Table of Contents
· TAG's Message
· Family Appreciation Day
· Wing Welcomes Back Airmen
· 50th Opens Bank
· Mobilization Page
· Acting Governor Salutes Troops
·Saluting the Troops
· Class 48 Wins No-Bell Prize
· Town Holds Parade for Soldiers
· A Word from the Chief
· 108th Participates in Exercise
· Four Changes of Command
· Short Rounds
· GSAB & DSAB Deploy
· Army & Air Enlisted Promotions
· Last Round: Somewhere over Iraq
· Family Assistance Centers & Family Readiness Centers
· Guardlife Homepage

Guardlife - Volume 30, No. 3

Short Rounds

Compiled by the Guardlife Staff

Carlini Promoted To BG

Col. Frank R. Carlini (center) receives his general's stars from his wife Gail (left) and Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth (right) during a ceremony at the Joint Force Headquarters - New Jersey (JFHQ-NJ), Fort Dix, Aug. 1. Brig. Gen. Carlini is the Deputy Commander of the JFHQ-NJ. The General, a Vietnam combat veteran, enlisted in the New Jersey Army National Guard in 1975. His previous assignments include: Operations Officer, 50th Armored Division; Commander, 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry; Executive Officer, 50th Brigade; Plans, Operations and Training Officer, Commander of the New Jersey Military Academy; and Chief of Staff for the New Jersey Army National Guard. Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Stephenson, NJDMAVA/PA.

Open For Business

Congressman Frank LoBiondo (center), 2nd Congressional District, New Jersey, prepares to cut the ribbon officially dedicating the new Security Forces and Communications Complex at the 177th Fighter Wing Sept. 28. Observing are left to right Brig. Gen. Maria Falca-Dodson, Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, Brig. Gen. Eugene Chojnacki and Col. Brian Webster, 177th Commander. The 27,000 square foot, $6.3 million facility will enable Communications Flight and Security Forces to support Air Sovereignty and Homeland Security missions. It was opened almost
two years to the day of the groundbreaking. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, 177FW/PA.

Main Receives Award

Members of B Company, 50th Main Support Battalion, which is supporting the
1452nd Transportation Company in Iraq, received certificates of appreciation and
commander’s coins from Brig. Gen. Mark Hertling, Deputy Commander, 1st Armored Division, for their support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. In addition, the unit has been authorized to wear the 1st Armor Division Combat patch. Photo courtesy 1st Lt. Donald McNamara.

Guard Serves Homeless Vets

Second Lieutenant Robert Washburn, Critical Care Clinical Nurse, 177th Fighter Wing, discusses case history with a veteran during a Stand Down at the Cherry Hill Armory Sept. 24. Members of the New Jersey Army National Guard assisted with food services, while New Jersey Air National Guard doctors, physician assistants and nurses provided medical services and assisted more than 100 homeless veterans.

The veterans were provided with clothing, food, shelter, employment, medical and social services. Photo by Staff Sgt. Barbara Harbison, NJDMAVA/PA.

Jersey Guardsmen Win Sinai Force Skills Competition

Courtesy DMAVA Highlights

Click to EnlargeFor the first time an Army National Guard unit has won the Multi-National Forces and Observer’s Force Skills Competition. And that unit happens to be New Jersey’s 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry.

Soldiers from every Company within New Jersey’s 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry competed in the event. The Competition is similar to the Olympics, but with events focusing on soldiers’ skills. Soldiers gutted out the grueling obstacle course, five-kilometer run, steady shoot, and swim during the physical portion of the competition, and then had to follow up with the mentally challenging land navigation, first aid and general knowledge events.

The Columbian and Fiji Islands battalions provided the Battalion the toughest competition with the 1-114th winning by less than a point. Other contingents included the First Support Battalion, Australian, British, French, Hungarian, Italian and New Zealand forces.

NJNG Participates In Army 10-Miler

By Maj. Jemal J. Beale, JFHQ-NJ/IG

Even the frigid October morning rain couldn’t stop the 20th Army Ten-Miler from unleashing more than 16,000 runners into the heart of Washington, D.C., Oct. 24.

Members of the New Jersey National Guard Running Team who completed the event were: Team Captain Master Sgt. Alex Estrada, RTSM, with a time of 1:08:19; Staff Sgt. Donald Brandinelli, RTSM, 1:13:37; Sgt. 1st Class Mike Parmigiano, 250th Forward Support Battalion, 1:15:39; 1st Lt. Sandra Tango, 50th Main Support Battalion, 1:28:29; Master Sgt. Yvonne McGuire, Joint Force Headquarters–New Jersey, Inspector General, 1:31:31; Maj. Jemal J. Beale, Joint Force Headquarters–New Jersey, Inspector General, 1:40:20; Sgt. Sarah Bernal, 50th Main Support Battalion, 1:42:41 and Staff Sgt. Barbara Harbison, 108th Air Refueling Wing, 1:53:37. If you’re interested in joining the team please contact Master Sgt. Estrada at or Maj. John Sheard at