Training Team Departs for Afghanistan
Sept. 20, a farewell ceremony was held for the fifteen-member
Embedded Training Team (ETT) as they prepare to leave for
Afghanistan. The ETT mission performed by the New Jersey team is designed to provide experienced U.S.
Army mentors and advisors to the Afghan National Army (ANA)
in an effort to build a professional army for the country
of Afghanistan. Led by Lt. Col. John Langston, these Soldiers
will be living and traveling with their Afghan counterparts
as they advise, mentor, and coach army leaders and soldiers
in tactical and technical subjects. The one-year deployment
is part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The ceremony included the presentation of
the guidon of Company A, 1st Separate Battalion - New Jersey's first all African-American Army
unit from the 1930-40s - to the team.
Review - marching, equipment, tunes and food
Sept. 15, members of the New Jersey Army and Air National
Guard found themselves on the parade field at Sea Girt marching
under a beautiful sunny sky.
As artillery boomed and all manner of aircraft -
helicopter, fighter and tanker - flew overhead, the patriotic
and inspirational sounds of the 63rd Army Band could be
heard filling the air. The
Governor inspected the troops.the formations marched past
the reviewing stands.the awards and recognitions, then came
the best part: the cook-out!
a large role in feeding the troops at the Annual Governor's
Review were members of the 108th Services Flight who sent
nine Airmen who worked with members of the 177th Fighter
Wing. Their combined team effort provided food service operations
to feed 1,600 civilians and military personnel, bed down
planning, field food service plan, field hygiene and sanitation
along with logistical planning to support the mission. The
mission was successful and the 108th-177th combined Tiger
Team accomplished all objectives.
Recognition Day - Sept. 21
21, 2007, is National POW-MIA Recognition Day
about this day, one of six days specified by law on which
the black POW/MIA flag shall be flown over federal facilities
and cemeteries, post offices and military installations,
can be found at http://www.vfw.org/index. cfm?fa=cmty.leveld&did=2486.
briefings scheduled for RSTA and BSB
the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike
Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist
The 30 day
Reintegration Briefing for Soldiers and family members from
the Troop C/5-117th RSTA will be held on Saturday, Sept.
22, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Westfield Armory, 500
Rahway Ave., Westfield. The Freedom Salute will be held at 1 p.m.,
following the briefings.
and family members of Company D/250th BSB will have their
30 day Reintegration Briefing on Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to
noon at the Bordentown Armory, 1048 Route 206 South, Bordentown.
coming to 108th ARW; ceremony on Oct.15
and conversion have begun for 108th Air Refueling Wing personnel.
Recently members of the Maintenance Squadron left to attend
KC-135R Model School
in Grand Forks,
N.D., and in the month of October, 108th
Operations will be sending pilots to KC-135R school.
The arrival ceremony of the KC-135R
to the 108th ARW will be held on October 15, 2007 at 11
a.m. Special speakers, guests and other events
will highlight this ceremony.
to "Make the Switch" to restructured TRICARE
FALLS CHURCH, Va.
- National Guard and Reserve members currently in the TRICARE
Reserve Select (TRS) health care plan must sign up for the
restructured TRS by Sept. 30, 2007, in order to continue
their coverage. Effective Sept. 30, the "old"
TRS ceases to exist. A restructured TRS begins Oct. 1, 2007.
forget to make the switch" should be the motto of the
day as current TRS participants are automatically disenrolled
on Sept. 30, 2007. Continued coverage under TRS is not automatic.
By law, enrollees must attest that they are not eligible
for, or currently covered under, the Federal Employees Health
Benefits Program (FEHBP) when they submit a new TRS request
a letter was sent by Reserve Affairs to Reserve Component
members currently covered by TRS. The letter explained the
program changes and how to continue coverage, but as of
early September only 15 percent of the approximately 11,000
current members had completed the new TRS request forms
and sent them in to their regional managed care contractor.
TRS coverage, all current members must follow the instructions
at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/trs/ to print out, sign and return a new TRS request
form to their regional contractor by Sept. 30. If payment
is usually made by check, the first month's payment must
also be included. Those members who are paying electronically
do not need to include a payment - if they meet the Sept.
30 deadline in submitting a new TRS request form.
restructured TRS starting Oct. 1, there are only two qualifications.
First, the member must be a Selected Reserve member of the
Ready Reserve. Second, the member must not be eligible for
the Federal Employee Health Benefits program or currently
covered under FEHB (either under their own eligibility or
through a family member). They must attest to this on the
new TRS request form.
Guard and Reserve members can find out more about the restructured
TRS through the "My Benefits" portal at www.tricare.mil. Monthly premiums are $81 for the service member
and $253 for member-and-family coverage. TRS offers coverage
comparable to TRICARE Standard and Extra.
Guard and Reserve members can contact their Reserve Component
points of contact to be found at http://www.defenselink.mil/ra/html/tricare.html if they have additional questions about their
eligibility for TRS.
test to see how knowledgeable you are!
New Jersey National Guard HRO, Fort Dix
Sept. 17 was the third anniversary of Constitution Day and
Citizenship Day in the Department of Defense.
Public Law 108-447 designated Sept. 17 as Constitutional
Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the
U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787 and to recognize American
law stipulates that all Federal agencies must provide educational
and training materials annually on the Constitution for
all employees. To assist agencies in meeting this requirement,
the Civilian Personnel Management Service is hosting a website
containing a brief on-line course on the Constitution as
well as links to many other information sources. CPMS website
can be found at http://constitutionday.cpms.osd.mil.
is approximately 15-20 minutes long and is very informative...See
how much you know about our Constitution...
the desk of David S. Snedeker, Chief Information Officer,
Information and Admin Services
Guardlife magazine Volume 33 Issue No
2 is now available on the Web in a user friendly on-line
web version at the following web address: http://www.nj.gov/military/
Team" magazine Guardlife
provides up to date information on the happenings within
the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard. For all the
current news on our soldiers and airmen take a look at the
new issue today. To view past issues of Guardlife magazine
on-line you can visit http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the DMAVA Publications homepage.
all current, former members of the 42nd Infantry Division
Lori Thomas, Chief, MOB, Plans & Ops, DPTMS
return from Iraq,
I was fortunate to meet several of the distinguished gentlemen
of the Rainbow Division Veterans Memorial Foundation (RDVMF)
who attended one of the 250th Signal Battalion welcome home
events. These men are World War II veterans of the 42d Infantry
Division - soldiers who fought
in the Alsace region, penetrated
the Siegfried Line at the German frontier, captured Wurzburg,
and Donauworth, and liberated the Dachau
in particular, Harold Melinek, kept in touch with me and
invited me to one of their semiannual reunions. I must say,
without reservation, that this was a truly humbling experience
to be surrounded by these men. It amazed me how thrilled
they were that I was there, reveling in MY accomplishments,
when in my eyes THEY were the heroes of days long ago.
us now. They need us to pick up the torch and help carry
the association into the future. Changes in their charter
permit anyone who has served in a 42ID unit - past or present -
deployed or not - to join.
Region Chapter that we would fall in on holds reunions twice
yearly at the Port O'Call Hotel in Ocean
One is coming up on Oct. 17-19. Their reunions usually occur
during the week as it fits their schedules and it keeps
the budget down. If you could attend any part of it, to
include a dinner they hold, it would be great. The POC is
the Chapter Secretary, Frank Dippo, at LtColDip@aol.com,
you can attend this upcoming reunion or not, please consider
joining the organization. At last notice, annual dues for
both National and Region total $16.
this to anyone you can think of who has served in any of
our 42ID units. Again, they do not need to be currently
serving, nor do they need to be combat veterans of a 42ID
website for the RDVMF is www.rainbowvets.org.
Plan introducing new security measures
the Thrift Savings Plan will be introducing a new security
feature - account numbers will replace Social Security numbers
as our primary means of identifying you.
You will use your account number - in conjunction
with your TSP Web password or ThriftLine Personal Identification
Number (PIN) - to log into the Account Access section of
the TSP Web site or the ThriftLine.
You will also be asked to provide your account number
on most of the TSP forms.
information these and any other benefit issues please call
Capt. Devon Hanson at 609-562-0881.
changes available for spouses of deployed service members
the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike
Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist
and Texaco Xpress Lube, in conjunction with Operation Homefront
and CinCHouse.com, are offering 1,000 free oil changes to
military families with a deployed or injured loved one.
The program, called Operation Havoline Star, will provide
military families with one free oil change redeemable at
participating Texaco Xpress Lube locations across the country
through December 31, 2007. To learn more about the program
and to request a gift certificate, please visit https://www.operation homefront.net/chevron.asp.
to use the Guard Family Portal
the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike
Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist
registered yet for the Guard Family Portal? Did you
know that it's available to service members, family members,
volunteers and even community members? If you haven't taken
the time yet to log on and register, be sure to do it soon
as you're missing out on important information.
on the Guard Family Portal?
- Information on Activities and Events
- Volunteers can track their Activity
Hours (which equals awards)
- Guard Family Training Modules
- Unit FRG Status Report
- Discussion Boards
- A Local Resource Finder
- Pre-Deployment Information
- Deployment Information
- And More!
Log on today to create your account at http://www.guardfamily.org.
for service members, veterans and spouses
veterans, transitioning personnel, members of the Guard
and Reserve, and military spouses in South Jersey and Philadelphia are invited to a career fair
on the Battleship New Jersey.
will be hosting a Career Fair in cooperation with HireVets
First and the American Legion on Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to
3 p.m. aboard the Battleship New Jersey on the Camden
information visit www.recruitmilitary.com.
Airmen focuses on stress and prevention
Santos-Air Force News Agency
SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) --
In the latest Letter to Airmen, the secretary of the Air
Force focuses on how Air Force people can stem the rising
number of suicides in the Air Force by taking care of each
stressful times such as these, with so many Airmen deployed
and with so many others pushed to the breaking point, it
is vital that we all understand that we are not alone,"
Secretary Michael W. Wynne said.
are partnered in this war and bonded in the service,"
the secretary said. "It is up to us to look out for
understand that they can talk through their difficulties,
Secretary Wynne said. There's a wingman available to listen
to them, whether the person is a chaplain, family counselor,
day care provider or a friend.
suicides can be prevented," he said.
"By working together, we can all make a difference
and save lives. It is the responsibility of every Airman
to be a good wingman and to reach out to those in need."
For Your Calendar
Show coming to New
U.S. Army Soldier Show is a high-energy 90-minute live musical
review showcasing the talents of active duty Soldiers who
are selected by audition from throughout the Army. They
are amateur artists who have a passion for music, dance
and performing. They come from infantry, transportation,
military police, medical, intelligence, aviation, signal
and other tactical units. The show is assembled in six weeks,
and then tours for 6 1/2 months.
The most recent tour began in May 2007.
It will be in our area on three occasions.
- Picatinny Arsenal,
- Fort Monmouth,
Admission to all performances is free.
Check with local Morale, Recreation and Welfare or public
affairs officials for exact location, post access procedures,
and curtain times. Dates and locations are subject to change.
on show at Teaneck
armory Sept. 30
Rotary Clubs of Bergenfield-Dumont and Teaneck
in a Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show at the Teaneck
Armory, Teaneck and Liberty
N.J., on Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Proceeds
from the event benefit the New Jersey National Guard Family
register your vehicle for the show is $15 on the day of
the show, $10 prior to the show.
Deadline for registration is Sept. 15. Spectator
admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children 10 and under.
information, call Tom Pinnel at 201-384-8932.
statue dedication, Sept. 29
29, the General Phil Kearny Memorial Committee will be dedicating
a restored 1888 statue of a Civil War Infantryman which
originally stood (1888-1933) in front of the New Jersey
Home for Civil War Veterans.
was located for many years at CSMS-B West Orange before
the TAG and Chief of staff authorized its removal and restoration.
It is now completed and ready for its unveiling.
In the decades
that followed the Civil War, thousands of New
Jersey veterans lived their final years at the
"Old Soldiers' Home" located in Kearny. For nearly fifty years, a six-foot tall statue
of a Union Infantryman stood guard at the entrance of the
home until the home was closed in 1933.
The barracks were torn down, cannon rolled away and
the silent sentinel statue was removed from his post, and
somehow severely damaged, eventually placed in storage and
discovered by the members of the General Phil Kearny Memorial
Committee, the group has raised nearly $35,000 to have this
statue restored to its former glory.
The bronze soldier will be placed near where he originally
stood; a 7-ton boulder from the Gettysburg Battlefield will
serve as a pedestal.
will take place at 314
Belgrove Drive, Kearny,
N.J. at 1 p.m. The site of the New Jersey
Home for Disabled Civil War Soldiers and Sailors, and the
present location of the American Legion Hall.
would especially like to invite all Civil War reenactors
and history buffs to this event.
They ask that reenactors please register (no fee),
as the committee plans to issue a dedication ribbon to all
should contact: Bill Styple at email@example.com or the Gen.
Phil Kearny Memorial Committee PO Box 483 Kearny,
NJ 07032, 201-991-8749.
Homecoming event for OIF/OEF veterans
Jersey Health Care System and the Department of Veterans
Affairs will be holding their first annual Homecoming Event
on Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Auditorium at the East Orange
Tremont Ave., East Orange.
will have a meet and greet with representatives of the Vet Center,
Social Security, Dept. of Labor, DMAVA, OUTREACH, mental
health, War-related Illness and Injury OIF/OEF team and
many more community service agencies.
Tours will be available at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. of
the museum, OIF/OEF Transitional Unit and the War-Related
Illness and Injury Study Center.
food will be available for the whole family.
information, contact Michelle Stefanelli at 973-395-1727
or Carolyn Snyder, 908-647-0180, ext. 4398.
and town hall meeting on Oct. 12
the DMAVA/JFHQ Town Hall meeting and afterwards join in
the fun at the Oktoberfest at the Lawrenceville Armory on
Oct. 12. The fest starts at noon; the mandatory town
hall meeting begins at 11:30 a.m.
For a mere
$10 admittance fee, you can enjoy a roasted pig, bratwurst
and sauerkraut, German and regular potato salads, baked
beans, strudel and assorted desserts.
To wet your whistle, beverages include O'Doul's beer,
birch beer, assorted soda and water.
Those attending are asked to contribute desserts.
fee includes a raffle ticket for two nights at the Borgota
in Atlantic City, breakfast,
dinner and comedy show tickets for two.
chose not to attend the Oktoberfest, it will be a normal
and full workday at their regular duty station after attending
the Town hall meeting. Casual attire is acceptable if you
are attending the Oktoberfest; normal work uniform if you
are attending the Town Hall only.
If you are
interested in attending, see your department representatives. At DMAVA, see Darlene Laarz, 609-530-6992,
Karen Wallace, 609-530-6766, Dawn Espisito, 609-530-6717
or Tina Taylor, 609-530-7170; at Fort
see Marie Durling, 609-562-0739 or Barbara Alcott, 609-562-0870;
and at HSCOE, see Kevin Hearn, 609-530-7069.
is open to employees only.
motorcycle riders on a ride, Oct. 13
ride motorcycle? Here
is an opportunity to ride and support servicemembers and
their families at the same time.
Join the 3rd Annual "Support Our Troops" Motorcycle
Run on Oct. 13
(rain date of Oct. 14).
is from 10-11 a.m. at the Tri-Towne
Route 70, Marlton and the ride departs at 11:15 a.m. The
route is to travel the Pine Barrens to Sweetwater Casino Restaurant, Sweetwater
(Hammonton mailing address). The run will be approximately
48 miles (one way). Please come with a full tank of gas. Cost of the ride is a donation of $15 per
rider and $5 per passenger.
benefit the Freedom Alliance Foundation which provide:
Educational scholarships to the children of America's military
heroes that have given the ultimate sacrifice.
For the injured in our hospitals pre-paid long-distance
phone cards, gift cards for clothing, food, toiletries,
books, and magazines.
Funding for family members to travel to see and encourage
their loved one.
information contact John Atkinson at 856-596-9100, or go
to www.citikids.org/freedom.htm, for local run information or to the national
site - www.freedomalliance.org.
Free tickets to Radio City's
75th Celebration of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular,"
when they perform "A Salute to Our Troops" on Nov.
12 at 5 p.m.
in partnership with the USO brings this celebration on stage
for fee to families of the Armed Services.
To reserve your complimentary tickets, go to www.usonyc.org/salutetoourtroops. Tickets are only available at this web site.
Guardsmen wanted to join the PTAE
Jersey Army National Guard is in the process of developing
its Pre-Mobilization Assistance Element (PTAE).
The PTAE is currently looking for Traditional Drilling
Guardsmen of various MOSs for a Title 32 ADSW (Additional
Duty Special Work) tour at Fort Dix.
of the PTAE is to provide training feedback to the supported
unit and TAG through the G-3.
The PTAE will monitor and assist unit training and
tracking of individual soldier/unit progress and completion
of pre-mobilization training tasks.
must be eligible and submit the following:
Complete DA Form 1058-R with commander's signature
A current Retirement Point Assessment Statement
Meet height/weight standards along a valid APFT within one
year of ADSW start date
Physical Profile, DA Form 3349. Temporary profiles are not eligible.
Pregnancy statement (females only) within 15 days of ADSW
Eligible to obtain a Secret security clearance.
Eligible to attend 15 day Observer Controller Training (OC-T)
course in Camp
information call Lt. Col. Walter Nall at 609-562-0321 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or Master Sgt. Jonny Hannigan at 609-562-0337
New Jersey Bar Association offers pro bono
military legal assistance
Jersey Bar Association established and administers the Military
Legal Assistance Program.
This pro bono program provides assistance
to New Jersey residents who have served overseas
as active duty members of reserve components of the armed
forces after Sept. 11, 2001.
who have been adversely affected upon their return from
deployment and cannot be represented by military lawyers
can use this program. The program currently offers assistance
to the following areas: family law, employment law, veterans'
benefits and debtor-creditor law.
Legal Assistance program will refer members of the military
who contact the state bar association to volunteers qualified
to assist them with their specific legal issues.
Volunteers who accept a case through the program
must agree to handle such case from inception to resolution
without compensation or reimbursement for expenses.
in the program, call toll free 1-888-541-1900 for referral
or visit the New Jersey State Bar Association web site at
www.njsba.com and click on the button for the Military Legal
committed to work areas free from violence
Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is committed
to maintaining the work environment free from all forms
of violence, in accordance with State of New Jersey Executive
Order No. 49 and the State of New Jersey Workplace Violence Prevention Policy
Statement dated Sept. 1, 1997. The Department is committed to maintaining
a strict policy that prohibits act of violence, harassment,
or intimidation in any form, including verbal, written,
physical, or any conduct that may be construed detrimental
to the workplace environment. This policy addresses violent acts by employees
as describes procedures and training to be followed for
the prevention of, and response to, these acts. See Departmental
Directive number 230.80 for more information.
Benefits Open Season is Nov. 12-Dec 10
the office of J1-HRO
dates for Federal Benefits Open Season are Nov. 12-Dec.
10, 2007. What used to be known as the Federal Employees
Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season has changed its name. Because of the recent addition of two benefit
programs, Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance
Program (FEDVIP) and Federal Flexible Spending Account Program
(FSAFEDS), Open Season isn't just for FEHB anymore.
open season, anyone eligible to participate may change health
plans or options, cancel or suspend their FEHB enrollment,
enroll in the new programs and request plan brochures and
information. You can find information at http://www.opm.gov/retire/asd/htm/2007/07-401.asp or www.opm.gov/insure. Air
Guard federal technicians can all Carmen Fattore at 609-562-0887
and Army Guard technicians can call Jacquelyn Bertrand at
state in fitness challenge
the desk of Ernie Razzano, Health Professions recruiter
the link containing details of the 3rd
Annual Fitness Challenge Walk and Rally: http://www.nj.gov/personnel/wellness/events/statewidewalk.htm.
page also has a link for the challenge registration form
and exercise log book. Please take a moment to
complete the registration form and get it to me as soon
as possible. Anything you do that is above and beyond
normal activity can be annotated in the log book.
For those of you who are already on an exercise routine
it takes just seconds to fill in the blanks. Our department
definitely made an impression last year - we only had 15
participants! We have more than that participating
in the DMAVA Physical Fitness Program. Be good to
your body and get moving!! Thanks for your support
program wants YOU!
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
If you are
interested in applying for the Honor Guard program, call
Retired Sgt. Maj. Ed Goetschius at 609-530-7090.
veterans with emotional crises have round-the-clock access
to trained professionals, the Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) has begun operation of a national suicide prevention
hot line for veterans. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim
Nicholson said: "Veterans need to know these VA professionals
are literally a phone call away. All service members who
experience the stresses of combat can have wounds on their
minds as well as their bodies. Veterans should see mental
health services as another benefit they have earned, which
the men and women of VA are honored to provide." VA's
hot line will be staffed by mental health professionals
in Canandaigua, N.Y.
They will take toll-free calls from across the country and
work closely with local VA mental health providers to help
callers. The toll-free hot line number is 1 (800) 273-TALK
offered for State employees
a state employee looking to save a few $$$?
Visit www.state.nj.us/personnel/discounts/index.htm 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 email@example.com or call 609-530-7056.
For the Families
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
Military families can buy discounted Disney World
ticket by phone
Military families who are unable to travel to
a base to buy specially priced Walt
tickets have a new option. Retired, Active, National
Guard, Reservist and Department of Defense personnel are
now able to purchase these specially priced tickets over
the phone. Disney Military Sales has offered discounted
tickets to military families for over 20 years. The proceeds
directly support the base community and the programs offered
to the military personnel stationed there. Discounted tickets
for qualifying military families may be purchased via mail-order
by calling the Commander, Navy Region Southwest at 619-767-6000
or Air Force Central Ticket Program at 210-652-2855.
Program offers assistance to spouses of deployed
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Shades of Green offers Disney for military
Now that the summer is almost over, 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
from the Disney attractions, this resort is also close to
golf, dining and other Florida
Their web site, www.shadesofgreen.org 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 a opportunity
to visit Orlando with your family.
Tax information for military members who have
From the Military Officers Association of America
pay received while deployed in a combat zone or other qualifying
hazardous duty area is tax-free. But what specific rules
apply? Here's a quick refresher course, which summarizes
how you can take advantage of these savings opportunities.
pay received (including base pay, special pays, and bonuses)
is income tax-free up to the maximum enlisted pay rate of
$6,381.90 per month, plus imminent danger pay.
Reenlistment bonuses received during a qualifying deployment
month also are tax-free. Be aware, however, if a reenlistment
bonus is taken in installment payments instead of a lump-sum,
installment payments received after leaving the combat zone
are not tax-free.
Saving Plan (TSP) contributions made while in a combat zone
are not taxed on withdrawal or distribution.
to the Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities (HERO) Act
of 2006, servicemembers who were deployed in a combat zone
or other qualifying hazardous duty area have up until May
28, 2009, to make IRA contributions for tax years 2004 and
2005. If the servicemember qualifies for a deductible traditional
IRA, this can result in a tax refund for contributions made.
For those under 50, the IRA contribution limits are $3,000
for 2004 and $4,000 for 2005. For those over 50, the limits
are $3,500 and $4,500, respectively. You will need to file
Form 1040X, Amended Tax Return, to claim any benefit. For
more information, visit www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=161175,00.html.
Job assistance for military spouses, retirees,
From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj.
Mike Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist
Re/Max in conjunction with the US Department
of Defense Military Spouse Employment Initiative launched
Operation Re/Max in 2006 to help mentor interested military
members and their family members in a career in real estate.
Interested military spouses, retirees and injured soldiers
can obtain detailed Operation Re/Max information at http://www.remax.com/inside_remax/become_an_agent/new_to_
real_estate/index.aspx or contact operation email@example.com
Sports and Entertainment
First Annual Jack Green Memorial 5K Run/Walk
The First Annual Jack Green Memorial 5K Run/Walk
will be held Sunday Oct.
21 at 8:30 a.m. at the 177th Fighter Wing, 400 Langley Road, Egg Harbor Twp, N.J.
Registration will be held from 6:30 to 8 a.m.,
in building. 229 - the Base Gym.
Pre- registration fee is $15 if postmarked by Oct.
10. Race day fee will be $20. Please make checks
payable to: 177 Fighter Wing Chief's Council and mail to:
Master Sgt. Frank G Heath, 400
Langley Road, Egg Harbor Twp.,
For an application or information contact Tech.
Sgt. Erica Nelson at (609) 645-6224 or Master Sgt. Frank
Heath at (609) 645-6109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event will be open to unit members, dependents,
and individuals that would normally have access to the base.
This is not open to the general public.
Enlisted Association holding golf outing on Oct.
The Enlisted Association of the National Guard
of New Jersey is holding a golf outing on Oct. 22 at Gambler's Ridge Golf Club, 121 Burlington Path Road, Cream
Ridge, NJ. All proceeds from the event go to the association's
Registration and a continental breakfast begins
the day at 7:30 a.m. The play is two-person best ball with
a modified shotgun start at 8:45.
A donation of $90 includes greens fees, cart and
luncheon. There will
be prizes for first and second place teams for the low gross,
closest to the pin on all par 3's and the longest drive.
For more information call Mike Amoroso at 609-562-0754.
Make checks payable to EANG-NJ (Golf) and mail to Leon Cisek,
PO Box 365, Wrightstown
no later than Oct. 15.
Inaugural Joint Base Race to be held Sept. 29
MGUIRE AFB, N.J. -- McGuire Air Force Base, Fort Dix
and NAES Lakehurst will hold the Inaugural Joint Base Race
Sept. 29 at 8:30 a.m.
The race, featuring a half-marathon, a 5-K Run/Walk
and a Kid's Run, will be open to any interested participants,
and all DoD cardholders are encouraged to participate. All
are invited to compete against the men's and women's military
academy marathon teams from the Air Force
Academy and West
Point in the first of what base leadership plans
to be an annual event.
"This will be a good event for us,"
said Col. Tom Kastner, U.S. Army Academy Marathon Team officer
in charge. "The cadets will enjoy the sister academy
competition and the whole experience."
The 13.1-mile route will be on paved surfaces
within McGuire AFB and Fort
Dix's Cantonment Area and will pass static displays
such as McGuire's "Pudgy's" aircraft, a replica
of the P-38 flown by Maj. Thomas B. McGuire Jr, and a C-118
that actually flew Elvis Presley to the U.S.
from Germany in March
1960. On Fort Dix, runners will see U.S. and Soviet military tanks including
a Huey Helicopter, a Russian T-72 Main Battle Tank and more.
Participants will receive a T-shirt (if registered
before Sept. 1), a participation medal, a pasta dinner the
night before the race, post-run snacks as well as entertainment.
Runners will also compete against each other in various
For more information or to register, call 1st
Lt. Terry Demille, 305th Services Squadron, at (609) 754-4750
or go online. Registration deadline is noon Sept. 24.
Here's to the Heroes provides a single day's
free admission to any one SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park,
Sesame Place, Adventure Island or Water Country USA for
the service member and as many as three direct dependents.
Any active duty, active reserve, ready reserve
service member or Guard member is entitled to free admission
under the program. He or she need only register, either
online at www.herosalute.com or in the
entrance plaza of a participating park, and show a Department
of Defense photo ID.
Scholarship, Education News
holding career fair for students
A number of organizations, including the New
Jersey Dept. of Education and the New Jersey Commission
on Higher Education, are coming together on Nov.
11 at the Trenton
to commemorate the Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges
and Universities (HBCU) Week.
High school and community college students and
parents are invited to attend.
An Ecumenical service with the featured speaker,
Rev. Stephen Samuels will be held from 10-11:30 p.m.
A college fair with workshops will be held from 11:30
a.m. to 3 p.m. More that 40 HCBUs will be represented at
the fair with information about scholarships and financial
aid, making the college decision and present and future
job market. For more information, visit the web site www.HBCU-CFNJ.com.
Scholarships for OIF/OEF veterans
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished
Americans is offering scholarships to combat veterans of
Iraq and Afghanistan. It offers a scholarship
of up to $1,250 per year for person pursuing a BA/BS degree.
You must have an honorable service record and a 2.0 GPA.
The deadline for applying is Sept. 28, 2007. Contact: www.horatioalger.org.
Free SAT/ACT Offer Extended
A group of NFL, NFL Europe, AFL, and CFL football
players have announced they are extending their sponsorship
of the SAT/ACT training to all military families.
The sponsorship allows any military person (active,
Guard, reserve, or retired) to request as many programs
as they need for the students in their lives. There
is a secure website to confirm a person's military status
before directing the user to the software order site.
Programs are shipped to domestic U.S. addresses and APO
addresses. The sponsorship
covers the purchase price of $199 and the family pays only
the shipping and handling of $9.95.
American Legion offers scholarships, booklet
on their Web site
The American Legion has scholarship information
on their Web site - www.legion.org - 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.
Enlisted Association of NGNJ conference slated
for Oct. 5-7
From the desk of retired Sgt. Maj. Jerome
The 34th annual conference of the Enlisted Association
of the National Guard of New Jersey will be held at the
Radisson Hotel, Valley
Forge, Penn., Oct. 5-7.
Proceeds from this weekend event are spent directly
on our membership. It
is a nice feeling to know that for every 50/50 ticket and
Chinese Auction ticket you buy helps fund the scholarship
program allows junior enlisted to attend the National Conference
and supports legislative actions for benefits and so much
Friday night features "The American Game
Show Challenge," which is a series of fun trivia contests
and physical challenges.
Saturday is back to business with a business
meeting and elections for the executive council. The new Junior Enlisted Team is sponsoring
the Chinese Auction. Local
attractions are abundant; register for trips to Valley Forge
and/or Longwood Gardens. Saturday Night wraps up our conference with
our customary formal Military Ball.
There are several package plans to fit your particular
needs. If you have
any questions, call retired Sgt. Maj. Jerome Zebrowski at
609-214-6959 or e-mail at email@example.com or Co-Chairman
retired Sgt. Maj. Edward Goetschius at 609-965-1972 or e-mail
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the association's web site at www.eang-nj.org/conference_2007.pdf for additional
information, updates and applications.
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
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.
Enlisted Association of the National Guard of
The Enlisted Association is seeking members to
help give our state a larger voice.
The Association speaks on legislative issues that
benefit military members and families. The association works
at the Federal & State level on all important issues.
Visit the web site EANG-NJ.org, click on Become a Member for the application and find out more about what
the association does.
Vet Career Connect helps military members find
Vet Career Connect is a program designed to connect
military service members with New
Jersey employers. Vet Career Connect
matches veteran's specific abilities, drives and interests
with jobs requiring those specific abilities.
Participants complete a Caliper Profile, which
is an on-line self assessment. They will receive an Individual
Developmental Guide outlining personal motivators and areas
of developmental opportunity. Participants will then have
the opportunity to place the results of the Caliper Profile,
their resume and military achievements onto a database which
will be viewed by New Jersey-based companies who have indicated
a strong interest in employing veterans.
Vet Career Connect program is available at no
cost to service members. In order to participate in this
program, or if you have additional questions please email
or call Barbara Foos,
Project Administrator, at 609-524-1228 or email@example.com.
The New Jersey State Building and Construction
Trades Council's Helmets to Hardhats Program (NJ H2H) is
designed to help transitioning military personnel, National
Guardsmen and Reservists find the careers in the building
and construction industry. The program seeks to help military members
find a career in one of 15 affiliated trades, such as electrical
workers, carpenters and painters.
They work in cooperation with the national Helmets
to Hardhats program, adding a personal component to the
program's on-line services.
NJ H2H offers veterans preparation for successful
application to any of New Jersey's registered apprenticeship programs
in the building and construction trades. Services include
career counseling, entrance test preparation and referral
to supportive services.
For program registration and information, visit
online at www.njbctc.org/h2h or contact at 732-499-7295
or at H2H@njbctc.org.
Eligible veterans entitled to property tax deduction
Eligible Veterans are entitled to an annual property
tax deduction of $ 250.
a citizen of the United States
resident of New Jersey
honorably discharged or released under honorable conditions
from active service in a war-time period, in any branch
of the U.S. Armed Services.
Surviving spouse's eligibility
The surviving wife or husband of a veteran who
was a citizen of the United States and
resident of New Jersey and one of the following:
Was receiving the deduction prior to the veteran's death.
Would have been eligible for the deduction had the veteran
filed an application prior to death.
Has died on active duty in a wartime period.
The application process - Filing an application
with all required documentation with your local Tax assessor
prior to December 31 of the pre-tax year in order to be
effective in the next year. Documentation includes the property
deed and discharge (DD-214) for the veteran. The widow may
need to submit the property deed, marriage certificate,
death certificate and discharge (DD-214).
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:
October 2, 3, 4
October 30*, 31, November 1
Brunswick Square Mall
November 27, 28, 29
Quaker Bridge Mall
*Medal ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. on these
dates. The kiosk
will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., July-Sept.; 10 a.m.
to 8 p.m. in Oct. and Nov.
N.J. Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational
Free guided tours of the Memorial are offered
on the first Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sep. 22, 1 p.m. - Secret and Dangerous: Night of the So'n Tay POW Raid, lecture
and book signing by the author, Vietnam Veteran air commando
pilot Bill Guenon.
Oct. 19, 8 a.m.-3:00 p.m. - "Weighing In On War,
and Why: Public Opinion and Its Influences, Vietnam
9th annual Forum on the Vietnam Era. Keynote Speaker:
Bobby Muller, Founder of Vietnam
Veterans of America.
Oct. 20, 1 p.m. - "Choppers at War: Vietnam to Iraq," a lecture by NJ Iraq
War Veteran, Lt. Col. Mark Preston, USA.
Nov. 3, 1 p.m. - The Last Ghost of War, a
film about Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange presented by
film director Janet Gardner.
Dec. 8, 1 p.m. - Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited, a
photo gallery display and book discussion by the author/photographer,
N.J. Vietnam Veteran Craig J. Barber.
For further information call 1-800-648-VETS or