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!
All State & Federal
offices will be closed Monday, 11
October, in observance of Columbus Day.
Thought for the day..
the light of the sun, we left the Old World.”
"Half of the American people never
read a newspaper. Half never voted President. One hopes it
the same half."
.. Gore Vidal
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 Troops Ceremony – tomorrow
at the Sovereign Bank Arena.
On behalf of Major General Glenn K. Rieth,
The Adjutant General for New Jersey, all Department of
Military & Veterans
Affairs' employees are cordially invited and encouraged to
attend the NJ National Guard's "Salute the Troops" ceremony
that will be held on 9 October 2004, 10 a.m., at the Sovereign
Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ (Doors will open at 9 a.m.). This
is our fifth NJ National Guard special Salute the Troops
ceremony, and we will be honoring more than 2,600 of New
Jersey's citizen-soldiers being deployed in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom III.
COL (Retired) Stephen G. Abel appointed
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs.
MG Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General,
announced the Governor’s
appointment of Colonel Stephen G. Abel, United States Army
Retired, to the position of Deputy Commissioner for Veterans
COL (Ret) Stephen G. Abel served as the
Director of the Division of Veterans Services before being
selected as DCVA.
In that capacity, he oversaw the operation of the Brigadier
General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Arneytown
and the veterans’ section of three satellite cemeteries.
He was responsible for operation of Veterans Haven, a transitional
housing unit for homeless veterans, and the State Approving
Agency, which certifies all educational and training programs
for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Colonel Abel
was also responsible for the construction, operation, and
maintenance of New Jersey’s Veterans Monuments and
Memorials: the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Educational
Center in Holmdel, the New Jersey Korean War Memorial in
Atlantic City, and the New Jersey World War II Memorial,
which is under design. Colonel Abel served as the Acting
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs from January 2002
until June 2002.
COL (Ret) Abel had a distinguished, 27-year
active duty, U.S. Army career. His multiple tours of duty
in Korea culminated
in his being assigned to work directly for the U.S./U.N.
Commander in Chief-Korea. Success led to his next assignment
working directly for the Chief of Staff of the Army. His
last active duty position was as the New Jersey National
Guard’s Inspector General. He is a graduate of the
National War College in Washington, DC.
of Veterans Programs - September Highlights
DMVA’s Veterans Service Officers saw 3,886 veterans
during the month of September, assisted in the filing of
331 new claims for veterans’ benefits, held 27 Decision
Review Officer-Bureau of Veterans Appeals hearings, and obtained
283 award letters worth $4,386,000 in benefits on behalf
of New Jersey’s veterans and their dependents.
Mr. Bill Devereaux, Director of the Division
of Veterans Programs, was guest speaker at the regional
Jewish War Veterans
dinner at Beth Shalom in Cherry Hill on 4 October 2004. The
topic of Mr. Devereaux’s speech was family support
and troop appreciation as well as upcoming events. The Jewish
War Veterans will donate proceeds from their upcoming dinner-dance
to the New Jersey National Guard’s Family Assistance
New Jersey Army National Guard continues to mobilize.
Mobilizations are continuing for New Jersey Army National
Guard units. The 350th Finance Detachment was mobilized on
21 September and is heading to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, and
then to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. The
119th Corps Support Battalion iwas mobilized on 1 October
at Home Station (Hammonton, NJ) and arrived at Fort Dix,
their mobilization site, on 4 October. They will also be
on their way to Iraq. We wish them all good luck and will
keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
20 Oct - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medals
Vietnam Service Medal
Atlantic Cape Community College
5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays
18 Nov - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medals
Korean Service Medal
Toms River Elks
600 Washington St., Toms River, NJ
Dec (TBD) 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Salem County Community College
American Legion Post 346 to host Veterans Outreach Program.
American Legion Post 346 in Neptune, New Jersey will sponsor
an informational program for Veterans on October 9, 10, 23,
and 34, 2004 at the Allaire State Park in Wall Township.
Information and V.A. forms on medical coverage, burial, headstones,
pensions, DD-214 requests and corrections, medal requests
and the NJ Veterans Guide will be available to any veteran
who stops by. If you require any additional information,
you may contact the Post at 732-922-9714, or contact Jr.
Vice Commander, Mike Flynn, at 732-364-1640 or by e-mail
NJ Counterdrug team conducts “Grade the
Grader” physical fitness test.
On 1 October 2004, the New Jersey Army National Guard’s
Counterdrug team conducted a Grade the Grader Army Physical
Fitness Test (APFT) for personnel assigned to support the
AGR APFT personnel and augmentees. This is a semi-annual
event for all Army AGR personnel assigned to the New Jersey
Army National Guard.
Upcoming Fall events at our local armories.
||NASCAR Card Show
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Craft Show & Sale
||Antique Show & Sale
||Breast Cancer Fundraiser
||NGTC – Sea Girt
||Sports Card & Comic Show
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Rug Show & Sale
||“Home for the Holidays” Gift Fair
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Education
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
22 Oct -
8 a.m-3 p.m.
Annual Forum “When Will They Ever Learn? – Teaching the Vietnam
War” (pre-registration required.)
11 Nov -
Veterans Day Program
20 Nov -
Author Lecture and Slide Show – Thomas F. Morrissey “Between the
Lines: Photographs from the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial.”
4 Dec -
Holiday Lighting Ceremony
11 Dec -
Author 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) 335-0033.
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is
located adjacent to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
off the Garden State Parkway at Exit 116.
Military Appreciation Night planned by
Trenton Titans ice hockey team.
The Trenton Titans hockey team will host a Military Appreciation
Night for members of the military and veterans on October
22, 2004. The Titans will be playing the Reading Royals at
7:30 p.m. at the Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, NJ. Tickets
are FREE! If you are interested in attending, please contact
SGT David Clark, Fort Dix, 609-562-0951 or SSgt Barbara Harbison,
Hispanic American Heritage month
will be celebrated at Fort Dix.
Hispanic American Heritage month will be commemorated
at Fort Dix until October 15. This annual month of activities
celebrates the contributions that the Hispanic community
brings to the American society. The theme for this year: “Hispanic
Americans: Making a Difference in Our Communities and Our
Nation.” The Hispanic American Heritage month luncheon
will be held at Club Dix on Tuesday, October 14 from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Amada Espinoza
at Army Community Service, 609-562-3271.
Today is Friday, October 8th, the 282nd day of the year
with 85 days remaining.
1871 – The Great Fire of Chicago
broke out destroying about 17,450 buildings. About 250
killed and 90,000 were left homeless.
1918 – Sgt Alvin C. York almost
single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured
132 in the Argonne
Forest in France.
1934 – Bruno Hauptman was indicted
for the murder of the infant son of Charles A. Lindbergh.
1950 – U.N. forces crossed into
North Korea from South Korea.
1956 – Donald James Larsen of
the New York Yankees pitched the first perfect game in
the history of
the World Series.
1957 – The Brooklyn Baseball Club
announced it had accepted a deal to move the Dodgers to
1998 – Taliban forces attacked
Iranian border posts. Iran said that three border posts
were destroyed before
the Taliban forces were forced to retreat. The Taliban of
Afghanistan denied the event occurred.
2003 – Vietnam and the United
States reached a tentative agreement that would allow the
flights between the two countries since the end of the Vietnam
2003 –Siegfried Fischbacker and his manager
announced that the “Siegfried and Roy” show at
the Mirage was canceled permanently due to injuries suffered
by Roy Horn after a tiger attack on October 3rd.
Here are few tips to prevent gutter cleaning
injuries – Ladder
injuries increase in the fall:
- Look for the UL Listing Mark before
buying your ladder.
- Always work with a helper.
- Never overreach! Use a ladder long enough for
- Wear non-skid shoes and make sure rungs are dry.
- Wear a tool belt – never carry
equipment while climbing a ladder.
Important Calendar Dates:
to our Deploying Troops
Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, NJ
7 a.m.-12 p.m.
Pancake Breakfast – Support
Westfield Armory, 500 Rahway Avenue,
Proceeds of this even will benefit
the soldiers and families of NJ National Guard’s
Family Readiness Council and the Family Assistance
Center at Westfield.
Golf Tournament -
Support the Troops
Oceanair Golf and Country Club
Proceeds will benefit the families
of the DISCOM and Artillery units of Toms River and
Ocean County whose finances have been affected by
the deployment of National Guard members who have
been called to duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. For
more information call: 609-693-1941.
NJ Advisory Committee
for Women Veterans Annual Luncheon
McAters Restaurant, Somerset, NJ
Contact Karen Wallace for more information
10 a.m. – 3
Veterans Information Fair
NJ National Guard Armory, Lawrenceville,
- Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark.
- Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
- Maine is the toothpick capital of the
- Wrigley’s gum was the first product
to have a bar code.
- Pigeons have excellent eyesight.
- Wyoming was the first state to give
women the right to vote.
DMVA’s Fitness Corner – Exercise & Weight
Control - Ernie Razzano, CFT
Here are some very popular myths and misconceptions regarding
the relationship between exercise and weight control. See
how many you though were true.
- Aerobic exercise is all the exercise you need
to effectively control your weight.
- Aerobic exercise causes your resting metabolic
rate to stay elevated for an extended period of time after
- The more you sweat while exercising, the more
body fat you lose.
- You can burn fast from specific regions of the
body by exercising those areas.
- Eating too many dairy products causes
cellulite or “cottage cheese” on the thighs.
- Muscles will turn to fat when you stop exercising
- Performing aerobic exercise at a low rather than
a high intensity promotes a greater loss of body fat.
- Aerobic exercise suppresses your appetite.
- Losing weight is extremely difficult.
Nets announce Military Appreciation Night.
New Jersey Nets will host a Military Appreciation Night
on Wednesday, November 3, 2004, when they host Shaquille
O’Neal and the Miami Heat. Tickets for the game are
$50 and $25, which reflect savings that range from 33% to
44%. For more information, contact SMSgt Dave Whalen at 609-754-3616
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