State of New Jersey
Executive Order #47

Acting Governor Richard J. Codey

WHEREAS, Brigadier General Steven L. Bell, a devoted family man, served honorably from 1969 to 1971 in the United States Army Reserve; and

WHEREAS, Brigadier General Bell enlisted in the New Jersey Army National Guard in 1971 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1973; and

WHEREAS, Brigadier General Bell graduated from the United States Army War College in 2001 with a Master of Strategic Studies degree; and

WHEREAS, Brigadier General Bell's noteworthy military career included assignment as the Chief of Staff, STARC; Chief, Military Support Division; Commander, 42nd DISCOM and Commander, 205th Forward Support Battalion; and

WHEREAS, following a successful career with the Internal Revenue Service, Brigadier General Bell was employed by the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs as the Deputy Executive Director of Homeland Security; and

WHEREAS, Brigadier General Bell last served the New Jersey National Guard as the Assistant Adjutant General and was recently awarded the Legion of Merit; and

WHEREAS, it is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Brigadier General Bell and extend our sincerest sympathy to his family and friends;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICHARD J. CODEY, Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

  1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Friday, August 5, 2005 in recognition and mourning of the passing of Brigadier General Steven L. Bell.

  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 4th day
of August in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand
and Five, and of the Independence of the United
States, the Two Hundred and Thirtieth.

/s/ Richard J. Codey

Acting Governor



/s/ Mark J. Fleming

Deputy Chief Counsel to the Governor