Resolution J1896-2013

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



  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


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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