The Adjutant General

MG Francis D. Vavala

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.

General Vavala and his wife Jane reside in New Castle County, Delaware. They have two daughters, a son, and three grandchildren.

Civilian Education

  • 1984, Wilmington University – Bachelor’s of Science Degree – Business Management

Military Assigments

  • 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
  • Communications Systems Engineer, 261st Signal Command
  • Wire Communications Technical Engineer, 261st Signal Command
  • Traffic Officer, 261st Signal Command
  • Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander, 261st Signal Command
  • Commander,Troop Command
  • Director of Plans, State Area Command Headquarters
  • Operations, Training, and Military Support, State Area Command Headquarters
  • Deputy Commander, State Area Command Headquarters
  • Assistant Adjutant General, State Area Command Headquarters


  • 2LT USAR 20 Jun 1970
  • 1LT ARNG 19 Jun 1973
  • CPT ARNG 19 Jul 1975
  • MAJ ARNG 19 Jul 1979
  • LTC ARNG 29 Sep 1983
  • COL ARNG 15 Dec 1987
  • BG ARNG 20 Jun 1995
  • MG ARNG 31 Mar 2000

Military Awards

  • Legion of Merit
  • Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award)
  • Army Commendation Medal w/ oak leaf cluster
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal w/ silver oak leaf cluster & two bronze oak leaf clusters
  • National Defense Service Medal w/ bronze star
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ gold & bronze hourglass
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Delaware Conspicuous Service Cross
  • Delaware Medal for Military Merit (4th Award)
  • Delaware National Defense Service Ribbon (2nd Award)
  • Delaware Medal for Aid to Civil Authorities (3rd Award)
  • Delaware Recruiting Ribbon
  • Delaware Physical Fitness Ribbon (6th Award)

Professional Affiliations

  • National Guard Association of the United States (Former 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
  • Sons of the American Revolution