Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
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!
"Half of the American people
never read a newspaper. Half never voted President. One hopes
it is the same half."
.. Gore Vidal
State offices will be closed
on Tuesday, 2 Nov 04, in observance of Election Day.
Thought for the day..
Yesterday is only a dream, and
tomorrow is only a vision, but today,well-lived, makes every
yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision
Andrew Jackson was the first U.S. President
to ride in a railroad car.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first
U.S. President to appoint women to high government posts.
Washington was the first President to appear on a postage
John Adams was the first president to live
in the White House, and the first President to have a son
Richard M. Nixon is the only president to have
Andrew Johnson was the first president to be
Warren G. Harding was the first President to
ride to his Inauguration in an automobile.
was the first President to take office in the midst of
William H. Harrison was the first candidate
to have a campaign slogan: “Tippecanoe and Tyler,
Abraham Lincoln was the first President born
outside of the original thirteen colonies.
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
There are only
three words in the standard English language that start with
the letters “dw.”
Can you name them without consulting
(See next week’s issue for the correct
Boy Scouts and State Troopers
held a Camporee at the National Guard Training Center (NGTC),
Sea Girt, NJ.
Boy Scouts representing the 21 counties across the state
and members of the New Jersey State Police gathered in unprecedented
numbers last weekend at the NGTC in Sea Girt, NJ for the
first-ever State Police/Boy Scout Camporee held anywhere
in the country. 6100 Boy Scouts and more than 300 officers
and officials discussed career opportunities in the State
Police and learned about Homeland Security and emergency
preparedness. The weekend Camporee provided Scouts will an
opportunity to earn merit badges on subjects such as emergency
preparedness and to see tactical demonstrations by state
troopers in boats, helicopters, and armored cars.
Kunkle of the 177th is awarded the Bronze Star.
The 177th Fighter Group leadership recently
received a Bronze Star for MSgt Joseph Kunkle, who just
transferred back to
the 177th from the 514th Air Force Reserve unit. The Bronze
Star is awarded for meritorious achievement while engaged
in ground operations against the enemy from 20 July 03 – 15
November 03 while MSgt Kunkle was assigned to the 447th AEG,
Baghdad International Airport.
Enlisted Association of the
National Guard of New Jersey awards scholarships.
The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of New Jersey
recently awarded scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to
the following individuals:
SSgt Keith D. Atwell, 108th Air Refueling Wing
CSM Vincent Baldassari Memorial Scholarship
||SMSgt Jean Perry
||SSG Larry Rosenthal
||1SG Konrad Uldschmidt
||MSgt William A. Caporellie
||MSgt Karl E. Meixner
Toms River Patriotic
Rally & Troop Sendoff – 7
Deploying soldiers of the 3rd Battalion 112th Field Artillery
at the Toms River Armory will be honored at a patriotic rally
and sendoff ceremony on 7 November 2004. The ceremonies will
be held at the Ritacco Center, located in Toms River at High
School North, 1245 Old Freehold Road just off Bay Avenue.
See www.RitaccoCenter.com for directions. Doors will open
at 1:15 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 2:00
p.m. Come out and honor these everyday citizen-soldiers,
who are leaving their full-time jobs and families to answer
the call of duty. Come out and show your support!
Sergeant Henry “J” Awards were
A ceremony was held at the Heritage Center
on 23 October 2004 to present the Chief Master Sergeant
Henry “J” Awards
to deserving recipients. The Henry “J” Award
is presented to a member of the 108th ARW for outstanding
performance during the year, leadership on and off the job,
significant self-improvement, and articulate and positive
representation of the Air National Guard among other personal
accomplishments. Winners received a p0laque and a $500.00
U.S. Savings Bond. Congratulations to the following winners:
2004 Outstanding Airman Senior Airman John Sidorek, 108th
2004 Outstanding NCO Tech Sergeant Rebecca Scaramuzzo,
2004 Outstanding Senior NCO Senior Master Sergeant Robert
Dempsey, 108th MXG
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medals
Korean Service Medal
|Toms River Elks
600 Washington St., Toms River, NJ
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
|Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
|Salem County Community College
Federal and State
Campaigns are underway.
The New Jersey State Employees Charitable Campaign (NJSECC)
and the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) have officially kicked
off their 2004 Campaigns.
The CFC provides our federal employees with an annual opportunity
to help others and ourselves by donating to our community,
national and international human, health, and environmental
service organizations. Over 3,000 organizations are listed
in the CFC catalog.
The CFC Coordinator for this year’s
Combined Federal Campaign is MSgt Kathey McCready, State
Manager. For more information, please call 609-562-0854.
The NJSECC is also underway, and the
campaign Books and contribution forms are currently being
distributed. Ms. Patty
Smith and LTC (Ret) John Dillie are Co-Chairmen for this
year’s state campaign. Employees requiring additional
information should call Patty Smith at 609-530-6847.
We urge every employee to wholeheartedly support these worth
causes. Whether by a one-time donation or weekly payroll
deductions, your generosity will make our campaigns a success.
10 Miler was held this past weekend in Washington, DC.
Even the frigid October morning rain
the Army 10 Miler from unleashing thousands of runners into
the heart of Washington, Sunday, October 24th. More than
16,000 runners came out during race weekend to be apart of
the event’s 20th anniversary. Members of the New Jersey
National Guard Running Team who completed the event were:
MSG Alex Estrada, RTSM, the Team Captain who finished with
a very competitive time of 1:08:19. NJ Guard’s other
top finishers were: SSG Donald Brandinelli, RTSM, 1:13:37,
and SFC Mike Parmigiano, 250th FSB, 1:15:39. Our top female
runners were: 1LT Sandra Tango, 50th MSB, 1:28:29, and MSG
Yvonne McGuire, JFHQNJ-IG, 1:31:31. Other competing team
members were MAJ Jemal J. Beale, JFHQNJ-IG, 1:40:20, SGT
Sarah Bernal, 50th MSB, 1:42:41, and Staff Sergeant Barbara
Harbison, NJ Air Guard, PAO, 1:53:37. If you’re interested
in joining the team, please contact MSG Alex Estrada at Alexandro.Estrada@nj.ngb.army.mil or Major John Sheard at John.Sheard@nj.ngb.army.mil.
177th Fighter Wing announces Holiday Toy Drive for homeless
The 2004 holiday season is right around
the corner. Each year the 177th Fighter Wing Toy Drive
provides holiday gifts
to hundreds of homeless children in the surrounding area.
Between now and 17 December, the 177th will be collecting
new, unwrapped toys to benefit the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.
Last year, the 177th donated more than 200 toys, educational
games, book, and much more. “Please help ensure that
no child is forgotten this holiday season,” states
1st LT Luz Aponte, 177th Public Affairs Officer, “make
the coming holiday season a little bit brighter for a child
by participating.” If you would like to donate a gift,
contact the 177th Public Affairs Office at 609-645-6005.
In addition, the Airman’s Council is also sponsoring
a clothing drive for the Rescue Mission from October 2nd
through November 7. Collection sites are set up at convenient
locations throughout the base.
A public ceremony to honor
our Veterans is scheduled.
Veterans Day services hosted by the South Jersey Vietnam
Veterans Association will be held on Saturday November 6,
2004. Mr. William Devereaux, Director, Division of Veterans
Programs, will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the 11 a.m.
event being held at Memorial Grove, Purple Heart Highway,
North Cooper River Drive, Cooper River Park, Camden NJ. The
public is welcome to attend.
Red Ribbon Week observed 25-27
The Department of Defense is observing Red Ribbon Week from
October 25-27. The observance is an anti-drug education and
drug abuse awareness program sponsored by the National Family
Partnership. The program educates individuals, families,
and communities on the destructive effects of drugs and the
positive alternative life choices available to our youth.
This year’s theme, Drug Free – I
have the Power, sends military people the message that
we have the power
to stay off drugs. As we choose to stay drug free, we are
fit and ready to face the challenges of defending our country.
Living healthy, drug-free lives sets a precedent for excellence.
Taking personal responsibility for our actions gives us the
power to make a positive impact on the world around us.
Upcoming Fall events at our local armories.
- Sea Girt
Card & Comic Show
Show & Sale
for the Holidays" Gift Fair
the Somerset Armory’s
Family Readiness Group)
Part-time opportunities available in Military Funeral Honors
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment
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.
The American Legion recognizes Division of Veterans Programs
Legion Commander Harry Nelson of Hudson County has
recognized Kim Castner and Karen Hansen, employees
DMVA’s Division of Veterans Programs, for their outstanding
efforts on behalf of New Jersey’s veterans.
Ms. Castner and Ms. Hansen were specifically
recognized, with sincere appreciation, for their assistance
in the advancement
of American Legion programs and their service to New Jersey’s
World War II Memorial Site dedication is planned for
New Jersey World War II Memorial Commission and the
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will unveil the
Memorial’s design on Wednesday, 10 November 2004, at
World War II was by all accounts the
greatest victory for the United States – along the
front lines and the Homefront. Every individual alive during
this period of history was
Now America is slowly saying goodbye to its greatest generation
of citizens. The State of New Jersey is taking the initiative
to honor and remember them by commemorating a Memorial in
Trenton, across from the State House in Veterans Park.
Fittingly, the theme for New Jersey’s WWII Memorial
is “Victory.” The memorial hopes to honor and
pay tribute to the many sacrifices made during WWII and celebrate
the greatest victory our country has ever known.
Show to benefit the families of deployed soldiers.
November 20-21 (Sat. 9-5, sun. 10-4), the National
Guard Armory in Somerset, NJ, will host a sports memorabilia
with 14 athletes present to sign autographs. Proceeds from
the event will benefit the Armory’s Family Readiness
Group, who provides support to the families of Guard members
who have been deployed overseas.
The show will feature more than 20 tables of memorabilia
for sports fans to peruse. The Somerset Armory Family Readiness
Group will also have a table with t-shirts, yellow ribbon
magnets, and other items for sale. Admission to the show
is $6 for one day and $10 for both days.
Fourteen athletes from the New York Jets, Giants, Mets and
Yankees, will be available to sign autographs that will cost
between $10-$30 dollars.
For a schedule of athlete’s appearances,
to reserve table space, or for additional information,
or 866-477-6789 (GT Sports) or the Family Assistance Center
Take a walk through
history – Main
Street, Burlington, NJ.
On Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 October 2004, you will be
able to see how life was for a typical soldier in the French
and Indian War through a historical encampment and display
being held in the history city of Burlington. Come visit
Main Street in Burlington, NJ and visit the promenade area
of the riverfront, where you will find history has come to
life for the weekend.
Military Appreciation Night planned by Atlantic City Boardwalk
Bullies ice hockey team.
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies will present a Military
Appreciation Night on Saturday, 30 October 2204, for their
7:05 p.m. game against the Reading Royals in Boardwalk Hall.
$1.00 tickets are available to all members of the military
and veterans, and there is no limit on the number of tickets
you may purchase at this discounted price. Bring your entire
family and don’t miss out on the fun. To purchase tickets
or for more information, contact Senior Airman Jared Whalen
at 609-754-4313 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
and Schmick’s Restaurants will host
Veterans Appreciation Dinner.
and Schmick’s Restaurant is again hosting
a Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, November 7, 2004,
in their facilities across the country. Locally, McCormick
and Schmick have restaurants located in Hackensack, NJ; Bridgewater,
NJ; New York, NY; and Philadelphia, PA. Every veteran (including
active duty, reserve, and National Guard) is invited to receive
a free entrée from a selected menu.
planned for families of deployed military.
13 November 2004, at 3:00 p.m., the Cookstown VFW, located
just behind Vintage Plaza outside of the McGuire 24-Hour
Gate, is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner with all of the trimmings
for any military family whose member is currently deployed.
Please RSVP to the Family Readiness Center, 108th ARW, not
later than 5 November 2004, at 609-754-4479.
Today in History..
Today is Friday, October 29th, the 303rd day of the year
with 63 days remaining.
1863 – The International Committee
of the Red Cross was founded.
1929 – America’s Great Depression
began with the crash of the stock market.
1940 – The first peacetime military
draft began in the United States.
1945 – The first ballpoint pens to be made
commercially went on sale at Gimbel’s Department Store
in NY at the price of $12.50 each – 57 years after
it was patented.
1960 – Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay)
won his first professional fight. He beat Tunney Hunsaker
in 6 rounds.
1966 – National Organization of
Women (NOW) founded.
1989 – A public mourning, involving
over 20,000 East Berliners, was observed with a minute
for the people who had been killed while trying to fee over
the Berlin Wall.
1998 – the space shuttle Discovery
blasted off with John Glenn on board. Glenn was 77 years
1962 he became the first American to orbit the Earth.
from the Homefront –
the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) began
its “Gifts from the Homefront” program last year,
people from all walks of life have rallied around America’s
troops by contributing $406,745 toward the purchase of gift
certificates designed to lift the morale of deployed troops
around the world, said officials at AAFES Headquarters. 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
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 to
an 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
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by
Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
I received a request to provide input on the value of Chiropractic
care, so here it goes!
One of the most valuable ergogenic aids for the athlete
is proper chiropractic care. Chiropractic is a natural (that
is, not emplo9ying drugs or surgery) healing system that
treats the whole person, rather than just the particular
symptoms of a disorder. In chiropractic, a licensed practitioner
corrects structural imbalances of the body, called subluxations,
with adjustments and manipulations of the spine and articulations
(joints), through prescription of various exercises (e.g.,
stretching or weight training), and through various therapeutic
modalities (e.g., electrical stimulation).
There are many types of chiropractors,
and they employ a wide variety of techniques. At one extreme,
is the “rack ‘em and crack ‘em” breed,
which has given the entire profession a bad reputation. This
type of chiropractor uses the same general spinal manipulations
on each patient, without spending time evaluation each individual’s
problems, or educating each patient on rehabilitation and
At the other end of the spectrum are those who spend time
figuring out the proper corrections for each problem, employ
manipulative or therapeutic techniques specific to each individual
misalignment, and take the time to explain rehabilitation,
prevention, and training improvements to the patient.
Serious athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike are advised
to seek out (by asking fellow athletes) a competent sports
chiropractor that emphasizes the biomechanical aspect of
treatment and injury prevention. Biomechanical aspects of
treatment include testing for muscle strength and flexibility,
gait analysis, and correction of weight training techniques,
as well as evaluation for skeletal alignment.
With the array of choices you have in regards to selecting
sports medical care, you should generally opt for the conservative
approach. The non-invasive techniques of chiropractic are
an excellent place to start.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
On Saturday, 30 October, at 1 p.m., the
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Foundation will host a poetry reading by Vietnam Veterans
Jan Barry, W. D. Ehrhart, and Charles H. Johnson in a program
called “Vietnam Legacies: Poems from the War and Back
Jan Barry, a Montclair resident, is the
author of several books including, Earth Songs: New & Selected Poems, co-editor
of Winning Hearts & Minds: War Poems by Vietnam Veterans,
and is a staff writer at the Record of Bergen County.
W. D. Ehrhart is the author or editor
of eighteen books including, Beautiful Wreckage: New & Selected
Poems, Vietnam-Perkasie: A Combat Marine Memoir, and Carrying
Darkness: Poetry of the Vietnam War. He is currently a teacher
at the Haverford School in Pennsylvania.
Charles H. Johnson, a Red Bank resident, is the author of
Tunnel Vision. His poems have been integrated into the Veterans
Memorial in Plainsboro, NJ. He is a night editor and poetry
reviewer at the Home News Tribune in East Brunswick.
Lecture attendees are asked to RSVP to 732-335-0033. A donation
of $5 per person is suggested.
Readings – Jan Barry, W.D. Ehrhart, and Charles
Johnson – “Vietnam Legacies: Poems from
the War and Back Home.”
Lecture and Slide Show – Thomas F. Morrissey “Between
the Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans
Lecture – James Parker Wollner – The Bamboo
Shoot: The Story of the 2nd Airboat Platoon
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.
NFL to donate $250,000 for Pat Tillman USO Center
The National Football League will donate
$250,000 to the United Service Organization in memory of
former Arizona Cardinal
player and Army Ranger Cpl Pat Tillman. The grant will be
used to build a USO facility – tentatively named the “Pat
Tillman USO Center” – in Afghanistan to honor
the memory of Tillman, who was killed in combat April 22
in the region. Tillman, who played four seasons with the
Arizona Cardinals, enlisted in the Army in 2002, walking
away from a $3.6 million contract offer to serve his country.
Call today and volunteer at a Family Readiness Center near
The families of our deployed soldiers need your support
and assistance. Call toll free 888-859-0352 to volunteer
your services at a Family Readiness Center near you.
Family Programs Event Calendar
Listed below are the events being planned by the Family
Readiness Groups throughout the state.
Co. E 50th MSB
|Teaneck Halloween Party
SFC Minnie Hiller
||Radio City Bus Trip
||SFC Minnie Hiller
|Picture with Santa
Co C, 1/114th
|Patriotic Rally and Troop Sendoff
Veterans Day Concert
|Westwood Veterans Memorial Park
SFC Minnie Hiller
|Children’s Craft Fair
|Bus trip to Radio City
Co B 50th MSB
SFC Minnie Hiller
A/B/E 2-113th INF
|Sports Memorabilia Show (DISCOM FRG)
|Bus Trip to Atl City
|Beef Steak & Chinese Auction
Legion Post 170
Rochelle Park, NJ
SFC Minnie Hiller
30 Nov 04
Tree Lighting in NYC
Co B, 50th MSB
|Pick-up at Dover Armory
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
As the New Jersey National Guard deploys soldiers
and airmen around the globe, the families that are left behind
support and assistance. Can we count on your help? Please
call your local Family Readiness center and volunteer.
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center
Call toll free 888-859-0352