Brigadier General David N. Vesper is the Indiana National Guard’s assistant adjutant general for the Army component. Brig. Gen. Vesper serves as a principle adviser to the adjutant general and is responsible for assisting the adjutant general in formulating, developing and coordinating programs, policies and plans affecting the Indiana Army National Guard and more than 11,000 citizen-soldiers.
Brig. Gen. Vesper began his military career in July 1988 as chemical officer in the 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery in Bloomington, Indiana. Prior to serving as an assistant adjutant general, he served the 38th Infantry Division (Mech) as assistant division commander-maneuver (ADC-M), and previously served as assistant adjutant general from February 2016 to January 2018. He served as commander of the 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade in Franklin, Indiana (March 2015 to January 2016) and as chief of fires in the 38th ID (January 3013 to February 2015). As executive officer in the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from January 2011 to December 2012, Vesper served in Indianapolis and at Tarin Kot, Uruzgan, Afghanistan. As commander of the 1st Battalion, 163 Field Artillery from December 2007 to February 2009, he served in Evansville, Indiana, and at Combat Operation Base Marez, Mosul, Iraq.
He holds a doctorate in astrophysics and master’s degree in astronomy from Indiana University, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in math and physics from Butler University. He received a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Brig. Gen. Vesper’s many military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters); Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Achievement Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster); and the National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star).
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(Biography current as of August 2019)