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Compiled by the Guardlife Staff
Airmen's Families Saluted
Michelle Taylor Buster (in white dress) and Minister John
Howard, Jr. leads the End Time Levites in the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" on March 19 during a special Sunday Gospel Brunch held at The House of Blues located in Atlantic
City. The brunch was for the families of deployed Airmen from
the 177th Fighter Wing in addition to recently returned members
of the New Jersey Army National Guard. Photo by Tech.
Sgt. Mark Olsen, 177FW/PA.
Signal Gets New Commander
Incoming commander Maj. Todd D. Smith (left) receives
the 250th Signal Battalion's colors from Col.
William Rochelle (right) during the Battalion's Change
of Command ceremony at the National Guard Armory
in Westfield on April 2. The 250th just recently returned
from a year-long deployment to Iraq. Photo by Sgt. 1st
Class Robert Stephenson, NJDMAVA/PA.
177th MPF Receives NGB Award
The 177th Fighter Wing Military Personnel Flight (MPF) was
recently recognized by the National Guard Bureau as one
of nine Air National Guard Outstanding Military Personnel
Flights of the Year.
The MPF is headed by Capt. Diana
Brown who was named as the Air National Guard Base
Level Junior Personnel Manager of the Year for 2005. Their
accomplishments include the mobilization of more than
600 unit members in support of ongoing contingencies and exercises as well as personnel support provided for Air
Sovereignty Alert and Hurricane Katrina relief operations.
In addition they serviced 913 retirees and more than 100
Coast Guard members for identification cards and various
updates and 700 plus ID cards for unit and family members.
Spc. Kelly Crager (far left) and Sgt. Rechell Lewellen (second
from left), both with the 119th Corps Support Battalion,
listen as Mrs. Joan Kelly's first grade class sings "America
To Me" during a school visit on March 17. The Soldiers
visited Mullica Elementary School to thank the students for
their support while the unit was in Iraq. The class adopted
the 119th and supported them with letters and packages.
Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA.
DAG Leads Albanian Visit
Brig. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson (left) shakes hands with Albanian
firefighters during a ceremony at which the New Jersey-
Albania State Partnership Program donated a fire truck to the
Albanian Fire Rescue Services Department. The fire truck will
be used to support a weapons elimination project as well as
supporting routine firefighting capabilities of the Fire Rescue
Services Department. The DAG led a contingent of NJNG
Soldiers and Airmen on a visit to the Republic of Albania Feb.
18 -25. Photo by Maj. Judie Marranco, JFHQ-NJ.
New Chiefs Recognized
Left to right, John Sullivan and Michael Francis of the 177th
Fighter Wing, and Tom Dickson of the 108th Air Refueling Wing
pose after the Annual Chief's Recognition Ceremony on March
11 at the McGuire Enlisted Club. More than 250 individuals
attended the event hosted by the Air Force Reserve and New
Jersey Air National Guard Chiefs Groups. Absent is Chief
Master Sgt. Don Martenz who was deployed to Iraq. Photo by
Chief Master Sgt. James Leopardi, 177FW/LRS.
St. Patricks Day Observed
Members of the Operation Support Aviation Command
celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Afghanistan. Pictured (l-r)
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kevin Devery, Chief Warrant Officer
3 Nick Brady, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jim Tobin, Chief
Warrant Officer 4 Glenn Malin and Chief Warrant Officer 2
Brett Beringer. Photo courtesy of OSACOM.
White Chosen Airman of the Month
Senior Airman Wayne White (center), a firefighter with the 177th
Fighter Wing, poses for a photo with Col. Kevin Kilb,
Commander, 407th Air Expeditionary Group, and the command
chief master sergeant after being chosen Airman of the Month
at Talill Air Base, Iraq on Feb. 28. White, who is currently
assigned to the 407th Air Expeditionary Group, will now compete
at the wing level at Balad Air Base in Iraq. Photo courtesy 407th
Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs.
Building A New Army
Maj. William Heineman (center) poses with members of the
Afghan National Army (ANA). The Major is part of Task
Force Phoenix whose mission is to provide trainers and
mentors to help the government of Afghanistan build a
professional army. Sixteen members of the New Jersey
Army National Guard are serving in Afghanistan. Photo by
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dario Marchena.
RSTA Prepares To Deploy
Col. Frank Caruso (right), commander of the 50th Brigade,
spent time visiting with members of the 5th Battalion, 117th
Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Target Acquisition (RSTA)
and the 250th Brigade Support Battalion at Camp Shelby,
Miss., on March 15. The Soldiers comprised part of the 1st
Battalion, 34th Brigade Combat Team, which was training at
Camp Shelby prior to deployment to Iraq later that month in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class
Robert Stephenson, NJDMAVA/PA.
General Meets Soldiers Of The Year
Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General of New Jersey,
left, recently congratulated the Non-Commissioned Officers
and Soldiers of the Year honorees from 2005 and 2006. The
winners are, left to right, 2005 NCO of the Year, Staff Sgt. Harold
Prickett, 253rd Transportation; 2006 NCO of the Year, Staff Sgt.
Robert Freeman, Recruiting and Retention Command; 2006
Soldier of the Year, Spec. Hector Rivera, Recruiting and
Retention Command and 2005 Soldier of the Year, Spec. Eric
Symonds, Recruiting and Retention Command. Photo by Sgt.
1st Class Robert Stephenson, NJDMAVA/PA.