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[photo, James A. Adkins, Secretary of Veterans Affairs] BRIG. GEN. JAMES A. ADKINS, Adjutant General & Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Adjutant General since June 1, 2008. Chief of Staff & Assistant Adjutant General for State Operations, Maryland Military Department, 1997-2003.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs since May 16, 2007. Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, May 9-16, 2007. Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 2004-2006 (acting deputy secretary, 2003-04).

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2007-; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs, 2007-; State Coordinating Committee for Human Services Transportation, 2007-; Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, 2008-; Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Board, 2008-. Chair, Governor's Commission on Military Monuments, 2008- (member, 2007-).

Member, Task Force to Study State Assistance to Veterans, 2007-08; Commission on the Establishment of a Maryland Women in Military Service Monument, 2007-08.

Born in Cambridge, Maryland, May 1, 1954. University of the State of New York, B.A. (sociology), 1984; Washington College, M.A. (history), 1991. Served in U.S. Army/Maryland National Guard, 1975-1997 (legion of merit; maryland distinguished service cross; order of the white cross, republic of estonia). Graduate, Defense Language Institute (russian), 1976; U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, 1987; U.S. Army War College, 1996. Chair, Board of Trustees, James B. Richardson Foundation & Museum, 2003-04. Board of Trustees, Dorchester County Historical Society, 2003-06. Community Association Committee, Dorchester General Hospital, 2005-. Board of Directors, Terrapin Institute, 2005-.

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