70 Soldiers of Troop C 5-117th Cavalry were honored last
weekend during a Freedom Salute ceremony at the Westfield
Armory. Family and friends joined NJNG leadership
in showing appreciation for the unit's successful return
from an extended tour of duty in Iraq. The extended deployment
of 15 months in a combat theater was part of Operation
Iraqi Freedom. Family members of the Soldiers and
Family Support Group personnel were also recognized for
their support on the homefront during the lengthy separation.
A solemn highlight to the ceremony was the retirement
of the Troop's historical guidon. The unit has been
re-designated as the 102nd Reconnaissance, Surveillance,
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rep will visit on Oct. 17 for talk on benefits
from the Social Security Administration will be at DMAVA
Central Office on Oct. 17 in Conference Room A from 10
a.m. to noon to give an overview of Social Security benefits,
rules and regulations and updated information regarding
you and your contribution. After the presentation a general
question and answer session will follow as well as individual
is limited so please contact Paul Serdiuk, Training Coordinator,
at 609-530-6878 or Paul.Serdiuk@njdmava.state.nj.us to insure
holding fall gathering on Oct. 24
ANG Dinosaurs are holding their fall gathering of Air
National Guard retirees at Moore's
Tavern, Freehold, on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m.
All ANG retirees and current ANG employees who
are soon to be retired are invited.
Army Guard retirees are welcome to attend also.
Please RSVP to Mel Sylvester
at 609-298-5970 or NuffSaidMel@aol.com or Rich
Donovan at 732-223-2051 or 732-223-4445 or DONOVAN@exit109.com. Cost of meal (drinks will be separate) with
tip will be about $25.
program coming for state employees
Rolando Torres, Commissioner for the New Jersey Department
of Personnel, announced new innovations in training for
state employees. Due to the nature of the fiscal
climate over the past several years, state government's
central training agency - the Human Resource Development
Institute (HRDI) - has engaged in a thorough review of
employee training and workforce development in N.J. government.
In the wake of that evaluation, there have been a number
of new developments in the realm of training.
In the very
near future, DOP will begin rolling out the New Jersey Enterprise-wide Learning Management
System (NJ ELMS). By providing a common, web-based
platform for scheduling, tracking, billing, and delivering
training, NJ ELMS will be a transformative tool for the
state's workforce. It will better align training
with the governor's vision for New Jersey and will help ensure that employees
are given ample opportunity to develop new skills.
However, NJ ELMS and online learning will by no means
replace traditional HRDI classroom training. The
highly acclaimed Certified Public Manager and Support
Specialist Program will continue to run as they always
have and HRDI will be offering more than 100 open enrollment
classes during the period from July-December 2007.
For more information on courses available through HRDI,
please visit www.njtrainer.com or call 609-777-2225.
North Jersey AUSA chapter will hold meeting Oct. 25
New Jersey Chapter of the Association of the United States
Army will hold their fall meeting on Oct. 25 at The Rutgers
Club in New Brunswick. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and the
buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
guests for the meeting will be Lt. Col. Peter Sandberg,
professor of Military Science, Rutgers University Army
ROTC and Cadet Lt. Col. Robert Preziosi of the Scarlet
Knight battalion. They
will host a discussion on the role and mission of the
Army RTOC and how it develops future leaders in the U.S.
Army. The chapter will also recognize 18 Rutgers
ROTC seniors, 13 of whom are in the New Jersey Army National
$35 per person. To
RSVP, call retired Col. Richard
F. Plechner at 732-549-1535.
The uniform of the evening is Mess Dress/Dress
Blue or civilian business attire.
forward to retiree weekend
and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is inviting more
than 1.5 million Army and Air Force retirees to visit
its stores for special savings, prizes and events on its
"Still Serving" weekend of Sept. 28 to 30. Invitations,
in the form of a 24-page "Still Serving" mailer,
are already hitting military retiree's mailboxes. They
contain offers and coupons, as well as a chance to win
one of more than a dozen prizes. Inside the mailer, retirees
will find exclusive savings on gas, coffee, jewelry, electronics,
footwear, eyewear, flowers, hardware, clothing and even
a new set of tires. "Still Serving" savings
also are available through the Exchange Online Store.
For more information, call the local store manager. Contact
information can be found online at aafes.com by clicking
on the "store locator" link.
Heritage Month Sept. 15 - Oct. 15
As we celebrate
another week of Hispanic Heritage Month we continue to
recognize major accomplishments and Hispanic contributions
to military service. This week we are recognizing profiles in history.
the nation's history Hispanic-American Soldiers have established
themselves as role models for generations to follow.
From the first Hispanic-American Presidential Medal
of Freedom recipient to momentous contributions to military
tactics, Hispanic Americans have made their mark within
the history of this nation with their courage, leadership
Rascon: Born in Chihuahua,
Alfred Rascon has lived a life that succeeded above and
beyond what anyone would have thought, and he contributes
that success to the Army.
By age 21,
then Specialist Rascon was serving in Vietnam when his unit was attacked
by North Vietnamese troops.
Despite being wounded, Rascon repeatedly ran into
the line of fire to tend to the wounded Soldiers.
Raccoon's heroism that day inspired his battalion
to recommend him for the Medal of Honor, a recommendation
that was lost in Pentagon paperwork for more than 30 years.
Following Vietnam, Rascon
returned to school earning a college degree. In 1969, he applied for Officer Candidate
and earned a commission as an Infantry Officer.
He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification
course and the Defense Language Institute.
Rascon then received orders transferring him to
the Military Intelligence Branch. After leaving the Army in 1984, Rascon continued
serving his country for several years, by holding various
positions within the Justice Department, the Drug Enforcement
Agency, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
He later served as the Director of the Selective
Recently, Rascon gave up his high-level government
position to return to the Army on Active Duty.
He visited both Afghanistan and Iraq motivating and supporting soldiers
in the field.
E. Cavazos: In 1982, Hispanic-American
Richard E. Cavazos made military history
by being appointed the Army's first Hispanic-American
P. Garcia: Hector P. Garcia was the first Hispanic
American to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
President Ronald Regan presented the highest award
a civilian can receive to Garcia for his service to his
people and the United States
with the forming of the American GI Forum.
R. Quesada: Elwood R. Quesada helped with the pioneering
of military aviation techniques that changed the face
of combat. His work contributed to techniques used today
such as air-to-air refueling and air-to-ground machine
Hire a Hero Program Can Link Guardsmen with Jobs
Notes, Sept. 21, 2007
A new Internet
site, www.hireahero.org, is helping connect traditional National Guardsmen
and veterans with military-friendly employers.
a site best described as where 'My Space' meets 'Monster.com'
for the military community," said Dan Caulfield,
executive director of Hire a Hero, the nonprofit organization
that operates the site.
is designed to match companies searching for employees
with military qualities and skills with job seekers.
600 businesses have participated, and more than 180,000
individuals have registered at the site, he said.
also allows those in the military community to expand
their networking abilities, especially in the soldiers'
and airmen's home communities.
someone comes back from a military deployment, they want
to go back to work in their home area," said Caulfield,
who served in the Marine Corps from 1989 to 1994. "The
networking features of Hire a Hero allow the soldier or
airmen to talk to more people in their area."
stressed that networking is an important aspect of a job
search, with success rates for job seekers increasing
dramatically with increased networking.
a recent internal www.hireahero.org survey revealed that jobs seekers who networked
with more than six site users had a more than 30 percent
know that the more people you talk to as you look for
a job the better your chances of finding a good job,"
Caulfield said. "We want to get you connected with
people local to where you want to work."
For Your Calendar
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
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
discovered by the members of the General Phil Kearny Memorial
Committee, the group 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 seven-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 registered participants.
should contact: Bill Styple at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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.
Oct. 13 - Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.
Oct. 23 - Fort Monmouth, N.J.
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
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.
briefings scheduled for BSB
the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike
Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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 day's duties.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Centers.
Free oil changes available for spouses of deployed
From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj.
Mike Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist
Chevron 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
Register to use the Guard Family Portal
From the desk of retired Command Sgt. Maj.
Mike Hughes, Family Assistance Specialist
Have you 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.
What is on the Guard Family Portal?
on Activities and Events
can track their Activity Hours (which equals awards)
Family Training Modules
FRG Status Report
Local Resource Finder
- Reunion Information
on today to create your account at http://www.guardfamily.org.
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
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 email@example.com 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 Orlando. Minutes
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 more.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Co-Chairman
retired Sgt. Maj. Edward Goetschius at 609-965-1972 or
e-mail at email@example.com. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Career Fair for service members, veterans and
All military 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.
RecruitMilitary 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
For more information visit www.recruitmilitary.com.
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.
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