MILITARY DEPARTMENT

ADJUTANT GENERALS


[photo, James A. Adkins, Adjutant General] MAJ. GEN. JAMES A. ADKINS
Adjutant General, 2008-15
Chief of Staff & Assistant Adjutant General for State Operations, Maryland Military Department, 1997-2003

Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 2007-09
Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 2007
Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 2004-06

Adjutant General, June 1, 2008 to January 21, 2015. Retired January 21, 2015. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2008-15; Maryland Integrated Map Executive Committee, 2009-14; Programs and Events Advisory Committee of Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, 2009-15; Maryland Military Installation Council, 2010-15; Governor's Warrior to Worker Council, 2010-15; Maryland Veterans Trust, 2013-15; Council on Open Data, 2014-15.


Secretary of Veterans Affairs, May 16, 2007 to September 1, 2009. Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, May 9 to May 16, 2007. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2007-09; Task Force to Study State Assistance to Veterans, 2007-08; Commission on the Establishment of a Maryland Women in Military Service Monument, 2007-08; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs, 2007-09; State Coordinating Committee for Human Services Transportation, 2007-09; Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, 2008-09. Chair, Governor's Commission on Military Monuments, 2007-09 (member, 2009-). Member, Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Board, 2008-11.

Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 2004-06 (acting deputy secretary, 2003-04).

Chief of Staff and Assistant Adjutant General for State Operations, Maryland Military Department, 1997-2003.

Born in Cambridge, Maryland, May 1, 1954. Attended Cambridge High School, Cambridge, Maryland; University of the State of New York, B.A. (sociology), 1984; Washington College, M.A. (history), 1991. Served in U.S. Army/Maryland National Guard, 1975-97 (legion of merit; maryland distinguished service cross). Graduate, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (russian), 1976; U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, 1987; U.S. Army War College, 1996. Chair, Board of Trustees, James B. Richardson Foundation & Museum, 2003-04. Board of Trustees, Dorchester County Historical Society, 2003-06. Community Association Committee, Dorchester General Hospital, 2005-. Board of Directors, Terrapin Institute, 2005-. Member, National Society Sons of the American Revolution; Society of the War of 1812. Member, Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, Inc. Member, Association of the United States Army; National Guard Association; American Legion; Disabled American Veterans; American Veterans (AMVETS); Veterans of Foreign Wars; Vietnam Veterans of America; U.S. Army War College Alumni Association; 2nd Armored Division Association; 29th Infantry Division Association; Military Intelligence Corps Association; Military Officers Association of America. White Cross Order of the Home Guard, Republic of Estonia. Order of the Cross of the Eagle, 2nd Class, President of the Republic of Estonia. Honorary doctorate, American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2016. Married.

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