Awards & Lists
We are honored to present some of AMERICA'S TOP BLACKS IN THE MILITARY!
Chief of Staff
U.S. Central Command
MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
Major General Lloyd J. Austin III assumed his current position in August 2005, after having served as Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division (Light), which included duty as Commander, Combined Joint Task Force 180, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. He was commissioned from the U.S. Military Academy in June 1975 and earned a master's degree from Auburn University in education administration and another in management from Webster University. He was selected to the rank of Major General on January 1, 2005.
Chief, Office of Military Cooperation
American Embassy, Egypt
Major General Byron S. Bagby came to his current position having served as Assistant Division Commander (Support), as Assistant Division Commander (Operation), 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, New York, and as Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force - 180, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. He was commissioned in 1978 after graduation from Westminster College with a degree in business economics and began his Army career as a field artillery officer. He later earned an M.A. in education administration.
Western Regional Medical Command/Lead Agent, TRICARE
Region 11, Chief
United States Army Medical Services Corps
Brigadier General Sheila R. Baxter has served in military healthcare supply and management posts at home and abroad, previously as Assistant Surgeon General for Force Sustainment/Deputy Chief of Staff for Sustainmnent/Chief, U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of Virginia State University with a B.S. in physical education, and she holds an M.A. in health services administration from Webster University. Brig. Gen. Baxter was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1978 and selected for brigadier general on August 1, 2003.
Assistant Chief of Staff, C-3
Coalition Forces Land Component Command
Camp Doha, Kuwait
After being commissioned in 1976 and becoming a platoon leader, Brigadier General Nolen V. Bivens worked his way through the ranks as an infantry officer and commander of mechanized divisions at home and abroad, including service with Operation Iraqi Freedom as Deputy Director of Regional Operations. Before assuming his current position, he served as Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver), 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Hood, Texas. He was selected for the rank of Brigadier General on July 1, 2004. He holds a B.S. in chemistry from South Carolina State University and master's degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and National Defense University.
Vice Director of the Army Staff
After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy and receiving his commission as a second lieutenant in 1979, Brigadier General Leo A. Brooks Jr. joined the ranks as a rifle platoon leader before joining the 101st Airborne Division and later the 75th Ranger Regiment. He earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on August 1, 2003 and went on to serve as Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.
Chief, Army Public Affairs
Office of the Secretary of the Army
Army Public Affairs chief Brigadier General Vincent K. Brooks earned his commission at the U.S. Military Academy in 1980 and was promoted to his current rank on May 1, 2004. He served as Deputy Chief of Army Public Affairs before assuming his current post and, before that, was Deputy Director for the War on Terrorism, J-5, the Joint Staff.
U.S. Army Recruiting Command
Major General Thomas P. Bostick was trained as an engineer at the U.S. Military Academy, where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1978, and he later earned master's degrees in mechanical and civil engineering at Stanford University. He taught engineering at West Point and commanded engineering forces before becoming an Assistant Division Commander. Maj. Gen. Bostick was promoted to his current rank on July 15, 2005.
Deputy Commanding General/Assistant Commandant
U.S. Army Armor Center and Fort Knox, Kentucky
After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy and receiving his commission as a second lieutenant in 1974, Brigadier General Albert Bryant Jr. began his Army career as a platoon leader with the 2d Armored Regiment, Seventh Army in Germany. In June 2004, just before his selection to Brigadier General, he was serving as Assistant Division Commander, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq. In the meantime, he earned a Master's degree in operations analysis at Stanford, learned to speak French, and attended numerous military schools. During a distinguished military career, General Bryant has received numerous decorations and badges.
Brig. Gen. Augustus Leon Collins
Brigadier General Augustus L. Collins currently commands a mobilized armored brigade in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, and he holds an M.B.A. from Jackson State University and a master's degree of strategic studies from the Army War College. He was commissioned a second lieutenant of armor in 1980, and promoted to Brigadier General on May 10, 2005 while in Iraq.
Brig. Gen. Robert Crear
Brigadier General Robert Crear received his commission as a second lieutenant after graduation from Jackson State University in 1976 and was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on October 1, 2003. Prior to assuming his current duties, he served as Commanding General of the Army Engineer Division in the Southwestern region, based in Dallas, and also served as Commander, Task Force "Restore Iraqi Oil" as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq.
Commander, Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command
U.S. Pacific Command
Hickham Air Force Base, Hawaii
Brigadier General Michael C. Flowers served as Chief of Staff for Operation Joint Guardian in Pristina, Kosovo before being named to his current high-level post. He was commissioned in 1977 after graduation from the University of Kansas, and he later earned a master's degree in public administration from Shippensburg University. General Flowers was selected for the rank of brigadier general on July 1, 2004 after a distinguished career that frequently found him on the front lines in the Middle East, Haiti, and Eastern Europe.
Brigadier General Elder Granger, M.D., currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, received his medical training at the University of Arkansas before pursuing his residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Colorado. He later enjoyed a distinguished career as a hematologist, surgeon, and oncologist before joining the command ranks. He was selected for the rank of Brigadier General on June 1, 2002.
Now in transition between assignments, Maj. Gen. Craig D. Hackett was until recently Commanding General, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He received his commission as a second lieutenant in 1971 after graduating from Howard University, and later earned a master's degree in education administration from the University of Southern California. He was promoted to the rank of Major General on January 1, 2002. His first assignment was as a platoon leader with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, and he later commanded a combat aviation battalion there.
Chief of Chaplains
Major General David H. Hicks began his military career in 1974 as Chaplain to a military police battalion at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Today, he oversees all Chaplains throughout the Army. He is a graduate of United Wesleyan College, Princeton Theological Seminary and Duke University, and has served in the U.S. and Europe, earning a Master Parachutist Badge along the way. He was selected for his current rank on August 1, 2003.
First United States Army
Fort Gillem, Georgia
Lieutenant General Honoré was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry upon graduation from Southern University and A&M College in 1971. He holds an M.A. in human resources from Troy State University, as well as an honorary doctorate in public administration from Southern University. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Commander, Standing Joint Force Headquarters-Homeland Security, U.S. Northern Command. He is perhaps best known as the general brought in to restore order to flood-ravaged New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
U.S. Army Field Support Command
Rock Island, Illinois
After graduating from Fort Valley State University and receiving his commission, Major General Jerome Johnson later earned an M.B.A. from Syracuse University. Prior to his current position, he served as Director of Plans, Operations, and Readiness, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C. He has served in numerous financial, staff, and command positions in the U.S. and Europe during his distinguished career.
Director, Installation Management Agency
A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Major General Ronald L. Johnson began his Army career with the 7th Engineer Brigade, Seventh Army, Germany. His last assignment before assuming his current assignment was as Director of Military Programs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Gulf Region Division, U.S. Deputy to the Director, Program Management Office, Coalition Provisional Authority, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq. He was promoted to the rank of Major General on January 1, 2004.
Brig. Gen. James L. Kennon
Brigadier General James L. Kennon worked his way through the ranks of platoon leader and quarter master to become, before his current assignment, Director, Logistics, Engineering, and Security Assistance, J-4, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. He began his Army career after graduating from Chaminade University in 1978, and was selected for advancement to Brigadier General on August 1, 2003. Along the way, he earned master's degrees in administration from Central Michigan University and in national resource strategy from the National Defense University.
Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff
I Corps and Fort Lewis
Fort Lewis, Washington
Educated at the University of Delaware and the National Defense University, Brigadier General John W. Morgan III has served in military posts in Germany, Kosovo, Korea, Africa, and Iraq as well as the U.S. during a distinguished career that began with a rank of second lieutenant in 1979. He was selected for the rank of Brigadier General on November 1, 2003. Prior to his current post, he served as Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver), 1st Infantry Division, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army.
Defense Finance Accounting Service
Armed with a B.S. in business administration, an M.P.A. from Golden State University, and an M.S. from National Defense University, Brigadier General Belinda Pinckney has served as a project officer, program budget officer, and finance command officer during a distinguished career that began with her commissioning as a second lieutenant in 1979. Prior to her current post, she served as Congressional Appropriations Liaison Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), Washington, D.C.
Maj. Gen. Michael D. Rochelle
Major General Michael D. Rochelle began his Army career in June 1972 after graduating from Norfolk State University with a degree in foreign language education. He was selected for the rank of Brigadier General on September 1, 1999, and advanced to Major General on December 1, 2002. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Brig. Gen. Abraham J. Turner
Brigadier General Abraham J. Turner studied music at South Carolina State University before receiving his commission in June 1976. He later earned an M.P.A. in public administration from Shippensburg University, but he spent much of his career in education and training capacities before the assignment that led to his current position, which was to serve as Commanding General, U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was selected for the rank of Brigadier General on October 1, 2002, after a career that earned him many honors.
Armed with a degree in industry arts from Virginia State University in 1980, Brigadier General Dennis L. Via began his Army career as a platoon leader and, later, battalion maintenance officer and commander at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Principal Director, Global Information Grid Operations/Commander, Defense Information Systems Agency Global Operations/Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations, Defense Information Systems Agency. He was selected to the rank of Brigadier General on January 1, 2005.
Lt. Gen. William E. Ward
Lieutenant General William E. Ward is also serving temporarily as Security Coordinator for Palestinian Peace Negotiations in addition to his command duties. He began his Army career after graduation from Morgan State University in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He later earned a master's degree in the same field from Pennsylvania State University. Highly decorated during a distinguished career, he was selected to the rank of Lieutenant General on October 8, 2002.
Maj. Gen. Bennie E. Williams
Commissioned after graduating from Morgan State University in 1972 and later earning an M.S. in transportation management, Major General Bennie E. Williams has served in high-level command and support positions in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the United States during his career. Prior to his current assignment, general Williams served as Deputy Commanding General and later Commanding General, 21st Theater Support Command, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany.
Maj. Gen. Charles E. Wilson
Prior to assuming his current command in August 2002, Major General Charles E. Wilson served as Commanding General, 98th Division (Institutional Training), which covers brigades spread throughout eight states. Commissioned a second lieutenant in October 1967, he served on active duty in Vietnam and was released from active duty in 1970. In civilian life, he served for 25 years with the Detroit Police Department, rising to the rank of Chief of Police.
Maj. Gen. W. Montague Winfield
Major General W. Montague Winfield began his career in 1977 upon graduating from Virginia State University with a B.S. in health and physical education. He later received master's degrees in media education and technology from Virginia State University and in corporate management from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to taking command of cadet education, the general served as Commander, Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command, Hickham Air Force Base, Hawaii. He was promoted to the rank of Major General on October 1, 2004.
Rear Admiral Barry Black
Rear Admiral Barry Black, now chief of Navy Chaplains, served as Fleet Chaplain, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, Virginia before being appointed to his current duties. He began his career as a commissioned Navy Chaplain in 1976. He earned an M.A. in divinity, counseling, and management and holds doctoral degrees in ministry and psychology.
Military Sealift Command
Vice Admiral Brewer began his naval career in 1970 when he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the first graduating class of the first Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps unit at a historically Black college and university, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX. In August 2001, Vice Admiral Brewer assumed command of Military Sealift Command (MSC). Vice Admiral Brewer's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Rear Admiral D.C. Curtis received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1976, holds a master's degree in administration from Central Michigan University, and is a graduate of the National Defense University and NATO Defense College, among other programs. He has served in a variety of sea and shore assignments, and is the recipient of numerous personal decorations.
Rear Admiral Victor G. Guillory
Rear Admiral Victor G. Guillory served in leadership positions at sea and ashore before assuming his current position, most recently as Commanding Officer of the guided missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) and the cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57). He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978, earning a B.S in management and technology, and is also a graduate of the National Defense University.
U.S. Pacific Command Representative
Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces of Marianas
Rear Admiral Arthur J. Johnson has served with distinction in the Pacific, the Gulf, and the Atlantic regions, as well as in leadership positions within the Pentagon. Before his current assignment, he was Assistant Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs-Asia in the Strategic Plans and Policy Director of the Joint Staff. He is a 1979 graduate of the Naval Academy, holds a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and is a member of the Millennium Class of the National War College.
Rear Admiral James A. Johnson, M.D.
Rear Admiral James A. Johnson is an experienced surgeon who has held a progression of assignments from staff surgeon to department chairman to director of surgical services. Since 1998, he has served as Medical Officer of the Marine Corps, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Services and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He earned his medical degree at the University of Rochester and served both his internship and residency at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Rear Admiral W. Clyde Marsh
Rear Admiral W. Clyde Marsh, formerly Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations, is a 1973 graduate of Alabama A&M University. He earned an M.S. in international relations from Troy State University in 1988 and is a 1992 graduate of the National Defense University, as well as other programs. He is a veteran of numerous command tours in the Atlantic and Gulf and has earned many personal awards.
Rear Admiral Adam M. Robinson Jr., M.D.
Rear Admiral Adam M. Robinson Jr., M.D., entered naval service in 1977 and holds his M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine through the Armed Forces Health Professional Scholarship Program. Following completion of his surgical internship at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, he was commissioned an ensign in the Navy. He later completed a fellowship at Carle Foundation Hospital, University of Illinois School of Medicine, and then served as head of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Division of the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda. He holds fellowships in the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery, is a member of numerous medical societies, and has been awarded numerous personal awards for meritorious services.
Rear Admiral Vinson E. Smith
Rear Admiral Vinson E. Smith received his commission after graduating from Tennessee Technological University in 1974. Before assuming his current command, he served as Commander, Navy Region Northwest and Naval Surface Group, Pacific Northwest. He has served with distinction in command positions in the Atlantic Fleet, the Gulf, and in the Pentagon, and has gone on to earn two master's degrees---one in strategic studies and national defense from the Naval War College and one from Salve Regina University in international relations.
Rear Admiral Anthony L. Winns
Before assuming his current position in September 2003, Rear Admiral Winns previously served as Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, Pacific and Commander Task Force 32. After graduating with honors in 1978, he completed initial flight training and then advanced navigator training, becoming a Naval Flight Officer in January 1980. He was the first officer in his Naval Academy class to be selected for Flag rank, and he later earned a master's degree in financial management. He served with distinction as flight officer, executive officer, and commanding officer of patrol squadrons and in staff positions.
Rear Admiral Melvin G. Williams, Jr.
A 1978 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Rear Admiral Melvin G. Williams Jr. has served with distinction in both operational and staff assignments. He has the special honor of serving as Executive Officer aboard the submarine that fired the first Tomahawk cruise missile strike by a nuclear submarine in history during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Before being named to his present post, he served as Executive Assistant to Director, Submarine Warfare Division, Chief of Naval Operations Staff in Washington. In addition to his naval duties, he earned a Master's in engineering from Catholic University in his off-duty hours. He was selected for Special Recognition during the Black Engineer of the Year Awards in 1994, and has received many personal awards, including the Legion of Merit (four awards), and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Brig. Gen. Alfred K. Flowers
Brigadier General. Alfred K. Flowers was commissioned from Officer Training School as a distinguished graduate in 1978 after graduating from Southern Illinois University. He was promoted to his present rank in September 2004. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Chief Financial Executive at the Center for Force Structure at MacDill Air Force Base.
Brig. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr.
Brigadier General Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr. is the single point manager for approximately 17,000 students in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps programs and 2,500 students in the Officer Training School. He controls nearly 80 percent of line, chaplain, judge advocate, nurse, medical service, and biomedical science production for the Air Force. He also oversees the Air Force Junior ROTC program at more than 744 locations with more than 108,000 students. He received his commission as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Angelo State University in 1977 and was promoted to his current rank on January 1, 2005.
Lt. Gen. Daniel James III
Lieutenant General Daniel James III is responsible for all policies and programs affecting more than 104,000 Guard members in 88 flying units and 200 units throughout the U.S., the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. He earned his commission as a distinguished graduate of the University of Arizona ROTC program in 1968 and was promoted to his current rank on June 3, 2002. The general is a command pilot with approximately 4,000 hours in fighter and trainer aircraft with two Distinguished Flying Crosses. Prior to becoming ANG Director, General James was the Adjutant General for the Texas National Guard headquarters.
Brig. Gen. Gary T. McCoy
Brigadier General Gary T. McCoy is responsible for depot maintenance and supply management---two of the largest missions within the Air Force Materiel Command with more than 35,000 people and activities valued in excess of $6.5 billion in annual revenue. The general was commissioned through the Officer Training School in 1976 after graduation from Culver-Stockton College, Missouri. He attained his current rank on April 1, 2003. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Deputy Director of Maintenance, Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
Maj. Gen. Roosevelt Mercer Jr.
Major General. Roosevelt Mercer Jr. is a 1975 graduate of the University of Puget Sound and a distinguished graduate of its ROTC program. He was promoted to the rank of major general on January 1, 2005. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
Maj. Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr.
Major General Edward A. Rice Jr. commands America's "Jungle Air Force," protecting airspace in the Southwest Pacific and Indian Ocean areas. General Rice is a 1978 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and has held numerous command and staff positions, including serving as a White House Fellow at the Department of Health and Human Services, and he is a command pilot with more than 3,800 flying hours. He was promoted to his current rank on August 1, 2005.
Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Scott
Major General Darryl A. Scott leads more than 11,500 military and civilian managers and technical experts worldwide for DoD weapon system programs and services. The programs they manage are valued at more than $1 trillion and involve more than 25,000 domestic and foreign contractors. General Scott graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1974 and was promoted to his current rank on January 1, 2005.
Brig. Gen. Larry O. Spencer
Brigadier General Larry O. Spencer helps direct the largest of the three Air Logistics Centers in the Air Force Materiel Command at Tinker Air Force Base. He received his B.S. in industrial engineering technology from Southern Illinois University in 1979 and was commissioned through the Officer Training School. He later became the first Air Force officer to serve as Assistant Chief of Staff in the White House Military Office. Prior to his current assignment, the general was Director of Mission Support for Headquarters Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He was promoted to his current rank on July 1, 2004.
U.S. Marine Corps
Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr.
Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr. assumed his current assignment on August 9, 2000. He was previously a highly decorated pilot and astronaut who flew more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. He later became a test pilot and space shuttle astronaut who subsequently flew four missions in space. As pilot of Space Shuttle Discovery in 1980, Major General Bolden and crew successfully deployed the Hubble Space Telescope while orbiting from a record-setting altitude of 400 miles. In 1994, he was a member of the Space Shuttle Discovery that was the first U.S./Russian Space Shuttle Mission. He served as Assistant Deputy Administrator for NASA, and later as Deputy Commandant of the U.S. Naval Academy. When he left the space program, he had logged more than 680 hours in space and more than 6,000 hours of flying time in more than 30 models of fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
Brig. Gen. Ronald S. Coleman
Brigadier General Ronald S. Coleman began his career as an enlisted man in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. After returning from the war and completing college, 2nd Lt. Coleman began his USMC career as supply officer. He earned his promotion to brigadier general in March 2001. He holds an M.S. in national strategic resources and has been awarded numerous personal decorations.
Maj. Gen. Arnold Fields
Major General Arnold Fields received his commission as a second lieutenant in 1969 and earned promotion to his current post on August 6, 1999. In his previous post, he served as Deputy Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base, Hawaii. Major General Fields holds a B.S. in agriculture, an M.A. in management, and is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare, Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Army War College.
Brig. Gen. Walter E. Gaskin
Brigadier General Walter E. Gaskin graduated from Savannah State University Naval ROTC Scholarship Program in 1974 and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1992 and has served in his current assignment since 2000.
Brig. General Anthony L. Jackson
Brigadier General Anthony L. Jackson, a graduate of San Jose State University, received his commission in 1976 and went on to serve as Assistant Chief of Staff (G-5), First Marine Expeditionary Force, and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. During a distinguished career, he has received numerous awards and decorations.
Maj. Gen. Clifford L. Stanley
Major General Clifford L. Stanley is a 1969 graduate of South Carolina State University. He received his M.S. from Johns Hopkins University in 1977, graduating with honors. His formal military education includes Amphibious Warfare School, the Naval War College, honor graduate of U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and National War College.
Brigadier General James L. Williams
Before being assigned to Iraq, Brigadier General James L. Williams was the Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Augmentation Command Element (I Marine Expeditionary Element) from 2003-2005. During this period he also served as the Acting Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, and was subsequently assigned as the Deputy Commanding General, I MEF (Forward) at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. Brigadier General Williams was commissioned in January 1976 after graduation from Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania. He received master's degrees from Georgetown University in government and national security affairs in 1981; from Yale University in hospital studies management/public health in 1984; and from the U.S. Army War College in international security studies in 2000. Currently, he is in the process of working on his master's in computer engineering and computer science. He was selected for promotion to Brigadier General in February 2003.
Major General Willie J. Williams
Major General Willie J. Williams was commissioned in the Marine Corps in May 1974 and began his career as supply officer. He holds a B.A. from Stillman College and master's degrees from National University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and National Defense University and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Stillman College. He was selected for promotion to Major General in June 2005.
U.S. Coast Guard
Rear Admiral Stephen W. Rochon, USCG
Director of Personnel
Only the second African American to achieve the rank of admiral in the Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Stephen W. Rochon leads the USCG Personnel Management Directorate in Washington, D.C. He began his career in the enlisted ranks before being commissioned an Ensign in 1975. Rear Admiral Rochon is a passionate student of history. He wrote and produced a video documentary honoring the late Alex Haley, USCG (Retired), famous author of the book "Roots." He spearheaded the posthumous awarding of the Gold Lifesaving Medal for the all-Black crew of the Pea Island Lifesaving Station during their daring rescue in 1896 near the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He also led the effort to award the Gold Lifesaving Medal to six New Orleans mariners for their bravery during the 1969 fire and sinking of the S.S. Union Faith on the Mississippi River. Prior to his current assignment, he served as acting assistant commandant for Intelligence at the Coast Guard headquarters. His personal military awards include two Legion of Merit Medals and two Meritorious Service Medals, among many others.
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