Alumnus, Marine Corps' No. 3 General, To Retire
Alumnus Lt. Gen. Willie J. Williams (USMC), will retire this summer after nearly 40 years in uniform. According to the Marine Times, Williams' retirement ceremony is scheduled for July 10 at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.
As director of the Marine Corps Staff since 2009, Williams (MBA, 1981) ranks as the Corps’ Number 3 general. He has served as the top adviser to two commandants and worked alongside some of the military's most senior leaders. To date, he's one of only four African-American Marines to wear three stars, according to the Montford Point Marine Association, which promotes the legacy of black Marines.
Williams studied at National University while serving as the Ship's Detachment Supply Officer, Pacific Ocean Area/Marine Barracks Supply Officer and Barracks Executive Officer. In June 1982, after earning his MBA, he reported to Quantico, Virginia for duty as Platoon Commander, Officer Candidate School and later attended the Amphibious Warfare School. Culminating an exemplary military career, Williams was appointed by President Obama to serve as director, Marine Corps Staff, and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in July 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. He intends to settle in Huntsville, Alabama.