March 16, 2020
Today, Governor Phil Murphy announced he is authorizing elements of the New Jersey National Guard for state active duty to assist in the state’s efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Since 1636, the State Militia has responded to the needs of the community during times of uncertainty.
Today’s modern Army and Air National Guard is the community-based organization that has a footprint in nearly every county of the state. Whether it’s military operations overseas to severe weather events like Hurricanes Katrina, Irene and Super Storm Sandy, the New Jersey National Guard is a vital part of our first responder cohort.
Over the next few days, weeks or months, we ask that you support our 8,100 Citizen Airmen and Soldiers as we move about through your community in support of the state’s COVID-19 response.
We will be working closely with the Office of Emergency Management to assist fellow residents, as we change from our civilian attire and put on our uniforms to serve the state.
We will simultaneously be supporting the Veterans in our long-term care facilities as well as the Veterans community across the Garden State.
Please know that we are monitoring the current situation and are monitoring best practices implemented nationally by our counterparts in other states.
Brigadier General Jemal J. Beale
The Adjutant General