Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
Contacting us is easy!
Office of the Assistant Commisioner
COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith
Mrs. Laura A. Branham
Phone: (609) 530-6987
Fax: (609) 530-7109
on the Web!
State Veterans Service Council
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for Women
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
New Jersey Freedom
What is a Freedom
* Up to $10,000
* Annual APR 6%
* Term: 5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
* Unsecured Loan (no collateral required)
Who is eligible to
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
Welcome Home! HQ, 50th Finance Battalion
returns from Iraq.
MG Glenn K. Rieth, family, friends and the local community
came out on Thursday, 27 January, to welcome members of Headquarters,
50th Finance Battalion, as they returned to the Flemington
National Guard Armory after completing their year-long deployment
in Iraq. Local veterans and service organizations joined
fire and police units to greet our returning soldiers and
honor the outstanding achievements of the unit. The Battalion
was instrumental in creating and maintaining the first Central
Funding Facility in Iraq. The facility, which held more than
$400 million in U.S. currency at any one time, was responsible
for distributing both military and civilian pay to other
finance battalions throughout Iraq. The NJ National Guard
is extremely proud of the 30 soldiers from the 50th Finance
Battalion; their dedication to duty is in keeping with the
highest traditions of military service. Welcome Home!
Veterans Service Officers make December a record-setting
DMVA’s Veterans Service Officers were hard at work
during the month of December as they assisted 3,876 veterans
and filed 465 new claims for veterans’ benefits. During
this period, 414 letters were received awarding a total of
$6,774,000 to veterans and/or their dependents. This is the
highest monthly total ever retrieved. Outstanding work – thank
you VSOs and staff!
177th Fighter Wing’s
Second Lieutenant Toni Santoro is honored.
Second Lieutenant Toni Santoro, assigned to the 177th Fighter
Wing as an Intelligence Officer, was recently selected as
the 2004 1st Air Force Air Reserve Component Intelligence
Company Grade Officer of the Year. Among her many outstanding
contributions to the Wing, the State, and the Air Force is
her voluntary deployment to Southwest Asia in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her performance and contributions
to the mission at home and abroad were key factors in her
being selected for this prestigious award over all other
Intelligence professionals in the Air National Guard and
the Air Reserve component. Congratulations for a job well
State Senator Shirley Turner (D-15th Legislative District)
kicks off Family Support event at Lawrenceville Armory.
On Tuesday, 25 January 2005, State Senator Shirley Turner
attended the kick-off campaign to promote support for a Pasta
Dinner fundraiser for the benefit of deployed National Guard
troops and their families. The dinner will take place on
Sunday, February 20, 2005 from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. and
is supported by a coalition of organizations and individuals
from throughout the Lawrenceville area. Senator Turner leads
a small army of local businesses, service organizations,
and willing volunteers who have come together to demonstrate
their support for local citizen-soldiers deploying in support
of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and their
families. The event will be co-sponsored by the Lawrence
Lions and American Legion Post #414.
More than 4,000 citizen-soldiers from
the Garden State currently are mobilized and deployed throughout
the world in support
of the ongoing global war against terrorism and various Homeland
Security operations. The mobilization experience for citizen-soldiers
and their families is somewhat different than that of active-duty
military and their families. Guard members & reservists
must put their civilian careers “on hold” while
their families must adjust their life style to live on military
pay that is usually much lower than their civilian income.
The cost of the Pasta Dinner is $8 per person. Tickets are
available through the Lawrence Lions, American Legion Post
#414, and the Family Assistance Center at the National Guard
Armory in Lawrenceville, NJ. For information on the dinner,
please contact Lou Peoples at 609-882-2675.
Keeping up with
the 50th Main Support Battalion in Iraq.
Bookmark this website – http://www.nj.com/war/ to
read the articles written by Wayne Woolley and see Joe Naso’s
photos. These reporters are embedded with the 50th Main Support
Battalion in Iraq and are reporting for the Star Ledger.
The website also has many other interesting articles on supporting
our soldiers and airmen and the war in Iraq.
Seminar held for Veteran Service Officers.
On Wednesday, 26 January, the semi-annual training seminar
was held at DMVA HQs Lawrenceville for approximately 50 Veterans
Service Officers, County Service Officers, Social Service
personnel, and invited guests. This all-day training event
was conducted by Chris Kuklosky, Training Coordinator, Division
of Veterans Programs, and included topics such as Claims,
Appeals, and DEMOB of NJ National Guard personnel. Mr. John
McCort, Director, Newark Regional Office, was guest speaker
at the event.
NJ Advisory Committee for Women Veterans schedules
The NJ Advisory Committee for Women Veterans
will hold their monthly meeting on February 4, 2005 at
10:00 a.m. at the
Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park. Mr. Daryl Johnson from
the Trenton Vet Center and Mr. William Devereaux, Director
of the Division of Veterans Programs, will be guest speakers
at the meeting and will provide the Committee with information
on the services they provide for our state’s veterans.
This is an open meeting and women interested in joining the
committee are welcome to attend. Any questions regarding
women veterans’ issues or the benefits they are entitled
to should be directed to Ms. Anna Hoffman, 908-534-4617,
or Ms. Karen Wallace at the NJ Department of Military & Veterans
2005 TROUPERS Conference Report -
The 2005 Training, Readiness, Operations, Unit Planning,
Execution and Resourcing System (TROUPERS) Conference was
held in New Orleans, Louisiana the week of January 17th.
Three members of the Army Guard Training Directorate attended.
The conference is a forum for the 54 States and Territories
to discuss ideas on the utilization of TROUPERS to educate
the training communities on the increasing capabilities,
versatility, and implementation strategies. The conference
was broken into a general session and breakout sessions,
each with a presentation and open forum to address issues.
The conference was well organized and the opportunity to
meet colleagues and brainstorm better ways to conduct business
is always beneficial.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
|Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
901 Willow Grove Street
Distinguished/Meritorious Service Medal
151 Eggert Crossing Rd.
Army adopts NASCAR technology for
NASCAR windshield tear-offs will soon provide Army helicopters
an extra layer of protection from sand, rocks, and debris
thanks to two National Guard soldiers. SFC Paul Kagi and
SGT Michael Mullen, Virginia Army Guard helicopter mechanics,
submitted the idea to use windshield tear-offs to the Army
Suggestion Program after discussing the idea at a Christmas
party five years ago. Their unit had gone to the National
Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, with brand new helicopters.
However, when they returned, they had to replace 80% of the
windshields due to sand damage. The soldiers said that NASCAR
puts tear-offs on cars at Daytona and Texas to protect them
from sand and debris. The two soldiers did their homework
and began to conduct research on tangible cost savings for
the tear-offs. The aviation team at the Aviation and Missile
Research Development & Engineering Center, Redstone Arsenal,
Alabama, together with the Defense Logistics Agency, picked
up the idea and funded all of the testing. The tear-offs
were put through a series of environmental and visibility
testing, with the naked eye and with night vision goggles.
The material has met or exceeded all expectations on all
the tests and has received an airworthiness release. The
team has received approval for a single layer tear-off sheet
for the Black Hawk only, but is working on getting approval
for the Kiowa, Apache, and Chinook, as well. Current predictions
estimate the life of one tear-off to be six months. As long
as a fresh tear-off is in place, the windshield should last
NJ National Guard Summer
Youth Camp Information.
This year’s New Jersey National
Guard Youth Camp will be held 17-23 July 2005 at the NJ
National Guard Training
Center, Sea Girt, New Jersey. Applications are available
on the Family Program website:
Both the camper and volunteer applications
are on the net in a downloadable format. Applications will
also be available
at all Family Assistance Centers or can be obtained by calling
the Family Program Director’s office at 609-562-0668.
Boys and girls, ages 9-12 are invited to apply. All campers
must be the child/grandchild/legal dependent of an active
or retired member of the NJ National Guard. Volunteer positions
are available for senior counselor, junior counselors, safety
and security, arts & crafts, sports, beach, administrative,
public affairs, cooks, transportation, and logistics. For
additional information, call your Family Assistance Center
at 1-88-859-0352 or the Family Programs Office at 609-562-0668
CSM Vincent Baldassari Memorial and USAA Scholarship
The Enlisted Association of the National
Guard of New Jersey will sponsor five scholarships of $1000
ach for children
of members of the Association and drilling members of the
NJ National Guard (Army or Air) who are also members of the
Association. Additionally, USAA will sponsor one $1000 scholarship
for a drilling member. Applicants must complete the appropriate
application in its entirety with all required and prescribed
documents. The deadline for application submission is 15
April 2005. Additional details and application can be found
on the Department’s website by clicking
Guard Association of NJ –Scholarship Announcement.
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
Teaneck Family Assistance Center schedules Pancake
A Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, February 6th,
from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. to benefit the Teaneck Family
Assistance Center. VFW Post 1492, American Legion Post 129,
and the Teaneck Public Schools are sponsoring the breakfast,
which will be held at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 655
Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666 (Opposite Holy Name Hospital).
For tickets and information, please call SFC Hiller, SGT
Loureiro, or SPC Durango at 201-833-8356.
Jersey Nets sponsor New Jersey Army & Air National
NBA’s New Jersey Nets will sponsor a NJ Army & Air
National Guard Day on Saturday, 5 February 2005, when they
host the Detroit Pistons at the Continental Airlines Arena,
East Rutherford, NJ. Reduced ticket prices are available
for members of the National Guard and their families. For
more information or to order tickets, contact SMSgt Dave
Whalen, 108th Air Refueling Wing at 609-754-3616 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
not later than 28 January 2005.
Free American Hero wristbands are available
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.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
Girls Need a Big Breakfast
This information might help your children, especially during
Health experts at the University of Ulster
said memory and attention tests found that boys did better
when they were
a little hungry while girls were best after a satisfying
morning meal. “The link between having breakfast and
performance at school or work is well established,” said
Dr. Barbara Stewart from the Northern Ireland Center for
Diet and Health at the university. “But this research
suggests girls need a more satisfying breakfast than boys
to perform at their best.” During the project, pupils
were fed a breakfast of toast, or beans on toast, and then
tested on cognitive ability. As tests became more difficult,
those who had eaten beans outperformed students who had been
given just toast. The researchers suggested girls benefited
most because a breakfast high in carbohydrate and protein
helped counteract the effect of a negative mood on their
academic performance. “Due to the interaction between
cognition and mood, a satisfying, high carbohydrate/protein
breakfast, such as beans on toast, helps the girls perform
at their best,” said Stewart. “While boys perform
better when their breakfast leaves them feeling a little
hungry.” The findings were presented this week at the
ninth European Nutrition Conference in Rome.
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
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.
| 19 Feb
Rejoice or Cry: Diary of a Recon Marine, Vietnam 1967-1968
lecture by Vietnam Veteran John R. Rhodes
Redcatcher’s Letters from
Nam (199th Lt. Inf. Bde)
Author lecture by Patricia Farewell Enyedy, sister
of a NJ GI, KIA in Vietnam
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Operation Babylift,
$10 Admission fee
A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey
Author lecture by former Vietnamese refugee and USMC
Gulf War Veteran Quang X. Pham
For more information about any of these events, please call
the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732)
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located
adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the
Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
is Friday, 28 January 2005. It is the 28th day of the year
with 337 days remaining.
1613 – Galileo may have unknowingly
viewed undiscovered planet Neptune.
1807 – London’s Pall Mall
became the first street lit by gaslight.
1878 – The first telephone switchboard
was installed in New Haven, Connecticut.
1909 – The United States ended
direct control over Cuba.
1915 – The first U.S. ship lost
in World War I, William P. Frye (carrying wheat to the
1935 – Iceland became the first
country to introduce legalized abortion.
1938 – The first ski tow started
operation in Vermont.
1960 – The first photograph
bounced off of the moon.
1986 – The U.S. space shuttle
Challenger exploded just after takeoff. All seven of
Part-time opportunities in Military
Funeral Honors Program.
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
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.
Armory Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
||Moscow State Circus
||Sports Card & Comic Book Show
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
Snow is on the way! Here are a few
Snow Shoveling tips.
Dress warmly, but don’t bundle. You want to move
naturally and not make movements difficult or awkward.
- Warm up and stretch before
you start shoveling. Walk around with large arm movements
to get the blood flowing
and your body temperature up before you start.
- Use a lightweight push shovel
if possible. Also, spray your shovel with Teflon so the
snow does not cling.
- Always keep one hand close
to the base of the shovel to balance weight of the lift
and lessen the lower
- Try to push the snow when possible.
Avoid lifting and throwing snow any distance. Push or
walk the snow to
- Avoid sudden twits with your
body. Try to move the entire body together as a unit..
- Use your legs and bend your
knees to help with leverage.
- Work slowly, pace yourself. Shovel
for five to seven minutes then rest for two or three minutes.
wait until you’re tired or short of breath. If you
start to fatigue, stop!
- If you experience pain, stop
immediately. Rest yourself for five to ten minutes. For
any new injury, use
ice and not heat. Apply ice packs 10 minutes on, 10 minutes
off, and 10 minutes on again to help start reducing inflammation.
- If you have a health problem or
are not in good shape, do not even consider snow shoveling.
ahead of time to help. Don’t wait until there is
a lot of snow on the ground before you figure out how to
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.