Jeffrey L. Pierson

 

Brigadier General (Retired) Jeffrey L. Pierson, Sr. retired June 25, 2003 from the United States Army with over 42 years of military service, and over 30 years of federal Technician Service. His last assignment prior to military retirement was the Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Headquarters, New Jersey State Area Command, Fort Dix, New Jersey. Among his many duties, he was responsible for directing, supervising, and coordinating special functions and activities of the Army National Guard. Some of his additional assignments and responsibilities were in such matters as the Assistant Division Commander for Training, 42nd Infantry Division (Heavy); Weapons of Mass Destruction; Unit Readiness and Strength Management. In his civilian career before returning to the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, he served as the Undersheriff Correctional Division for the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office from February 3, 1999 through February 28, 2005. He was directly responsible for the operations of the County Correctional Center, the 85 employees and approximately 217 inmates, and was a Certified Jail Manager by the American Jail Association. He returned to the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs in May 2005 he has served as the Manager of the Homeland Security Exercise Support Team and as the Domestic Preparedness Officer. In January 2006 he moved to be the Director National Guard Joint Training Center, Sea Girt, NJ, where he oversaw the general operations of the 168 acre site with 59 buildings and facilities situated between Sea Girt, NJ and Manasquan, NJ with a fulltime staff of 16 personnel. This site is the home to the NJ National Guard Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers Academies, NJ State Police Academy, NJ Department of Corrections Academy, NJ Criminal Justice Academy, and the Juvenile Justice Academy; as well as other NJ National Guard units and other state and federal agencies located on the post. 0n July 1, 2013 he was reassigned as the Commandant of the New Jersey Youth Challenge Program at Ft Dix, NJ. He commanded a Cadre of 22 personnel that try to reclaim the lives of young persons 16-18 years of age that have left High School. These young people have to complete a rigorous 22-week in-house program to graduate, and retiring from the State of New Jersey on July 1, 2014. Since July 8, 2014 he is the part-time Supervisor Veterans’ Interment Officer for the County of Cape May responsible for the operations of the County Veterans’ Cemetery.

Among General Pierson’s most notable military assignments during his career include Chief of Staff, Headquarters, New Jersey State Area Command; Director, Military Personnel; Mobilization and Readiness Officer; G-3, 50th Armored Division; and Executive Officer, 50th Armored Division Artillery. He served three years on active duty at Fourth Army Headquarters, Fort Sheridan, IL, as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Training, and as the Chief, Training Support Division. Throughout his military and civilian careers, he has served in numerous command, administrative, training, and staff assignments, from platoon level to major command level. He has commanded the 57th Troop Command, Atlantic City, NJ; the 5th Battalion (155 Self-Propelled), 112th Field Artillery, Atlantic City, NJ; and Firing Section 1, Battery B, 6th Battalion (Honest John), 112th Field Artillery, Cape May Court House, NJ.

General Pierson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Frank and Gladys Pierson (both deceased). He was raised in North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, NJ where he graduated from Wildwood High School in 1961. He enlisted in the New Jersey Army National Guard on February 13, 1961, while still a senior at Wildwood High School. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant from the New Jersey Military Academy on August 22, 1964. He has completed the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Course; the Air Defense and Armor Officer Advanced Courses; the Command and General Staff College; and the Army War College. He completed Roger Williams University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and a Masters Administrative Science Degree from Farleigh Dickinson University. He has attended numerous other military and civilian schools throughout his career, and was an Adjunct Professor with Farleigh Dickinson University teaching both the Bachelor and Master programs.

General Pierson has received several military and civilian awards, decorations, and honors. Among these are the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), the Army Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (3 awards), the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (3 awards), the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the New Jersey Good Conduct Award, the New Jersey Medal of Merit (37 awards), the New Jersey Medal of Honor (6 awards), the New Jersey Recruiting Medal, the New Jersey Governor’s Unit Award (2 awards), the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the National Guard Bureau Meritorious Service Award, and the Chapel of Four Chaplains, Legion of Honor Award. Sheriff’s Office awards include the Sheriff’s Office Unit Citation Award, Exceptional Service Award, and four Perfect Attendance Awards. As well as, numerous letters of commendations and appreciation for his several careers.

General Pierson resides in Marmora, NJ. His wife Sally, of 43 years, passed away after a brief, but well fought battle with Cancer on 1 February 2013. His oldest daughter Christine is married to Mark Threet and they reside in Marmora, NJ, with their two children Shannon and Mark. His other daughter, Jennifer, is married to Christopher Delgrande, they reside in Seaville, NJ, and they have 9 children—Katharine, Sara, Mary and Lilly; identical triplet sons Christopher, David, and Joseph; then John and Matthew. His son Jeffrey, Jr. is married to Pamela Landi and they have a boy Cameron and a girl Madison, and they also reside in Marmora.

General Pierson also serves his community in the Marmora Volunteer Fire Company as the Deputy Chief for Administration, and Past President; He is the Secretary for the Upper Township Chief’s Association and recently stepped down as the Assistant Safety Director of the Upper Township Safety Committee; he is a past member of the Upper Township Zoning Board; and recently elected to a 3 year term as Upper Township Committeeman. Further, he serves as a member of the Vestry of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Ocean City, NJ. He also was appointed the Northern Area Deputy Fire Coordinator for the County of Cape May. A few of his previous civic positions include twice Past Master of Cannon Lodge #104, Free and Accepted Masons, South Seaville; Chairman, Combined Federal Campaign, Cape May County; Past-President of the Ocean City-Upper Township (Noon) Rotary Club, and while in the Boy Scouts Pack #75 Wildwood, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.