The mission of the NGANJ is to secure the most effective benefits and resources to our members and families so they can provide world-class service in support of our state and nation, to foster and improve relations between the National Guard of New Jersey and the general public, and to promote professional development, friendship, understanding and cooperation among our members.
The National Guard Association Of New Jersey will be the leading advocate for members and families of the New Jersey National Guard.
We will pursue and secure the most effective benefits and resources to help provide world-class service in support of our communities, state and nation.
Meet the Team
Colonel Yvonne Mays has been a member of the NJ Air National Guard for over 20 years, and is currently the Chief of Staff there. She enlisted in the Air Force in 1983 and received her commission as a second lieutenant in 1999. She has held a number of assignments to include executive officer and personnel officer for the 177th Fighter Wing, the bilateral affairs officer representing the New Jersey National Guard in the Republic of Albania, and as the executive officer for the Adjutant General.
MAJ Vince Tirri has been a member of the NJ Army National Guard for over 15 years and is an Armor Officer. He has been the Full-time Support Staff supervisor for the 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, the enlisted strength manager in the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, the Deputy Director for Personnel for NJARNG, and the Personnel Officer for the 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
1LT Mark Caruso has been a member of the NJ Army National Guard for over eight years serving as an Engineer officer and a Logistics officer. He deployed to Middle East as a civil engineer and managed 14 projects ($9M) throughout multiple countries. He Identified requirements, developed scope of work, and contracted 6 future projects ($5M). He is currently the Industry Relations Program Developer at National Guard Association of the United States.
COL (Retired) Peace enlisted in the NJ Army National Guard as a private in the ordnance corps in 1985. He commanded at the Platoon, Company, Battalion and Group level, holding key staff assignments in between. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and retired in 2018 as a Full Colonel of Logistics.
Captain Christine Kloss transferred to the NJ Air National Guard in August 2018 and currently serves as the Wing Deployment Officer for the 108th WG. She enlisted in the Air National Guard back in 2004 and received her commission as a second lieutenant in 2014. She has served in several positions within the Air National Guard as a Drill Status Guardsman (DSG) and a civilian with the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
MAJ Doug Coppola has been a member of the NJ Army National Guard for over 15 years and currently commands the 50th Financial Management Support Unit. He is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and currently works for the U.S. Army Reserves at Fort Dix NJ.
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