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NEWS | June 29, 2022

Williams sworn in as Adjutant General of Virginia

By Cotton Puryear | Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams took the oath of office as Adjutant General of Virginia from Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth Kay Coles James with retired Maj. Gen. Craig Crenshaw, the Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, holding the Bible used for the ceremony June 28, 2022, in Richmond, Virginia. Williams was first sworn in to lead the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard and Virginia Defense Force June 2, 2014, in Sandston, Virginia, following the retirement of Maj. Gen. Daniel E. "Chip" Long Jr. He was reappointed for a second time and took the oath of office again Jan. 22, 2018, in Richmond. Since then, Williams has led the VNG through an unprecedented operational tempo over the last four years. The VNG’s support to Virginia’s COVID-19 response ended July 31, 2021, after more than 460 days of assisting with vaccinations, testing and administrative, logistics and planning support at locations across the state. During COVID-19 response operations, nearly 600 VNG Soldiers and Airmen and VDF members completed more than 1,100 missions to help keep their fellow Virginians safe during the global pandemic. They supported nearly 160 different local, state and federal agencies over the course of the mobilization. The last group of VNG personnel assisting civilian law enforcement with security operations at the 59th Presidential Inauguration and the days before and after the event departed Washington, D.C., Feb. 8, 2021.  On Inauguration Day, approximately 2,400 VNG troops were among the more than 25,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from across the country on duty assisting authorities with keeping people safe and protecting property. A group of about 1,000 VNG personnel remained to assist with the enduring National Guard support following the inauguration. At the start of 2022, the VNG had more than 2,000 personnel serving on federal active duty with units conducting missions in the United States, Middle East, Horn of Africa and Kosovo, the most since 2007. The 29th Infantry Division has the most divisional Soldiers on federal duty since World War II with units deployed from Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland. Williams, a lifelong Virginian and a 1985 graduate of Virginia Tech, earned his commission as a field artillery officer. He has served at every level beginning with a tour on active duty with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and then transitioning to the Virginia Army National Guard in 1990. Williams, a traditional National Guardsman, also built a career as a Federal Civil Servant culminating as the 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. He is married to college sweetheart Cheryl and has three children and three grandchildren. Read his full bio at

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