Brig. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth was confirmed by the Senate as the 30th Adjutant General of New Jersey on March 4, 2002.
General Rieth commands more than 9,000 soldiers and airmen of the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard. He directs, controls, and manages the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in the execution of federal and state missions. In addition, he oversees all state veterans’ programs, commissions, and facilities in New Jersey.
General Rieth was born on November 27, 1957, in Livingston, N.J. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from The Citadel - Military College of South Carolina in 1980 where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate. His military education includes Armor Officer Basic Course, United States Army Rotary Wing and Fixed Wing Flight Schools, Aviation Officer Advanced Course, United States Army Safety Officer Course, United States Air Force Joint Air/ Ground Operations School, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College.
General Rieth received his commission as a Second Lieutenant through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps on May 17, 1980. He earned his pilot’s wings at Fort Rucker, Ala., on July 24, 1981, and was subsequently assigned to the Aero Recon, Air Cavalry Troop, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bliss, Texas, as a Platoon Leader and Assistant S-3. After being promoted to captain, he was assigned as Commander of the Aero Recon, Air Cavalry Troop, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bliss, Texas, from June 1984 to June 1985. In June 1985, General Rieth left active duty and joined the New Jersey Army National Guard as the Aviation Brigade Safety Officer and Flight Instructor for the 50th Armored Division. In November 1987, he became the Operations Officer for the 1st Battalion, 150th Aviation, at Trenton-Mercer Airport.In September 1988, he was promoted to major. From March 1990 to October 1992, General Rieth was the Air Operations Officer, Headquarters, 50th Armored Division, in Somerset. In November 1992, he became the Commander of the 1st Battalion, 150th Aviation and the Army Aviation Support Facility No. 1 at Trenton-Mercer Airport. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in November 1993. In October 1995, General Rieth was assigned as the Recruiting and Retention Commander for the New Jersey Army National Guard. On February 17, 1999, he was promoted to full colonel and assigned as the Director of the State Army Aviation Office. He was promoted to brigadier general on March 5, 2002.
His awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Aviation Order of Saint Michael, Master Army Aviator Badge Parachutist Badge (Airborne), New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, New Jersey Medal of Honor, New Jersey Merit Award, and the New Jersey Desert Storm Ribbon.