Reith Reappointed to Lead New Jersey National Guard

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Governor-Elect Chris Christie has re-appointed Major General Glenn Reith to continue commanding New Jersey's National Guard. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: In making the announcement, Governor-Elect Christie said that Reith had provided key leadership through a challenging time for the Guard that continues to cope with major overseas deployments for its citizen soldiers. Reith, a 30-year veteran said the post-9/11 multiple foreign deployments were a long term fact of life.

REITH: A youngster joining the Guard today will have four deployments in a 20-year career. Again if you look back historically at how the nation has used the Guard, that is unheard of, that is unheard of.

REPORTER: Last year some 3,500 members of the New Jersey's Guard were deployed in Iraq, the highest percentage of foreign deployments since the Second World War. That's now down to 400 with 500 slated to leave for Afghanistan.

For WNYC I'm Bob Hennelly


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