August 18, 2011
Major General Francis D. Vavala assumed duties as Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard in February 1999, after serving as Assistant Adjutant General, Delaware Army National Guard. As adjutant general, he is responsible for the mission readiness of all Delaware National Guard units, Army and Air, for both federal and state missions.
Born on June 28, 1947, in Wilmington, Delaware, he joined the Delaware Army National Guard in March 1967 as a private. He was commissioned in June 1970 after completing the Delaware Military Academy Officer Candidate School. General Vavala received his bachelor's degree in business management from Wilmington College, Wilmington, Delaware. Before his appointment as Adjutant General, he was a Marketing Services Supervisor for 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 43 years of military service, General Vavala has held a series of key command and staff positions. Prior to his assignment as the Adjutant General, he served in the following key assignments: Corps Tactical Operations 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.
General Vavala's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster and two bronze oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass, Army Service Ribbon, Delaware Conspicuous Service Cross, Delaware Medal for Military Merit with four bronze numerals, Delaware National Defense Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Delaware Medal for Aid to Civil Authorities with three numerals, Delaware Recruiting Ribbon, and the Delaware Physical Fitness Ribbon (6th Award).
The general's civic affiliations include the National Guard Association of the United States (Chairman, Board of Directors), National Guard Association of Delaware, Association of the United States Army, Adjutants General Association of the United States (Former President), St. Anthony of Padua Church, Knights of Columbus, Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, Warrant Officer Association of the United States, Air Force Association, Signal Corps Regimental Association, Delaware Medal of Honor Historical Association, Retired Officers Association, the American Legion, and Sons of the American Revolution.
General Vavala and his wife Jane reside in New Castle County, Delaware. They have two daughters, a son, and three grandchildren.EDUCATION:
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTIONS:
2LT USAR 20 Jun 70
1LT ARNG 19 Jun 73
CPT ARNG 19 Jul 75
MAJ ARNG 19 Jul 79
LTC ARNG 29 Sep 83
COL ARNG 15 Dec 87
BG ARNG 20 Jun 95
MG ARNG 31 Mar 00
(Current as of August 2010)