Kentucky’s newest general

Story by Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

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Benjamin Adams IV and his sister Whitney assist their father, Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Adams III, in attaching his new one-star epaulets to his uniform during a promotion ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Dec. 7, 2012. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. Scott Raymond)

FRANKFORT, Ky. —After 30 plus years of service, Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Adams III, pinned on his star.

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Hundreds of Soldiers, Airmen, family, friends and associates of Adams gathered together at the Army Aviation Support Facility Dec. 7 in Frankfort, Ky., to watch the newest Kentucky National Guard general pin on the rank of brigadier general.

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Col. Benjamin F. Adams III sits with Kentucky’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini during a promotion ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Dec. 7, 2012. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. Scott Raymond)

“A lot of us have worked very hard over the years, not so much to promote our own careers, but to help put the right people in the right places,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Dean Stoops, National Guard Bureau Standardization Officer. “Brig. Gen. Adams deserves this promotion. It’s not only a great day for him but for the Kentucky National Guard and our Nation.”

Quite a bit of family showed for Adams’ promotion to include his wife, Shelley and his mother, Doris. Both assisted in the pinning ceremony and were recognized by Adams for their contribution to his life and to his career. Adams is currently assigned as the Director of the Joint Staff for the Kentucky National Guard, overseeing both the Army and Air organizations within the state.

“So, now that the collar is just a little heavier, I get to go home with a new box of chores for Shelley to block out on the family calendar,” commented Adams. “We’ll do our best to find that elusive balance between the Adams calendar and Uncle’s calendar.”

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