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
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Thought for the day:
the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
Men are not superior
by reason of the accidents of race or color. They are superior
who have the best heart – the best brain.
The superior man stands erect by bending
above the fallen.
by lifting others."
- Robert Green Ingersoll, 1833-1899
New Jersey Freedom
What is a Freedom
* Up to $10,000
* Annual APR 6%
* Term: 5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
* Unsecured Loan (no collateral required)
Who is eligible to
NJ residents who are:
* Members of the National
Guard or Reserve
* Mobilized for one year or longer to fight in the Global War on Terrorism
(GWOT) – excluding routine training.
* Served 90 or more consecutive
days in the GWOT on federal or state active
duty (excluding routing training) and have
received orders extending cumulative active
duty a year or longer.
How do I apply?
* Contact participating banks.
Call or visit your local branch office
to obtain an application.
* Guardmembers, Reservists, or family members with Power of Attorney must submit
copies of current mobilization orders with the bank’s Freedom Loan application.
Union of NJ
609-538-4061, ext. 401
Morris Bank & Trust
Playoffs begin this weekend.
game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle
your problems, block your
fears, and score your
points when you get the opportunity." - Lewis Grizzard,
|42nd Infantry Division Support Command units
depart for Iraq as Battery C, 3/112th readies for European
During this first week of January 2005, DISCOM units began
a phased overseas deployment in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom. Units left McGuire Air Force Base for Kuwait and
eventual relocation into Iraq as part of the overall 42nd
Infantry Division mobilization.
MG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General,
Brig Gen Maria Falca-Dodson, Deputy Adjutant General, and
senior staff and
commanders joined family and friends in bidding farewell
to the officers, NCOs, and soldiers of the National Guard’s
hometown team. The deployment is expected to last a year.
These soldiers join more than 300 members of the New Jersey
Army National Guard already deployed throughout Iraq to fight
in our nation’s Global War on Terrorism.
On Monday, 3 January 2005, MG Rieth joined with family and
friends of Battery C, 3/112th FA as they departed for Fort
Leonard Wood, Missouri. These soldiers will train and transition
from field artillerymen to Military Policemen. Following
completion of their training, they will be deployed to Europe.
NJ Air National Guard’s 227th Special Operations Flight
(SOF), 108th Air Refueling Wing wins Air Force’s 2004
Outstanding Unit Award.
Congratulations to the 227th SOF for its
selection as a recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Unit Award
based on meritorious service
for the period 1 November 2002 – 30 June 2004. The dedication
and commitment of this organization enables the Air National
Guard to fulfill its commitment to the missions of peacekeeping,
humanitarian relief, domestic improvement, and most important
of all, the defense of America. Congratulations!
The New Jersey National Guard visits Guantanamo (GTMO).
On 23 December, MG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General, New
Jersey Senator Jon Corzine, Congressmen Rush Holt and Robert
Menendez, joined a contingent from the NJ National Guard leadership
including, BG Frank Carlini, COL Steven Hines, Chaplain Alphonse
Stephenson, CSM Richard Adkins, COL Frank Caruso, LTC Kenneth
Schechter, LTC John Manfre, CSM Jerome Jenkins, and CSM William
Kryscnski and traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO). The
primary focus of the visit was to greet deployed soldiers while
they were working in the Joint Task Force (JTF) Headquarters,
J4, J6, and J9 offices, as well as the Detention facilities.
Soldiers from the 50th BDE HQs, 2-113th Infantry, 2-102d Armor,
3-112th Field Artillery, and 50th Finance Battalion comprise
the New Jersey contingent. While the New Jersey and Brigade
senior leadership visited with the soldiers of GTMO, the Congressional
delegation attended several briefings conducted by the Commanding
General of JTF-GTMO. Upon completion of the briefings, the
Senator and two Congressmen joined MG Rieth and staff for lunch
with the soldiers followed by a short gathering to address
the soldiers and present them with well wishes for the Holiday
Season. MG Rieth also took this opportunity to deliver Christmas
gifts and phone cards from New Jersey to our soldiers in GTMO.
A message from Acting Governor Richard J. Codey on the recent
tragedy in Southeast Asia.
NJ Department of Personnel's Acting Commissioner,
Rolando Torres, Jr., has issued the following message to
"On behalf of Acting Governor Richard
J. Codey and the State of New Jersey, I would like to extend
my deepest condolences
to anyone affected by the recent tragedies in Southeast Asia.
While the full magnitude of the losses suffered are not yet
known, the death toll has climbed to over 140,000 lives lost,
and there is massive flooding and damage to areas throughout
The Family Medical Leave Act is available to
State workers who have immediate family members involved in
In addition, grief counseling is available through the Employee
Advisory Service for any employee who needs assistance, at
(609) 292-8543. Should you have any questions about these or
other programs, please contact your personnel officer.
Governor Codey is encouraging state workers who wish to contribute
to the relief effort to send donations to The
American Red Cross International Response Fund. Call 1-800-HELP
NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the International
Response Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross
chapter or to the American Red Cross International Response
Fund, PO Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users
can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org."
Division of Veterans Programs issues its monthly report for
* During the month of December, the Department’s
Veteran Service Officers met with 2,187 of our State’s
veterans and filed 211 claims for veterans’ benefits.
177 award letters were received in the amount of $2,334,566.
* MG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General,
honored three members of the Jewish War Veterans for their
service at a Christmas
Party for the dependents of our deployed National Guard troops
held at the Cherry Hill Armory on December 22, 2005. MG Rieth
presented the Department’s Civilian Commendation Medal
to Robert Richter, Arthur Seltzer, and Robert Cirkus. Colonel
(Ret) Alan Bunting presented Mr. Eric Spivak with a special
plaque in recognition of his dedication to our activated servicemen
* Over 400 new winter coats were delivered
to the Director of the New Jersey National Guard’s Family Assistance
Program as part of a motorcycle ride in support of those "THAT
SUPPORT US" on December 18, 2005. The ride was coordinated
by South Jersey Vietnam veteran Donald Holland, and was sponsored,
in large part, by Ms. Barb Borwic, owner operator of Camden
County-Buell Harley-Davidson of Audubon, New Jersey. We thank
them for their generosity.
Acting Governor Codey announces effort to support U.S. Troops.
Acting Governor Richard J. Codey announced
a statewide drive to collect used bulletproof vests that
U.S. troops in Iraq
will use to line their vehicles to protect themselves against
bombs. “We are establishing regional drop off points
at our National Guard Armories to collect used bulletproof
vests to give our troops every possible protection,” Governor
The Acting Governor urged all local, state,
and federal law enforcement agencies to donate used vests
to strengthen armor
on military vehicles in Iraq. Some groups have already begun
campaigns to collect vests. “The response to existing
efforts has been both enthusiastic and generous. What we hope
to do is accelerate the process and make sure the vests get
to Iraq as soon as possible so our men and women return home
to their loved ones.”
MG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General of New Jersey, said
the drop-off sites would be located at the Atlantic City Armory
(1009 Absecon Boulevard), the Lawrenceville Armory (151 Eggert
Crossing Road), and the West Orange Armory (1315 Pleasant Valley
Way). Collections will begin on Tuesday, January 11th.
MG Rieth stressed that the vests are only
needed for use on military vehicles. “Every soldier being deployed to Iraq
has his or her own personal body armor,” he said.
“These brave men and women are risking their lives in
the name of freedom. This is one way we can demonstrate our
support and appreciation for the sacrifices they are making
on behalf of our nation, “ Governor Codey said.
177th Fighter Wing visits the Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland.
Members of the 177th Fighter Wing visited the Veterans Memorial
Home at Vineland on December 16, 2004, along with members of
the 108th Air Refueling Wing and the 4th Grade class from Seaview
Avenue School in Linwood, New Jersey. The students sang holiday
songs and brought home baked cookies as gifts for the residents.
The 177th FW raised $1264 to purchase various
gifts for the veterans. The gifts purchased included 16 CD
sweat suits, and T-shirts. In addition, several unit members
made both monetary and gift donations directly to the Veterans
Home at Vineland. Some of the donated items were: DVD players,
movies, phone cards, socks, puzzles, speakers, a computer printer,
and specially designed computer mouse(s). According to Chief
Master Sergeant Robert McCarty, this year’s visit yielded
more gifts and donations than ever before.
Chief McCarty, along with Senior Master Sergeant Tom Dunn,
Senior Master Sergeant Tim Donovan, and Master Sergeant Mike
Montieth, represent the 177th FW as Coordinators with the Vineland
Veterans Home. Together they ensure that funds are raised throughout
the year to support this event, as well as the annual cookout
at the Warren Grove Range for the residents of the Vineland
Training the NJ Army National Guard Workforce
A trained workforce is one of the key elements
to a successful organization. The employee development process
continuous, sequential, and progressive. The New Jersey National
Guard has soldiers deployed in support of Operations Iraqi
Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Because of these deployments,
many new employees and current employees are in new positions.
AGR soldiers, military and civilian technicians have hit the
ground running. They must receive numerous training courses
in a short period of time. In December, the Operations and
Training Directorate – Army, J3-T, had a banner month
with employee development. Four courses, with a total of 11
classes were conducted.
The month kicked off with Automated Funds Control Orders System
(AFCOS) training for 60 soldiers. AFCOS is a software application
that computes reservations, generates orders and controls funds.
Piggybacked with AFCOS was FTP (Files Transfer Protocol) training.
19 soldiers attended the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)
Scorer Training course, which was developed to train a new
generation of scorers for AGR and unit APFTs. The prerequisite
for the course is a physically fit soldier with an above average
APFT score of at least 250.
40 soldiers attended TROUPERS (Training, Readiness, Operations,
Unit Planning, Execution and Resourcing System) software application
training, which provides a standardized tool that allows trainers
and logisticians to plan, prioritize, cost, approve, and fund
individual events and collective training events.
At the 108th Air
Refueling Wing – Santa
and his elves deliver holiday pies.
The 108th Enlisted Council held two fundraisers in December.
The profits from these fundraisers were donated to the wonderful
men and women of the Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland.
The first fund raiser consisted of an anonymous
vote by members of the Wing to determine who would be the
lucky folks to dress
up like Santa and his two elves during the Wing’s Holiday
party. The winners of the voting were Lt Col Robert Doolittle
as Santa, and Chief Master Sergeant Marv Nichols and Staff
Sergeant April Kelly as elves. The job of Santa and the elves
was to deliver whipped cream pies to the recipients of the
second fundraiser, which was a “Pie in the Face.” Again,
voting was done to have folks brought up in front of the Wing
and have Santa cover them with a whipped cream pie. Some of
the lucky, or not so lucky, recipients of the pies were: Col
Michael Moore, Lt Col Steve Amisano, Lt Col Dave Bagby, Lt
Col Thomas Cameron, Maj Michael Baldi, Maj Vito Dimicco, and
Maj Kris Frazier, just to name a few.
Between the two fundraisers, the 108th Enlisted Council was
able to raise and proudly donate $200 to the Veterans Memorial
Home at Vineland. A special thanks goes out to Lt Col Doolittle,
Chief Nichols, and Staff Sgt Kelly, who graciously took one
for the team and wore some interesting outfits. We would like
to also thank all of those who accepted their fate and took
the pie, and all of the folks that opted to buy their way out
of the messy pie with a donation to the Vineland Veterans Home.
From what we hear, there is already a naughty or nice list
being worked on for next year!
Elimination of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Open Seasons:
1 July 2005.
Public Law 108-469, which was signed into
law on December 21, 2004, eliminates the Thrift Savings Plan
open seasons and
the restrictions on contribution elections which are tied to
open seasons. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
will implement this law on July 1, 2005. After the close of
the recent TSP open season on December 31, 2004, there will
be one more open season, April 15 through June 30, 2005. this
means that participants may file contribution elections with
their agencies or uniformed services at any time beginning
April 15. Through June 30, these elections will be processed
under the current rules. Beginning July 1, contribution elections
will be processed under the new rules – that is, the
elections must be made effective no later than the first full
pay period after they are filed. Additional information can
be found at http://www.tsp.gov.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
20 Jan 05
Salem County Community College
[11 a.m. & 1 p.m.]
- Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal
National Guard Association
of New Jersey – 2005
The National Guard Association of NJ is pleased to announce
the continuation of the Scholarship Program for 2005. Completed
applications will be accepted, beginning February 1, 2005 and
must be postmarked, not later than, March 15, 2005. Scholarships
are available to dependents (including grandchildren) of NJ
National Guard members, both active and retired (with 20-year
certification), spouses, and NJNG members themselves who are
currently enrolled in or planning to pursue their first undergraduate
degree program. All current college applicants must be pursuing
at least 12 credit hours (full-time) each semester. All Official
(raised seal) transcripts and SAT scores must be verified and
signed by school officials. Additionally, a letter from the
applicant is required to complete the application process.
Please see the application for subject matter of the required
letter. Applications will not be accepted from previous awardees
of a National Guard Association of New Jersey Scholarship.
Applications are available online at: www.nganj.org and
at your armory. Send completed applications to: National Guard
Association of New Jersey, Scholarship Committee - COL
Edward Slavin, 101 Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, NJ
New Jersey Nets sponsor
New Jersey Army & Air
National Guard Day.
The NBA’s New Jersey Nets will sponsor a NJ Army & Air
National Guard Day on Saturday, 5 February 2005. The Nets will
be playing the Detroit Pistons at 1 p.m. at the Continental
Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ. Ticket prices have been
reduced for members of the National Guard and their families.
Ticket orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served
basis and are subject to availability. The deadline to order
tickets is Friday, January 28, 2005. For more information or
to order tickets, contact SMSgt Dave Whalen, 108th Air Refueling
Wing at 609-745-3616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liberty Village Premium
Outlets offers Government/Military employees VIP Discounts – 11-17
Liberty Village Premium Outlets, located at 1 Church Street,
Flemington, NJ (just off Routes 202 and 31) will offer Complimentary
VIP Coupon Booklets to all current and retired government and
military employees for 8 days: January 11-17, 2005. The VIP
coupons are worth hundreds of dollars in additional savings
at almost all of the 60 shops.
To obtain your VIP discount booklet, simply present proof
with a Government agency or a Military ID at the Liberty Village
Premium Outlets Management Office, located by the pond above
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – by Ernie
Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
Where does Energy come from?
All energy on earth comes from the sun. Plants use the light
energy from the sun to form carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
Carbohydrates are sugars and starches used by the body as fuel
molecules and to store energy. Fats are compounds that store
energy. Proteins are important components of cells and tissues
and are large complex molecules composed of amino acids. Humans
and other animals then eat plants and other animals to obtain
energy required to maintain cellular activities.
The body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that you consume
to provide the necessary energy to maintain cellular activity
both at rest and during activity. Since all cells require energy,
your bodies must have a way to convert carbohydrates, fats,
and protein into a biologically usable form of energy to fuel
physical activity. The ability to run, jump, and lift weights
is contingent on and limited by your ability to transform food
into biological energy. These physical abilities are contingent
on thousands of chemical reactions that occur throughout our
bodies all day long. Collectively, these reactions are known
as metabolism. Metabolic activities are continually occurring
in the trillions of cells in your body and must be carefully
regulated to maintain a constant internal environment, or steady
state. This steady state must be maintained regardless of your
ever-changing external environment. This automatic tendency
to maintain a relatively constant internal environment is called
I’ll get a little more specific about
each of these activities in the next two weeks.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
Between the Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam
Author lecture and slide presentation by Vietnam Veteran
Thomas F. Morrissey
| 19 Feb
Rejoice or Cry: Diary of a Recon Marine, Vietnam 1967-1968
lecture by Vietnam Veteran John R. Rhodes
A Redcatcher’s Letters from
Nam (199th Lt. Inf. Bde)
Author lecture by Patricia Farewell Enyedy, sister
of a NJ GI, KIA in Vietnam
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Operation Babylift,
$10 Admission fee
A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey
Author lecture by former Vietnamese refugee and USMC
Gulf War Veteran Quang X. Pham
For more information about any of these events, please call
the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation office at (732)
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is located
adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the
Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
Today in History…
Today is Friday, 7 January 2005. It is the 7th day of the
year with 359 days remaining.
1608 – Fire destroys Jamestown,
1782 – The Bank of North America
opened in Philadelphia. It was the first commercial bank
in the United States.
1789 – The first national Presidential election
was held in the U.S – electing George Washington.
1896 – Fanny Farmer publishes her
1927 – Transatlantic telephone service
began between New York and London (31 calls were made that
1944 – Air Force announces production
of the first US Jet fighter, the Bell P-59.
1953 – President Harry Truman announced
the development of the hydrogen bomb.
1959 – The United States recognized Fidel Castro’s
new government in Cuba.
1996 – One of the biggest blizzards
in U.S. history hit the eastern states. More than 100 deaths
blamed on the severe weather.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
available across the state for TDGs and Technicians. Earn one
day’s base pay and one retirement point for a few hours
work providing Military Funeral Honors for our Veterans. If
you are interested, please contact SFC Raymond Denson, Military
Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090 or by e-mail at Raymond.Denson@nj.ngb.army.mil.
Armory Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
||Home Design & Landscape Show
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Jersey City Armory
||Moscow State Circus
||NASCAR Collectibles Show
Call today and volunteer to help at a Family Readiness Center
To reach any NJ National Guard Family Assistance Center -
Call toll free 888-859-0352.