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Colonel Derek L. Adams

Colonel Derek L. Adams assumed command of 2/34 Infantry Brigade Combat Team on August 11th, 2018. 

A native of Humboldt Iowa, he enlisted into the Iowa Army National Guard in October 1991 as a Forward Observer in Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1-194th Field Artillery (FA). 

He received his commission from the University of Northern Iowa ROTC program as a Distinguished Military Graduate on May 13th, 1995. Colonel Adams has served in numerous leadership assignments within the 2nd Brigade Combat Team 34th Infantry Division to include: Commander, HHB, 1-194th FA, Fort Dodge; Iowa; Commander, B Battery, 1-194th FA Johnston, Iowa; and Commander, 1-194th FA, Fort Dodge, Iowa. 

He deployed as the Commander of B Battery, 1-194th FA to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, MI in support of Operation Noble Eagle 2 in 2003, as the S3 of 1-194th FA to Kosovo in support of KFOR-9 from 2007 to 2008, and as the Fire Support Coordinator of 2nd Brigade Combat Team 34th Infantry Division "Task Force Red Bulls" to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2010 to 2011. Colonel Adams is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Captains Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the Air War College. 

Colonel Adams received a Bachelors Degree in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa, a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Iowa, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Air University, Air War College. 

Colonel Adams's Military Awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (6th Award), Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal (Afghanistan), NATO Medal (Balkans), Air Assault Badge, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, and the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. 

Colonel Adams is the Associate Chief of Pharmacy Operations at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City. He resides with his wife Angela and their two children in North Liberty, Iowa.




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