MILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS
(14 July, 2012)
South Jersey Native Promoted To
Margie Dinapoli smiles proudly as she finishes pinning the rank of brigadier general on her husband's, John DiNapoli, uniform during his promotion ceremony July 14 at the New Jersey Army National Guard Armory in Cherry Hill. DiNapoli serves as the Assistant Adjutant General of the New Jersey National Guard. U.S. Army photo by 1st Sgt. David Moore, 444th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
John DiNapoli, of Cherry Hill, was promoted to brigadier general in the New Jersey Army National Guard, July 14 during a promotion ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Cherry Hill.
DiNapoli has served in the military for the past 31 years, and has been an officer in the New Jersey National Guard for the past 24 years. He is one of three General Officers in the New Jersey Army National Guard.
DiNapoli was born and raised in Westmont, N.J., and attended Haddon Township High School. He showed early signs of leadership as the team captain of his high school and college wrestling teams. He attended Gettysburg College and graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy before entering the Army. DiNapoli is also a graduate of Rutgers University Business School, New Brunswick, earning a Masters in Business Administration in 1997 and he received his masters in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., in 2007. He is currently an area vice president for Medical Action Industries. DiNapoli is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, Camden.
DiNapoli began his career in the military in 1981 after graduating from Gettysburg College Reserve Officer Training Corps. Following graduation, he trained as an ordnance officer and entered active duty at Fort Dix, N.J., serving there for almost three years. Following his assignment at Fort Dix, DiNapoli was selected for flight training and was reassigned to Fort Rucker, Ala., where he trained as a helicopter pilot. After completing flight training, he accepted an assignment as a cobra pilot in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Rucker.
After leaving active duty, he began his career in the NJNG as a traditional guardsman, while pursuing a full time career in the pharmaceutical industry. DiNapoli has held various positions with the NJNG, which include successful commands at the battalion and brigade levels. Most recently, he was the State Army Aviation Officer, responsible for all NJNG's aviation assets.
DiNapoli is married to Margie, and they have two children, Jason and Megan.