“I’m a very proud Argosy University graduate. I was honored to have presented the commencement speech at the Sarasota campus graduation.”
Colonel Reginald Neal is the executive officer for the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, who serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He started the position recently, after completing a very demanding assignment as the commander of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. “Last November, the Senate confirmed the list for me to be promoted to Brigadier General I’m grateful to be considered for continued service in the military as a General Officer,” he states.
He’s served the United States in the military for nearly 30 years, holding key leadership positions from the company to the division level. Colonel Neal also served as a battle Major in the 3rd Infantry Division during ground combat operations in 2003.
Colonel Neal has an impressive list of accomplishments—both professional and educational. He’s a graduate of Georgia Military College and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University, master’s degrees from The Citadel and U.S. Army War College, and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, Sarasota. Colonel Neal’s sister, Dr. Regina Brewton also earned her Doctor of Education from Argosy University, Sarasota.
During his time in the Georgia Army National Guard, he was selected to command two battalions. He assumed command of the 1st Battalion, the 118th Field Artillery Regiment (Chatham Artillery) in August 2007. The battalion was deployed to Afghanistan, where he served as Commander of Joint Task Force Kabul. Afterward, he took command of the Georgia Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion.
In addition to his military work, Colonel Neal has taught high school and served as a high school vice principal in Charleston, SC. He’s also coached baseball and basketball and mentored students in his personal time. He volunteers for several social and civic organizations, including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., ROCKS Inc., and American Legion . Colonel Neal is a Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Colonel Neal’s many awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, the Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal (Afghanistan), five Army Commendation Medals, the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign medals, the NATO medal, the Basic Airborne Parachutist Badge, the Combat Action Badge, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Colonel Neal, who in 2014 earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, Sarasota, is commended by his fellow officers for his dedication and commitment. Colonel Randall Simmons the Georgia Army National Guard’s chief of staff, describes Neal as “the kind of leader everyone just likes to be around. He has had all of the hard assignments. And he has always sought those out.”
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