2015 Tillman Scholar

Adam James

Air Force
University of Minnesota

“My experience in the service has given me the fortitude to achieve any goal that lies ahead of me.”

Having served on four separate deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom from 2006-2014, Adam has been involved in numerous combat operations. He credits his challenging childhood for his decision to join the U.S. Air Force and ultimately shaping him into the person he is today. Attending the University of Minnesota as a first generation college student, Adam is pursuing a career as a Doctor of Medicine.

During his service as a Pararescueman in the Air Force, Adam was involved in a 13- hour recovery mission of a downed F-16 outside Balad, AB, Iraq and credits his service as a technical rescue expert as the foundation for his pursuit to become a doctor. Upon completion of medical school, Adam intends to pursue a career in emergency medicine and return to the Air Force as a more knowledgeable medical provider.

Adam is also a small business owner of Vibe Ventures – a t-shirt company that uses the proceeds to help fund activities for underserved children in Tucson, AZ.