Col. Bell Promoted
Col. Steven L. Bell (center) is promoted to Brigadier
General by his wife Cynthia (left) and Maj. Gen. Glenn K.
Rieth (right), The Adjutant General of New Jersey, in a
ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Lawrenceville on
May 1. Brig. Gen. Bell is the Assistant Adjutant General,
New Jersey Army National Guard. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class
Robert Stephenson, NJDMAVA/PA.
Jessica And Nick Visit GSAB
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey visited the 1st Battalion,
150th General Aviation Support during a USO tour in May.
Pictured left to right: Spc. Heather Freeman, Spc. Juliette
Bentacourt, Pfc. Mikel Ehntholt, Nick and Jessica and
Spc. Candace Briggs. Photo courtesy 1-150th GSAB.
3-112 Receives DSM
Members of Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery
received the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal
(NJDSM) in a special ceremony held in Lawrenceville June
4. The NJDSM, New Jersey's highest military award, was
originally issued in 1858 but was infrequently used until reauthorized
by Governor Kean in 1988 as an appropriate way
to honor all of these returning combat veterans and
acknowledge the debt the state owed them for their service.
Photo by Lt. Col. Roberta Niedt, NJDMAVA/PAO.
Byrds Flock Together
Sergeant Majors' Cora A. Byrd (left) and Vivian V. Byrd
(right) - no relation, are serving together again at Joint
Headquarters-New Jersey. The two attended Basic Training
together in December 1977. Photo by Lt. Col. Roberta
5K Nets 12K
On May 14, the 254th Combat Arms Regiment’s Officer
Candidate School held its First Annual Sergeant Sam
Nutter Benefit 5K Run at the National Guard Training
Center at Sea Girt. The event was held in the memory of
Sgt. Sam Nutter, an Officer Candidate of Class 47 who was
diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away on Jan. 2.
The event raised more than $12,200, to be placed in a trust
fund for Sgt. Nutter’s three children. The amount exceeded
the OCS TAG challenge by $2,200. The run, which was
created by OCS Class 48, with the assistance of various
other ARNG units and local corporations, will become an
annual event passed on from the senior OCS class to the
junior class. To learn about next year’s event log-on
www.nutterrun.org. Photo by Eric Petrevich, Senior Officer
Candidate, Class 48.
Joint Family Assistance Center
On June 11, the 177th Fighter Wing held a ribbon cutting
ceremony for the new Family Support office. Pictured (l-r)
Cheryl Betten, Col. Brian Webster, Commander, 177th
Fighter Wing; Congressman Frank LoBiondo, 2nd
Congressional District; Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, The
Adjutant General of New Jersey; Maj. (Ret.) Joan Searfoss,
Brig. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson, Deputy Adjutant General
and Brig. Gen. Eugene Chojnacki, Commander, New Jersey
Air National Guard. In addition to housing the Air Guard
Family Support office the space also has an office for a
Family Assistance Representative from the Army Guard
making this facility the first of its kind in the state of
Jersey. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen 177FW/PA.
119th Receives COSCOM Patch in Ceremony
On April 11, Lt. Col. Sharon Tootell, Commander,
119th Corps Support Battalion, presented each Company
Commander with a 1st Corps Support Command (COSCOM)
patch. The combat patch will be worn by all the Soldiers
as their Shoulder Sleeve Insignia For Former Wartime
Service. COSCOM was formed in 1950 and serves as the
Support Command for the 18th Airborne Corps.
"When the country called on its military to fight for
freedom, 1st COSCOM Soldiers have been ready to make
the ultimate sacrifice to insure freedom's ring is heard all
over the world," stated Lt. Col. Tootell. The 119th CSB
now a part of this proud heritage. Photo courtesy 119th
Corps Support Battalion.