OHP First Lieutenant Rick Adams selected for United States War College

Oklahoma Highway Patrol First Lieutenant Rick Adams was recently selected from numerous applicants to attend the United States War College this fall in residence at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Adams is a lieutenant colonel with the Oklahoma Army National Guard and commander of the 171st Field Artillery Battalion in Altus.

The War College is a 10-month course of study designed to prepare selected military, civilian and international leaders to assume strategic responsibilities in military and national security organizations; to educate students about the employment of the U.S. Army, as part of a unified, joint or multinational force in support of the national military strategy; to research operational and strategic issues, and to conduct outreach programs that benefit the USAWC, the U.S. Army and the nation.

Those attending the school may also concurrently receive their master's degree in strategic studies or public administration.

"Attendance of the school is a considerable honor, and attending in residence is even more so," said Pfc. Dina D. Stoy, Oklahoma National Guard.

Adams feels that this opportunity will help him prepare for future assignments and contribute to his performance not only as a member of the national guard, but also as a highway patrol lieutenant.

"It is a great honor, and a tremendous opportunity to attend the war college. It will expand my knowledge base of military operations, give me a better understanding of 'the big picture' and the relationship between the Department of Defense and Congress, and it will aid in my occupation as well," said Adams. Adams is currently assigned as the OHP Special Operations division commander. He has been in law enforcement for 19 years.

Commissioner Bob Ricks is very supportive of Adams, fully approving the course. "As Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, I am encouraged to know that we have personnel interested in continuing their education," said Ricks.

Adams has served with the Department of Public Safety since February 1986 when he graduated with the 42nd OHP Academy. His first assignment was with the Logan County Detachment, Troop A, until 1995 when he was transferred to the Criminal Interdiction division. By 1998, he was promoted to second and then first lieutenant, his current title.

Adams enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard in Elk City 20 years ago, and has served all but three of those years with the 171st. He received his commission through State Officer Candidate School, and has attended several Army schools including Command and General Staff College. Adams, his wife Cathy, and their two children Rikki, 18, and Kaitlyn, 14, will relocate to Pennsylvania for the duration of the school from August 1 to June 10, 2000.