Lawrence ("Larry") Richard Adair grew up in the suburbs of New York City and was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy (USMA) in 1974. He served as a commander of field artillery units at all echelons, from battery to Assistant Commandant, U.S. Army Field Artillery School. In this position, he led the training of Field Artillery Soldiers across every grade plate from Private to Colonel. Additionally, he had several assignments on the Army Staff in the Pentagon to include service as the Aide to the Secretary of the Army; here he gained access and insights to strategic planning and execution at the highest level of the U.S. Army. His combat experience was highlighted as a field artillery battalion commander during Operation Desert Storm by leading combat fires engagements at the Battle of 73 Easting. He commanded the Army’s Human Resource Command which is responsible for leader development through assignments of all Soldiers worldwide. He culminated his Army career by serving as the Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel which provides policy oversight for all Army personnel actions.
He held numerous commands and staff assignments in both the Federal Republic of Germany and the continental United States, and led soldiers into combat as a Battalion Commander during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Commander, Division Artillery, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Deputy Commanding General/Assistant Commandant, United States Army Field Artillery Center and School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Commanding General, United States Total Army Personnel Command, Alexandria, Virginia
Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Army G-1.
In the capacity as ADCOS, his dynamic human resource vision has been absolutely critical in transforming the Army for its continuing global war on terrorism. For the past two years, he has served as the principal advisor to the Army G-1 and the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) in managing our most important resource-people. Major General Adair's influence has been far-reaching and strategic. One of the greatest challenges the Army G-1 has faced in recent memory has been to restructure the Army to better support the war on terrorism. A common sense approach to this difficult and complex human resource challenge was his hallmark. He provided leadership and guidance in efficiently activating a new system that supports commanders in the field with units rather than individual replacements. Major General Adair has also worked extensively with officials throughout the Army in order to determine the best way to take care of soldiers and their families. One example is the implementation of the Rest and Recuperation Program in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, deployed soldiers have received increased incentive pay due in part to his determined efforts to ensure that their sacrifices and contributions are appropriately recognized.
Larry has served since 2004 in helping to identify the leadership and talent potential of candidates for the USMA Admissions Office as a Field Force Representative. In this capacity, he reviews packets and acts as a mentor for future cadets working through the application process.
Artifacts: US Military Academy, Cadet Uniform.
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