Brigadier General (BG) Jerry G. Beck Jr. is the former Commanding General of the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard and serving currently as the Deputy Adjuant General-Army.
BG Beck began his military career in the 28th Infantry Division, where he enlisted as a private in July 1977. He received his commission as a second lieutenant from the Officer Candidate School of the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Academy in 1979 and was assigned as a Rifle Platoon Leader and later Mortar Platoon leader in Company B, 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry in Philadelphia. He was assigned as Company Commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry, Philadelphia in 1982. BG Beck completed his tenure as company commander and was assigned to the staff of the 1-111th before he was transferred to the Headquarters, 56th Brigade. While with the 56th Brigade, BG Beck served as the Assistant S-4, the S-3, the S-2 and the S-1 before being transferred to Headquarters, 28th Infantry Division in 1994 where he served as the division’s G-3. BG Beck assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry (Mechanized) in September 1995. BG Beck completed his battalion command and was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap in November 1998.
He was assigned as the Chief of Staff, Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 2000. In 2002 he was deployed with the Headquarters 28th Infantry Division and was assigned as the Deputy Commander, Multi-National Brigade North (MNB-N) SFOR 12 in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Upon completion of that tour on March 1, 2003, he was promoted to Brigadier General and selected to perform a follow-on tour as the Commanding General of Multi-National Brigade (East) in Kosovo. During that tour of duty he provided command and control to approximately 3,500 multinational soldiers in the U.S. sector of Kosovo, and was responsible for soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Armenia and Greece. BG Beck’s last assignment was as the Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver of the 28th Infantry Division.
BG Beck was born in Canonsburg, Pa. He graduated from Monongahela High School in Monongahela, Pa. in 1972 and Millersville State College, Millersville, Pa. in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in German. In January 1996 he received a Master’s Degree in Instructional Systems Design from Pennsylvania State University. BG Beck is currently working on his dissertation to receive his PhD in Management from Capella University. Before accepting a full time position with the National Guard, BG Beck was a high school Spanish and German teacher.
BG Beck’s Affiliations include Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, National Guard Association of the United States, Military Officers Association of America, Association of the United States Army, Reserve Officers Association, American Legion, Board of Trustees – Scotland School for Veteran’s Children, Board of Trustees – Salvation Army, the Union League of Philadelphia, Penn State Alumni Association, and Academy of Management.
His awards include the Legion of Merit (2nd Award), Meritorious Service Medal (6th Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, , Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal(2nd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze hourglass, M device and 2nd award, Army Service Ribbon, Reserve Component Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (2nd Award), Pennsylvania Commendation Medal, Pennsylvania Service Ribbon with one silver star, Pennsylvania 20 Year Service Medal, Major General Thomas R. White Medal and Major General Thomas J. Stewart Medal.
BG Beck resides in Denver, PA and has one son, SGT Jerry Beck III, a former U.S. Marine.