Guardlife Magazine September 2020
GUARDLIFE is published by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Public Affairs Office for all members of the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard, their families, retirees, and civilian employees. See the current and previous issues at Guardlife Magazine.
The New Jersey National Guard’s 63rd Army Band’s ‘DMZ’ section performed on July 4th for the residents of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park. For more on the concert, check out the pictures at NJNG Flickr.
100% Free College Tuition
Serve part-time and go to college full-time. New Jersey state law mandates that every member of the New Jersey Army National Guard is authorized to attend any New Jersey public college or university tuition free for undergraduate and graduate studies. Soldiers may take 16 credits per semester. Get all the details and more at njarmyguard.com
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Sights of Summer 2020
Here are some "Sights of Summer" 2020. Just a small sample of all the amazing work accomplished by the Airmen of the 108th Wing and their partners.
The New Jersey National Guard’s 63rd Army Band’s ‘DMZ’ section performed on July 4th for the residents of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park. More than 100 New Jersey National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have been on duty at Menlo Park and the state’s two other Veterans Memorial Homes in Paramus and Vineland over the past several months helping with heightened care needs in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
New Jersey Flyover
The New Jersey Air National Guard conducted a joint flyover on May 12, 2020 as part of #AirForceSalutes in an effort to honor healthcare workers, first responders, mortuary affairs and other essential personnel who are working on the front lines to combat #COVID19.
"This flyover is incredibly important to us, as the military is often the beneficiary of the public’s good will," said Col. Bradford R. Everman, commander of the 177 Fighter Wing. "While we are actively engaged in fighting the pandemic, we are also acutely aware of the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of our nation’s first responders and front-line health care workers. Whether local, state or federal government employees or private sector personnel, we are truly grateful and humbled to be able to honor those on the front lines of this crisis, risking themselves and their families to help others."
The New Jersey National Guard's Joint Operations Center located in Lawrenceville, NJ is truly a joint mission, with Soldiers, Airmen, Coast Guard, Title 10, and Title 32 forces coming together to coordinate the support effort during the COVID-19 response. As of the end of May 2020, more than 800 New Jersey National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen continue to fight COVID-19.
2021 Posture Statement
Today’s National Guard plays a vital role in the security and welfare of our nation. On any given day, approximately 30,000 Guardsmen carry out Federal missions around the world, and an additional 10,000 Guardsmen conduct State and Federal missions within the United States and its territories. National Guardsmen are part of an operational force nearly 450,000 strong that provides strategic depth to our nation’s Army and Air Force.
The National Guard brings unique relationships, authorities, and flexibility to the Joint Force. Due to the complex global security environment marked by rapid technological change, these attributes are instrumental in implementing the Department of Defense’s National Defense Strategy (NDS). The National Guard directly supports the three tenets of the NDS: building a lethal force ready for any fight, strengthening alliances and seeking new partnerships, and reforming to improve performance and affordability.
The Deputy Adjutant General
Brigadier General Patrick M. Kennedy serves as the Deputy Adjutant General.
General Kennedy’s military career began in August 1991 when he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the NJANG. After completing his undergraduate navigation training in October 1992, he qualified in the KC-135 aircraft. General Kennedy has over 2,200 flight hours to include combat support sorties. He has deployed and flown combat support sorties for both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. General Kennedy continued his career as a Maintenance Group Commander, Vice Wing Commander and Wing Commander. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Chief of Staff.
Kennedy holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Richard Stockton College. He is a graduate of the Combat Survival School, Combat Flight Instructor Course, Squadron Officer School, Aircraft Maintenance and Munitions Officer Course, Air Command and Staff Course, and Air War College. His military awards include: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, New Jersey Commendation Medal, New Jersey Ribbon of Honor, New Jersey Merit Award Ribbon, New Jersey Desert Storm Support Ribbon, New Jersey Unit Strength Award Ribbon, and the Louisiana Emergency Service Medal.