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Brig. General Benjamin Adams, an aviator, retires from Kentucky National Guard after 40-year career

Kentucky Today

A 40-year veteran took his final flight Saturday during a celebration of his retirement from the Army.

Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Adams arrived via helicopter for his retirement as the assistant adjutant general for the Kentucky National Guard at the Army Aviation Support Facility within Boone National Guard Center, according to the State-Journal.

Brigadier General Benjamin Adams speaks at his retirement ceremony. (Photo by David Hamilton/The State Journal)

Beginning his career in 1978, Adams capped off his military service with a ceremony that drew prominent guests such as Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes and U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky.

Adams also received letters of commendation from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, the newspaper reported

Speaking of Adams, Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan attested to the retiree’s character and dedication, saying the best compliment to give an officer is that he made a difference.

“Every day for the last 40 years, this gentleman has made a difference,” Hogan said.

In his closing speech, Adams remained humble, thanking his wife of 38 years, Shelley Adams, their four children and two sons-in-law, as well as numerous servicemen.

Paying tribute to friends he lost in combat, he said they made him a better Christian, soldier, father, son, leader and person.

“It’s not the notion of survivor’s guilt that causes me to declare that I believe they are better officers than I could ever be,” Adams said.

Adams received numerous commendations and tokens of appreciation at the ceremony. Though he is retiring from the military, he will continue to serve as commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.

Adams spent 15 years on active duty before transitioning to the Kentucky National Guard as an Army aviator.  His significant active-duty assignments include tours at the Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Fort Campbell and the Combined Forces Land Component Command for Kuwait and Baghdad, Iraq.

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