Jersey City native Edward M. Daly became a four-star general on July 2 taking command of the Army Material Command at a socially distant ceremony at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.
One of only about a dozen current U.S. Army officers to hold the service’s highest rank, Daly now commands a workforce of 190,000 soldiers, civilians, and contractors responsible for delivering installation, logistics, sustainment, and materiel readiness to the U,S, Army worldwide.
“I have the great honor to lead the soldiers, civilians, and contractors who ensure our troops have what they need to train, fight, and win our nation’s wars and protect the freedoms that make our country unique,” Daly said.
During his 33-year career with the military, he has commanded and led soldiers at every level in the U.S., Europe, and Korea, and has multiple combat deployments, including to Iraq and Afghanistan.
He’s received several awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge.
Jersey City helped form his character
The general credits his time growing up in Jersey City as laying the foundation for his personal growth and professional success.
“My young adult years in Jersey City were my formative years – the years which seeded the foundation of my character, beliefs, and drive,” Daly said. “My father, who was a career Jersey City police officer and worked three jobs to put me through Saint Peter’s, challenged me to think about my life and the kind of man I wanted to be.”
Daly, a 1983 alumnus of St. Peter’s Preparatory School and a 1987 alumnus of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, said education has been key to opening doors for him.
He noted the military is the largest provider of college scholarships in the nation and encouraged young men and women interested in a career in the military to explore the many different ways they can serve.
“Throughout my service, I have had the opportunity to travel the world, earn multiple advanced degrees, financially provide for my family, all while serving an organization with a purpose and mission much bigger than myself, alongside some of our nation’s most influential leaders and heroes,” Daly said.
Daly credits his rise from Jersey City kid to four-star general to the support from his family, friends, teachers, and mentors along the way, many of whom attended the ceremony in person or watched it virtually.
“My personal thanks for the difference you have made in the lives of those you taught, and in particular helping this young, immature kid from Jersey City by giving him the confidence, knowledge, skills and attributes to eventually serve in the military and lead soldiers in combat,” Daly said. “I salute all of you.”