David H. Adams, #55, 1946 – 1990

Lt Col David Hazlett Adams, Nashville National Cemetery. Image courtesy of MSgt (Ret) Marcus Whitt. Click image for virtual memorial.

David Adams, Iowa’s first Spaatz cadet, died of heart failure in September of 1990. At the time of his death, Lt Col Adams was serving in the Tennessee Air National Guard, where he had served for over ten years, having previously spent several years on active duty in the US Air Force.

Lt Col Adams was a graduate of the University of Dubuque. Efforts are now underway to establish a scholarship in his name for CAP cadets, who wish to enter the University of Dubuque’s Aviation Program. For further information, contact Maj Eric Schneider at vog.pac.gwai@gi

Major Eric M. Schneider, CAP writes:

“In 1965, I came to the University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa, from New Jersey, where I grew up. I was a C/2LT and visited the local squadron, where I met David Adams, who was also a University of Dubuque student.

“He graduated in 1968, after receiving his Spaatz, and went into the USAF, where he served for a number of years, eight I believe, before resigning to continue his education. He was only out a few months, according to his widow, when he joined the Air Guard, I believe Tenn., where he served until his death in 1990. He died of a heart attack, the day before his squadron was to leave for Desert Storm. He had served a total of over 22 years at the time of his death and was a Lt Col.

“Last fall, Major Ron Scheitzach, the local squadron CC and I attended a meeting of the UD Aviation students and recruited a number of them. At the time, I suggested a CAP/UD flight scholarship and thought of David Adams, who for me, epitomized the CAP/UD connection. When I tried to contact David, I found that the UD had lost track of him, but I was able to contact his brother Dan, also a UD graduate, who told me of David’s death. He also put me in touch with David’s widow, Sharon, also a UD graduate.

“My original intention had been to solicit David’s assistance and financial support. On learning of his passing, I determined that I would continue to work toward a scholarship, in his honor, as Iowa’s first Spaatz recipient. We are still working out the details, but that CAP/University of Dubuque Flight Scholarship will happen in the near future.”

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  1. Rick Busig - Dec 26, 2012

    Birth: Nov. 18, 1946, USA
    Death: Sep. 1, 1990
    Wilson County
    Tennessee, USA

    Lt. Col. David “Super” Adams was responsible for all flying activities on the 118th Tactical Airlift Wing of the Tennessee Air National Guard. He trained and evaluated crew members and played a key role in the conversion of the unit from C-130A to C-130H2 aircraft. Quote from the late Maj. General Carl D. Wallace, Tennessee Adjutant General for many years; “Col. Adams was truly and outstanding officer, he was placed in a volatile demanding position with the aircraft conversion, and he responded in an outstanding manner.” Prior to his position with the 118th, Lt. Col. David Adams served on active duty as a pilot and air traffic control officer. He was a graduate of Dubuque, Webster College, Squardron Officer’s school, Air Command and Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was called “Super Adams” by everyone that knew him at the 118th Tactical Airlift Wing. He was known by his ability to respond to problem areas and to get right to the heart of a problem. His awards include the Achievement Medal, the Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Readiness Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.

    Lt. Col. David Adams was responsible for taking many photographs of the 118th Wing Aircraft, in flight or on the ground. He was an asset to the 118th Tactical Airlift Wing and the Tennessee Air National Guard. He was respected by his fellow officers and enlisted men. It was always a pleasure to see him walking down the ramp towards your aircraft.

    From: Retired Master Sargent, Marcus L. Whitt
    118th Airlift Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard
    Berryfield, Nashville, TN

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    Mike Hower - Dec 26, 2012


    Thanks for the info update. I’ll make sure the dates get added to our virtual memorial in the next update.


    Mike Hower
    National Secretary

  3. Rick Busig - Dec 26, 2012

    Thanks Mike!

    You are doing a great job, much appreciated!

    Rick 125

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