Command Changes: 57th and 1-150th Receive New Commanders

Seven generations of troop cammanders lined upCol. Charles A. Harvey Jr. assumed command of the 57th Troop Command, New Jersey Army National Guard from Col. Carlo J. Accardi at the National Guard Armory in Atlantic City on Oct. 6.

Col. Harvey was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Mastbaum Vocational Technical High School in 1966. He joined the New Jersey National Guard in March 1967. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Trenton State College in 1986. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant from the Officer Candidate School at the New Jersey Military Academy located in Sea Girt, N.J., in July 1978 and completed the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course. He has also completed the Quartermaster and Field Artillery Advance Officers Course, and the Command and General Staff College. He is a United States Army War College Graduate of the Class of 2002 where he earned a Master Degree in Strategic Studies.

In addition to commanding the 57th Troop Command, Colonel Harvey serves as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations. His previous assignment was as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Chief Training Branch for the HQ’s State Area Command. Prior to this assignment served as the Executive Officer and Full Time supervisor of the 57th Troop Command, Headquarters State Area Command. Prior to this assignment, he was the Commander of the 119th Support Battalion. He served as the Supply Management Officer for the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for New Jersey and Company Commander Company A, 250th Supply and Transportation Battalion.


Lt. Col. Robert F. Vicci and Col. Charles A. Harvey, Jr.Lt. Col. Robert F. Vicci assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 150th Aviation, located at the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 at Trenton-Mercer Airport on Nov. 3.

Lt. Col. Vicci was born March 2, 1958 in Plainfield. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and his commission as a second lieutenant from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., on May 27, 1981.

After attending the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course at Ft. Rucker, Ala, Lt. Col. Vicci was assigned to Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Ga., where he served as an Air Cavalry platoon leader. Lt. Col. Vicci joined the New Jersey Army National Guard in 1988 and took command of C Company, 5-117th Cavalry. Since 1995, he has been assigned to the Headquarters State Area Command where he served as administrative officer, state safety officer and the general safety officer.