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Toms River Residents Among 450 New Jerseyans Deployed to Qatar

11 Toms River residents being deployed

Members of the New Jersey Army National Guard 1 -114th Infantry Battalion take part in a deployment ceremony on Doughboy Field at Joint Base-McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
Members of the New Jersey Army National Guard 1 -114th Infantry Battalion take part in a deployment ceremony on Doughboy Field at Joint Base-McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
Family and friends gathered at Doughboy Field at Joint Base-McGuire-Dix- Lakehurst to say their goodbyes at a New Jersey National Guard Deployment ceremony held last week. In all, 450 New Jersey guard members are headed to serve in Afghanistan, including a number of Toms River residents.

The local Guard members were joined by Mayor Thomas Kelaher and other local officials during the ceremony, which was led by Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff, the Adjutant General for the New Jersey Department of Military & Veterans Affairs.

The National Guard troops are headed off to Fort Bliss, Tex. for a few weeks to prepare for their mission in Qatar, which will last 11 months. Officials for the National Guard say the deployed men and women won’t see combat in Afghanistan, but will be responsible for operating and protecting military bases in Qatar.

"The nation should be grateful that we have citizen soldiers like these who leave their family and jobs behind to spend a year serving their country, particularly at a time like this when there’s so much turmoil in that part of the world,” Kelaher said.

The Toms River residents being deployed are:

  • Sergeant Daniel Aiello
  • Sergeant Derick Delima
  • Private First Class Kyle Gervasio
  • Sergeant Jeremy Marrero
  • Specialist John Palmer
  • Specialist Mike Prifield
  • Private Second Class Ciro Ulinski
  • Staff Sergeant Brandon Montgomery
  • Staff Sergeant John Scott
  • Specialist Dylan Walsh
  • Sergeant Mark Wilson

Marina June 25, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Another a place we don't need to be. Send Obama and Biden and their spawn.
Bobbi June 26, 2014 at 01:47 AM
Please, Please, Please Stay Safe and come back soon.
John E Taylor June 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Be safe out there my cuz Brandon for some beers wSEaiting for your safe return
grace June 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM
reading the list and not knowing one of you i say thank you, god bless and stay safe ! choked me up i must say!!! your families are so very proud, how could they not be!!!!
barbara June 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM
stay safe! God Bless and come home soon!

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