SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, was promoted to major general May 22, 2015, at the Virginia National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Va., by his wife Cheryl and son Troy. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran presided over the promotion ceremony on behalf of the Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe. Williams was sworn in as the 28th Adjutant General of Virginia June 2, 2014, and he leads more than than 9,000 members of the Virginia Army and Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force.
“Maj. Gen. Tim Williams has provided outstanding leadership to the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force and made sure they are ready to answer the call of the President for duty anywhere in the world to defend the ideals of freedom and provide a response force to the Governor to help citizens of the commonwealth in their time of need,” Moran said. “He has a sound vision for the future of the Virginia National Guard and has made the tough decisions needed to maximize available resources and chart a course for the organization that will pay dividends for years to come.”
Williams reflected on the busy year in the Virginia National Guard since he became the adjutant general including mobilizing more than 400 Soldiers and Airmen and bringing them home safely, advancing the planned construction of the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Security Training Center at Fort Pickett that will bring significant economic development to Southside Virginia, the deployment of Airmen from the 192nd Fighter Wing fly F-22 Raptors in combat operations for the first time, supporting the commonwealth during snow storms in February and establishing a solid partnership and training relationship with the Navy at Camp Pendleton. He also credited the hard work of Soldiers and leaders of the Virginia Army National Guard for maintaining readiness despite losing 20 percent of the previous year’s operating budget.
“I am so very thankful to be part of this team,” he said, and he acknowledged there are challenges ahead with continued budget constraints and future mobilizations as well as opportunities to grow both Army and Air Guard force structure. “Regardless of the challenges, I am confident of our ability to excel,” he said.
He gave special thanks to his family for their critical role in his career, and he also thanked several other groups for their support including his former co-workers at Fort Lee where he served a Department of the Army civilian for 14 years and members of his local community in Hanover.
“You are part of the fabric that has made me who I am today,” he said.
He also acknowledged the importance of the Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines he has worked with through his career. “This promotion is about you,” he said. “Without all of your hard work, I wouldn’t be here.”
Serving in the National Guard is a tradition for the Williams family. His brother David, a retired lieutenant colonel, father Pat and grandfather Bill all served in the Virginia National Guard, and his son Troy currently serves in the Virginia Air National Guard.
“Tim Williams is a dedicated officer who genuinely cares about the Virginia Guard’s Soldiers, Airmen, Virginia Defense Force members and state and federal civilian work force and knows the critical importance of support from families, employers and communities.” Moran said. “His commitment to back to basics training to maintain readiness in a challenging resource environment will ensure the Virginia National Guard is always ready to answer the call when they are needed.”
Williams earned his commission as a field artillery officer from Virginia Tech in 1985. He was a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Regimental Band, the Highty-Tighties. After attending the field artillery office basic course, he was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Bliss, Texas. While in the Regiment, he served as a fire support team chief, battery fire direction officer, squadron fire support officer and regimental nuclear targeting officer. In 1990, he transitioned to the Virginia National Guard.
Williams, a native of Richmond, mobilized in 2003 for Operation Noble Eagle where he worked with security operations for U. S. Air Force installations in the mid-Atlantic states. He also deployed in 2007 for Operation Iraqi Freedom where he supported theater level logistics transformation.
He commanded at the field artillery battery and battalion level before transferring to the logistics corps and commanding the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group for four years. His most recent military assignment was J8 director of resource management on the Virginia National Guard Joint Staff, and as a civilian he was Director of Training Support and Doctrine at the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia.
Williams received his Bachelor’s Degree in Management Science from Virginia Tech and has a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with the Bronze Service Star, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
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