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Director of Joint Staff, Georgia National Guard earns promotion from Colonel to Brigadier General

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA- Director of the Joint Staff, Georgia National Guard, Brigadier General Reginald G. A. Neal, has earned a promotion from Colonel to Brigadier General. On Sunday, January 7, General Joseph Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau joined the Soldiers and Airmen of the Georgia National Guard at the Clay National Guard Center to celebrate the promotion. Brigadier General Neal received the Defense Superior Service Medal from General Lengyel, and was then pinned with the rank of brigadier general.

Brigadier General Neal transitioned into his role as commander of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, as the first African-American commander, in 2015. In 2016, Neal was selected to serve as the executive officer to Gen. Lengyel. The following year, Neal returned to Georgia to serve as the Director of the Joint Staff for the Georgia National Guard.

As a graduate from Georgia Military College, Brigadier General Neal says his education at GMC was a stepping stone to his career success today.

"Attending GMC was a pivotal point in my life,” Brigadier General Neal said. “Georgia Military College established the fundamentals which prepared me to excel in my career and future educational endeavors. When I graduated from GMC, I was equipped to meet any challenge I faced."

We extend our congratulations to Brigadier General Reginald G. A. Neal!