Brigadier General Esther A. Rada is the assistant adjutant general for Air for New York State. She is the senior Air National Guard advisor to the adjutant general, and is responsible for the coordination of all Air National Guard staff activities in the State. Brigadier General Rada also works with senior leadership of the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, across the nation and the National Guard Bureau.
General Rada received her commission by direct appointment and began her active duty career with the Air Force in June 1980. During her six-year active duty tour, she served as the Chief of Military Justice at Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND, and Chief of Labor Law for Strategic Air Command at Offutt Air Force Base, NE. There she functioned as the Executive Officer to Generals Norris, Nelson and Morehouse as well. In 1986, Brigadier General Rada transferred to the Air Force Reserve as a Catorgory A reservist and was assigned to the 514 Military Airlift Wing legal office, Maguire Air Force Base, NJ. In 1987, she moved to the New York Air National Guard as a traditional Guardsperson serving first as the deputy staff judge advocate and then the staff judge advocate for the 105 Airlift Wing, Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, New York.