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.