Flags flown at half staff for Norman
The flags will be flown at half staff on Tuesday, April 7, the day of Norman’s funeral and interment. A Crenshaw County native, Norman passed away Friday, April 3, in Pensacola, Fla. after an extended illness.
“Gen. Joel Norman built a proud and distinguished legacy of service to his state and nation as a member of the Alabama Army National Guard,” said Blalock. “The Alabama Guard is better because of his many years of dedicated service. Lowering the flags on National Guard facilities is a formal way of recognizing this great warrior’s distinguished service in war and peace."
“He came from a family of patriots which had several members that served their state and nation with honor. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Blalock said. He noted that both of General Norman’s sons are currently members of the Alabama Army National Guard.
Norman’s Guard career began in 1957 and spanned more than 42 years. He spent four years as an enlisted man before being commissioned a second lieutenant in June 1961 after completing the state OCS program, the Alabama Military Academy.
Most of his early career was spent in field artillery units where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel and was assigned as commander of the 2nd Battalion 117th Field Artillery.
In April 1988, he was promoted to colonel and assigned as commander of the 226th Theater Area Support Group in Mobile. The 226th was activated and deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in 1990 in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. The 226th was lauded by many senior commanders as one of the best units in the Persian Gulf Theater.
He was promoted to brigadier general and assigned as deputy adjutant general in the Alabama Guard state headquarters in March 1993. His next assignments were as deputy commanding general of the 167th Support Command in Birmingham and as commander of the 31st Chemical Brigade in Northport.
He was promoted to major general in August 1997 and assigned as commander of the 62nd Troop Command in Montgomery. He retired from that assignment on September 30, 1999.