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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Petroleum Supply Specialist (92Y)
supply specialist supervises or receives, stores, accounts
for and cares for, dispenses, issues, and
ships bulk or packaged petroleum, oils, and lubricants products.
Selects and submits samples of petroleum, oils,
and lubricants to laboratory for testing. Performs petroleum
and water accounting
duties. Operates equipment associated with petroleum and
water distribution system and multi-product pipeline system.
Fuels and defuels vehicles, aircraft, and stationary equipment.
Takes emergency precautions to prevent harm to self and
facilities in event of petroleum spillage or fire.
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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.
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When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn
Loveliest season of the year.
Rosa Lee Parks
Civil Rights Activist
Rosa Parks died at her
Detroit home on Monday of this week at age 92. Fifty years
ago, this tired seamstress kept her
seat on a bus and changed the world. Her arrest became
the focus of a bus boycott that lasted over a year, and ended
with the desegregation of public transportation.
She was the recipient of the
Presidential Medal of Honor and the
Congressional Gold Medal.
“Courage is what it takes to stand
up and speak;
Courage is also what it takes to sit
down and listen.”
... Carl Hermann Voss
National Guard Militia Museum
of New Jersey and the Department of Military & Veterans
Affairs host art exhibit.
To commemorate this year’s 60th anniversary of the
end of World War II and honor the gallant service of America’s
veterans, the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey
and DMVA are proud to present an exhibition of art by William
A. Foley, Jr., artist and author of the book “Visions
from a Foxhole: A Rifleman in Patton’s Ghost Corps.” This
exhibit will be on display at DMVA Headquarters, Lawrenceville,
in the cafeteria from Monday, 31 October to Monday, 7 November
Visions from a Foxhole is a harrowing
first-person account of the 94th Infantry Division’s bold campaign to break
through Hitler’s “impregnable” Siegfried
Line at the end of World War II. Eighteen year old William
Foley was afraid the war would be over before he got there,
but the rifleman was sent straight to the front lines, arriving
on January 25, 1945 – just in time to join the 94th
Infantry Division poised at Hitler’s legendary West
Wall. By the time Foley finally managed to grab a few hours’ sleep
three nights later, he had already fought in a bloody attack
that left sixty percent of his battalion dead or wounded.
This was just the beginning of one of the toughest, bloodiest
challenges the 94th would ever face. Visions from a Foxhole
features the author’s artwork of his fellow soldiers
and battle scenes, literally sketched at the time from his
foxhole, and recaptures that desperate nerve-shattering struggle
in all its horror and heroism.
The exhibit will be moved to the Lawrenceville
Museum for Veterans Day, November 11, the 112th Field Artillery
Reunion on November 12, and for the Memorial Service on Sunday
morning, November 13 in the Armory featuring the NJ Army
National Guard’s 63rd Army Band. This event is open
to the public. Copies of Mr. Foley’s book are available
at the Museum’s facilities in Sea Girt (732-974-5966)
and in Lawrenceville (609-530-6802).
MG R. Martin Umbarger, The Adjutant General
of Indiana, visits DMVA.
Last Friday, MG Glenn K. Rieth, hosted MG R. Martin Umbarger,
The Adjutant General for the state of Indiana, at the Department
of Military and Veterans Affairs.
On Thursday, MG Umbarger and members of his staff visited
and had dinner in the field with their mobilized soldiers
from the 163rd Field Artillery BN at Fort Dix.
During their visit to DMVA, MG Umbarger was given a walking
tour of the Homeland Security Center of Excellence and the
Joint Operations Center in Lawrenceville and received an
Working Well New Jersey is underway!
Working Well New Jersey (WWNJ) is well
underway! This statewide initiative is a partnership between
New Jersey’s Department
of Personnel, the Department of Health and Senior Services,
and some of the largest and most highly regarded non-profit
health agencies in the country. It is designed to provide
employees with critical information on health promotion,
disease prevention, and resources for coping, along with
wellness tips for living and working well.
Today, the First Annual Fitness Challenge/Walk was held
at the State House as well as at our Veterans Memorial Homes.
WWNJ Partners were on hand to share vital information on
wellness education, disease prevention, NJ State Health Benefits
information, smoking cessation, nutrition, weight-loss programs,
exercise and walking programs, and other materials to help
jump-start an individual commitment to healthy living. In
addition, each state agency will be challenged to participate
in the WWNJ Fitness Challenge, which encourages each New
Jersey public employee to follow a healthy living program
of their choosing and incorporate a six-week walking program.
Our Department has a total of 75 employees
taking parting this outstanding program. Ernie Razzano
is our Department’s
point of contact for the program. Ernie is a member of the
Working Well New Jersey Executive Committee.
Help is available when facing the new Medicare
Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Program.
Many employees are finding themselves confused as they try
to assist their parents or elderly relatives facing the new
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Program -Medicare
Part D Prescription Drug Plan (PDP).
In 2005, for the first time in its history, Medicare will
be offering prescription drug coverage to every Medicare
recipient, regardless of income, under Medicare Part D Prescription
Enrollment in the program is voluntary and the enrollment
period begins on 15 November 2005 and runs through 15 May
2006. Some of the PDPs are free, some PDPs charge a monthly
premium. You have to decide which is best for your needs.
The New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services,
in their Division of Aging and Community Services, has a
program call The State Health Insurance Assistance Program
(SHIP). SHIP has offices in all 21 counties prepared to assist
seniors with making this difficult decision on which Medicare
Part D-PDP to choose. County SHIP offices can be found at
can also be obtained by visiting www.medicare.gov on the
internet or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY
users should call 1-877-486-2048.
Free week’s trial membership at YMCA’s
for State employees.
The NJ Department of Personnel’s Working Well New
Jersey has partnered with YMCA to help promote healthier
lifestyles for the state of NJ workforce. As a result of
this partnership and to help kick off the Working Well Fitness
Walk and Challenge, 43 YMCA’s throughout New Jersey
are offering a FREE WEEK from this Sunday October 30, 2005
to November 6, 2005.
Historic Soldiers Weekend will be held this
Saturday and Sunday to honor our veterans – past and
“Take a walk through history.” Historic Soldiers
Weekend is a historical encampment, featuring re-enactors
portraying soldiers and civilians from every American conflict,
from the French and Indian War to the Vietnam War. In some
instances, both sides of the conflicts are represented, such
as the Revolutionary Wary Loyalists and “Redcoats,” Civil
War Confederate units, and even WWII German Infantry units.
The re-enactments units will set up their camps and “dig
in” for the weekend on Historic Burlington City’s
Riverfront Promenade. The weekend will include guest speakers,
authors & book signings, WWII veterans, living history
displays of cooking, weapons demonstrations, and live music
from the 2nd South Carolina String Band (from the movie Gods
The even is open to the public (rain
or shine) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 29 October
and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
on Sunday, 30 October 2005. Visit the website www.historicsoldiersweekend.com for a complete schedule of events. Admission is $2 for Adults
and $1 for Children under 12. Take the NJ Transit “River
LINE” down to High Street and receive $1 off adult
Business Information Seminar scheduled for 10 November.
A Small Business information seminar to help returning veterans
of the current war and those of past wars understand their
benefits and the programs available to them will be held
on Thursday, November 10, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at
the College of New Jersey, 2000 Route 31, Ewing, New Jersey.
Experts from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
(ESGR), Veterans Administration, Disabled Veterans, US Small
Business Administration, Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce,
and business professions will be in attendance to answer
questions and provide helpful assistance to veteran-owned
Pre-registration is required. Call 609-989-5232 or via e-mail
Supports You: Commissary, Fisher House offer Scholarships
The Defense Commissary Agency and the Fisher House Foundation
have teamed up again to offer educational scholarships to
children of military families and retirees.
The Scholarships for Military Children
Program is marking its sixth year, DeCA spokesman Kevin
Robinson said. The goal,
he said, is to provide at least one $1,500 scholarship for
each of DeCA’s 268 commissaries worldwide. Authorized
applicants include unmarried children under age 21 of active
duty, Guard or Reserve, or military retiree families. Applicants
may also range up to 23 years in age if they are enrolled
in school. The application period for this year’s DeCA-Fisher
House scholarship program starts November 1 and closes on
Application forms for the program will become available
in November for pick up at commissaries worldwide and for
download via the Internet at www.commissaries.com or at www.militaryscholar.org
250th Signal Battalion Homecoming T-Shirts
are available now!
The 250th Signal Battalion will be coming
home from Iraq soon. The Family Readiness Group is conducting
sale to raise money for their homecoming. The front of
the t-shirt says 250th Signal Battalion with the flag on
Family Readiness Group. The back of the shirt has the rainbow
and says 250th Signal Battalion, Never Forget. The 250th
t-shirts come in Youth sizes Small, Medium and Large. Adult
sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large are available.
.The shirts are $10 each (checks should be made out to
250th Signal Battalion FRG) and are available by contacting
Pipas at Epipas@aol.com or Gail Miller at email@example.com or at telephone number 609-530-6911.
Red, White and Blue Dance planned by Vietnam
Veterans of America.
One of the organizations that has continuously
supported the soldiers and families of the 50th MSB is
gearing up for
a fundraiser. The Vietnam Veterans of America (Bergen County
Chapter 800) will be hosting a Red, White and Blue Dance
on November 5, 2005 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at VFW Post
4591, 513 Veterans Place, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. There is
per person donation at the door. Admission includes a hot
and cold buffet, beer and soda, dessert and coffee. There
will also be live entertainment. For further information,
contact Donna at 973-427-5277.
The Vietnam Veterans of America
have been extremely generous in support of our soldiers
and their families throughout
their deployment. Come out and support them in their fundraiser.
Pancake Breakfasts are scheduled to support
New Jersey National Guard Families.
*A Pancake Breakfast to assist the families of the Teaneck
Armory Troops and welcome them home will be held on Sunday,
November 6, 2005 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast will be
served at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School Cafeteria on
Windsor Road between Forest Avenue and West Englewood Avenue,
Teaneck, New Jersey. The event is co-sponsored by the American
Legion Post #128, Jewish War Veterans, Nam Knights Motorcycle
Club, Vietnam Veterans of America, and VFW Post #1429.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors,
and $5 for children. Make your checks payable to Pancake
Breakfast, and send tem
to 650 American Legion Drive, Teaneck, NJ 07666. To volunteer
your time or for more information, please contact the Teaneck
Family Assistance Center at 201-833-8241.
*A Support the Troops Pancake Breakfast to
benefit the families of soldiers serving in the NJ National
Guard will be held
from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 20. The
breakfast will be held at Oakcrest High School, 1824 Dr.
Dennis Foreman Drive, Mays Landing. Proceeds will support
the NJ National Guard Family Readiness Council. The Council
estimates that 40% of mobilized National Guardsmen earn
significantly less while they are on active duty.
Chefs and students from the Academy of Culinary Arts at
Cape Community College will prepare and serve the food, which
will be donated by Tropicana Hotel Casino. Local high school
bands and choral groups will provide entertainment, and AtlatiCare
will provide childcare.
Tickets to the breakfast are $5 for adults, $3 for children
under 12, and free to military personnel with identification.
Tickets will be available at the door or by calling 609-345-4524.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available by calling 609-345-4524
or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beefsteak and Tricky Tray will benefit soldiers and families.
A Beefsteak and Tricky Tray will be held at the Teaneck
Armory (1799 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666) from 6-10 p.m.
on November 19th. Tickets are $30 each and proceeds will
go to the soldiers and families of the Teaneck Family Assistance
Center/Family Readiness Group 50th Main Support Battalion.
For more information, contact SFC Shaw at 201-833-9811, ext
Nets basketball team will host Military Appreciation Night.
The NJ Nets basketball team will salute those in uniform
as they host Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, November
12, 2005, during their game vs. the Houston Rockets. Come
out and see Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson and
the rest of the Nets battle Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady and the
Houston Rockets. Receive a Vince Carter retro replica kids
jersey with each discounted ticket purchased. If you would
like to receive additional information, contact Sergeant
Barbara Harbison, Public Affairs Specialist, at 609-530-7088.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Educational Center’s upcoming event schedule.
11 Nov, 11am
Veterans Day Ceremony
17 Dec, 6pm
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
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.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
immediately 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 SGM Edward
Goetschius, Military Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090
or by e-mail at Edward.email@example.com.
Armory Happenings – Listed below are
events taking place at your local armory.
|12 Nov (6pm-12am)
||Pink Tie Ball Fundraiser
|17 Nov (7-10pm)
18-19 Nov (9am-6pm)
|Home for the Holidays Gift Fair
|20 Nov (9:30am-3:30pm)
Card & Memorabilia Show
Joey Jay (former Reds and Braves star) will sign autographs
($12 any item)
|25-27 Nov (9am-4pm)
|3 Dec (8:30am-4pm)
||Coin Operated Arcade Game Auction
Don’t forget – we return to Eastern
Standard time this weekend – FALL BACK!!
On Sunday morning, 30 October, at 2:00 a.m., Daylight Saving
Time ends and we return to Eastern Standard Time. It is important
to remember to turn your clocks back an hour on Saturday
evening when you go to bed.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was passed by Congress and
signed into law by President Bush on August 8, 2005. Under
this new law, Daylight Saving Time (DST) will begin three
weeks earlier (the second Sunday of March) and is extended
one week (the first Sunday in November). The new start and
stop period will begin in March 2007.
Fitness Corner -
Ernie Razzano, Certified
Fitness Trainer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shut Up and Squat!
Do you want to know what
the best overall resistance (weight bearing) exercise is?
You guessed it – The Squat! Don’t
cringe! This exercise utilizes more muscles than any other
exercise. Thus, giving you more bang for you buck. But before
you run out and throw a bunch of weight on your shoulders,
learn the proper technique first!!!
Proper technique for squatting
includes, but is not limited to, placing the bar approximately
1-3 inches below the anterior
deltoid (rear shoulder muscle), which afforest more efficient
biomechanics by lowering the center of gravity, as long as
the bar is not placed exceedingly low on the shoulders. Generally,
the feet should be slightly wider than shoulder width. This
will increase the availability and usage of the larger and
more powerful muscles and enable the lifter to shorten the
distance traveled. You should start the descent by leading
with the hips rather than with the knees so that the shins
are perpendicular to the floor. The heels should be flat
on the floor for the entire duration of the lift. Raising
the heels up predisposes the knees to injury and shifts the
center of gravity forward forcing the lower back to compensate
for the displaced load. The lifter should have fully inhaled
while starting the descent. The breath should be expelled
when the sticking point is reached in the ascent, which is
typically around thirty degrees of extension. This technique
will incr4ease interstitial leverage and aid in keeping the
torso erect by forcing the chest out in front of the bar.
Do not lock your knees in the upright position. There is
a complex network of movement underlying efficient squat –performance
so know what you’re doing before you engage in this
Today is Friday, October 28th. It is the 303rd
day of the year with 63 days remaining.
On this day in history..
1636 – Harvard College was founded in
Massachusetts. It was the first school of higher education
1793 - Eli Whitney applied for a patent for
his cotton gin.
1886 – The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New
York Harbor by U.S. President Cleveland. The statue weighs
225 tons and is 152 feet tall. It was originally known as “Liberty
Enlightening the World.”
1904 – St. Louis Police
Department became the first to use fingerprinting.
1919 – The
U.S. Congress enacted the Volstead Act, also known as the
National Prohibition Act. It was repealed
in 1933 with the passing of the 21st Amendment to the U.S.
1922 – First coast-to-coast radio broadcast
of a football game.
1948 – The flag of Israel is adopted.
1949 – U.
S. President Harry Truman swore in Eugenie Moore Anderson
as Ambassador to Denmark. She became the first
woman to hold the post of ambassador.
1962 – Soviet leader
Nikita Krushchev informed the U.S. that he had ordered the
dismantling of Soviet missile
bases in Cuba.
1965 – Pope Paul VI issued a decree absolving
the Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus.
Non-profit group links Soldiers to families
for the holidays.
This holiday season, soldiers serving overseas will have
a chance to send their love to their families in a very special
way thanks to a Denver-based non-profit organization.
Operation Hope, a program started two and half years ago
by the Beacon of Hope Outreach Center, is launching a service
called Home for the Holidays. This service allows soldiers
serving overseas to register their families for gifts.
Soldiers can register their families
via the Operation Hope website www.bhoc.us/index_OperationHope.htm and their children’s
names will then be put on a giving tree under a partnership
with Toys R’Us and Amazon.com. Gifts will be purchased
and donated by other people, and Operation Hope will ship
them to the families as a gift from the soldier. A special
gift basket will be shipped to the spouse along with the
presents. Included in the package will be a disposable camera
for the family to use to record the holiday. When the camera
is full, Operation Hope will develop the pictures and send
them to the soldier.
The Home for the Holidays service was designed to help support
military families and make the stressful times of deployments
a little easier.
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness
Center near you.
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.