Darryl A. Williams

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Darryl Williams
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Official portrait, 2022
Born (1961-06-22) June 22, 1961 (age 61)
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1983–present
Rank General
Commands held
Battles/wars
Awards
Alma mater

Darryl Anthony Williams [1] (born June 22, 1961) is a United States Army general who serves as the commanding general of United States Army Europe and Africa since 28 June 2022 and commander of Allied Land Command since 4 August 2022. He previously served as the 60th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, the first African-American to hold the position. He served as commander of Allied Land Command as a lieutenant general from 24 June 2016 to 29 June 2018.

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Early life

Williams grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia, and attended Mount Vernon High School playing center for the Majors 1979 state champion basketball team and a defensive end on the football team. Williams graduated in 1979. [2]

Military career

Gen. Williams assumes command as Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe and Africa on 28 June 2022. 2022 U.S. Army Europe and Africa Change of Command 220628-A-ZE118-002.jpg
Gen. Williams assumes command as Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe and Africa on 28 June 2022.

Williams graduated from the United States Military Academy in December 1983 and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Field Artillery. [3] His first assignment was an executive officer and fire direction officer Schweinfurt, Germany, with the 3rd Infantry Division. Next, Williams was assigned to XVIII Airborne Corps, deploying to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was then assigned to West Point as a Tactical Officer. Later, Williams served in various command positions in Europe, including commander of United States Army Africa in Vicenza, Italy; deputy chief of staff G3/5/7 of the United States Army in Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany; and commanding general of the United States Army Warrior Transition Command and assistant surgeon general for Warrior Care and Transition. [4] [5]

In 2014, Williams was tapped by President Barack Obama to manage the United States' response to the West African Ebola virus epidemic. [6]

On 24 June 2016, Williams assumed command of NATO Allied Land Command in Turkey. [7]

Williams's military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, United States Army Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies, and the United States Naval War College. He holds Masters’ degrees in Leadership Development, Military Art and Science, and National Security and Strategic Studies. [8]

In June 2022, Williams was nominated for promotion to general and appointment as Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe and Africa. He replaced Christopher G. Cavoli, who was to take command of the United States European Command, on 28 June 2022. [9] [10] [11] He assumed command of Allied Land Command a second time from Lieutenant General Roger Cloutier on 4 August 2022. [12]

Awards and decorations

United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg    Basic Parachutist Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png    Army Staff Identification Badge
US - Presidential Service Badge.png    Presidential Service Badge
16 FA Rgt DUI.jpg    16th Field Artillery Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
1st Armored Division (shoulder sleeve insignia).png    1st Armored Division Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
ArmyOSB.svg   4 Overseas Service Bars
Defense Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg
Army Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze Star ribbon.svg
Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Silver oakleaf-3d.svg
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Army Achievement Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon.svg
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Valorous Unit Award ribbon.svg Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Meritorious Unit Commendation
Army Superior Unit Award ribbon.svg Superior Unit Award
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Southwest Asia Service Medal ribbon (1991-2016).svg Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg
Iraq Campaign Medal ribbon.svg
Iraq Campaign Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg Korea Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal ribbon.svg Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon.svg Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon.svg Award numeral 8.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 8
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Nastrino onore smd.jpg Medal of Honour - Defence General Staff Joint Forces (Italy)

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References

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  2. Creed, Phil (15 July 2018). "Mount Vernon alum takes over as new superintendent of West Point". Covering The Corridor. Alexandria, VA.
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Military offices
Preceded by Commanding General of United States Army Africa
2014–2016
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commander of Allied Land Command
2016–2018
Succeeded by
Preceded by Superintendent of the United States Military Academy
2018–2022
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commanding General of United States Army Europe and Africa
2022–present
Incumbent
Preceded by Commander of Allied Land Command
2022–present