Gov.-elect Phil Murphy announced the appointment of Col. Jemal J. Beale to lead the New Jersey National Guard and the state's Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs as adjutant general. Beale is the first minority to lead the New Jersey National Guard.
Beale is a combat veteran with more than 30 years of military service. Before his appointment he served as the deputy chief of staff (logistics) for the Joint Force Headquarters, New Jersey National Guard.
“New Jersey veterans have been asked to do a lot but too many feel they have been forgotten, lack jobs, struggle with mental health issues, and many are homeless. If we are to achieve a stronger and fairer New Jersey, it must begin by standing by those who have stood by us,” said Murphy. “Col. Beale brings decades of military experience and leadership to our administration, and will be a steadfast advocate for the needs of our veterans.”
“Our military service members and veterans have made many sacrifices to safeguard our state and nation,” said Beale. “I am committed to the Soldiers and Airmen of the New Jersey National Guard and will ensure our veterans —of all military branches— and their families receive the care and attention they earned and deserve.”
Beale, previously served as director of plans, operation, training and at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Prior to that, he was the executive officer of the 42nd Regional Support Group based in Somerset. Before that, he was the commander of the New Jersey Army National Guard Recruiting Battalion.