Table of Contents
· TAG's Message
· CSM Message
· 108th Passes First Year Mark in NETTF
· Band of Brothers - and Sisters
· 177th CE Deploys to RAF Mildenhall
· Cavalry MOUTs up at Fort Knox
· 21st CST Go For Hot Zone
· Operation Whirlwind
· Chaplain Beats the Devil out of Soldiers
· News Guard Families Can Use

· Short Rounds
· Army and Air Enlisted Promotions
· Farewell to Brig. Gen. Bell
· Family Assistance Centers & Family Readiness Centers
· Guardlife Information

Guardlife - Volume 31, No. 4

News Guard Families Can Use
Compiled by the Guardlife Staff

Frequently used websites

My Pay:
TRICARE: http://www.tricare.osd. mil
TRICARE Health E-Mail Service (THEMS):
TRICARE Dental Program (TDP):
US Family Health Plan (USFHP):
National Guard Family Programs:
NJ Dept Military & Veterans Affairs:
NJ National Guard Family Programs:
NJ Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve:

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ICE – “In Case Of Emergency”

Following the London terrorist attacks, the British ambulance service launched a national “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) campaign.

The idea, which has been adopted here in the U.S., is that you store the word “ICE” in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted “In Case of Emergency.” For more than one contact name program ICE1, ICE2, etc.

In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to contact them.

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Veteran Home Loans

Many Guard members are eligible for a VA home loan.

Guard members that have been called to active duty for a minimum of 90-days may qualify. The VA home loan program's purpose is to assist veterans in the purchase of homes with favorable loan terms and at a rate of interest that’s competitive with the rate charged elswhere.

VA loans offer important advantages. They ensure that all veterans are given an equal opportunity to buy a home with VA assistance. Other advantages include, no down payment (certain restrictions apply) and a competitive fixed interest rate. Among others, you must have a good credit record, and enough income to meet
the loan’s mortgage payments on the loan. For a complete list of benefits and requirements logon on to:

The first step to determine if you qualify for a VA loan is to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility through your lender or from the VA. For more information in obtaining a certificate logon on to: www.home Or contact the VA Eligibility Center directly at 1-888-487-1970.

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FRC Offers Grants

The State Family Readiness Council has established a Grant Program that will provide both Family and Business Grants to deserving New Jersey National Guard
families impacted by deployment.

Business grants are up to $5,000 and family grants $2,500. Those interested should contact Family Assistance through the hotline at 1-888-859-0352. More information is available at the Council’s website or through FACs or

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Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) protects active-duty military families, including National Guard troops called up to active duty, from foreclosures, evictions and other financial matters.

Under the law, servicemembers are exempt from repossession or foreclosure
without a court order. The act also caps service-members’ interest rates at six percent, if military service affects his or her ability to meet the obligations, and allows them to terminate any real estate lease when their military orders require them to do so.

The law also forbids judges from holding military personnel in default on any legal matter unless the court has first appointed a lawyer to protect the individual.

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State Park Passes

All Active New Jersey National Guard members are entitled to Division of Parks and Forestry State Park passes. The pass entitles the NJNG member (and passengers) free parking at all New Jersey State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas and Historic
Sites. This pass does not include campground fees. ID cards must be shown along with this pass for access. National Guard members and their families can obtain state park passes through the State Family Programs office by calling 609-562-0739 or at any National Guard Family Assistance Centers. For more information
contact Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ralph Cwieka, State Family Program Coordinator
at 609-562-0668 or e-mail: Or call toll free: 1-888-859-0352.