New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs


The Adjutant General

Colonel Jemal J. Beale

Colonel Jemal J. Beale was nominated to be the Adjutant General of New Jersey in January 2018. He is a decorated combat veteran with more than 30 years of military service. He was previously assigned as the Director of Logistics (G4-NJ) for the Joint Force Headquarters of the New Jersey National Guard.

COL Beale has served in the U.S. Army, N.J. National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserves. He is second generation Army and New Jersey Army National Guard Soldier; son of Chief Warrant Officer 2 (Retired) Howard W. Beale. He is originally from Monmouth County, N.J. (Neptune and Long Branch) and currently resides in Ocean Township with his lovely wife, Shawanda; daughters Ariel & Victoria; and son Malcolm. In his free time, he is a youth football coach and assists his parents in the family real estate business.

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The Deputy Adjutant General

Colonel Mark A. Piterski

Colonel Mark A. Piterski was selected as the Deputy Adjutant General of New Jersey in January 2018. He began his career in the Army National Guard as an 11B (rifleman) in 1987. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning and graduated in August 1987. He graduated from the Connecticut Officer Candidate School in May 1989 and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He graduated from the Infantry Officer Basic Course in May 1990 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

COL Piterski is a graduate of the Ordnance Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms Services and Staff School (CAS3), Command and General Staff College (CGSC) and the United States Army War College. COL Piterski is a Master Fitness Trainer (MFT) and a graduate from the Airborne School at Fort Benning Georgia.

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The Deputy Commissioner of Veterans Affairs

Raymond L. Zawacki

Raymond L. Zawacki was appointed in May 2010 as Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs. In this capacity, Deputy Commissioner Zawacki administers three Divisions. The Division of Veterans Healthcare Services oversees the operations of the state's three long-term care veterans' homes and respite care program. The Division of Veterans Services oversees the Veterans Service Offices, other state entitlement programs and services, veteran's preference determinations, veteran's status determinations, and the blind and catastrophic veteran pension entitlements.

Additionally, the Division of Veterans Services oversees the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, the nation's busiest State Veterans Cemetery, located in North Hanover Township; the operation of the state's Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing program, the State Approving Agency, which is responsible for certifying the VA funded educational and training program, and the state-owned monuments and memorials. The Human Resources Division is responsible for the Department’s personnel functions.

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