Volume 31, No. 4
Compiled by the Guardlife Staff
108th Holds Family Day
An Airman and future pilot examine the controls of
stratotanker during the 108th Air Refueling Wing's annual
Family Day July 17. Photo by Staff Sgt. Barbara Harbison,
Reflecting Pond Dedicated
On Aug 14, Col. James Grant (right), Commander, Joint
Training and Training Development Center (JT2DC), Fort
Dix; unveils a monument marker for a Reflecting Pond,
along with Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth (second from right),
Brig. Gen. Frank R. Carlini (second from left) and Command
Sgt. Maj. Richard S. Adkins, Jr (left). The Reflecting Pond
is a tribute to JT2DC deployed Soldiers and their families.
Photo by Staff Sgt. David Moore, 444MPAD.
Recruiter Wins Chief’s Challenge
A 108th Air Refueling Wing Airman was selected as
winner of the National Guard Bureau’s Chief’s Challenge
June 20. Master Sgt. Joseph Ramirez recruited 20 people
to win the award, competing against recruiters from across
the country. He was joined by 63 recruiters that also won
the challenge. Ramirez spent the Fourth of July weekend
in Washington, D.C., where he participated in a joint
awards breakfast followed by a trip to Fort McNair, where
Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, the Chief of the National Guard
Bureau, addressed the attendees and their families at a
special barbecue honoring the awardees. During the
dinner, Lt. Gen. Blum chatted informally with the attendees
and their families. To qualify for the award, a recruiter
needed to recruit 18 people between Feb. 1 and June 15.
Congratulations To The Grads
United States Army War College
· Col. Frank Dulfer
· Col. Mike Shute
Sergeant Major Academy
· Command Sgt. Maj. Howard
· Sgt. Maj. Anthony Cahill
· Sgt. Maj. Timothy Marvian
· Sgt. Maj. Frank Sippel
Units Get New Commanders
Col. Walter Alvarado (right) receives the 50th
Personnel Services Battalion Guidon from Col. John DiNapoli
(left), Commander, 57th Troop Command during a change
of command ceremony on May 1 in Lawrenceville. Photo
by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Stephenson, NJDMAVA/PA.
to right, Maj. John E. Langston, Col. Frank Caruso, Commander,
incoming commander Lt.
Col. Nicholas Chimienti stand at attention
during the 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Change of Command
ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Riverdale August
7. Photo by Spc. Nick Young, 444 MPAD.
Col. Tommie Bellamy (left), outgoing commander, 1st Battalion,
114th Infantry, Col. Frank Caruso (center) and
Lt. Col. Robert Jarvis (right), new battalion commander, review
the troops during the Change of Command Ceremony at
Mount Holly June 10. Photo courtesy 1-114 Infantry.
Youth Camp A Success
Volunteer Christine Palumbo instructs Camper
Zachary Traver during the 11th annual New Jersey National
Guard Youth Camp at the National Guard Training
Center in Sea Girt July 17-23. 113 campers along with 100
volunteers participated in this year's camp. The camp
serves the children and grandchildren of active and retired
NJNG members and NJDMAVA employees. Photo courtesy
NJNG Youth Camp.
NJARNG Opens Vineland Storefront
On July 18 the New Jersey Army National
Guard opened a
new “Storefront” Recruiting Office in Vineland. Maj.
Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General of New Jersey, along
with local officals cut the ribbon. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark
Freedom Salutes Honor Soldiers
Spc. Angelo Martinez, 2nd Battalion,
113th Infantry, presents
his family with recognition items during one of four
Freedom Salutes honoring the Battalion at armories in
Jersey City, Newark, Riverdale and Woodbridge August 7.
The Campaign is designed to recognize Army National
Guard Soldiers, their families and employers who supported
them. Photo by Sgt. Shawn Morris, 444th MPAD.
TAG Presents Award
Gen. Glenn K. Rieth (left) poses with Master Sgt.
Miguel A. Perez (right) after presenting him with a Meritorious
Service Medal during the quarterly Recruiting and
Retention Command meeting held in Atlantic City July 6.
Photo courtesy Recruiting and Retention Command.
Students Raise Money For Soldiers
Marie Durling (left), Fundraiser
Chairperson for the General
Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB) Auxiliary, receives a
donation of more than $1,000 to purchase calling cards for
deployed New Jersey National Guardsmen from Gloucester
County Institute of Technology (GCIT) students Christina
Keenan (center) and Kathleen Beatty (right). The students
recently completed their service project “Only a Call Away,” which
raised the money for the troops. The project was
started by students Caitlin Fazzio and Heather Duffield with
help from Instructor Theresa Kerney. Photo courtesy
OCS Commissions 25 Second Lieutenants
On June 26, 25 New Jersey Army National
Candidates were commissioned as second lieutenants.
The ceremony was held at the New Jersey National Guard
Training Center Sea Girt. The candidates belonged to Officer Candidate
School Class Number 48 assigned to the
254th Combat Arms Regiment. The new officers will serve
in every New Jersey Army National Guard command. Photo
by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA.
Flag Adds Color To Desert
No matter where you go, the Stars
and Stripes always
seems to brighten up a place, as demonstrated by four
members of the 250th Signal Battalion. Left to right:
Sgt.Dale McTighe, Spc. Michael Hale, Master Sgt. Mario
Gulla and Capt. Joe Pipas proudly display our nation's
colors. Photo courtesy Headquarters and Headquarters
Company 250th Signal Battalion.
Children Receive Toys
Recently Maureen Turak, a NJDMAVA
50th Main Support Battalion Soldiers a shipment of toys to
give to Iraqi children during their visits to perform medical
assessments. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mickey McGuire
(back, left), and Lt. Col. John Nunn (back, right), Executive
Officer, Division Support Command, pose with some Iraqi
children and their new toys. Photo courtesy Chief Warrant
Officer 2 Mickey McGuire, 50MSB.