Guardlife - Volume 30, Number 2

Table of Contents

 Guardlife Staff
 TAG's Message
 CSM's Message
 177th Supports OEF
 Combat Veteran to Head NJANG
 'Faithful and Brave' Arrive
 1-114th Deploys to Arrabian Penninsula
 253rd TC Back from Iraq
 Mobilization Page
 News Guard Families Can Use
 Salute the Troops
 NJNG Newsmakers
 Jersey Air Guardsman Wins Services Award
 Photos from Iraq
 Finance Battalion Update
 Family Appreciation Day
 Short Rounds
 NJ Places 17th in NG Marathon
 Army and Air Enlisted Promotions
 In Memoriam

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Salute the Troops ceremonySalute the Troops

By the Guardlife Staff,
photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA

On May 1, at 1 p.m., the New Jersey National Guard sponsored a “Salute the Troops” ceremony at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton to honor the 650 citizen-soldiers from the Garden State deploying to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Troops include members of the 50th Brigade Headquarters (Lawrenceville), 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry (Riverdale, Newark, Jersey City, Woodbridge); 2nd Battalion, 102nd Armor (Port Murray, Newton, Dover, Somerset, West Orange, Hackettstown) and 50th Finance Detachments (Flemington).

The event featured an Official Deployment Ceremony, a Parade of Troops and in addition to the troops’ family members and friends, include participation by Governor James E. McGreevey, Commander-in-Chief of the New Jersey National Guard; Brig. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General of New Jersey; Brig. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson, Deputy Adjutant General; elected officials, community representatives, members of the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard, veterans organizations and the USO.