Vander Clute New CSM
Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Vander Clute, left, and his wife Debbie share a light moment following his promotion at Fort Dix.
Vander Clute was with the 63rd Army Band for 20 years, before he accepted the challenge to serve as the CSM for the 50th Personnel Services Battalion. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kryn P. Westhoven, 444 MPAD.
SRP Processes Katrina Bound
On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, medical personnel from the New Jersey National Guard Medical Command, Sea Girt, screened more than 350 Soldiers for a 300-member Task Force deployed to New Orleans in support of Hurricane Katrina relief. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA.
NGB Chief Presents Vision
During Visit To Air Wings
Tech. Sgt. Patrick Applegate (left) greets Chief Master Sgt. Richard A. Smith (right), the ninth Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air National Guard, during the Chief's visit to the 108th. The Chief visited both wing's on Aug. 29-31 and met with the chiefs to discuss his the vision for the Air National Guard and the enlisted challenges facing the Guard. Photo by Senior Airman Robbie Finley, 108 ARW/PA.
Vincent Sabato, son of Master Sgt. Steve Sabato, 108th Air Refueling Wing, gives Hank Fraley, center for the Philadelphia Eagles, a “high five” during an autograph session held at the Cherry Hill armory on Oct. 15.
Sponsored by the New Jersey Jewish War Veterans, Fraley, Eagles tackle Jon Runyan, former Eagle and current Philadelphia sportscaster, Garry Cobb, and Jill Horner, CN8 Newsmakers, autographed pictures, shirts, helmets, hats, posed for photos and spoke to the many New Jersey Guard Eagle fans and their family members who lined up to for this special event. Photo by Staff Sgt. Barbara Harbison, NJDMAVA/PA.
Stand Downs 05
Master Sgt. James McCloskey (right), 177th Fighter Wing Medical Group takes a veteran's blood pressure during Stand Down 2005. On Sept. 23, the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) and Stand Down of South Jersey, Inc., hosted Stand Down 2005 at the National Guard Armory in Cherry Hill. Photo by Staff Sgt. Barbara Harbison, NJDMAVA/PA.
Right, Spc. Marco Carrillo, Headquarters,
250th Signal Battalion sorts through raincoats during
the North Jersey Stand Down, held Sept. 17 at Essex County
Community College in Newark. The New Jersey National
Guard worked with volunteers to hand out clothing and conduct
medical screenings for hundreds of veterans who attended the
one-day event. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kryn P. Westhoven,
444th MPAD. DMAVA, along with many volunteer organizations
conducted both Stand Downs to provide homeless veterans with access
to healthcare, mental health screening, substance
abuse counseling, social services availability, religious
counseling, a hot meal, a haircut and winter clothing.
Stand Down’s goal is to show the disenfranchised veterans that
someone still cares for them and assist them in bringing their homelessness to a close.
Fifteen New Jersey Guardsmen Participate in 10-Miler
New Jersey National Guardsmen and their family members gather in Washington , D.C., the night before the Army 10-Miler. The race, which was held on Oct. 2, became the Army 11-Plus-Mile Fun Run, due to a suscipious package left on the course forcing race officials and police to change the course. The package was
found to be harmless. This year's team included Col. Ed Slavin, Lt. Col. Matthew Mulqueen, Lt. Col. Dennis Devery, Maj. Jemal Beale, Master Sgt. Alex Estrada, Sgt. 1st Class Don Brandinelli, Sgt. 1st Class Luis Gonzalez, Sgt. 1st Class Josephine Grey, Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Prieto, Staff Sgt. Michael Hutchinson, Staff Sgt. Sean Chapman, Staff Sgt. Barb Harbison, Sgt. Tony Christy, retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chris Perron and retired Sgt. 1st Class Yvonne McGuire. Photo by Staff Sgt. Barb Harbison, NJDMAVA/PA.
Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General of New Jersey, took time out from the Officer’s Call on Sept. 10 to swear in members of OCS Class Number 48 at the Trenton War Memorial. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Stephenson, NJDMAVA/PA.
2nd Tank Gets New Leader
Outgoing commander of the 2nd Battalion, 102nd Armor, Lt. Col. John M. Manfre, left, shows the mounted unit flag given to him by the Soldiers to incoming commander, Lt. Col. Kenneth S. Schechter, right,during the change of command ceremony at the West Orange armory on Oct. 23. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kryn P. Westhoven, 444 MPAD.
Mega Job Fair
Recruiting and Retention manned one of 115 booths at the Mega Job Fair at the National Guard Armory in Somerset Oct. 11. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA.
Range Hosts Vineland Vets
Veterans and members of the 177th Fighter Wing and 108th Air Refueling Wing shield their eyes as they watch a mini-air show at the Warren Grove Training Range Sept. 22. The 177th and 108th hosted veterans from the Vineland Veterans Memorial Home at an annual barbecue. The program was organized by Range personnel, Senior Master Sergeants Tom Dunn and Tim Donovan from the 177th and Master Sgt. Steve Sabato from the 108th. Photo by Master Sgt. Anthony Christmas, 177FW.
Bosses Receive Lift
Bergen County Sheriff Leo P. McGuire (C), is flanked by 250th FSB Commander Lt. Col. Joseph Sarama (L) and Sgt. 1st Class Al Roberts of the 50th MSB, during Boss Lift activities at the New Jersey National Guard Training Center at Sea Girt. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Stephenson, NJDMAVA/PA.
Once again, the 177th Fighter Wing Family Support Program Manager, in conjunction with the Services Squadron, and the Wing Commander pulled off another exciting Hangar Dance. This year’s event was well attended by wing personnel. Some attendees really got into the spirit of things by dressing in
authentic World War II uniforms courtesy of Wing Commander Col.Brian Webster. Still others dressed in civilian attire from all eras to include leisure suits from the 70’s, and formal attire from the 40’s. Everyone had a great time. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, 177FW/PA.
Award Recipients Announced
On Oct. 8, the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of New Jersey announced its 2005 award winners at their 32nd Annual Conference.
The Command Sgt. Maj. Wilford Z. Lea Outstanding First Sergeant Award was presented to Master Sgt. Michael Edmiston, 108th Air Refueling Wing and 1st Sgt. George L. Thomas, 150th General Support Aviation Battalion. Receiving the Sgt. Maj. Harry Arbeitman Outstanding CEO Award were Senior Master Sgt. Michael R. Francis, 177th Fighter Wing and Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Alexander, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry.
The Sgt. 1st Class Robert Vuinovich Jr. Outstanding Soldier Award – Army was awarded to Spc. Albert C. Araujo, 150th General Support Aviation Battalion, while the Master Sgt. John E. Bodine Outstanding Airman Award – Air was given to Senior Airman Gordan A. Hill, 177th FW.
The Command Sgt. Maj. Vincent Baldassari Memorial Scholarships were awarded to Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Vander Clute, Jessica T. Enloe, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Steven S. Enloe; Kevin S. Hughes, son of Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret) Michael Hughes; Amanda J. Wachter, daughter of Senior Master Sgt. Michael Wachter; and Thomas P. Kripinski, Jr., son of Capt. Thomas P. Kripinski, Sr.
The USAA Scholarship was presented to Pv2. Stephen J. Love, while the Nicholas A. Caruso Memorial Scholarship went to Camille C. Carlucci, daughter of Col. Anthony and Master Sgt. Cynthia Carlucci.
The Association announced that its office located at the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has been named “The Steinman Room” in honor of retired Master Sgt. Lynn H. Steinman in recognition of his 30 years of dedicated service to the Association.