Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs

Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs

Dr. Mark A. Piterski

Dr. Mark A. Piterski, Ph. D., CDFM, is the Assistant Commissioner for Veterans, serving in the position of Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs (DCVA).

In this capacity, he administers two Divisions that serve the more than 300,000 Veterans in New Jersey.

The Division of Veterans Healthcare Services, oversees the operations of the state's three long-term care veterans' homes and respite care program.

The Division of Veterans Services oversees the Veterans Service Offices, other state entitlement programs and services, veteran's preference determinations, veteran's status determinations, and the blind and catastrophic veteran pension entitlements.

Additionally, the Division of Veterans Services oversees the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, the operation of the state's Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing program, the State Approving Agency, which is responsible for certifying the VA funded educational and training program, and the state-owned monuments and memorials.

Piterski served as Deputy Adjutant General of New Jersey and the Assistant Adjutant General – Army before his retirement as a Brigadier General in the New Jersey Army National Guard.

An Iraq Veteran, his previous assignments include Chief of Staff, New Jersey Army National Guard and Commander, 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. He began his career in the Army National Guard as an enlisted infantryman in 1987.

 

Education

1989  Southern Connecticut State University, Bachelor of Arts, Urban Education
1997  Jersey City State College, Master of Arts, Urban Education
2013  United States Army War College, Master of Science, Strategic Studies (MSS)
2015  Trident University International, Ph.D., in Educational Leadership

 

Assignments

1989-1992  Platoon Leader, Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry, Ansonia, Connecticut
1992-1994  Platoon Leader, Echo Company, 50th Main Support Battalion, West Orange, New Jersey
1994-1998  Maintenance Officer, Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 50th Main Support Battalion, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
1998-1999  Commander, Delta Company, 50th Main Support Battalion
1999-2000  S2/S3, 50th Main Support Battalion, Teaneck, New Jersey
2000-2003  Support Operations Officer, 50th Main Support Battalion, Teaneck, New Jersey
2003  Support Operations Officer, Headquarters, 42nd Division Support Command, Somerset, New Jersey
2003-2007  S2/S3, Headquarters, 42nd Division Support Command, Somerset, New Jersey
2007-2008  Executive Officer, 50th Brigade Combat Team, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
2008-2010  Commander, 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry, Riverdale, New Jersey
2010-2011  Executive Officer, Joint Training and Training Development Center, Fort Dix, New Jersey
2011-2012  Deputy Commander, 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
2012-2014  Commander, 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
2014 2016  Deputy United States Property and Fiscal Officer, Fort Dix, New Jersey
2016-2018  New Jersey Army National Guard Chief of Staff
January 2018–April 2018  Acting Deputy Adjutant General, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
April 2018  Deputy Adjutant General, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Lawrenceville, New Jersey

 

Awards and Decorations

Bronze Star Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Commendation Medal with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Achievement Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 Silver Hour Glass Device and M-Device for Mobilization
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Overseas Training Ribbon
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Iraqi Campaign Medal
NJ Distinguished Service Medal
NJ Commendation Medal
Order of Saint Maurice (Infantry)
Order of Samuel Sharpe (Ordnance)
Parachutist Badge

 

Effective Dates of Promotion

Second Lieutenant 8 July 1989
First Lieutenant 6 July 1992
Captain 24 May 1995
Major 7 July 2000
Lieutenant Colonel 15 February 2005
Colonel 1 February 2010
Brigadier General 19 May 2018
Retired 30 April 2019

Current as of May 2019

Last Updated: 09/24/2019
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