News: Guard Leader Retires With More than 30 Years of Service
BISMARCK, N.D. - Col. Dale Adams, director, joint staff for the North Dakota National Guard, was honored at a retirement ceremony at Raymond J. Bohn armory, Bismarck, N.D., Dec.5.
Adams, of Bismarck, has served for more than 32 years in the North Dakota National Guard.
Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general, commended Adams for his loyalty, dedication and professionalism displayed throughout his career.
"I've had the opportunity to watch Dale grow and excel during his years with the North Dakota National Guard," Sprynczynatyk said. "He has made a positive difference in our Guardsmen's lives by being a devoted and proficient leader."
Adams addressed fellow soldiers and airmen in attendance and thanked them for their service to their state and nation.
"I have been privileged to have served with you throughout the years," he said. "All of my accomplishments could not have been achieved without your efforts."
Enlisting in the North Dakota Army National Guard as a private in October 1977, Adams later completed Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1981. He has served in a multitude of positions and units. In April 2007, Adams mobilized as the commander of the 34th Engineer Brigade to Iraq where he worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region Division, on reconstruction projects throughout the country.
He has worked full-time with the North Dakota National Guard since September 1985 and as an active guard reserve officer since February 1989.
His military education includes graduating from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Tactical Commanders Development Course and Engineer Officer Advanced and Basic courses.
Adams is also a graduate of Bismarck State College and North Dakota State College of Science, as well as North Dakota State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management/technology. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Touro University International.
He has been married to his wife, Tammy, since July 1982. The couple lives in Bismarck with their son, Isaac. Their daughter, Sarah, resides in Minnesota.