ADAMS, Wayne T.

BGen Wayne T. Adams

ADAMS, Wayne T.  Brigadier General. Commanding officer at El Toro AFB in 1991.

Official Biography

Brigadier General W. T. Adams’ last billet was as the Deputy Director, Marine Corps War Fighting Center, Quantico, VA.

General Adams was born in southern Florida. He received an associate degree in 1960 as an honor military graduate from the Marion Military Institute. Following one year at the University of Alabama, he entered flight training as a Marine Aviation Cadet and received his commission and wings after completing advanced jet training at Kingsville, Texas in 1963.

His first operational assignment was with Fighter Squadron 333, Marine Corp Air Station, Beaufort, SC, as an F8 Crusader pilot and duty as the Flight Schedules Officer. In September 1965, he returned to the University of Alabama via the College, Degree Program and graduated in May 1966 with a bachelor of arts in Political Science and Economics. He also holds three masters degrees: General Management, International Relations, and Political Science.

In June 1966, General Adams reported to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, NC, where he served as an Air Support Control Officer in Marine Air Support Squadron 1. He transferred to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in March 1967, where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer of MASS-3 in Chu Lai and Dong Ha, Republic of Vietnam, and as a Senior Air Controller in the Tactical Air Command Center, Da Nang, RVN.

Ordered back to the United States in May 1968, he returned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, where he served as the Assistant Officer in Charge of the Tactical Air Command Center and then a year tour as the Operations Officer of MASS-1. In 1969 he transferred to Quantico, VA, as a student at the Amphibious Warfare School.

General Adams returned to flying duty in April 1970, transitioned to the CH-46 helicopter and served as the Operations Officer of Medium Helicopter Squadron 162 at New River, NC. He returned to Vietnam in January 1971 for duty as the Logistics Officer and as a Flight Leader in HMM-262 until May, when he was assigned as the Assistant Operations Officer of HMM-164 aboard the USS New Orleans operating in the South China Sea.

Returning from overseas in January 1972, General Adams reported to Jet Training Squadron 19 at Naval Air Station, Meridian, MS, where he was promoted to Major and served as a flight instructor and as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Upon completion of this assignment, he returned to Cherry Point in July 1974 and transitioned to the A6E Intruder for duty as the Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer of Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 121. In January 1976, he was assigned as the Operations Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 14, and subsequently as the Operations Officer of MAG-20, 4th Marine Amphibious Brigade, for extended NATO operations in Northern Europe.

General Adams returned to VMA(AW)-121 in November as the Executive Officer prior to the squadron’s unit deployment to the Western Pacific. Following a 19-month tour as the Executive Officer, he assumed command of VMA(AW)-121 in June 1978. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in July 1979.

He was reassigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing staff in September 1979, where he served for eight months as the G-3 Operations Officer, II months as the Deputy G-3, and two months as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3. From July 1981 to June 1982, he was a student at the Naval War College, Newport, RI. Following graduation, he reported for duty as the Chief of Air Operations, J-3, Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force/LJSCENTCOM, MacDill AFB, FL. During this assignment, he also served as a liaison officer to the United States ambassadors and military missions in several Middle Eastern countries; as Chief of Staff of a special unit; and as commander of a joint/combined actual military operation in the Middle East region. He was promoted to colonel in October 1984.

From June 1985 until June 1986, General Adams served as the Executive Officer of Marine Aircraft Group-13, MCAS, El Toro, CA. He then served for two years as the Commanding Officer of MCAS, Yuma, AZ. In May 1988, he assumed duty as the Assistant Wing Commander, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. While serving in this capacity, he was selected in November 1988 for promotion to Brigadier General. General Adams was advanced to that grade on April 28, 1989, and assigned duty as the Director, Facilities and Services Division, Installations and Logistics Department, Headquarters Marine Corps, on July 8, 1989. He was assigned duty as the Commander, Marine Corps Air Bases, Western Area/ Commanding General, Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, CA, on September 29, 1990. He served in this capacity until May 1991, when he assumed his last active duty assignment. In retirement General Adams served for five years as the President and CEO of Marion Military Institute, Marion, Alabama, the nation’s oldest military junior college. He then attended graduate schoold at the University of Alabama where he also was an instructor of American Foreign Policy for two years.

General Adams accumulated over 3,700 flight hours while serving in the fighter, air control, helicopter, and attack communities of Marine Aviation. His personal decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal; the Air Medal with numeral 21, Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy Commendation Medal with Combat ‘V’; the Navy Achievement Medal; and the Combat Action Ribbon.

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