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Vavala, Frank

Major General Francis D. Vavala assumed duties as Adjutant General of theDelaware National Guard in February 1999, after serving as AssistantAdjutant General, Delaware Army National Guard. As adjutant general, he isresponsible for the mission readiness of all Delaware National Guardunits, Army and Air, for both federal and state missions.

Born on June 28, 1947, in Wilmington, Delaware, he joined the DelawareArmy National Guard in March 1967 as a private. He was commissioned inJune 1970 after completing the Delaware Military Academy Officer CandidateSchool. General Vavala received his bachelor’s degree in businessmanagement from Wilmington College, Wilmington, Delaware. Before hisappointment as Adjutant General, he was a Marketing Services Supervisorfor the DuPont Company, Wilmington, Delaware.


General Vavala’s military schooling includes completion of the signal officer basic and advanced courses and the Command and General Staff College.


In over 37 years of military service, General Vavala has held a series of key command and staff positions. Prior to his assignment as the AdjutantGeneral, he served in the following key assignments: Corps TacticalOperations Center Platoon Leader, Company A 198th Signal Battalion; Company Commander, Company C 198th Signal Battalion; Executive Officer and Battalion Commander, 198th Signal Battalion; Operations Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Delaware Army National Guard; Communications Systems Engineer, Wire Communications Technical Engineer, Traffic Officer, Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander, 261st Signal Command; Commander, Troop Command; Director of Plans, Operations, Training, and Military Support, Deputy Commander, and Assistant Adjutant General, State Area Command Headquarters, Delaware Army National Guard.


The general’s civic affiliations include the National Guard Associations of the United States and Delaware, Association of the United States Army, St. Anthony of Padua Church (Parish Council, Parish Finance Committee, Educational Endowment Fund), and Knights of Columbus, Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, Air Force Association, Signal Corps Regimental Association, Delaware Medal of Honor Historical Association, Retired Officers Association, and the American Legion.


(Current as of April 2004)