report
emergencies and non-emergencies is also included in
the publication. It is an informative Guide and can
be found at http://www.ncpc.org/cms/cms-upload/prevent/files/cover.pdf.
“Hire the Heroes” aims
to help military mechanics.
To help decrease the shortage of qualified
auto repair technicians, a leading automotive industry
joining forces with the U. S. military to match qualified
military veterans with available jobs. “The Hire
the Heroes initiative will give thousands of automobile
dealers the opportunity to network with military outplacement
personnel and to develop strategic relationships to
ease the transition for veterans into satisfying service
technician careers,” said James Willingham, chairman
of Automotive Retailing Today. Veterans may take ASE
certification courses through the Veterans Educational
Assistance Program or with their Montgomery GI Bill,
Willingham said. For more information on Hire the Heroes,
soldiers may visit the ART website at www.autoretailing.org/military.
New Army Uniform Rule requires a Flag for all.
soldier in the Army, not just those deployed, must
now wear the U.S. flag insignia on his or her
utility uniform, according to a new Army rule. On February
11th, Army Chief of Staff, General Peter Schoomaker,
authorized the universal adoption of the insignia as
a reminder to all soldiers that the Army is at war.
There’s another, more practical reason behind
the new rule. It saves wear and tear on the uniform.
Soldiers have until October 1, 2005 to get the insignia
sewn on their uniforms. Soldiers can purchase the flags
now at all Army Military Clothing Sales Stores. The
flags will also be available online at http://www.aafes.com after
GIs on extended Iraq tours offered bonus.
Army officials have settled on a compensation
plan that would give soldiers whose tours in Iraq
involuntarily extended a tax-free bonus of up to $1,000
each month. Although some soldiers may have been deployed
for longer than 12 months, only those soldiers who
where listed in the Army’s January announcement
of the involuntary extensions are eligible for the
new compensation package. The first part of the package
is an additional $200 each month in hardship duty pay,
which every soldier will receive on top of the $100
in hardship pay he or she has already been earning
while in Iraq. There is a $300 ceiling by law. The
second part involves a choice: take another $800 in
Assignment Incentive Pay each month, or take a “stabilized
tour” when they return home, according to Lt
Col Gerald Barrett, the Army’s Chief of Compensation.
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happening at an Armory near you.
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Today in History…
Today is Friday, 27 February 2004 and
the 58th day of the year. There are 309 days left
in the year. On
• 1827 – New Orleans held
its first Mardi Gras celebration.
• 1883 – Oscar Hammerstein
patented the first cigar-rolling machine.
• 1922 – The U.S. Supreme
Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women
• 1974 – “People” magazine
was first issued by Time-Life (later known as Time-Warner).
• 1991 – U.S. President George Bush announced
on live televistion that “Kuwait is liberated.”
• 1997 – In
Ireland, divorce became legal.
ð Theaters in Glendale, California
can show horror films only on Monday, Tuesday, or
ð You can’t plow a cotton
field with an elephant in North Carolina.
ð In Lehigh, Nebraska it is against
the law to sell donut holes.
ð Under the law of Mississippi, there’s
no such thing as a female Peeping Tom.
ð Every citizen of Kentucky is
required by law to take a bath at least once a year.
ð It is against the law to whale
hunt in Oklahoma.
ð In New York State, it is still
illegal to shoot a rabbit from a moving trolley car.