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Military Alumnus Profile: Willie J. Williams (MBA, 1981)

Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps

Willie J. Williams was appointed by President Obama to serve as director, Marine Corps Staff, and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in July 2009, placing him among 16 lieutenant generals in the Marine Corps with the second highest rank for a commissioned officer in the armed services.

Williams served previously as director, Marine Corps Pacific Posture Office at Headquarters Marine Corps, while holding the rank of Major General. As Director, Marine Corps Staff, he was the principal assistant and advisor to the Commandant and Assistant Commandant, and effectively and efficiently coordinated staff processes and actions at Marine Corps Headquarters.

Williams was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1974, and began his career with the 11th Marine Artillery Regiment. In 1982, he assumed duties as Platoon Commander, enrolled in Officer Candidate School, and later attended the Amphibious Warfare School.

From 1983 through 1990, he served as Supply Officer, Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California; as the Assistant Division Supply Officer, 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa Japan; and as the Logistics Officer, Contingency Marine Air Ground Task Force 3-88 during its Persian Gulf Deployment.

After completing Armed Forces Staff College, Williams was assigned to joint duty with the Department of Defense Inspector General’s Office. He went on to serve the 1st Force Service Support Group as Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 before assuming duties in 1998 as the Commanding Officer of Brigade Service Support Group 1. He also assumed the duties of Commanding General, Marine Corps Base, Camp Smedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan; was Commanding General, 3d Force Service Support Group, IIIMEF in Okinawa,; and was assigned as Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics (Facilities), Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. He served as the Commanding General of Marine Corps Logistics Command, Albany, Georgia from June 2005 to June 2009.

Lieutenant General 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.