Retired Major General receives military award
WASHINGTON — Retired Maj. Gen. Jim Adkins of Dorchester County was presented the Outstanding Military Service Award on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACBH) 10th Anniversar y Gala in Washington, D.C.
The ACBH is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of Bosnian Americans and works to improve relations between the Unit- ed States and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
“It’s always an honor, but I felt humbled by the award and the fact that I was getting honored with Joe Biden and Bob Dole,” Adkins said.
Adkins is also a former cabinet-level official in state government and served as Maryland’s Adjunct General and Secretary of Veterans Affairs and his military career spanned nearly 40 years.
In 2008, he assumed responsibility for the State Partnership Program with Bosnia and Herzegovina and his dedication to the Bosnian partnership resulted in joint U.S.-Bosnian deployments to Afghanistan, for which he was recognized by the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“To me, it’s the American community saying thank you for my small part in the effort to promote peace and stability to that region,” Adkins said.
Adkins did attend the gala, which drew about 170 guests from throughout the world, and include high-level officials from the United States and BiH, diplomats, business elites and members of the media.
“It was a tremendous evening in a historic building and there was a lot of people that traveled from all over the world to participate,” Adkins said. “There were a large number of Americans that came here after the war and they are greatly appreciative of what the U.S. did to intervene in the genocide of former Yugoslavia.”
The Bosnian Genocide occurred in April 1992 when the government of the Republic of BosniaHerzegovina declared its independence from Yugoslavia. Over the next several years, Bosnian Serb forces, with the backing of the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army, targeted both Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) and Croatian civilians for atrocious crimes, resulting in the deaths of some 100,000 people (80 percent Bosniak) by 1995.
Former Vice President Joe Biden received ACBH’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his steadfast moral leadership and dedication to ending the genocide and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Former Senator Bob Dole from Kansas also received the same award.
Retired Maj. Gen. Jim Adkins