Marine Corps director chosen as 2012 summer commencement speaker


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (July 30, 2012) — Lt. Gen. Willie J. Williams, U.S. Marine Corps staff director, will address the graduates during this summer’s graduation exercises Saturday in the University Chapel.


He will also speak at the pre-commencement commissioning ceremony for ROTC program graduates Friday. The 1:30 p.m. ceremony will be held at Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Museum.

Williams assumed his current position in July 2009. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps in May 1974 and began his career in the 11th Marine Artillery Regiment where he served as a battalion supply officer and later a regimental supply officer/assistant S4 officer. In October 1977, he was assigned to the 3rd Force Service Support Group as the officer-in-charge for Inventory Control Point in Iwakuni, Japan.

Afterward, he served at North Island in San Diego, Calif. He was the ship detachment supply officer for the Pacific Ocean area, Marine barracks supply officer and barracks executive. In 1982, he became platoon commander for the Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va. In May 1983, he became the supply officer of the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif.

From August 1985 to June 1989, he served as the assistant division supply officer for the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan. While serving with the 3rd Marine Division, Williams was deployed to the Persian Gulf from May to December 1988. He served as logistics officer for the Contingency Marine Air Ground Task Force 3-88.

After completing Armed Forces Staff College, he was assigned to joint duty with the Department of Defense Inspector General's Office in January 1990. In 1993-94 he, attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Following graduation, he assumed command of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) MEU Service Support Group from September 1994 to September 1996.

Williams also served as the assistant chief of staff G4 for 3rd Force Service Support Group. In June 1997, he was assigned to the 1st Force Service Support Group as the assistant chief of staff G3. In 1998, he was the commanding officer of Brigade Service Support Group 1. He returned to Okinawa in July 2000 as the commanding general for Camp Smedley D. Butler Marine Corps Base until June 2001. From July 2001 to September 2003, he was the commanding general for 3d Force Service Support Group, III MEF.

From October 2003 to May 2005, Williams served as the assistant deputy commandant for Installations and Logistics (Facilities) U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters prior to taking command of Marine Corps Logistics Command in Albany, Ga., June 2005 to June 2009.

Williams' personal awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with gold star in lieu of second award, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Department of Defense Service Badge.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., a Master of Arts degree in business administration from National University in San Diego and a Master of Science degree in strategic resources management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University; an honorary Doctorate of Law from Stillman College, and an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from Albany State University.


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