Congratulating United States Marine Corps Colonel Terry Van Williams upon the occasion of his promotion to One Star Brigadier General

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating United States Marine Corps Colonel
Terry Van Williams upon the occasion of his promotion to One Star Briga-
dier General

WHEREAS, Individuals who dedicate their lives to military service merit
the commendation and applause of all citizens for their commitment to
the preservation of American freedom; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to congratu-
late United States Marine Corps Colonel Terry Van Williams upon the
occasion of his promotion to One Star Brigadier General; and
WHEREAS, Born in Landstuhl, Germany, Colonel Terry Van Williams,
former commander of United States Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany,
was nominated for appointment to the rank of One Star Brigadier General
in February of 2013 during Black History month; he was one of 12 colo-
nels to be nominated for the one-star ranking; and
WHEREAS, Colonel Williams is currently serving as the executive
assistant to deputy commandant for installations and logistics at Head-
quarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C.; prior to that, he served as
the commanding officer for Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany from June
2009 to May 2012; and
WHEREAS, A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles,
Terry Williams was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United
States Marine Corps in 1986 before attending the Basic School the
following year; and
WHEREAS, In 2002, Terry Williams was promoted to lieutenant colonel
and assigned to the Marine Corps Detachment at Fort Leonard Wood,
Missouri, for duty as detachment executive officer; from 2003 to 2005,
he was assigned as the commanding officer, 8th Engineer Support Battal-
ion; during this tour, he deployed to Haiti in 2004 as the commanding
officer of Combat Service Support Detachment 20 in support of Operation
Secure Tomorrow, and in 2005 to Iraq with his battalion in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom; and
WHEREAS, In 2006, Terry Williams attended the National War College in
Washington, D.C.; upon graduation, he was assigned to Allied Command
Transformation, Staff Element Europe as a logistics defense planning
officer for NATO; during this assignment, he deployed to Afghanistan
where he served as Branch Head, Directorate for Afghan National Army
Training and Equipping Support, Headquarters International Security
Assistance Forces, NATO; and
WHEREAS, Promoted to colonel in January 2008, Terry Williams was reas-
signed to Headquarters Marine Corps, Installations and Logistics Depart-
ment in Arlington, Virginia in July of 2008 where he served as the oper-
ations officer for the Facilities and Services Division until June of
2009; after that, he assumed his post at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Al-
bany; and
WHEREAS, Colonel Williams' personal awards include the Defense Merito-
rious Service Medal with oak leaf, the Meritorious Service Medal with
two gold stars, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps
Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine
Corps Achievement Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal with two
bronze stars; and
WHEREAS, Colonel Terry Williams joined the United States Marine Corps
because of his father, Joseph Williams, who served for 21 years in the
United States Air Force; Joseph Williams had an influential military
career which planted a seed in Terry at a young age; and

WHEREAS, Along with his father, Joseph, with him throughout have been
his mother, Loretta, his wife, Betty, their children Christian and Sean
Michael and his siblings, the late Brian, Bruce Terry, Yvan, Traci, and
Wendi, all of whom feel privileged to be a part of his life and rejoice
in his achievements; and
WHEREAS, The dedication and sacrifices of our military personnel
ensure our continued role as a Nation which embodies the ideals of
democracy, and is a defender of liberty for peoples throughout the
world; and
WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services, who have served so faithfully
and courageously in wars in which our Nation's freedom was at stake, as
well as in the preservation of peace during peacetime, deserve a special
salute from this Legislative Body; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate United States Marine Corps Colonel Terry Van Williams upon
the occasion of his promotion to One Star Brigadier General; and be it
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to United States Marine Corps Brigadier General Terry Van


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