Corps of Cadets Stirs Maj. Gen. Chris Adams to Donate

By Phil Riddle

Chris AdamsA highly decorated former member of Tarleton's ROTC program, Maj. Gen. Chris Adams, is giving students the chance to build a similarly stellar military career.

He's created a scholarship to benefit Air Force ROTC students.

After more than a three-decade career at the highest levels of the United States military, he notes recent changes in Tarleton's ROTC program and the reinstating of the Corps of Cadets and wanted to be a part of things.

"I jumped into that scholarship because I was so overwhelmingly impressed with the wisdom and the foresight of President (Dominic F.) Dottavio and the administration to bring Col. Kenny Weldon in to reinvigorate, motivate and get the Corps of Cadets program going again."

After graduating from Tomball High School, Chris attended Tarleton for two years, earning an associate degree in 1950, discovering the military science program and, by extension, his career path.

"Tarleton was absolutely the best ground-starter I think I ever witnessed," he says. "I remember so much about the academics, the professors at Tarleton, that I've kept with me ever since. The program was tough, and I responded to it."

His time at Tarleton launched a career that included stints as chief of staff of the Strategic Air Command and at the Air Force Defense Nuclear Agency.

The Tarleton Distinguished Alumnus served two tours in Vietnam, earned the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Medal, the Air Medal and the Vietnam Service Cross.

Additionally, he's author of 11 published books—both non-fiction and fiction—and is listed in Who's Who in America.

He gives Tarleton credit for giving him a solid professional foundation.

"Tarleton has a small-college atmosphere, even smaller when I was there," Chris says. "Tarleton is a great place to go to kick off life."

The Major General Chris Adams Air Force ROTC Scholarship is for full-time students who are contracted members of the Air Force ROTC, members of the Texan Corps of Cadets, demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA.

"I love Tarleton," Chris says. "It's a great school doing great things right now."

Give to What Matters

Like Maj. Gen. Chris Adams, you can ensure that what you value endures. Contact Ashleah Baker at abaker@tarleton.edu or 254-968-9421 to plan a gift that expresses your values and makes a difference to Tarleton students.

 

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