Major Eric M. Williams
Major Eric M. Williams graduated from Auburn University and received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps in May of 2003. After completing The Basic School, Major Williams attended the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon graduation from Fort Sill, he reported to Battery S, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC in July 2004.
During his first operational assignment, Major Williams served as a forward observer during OPERATION PHANTOM FURY for 1st Battalion, 8th Marines in Iraq. He then served as the fire direction officer while attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and participated in the 2006 Lebanon Non-combatant Evacuation Operation. Major Williams served his remaining time with 3d Battalion, 10th Marines as the assistant operations officer.
In 2007, Major Williams received orders to 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), where he trained to become a joint terminal attack controller and firepower control team leader. Upon completion of training, he deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM VII and completed his tour with ANGLICO as a supporting arms liaison team leader.
Major Williams attended the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course in Lawton, Oklahoma in 2010. Upon graduation, he reported to 3d Battalion, 11th Marines in Twentynine Palms, CA, where he assumed command of Kilo Battery and deployed with Battalion Landing Team 2d Battalion, 7th Marines in support of the 31st MEU. Upon return from deployment in January 2012, Major Williams turned over battery command and served the remainder of his tour as Operations Officer for 3d Battalion, 11th Marines.
In 2013, Major Williams was selected to attend the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA, where he graduated with a Master of Military Studies in June 2014. Afterwards, he reported to Headquarters Marine Corps to serve as a member of the Commandant’s Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG) in Washington, DC. Within the SIG, Major Williams served as a member of the Commandant’s Red Team completing the Red Team Member Course at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies in Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Major Williams’ personal decorations include two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (one with combat distinguishing device), three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the combat action ribbon.