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
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
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
The theme for the 2005 observance of Administrative
Professionals Week is
“Innovation Advances Administrative
This theme signifies that administrative professionals
have expanded their workplace roles dramatically in recent
in response to innovations in technology and the changing
needs of business. Innovative thinking is also a key factor
in administrative professionals’ efforts to streamline
office procedures, provide efficient support to managers/supervisors,
participate on work teams, manage multiple projects, and
acquire skills most in demand by employers.
Fast Facts about Administrative Professionals.
More than 4,104,000
administrative assistants and secretaries worked in the
United States in 2002 (US Department of Labor).
A total of
476,000 administrative professionals are employed in Canada,
including 365,670 secretaries, 26,390 executive
assistants, and 84,140 clerical supervisors. (Statistics
Millions more administrative professionals
work in offices across the globe.
More than 184,000 administrative
assistant and secretarial positions will be added in the
U.S. between 2002 and 2012,
representing growth of 4.5% * (US Dept of Labor).
The average cow produces
40 glasses of milk each day.
More people are allergic to cow’s
milk than any other food.
Per capita, Canada has more doughnut
shops that any other country.
You use more calories eating
celery than there are in the celery itself.
Every year Americans
consume the largest amount of peanuts – roughly
12 pounds per person.
About 7000 varieties of Apples
are grown worldwide.
NJ Air National Guard announces Enlisted
Chief Master Sergeant Paul M. Gunning,
Chief Master Sergeant, recently announced New Jersey’s nominations
for the USAF 12 Outstanding Airmen and Outstanding First
Sergeant of the Year Award Programs. Based on selection criteria
such as leadership and job performance in primary duties,
significant self-improvement, and base and community involvement,
the following individuals were selected after a stringent
board process: 177th Fighter Wing, SSgt Brian R. Tunis – Airman
category; 177th Fighter Wing, TSgt Andrew T. Matejek – NCO
category; 177th Fighter Wing, MSgt John D. Overstreet – SNCO
category, and 108th Air Refueling Wing, MSgt Severn K. Jackson – First
Sergeant category. Congratulations to these truly deserving
Global War on Terrorism Memorial Dedication
The New Jersey
National Guard will dedicate the Global War on Terrorism
Memorial on Saturday, 28 May 2005, at 2 p.m. The
ceremony will honor the fallen heroes of the New Jersey National
Guard, and will take place at the NJ Department of Military
and Veterans Affairs, 101 Eggert Road, Lawrenceville, NJ
08648. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony!
Army – Class A, Air Force – Service Dress.
New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (NJ-ESGR)
presents Organon Pharmaceuticals-USA with a 5 Star Statement
On Thursday, April 21, 2005, Brig Gen (Ret) Robert S. Dutko,
Sr., State Chair, NJ-ESGR, presented Mr. Mike Kaher, Human
Resources and Business Services Vice President, Organon Pharmaceuticals-USA
with a 5 Star Statement of Support at their Corporate Headquarters
in Roseland, NJ. The 5 Star Statement of Support is the highest
Statement of Support that can be bestowed on an employer of
citizen-soldiers and recognizes the company for going above
and beyond in their support of our troops. Organon Pharmaceuticals
is the second employer in New Jersey to receive this distinction.
Schering-Plough Corporation was awarded the first 5 Star Statement
of Support in New Jersey on March 11, 2005 at Operation Return
to Work, which was a breakfast and seminar for employers of
citizen-soldiers sponsored by the New Jersey Business and Industry
Association, NJ ESGR, DMAVA, and the League of Municipalities.
Organon is also in the running for the prestigious Secretary
of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
Earth Day Challenge
In the spirit of Earth Day, two groups of ChalleNGe cadets
worked simultaneously to create a better environment for New
Jersey residents and tourists. Groups of forty cadets each
were dispatched to historic Washington Crossing State Park
and beautiful Cape May Point State Park on Saturday, April
23rd. At Washington Crossing, the cadets cleared brush, cut
vines from trees, picked up litter, raked leaves and cleaned
up trash and debris that had been deposited on the riverbanks
due to recent flooding. At Cape May Point, the cadets assisted
conservation efforts by eradicating vines from trees, cutting
down dead trees, and disposing of various trash and debris.
Thank you to all of the ChalleNGe cadets for participating
in Earth Day activities and having a positive environmental
impact on our great state.
The "Coffee Express" is
The “Coffee Express” is on track! Time to start
percolating and open the spigots all the way! The good news
is that over 1500 pounds of coffee have been sent to the troops
so far. The bad news is that they have drunk most of it. It’s
time for a second cup. Please keep sending more coffee.
You can help by joining the “Coffee Express.” How
do you become a member of the “Coffee Express?” It’s
simple – just go down to your local grocery store and
buy a pound or two of coffee and send it to one of the below
addresses or to the soldier of your choice at either unit.
MAJ Mike Lyons, HHC 50th Main Support Battalion, FOB Speicher,
APO AE 09393 or
LTC John Nunn, HHC 42nd DISCOM, FOB Speicher, APO, AE 09393
Your contributions are appreciated by all!
108th Raven team travels the world providing security for
Air Mobility Command (AMC) and diplomats.
Beyond families, fulltime jobs and their jobs at the 108th
Security Forces Squadron, seven members of the 108th Air Refueling
Wing have a busy life flying around the world providing security
for AMC aircraft and crew. These men are part of the team called
Ravens that flies with AMC aircraft to locations where there
is a high terrorist or criminal threat and no direct American
or Allied security support. SMSgt Grieg Moore, senior member
of the 108th Raven team, said that the Raven program became
an Air Force-wide program in 2004.
Some flights for which the Ravens provide security are diplomatic
support with congressional delegates and diplomats, often leaving
from Andrews Air Force Base, MD, going any place in the world.
MSgt Dave Beun has been to over 60 countries. What makes his
travels all the more interesting is that he, like the other
six on the team, is a traditional Guardsman. His civilian employer,
the Mount Laurel Police Department, has been very supportive
of his regular deployments around the globe. In fact, the Mount
Laurel Police have been doubly supportive of the 108th Ravens.
A second member of the team, MSgt Michael Rakauckas, is also
a member of their department.
“All of our families, employers, and the wing have been
very supportive and understanding, which is essential for what
we do,” said Moore. He cited his own employer, Blockbuster,
where he is the regional manager for loss prevention for four
states. When Moore returned from his two years activation after
9/11, the company gave him a certificate thanking him for the
time he spent helping to keep America safe.
Veterans Service Officer represents DMVA At Ft. Monmouth Community
Based Outreach Clinic (CBOC).
Every Thursday, our Department’s Asbury Park Veterans
Service Officer, Donald McNamara, will work in a new office
located at the Ft. Monmouth Community Based Outreach Clinic.
Mr. McNamara will be available to assist veterans and their
families in processing claims for veterans’ benefits.
The Ft. Monmouth Office will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 12
p.m. The new office’s phone number is 732-532-4465.
New Jersey National Guard offers Marriage Enrichment Workshops.
The New Jersey National Guard Family Programs
staff and Chaplains have teamed up to offer a truly outstanding
program known as “PREP,” Prevention
and Relationship Enhancement Program. These Marriage Enrichment
Workshop Weekends are available free of charge to all soldiers
and their spouses who have been deployed for more than 90 days
since 9/11. Please call the Family Programs Office at 609-562-0668
or 609-562-0739 for more information, as well as the dates
and locations for these exciting weekend retreats.
VFW Post #1429 sponsors a Writing Scholarship.
The VFW Post #1429 is sponsoring a writing
scholarship and the topic is “How to Demonstrate My Freedom.” Students
in Grades 9 through Grade 12 are asked to submit a 1000 word
essay on the topic. Essays are due no later than 1 p.m. on
April 30, 2005, and should be submitted to SFC Minnie Hiller,
Teaneck Armory, 1799 Teaneck Armory, Teaneck, NJ 07666. A $500
prize will be awarded to the writer of the winning essay.
National Guard Child and Youth Program is conducting a National
Guard Child Care Assessment.
Child Care: A 15 minute Difference
Fifteen minutes. What difference does 15 minutes make? Fifteen
minutes can be the difference between keeping a high paying
job and qualifying for food stamps for some families of National
Guard service members who have been through deployments.
“If only the day care could have opened fifteen minutes
earlier, I would not have been consistently late to work after
dropping off my infant,” remarked a woman who was dealing
with one of the unavoidable challenges of today’s Guard
“I cannot fit in an eight hour day at work between my
commute and the day care center’s hours,” said
another spouse whose deployed husband used to see their three
children off to day care and school in the morning. Finding
affordable, quality day care that works for the family during
deployment, weekend drills, and annual training has been a
frustration and a stumbling block for many Guard families.
The availability of solutions can impact the family long after
the service member has returned, especially when it comes to
sacrificing a primary or secondary income to meet the needs
of their children.
Is there help out there? Yes! The National Guard Child and
Youth Program Regional Coordinators are working to help National
Guard families meet their childcare needs during deployments
and other Guard situations.
Just let them know what YOUR needs are. Whether you have been
directly impacted by deployment and childcare issues, or if
you anticipate these needs in the future, they need to hear
from you. Please participate in the National Guard Child and
Youth Program Child Care Assessment at:
It takes just fifteen minutes – fifteen
minutes that can make a difference. For more information,
contact NGChildANDYouthProgram@mpscrc.com Final results of the survey will be posted on www.GuardFamily.org,
and with other online and new media this summer. Results will
also be distributed to the State Family Programs, Youth Coordinators,
and Family Assistance Centers across the country.
National Guard Association of NJ schedules Annual Business
The National Guard Association of New Jersey
will conduct its annual Business Meeting on Saturday, 7 May
2005, at the
Lawrenceville Armory, Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville,
New Jersey. Sign in is at 0730, and the meeting will start
at 0800 hrs. Members are urged to contact their unit’s
Executive Council representatives for more information.
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.
7th Annual Unity Day
“Come Share Your Heritage with Us.” On Thursday,
9 June 2005, the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs,
Joint Force Headquarters will hold it’s 7th Annual Unity
Day at Building 3650, Fort Dix, NJ. This event is held to enhance
cross-cultural awareness and promote harmony among all members
of the New Jersey National Guard, and to recognize the contributions
of women and minorities. This combined effort of Army and Air,
State and Federal, community members and members of both Team
McGuire and the Fort Dix Post contribute to the different ethnic
and Special Emphasis groups being represented. If you are interested
in participating by putting up a display, please contact Kathey
McCready, State Equal Employment Manager at 609-562-0854.
Upcoming Job Fairs
Job Fair, Morristown, NJ – The NJ
Army National Guard, 3rd 112 FA presents Support the Troops
Job Fair on May 12,
2005. The Job Fair is open to the public from 0900-1500 (9a.m.-3
p.m.) and will be held at 430 Western Avenue, Morristown, NJ
07960. Points of contacts are: SSG Calvin Davis at (973) 538-4117
or by email at Calvin.B.Davis@us.army.mil or SSG Johnie Thomas
at (973) 631-6280, email at JT.Thomas@us.army.mil.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor our State’s
|19 May 05
||Korean Service Medal
||Edison Elks Lodge
375 Old Post Road
Edison, NJ 08818
||Korean Service Medal
|9 Jun 05
||Distinguished & Meritorious Service Medal
430 Jockey Hallow Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
||Korean Service Medal
|30 Jun 05
||Distinguished & Meritorious Service Medal
||Toms River Elks
600 Washington St
Toms River, NJ
||Vietnam Service Medal
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers
planned in support of our deployed troops and their families:
Mother’s Day cards are
being made available to deployed troops free of charge. Cardstore.com,
in conjunction with the
Department of Defense’s America Supports You campaign,
will provide forward-deployed troops in Afghanistan and Iraq
the opportunity to send their Mom a Mother’s Day card
at no cost. Just by logging into the company’s website
and taking a few simple steps, starting with picking a card,
service members in the two countries can send their mother
s a traditional paper greeting card from wherever they may
be this Mother’s Day. Servicemembers choose a card, write
a message, and then tell Cardstore.com when the card should
be mailed. The company will print a “high-quality greeting
card” and send it through the U.S. Postal Service. A
special code is needed to access this offer on the company’s
website. Servicemembers serving abroad can find the code in
three ads that will appear in Middle East editions of the Stars & Stripes
newspaper beginning April 22. Orders can be placed from April
22 to May 8, Mother’s Day. To Guarantee on-time delivery,
orders need to be placed no later than May 2nd.
Packing Day at Somerset Armory – Sunday,
15 May 2005. If you are preparing a package for shipment
to a soldier, mark
15 May on your calendar. There will be a Packing Day at the
Somerset Armory. All you have to do is get the things together
that you will be sending your soldier and call the Armory at
888-859-0352 to ensure your name is on the reservation list.
Bowling for the Troops – Sunday, 22 May 2005 – Colonial
Lanes in Lawrenceville. The American Legion Post 414, Sons
of the American Legion, and Colonial Lanes will host “Bowling
for the Troops” on Sunday, 22 May 2005, from noon until
5 p.m. at Colonial Lanes, 2420 Brunswick Avenue (US Rt. 1),
Lawrenceville, NJ. Interested in bowlers will be asked to sign-up
sponsors ahead of time to make pledges. All proceeds will benefit
the National Guard Family Assistance Program.
West Orange to honor and support NJ Air National Guard
troops – 30
May 2005. The Township of West Orange is holding a luncheon
fundraiser to support the NJ Air National Guard Family Readiness
Council, in conjunction with its annual Memorial Day Ceremony,
Monday, May 30, 2005. Since 1999, the municipality’s
annual event has included the awarding of the New Jersey Distinguished
Service Medal to qualifying local combat veterans. To honor
this year’s twenty recipients, and in support of our
troops in the field, a luncheon will follow. Tickets are $50
per person and may be obtained by sending your check (payable
to VFW Post 376) to the Mayor’s Office, 66 Main Street,
West Orange, NJ 07052. Additional information may be obtained
by calling 973-325-4205.
Mealey’s Furniture to donate
3 rooms of new future to a needy military member on Memorial
Day. Do you know someone
who is or has served Active Duty in the US military and is
now in need? Mealey’s would like to thank them for their
service by giving them three complete rooms of furniture. Entry
forms can be found in any of Mealey’s three stores or
online at www.mealeysfurniture.com. All nominations will be
reviewed and selection will be made on June 30th.
Sign up for a chance to send your solider 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 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
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 toan 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 and Herb Conaway that
enables citizens to donate postage stamps for use by our troops
and their families. Over 23,000 stamps have been donated to
our National Guard soldiers and airmen and Family Readiness
Programs. 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 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.
OCS Class 48 will host 1st Annual SGT Nutter Benefit 5K Run.
Officer Candidates from OCS Class 48 are
hosting the first annual SGT Nutter Benefit 5K Run on May
14, 2005 at the National
Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, NJ. Proceeds from the run
will go to the SGT Sam Nutter’s Children Fund. For more
information visit website: www.nutterrun.org.
To make a donation: Checks should be made payable and mailed
to: SGT Sam Nutter’s
Children Fund, Attention: Anthony Salvani, #121, 4057 Highway
9, Howell, NJ 07731. If you have any questions regarding this
even, e-mail Janeann.Robinson@nj.ngb.army.mil.
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 by email 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.
Armory Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
Open House – Toms River Armory -
An Open House is scheduled at the Toms River Armory on Saturday,
June 18, 2005, from 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be historical displays from the Revolutionary
Wary to Operation Iraqi Freedom. For the children, there will
be Hummer rides, camouflage face painting, paintball targets
and a balloon grenade toss.
The purpose of the Open House is to inform
the public about the Toms River Armory and let them know
it is available for
rent. Additionally, the open house will provide the NJ National
Guard recruiters a change to support The Adjutant General’s
policy on “Strength Management.”
Card and Comics Show
Card and Comics Show
Fitness Corner – Ernie Razzano,
Certified Fitness Trainer
Every time you are physically active, you
increase the rate at which energy is consumed, and heat is
produced in your body.
This is known as our metabolic rate. Most of our energy at
rest is derived from fat. If we can increase our resting metabolism,
we can harness the most effective way to “burn” fat
daily, i.e. increase our resting metabolism.
As we get older, our metabolism slows down: so if our diet
and exercise levels remain the same, we will gain fat. This
is compounded by our increasingly sedentary lifestyle.
By eating smaller meals more often, we
can increase our metabolism. Eating increases our metabolism
so we should avoid long breaks
between meals (<3 hours), therefore, avoiding a drop in
metabolism due to the body entering an energy conserving (starvation)
state. This is one of the reasons breakfast is an extremely
After any activity, the body has a residual elevation in metabolism,
and therefore, burns more calories at rest. Take the stairs,
walk or ride, park further away, and cook dinner instead of
dialing for fast food (fat). Whole body activities are best.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Educational Center’s upcoming event schedule.
Saturday, 14 May 2005, at 1:00 p.m., the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host an author
lecture by Vietnam Veteran Paul Drew about his book, Jenny
4, a novel about a GI’s experience in the Vietnam War.
Paul Drew, of Spring Lake Heights, NJ, was drafted into the
Army at age 19, and from 1966 to 1967 he served as a combat
infantry squad leader in Vietnam. Jenny 4 is the story of a
Vietnam War draftee who, amid the horrors, the atrocities,
and the obscenity of war, discovers basic human goodness.” Lecture
attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033. A donation of
$5 per person is suggested.
Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day ceremony and celebration
of the 10th Anniversary of the NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.
|Jenny 4 (A novel about a GI's experience in Vietnam)
- Author lecture by Vietnam Veteran Paul Drew.
|11 Jun 05
|On the River (memoir of an American advisor to South
Vietnamese Rangers) - Author lecture by Vietnam Veteran
George L. Athas
|18 Jun 05
10:00 am to
|Military Vehicle Display
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 open Tuesday through
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission is free for
veterans and active duty military personnel. Regular adult
is $4; student and senior citizen admission is $2; and children
under 10 are admitted free. The Center is located adjacent
to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden
State Parkway at Exit 116.
Today in History
Today is Friday, 29 April
2005. It is the 119th day of the year with 246 days remaining.
1429 – Joan
of Arc led France to victory over Britain at Orleans.
1813 – Rubber
is patented by J.F. Hummel.
1852 – The first edition of Peter Roget’s
Thesaurus was published.
1913 - Gideon Sundback patented an
1927 – Construction of the Spirit
of St. Louis was completed for Lindbergh.
1945 – In
a bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were married.
1961 – ABC’s Wide World of Sports
1975 – U.S. Embassy in Vietnam was evacuated
and U.S. forces pulled out of Vietnam.
1998 – Brazil
announced a plan to protect a large area of Amazon forest
(about the size of Colorado).
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.