Vincent Solomeno believes in the power of public service to improve people’s lives. The third generation of his family to call Hazlet home, he has demonstrated his commitment to community through his service as an Army officer and membership on the Hazlet Township Land Use Board.
Vincent attended public schools and graduated from the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (M.A.S.T.) at Sandy Hook before earning his Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton. He is the recipient of the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship and J. William Fulbright Scholarship. As a Fulbright Scholar, he received a Master of Arts from the University of Amsterdam for his study of the roots of radicalization in Muslim and non-Muslim communities in the Netherlands. He also worked as a Truman Summer Fellow in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr.
Vincent is a Captain in the New Jersey Army National Guard. He has served as an Engineer platoon leader, logistics manager, rear detachment commander, and public affairs officer. From 2010 – 2014, he was the full time Command Historian of the New Jersey National Guard. He returned in September 2015 from an overseas deployment to Central and Southwest Asia where he worked as a future operations officer for U.S. Army Central Command. A recipient of the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, he was called to active duty during and after Superstorm Sandy, working in devastated communities across Monmouth County.
In addition to his service on the Hazlet Land Use Board, Vincent is a trustee of the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association, a member of the American Legion, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), the Netherland-America Foundation, and Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Keyport.