On Friday, October 20th, the Delaware National Guard hosted a general officer promotion ceremony for its Assistant Adjutant General, Army. The ceremony took place at the Major Joseph R. Biden III National Guard/Reserve Center in New Castle, DE.
Colonel David Fleming was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and become the Delaware Army National Guard’s first African-American General Officer and Assistant Adjutant General, Army. The job of the Assistant Adjutant General is to ensure the Delaware Army National Guard is fully trained, equipped, and ready to support federal mobilizations and state emergency operations. Fleming will also develop plans, programs, and policies in support of the Delaware Army National Guard, and maintain liaisons with the active Army and the National Guard Bureau.
Fleming is a 1990 graduate of Glassboro State College, and earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice in 1998 from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. After 25 years in law enforcement, he retired in 2013 as Lieutenant and Narcotic Task Force Commander at Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office in Mays Landing, NJ. He is a helicopter pilot with the Delaware National Guard and has more than 2,100 flight hours in the UH-1H “Huey” helicopter, and the UH-60 Black Hawk. He formerly was the State Aviation Officer and commanded the 198th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), the 722nd Troop Command Battalion, and the 72nd Troop Command Brigade.He graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 2010, and in 2016 received the Albert Mallon Lifetime Achievement Award for Narcotic Enforcement in the State of New Jersey.
“This promotion was a long time coming,” said Maj. Gen. Carol Timmons, Delaware’s Adjutant General. “Dave Fleming brings a diverse background that includes decades in aviation and law enforcement. We are fortunately to have him lead our Delaware Army National Guard.”
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