Re­tired Ma­jor Gen­eral re­ceives mil­i­tary award

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By SARAH DRURY sdrury@ches­pub.com

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

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