Brigadier General (Ret) Frank R. Carlini is a combat veteran of Vietnam who spent 33 years in the New Jersey Army National Guard (NJARNG), retiring in 2008. In November 2004, he became the Director, Division of Veterans Healthcare Services for the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
After serving a tour in the Army, Brigadier General Carlini enlisted into the NJARNG as a traditional drilling (weekend) Guardsman in 1975.
He accepted a position as an Active Guard Reservist (AGR) and became a full-time citizen-soldier in 1985. His previous assignments have included: S-3/Operations Officer for both the 1st and 2nd Brigades of the 50th Armored Division; G3/Operations Officer of the 50th Armored Division; Commander 1st Battalion 114th Infantry (Woodbury); Plans, Operations and Training Officer (POTO) for the NJARNG; Commander of the New Jersey Military Academy, Sea Girt; NJ Chief of Staff for the New Jersey Army National Guard, Deputy Commander, Joint Force Headquarters, New Jersey National Guard; and Assistant Adjutant General – Army.
He is a 1969 graduate of Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey) and received a Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Rider College (now University) in 1978.
In addition to a wide variety of Army qualification and leadership courses, his military education includes the successful completion of the U.S. Army Infantry School, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.
His medals and awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.
He was inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame, Fort Benning Georgia in 2001.
Brigadier General Carlini currently resides in Bordentown, NJ with his wife Gail. They have one son and one grandson.