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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(Ret) Michael B. Smith
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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.
Union of NJ
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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.
NJ Army National Guard bids a fond farewell
to Company D, 250th Bridgade.
The NJ Army National Guard gave a fond Farewell salute to
the soldiers of Company D, 250th Brigade Support Battalion
on 29 September 2005. The Salute, held at the Vineland Armory,
recognized the contributions of the deploying soldiers and
their families. Members of the state legislature and the
Mayor of Vineland joined MG Rieth in recognizing the troops.
D Company is a new unit formed from elements of the 250th
Forward Support Battalion, 5-117th Cavalry, 1-114th Infantry,
and the HQ, 42nd DISCOM. The soldiers headed off to Camp
Shelby for training before heading to Iraq in the new year
as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom 4. We wish all of our
deploying soldiers the best, and look forward to welcoming
NJ Army National Guard providing 309 soldier
Task Force to Hurricane Katrina Joint Area of Operations.
The New Jersey Army National Guard is providing a 309 soldier
Task Force (TF) to assist National Guard forces supporting
civil authority and security operations in the Hurricane Katrina
Joint Area of Operations (AO). The Task Force will be commanded
by COL Jim Grant and consist of two Infantry companies, transportation
assets and the necessary combat support assets to support the
TF for approximately 34 days in the AO. The mission will commence
on 29 September 2005 with a 55 vehicle convoy departing for
the AO. Good luck to Task Force New Jersey and a heartfelt
thank you to the soldiers and families of the NJ Army National
Guard for once again stepping forward in a time of national
crisis to help our fellow Americans in need.
Warren Grove Range hosts Vineland veterans.
Military members of the Warren Grove Range, 177th Fighter
Wing, and the 108th Air Refueling Wing again hosted veterans
from the Vineland Veterans Home. Organized by the Range personnel,
SMSgt Tom Dunn and SMSgt Tim Donovan from the 177th, and MSgt
Steve Sabato from the 108th, the veterans enjoyed a barbeque
while watching flying operations. MG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant
General, and COL (Ret) Stephen G. Abel, Deputy Commissioner
for Veterans Affairs were also in attendance. This annual event,
along with the Holiday Party at the home in Vineland has been
a New Jersey Air National Guard tradition for a number of years.
News from the Homes Front -
Doris Neibart, CEO of the Paramus Veterans
Memorial Home (VMH), was recently inducted as President of
the National Association
of State Veterans Homes (NASVH) at the National Conference
held in Washington State. The Association is dedicated to the “caring
for America’s Heroes.” The NASVH’s priorities
for the next year are to continue to protect our veterans’ benefits,
for all those who served our country honorably, with emphasis
on the proposed VA budget cuts, per diem drug reimbursement,
and construction and grant programs. As president, Doris Neibart
will be meeting with the VA, Senators, and members of the House
of Representatives to discuss these important issues. The President
serves for a one-year term. Doris had been the NASVH Vice President.
At the Menlo Park Home, the CEO, Joseph Branspiegel, the Food
Service Staff and the residents collected $1300 for the Katrina
Relief Effort. They presented the check to the Salvation Army
of New Brunswick, NJ on 23 September 2005. Theresa Burrows,
Juanita Ceralde, Joyce Lin, and Larry Maynes led the Food Service
Department in a Bake Sale that raised $1,000 as part of this
effort. Additionally, the Menlo Park VMH also collected bottled
water for the victims.
Salem County honors Korean War veterans.
With the assistance of the Division of Veterans Programs,
Brigadier General Eugene R. Chojnacki, Commander of the New
Jersey Air National Guard, presented the New Jersey Korean
Service Medal to 50 Salem and Cumberland County veterans on
Thursday, 29 September 2005. The ceremony was held on the campus
of the Salem County Community College.
Farewell Ceremony for the Reconnaissance Surveillance
Target Acquisition Battalion to be held 13 October 2005.
The public is invited to join family and friends at a farewell
ceremony for local National Guard members who are being deployed
The ceremony for the Reconnaissance Surveillance Target Acquisition
Battalion is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 10
a.m. and will be held at the Vineland Armory.
These are trying times for both our National Guard soldiers
and their family members and your show of support is appreciated.
177th Civil Engineering Squadron hones its wartime
skills at Ft. Indiantown Gap.
During 16-18 September 2005, 31
personnel from the 177th Civil Engineering Squadron (CES)
traveled to Ft. Indiantown Gap,
Pennsylvania to train on their wartime skills. Most Air National
Guard (ANG) CE units do not own their prime mission equipment
due to acquisition, operation, and maintenance costs. In
order to maintain equipment proficiency and SORTS C ratings,
ANG created five Regional Equipment Operators Training Sites
(REOTS) throughout the United States. REOTS provides individual
training on prime mission equipment such as the Reverse Osmosis
Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) and the Mobile Arresting
System (MASS). The REOTS at Ft. Indiantown Gap is the only
owns an Emergency Airfield Lighting System (EALS). The 177th
CES trains at Fort Indiantown Gap REOTS every year, except
for every fourth year when they participate in a Silver Flag
Exercise at Tyndall AFB. At Silver Flag they hone their wartime
skills as a team.
Congratulations to the National Guard Militia
Museum of New Jersey – now in its 25th Anniversary Year!
year the National Guard is celebrating 368 years of distinguished
service to America. In 1980, our National Guard Militia Museum
of New Jersey first opened its doors to the public and began
the Museum’s important mission for presenting the honored
heritage and contributions of New Jersey’s citizen patriots
throughout this 368-year period of American history. For the
past quarter century the Museum has continued to successfully
accomplish its mission of preserving and explaining New Jersey
military history, enhancing public understanding of how armed
conflicts and military institutions have shaped our state and
national experience, and promoted the rich legacy of New Jersey’s
The museum is a non-profit organization.
If you would like to support the Museum, why not become a
member or a volunteer?
Membership is $10 per year and applications can be found on
the Museum’s website at http://www.nj.gov/military/museum/index.html.
The Museum is located on the historic campus
of the National Guard Training Center, Sea Girt, NJ, and at
National Guard Armory. The Museum also has an Annex at the
War Memorial in Trenton, NJ.
The Sea Girt Museum is open on
Drill weekends and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. during the winter. From
April 1st to October 1st, the Sea Girt Museum is open every
weekend. The museum in Sea Girt can be reached a telephone
The Lawrenceville Museum is open for
tours on Tuesdays and Fridays upon request and whenever activities
are taking place
at the Armory. A tour of this facility can be arranged by
The Trenton War Memorial Annex will re-open
shortly and will be staffed before all performances in the
and during intermissions.
American Veterans of the War on Terror (AVWOT) – A
new veterans organization is formed.
AVWOT is a non-profit,
tax-exempt corporation that is completely independent – non-partisan and not aligned with any political
party, organization, platform, or candidate. AVWOT is formed
to serve as the voice of today’s veterans and to help
our Nation establish and maintain the proper perspective
to defeat the radical Islamic fundamentalists who are waging
AVWOT’s mission is two-fold: To provide the veterans
of the War on Terror with a collective voice to facilitate
greater appreciation for their accomplishments and sacrifices
and give them peace of mind to know that their efforts have
been worthwhile; and, To bridge the gap between the military’s
overseas operations in the War on Terror and the nation’s
homeland security efforts of its ordinary citizens by providing
the nation with the foundation of understanding and awareness
necessary to sustain and support the War on Terror over the
To learn more about AVWOT, visit their website
DMVA’s Division of Veterans Programs’ new
kiosk makes its mall debut.
On Thursday, 29 September 2005,
the Division of Veterans Programs and Services’ kiosk
display titled “Serving Those
Who Served” was stationed at the Ocean County Mall
in the first in a series of monthly visits to major commercial
malls throughout the Garden State. This “One-month-a-mall
program is part of a veterans information outreach program
designed to establish contact with as many veterans as possible
and ensure that our veterans and their family members are
receiving every benefit.
It is estimated that approximately
12,000 veterans currently
residing in NJ are entitled to VA Service Connected Compensation,
but have failed to make application for their benefits.
2005 Mega Job Fair scheduled for Tuesday, 11
The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development,
Local One Stop Career Centers, and New Jersey Army National
Guard cordially invite you to attend the 2005 Mega Job Fair.
The event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11th from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. at the Somerset national Guard Armory located at
1060 Hamilton Street in Somerset, New Jersey. Over 500 employers
have received a personal invitation to this event. There will
be 160 employers’ tables at the event, and these employers
will be looking for job seekers in the areas of: Information
Technology, Computers, Management, Operations, Manufacturing,
Administrative, Sales, Health Care, Production, Food & Lodging,
Financial, Education, Pharmaceutical, Engineering, Community
and Social Services, Protective Services, Real Estate, Telecommunications,
and Customer Service.
Special Guest Speakers will be Congressman
Mike Ferguson and MG Glenn K. Rieth. For more information,
contact Lou Molnar
at 908-704-3000 or 908-704-3015 or via email at Louis.Molnar@dol.state.nj.us.
Trenton Titans hockey team will salute veterans
on Saturday, 22 October 2005.
The Trenton Titans will salute
veterans, the military and their family members on Saturday,
22 October 2005, during their
game against the Wheeling Nailers at the Sovereign Bank Arena
in Trenton, NJ.
Tickets will be offered to group and family
members at $8.50 (a savings of $3.50 per ticket off of day
of game price). Reserved
sections will be set up for veterans and military groups,
and these groups will be recognized during the Titans game.
join the Titans as they salute our veterans and the military,
and raise the Kelly Cup Banner to ring in the 2005-2006 hockey
Deadline to order tickets is October 14th. To
book your group or for more information, contact Dan Weiss
Philadelphia Eagles - National Guard Appreciation Day
The Philadelphia Eagles announced that
on Saturday, October 15, 2005, they would hold “National Guard Appreciation
Day” under the tent at the Cherry Hill Armory from 9:00
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Attendees will meet Eagles’ players,
Jon Runyan, Hank Fraley, Artis Hicks, and Shawn Andrews.
Also attending the
event will be NFL Films President, Mr. Steve Sabol. Military
ID will be required for admission.
Military Family Resource Center News –
1 September 2005, the customer service function of the Military
Family Resource Center (MFRC) was transferred
to new resources: Military OneSource and MilitaryHOMEFRONT.
OneSource is a new and expanded information resource available
to service providers. You can reach Military OneSource
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-800-342-9647
or online at www.militaryonesource.com The user id is “military” and
the password is “onesource.” You can also email
Military Onesource directly at email@example.com.
Leaders, service providers, and service members and their families
can find information on the MilitaryHOMEFRONT Portal at www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil.
In addition, selected items from the MFRC documents collection
will be accessible from the Military HOMEFRONT QoL Library.
The projected availability date for these materials is October
1, 2005. If you have questions about obtaining materials from
the MFRC collection, contact the MilitaryHOMEFRONT Webmaster.
Family Reunion briefings and workshops are scheduled.
The 42nd Infantry Division will be coming home
from IRAQ in the near future. A briefing and workshop are scheduled
to assist family members and friends to prepare for the reunion
with their Soldier. Topics to be covered will include understanding
the changes that have occurred both in yourself and in your
returning soldier, adjusting and enhancing lines of communications,
asking the right questions, and listening to his or her answer.
Date and location are Thursday, 29 September 2005 at 7 p.m.
in the Teaneck Armory.
For further information or to RSVP, call
Sarah Loureiro at 201-833-0632.
Enlisted Association of the National Guard announces
The Enlisted Association of the NJ National Guard is proud
to announce the Enlisted Conference at the Clarion Hotel & Conference
Center in Atlantic City West. The Conference will be held 7
thru 9 October 2005. During the Conference we honor our Outstanding
Soldiers and Airmen. There are various plans available. Friday
night is the Halloween Masquerade Ball with Tex-Mex Buffet,
and Saturday is the Formal Evening Ball with dinner and dancing.
For additional information, contact SGM (Ret) Jerome Zebrowski
at 609-214-6959 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or SGM Edward Goetschius
at 609-965-1972 or e-mail email@example.com or www.EANG-NJ.org to get an application, plans and other activities offered.
Thank you for your support!
Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund -
Hoboken’s premier online magazine,
is sponsoring an event to support the Children of Fallen Soldiers
Relief Fund – benefiting families who have lost soldiers
in Iraq and Afghanistan. The festivities will take place at
Trinity Bar & Restaurant, 3rd & Sinatra Drive, Hoboken,
Special auction items include: signed memorabilia
donated by the Jets, Devils, NBA and MLB, as well as gift certificates
from local restaurants, merchants, and tickets donated by
Nets and the Conan O’Brien Show.
This charity event
benefits the families of New Jersey military servicemen
who have given their lives in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
in for a fun evening at one of Hoboken’s
top establishments and, at the same time, help those families
who have sacrificed so much over the past four years. http://www.realhoboken.com.
Salvation Army – Operation Red Shield.
Operation Red Shield is a fully funded program run by the
Salvation Army to meet the emergency needs of our deployed
service personnel and their dependents. If anyone needs assistance
or additional information on Operation Red Shield, please call
888-302-6100 or 888-247-0100. Full program details can also
be viewed at www.salvationarmynewjersey.org.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
15 Oct, 1pm -
“Who Knew? Reflections on Vietnam (by an American Red Cross “Donut
Dolly” in Vietnam). Author lecture by Vietnam Veteran (civilian) J. Holly
21 Oct, 8am - 3pm
Decades Later: Remembering America’s War in Vietnam. Seventh Annual Forum
on the Vietnam Era. Keynote Address by Lt Col Jim Kean, USMC (Ret) Commander
of the Security Guard Force at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon during the April
1975 evacuation. Pre-Registration required.
27 Oct, 6pm
Salute to Patriotism – Third Annual Gala. Keynote Address by General
Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret) former head of Central Command for U.S. forces in
the Middle East. Pre-Registration required.
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
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 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 SGM Edward Goetschius, Military
Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090 or by e-mail at
Armory Happenings – Listed below
are events taking place at your local armory.
1 Oct (10am-8pm)
|1-2 Oct (9am - 4pm)
Oct (8:30am - )
Fitness Corner –
Selecting a Running Shoe
Running shoes should
be selected carefully. Factors to weigh when looking for
a new shoe include:
- Past experience with shoes
- Current Problems
- Biomechanical Needs
- Environmental Factors
- Running and Racing Requirements
First, I would
advise getting a few pairs of what seem to be your favorite
shoes before the manufacturer changes the
shoe. Historically, manufacturers often make unannounced
changes. This can vary from a subtle change in the cushioning
the heel to a major structural midsole change.
One of the
best means of finding out information about running shoes
is to locate a good running shoe store that maintains
an excellent reputation among your local running community.
They can help you not only with fit, but also review desired
shoe characteristics with you. They can also alert you to
changes that may occur in the manufacturing of your favorite
Failing to replace worn shoes is a major cause of running
injuries. Estimates vary, however, the usual estimates place
at somewhere between 350 and 550 miles.
When buying your new
pair, make sure you try on both shoes. You should also try
to keep the shoe on your foot for about
10 minutes to make sure that it remains comfortable. Make
sure that nothing pinches and that you like the feel of the
and your stride. Once you have purchased a new and comfortable
shoe, don’t put them to the test with a 12-mile run,
or speed work around a track. An easy 3-mile run will be sufficient
(or less for those just starting out). Run easily in the shoe
and for only a short distance during the first 100 miles you
spend in the shoe. Never wear a brand new shoe in a marathon.
You’ll be doomed to sore feet, blisters, and perhaps
On this day in history… September 30,
2005 - It
is the 274th day of the year with 91 days remaining.
1630 – John Billington was hanged
for murder. He was the first criminal to be executed in the
1777 – The Congress of the United
States moved to York, PA, due to advancing British forces.
1787 – The Columbia left Boston
and began a trip that would make it the first American vessel
to sail around the
1882 – The world’s first hydroelectric
power plant began operating in Appleton, WI.
1927 – George Herman “Babe” Ruth
hit his 60th homerun of the season, breaking his own record.
stood until 1961 when Roger Maris broke the record.
1934 – Babe Ruth’s final game
as a Yankee.
1946 – An international military
tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders
guilty of war crimes.
1949 – The Berlin Airlift came to
an end. The airlift had taken 2.3 million tons of food into
the western sector
despite the Soviet blockade.
1960 – The first prime time animation
show, The Flintstones, premiers.
1960 – On Howdy Doody’s last show, Clarabelle
finally talks – “Goodbye Kids.”
1971 – The Soviet Union and the
United States signed pacts that were aimed at avoiding an
accidental nuclear war.
1976 – California enacted the Natural
Death Act of California. The law was the first example of
in the U.S.
1993 – US Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell, retired.
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.