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Major General Claude A Williams (Retired)



The Adjutant General, Virginia National Guard

Major General Claude A. Williams assumed the duties of Adjutant General of Virginia on 1 October 1998 after being appointed to the post by Governor Jim Gilmore. As The Adjutant General of Virginia, Major General Williams is responsible for the combat readiness of units, and the administration and training of over 9000 Virginia Army and Air National Guard personnel.

Major General Williams was commissioned a second lieutenant, Transportation, in June 1969, upon appointment from ROTC. He was commissioned a Distinguished Military Graduate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and was the Honor Graduate of his Officer Basic Course. His active service included duty with the 805th Transportation Company in Vietnam, and service in Saudi Arabia as commander of Virginia's 1030th Engineer Battalion during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Prior to his current assignment, the General served as Commander, Engineer Brigade, 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized).


Virginia Polytechnic Institute - BS Degree - Industrial Management
U.S. Naval War College - MA Degree-National Security and Strategic Studies


1. Jun 69 - Jun 70, USAR Control Group
2. Jun 70 - Aug 71, Platoon Leader, Company D, 56th Supply & Support Battalion, Fort Lee, VA
3. Aug 71 - Jan 72, Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, 805th Transportation Company, Phu Bai, Republic of Vietnam 
4. Jan 72 - Feb 72, USAR Control Group
5. Feb 72 - Jan 74, Asst S-3 (Operations Officer), 1030th Engr Battalion, Gate City VA
6. Feb 74 - Mar 75, S-2 (Intelligence Officer), 1030th Engineer Battalion, Gate City VA
7. Apr 75 - Jun 76, Company Commander, 1033rd Transportation Company, Gate City, VA
8. Jul 76 - Jul 83, S-2 (Intelligence Officer), 1030th Engineer Battalion, Gate City VA
9. Jul 83 - Dec 84, S-3 (Operations Officer), 1030th Engineer Battalion, Gate City VA
10. Dec 84 - Jun 95, Commander, 1030th Engineer Battalion, Gate City VA
11. Jun 95 - Jul 96, Liaison Officer, HQ STARC VA
12. Jul 96 - Sep 98, Commander, Engineer Brigade, 28th Infantry Division (Mech), Fort A.P. Hill VA
13. Oct 98 - Present, The Adjutant General, Virginia Army National Guard, Fort Pickett, Blackstone VA


Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Commendation Medal (with two Silver Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Achievement Medal
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, one Oak Leaf Cluster)
National Defense Service Medal (with one Bronze Service Star)
Vietnam Service Medal (with two Service Stars)
Southwest Asia Service Medal (with Three Service Stars)
Humanitarian Service Medal (with one Service Star)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with "M" Device and Silver Hour Glass Device)
Army Service Ribbon
Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)


2LT USAR 8 Jun 69
1LT AUS 11 Jun 71
CPT ARNG 13 Jun 75
MAJ ARNG 5 Oct 83
LTC ARNG 26 Jan 88
COL ARNG 12 Jul 95
BG ARNG 7 Feb 01
MG ARNG 21 Mar 02

(Current as of March 2002)