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Military Veterans'
Hall of Fame

Colonel Timothy Ray Williams | Arkansas Military Veterans' Hall of Fame

Colonel Timothy Ray Williams

Colonel Williams of Harrisburg served over three decades as an Army Special Forces Officer including combat tours in Iraq and Somalia. Decorations include two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, four awards of the Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart Medal for combat wounds.

Colonel Williams was born and raised in Harrisburg, Arkansas. graduating from Harrisburg High School in May 1979. He entered active duty as an Armor Scout, at Fort Knox Kentucky in June 1979. Following his initial assignment with the 1-4 Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division in Europe, Colonel Williams enrolled in the ROTC program at Arkansas State University, where he was mentored by Arkansas veteran Hall of Fame member Colonel Jerry Bowen and was commissioned as an Infantry Second Lieutenant in September, 1984. 

Colonel Williams served as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in Headquarters Company, Allied Command Europe Mobile Force and as an Anti-Tank Platoon Leader in 4-8 Infantry, 8th Infantry Division. Following Special Forces selection and the qualification course, his initial Special Forces assignments were as the Detachment Commander of ODA 526 and the Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) (5th SFG(A)) during which he served in Desert Shield, Desert Storm and in Somalia. He was then stationed at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he served as an ODA, and ODB and OPCEN Observer/Controller, Plans Officer and as the Chief, SOF Plans.

Returning to the 5th Special Forces Group (A) Colonel Williams served as the 2nd Battalion Executive Officer and commanded A Company, 2nd Battalion. He served as a Joint Plans Officer at Allied Forces North Europe in Brunssum, Netherlands. Following his NATO assignment, Colonel Williams commanded the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group in Operation Iraqi Freedom and subsequently served as the 5th Special Forces Group Deputy Commander which included serving as the CJSOTF-AP Chief of Staff in Iraq. After serving as the Director of Operations, Special Operations Command Central for 2 years, Colonel William commanded the 72nd Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Immediately prior to his final military assignment as the Defense Coordinating Officer supporting FEMA Region III Colonel Williams was the USF-I Chief of Training and Commandant of the Stability Academy at Camp Victory, Iraq

Colonel Williams was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal. The citation reads as follows: Colonel Timothy R. Williams, United States Army, distinguished himself by exceptionally superior service while serving as Region III Defense Coordinating Officer, United States Army North, Washington, District of Columbia, from September 2011 to October 2014. During this period, the outstanding leadership and ceaseless effort of Colonel Williams resulted in major contributions to the effectiveness and success of the Department of Defense and Defense support of Civil Authorities. Colonel Williams. demonstrated singular leadership, renowned technical expertise, and unwavering dedication to duty and Country. Working side-by-side with the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other key agencies at both the national and state levels, his expertise was key to United States Northern Command execution of actual missions and planned exercises . Colonel Williams’ unswerving commitment to the service of our nation is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Colonel Williams culminated a long and distinguished career in the service of his country and reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Army, and the Department of Defense

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