SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Ed Chrystal, a past grand marshal of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade, received special recognition from the Scotch Plains Township Council on Tuesday evening in honor of his recent promotion to the rank of brigadier general. It is a senior rank in the U.S. armed forces and comes between the ranks of colonel and major general.
“(My wife) Georgette and I made Scotch Plains our home back almost 30 years ago and this town and office has been supportive of the military in general and more specifically, my career,” said Chrystal, who led The Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the meeting. “I remember the support I received from the Scotch Plains community when I left for Iraq was great and I consider them to be a part of our extended family.”
Currently assigned as the deputy adjutant general for the New Jersey National Guard, BG Chrystal is responsible for 8,400 soldiers and airmen. He has commanded at all levels: platoon, company, battalion and brigade. Notably, he was the commander of the 1-102 Cavalry, headquartered in the Westfield Armory. He retired from the New Jersey State Police after 25 years at the rank of lieutenant in 2014. He lives in Scotch Plains with his wife, Georgette, and their three children.
Read more on Chrystal's military career here.