Governor McAuliffe announces appointment of Col. Tim Williams as new Adjutant General of Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced May 14, 2014, that Col. Timothy P. Williams will become the next Adjutant General of Virginia and lead the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force following the retirement of Maj. Gen. Daniel E. “Chip” Long, Jr.

Col. Tim Williams

Col. Tim Williams

“Col. Tim Williams’ vision, record of service and commitment to keeping Virginians safe make him the right choice to become Virginia’s next Adjutant General,” said McAuliffe in the news release announcing the selection. “As a distinguished leader in the U.S. Army and the Virginia National Guard who served our country in Iraq, Col. Williams understands the Guard, the men and women who serve in it and the critical role they play in protecting our way of life as Virginians. I look forward to continuing to work with soon-to-be Brig. Gen. Williams, Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran and the brave men and women of the Virginia National Guard to respond to whatever emergencies may arise and keep our Commonwealth safe.”

Williams, a native of Richmond, will assume the post following the Long’s retirement at the end of May. Long was sworn in as the Adjutant General in July 2010 and served in uniform for more than 50 years.

“On behalf of all Virginians, I want to thank Maj. Gen. Chip Long for his lifetime of service to our Commonwealth and our country as a leader in the U. S. Army and the Virginia National Guard. As the Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Long fostered a culture of preparedness throughout the entire organization and his leadership made sure the men and women of the Guard rapidly responded to numerous disasters and emergencies, leaving their families and putting their civilian jobs on hold to keep their fellow Virginians safe.

“Living up to Maj. Gen. Long’s legacy will be a tall task, but I am confident that we have chosen a worthy successor in Col. Tim Williams.”

Williams 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 is an absolutely superb choice,” Long said. “I have known him and seen him grow and develop as an outstanding officer in the Virginia National Guard over the past 20 years. Leading the National Guard as we transition from a force at war into a time of fiscal constraint and force structure challenges will not be easy, but I am confident he will do well. His experience from both his military and civilian career will serve him well and make him a capable leader for the men and women of the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force as well as our civilian work force.

“It has been my honor to serve the Commonwealth and the nation, and I pledge my full support to ensure a smooth and deliberate transition process.”

Williams earned his commission as a field artillery officer from Virginia Tech in 1985 and served on active duty in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment until 1990 when he  joined the Virginia Army National Guard. 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 currently serves as Director of Training Support and Doctrine at the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia.

He 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 including 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.

Williams resides in Hanover with his wife Cheryl. They have three grown children: Grace and husband Joe and their daughter Giuliana, Seth and his wife Natalie and Troy.