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Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Brig. Gen. David N. Vesper

Assistant Adjutant General (Army) Brig. Gen. David N. Vesper headshotBrigadier 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).

 

Education

 
EDUCATIONAL DEGREES
  • Butler University - BS, Math and Physics
  • Indiana University Bloomington - MS, Astronomy
  • Indiana University Bloomington - PHD, Astrophysics
  • United States Army War College - MSS, Strategic Studies
MILITARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED
  • Army Strategic Education Program-Basic (ASEP-B)
  • Combined Arms Staff Serves School
  • Command and General Staff Officer Course
  • Dual Status Command Course
  • Field Artillery Officer Advance Course
  • Field Artillery Officer Basic Course
  • Officer Candidate School
  • United States Army War College

Assignments

  • Feb 19 - Present: Assistant Adjutant General, Indiana National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Indianapolis
  • Jan 18 - Feb 19: Assistant Division Commander-Maneuver (ADC-M), HHC (-) 38th Infantry Division (Mech), Indianapolis
  • Feb 16 - Jan 18: Assistant Adjutant General, Indiana National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Indianapolis
  • Mar 15 - Jan 16: Commander, 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Franklin, Indiana
  • Jan 13 - Feb 15: Chief of Fires, 38th Infantry Division, Indianapolis
  • Dec 12 - Dec 12: Executive Officer, 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Indianapolis
  • Apr 12 - Nov 12: Executive Officer, 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Tarin Kot, Uruzgan, Afghanistan
  • Jan 11 - Mar 12: Executive Officer, 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Indianapolis
  • Feb 09 - Dec 10: Commander, 1st Battalion, 163 Field Artillery, Evansville, Indiana
  • Dec 07 - Jan 09: Commander, 1st Battalion, 163 Field Artillery, Combat Operation Base Marez, Mosul, Iraq
  • Jun 07 - Nov 07: Commander, 1st Battalion, 163 Field Artillery, Evansville, Indiana
  • Oct 06 - May 07: S3, 38th Division Artillery, Indianapolis
  • Aug 05 - Sep 06: Battalion Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 139th Field Artillery, Crawfordsville, Indiana
  • Jun 04 - Jul 05: Executive Officer, 1st Brigade, 201st Corps, Embedded Training Team, Nangahar,
  • Afghanistan
  • May 03 - May 04: Battalion Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 139th Field Artillery, Crawfordsville, Indiana
  • Nov 01 - Apr 03: Battalion S3, 3rd Battalion, 139th Field Artillery, Crawfordsville, Indiana
  • Jan 01 - Oct 01: Field Artillery Intelligence Officer, 38th Infantry Division, Indianapolis
  • Feb 00 - Dec 00: Assistant Fire Support Coordinator, 38th Infantry Division, Indianapolis
  • Sep 99 - Jan 00: Liaison Officer, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Apr 99 - Aug 99: Battalion Intelligence Officer, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Sep 96 - Mar 99: Fire Direction Officer, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Mar 94 - Aug 96: Battery Commander, Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery, Spencer, Indiana
  • Nov 93 - Feb 94: Battalion Signal Officer, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Jun 91 - Oct 93: Executive Officer, Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery, Spencer, Indiana
  • Oct 90 - Jun 91: Fire Support Officer, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Mar 90 - Sep 90: Radar Platoon Leader, Battery E, 3rd Battalion, 139th Field Artillery, Indianapolis
  • Nov 89 - Sep 90: Aerial Observation Officer, 38th Infantry Division, Indianapolis
  • Jul 88 - Oct 89: Chemical Officer, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery, Bloomington, Indiana

Awards and Decorations

  • 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)
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Army Meritorious Unit Award
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star)
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hour Glass and "M" Device)
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Army Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal
  • Georgia Olympic Support Ribbon
  • Indiana Commendation Medal
  • Indiana Long Service Medal (25)
  • Indiana Emergency Service Medal
  • Indiana Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 3)
  • Indiana OCONUS Service Ribbon (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Indiana Recruiting Ribbon
  • Indiana Retention Ribbon
  • Indiana Military Volunteer Emblem
  • Combat Action Badge

Professional Memberships and Achievements

  • National Guard Association of the United States
  • National Guard Association of Indiana
  • Association of the United States Army
  • U.S. Field Artillery Association

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2008 Order of Combat Spurs of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
  • 2015 Ancient Order of St. Barbara