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NEWS | Dec. 22, 2017

Governor-elect Northam to reappoint Williams as Adjutant General of Virginia

By Cotton Puryear | Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office

Governor-elect Ralph Northam will reappoint Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams as the Adjutant General of Virginia, according to an announcement made Dec. 22, 2017. The announcement was made along with other key appointments for senior leadership positions within the incoming administration and is available online here:

“I am incredibly humbled and honored that Governor-Elect Northam plans to reappoint me as the Adjutant General of Virginia,” Williams said. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished in the Virginia National Guard, and I look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our Soldiers, Airmen, Virginia Defense Force troopers and state and federal civilians as we work to meet the challenges that we face in the future.”

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced May 14, 2014, that Williams would 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.

The Virginia National Guard has mobilized nearly 2,000 Soldiers and Airmen for federal active duty overseas deployments since January 2014, and they join the more than 15,000 Soldiers and Airmen who have mobilized for federal active duty since Sept. 11, 2001.

Since January 2014, the Virginia National Guard has mobilized nearly 2,570 Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force on state active duty to respond to 12 different incidents of hurricanes, winter storms and flooding across the Commonwealth. The Guard also had more than 500 on duty for security operations in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, and also deployed more than 500 Soldiers to assist with hurricane recovery operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Virginia National Guard also had nearly 40 Soldiers and VDF members conduct cyber vulnerability assessments in seven different Virginia localities.

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.

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. Prior to his appointment as the Adjutant General, he served as the J8 director of resource management on the Virginia National Guard Joint Staff and as a federal civilian 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.

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