Brigadier General Timothy L Adams was commissioned via the Platoon Leaders Class upon graduation from the University of Iowa. Designated a naval aviator in 1995, he joined VMGR 352 and deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch. In 1998 BGen Adams reported to Headquarters Eighth Marine Corps District for duty as the Assistant for Officer Procurement (Aviation.)
BGen Adams joined Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 41 in 2001 and transferred to VMGR 234 making multiple combat deployments for Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2008 BGen Adams reported to Headquarters Marine Corps as a strategic communications officer and speechwriter for Commander Marine Forces Reserve. During the 2009 Strategic Assessment, BGen Adams deployed to Afghanistan, assessing Afghan rule of law, ISAF detention policy and coalition counterinsurgency strategy. After a brief tour as Director, Public Affairs, he rejoined VMGR 234 as the Executive Officer and was slated for command.
BGen Adams commanded VMGR 452 “The Yankees” from 2011 through 2013, leading the squadron through multiple worldwide assignments.
Upon graduation from the National War College in 2014, he reported for joint duty in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs as a Deputy Director. In 2015 he deployed to Jordan as the MARCENT Liaison Element OIC and LNO to CJIATF-Syria.
From 2016 to 2017, BGen Adams was the Senior Reserve Advisor/Deputy Commander Marine Aircraft Group 49 and then served as the Assistant Wing Commander, Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing from 2017-2018.
His first assignment as a General Officer was as the Deputy Commanding General, Joint Task Force ARES, United States Cyber Command and as the Deputy Commander Joint Forces Headquarters-Cyber, Fort George G. Meade, MD.
BGen Adams earned a Masters of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He is also a graduate of The Air War College, the Joint Forces Staff College and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
He is a current member of the Marine Corps Reserve Policy Board.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
BGen Adams is a Black Belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.