OKLAHOMA CAPITOL --Agent Mike Adams, from the Garfield County Office of the Inspector General (OIG), received quite an award recently. Adams was selected as “Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year,” from his 45th Fires Brigade in the Oklahoma National Guard.
“My unit nominated me, and I competed against NCO’s (Non-Commissioned Officers) from other units,” Adams said. “The competition consisted of an interview board, physical fitness competition, which was push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile race.”
Coming up this spring, Adams will compete in a week-long competition with NCO’s from each state in Region Five, which consists of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma. That will include events such as an obstacle course, physical fitness competition, road march, day and night land navigation, rifle competition, first aid, and more. The winner of the regional event will move on to compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C.
“It is a tremendous honor to have been selected for this award,” Adams said. “There are many deserving candidates throughout the entire state. I will certainly do my best to represent Oklahoma well in the next round of competition.”
Adams was active in the Marine Corps from 1995 through 1999, where he served as an infantry platoon sergeant. “I participated in two western Pacific deployments—one in 1997 and the other in 1999,” he said. “I joined the Oklahoma National Guard in 2009 after a 10-year break in service. Currently I am a staff sergeant assigned to the 45th Fires Brigade, Headquarters Battery.”
Adams began his career with the OIG in 2009. Prior to that, he worked for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, and was also Chief of Police for the City of Waukomis. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and has an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification from the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.
He has been married to his wife, Michelle, for 11 years, and they have three children. Adams grew up in Lahoma, and says his hobbies include golf, following the Atlanta Braves, coaching little league sports, and snow skiing.