TRENTON – Senator Vin Gopal issued the following statement on the confirmation of Colonel Jemal J. Beale as the Adjutant General of New Jersey:
“I would like to congratulate New Jersey’s newly confirmed Adjutant General, Colonel Jemal J. Beale. Colonel Beale works hard on behalf of the men and women in uniform, as well as, in the community of Ocean Township, where he lives.
“The Adjutant General oversees and leads the 8,400 men and women in New Jersey’s National Guard and Airmen. The Adjutant General also manages the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs, its programs, commissions, and facilities in New Jersey.
“Colonel Beale is a decorated combat veteran. For his service and valor, his awards include the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal, among others.
“The Colonel has held commander positions in Sea Girt, Fort Dix, and in Afghanistan. He has distinguished himself serving the country and the state, and has served overseas in countries such as Afghanistan, Albania, Germany, and Italy.
“Colonel Beale has sacrificed for the safety and security of our state and country; I know that he will continue his distinguished career by serving New Jersey as Adjutant General with honor.”
The Adjutant General of New Jersey is the head of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The Adjutant General also oversees and leads the states National Guard and Airmen.