New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
DMAVA Highlights 24 April 2008

Volume 8, Number 17

NJ Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs

Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General

Brig. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson
Deputy Adjutant General

Col. (Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs

Contacting us is easy!

Public Affairs Office

Phone: (609) 530-7088
Fax: (609) 530-6963

Veterans' Organizations Contact Information

State Veterans Service Council
Mr. Richard Clark

NJ Advisory Committee for Women Veterans
Mrs. Anna Hoffman

BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory Council
Mr. William Rakestraw

Veterans Hotlines

Benefits & Entitlements

Mental Health

Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline


DMAVA Highlights Archive

DMAVA Highlights Archive Page

NJ World War II Memorial

For information or to make a donation, call 609-530-7049

WWII Memorial on the web

ESGR office

JFHQ 3650 Saylors Pond Road Fort Dix, NJ 08641

Hank Pierre, 609-562-0156, Tammy Cartagena, 609-562-0157, Fax 609-562-0158


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Quotes for the Week   


A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.  

- James Monroe

Diligence is the mother of good luck.  

- Benjamin Franklin

Pray that your loneliness may spur your into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.

- Dag Hammarskjold

It is good to rub and polish our minds against those of others.

- Michel de Montaigne

He who sings scares away his woes.  

- Spanish proverb


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Three for three

By Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, 177FW/PA

"In the top 10 percent of ANG units."

That was how lead inspector and Team Chief Dick McCoy of the National Guard Bureau described the 177th Fighter Wing in the final assessment of the Environmental, Safety, Occupational Health, Compliance Assessment and Management Program (ESOHCAMP) inspection.  The inspection is performed every three years.

“Out of 98 units they inspect (during the inspection cycle), we were among the top nine,” observed 177th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Randall S. King.

This makes the third separate inspection the Wing has gone through in less than a month and passed with flying colors.  The Wing recently completed a Unit Compliance Inspection on March 31 and Health Services Inspection on March 30.

During the inspection McCoy noted that the "Inspectors were impressed by the level of cooperation in the shops."

The inspection began on April 14 and ended with a briefing to the Wing leadership on April 17.  During that time the team of 11 inspectors inspected the following specific Wing programs: Environmental,  Ground Safety, Occupational Health, Weapons Safety, Flying Safety, and the Environmental Management System, and finally inspection of various Wing activities including the Warren Grove Range.

In the final report and briefing McCoy cited Capt. Rich DeFeo, who runs the 177th Environmental Management Office, for running "a great environmental program!"

ESOHCAMP inspections are designed to assist wings in complying with Federal, State, Local and Air Force and Air National Guard regulations, assure commanders their programs are effective, provide data for programming, and budgeting Environmental, Health, and Safety (ESOH) programs and lastly, provide training to enhance installation ESOH capabilities.  In addition, the inspection assures the Air National Guard and installation commander that their ESOH programs are effectively addressing problems that could significantly degrade the environment, adversely affect the health and safety of employees, or expose the Air National Guard and its people to avoidable financial liabilities as a result of noncompliance with requirements.

With statements such as "strong program” and “well prepared" the 177th Fighter Wing is definitely on the right track.

Sign up now for Summerfest ‘08

Today is the last day to register for Summerfest ’08 – the DMAVA picnic.  It will be held Friday, May 2, next to the HSCOE following the Town Hall meeting.  Cost is $10 which includes a raffle ticket for a grill.

Casual attire is acceptable for all in attendance. See your local representative to sign up

The Town Hall meeting will be held at 11 a.m. and is mandatory.  If personnel chose not to attend the picnic, it will be a full and normal workday at their duty station.

ý DMAVA – Karen Wallace, Dawn Baulo, and Tina Taylor

ý Fort Dix – Marie Durling, Barbara Alcott and Drew Faucett

ý HSCOE – Kevin Hearn

ChalleNGe cadets clean up Pine Barrens

By Paul Wityk, ChalleNGe social studies instructor

On Sunday, April 20, cadets from the New Jersey Youth ChalleNGe Academy teamed up with volunteers from the Forked River Mountain Coalition to help with their Annual Pine Barrens Clean-up.  The cadets cleaned up more than five miles of dirt access roads that crisscross Ocean County.  With the help of two front end loaders, the cadets filled two large dumpsters with everything from sofas and mattresses to tires and everything in-between.  Kerry, the event organizer, commented that the cadets far exceeded his expectations and that the Forked River Mountain Coalition would be very pleased to have the cadets help them again. Thank you cadets for all of your hard work!

‘Cycles riding to support service members

Okay all you motorcycle riders out there – here’s a way to support of the men and women who defend our freedom everyday and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. The Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, Burlington County Military Affairs Committee and Barb's Harley-Davidson ( have organized the second annual Armed Forces Freedom Ride - Sunday, May 18. 

Participants of the ride will meet at Barb's Harley-Davidson, West Collingswood Heights, at 8:30 a.m. Departing at 10 a.m., the procession lead by police escort and Army Hummers will ride through historic, downtown Mt. Holly, and proceed to McGuire Air Force Base where all riders will have the opportunity to ride down the flight line of one of the runways.  Don't miss this opportunity to virtually ride under the wings of Boeing C-17 transport planes.  Due to security restrictions pictures will not be permitted.  The ride will conclude at Fort Dix Military Base in Burlington County.  Arriving at the base, participants will receive a complimentary BBQ chicken lunch and enjoy a variety of activities including live music, motorcycle vendors, The Crescent Shrine Motorcycle Patrol Drill Team Show and much, more....

All participants MUST pre-register by May 16, in order to take part in the ride.  The first 200 riders will receive a free t-shirt and all riders will receive an event pin.  Registration is open to anyone wishing to show their support, $30.00/per person (passengers additional) and must be paid at the time of registration.  Proceeds benefit the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation and Burlington County Military Affairs Committee.  Active military personnel ride free and must present valid ID.  Participants can register in-person at Barb's Harley-Davidson or print a registration form and submit it by mail.  Go to for registration slip and more information.

Free fishing trips for Soldiers, Airmen

From the desk of Marie Durling, Family Programs Specialist

A fisherman from Brigantine brainstormed an idea on taking soldiers/airmen out fishing at no charge and has expanded to other retirees to do the same.

This offer is for Soldiers and Airmen only (does not include spouses or children).  If you are interested, please go the website click on message board, then off shore fishing forum and then click on the first link at the top "Take a Soldier Fishing" (it has 5 stars next to it).

You can then review the offers being made, select one and contact them to set up your fishing trip.  They may ask to see your ID when you arrive. 

Campaign stars to adorn Afghanistan and Iraq campaign medals

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2008 - The Department of Defense announced today that campaign stars are authorized for wear on the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) and Iraq Campaign Medal (ICM).  

The campaign stars recognize a service member's participation in DoD designated campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.  

Service members, who have qualified for the ACM or ICM, may display a bronze campaign star on their medal for each designated campaign phase in which they participated.  The stars will be worn on the suspension and campaign ribbon of the campaign medal.

The three campaign phases and associated dates established for the ACM are:

(1)    Liberation of Afghanistan – Sep. 11, 2001 to Nov. 30, 2001.

(2)    Consolidation I – Dec. 1, 2001 to Sep. 30, 2006.

(3)    Consolidation II – Oct. 1, 2006 to a date to be determined.

The four campaign phases and associated dates established for the ICM are:

(1)    Liberation of Iraq – March 19, 2003 to May 1, 2003.

(2)    Transition of Iraq – May 2, 2003 to June 28, 2004.

(3)    Iraqi Governance – June 29, 2004 to Dec. 15, 2005.

(4)    National Resolution – Dec. 16, 2005 to a date to be determined.

Service members should contact their respective Military Departments for specific implementation guidance.

Ride your motorcycle and support the troops

Join fellow motorcycle riders for a 100 mile police-escorted ride on Sunday, May 18. The ride will start at 11 a.m. at Legends Harley, 1895 U.S. Highway 46, Ledgewood, NJ.  It will return to Legends and riders will find food and entertainment to enjoy. Proceeds of this event benefit the Family Readiness Group of Company B 50th Brigade Support Battalion.

Pre-registration must be postmarked by May 16; make checks payable and mail to B Co. Readiness Group, PO Box 511, Augusta NJ 07822, or drop it off at Legends Harley Davidson by May 16.

Cost is $20 for riders and $15 for passengers.

Visit for more information.

New Jersey Loves Beer Festival benefits FRGs

Sample some of the finest micro and craft brew beers available in the world while benefitting the Family Readiness Groups of the 112th Battalion, Morristown and B Company, 50th Support Battalion, Dover at the New Jersey Loves Beer Festival on May 10 at the Morristown Armory, 430 Western Avenue, Morristown.  Sponsored by WDHA, 105.5FM, WMTR 1250 AM and The Ale Street News, admission is $40 to one of the two sessions.  Session I is noon to 4 p.m. and Session II is 6-10 p.m.

Scholarships available for OIF/OEF veterans

Here is an opportunity for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to get scholarship money for college.  The Fund for Veterans’ Education will award up to $3.5 million in scholarship money this year.

You can read more about the scholarship program and how to apply at The application postmark deadline is June 15, 2008, so send in your application as soon as possible.

Enjoy an evening with a “retiring” Colonel

Col. Barry Johnson, formerly of the 117th Fighter Wing, 108th Air Refueling Wing, Headquarters New Jersey Air National Guard and National Guard Bureau is having a retirement dinner following a round of golf at the Blue Heron Pines Golf Club, Cologne, on June 20.

Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. and the buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m. There will be a cash bar.  Cost is $40 per person. Attire is sport casual.

RSVP no later than June 13 to

Maj. Yvonne Mays, 609-645-6206,

or Connie Cisek, 609-562-0901,

Play a round of golf with Col. Barry Johnson before he retires

Come play a round of golf with Col. Barry Johnson and check up on his plans for retirement.  Golfing will take place at the Blue Heron Pines Golf Club, 550 West Country Club Drive, Cologne on June 20.  Tee time is 10 a.m. and the cost is $80 per person and includes cart and golf fees.

RSVP no later than June 13 to

Maj. Yvonne Mays, 609-645-6206, Yvonne.mays@

or Connie Cisek, 609-562-0901,

Recycling rules for Lawrenceville

From the desk of Joseph K. Dunleavy, NJDMAVA Environmental Office

Recycling is mandatory in New Jersey and this department should be a leader for all state agencies and for those that visit our building each day. There has been some confusion with our recycling program in the past, but fortunately this is about to change.

The key to a successful recycling program is that the participants follow directions and separate their recyclables from the trash properly.  Below is a list of items that must be recycled.  New recycling opportunities may be added in the future and this page will be updated accordingly.

If you have any questions regarding the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s recycling program, please contact Mr. Joe Dunleavy at (609) 530-7134 or contact the DEP_Recycling Program in the Bureau of Recycling and Planning. 

Bottles & Cans

What is recycled?

  • ·                Glass containers
  • ·                Steel cans
  • ·                Aluminum Cans
  • ·                Plastic bottles numbered with #1 & #2 (BOTTLES ONLY)

How do I recycle it?

You do NOT need to rinse the containers, but please empty all liquids from bottles and discard the caps or lids. Recycle these containers in the buckets labeled for bottles and cans.

What is prohibited?

  • ·                No plastic bags;
  • ·                No trash;
  • ·                No plastic containers labeled with #3-7 (yogurt containers, for example);
  • ·                No plastic bottle caps;
  • ·                No plastic or foil wrap or serving trays.

Empty bottles and cans only!


What is recycled?  Cardboard boxes from shipments and supplies.

How do I recycle it?

Break down boxes and place them near the copier locations or place them on the loading dock in the containers. Please be mindful of other people’s space and safety. Do not block hallways.

What is prohibited?

  • ·                Pizza Boxes;
  • ·                Other paper material that should be recycled separately in the paper-recycling bin.


What is recycled?

Office paper, newspaper, magazines. Also included are manilla & kraft paper envelopes and folders, paper ream wrappers, post it notes, window envelopes, cereal box board (chip board) etc. As a reminder, shredded paper is also acceptable!

How do I recycle it?

We do NOT need to separate paper types from each other any longer. New signs for recycling bins are on display. All acceptable paper types can be placed in any paper-recycling container together. The goal is to remove as much paper from our waste stream as possible! The State gets paid for this material!

What is prohibited?

  • ·                Paper contaminated with food or liquids (paper plates, paper cups, napkins, pizza boxes, cake boxes, juice boxes, milk cartons, paper towels, tissues, etc.);
  • ·                Corrugated cardboard boxes;
  • ·                Carbon Copy Paper;
  • ·                Blueprint Paper;
  • ·                Bubble lined envelopes;
  • ·                Food or other trash

Styrofoam Packing Peanuts

What is recycled?

Styrofoam packing peanuts.

How do I recycle it?

There is a plastic tote in the mailroom. Place ONLY Styrofoam peanuts directly in the tote and make sure the lid is closed.

What is prohibited?

  • ·                Plastic bags,
  • ·                Rigid Styrofoam packing material,
  • ·                Paper, plastic, aluminum, or any other recyclables,
  • ·                Food or other trash

Toner & Printer Cartridges

What is recycled?

Any empty cartridges should be recycled, not thrown in the trash.

How do I recycle it?

Currently when a cartridge is depleted, a new one will be obtained from the State Supply room.  Bring your old cartridge to supply and the box that the new cartridge come in will be used to return your old cartridge.  Small cartridges must be placed in prepaid mailers that are on hand for your use.

What is prohibited?

Cartridges not specifically identified as recyclable

Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, 177FW/PA

Editor’s note: Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Days of Remembrance memorialize all who died in the Holocaust.  This year marks the 70th Anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Bach, Beethoven and Brahms; Goethe, Nietzsche and Hegel; Friedrich, Kandinsky and Marc.

Hitler, Himmler and Goebbels.

Jarring isn’t it.  The country that produced some of the greatest composers, philosophers and artists also gave the world the “Final Solution” – the Holocaust – concentration camps and killing squads – an entire apparatus developed for the single purpose of “efficiently” murdering entire races of people.

When people think of the Holocaust, they think of the more than six million Jews killed in the concentration camps.  Yet there were other victims of Nazi aggression, which can be divided into three groups: racial, political and “undesirables”.  The racial group was comprised of Jews, Poles, Soviet Slavs and POWs, Roma (Gypsies) and non-Europeans (Africans and some Asians).  Those that fell under the political criteria included political prisoners, leftists, trade unionists, Freemasons and enemy nationals.  The last group – “undesirables” is a catch-all group that included: the handicapped and mentally ill, German homosexuals, Catholic clergy, Confessing Church members, (a German Christian resistance movement), Jehovah's Witnesses, prostitutes, vagrants, alcoholics, drug addicts and common criminals.  In the broadest definition, including Russian civilian deaths, researchers estimate that more than 17 million people were killed by the Nazis.

Yet the Holocaust did not spring into existence overnight.

It began in 1933 when the Nazi government enacted a series of laws restricting the rights of German Jews to earn a living, enjoy full citizenship and to education.  By 1935, the Nazis had enacted 48 additional laws – the most abhorrent were the “Nuremberg Laws” created 'for the protection of German blood and honour' (by) prohibiting Jews from being citizens of the Reich and forbidding marriage between "those of German or related blood" and Jews, Roma (Gypsies), blacks, or their offspring.

In the ensuing years, the situation deteriorated and by 1938, the situation had gotten to the breaking point.  In October, 12,000 Polish-born Jews were given one night to pack one suitcase and were expelled from Germany.  As they left, neighbors and Nazi party members broke into their homes to steal the remaining possessions.  Sent to the Polish border, 4,000 were given entry, the rest, remained in a deportee limbo at the border.

Herschel Grynszpan, the son of one of the deported couples, was living in Paris at the time.  On Nov. 3, he received a postcard his sister asking for help.  The next day, he read about the deportations in a newspaper.  On Nov. 6, Grynszpan bought a revolver and the following day went to the German embassy in Paris and "in the name of 12,000 persecuted Jews," shot the Secretary of Legation, Ernst vom Rath, fatally wounding him.  Grynszpan was arrested, and remanded to the Gestapo where he vanished without a trace.

Following vom Rath’s death two days later, an orchestrated orgy of anti-Jewish violence – called a pogrom – broke out throughout Germany.

The pogrom, called Kristallnacht (it is also referred to as Reichskristallnacht, Reichspogromnacht, Crystal Night and the Night of the Broken Glass), had begun and would last from Nov. 9-10.

Thirty-six Jews were killed (some researchers have this figure at 91); 30,000 more were deported to Buchenwald, Dachau, and Sachsenhausen concentration camps, where hundreds died within weeks of arrival; 267 synagogues were burned and more than 7,000 Jewish shops, businesses and homes were vandalized and ransacked.  The prisoners were released only after they agreed to transfer their property to "Aryans" and leave Germany.

State authorities made no attempt to contain the rioting.  In fact, Reinhard Heydrich, the head of the office which oversaw the Gestapo (Geheimes Staatspolizei-Amt or GeStaPA, which translates as Secret State Police Office), police and SD (Sicherheitsdienst was the intelligence service of the SS) sent a secret telegram on Nov. 10 to "all head quarters and stations of the State Police; all districts and sub-districts of the SD " with the following admonition: "The demonstrations are not to be prevented by the police".

While a number of world governments condemned the Nazis, no economic and military action was taken against them.  This led the Nazi government to two conclusions: the first was that whatever they wanted to do to the Jews, it had to be done secretly.  The second and more far-reaching conclusion was that nobody would stop them.

Kristallnacht foreshadowed the "Final Solution."

Writer’s note: The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Wikipedia were sources for this article.

For Your Calendar

Free concert, Air Force jazz ensemble, in Bergenfield on April 28

Hailing from Washington, D.C., the United States Air Force's premier jazz ensemble, the Airmen of Note, will be performing a free concert at Bergenfield High School on Monday evening, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. The group has been critically acclaimed by jazz legends such as Randy Brecker, Clark Terry and Slide Hampton and is considered to be among the finest touring "big bands" in the world today.  Their appearance at Bergenfield High School will be one of only two stops in New Jersey on their northeastern U.S. tour.

Tickets can be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Airmen of Note Tickets

P. O. Box 204

Bergenfield, NJ 07621

For more information, call 201-385-3251 or e-mail The high school is located at 80 South Prospect Ave., Bergenfield.

Purple Heart Memorial of Union County to be dedicated

The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 28 of Union County is presenting a Purple Heart Memorial to be dedicated in the Township of Springfield on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m.  The Township will be hosting the dedication ceremony at Veterans Park located at the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Shunpike Road.  Refreshments will be served at the firehouse afterwards.  In case of rain, the ceremony will be in the municipal building courtroom.  All members of the public, especially present and former military personnel and recipients of the Purple Heart are welcome.  For additional information regarding the dedication ceremony, contact Springfield Committeeman Ziad Andrew Shehady at 862-206-2309.

Asian Pacific American Heritage luau, May 10

May is designated APAH month—a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the US.  The celebration was first designated via congressional bill on June of 1977, and on 5 October 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the first 10 days of May to commemorate the celebration. To honor this month the Asian Pacific American Heritage committee of McGuire Air Force Base will be holding their annual Luau at the McGuire All Ranks Club on May 10, 5-9 p.m.  The buffet dinner and show will be $22 for adults, children 6-10 will be $10.50. (5 and under are free) Please call Master Sgt. Ferdinand Bautista 108th Air Refueling Wing, 609-754-2044 for reservations/tickets or email

Great Adventure’s Military Appreciation Day is May 17

From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist

Great Adventure Military Appreciation Day will be on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 17.  There will be meal vouchers for $9.50 each which can be used at six of the food vendors in the park.  Tickets will be available for Great Adventure on April 15 in the State Family Programs Office.  Tickets are good for the Theme Park and the Safari.  The price of each ticket is $20.

Museum gala set for May 17; military get reduced cost tickets

The Foundation for the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey invites everyone to support the First Annual Gala which will benefit the museum and its mission.

The Lawrenceville Armory is the setting for the gala on May 17.  Tickets cost $75 per person.  Military personnel will pay $50 for their tickets. Tables of 10 cost $750 and include special recognition at the event.  RSVP for the event has been extended to April 15.

Other ways to support the gala include –

ý Become an advertiser or booster sponsor in the gala’s souvenir commemorative ad journal

ý Donate a gift or service that can be auctioned off during their Silent Auction or Live Auction during the event.

If you would like to purchase tickets, place an ad in the journal or have an item for the auctions, contact Bob Dennin at or retired Col. Donald Kale at the Lawrenceville museum, 609-530-6802.

All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the museum. Your support of the event will help the museum to continue to tell the story of the military history in New Jersey, and the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard.

HRD presents seminars for training

From the desk of Paul Serdiuk, DMAVA Human Resources Division

The Human Resources Division is offering a number of free seminars presented by the Human Recourse Training Section.  Reservations are needed for each seminar; contact Paul Serdiuk at 609-530-6878 or at All seminars will be held in Conference Room A at DMAVA Central Office. All are welcomed.

May 7: State Deferred Compensation – Mike McConnell from Prudential Financial will meet with State employees to discuss their participation and contributions to their deferred compensation account. A 30 minute consultation will be scheduled per each employee.

May 15: Preventing Identity Theft – A representative from the Department of Banking and Insurance will present a one hour overview on what you can do to prevent identity theft and what to do if you should become a victim of identity theft.

June 12: Automobile Insurance – We all have it, are required to have it, but do we really know what it is about? A representative from the Department of Banking and Insurance will present a one hour overview on what you need to know about automobile insurance in New Jersey, decipher many of the terms and jargon of your policies and give an overview of what a policy should include in it to protect you.

Sep. 17: State Deferred Compensation – Mike McConnell from Prudential Financial will meet with State employees to discuss their participation and contributions to their deferred compensation account. A 30 minute consultation will be scheduled per each employee.

Military Training, Schools, Opportunities

RTS-Maintenance offers training to Army Guard members

The Regional Training Site-Maintenance provides maintenance and logistics education under The Total Army School System. The RTSM is a subordinate unit to the 254th Regiment RTI. It utilizes automated and current force modernization equipment systems to support Active, Reserve and National Guard soldiers. As a fully accredited schoolhouse it offers military occupational skill classification, additional skill identifiers, sustainment and transition training.  Its charge is to provide instruction to non-commissioned officers under the non-commissioned officer education system.  The mission supports the enabling of Armed Forces Components to mobilize for wartime mission requirements. The overall unit mission helps to support the "Warrior" during the current operational environment and undertake critical missions to win the fight.

Schoolhouse:  Regional Training Site-Maintenance

Location of training: Building 3601, Technology Drive, Fort Dix, N.J.

School Code: 967

Unit Phone: 609-562-0566/0568

RTSM (NJ) Team Home Site:   (Army Knowledge Online (AKO) password required)


v 091-ASIH8 (63B)  Wheeled - 2 weeks - 80 hour course:

The course helps students to safely and correctly use/operate wheeled vehicle recovery systems and equipment.  Instruction on specialized rigging and recovery wheeled vehicle techniques is given throughout the course.  Students conduct towing and winching of wheel vehicles to include self-recovery. A mini-field training exercise is part of the course.  Note: E5s and below receive an Additional Skill Identifier (ASI) of H8.  E6 and above receive a Certificate of Training and cannot be awarded the H8 ASI.  The student must possess a current Civilian and Military Driver's License.


v 131-F13 Small Group Instructor Course - 1 week - 40 hour course:

This course is for personnel assigned as instructors or to improve instructional techniques. The one week intense course focuses on learning the basic techniques of monitoring, questioning and facilitating small group discussions in a military setting.  Emphasis is placed on presenting issues and finding solutions using the small class setting.  The students will learn effective use of written, verbal and management techniques to improve public speaking and presentation skills.

254th Regiment announces upcoming courses

Here are the 254th Regiment courses that are on the calendar.  When using ATRRS, the school code is 1004.

Active Duty Training (ADT) Courses:

11B10 MOS-T Infantryman

May 3-17, 2008 - 34 openings

11B40 Infantryman ANCOC

June 7-21, 2008 - 31 openings

If you have any questions, contact Master Sgt. Gary Davidson, 732-974-5912 or  

Honorable Mention

Honor Guard program wants YOU!

Looking for a way to serve and get some satisfaction at the same time?  The Honor Guard program is looking for members of the Army and Air Guard to join the team to perform honor guard duties at the funerals of veterans.  There is an initial eight hours of training for all new enrollees, with on-going sustainment training.  As an honor guard member, you will receive a day of pay for each day’s mission, minimum of $50, and traditional drilling Guard members receive a retirement point for each day’s duties.

If you are interested in applying for the Honor Guard program, call Retired Sgt. Maj. Ed Goetschius at 609-530-7090.

Use your mouse to find all sorts of things on DMAVA Web site

Have you taken the time to visit lately?

You can find job announcements, publications, forms, information for families, information for veterans and information on both the New Jersey Army and Air Guard.

With a simple click of a mouse button, you can check out the most recent issues of DMAVA Highlights, Guardlife and Veterans Journal.  Past issues are also archived on the Web site.

With another click, you can find blank DMAVA forms, TAG memorandums and policy letters and a variety of publications.

Another click gets you to the area where you can discover information on our three Veterans homes, the Doyle cemetery, the three war memorials we oversee, Veterans Haven, the medals we present to New Jersey combat veterans and more.

Two more clicks let you see all the benefits of joining the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard.

Click! Click! Click! You can find the pages on Family Support; Youth ChalleNGe; job announcements for state, federal, active Guard and Reserve; apply for a N.J. National Guard fishing license; look up the location of your local Veterans Service Office and so much more.

Take the time to visit the Web site that takes you around the New Jersey National Guard and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; you will discover an abundance of information and assistance.

N.J. licenses, registration extended for deployed troops

New Jerseyans who are active duty military, including the National Guard and military reserves, serving in the war on terrorism, are eligible for automatic extensions of a valid driver license, registration or inspection expiration dates. Go to for more information.

Discounts offered for State employees

Are you a state employee looking to save a few $$$?

Visit and you can find a number of businesses who offer discounts to New Jersey state employees.  From amusement parks to fitness to computer to phones and lots of other discounts between, you will find many ways to save money. For more information, please contact Cindy Leese at: or call 609-530-7056.

For the Families

Camp Noble Cause serving children, spouses of deployed Guard members

From the desk of Amanda Balas, State Youth Coordinator

Camp Noble Cause is a three day camping experience that will serve the children and spouses of the New Jersey National Guardsmen and women being deployed this summer. Our mission is to provide a no-cost summer camp experience, for a weekend of fun and camaraderie.

It will be held on August 22-24 at Camp Winnebago, 102 Timberbrook Road, Rockaway, N.J., approximately 12 miles from Wayne.  It is being hosted by the Scouts of the Patriot’s Path Council, Boy Scouts of America and Operation Noble Cause.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Overnight camping capacity is limited to 300 and the day camp can accommodate an additional 200.   Children must be old enough to tent camp comfortably to attend.

Planned activities include: mountain biking and nature walks, crafts, astronomy, shooting sports (archery, rifle, shot gun), rockwall climbing, waterfront activities (boating, swimming, fishing), Geocaching (GPS “hide and seek”), sports (softball, volleyball, basketball, soccer and more) and campfire activities.

A Web site is being created for registration and more information. 

Morris County offers program for military families

From the desk of Amanda Balas, State Youth Coordinator

Family Service of Morris County in partnership with the Family Programs Office, New Jersey, would like to announce its Military Families Outreach Program.  Based on a community effort, the Military Families Outreach Program strives to support Morris County military personnel and their families, including extended families, pre-deployment, during deployment and post-deployment.

We realize the pressures and problems that may occur when a family member is called to duty, and we want to assist with any services that you may need to ensure quality of life. Social services, support services and mental health services are some of the resources that will be available to Morris County residents. All services offered in this program are free of charge to you and your family and are bound by the highest consideration for complete confidentiality.

For more information about he Military Services Outreach Program, contact Wendy Parrinello, Military Families Outreach Case Manager at or call 973-538-5260, extension 326.  You can also contact Tammy Rosenthal, Director of child and Adolescent Services at or 973-538-5260.  We are privileged to work with you who have given so much for your country!

Order a complimentary Blue Star Flag to show your family’s service

From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist

The Blue Star Flag first appeared in 1917, when Capt. Robert L. Queissner, who had two sons serving on the front line, designed it as a tribute to their dedication and service.  He proudly displayed this flag in the front window of his home and the flag quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in the service.  Also known as a Service Flag, the blue star stands for hope and pride.  Order a complimentary Blue Star Flag to honor your loved ones in the service by visiting:

Support for military children of deployed and injured Guard members

From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Hughes, Family Assistance specialist

Our Military Kids (OMK) provides tangible support to the children of deployed and severely injured National Guard and Military Reserve personnel through grants for enrichment activities and tutoring that nurture and sustain the children during the time a parent is away in service to our country. OMK grants are made to honor the sacrifices military parents make and to ensure that the children have access to activities and support that help the children better cope with challenges arising during a parent's deployment or injury recovery. For additional information go to

 Program offers grant funds to spouses of deployed military

The Deployed Military Spouses Assistance Program provides direct assistance and referrals to existing programs for spouses of deployed military personnel (active duty, reserve and National Guard) who face unusual financial and emotional stress as a result of the deployments. 

Applicants should contact Fawn Mutschler at 609-543-6200 ext. 325 or to obtain an application.  In addition to the completed application form, applicants will also need to submit the following documentation: LES/paystub for applicant and spouse; statement of Financial Need (i.e. reason for applying and how the grant will help); bill or pricing of expenditure as well as any other supporting information the applicant feels may be helpful. Additional information can be found at:

Family Deployment Briefing schedule updated

The following is the updated Family Deployment Briefing Schedule presented by the Family Programs Office at various armories throughout New Jersey.  Any family member that is interested in learning more about important information, who to contact and ways to cope through this upcoming deployment are welcomed to attend ANY of the briefs, no matter where the Soldier's home station is located, as all the information will be the same at every brief.

Children, ages three and up, are welcome to attend too!  For more information, please contact your local Family Assistance Center by calling 1-888-859-0352.

Date                             Armory                        Time

Saturday, May 3            Somerset                    2 p.m.

Sunday, May 4              Woodbury                   9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.


                            two briefs in one day to cover all 1/114th families


Sunday, June 8            Bordentown                  2 p.m. (Tentative)

**Any family that will be experiencing a deployment may attend ANY of the above briefs as all the information will be the same no matter where the Soldier's home station is located in the state.  All youth are welcomed to attend.  We will have established youth programs, in a separate area, for youth ages three and older.

4-H conference open to middle school students

From the desk of Amanda Balas, State Youth Coordinator

The 2008 New Jersey 4-H Middle School Conference invites youths in grades 6-8 to a one-day leadership conference, “From Today to Tomorrow: Creating Great Leaders.”

Held on May 10, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at the Burlington County 4-H office, it gives participants a chance to make new friends and build leadership, goal setting, communication and public speaking skills. Portions of the program include possibilities to learn about community service, science and state and national opportunities.

For a registration form, call your county 4-H office or e-mail

The Burlington County 4-H Office is located at 2 Academy Drive, Westhampton, N.J.

For the kids – tour JT2DC and have lunch on June 7

From the desk of Amanda Balas, State Youth Coordinator

Kids – come tour the Battle Lab – learn about flags, military jobs, weapon marksmanship, walk through the urban, desert and woodland fighting lanes and drive the virtual combat convoy trainer.  On June 7, from 9:15 a.m. to noon, 20 slots are open for youths 10 and older to tour the Joint Training and Training Development Center (JT2DC) on Fort Dix.  Parents may drop children off or walk through with the group.  Hot dogs, chips and drinks fill the lunch time menu after the tour.  Contact Amanda Balas to register for the tour at or 609-562-0742.

Packages of thanks for military kids

From the desk of Amanda Balas, State Youth Coordinator

Celebrate Month of the Military Child in April.  Children of New Jersey Guard members can receive a Certificate of Appreciation along with some giveaways as a way of thanking them for being a military child.  Parents or guardians must send the request to Amanda Balas at or call 609-562-0742.  Include the following information: Parent or guardian’s name, military member’s unit, family e-mail address, children’s names and dates of birth and the children’s home address.  Packages will be mailed directly to the child.

Time is near to register for Purple Camps

From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist

Here is information for families who may be interested in signing their children up for a National Military Family Association (NMFA) Purple Camp this summer.  While actual enrollment for the camps will be March 24 - May 5, families can sign up now to receive e-alerts from NMFA regarding the camps and enrollment.  To sign up for the alerts, go to the NMFA Web site - – click on blue "Youth Initiatives" link on the left, next click on the red "Operation Purple link, " then sign up for alert (at bottom of page).

Strong Bonds program helps strengthen relationships

From the desk of Marie Durling, Family Programs Specialist

Soldiers or Airmen (Army and Air Guard) and their significant others are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming Strong Bonds.  Soldiers will attend in a paid SUTA status and all expenses are paid.  These seminars have been extremely successful and are designed to strengthen relationships. The cost of the hotel and meals and literature are paid for by NGB.

The seminars are not therapy sessions or encounter groups nor are they for sharing your personal concerns. The seminars are conducted by the state chaplains' office and begin with teaching effective communication skills, address problem resolution strategies that work and teach how to discover the hidden issues in every relationship.  The program then moves into friendship, forgiveness, fun and sensuality. 

If you are interested in attending or need additional information, please call Marie Durling at 609-562-0739 or e-mail

These seminars usually fill up fast, so if interested, please call as soon as possible. The next seminar will be May 2-4 at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, N.J. (This weekend is currently full.) I am also planning another Strong Bonds weekend May 30-June 1. This is for Soldiers and Airmen who have not attended a Marriage Enrichment Seminar in the past.

Time is here to apply for Youth Camp

From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist

This year's youth camp will be held from July 13-19 at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, N.J. This year will mark our 14th year for the camp!! Some activities are archery, sports, beach and arts-n-crafts. For more information or to download an application, please visit Read carefully as some of the applications have changed.

Happenings from the Teaneck FRG

From the desk of Janis M. Shaw, Family Assistance Specialist

Teaneck Family Readiness Group meeting dates are:

May 15                            7 p.m.


Post Office offers boxes, discount rate to FPO/APO addresses

From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist

Now the U.S. Postal Service is making it easier for families to send care packages with a larger flat rate box and a special discount to FPO/ APO addresses. The new boxes can be used beginning March 3. They are 50 percent larger than the current flat rate box and can be sent to any domestic address for $12.95. A special military version of the box will carry the "America Supports You" logo and can be shipped to any FPO/ APO address for $10.95. The new Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box is "12 x 12" x 5½".

For complete guidelines on mail services to military members overseas visit the USPS website at: &page=troopsupport.

Federal grant for spouses of deployed military

A $200,000 grant from the Department of Community Affairs is available for spouses of deployed or recently deployed military (all branches across the state). Typical awards are $2,500 each and are available for financial difficulties (such as past due rent and childcare) as well as for recreational and stress relieving activities for kids. For more information contact Fawn I. Mutschler, Military Grant Liaison, Women's Opportunity Center, YMCA of Burlington County by calling 609-543-6200 Ext. 325 or by email at

N.J. State Family Readiness Council offers Family Grants Program

The New Jersey National Guard State Family Readiness Council has expanded its Family Grants Program to include an additional grant.  There are now two levels of Family Grants; TIER I is the $2,500 grant that has been in place for the past couple of years.  The TIER II opens family grants to New Jersey Army and Air National Guard non-deployed service members who were on State Active Duty or State Missions (e.g., hurricanes, floods, border missions) for more than 20 consecutive days.  Service members meeting these criteria are eligible to apply for a financial hardship grant up to $1,500.  Applications are available at all New Jersey Army and Air National Guard Family Assistance Centers.


Trenton Thunder offers reduced tickets to military personnel, vets

The Trenton Thunder baseball team and its community partner, the Trenton Vet Center, have collaborated to sponsor reduced ticket prices for veterans and their families during the 2008 Trenton Thunder baseball season.

A regular $10 ticket has been reduced to $7 for veterans and their family members.

Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard, separated, and retired veterans are eligible for this program.  Interested veterans must have a picture I.D. and provide proof of their veteran status by showing one of the following documents:

  • &  Military I.D. card.
  • &  Federal Department of Veteran Affairs medical I.D. card
  • &  DD Form 214

Jewish War Vets taking Guard members, family to baseball game

From the desk of Marie Durling, Family Programs Specialist

The Jewish War Veterans of New Jersey would like to sponsor Soldiers/Airmen and their family members (total of 50 – first come, first served) for a baseball game at Newark's Riverfront Stadium on Sunday, May 25 at 1:35 p.m.

Included in the “price” is a hot dog, drink and chips.  If you would like to attend, please send the following information:  Soldier/Airmen's name, your address, phone number and number of tickets you need (please limit this to your significant other and children only).  The Jewish War Veterans have been extremely generous to N.J. National Guardsmen and their families by sponsoring these events so if you request tickets, please make every effort to attend.

Send requested information to:


NJ Dept Commander Sidney Lichter

96 Franklin St

Verona NJ 07044-1923.


114th Regimental Association golf outing May 12

From the desk of Michele Daisey, Woodbury Family Assistance Center

The Regimental Assoc. would like to invite all to join them for an awards luncheon and golf outing to benefit the Woodbury Family Readiness Group.

The 1st Annual 114th Regimental Association Golf Outing will be held May 12, at the Pitman Golf Course, 501 Pitman Road, Sewell, NJ. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., shotgun start at 9 a.m. with an 18-hole scramble format.  The entry fee is $95, cocktails and lunch is only $45.  There are also sponsorship opportunities available.  For more information on the golf outing and sponsorship opportunities, contact: Horace MacAdams, Regimental Association Rep., 856-779-0610, exarmy@earth; Robert Nordaby, Regimental Assoc. Rep., 856-981-8338, RNordaby@; or Karen Russell, FRG Fundraiser Rep., 856-430-0852, KGabby@

Brochures and flyers are also available through the Woodbury FAC, 856-251-6893. For more info on the course visit:


Travel Help, Ideas

Armed Forces Vacation Club offers affordable lodging

The Armed Forces Vacation Club is a "space available" program offering Department of Defense affiliated personnel affordable condominium vacations at over 3,500 resorts around the world. Visit for more information.

Shades of Green offers Disney for military

Now that the summer is just around the corner, thoughts of how to spend next summer or your next vacation week, can start to pop into your mind.  “Can we go someplace better or different, nearer or farther from home, all without breaking the bank?”

One place to consider if Florida is one of your next vacation places is Shades of Green in Orlando.  Minutes from the Disney attractions, this resort is also close to golf, dining and other Florida attractions.

Their web site, can give you tours of their rooms and family suites, the local attractions and other amenities that are offered by the resort.  The rates are reasonable and will be an opportunity to visit Orlando with your family.

Scholarship, Education News

Quad A Scholarships Available

Scholarships from the Monmouth Chapter of the Army Aviation Association of America are available. The scholarships are available for military members of Quad A and their spouses, siblings, and children. (AAAA membership must have been activated on or before May 1, 2007).

For more information contact the AAAA Scholarship Foundation, Inc. at 755 Main Street, Suite 4D, Monroe, CT 064682830, or (203) 2682450, or, or

The application deadline is May 1, 2008.

Enlisted Association announces scholarships

The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of New Jersey announces it is sponsoring five scholarships of $1,000 each for children of members of the Association and drilling members of the New Jersey National Guard (Army or Air) who are also members of the Association.  Additionally, a $500 USAA scholarship will be given for any Army or Air Drilling Guardsman.  Applications for scholarships may be found on the Association’s Web site at Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2008 and mailed to:

           Enlisted Association of the National Guard of New Jersey

              ATTN:  Scholarship Committee

              3650 Saylors Pond Road

              Fort Dix, NJ 08640-7600

Prior recipients are not eligible to apply.

Education news for NJARNG

Education Services Brochure Booklet (ESB2)

Access the New Jersey Army National Guard's ESB2 at  The ESB2 is a comprehensive guide with links and shortcuts to civilian education benefits available to New Jersey Army National Guard Soldiers. 

G.I. Bill Notice of Basic Eligibility

New Jersey Army National Guard Soldiers can print their Eligibility of Mobilized Soldier notification letter for CH 1607 as well as Notice Of Basic Eligibility for CH 1606 at; click on G.I. Bill Home Page.

American Legion offers scholarships, booklet on their Web site

The American Legion has scholarship information on their Web site – – including the 152-page booklet, Need a Lift, which is a complete financial aid reference guide for veterans, family members and the American Legion family.  When you get on the site, click on “Scholarship Information” in the “Useful Links” block.

Association News

Enlisted Association wants YOU!

By retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Hughes, EANG-NJ

The Enlisted Association National Guard-New Jersey is off to a good start for 2008 as we have realigned all the committees and filled both the Executive Council and Committees with a cross section of Army and Air, uniformed and retirees, and several junior NCOs.  Everyone appears to be enthused and pledges to support the Association in all its efforts.  All we need now is for you to get on board as a member and bring your fellow soldiers and airmen with you.

We have many challenges facing us over the next few years whether it is another round of base closures via the Base Realignment Commission (BRAC), reduction in TRICARE benefits, reduction in troop strength, attempts to maintain the retirement age at 60, etc.  We need a powerful voice to put our message across to the State and Federal Legislators and this can only be accomplished through a strong membership in our State Association (EANG-NJ) and the National Association (EANGUS).

The new membership year starts on 1 January 2008 and we need your help in making our Association grow.  We encourage all enlisted soldiers and airmen to join the Association as Active Members and also welcome all officers, warrant officers, federal, and state employees to join as Associate Members.  Applications for membership can be obtained from our website

NGANJ group life insurance available to members

Are you covered by the NGANJ Group Life Insurance Program?  As a member of either the Officers or the Enlisted Association, you are entitled to enroll in your Association Life Insurance Program.  This special program provides from $5,000 to $50,000 of Life Insurance for you, “round the clock”.  Premiums range from as little as $2 per month and may be payroll-deducted from your drill check.  Family coverage is also available at low rates designed for you as a member of the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard.  Think of it!!  No aviation exclusions...No hazardous duty restrictions...No war clauses…No checks to write.  Dependent coverage includes spouses and all children.  Information can be obtained by contacting retired CWO Jack Petrosilli at 609-530-6843, or retired Brig. Gen. Robert S. Dutko Sr. at 609-273-1004.  Enrollment forms can be obtained by calling retired Col. Frank L. Carlone, Program Coordinator at 732-249-8335.

Veterans Information

Web site provides support to separating military members

TurboTAP (Transition Assistance Program) is an easy to use, interactive Web portal that provides life-long support to separating military service members (Active Duty, Guard and Reserve) and their families. It is a single source starting point for accessing key resources available for servicemembers transitioning out of the military at any point in their military career.  Resources include Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Education, Small Business Administration, the National Veterans Corporation and the National Guard Bureau.  For more information go to or email

DMAVA Veterans Outreach Campaign continues

The DMVA Veterans Outreach Campaign continues with kiosk displays at selected malls throughout New Jersey.  The schedule is as follows: 

May 6*, 7, 8

Ocean County Mall

July 8, 9, 10

Cherry Hill Mall

July 18*

Traveling Wall, Wildwood

August 5*, 6, 7

Willowbrook Mall

*Medal ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. on these dates.  The kiosk will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The kiosk will also be in place at the Wildwood Convention Center for three state conventions.

v June 5-6, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. – Elks State Convention

v June 11-13, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. – American Legion State Convention

v June 18-20, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. – VFW State Convention

N.J. Vietnam Veterans Memorial

N.J. Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational Center's upcoming events:


Free guided tours of the Memorial are offered on the first Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

May 7, 11 a.m. – New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Memorial.  There will be a state medal ceremony.

May 17, 1 p.m. – On the Road to Recovery, an oral-history discussion by NJ Vietnam-Era veteran Bishop Fred Rubin about his service tending wounded G.I.s in the Army hospital in Hawaii during the Vietnam War.

May 26, 11 a.m. – Memorial Day Ceremony at the N.J. Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.


For further information call 1-800-648-VETS or visit




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